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New on the Geneva show floor today is this 120d 3-door featuring the full array of BMW Performance parts. Although the E81 hatchback will soon be replaced by the next generation F20 1-series hatchback, this remains a hot little hatch, especially with the BMW Performance parts installed.

This particular model also had certain BMW Individual parts adorning it – such as the high-gloss shadowline trim and headliner anthracite.

The full list of packages and Performance parts on this car are extensive, please refer to the image below for … CONTINUED

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It seems the guys over at BimmerFile were invited to Munich to tour BMW AG and got to see and sit inside a few examples of the F20. They weren’t able to take photos, but did offer their insight into the car. They say:

“… the interior is getting a significant upgrade in quality of materials. The new look will be much closer to the X3, 5 and 7 series interior design and layout. In fact every F20 I saw the dash of had at least a … CONTINUED

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BMW has always prided itself on being a progressive and leading edge company so it’s no surprise that the company has taken quickly and often to social networking. Their latest project shows just how serious they consider social networking. BMW will be utilizing Facebook and BMW fans to help create a special 1-series Facebook Edition Model (page located here) for production.

The Facebook 1-series will be designed by young BMW designers and BMW fans will vote and decide on the design to be featured on the production … CONTINUED

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These are the best close-up photos of the F20 1-series 5-door hatchback yet! Everything can be seen clearly – from the front bumper design, the more upright front fascia and grilles, to the camouflaged headlights purposely taped to trick the eyes into thinking they are larger, and the rear lights powered by LED light bars. A closeup of the side view mirrors confirms that the next gen 1-series will be the first BMWs with integrated side view mirror turn signals.

This particular model is a 2.0 diesel … CONTINUED

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New F20 1-series Spy Video Footage

02/16/2011 at 6:30 PM
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This is the first time the F20 has been captured on video in this more advanced camouflage stage. We’ve already posted many photos, but seeing the car in motion always gives a more lifelike perspective.

The F20 1-series hatchback is expected to make its world premiere at the Frankfurt Autoshow in September (see: http://www.bimmerpost.com/future-bmw/).

In usual BMW fashion, the Coupe body style should arrive roughly 1 Year later, and would be expected as a 2013 model. BMW M will also have its hands at the new 1-Series … CONTINUED

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BMW has posted another video on the BMW ActiveE 1-series based electric car. This clip explains how it can be used as an everyday utility.

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SCOTT26 provides a glimpse into possible F2X generation 1-series models, including a Gran Coupe Sports Sedan and a Shooting Brake model. The confirmed models (Coupe and Convertible) are also discussed in some more detail.

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The original BMW 1-Series ActiveE said hello to the world in December of 2009, but now the car will go into production with a test fleet of over 1000 vehicles to be shared between the North American, European and Chinese markets. This marks the second electic vehicle in the BMW lineup (after the MINIe) and will make its official world debut at the upcoming Geneva Autoshow.

Just to recap, although this car is in the shell of a 1-Series, it features a totally unique drivetrain good for … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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CAR provides some new renders, details, and speculations on the upcoming baby BMW roadster, the Z2, and the 1-series GT. Both models are based on the UKL1 front-drive transverse architecture, standing for untere klasse in German. It’s at the core of BMW’s plans to become more efficient at making small cars. Power for the new UKL1 front-drive BMWs comes from three- and four-cylinder engines, spinning the front wheels, although four-wheel drive is enabled by UKL1 as it’s required for the Countryman. Getrag will build the … CONTINUED

New BMW Performance Parts 2011 Update

02/11/2011 at 12:06 PM
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Additions to the BMW Performance product portfolio for the BMW 1 Series, the BMW 3 Series and for the BMW X5 and BMW X6 are being presented at 2011 Geneva autoshow. These include, inter alia, the new BMW Performance sports steering wheel and the BMW Performance Power Kit for the current four-cylinder diesel engines. Also, the range of Original BMW Accessories being presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show includes the latest M Performance components for the BMW M3.

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It appears that the next generation 1-series (F20) will be the first BMW to feature integrated side view mirror lights. We first suspected this when the F20′s latest stage of camouflage was first spied. Here was the circumstantial evidence:

* BMW test mules often have the orange tape/stripe on its side view mirrors, as camouflage/decoy. However, this decoy tape has always been removed once the heavy camouflage on the car’s lights are removed. With the F20, the heavy camouflage on the test mules’ … CONTINUED

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Beginning with March production, the following changes take place for 1-series Coupes and Convertibles:

128i models feature new front bumper with Air Curtain System design

All 1-series receive updated headlight and tail light assemblies, and models with xenon lights receive new LED lighting components in front and rear (xenon lights remain standard on 135i and optional on 128i)

New colors, wheels, interior applications as follows:

* Alpine White Trim (4DH) will be new option for all 1-series models
* Vermillion Red Metallic … CONTINUED

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Gorgeous new 1-series LCI (facelift) coupe and convertible wallpaper photos in magazine quality have been posted to our Official 1-series LCI Info Thread. Check out the new media inside.

“Joy is BMW” 135i Video Project

02/01/2011 at 1:20 PM
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A talented 1addicts member has produced this most exciting 1-series promo video project. Shot alongside the Crystal Springs Reservoir just South of SF, this black and white clip looks like it would be right at home in any true BMW marketing video.

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BMW has announced new original accessories for the 1-series coupe. These include rally stripes, wheels, and exhaust pipes. The rally stripes come in black or white and cover the area from the hood, to the roof, and ending on the trunk. The stripe spacing and placement can be installed at the discretion of the owner.

The new BMW accessories wheels are 18″ light alloy double spoke Style 182 wheels in black finish. The third new accessory is a chrome plated exhaust pipe.

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BMW continues winter testing of the F20 1-series 5-door hatchback. This is the first time we see a black model with less camouflage, showing its sculpted hood and showing premium wheels for the first time. The hood provides us an advance preview of the styling language we should expect to see on the next generation 1-Series and 3-Series.

From the first look, this is the most sculpted hood ever seen on a 1-Series (not hard with only 1 Generation), or even a 3-Series for that matter, and … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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This image is said to be a close approximation on the looks of the upcoming BMW 1-series Gran Turismo (GT). The 1-series GT will be the next Gran Turismo model in the BMW lineup following the 5-series GT and preceding the next generation 3-series Gran Turismo model.

The 1 series GT is a mixture of a 5 door hatch and a touring shape. Rear legroom is almost on par with the 5-series sedan.

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Two Chinese electronic tinkerers and coders teamed with Nokia Asia to turn a 1-series hatchback into their very own remote control car using a Nokia C7 smartphone. The team claims that it only took them 20 days to accomplish this feat. Check out this fun video inside.