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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

BMWs Go Online

GREER, South Carolina -- News, weather and e-mail from the Internet will be available in some new BMW models starting next year, the automaker says.

An audiotext service will be available in the 750iL and Z8 models, said David Buchko, spokesman for BMW of North America Inc. The service will eventually be offered in the X5 sports activity vehicles being made at BMW's North American assembly plant here, although it's unclear when, Buchko said.

A voice-controlled telephone is standard on the 750iL and is an option on the X5, he said. The phone is activated by a button on the steering wheel.