Did Anne Hathaway get a free BMW i3, which hasn’t even been released yet?

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Here are some newish photos of Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman in Hawaii over the weekend. I guess they spent NYE in Oahu, maybe? Who knows. Anyway, I love them. They confound me and I love seeing photos of them because I can never figure them out. Did Annie marry her best friend? Is she, like, HOT for Adam? Do they have raw sexual chemistry? Haha. No, they do not. But it’s possible they share wardrobes and that he makes her laugh.

Before Oahu, Anne and Adam were in LA, tooling around town in a BMW i3. Since I’m not a car person, that sounded like “Anne and Adam were in a BMW gobblety whatsit.” The BMW i3 is apparently some kind of fancy electric buggy-type car, very cute and small. I’m including a photo below, but you can see a better pic at TMZ. Anyway, the fact that they were driving around LA in this car was notable because the i3 hasn’t been released in America yet, and won’t be for months. So what happened?

For readers who might not be aware of this fact, car companies maintain small numbers of what are called press cars. These are new model vehicles they loan out to reporters and bloggers who they want to drive the car and then write about it, hopefully favorably. For a few gallons of gasoline, they get some free publicity and the writer gets a new car to drive every week or so. Those fleets tend to be concentrated in larger metro areas: New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles.

So, it’s not all that surprising that when a member of the Hollywood paparazzi tailing actress Anne Hathaway caught her and her husband, Adam Shulman, tooling around LA in a new BMW i3 electric car, the more uninformed members of the media jumped to the conclusion the couple had bought the car, which at the moment is only available in Europe. One even commented that Ms. Hathaway had had it shipped to Los Angeles.

However, a closer examination of the photo in question reveals a number ’27′ on the upper righthand corner of the car’s windshield, clearly suggesting that this is a BMW fleet car, probably one of the dozen that it made available for media drives – including EV World correspondent Noel Adams- during the LA Auto Show this past November.

[Dukes of] Hazarding a guess here, it’s probably safe to assume that BMW is loaning some of those i3s it has in LA to various celebrities, including the Shulmans, prior to the car officially going on sale in United States next Spring.

[From EV World]

So, Annie didn’t have a special European car shipped over with some huge expense for Adam. She and Adam merely got a freebie from BMW. Which is interesting to me because Annie has become increasingly surly with the paparazzi (she left dog poop on a pap’s car last week) and yet here she is, getting huge, expensive freebies with the understanding that BMW wants the car to be photographed by the paps and talked about on the blogs. Interesting.

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Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

 

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  1. Tiffany27 says:

    His……..shorts……….like, no.

  2. don't kill me i'm french says:

    Tom Hardy has an agreement with Audi to have their model cars for free in change to use his name
    the brands offer many free stuffs to the celebrities so why not a car?

    • I think the writer’s point is that Anne made a huge stink (literally) about the paparazzi following her around–leaving a pile of dog poo on one of their cars. It’s not like they were cussing her out, calling her names–she didn’t have a child that she wanted to protect. It was just her and her husband. But it’s all of a sudden all fine and dandy that they get to take pictures of her in her new fancy, freebie car—that was given to her with the deliberate intention of her being pap’d in it.
      I love the smell of celeb hypocrisy in the morning. ;)

      • msw says:

        I think the assumption that BMW loaned her the car for pap attention only is unfounded, though. Stuff like this has been happening in Hollywood for years, long before paps were a daily fixture. Also, it isn’t like they expecting the bloggers with the free rides to get papped, no? I’m sure they don’t mind the attention, don’t get me wrong.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I know as fact that BMW gives free cars to celebs in exchange for pap shots.

      • emmie_a says:

        I agree with Tiffany. Why else would they give Anne the car if they didn’t want advertising via pap shots. It’s not like she’s a car enthusiast and is giving BMW feedback about the car.
        I’m an Anne hater and the dog poop just cemented my hate for her. She wanted pap attention during her exhausting Oscar campaign but now that she doesn’t need them it’s ok to shit on them? Great attitude Annie.

      • msw says:

        I have no doubt BMW was hoping for pap shot. it would be unbelievably naive not to think so. But obviously they’re not only in it for the pap shots, since no one is going to be taking pap shots of bloggers. I’m just not counting on Hathaway making a deal with BMW that she’ll be papped driving that car. I’m just saying, I’d take the free ride.

  3. Anna says:

    She just looks like she’s creepishly close to her younger brother (who happens to have horrid style)..

  4. I don’t get a sexy vibe from Anne at all—not even when she went around in the side boob baring dresses (when she was with that criminal). She’s just so asexual to me. I think that she’s really pretty (although I think she’ll go the way of Julia Roberts when she hits 45), but sort of bland. Which is odd–I really liked her in Dark Knight Rises.

    And her husband designs the tackiest looking jewelry I’ve ever seen. Who the f-ck uses human skulls as a design?

  5. blue marie says:

    Well, we’re talking about it so she did her job.. He wears shorter shorts than she does right? I’m trying to think of the last time I saw her in shorts, but I’m drawing a blank. (not surprising I think my brain is frozen from the arctic winds)

  6. msw says:

    I realize I may be in the minority here, but I don’t have a problem with celebs calling paps but still being upset when they stalk or ridicule or put others in danger. I don’t see them as the same thing at all. If they’re going to get papped anyway, why not tip off the ones who won’t be creeps about it?

    Besides… if BMW wanted to loan me a new car, I’d say yes. I don’t think you have to think too hard about that.

  7. Chloe says:

    Eh I don’t have an opinion about the car and paps except that I think it’s hilarious how the richer you are the more free stuff you get, I’ll give Anne mad props for being very quiet this year after her Oscar win, now if we could get a break from Jennifer L. and I actually like both women I just feel they neither deserved Oscars last year. And the dog poop thing was hilarious, I’ve wanted to do that to people to cut me off or almost hit me when I’m walking my dog along the road.

  8. Sarah says:

    she gets the car BMW the publicity. good for both sides.

    Was that a guess by the car guy or are they really the “Shulmans?” Does Anne carry her maiden name as a stage name?

  9. Kiddo says:

    It was nice while it lasted: that we didn’t hear about them. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus were kind to donate the fabric for their attire. You left that part out.

  10. Lydia says:

    She left poop on a pap’s car? WTF

  11. TG says:

    I don’t understand why AnnE and Kate Bosworth would want to be with men who constantly compete with them on who can be the thinnest. I mean if you already barely eat in efforts to be as thin as possible and then your husband is out-thinning you it would be hard to feel good about yourself if you are the bigger one of the two.

  12. Evie says:

    Keep getting gay vibes from him. The first pic gay gay gay

    Anne Hathaway calling paps? No, she would never do that, oh wait: http://www.laineygossip.com/Anne-Hathaway-and-Adam-Shulman-unofficial-but-totally-official-engagement-pap-photos/21970

  13. Renee says:

    I think that they should both burn their outfits from the pictures where they are out strolling.

  14. Jordan says:

    I’m all for being comfy, but I hate her casual look. All of them, lol.

  15. nicegirl says:

    I am pretty sure I have his outfit, including the shorts from 1993.

  16. Lux says:

    She almost always looks like she just rolled out if bed and is wearing the clothes she slept in.