allcarschannel BMW UK completed 2013 with several core engagements which included an update on its production electric vehicle, the BMW i3, and the upbeat trend of its best selling compact sedan, the 3 Series. On the interior amenities side, the Munich-based marque set an M laptimer iPhone app straight and introduced Music streaming service rara via the BMW ConnectedDrive.

At the close of the year, BMW UK gained the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero recognition for the design and productions of the i3. Commended for achieving a step-change in electric vehicle design, as well as the innovative production methods that have helped reduce emissions from the manufacturing process, the i3 has revolutionized the electric car market which should see more takers through 2020.

Following its success at the Fleet Hero Awards, the BMW i3 was named winner of the Supermini category at the Next Green Car awards. It was noted that the i3 has changed what is expected from urban electric cars with its exemplary driving performance and quality, as well as its unique preposition to ownership experience.

BMW 3 Series as the most reliable company car

Meanwhile, the 3 Series is recognized as the most reliable company car based on a survey by contract hire and leasing companies. BMW dominated the top 10 most reliable cars with the 5 Series and 1 Series joining the 3 Series being named sixth and seventh most reliable cars respectively. Proving its reliability, the 3 Series was also lauded with the title Used Car of the Year at the Car Dealer Used Car Awards and Executive and Luxury Used Car of the Year.

BMW M Laptimer app and Music streaming service rara

Between the M Laptimer and new music streaming service rara, BMW is certainly encouraging more user interactivity. The M Laptimer is developed by the folks at BMW M GmbH specifically for iPhone junkies and performance-minded drivers. Its interface is easy enough to access and features race-track like telemetry analysis. By connecting an iPhone to a BMW using the USB port or snap-in adapter, data can be shared directly from the car’s sensors with the iPhone. As well as logging acceleration, braking points, lap times and G-force, it also allows customers to compare their data with other drivers and share these personal accomplishments via social media.

BMW is the first premium marque in Europe to offer the music streaming service rara throughout its range. Available through BMW ConnectedDrive’s Online Entertainment service, rara is now available across the line-up. rara lets users play all their favorite music from a rapidly expanding library of more than 22 million songs or sit back and enjoy hundreds of music channels curated by rara’s music gurus. Music streams directly through an embedded SIM card, in the head unit, and is automatically saved onto the in-car hard drive making it the first in-car music streaming service in the continent that isn’t powered by a smartphone or dongle.

Drivers streaming music to their car with rara could also access their music on any connected device; on their smartphone, computer and tablet through rara’s apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and Windows 8 devices as well as on the web streaming service.

rara was first instilled in the 5 Series last summer as an optional equipment at a price tag of 325 pounds, only in the UK. It included unlimited data roaming for music in the France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.