New information released on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations website shows that BMW is recalling all 1 Series models sold in the U.S. between 2008 and 2010 for a potential fire risk. According to BMW, cars built between December 1, 2007, and May 27, 2010, may not have sufficient clearance between the seatbelt tensioners and the sound insulation in the B-pillars. Should a crash occur, the tensioners could overheat. In rare instances, the excess temperature could possibly ignite the insulation material.
The DCT dual clutch transmission and N55 engine has come to the 2011 1-series and Car and Driver takes their first drive of the 135i with this new motor and transmission configuration. Check out their initial assessment inside.
40+ 1-series cars descended upon BMW Welt in Munich very recently for a joint German, Austrian, and Swiss owners meet. Check out the meet photos inside.
The BMW 1-series has achieved 1 million units produced after five years of production. The 1 millionth 1-series produced was delivered to its proud owner today at the Leipzig Motor Show, the Auto Mobil International (AMI). The car, a three-door BMW 118d built at BMW Plant Leipzig, was handed over jointly by Frank-Peter Arndt, Member of the Board of BMW AG for Production, and Stanislaw Tillich, the Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony, to a customer from Leipzig.
Get a load of this eye catching 1-series coupe. This “Power Green” custom colored 120i was spotted recently in Leipzig. The color seems to have been a special custom order as we all certainly would have noticed if this flashy color was in any BMW’s color palette.
Dinan tries its hand at building it’s own 1-series M with its Stage 3 135i. Dinan has pumped the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6 up to 380 bhp and tuned the suspension to be more agile while reduce the factory understeer.
Berk Technology’s BMW 135i with GIAC custom software won first for the Street Tire RWD class, a new class track record and a new track record for a BMW 135i in the 2010 Redline Time Attack at Buttonwillow Raceway Park on Sunday. The Berk entry had a fast lap time of 1:58.839 and was the only one to break the 2:00.000 barrier.
An ASR tuned 135i coupe recently achieved a very impressive 178.7 mph trap speed in a standing quarter mile competition. The run was made at the Top Gun Run in Florida. For comparison, a GT-R with full bolt-ons ran 174mph. Check out the video of the run inside.
We recently reported that a leasing program for the ActiveE electric car (based on the 1-series) will soon be launched worldwide, with 200 units available in the US. BMW has clarified and now says that while no exact # has been determined, there will be at least 450 ActiveEs coming to the US.
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Over the next year, a leasing program for the ActiveE electric car (based on the 1-series) will be launched worldwide. 600-700 units of the ActiveE car will be available for lease in major cities around the globe. The ActiveE runs off a synchronous electric motor which produces 170hp / 184lb-ft torque. A full charge takes about 4.5 hours allowing a driving range of 100 miles.
There are some very talented videographers out there. Luckily, some of them also own BMWs and can really marry two hobbies with some amazing results. Check it out. Well worth it!
We bring you the full 2011 BMW Model Year ordering guide (in PDF) for all 2011 models. This guide lists ALL start of production dates, available options, colors, packages, and related notes for every single BMW model for 2011.