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07/26/2012    5:00 PM
COMMENTS: 72

Check out the new M and M Performance displays at the BMW Welt in this epic photo thread.

07/17/2012    3:55 PM
COMMENTS: 112

Automotive News has also published a report supporting the claim that BMW has plans to launch a 1 Series [2 Series] sedan. They claim that BMW will bring the RWD small sedan in 2015 to rival the future Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA sedans, both expected as early as next year.

According to them, company sources say the growing dimensions of the 3-series sedan led to the decision to build this sedan.

07/14/2012    2:30 PM
COMMENTS: 250

BMW has confirmed that two diesel engines will be making their way to the US.

One is a 2.0L single-turbo twinscroll 4 cylinder direct injection diesel engine outputting 180 HP and 280 LB-FT torque, which are identical stats to the N47 engine which currently powers the F30 320d and F10 520. As for consumption and performance, the 320d, for example, achieves an impressive 52.2 combined MPG (US) (40.5 city / 61.8 hwy), with a factory claimed 7.1 secs 0-60 mph.

The other diesel will be a 3.0L twinscroll 6 cylinder turbo diesel outputting 255 HP (no official torque number yet, but expect 400+ lb-ft torque). This will be an all new engine.

These engines will be paired with 8 speed automatics and make use of SCR technology (urea based … CONTINUED

07/11/2012    8:30 PM
COMMENTS: 61

With the official announcement from BMW of the New Navigation Professional and iDrive/ConnectedDrive, many of you have inquired when the technology (both a software and hardware [cpu, graphics processor, hard drive] upgrade) would be implemented on the various models.

Below is the scheduled rollout for the new navigation and iDrive. These dates do not apply to the new iDrive Touch system, which will have a separate rollout and application schedule.

[b]]July 2012 Production:[/b]

3 Series touring and Activehybrid 3 (F31/F30h)
5 Series, 5 Series GT, 5 Series LWB (F10/F11/F07/F18)
M5 (F10M)
7 Series (F01)
M6 Coupe and Convertible (F12/F13M)

[b]November 2012 Production:[/b]

3 Series Sedan (F30)

[b]March 2013 Production:[/b]

1 Series Hatchback (F20/F21)
6 Series Coupe, Convertible, Gran Coupe (F12/F13/F06)

[b]April 2013 Production:[/b]

X3 (F25)

For those curious, the list of hardware upgrades (vs. the current) … CONTINUED

07/09/2012    8:30 PM
COMMENTS: 86

Ever since the introduction of the first M Performance cars (the new BMW model lineup slotting between the M models and regular series cars) earlier this year, we’ve been hearing and BMW has been hinting at such cars for the North American market.

Now that the first petrol model, the M135i (official info | reviews), has debuted, Autoweek reports that the M235i coupe will be the first M Performance model to arrive in the U.S. and Canada. The report states that the M235i coupe will start sales in the States in early 2014, after a debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. We think this may be too early of an estimate however, unless the M235i will be launched together with the F22 2 series coupe (which … CONTINUED

07/06/2012    11:50 AM
COMMENTS: 83

The press drives of the BMW M135i are underway and with that come the first reviews, and they are very positive. See inside for more.

07/06/2012    9:00 AM
COMMENTS: 7

Sales increase by 8.1% to 900,539 vehicles in the first six months. Robertson: We have a new sales record for 2012 well in sight

Munich. BMW Group achieved record sales for the first six months of the year, with a total of 900,539 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 8.1% over the same period last year (prev. yr. 833,391). The company also achieved its second highest sales volume ever in a single month, with 172,516 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide in June (prev. yr. 165,868/ +4.0%).

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, said in Munich on Friday: “We are very pleased with the positive result for the first half year. The BMW Group achieved record sales again in June … CONTINUED

07/05/2012    3:45 PM
COMMENTS: 81

You might remember our last FAQ thread regarding the F30 3 Series sedan. BMW is expanding its F3x lineup with two new cars soon – the F31 3 Series Touring and the F30 Active Hybrid 3.

As we’ll have the opportunity to learn more about both models soon, it’s time for another round of FAQs. So please respond below if there are any questions you have which are not answered in the official information yet. We’ll try to get the answers in the coming days.

The F31 3 Series Touring will be available in the US as of Spring 2013 and the Active Hybrid 3 will be available this Fall.

We’ll also have a chance to ask questions on the M135i and the F21 1 Series 3-door, so if … CONTINUED

07/01/2012    12:30 PM
COMMENTS: 23

The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed kicked off this weekend and BMW has brought out plenty of wares to showcase. Check out some photos from the event inside.

BMWs in attendance included the F30 M Sport, F30 3 series in gold, E92 M3 coupe in chrome, E92 M3 M Performance Edition, F10 M5, F12 and F13 M6 coupe and convertible, Alpina B3 GT3, 6 Series Gran Coupe, M135i