The Environment-Conscious BMW i3

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BMW i3
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Prior to making his mark in commercial real estate development, Bill Schwyhart helmed multiple car dealerships. Hart Motors, Bill Schwyhart’s dealership specializing in sales of BMW and select other vehicle brands, achieved landmark customer satisfaction results, regularly performing in the national top 10 for overall satisfaction.

Luxury car manufacturer BMW offers a line of electric cars, one of which is the BMW i3. The all-electric i3 can drive 114 miles on a single charge while the model of the car imbued with a Range Extender can drive up to 180 miles per charge. The BMW i3 seats up to five passengers, similar to a conventional BMW 3.

BMW engineered the i3 for efficiency and performance using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). This material has the strength of steel, but carries only 50 percent of steel’s weight. As such, it is one of the lightest vehicles in BMW’s lineup. The i3 manufacturing process also sets the standard for sustainability, requiring 70 percent less water and 50 percent less energy than standard BMW vehicle production. Even the German manufacturing plant that produces these vehicles runs on 100 percent renewable energy.

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General Motors Institute, Now Kettering University

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Kettering University
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Prior to beginning a professional career in automotive sales, Bill Schwyhart attended the Chrysler Corporation Sales and Training program in Detroit, Michigan, in 1979, where he studied Automotive Retail Management. In 1983, Bill Schwyhart also attended General Motors Institute in Detroit, Michigan, where he studied Automobile Dealership Management.

Originally known as General Motors Institute, the school changed its name to Kettering University in 1998 and began offering a wider range of educational degrees, including graduate programs. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Kettering University as 13th in the nation for its engineering program among non-PhD-granting programs, and 7th for its mechanical engineering program.

Kettering University is named for industrialist and inventor Charles Kettering (1876 – 1958), who was instrumental in the promotion of professional cooperative education. The school has attracted students who have gone on to be top producers in their respective fields, and continues to produce industry leaders around the world. The university strives to be a world-class leader in technological innovation.

Volkswagen World’s Top Auto Manufacturer for 2016

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Volkswagen
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The founder and co-owner of development firm Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, Arkansas, Bill Schwyhart also had a successful career as an auto dealer. Through Hart Motor Co., Bill Schwyhart sold a number of vehicle brands including Volkswagen.

The German automaker Volkswagen grabbed the top spot as the world’s largest automobile manufacturer for 2016. While the first position had belonged to Toyota Motors for a number of years, Volkswagen produced 10,312,400 vehicles from January to December 2016, beating Toyota’s 10,213,486. The German automaker improved by 3.8 percent over its 2015 production output of 9,930,500 vehicles, despite the serious legal problems it faced over falsifying diesel engine emission figures.

Sales performance in the United States were very impressive, with Volkswagen of America, Inc., reporting 37,229 units delivered in December 2016, a 20.3 percent increase over December 2015 sales. Aside from the Volkswagen brand, the car company’s other global brands include Porsche and Audi.