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09/07/2012    11:35 AM
COMMENTS: 35

Japanese tuner IND releases its F20 / F21 1 Series Hatchback cosmetic program.

The program features a urethane front lip, roof spoiler, pedal set, e-brake handle, and exhaust system developed with technology partner Arqray. They expect to offer even more F20 / F22 products in the future.

08/31/2012    3:20 PM
COMMENTS: 45

The FWD 1 Series “Compactive Tourer,” – the first model in BMW’s upcoming lineup of FWD 1 series cars, will be making its world public premiere at the 2012 Paris autoshow in late September, but a purported design diagram of its rear lights has now been revealed. The FWD 1 series models ride on the UKL platform, which it will share with the upcoming MINI models. It will hit the market sometime in 2013.

Its tail lights appear to feature the floating light bar design seen in recent BMW models. The circular hole behind the light bars will house the brake light and the holes at the bottom of the lights are likely indicator and reverse bulbs.

The FWD 1-series models will join the rest of the 1-series … CONTINUED

08/14/2012    12:40 PM
COMMENTS: 50

KW has released its V2 and V3 (Variant 2 & 3) “inox-line” coilovers for the BMW 3-series Type 3L (F30) & BMW 1-series Type 1K4 (F20/F21)

For more than five generations the BMW 3-series is one of the most successful models of the Munich manufacturer. Also for the new BMW F30, KW automotive has developed a wide range of coilovers in high quality stainless steel finish. The BMW F30 can be continuously lowered up to 65 mm within the TÜV approved adjustment range. Depending on the variant, the KW coilover kits can be adjusted in damper characteristic by the BMW driver himself.

The reference for coilovers is the KW coilover kit Variant 3 “inox-line” which is part of the worldwide Top-aftermarket products. With its patented valve technology for … CONTINUED

08/07/2012    6:15 AM
COMMENTS: 7

After achieving record sales in the first half of 2012, the BMW Group reported its best-ever sales result for July. With a total of 135,537 (prev. yr. 129,102) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide last month, the company increased its sales by 5.0% compared to the previous year. It was also the first time in the company’s history that over one million vehicles had been delivered in the first seven months. From January to July the number of deliveries climbed 7.6% to 1,036,088 vehicles (prev. yr. 962,493).

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, said in Munich on Tuesday: “The BMW Group continued on its successful course in July and we are confident that we will continue to make solid … CONTINUED

08/06/2012    2:30 PM
COMMENTS: 201

According to a report from Automotive News, BMW is considering adding a second North American plant – in Mexico. It would join the Sprtanburg, SC plant as the only other BMW plant in N.A.

Production at the Spartanburg plant has included the X5, X6, X3, and Z4 (no longer built in Spartanburg) and will soon include the X4 SAV. The potential Mexican plant would expand that to the 3 Series and future FWD 1 Series models. Production would set to begin at the plant in late 2016 / early 2017.

As many as four Mexican locations are being considered, with a decision due next year. Should it be built, the Mexican plant would eventually produce 100,000 – 150,000 vehicle annually, but start by producing no more than 40,000 … CONTINUED

08/06/2012    10:55 AM
COMMENTS: 84

The BMW 1 Series GT (AKA Compactive Sports Tourer Concept), BMW’s first ever first front wheel drive model is expected to debut at the upcoming 2012 Paris Motor Show at the end of September. The 1GT shares the UKL platform with the upcoming next generation MINI.

BMW inside Scott26 provides some insight on what to expect:

BMW Compactive Sports Tourer Concept is literally a few short weeks away [at the 2012 Paris Motor Show at the end of September].

We can consider the BMW i3 to be a revolutionary concept in terms of design and drivetrain but the term revolutionary can also be applied to the first of BMW’s venture into FWD territory.

The sketch is what happens when you spend more than a few minutes on putting something … CONTINUED

08/02/2012    2:00 AM
COMMENTS: 43

Here’s a video summarizing the M135i hatchback [official thread] [reviews].

Although the M135i will not be available in the North American market, it’s recently been rumored that a M235i coupe (2 Series coupe version of the M135i) will be the first M Performance Automobile to be introduced to the US market. Keep in mind that a M235i coupe model will not be a replacement for an expected future M2 coupe model – the successor to the E82 1M Coupe. Instead, it’s a model which can be viewed as the successor to the current 135is coupe, to slot in between the standard 235i coupe and the M2.

The M135i specs and highlights are as follows:

First ever BMW M Performance automobile to feature a petrol engine… CONTINUED

08/01/2012    11:00 AM
COMMENTS: 18

BMW Group remains on successful course in second quarter

01.08.2012

- New record figures for sales volume and revenues
- Second-best quarterly earnings in the company’s history
- Profit before financial result amounts to € 2.27 billion
- Automotive Segment second-quarter EBIT margin of 11.6%
- BMW Group reaffirms targets for financial year 2012

Munich. The BMW Group continued its success during the second quarter as well as in the six-month period to June 2012, achieving new record figures for sales volume and revenues and the second-best Group operating profit in the company’s history.

Second-quarter revenues rose by 7.3% to € 19,202 million (2011: € 17,888 million). Group earnings remained at a high level despite greater investment in new technologies and higher personnel costs: Profit before financial result (EBIT) amounted to € 2,270 million … CONTINUED

07/31/2012    3:30 PM
COMMENTS: 112

The 2014 M3 (F80) prototype which was spotted in Los Angeles this past weekend has made its way into the California Mojave Desert’s Death Valley for high temperature testing.

With high temperature testing always comes the removal of some front end camouflage, necessary to increase the prototypes’ air intake and cooling; which makes us the indirect beneficiaries of ever better looks at an exposed front end.

Yesterday’s F80 M3 spy pics (some copied below) gave us the best idea yet of the lines and shape of the front end styling, and today’s sighting adds to that by showing us some even more details – particular the lines of the front bumper air vents which could not be seen through the cloth covered front apron from yesterday’s photos.

What it … CONTINUED