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Video: BMW ActiveE Production Begins

07/19/2011 at 10:00 AM
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As this new video from BMW shows, the production of the BMW ActiveE has begun. The ActiveE is an electric powered – zero emission vehicle based on the 1-series.

The video shows Mirco Schwarze, a production leader at the BMW Leipzig plant explaining that the ActiveE’s production has been integrated into the regular 1-series production line and how quickly the ActiveE dream came to fruition in three years.

The BMW ActiveE will be available for lease in select markets beginning in Fall 2011 for $499 per month for … CONTINUED

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BMW is a Tier One Partner and exclusive automotive sponsor of the 2012 Games. As such, the company will provide various forms of transportation for athletes, technical officials, media, LOCOG operational teams, national Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations, the IOC and marketing partners.

We now have a better idea of the forms and amounts of transportation that BMW will be supplying. The company will supply almost 4,000 vehicles and 400 bicycles (the first of which was delivered today), from diesels to electric cars, hybrids to motorcycles, as … CONTINUED

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Autocar has now posted their first drive review of the F20 1-series 120d hatchback. Overall it’s a bit of a mixed review. See inside for what we mean.

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We’ve seen plenty of photos and videos on the F20, but how does it perform? Reviews are beginning to flow in from this week’s first press drives and Autoexpress has come in with their first impressions. Here’s how their first experience with the F20 went… read on inside.

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BMW has released a new video and batch of wallpapers featuring some new colors – Valencia Orange on a Urban Line F20 and Mineral Gray on a Sport Line F20. Full set inside.

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To celebrate BMW’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and inspired by the BMW London 2012 Performance Team, BMW has introduced two new Performance Edition models based on the popular BMW 1 Series and 3 Series. Building on the sporting looks of the popular 1 Series Sports Hatch, the 1 Series Performance Edition comes with M aerodynamic bodystyling, dark chrome 18-inch M light alloy wheels, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, dark chrome exhaust tailpipe and dark line rear lights. Enhancing its sporty driving … CONTINUED

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BMW’s research and development head, Klaus Draeger, has confirmed that future BMWs will indeed utilize new turbocharged 3-cylinder gas and diesel engines. This begs the question which future models will receive these 3 cylinder motors. According to Draeger (via Autocar), the upcoming FWD 1-series models will receive the 1.5L turbo 3-cylinder and not the F30 3-series (at least not initially?)

“They are not a priority for the 3-series,” Draeger told Autocar last week. “We’ll start with the front-wheel drive architecture and more price-sensitive models.”

Instead, the smallest engine … CONTINUED

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This is the first music (industrial) film of the BMW Group. “check my machine” is a film project which has been created in a close collaboration between the BMW Group’s Electronic Media Department and creative Munich artists Jonas Imbery (Gomma Records) and Mirko Borsche (Bureau mirko borsche). The Brainstormclub and Eyetrip are responsible for production.

The soundtrack was exclusively generated out of the noises of the new F20 BMW 1 Series.

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We havent had some great looks at the F20 M-Sport yet, but the best images of the new car are by far the ones offered up by the BMW Configurator. The configurator will let you setup the F20 in Sport or Urban lines, and now has added M-Sport to the mix. You can also setup the exterior color and the view, and then download a high resolution snapshot of the car. I’ve taken a snapshot of all the colors available on the F20 M-Sport including Estoril … CONTINUED

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This new video courtesy of BMW UK showcase the interior of the F20 1-series hatchbacks and closes in on some external details. Seen clearly is the beautiful new dash with its large 6.5 inch display screen. Also of note is a look at the ambient lighting located on the F20′s B-pillar (at 30 seconds).

The video also features some close looks at the exterior as well. The frontal shots show the sculpting in the front fascia which seem to be easily lost … CONTINUED

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Since the internet reveal of the new BMW 1-Series SportHatch, the forums have been ablaze with photoshop artists displaying their skills in producing 3-Door variants, Coupe variants and facelifts of the car. Here are just a select viewing of interesting things people have come up with so far:

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Caught entering BMW Werk Regensburg , The new BMW 1er in Valencia Orange.

This car is the Urban Line packet.

Acknowledgment to Benny.