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11/10/2011    9:00 AM
COMMENTS: 16

Just a few weeks after its market launch, the new BMW 1 Series has already won its first internationally significant automobile award. The edition of the BMW compact model is the winner of the “Golden Steering Wheel” awarded by “Auto Bild” and “Bild am Sonntag”. The coveted trophy was presented to BMW AG Board Chairman Dr. Norbert Reithofer at a gala event in Berlin yesterday. The BMW 1 Series asserted itself in the class of compact automobiles. The second BMW model to compete for the “Golden Steering Wheel”, the new BMW 6 Series Convertible, likewise achieved an outstanding result with second place in the category of open-top vehicles.

It was the 36th time “Golden Steering Wheel” has been awarded, making it one of the most important and … CONTINUED

11/04/2011    4:55 PM
COMMENTS: 7

BMW provides a brief look into the F20 1 series production process at the Regensburg plant in this newly posted video.

This new video joins these other looks we’ve posted of BMW’s impressive and ultra-modern production plants/processes.

11/02/2011    8:30 AM
COMMENTS: 38

We’ve caught BMW’s FWD 1-series model based on the FWD UKL platform on video for the first time and the previous silly camo on the tailgate has been dropped, revealing its shape. The UKL platform is BMW’s platform which the FWD 1-series GT will share with the next generation of MINIs.

The FWD 1-series will come in various forms, including a traditional 5-door hatchback, a sporting estate model, and a gran touring version (seen in the video). They’ve been referred to by insider Scott26 as the “City Compact,” the “F.A.S.T. Family Activity Sports Tourer,” and the “GT”. The upcoming Z2 roadster is also rumored to being considered for the UKL platform.

These FWD 1-series models will join the rest of the 1-series lineup which in the next generation … CONTINUED

10/26/2011    10:30 AM
COMMENTS: 3

The latest Euro NCAP results are in and the 2011 F20 1-series has received the full 5-star rating.

The new 1 series even scored well enough to achieve the maximum safety rating under a stricter NCAP criteria being introduced next year. For the 2012 tests, cars will be required to score at least 60% (up from current 40%) in the pedestrian protection category to be awarded a full 5 stars.

We’ve posted the full results below. Needless to say, the new 1 series continues BMWs recent history of producing some of the safest cars available.

10/02/2011    10:30 AM
COMMENTS: 27

AC Schnitzer typically releases photos of a plain jane series vehicle with their wheels first, then embarks on the project of turning a BMW into a full AC Schnitzer vehicle.

10/01/2011    6:00 PM
COMMENTS: 48

Carbuyer reviews the 2012 F20 1 series hatchback, calling it more comfortable, with better interior, and more boot space, all the while maintaining its sporty handling and being the only RWD hatchback available in its segment. Check out their video review.

09/27/2011    12:48 PM
COMMENTS: 46

Couldn’t make the 2011 Frankfurt IAA? Now problem. Dackelone brings it to your screen with this MEGA gallery featuring both BMWs and non-BMW. Load up the thread and grab a snack, as this one may take a while to load ;)

09/15/2011    12:00 PM
COMMENTS: 4

We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage so far of the massive BMW exhibit at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA. And now you can also view the entire BMW press conference from the event. Inside is an English translated video of the kickoff press conference. You can really see how the full circle track in the BMW hall added a unique element to the presentation.

09/14/2011    6:00 AM
COMMENTS: 77

The 2011 Frankfurt IAA represents the world public debut of the new 1 series hatchback and BMW wasted no space in highlighting the F20 1 series. The new 1 series had its very own feature section, which displayed F20s in nearly all available exterior colors, in standard model, and urban line and sport line models. There was also an M Sport package equipped model.

The exterior colors on display were Alpine White, Crimson Red, Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral Gray, Glacier Silver, Midnight Blue, and Valencia Orange.

While still a bit of an avant garde design, the F20 was indeed better looking in person, due to the more visible front fascia sculpting. When seeing the F20 in person, the lines and contours which transition the inner headlight into the … CONTINUED