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As many of us know already, the next generation 1-series (internal chassis codename F20) has been testing for some time now and has been in the wintery European north for cold climate testing. While its no secret that the next generation 1-series would likely get a 135i variant this is the first time that we are seeing a dual exhaust on the car on separate sides similar to other cars in the BMW range such as the 335i and 535i. This may simply be … CONTINUED

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We recently reported that a leasing program for the ActiveE electric car (based on the 1-series) will soon be launched worldwide, with 200 units available in the US. BMW has clarified and now says that while no exact # has been determined, there will be at least 450 ActiveEs coming to the US.

Press release:

BMW Group Commitment to Electric Vehicle Development Unwavering

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 8, 2010… Recent published reports have … CONTINUED

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Over the next year, a leasing program for the ActiveE electric car (based on the 1-series) will be launched worldwide. 600-700 units of the ActiveE car will be available for lease in major cities around the globe. The ActiveE runs off a synchronous electric motor which produces 170hp / 184lb-ft torque. A full charge takes about 4.5 hours allowing a driving range of 100 miles.

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Here is the latest video from Auto Motor Und Sport of the BMW F20 1-series hatchback in winter testing. It has been a while since we last saw a spy video of the new upcoming 1-series 5-door hatch. The 5 and 3-door variants are due as a 2011 model and will sport the familiar 4-6cyl variants which range from anywhere between 115-265hp. Previous spy videos: HERE and HERE.

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The F20 1-series 5-door hatchback continues its winter cold weather testing in Arjeplog, a town in Northern Sweden. The new 5-door hatch 1-series is expected debut sometime next year.

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There are some very talented videographers out there. Luckily, some of them also own BMWs and can really marry two hobbies with some amazing results. Check it out. Well worth it!

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We bring you the full 2011 BMW Model Year ordering guide (in PDF) for all 2011 models. This guide lists ALL start of production dates, available options, colors, packages, and related notes for every single BMW model for 2011.

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Overall, the 2011 BMW models are not significantly changed. The new models are the BMW 5-series and Alpina B7 along with LCI updates to the 3-series coupe and convertible. See inside for 2011 BMW models pricing and details.

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The BMW 130i is the big winner of the long-term test ranking by one of Germany’s leading car journals, Auto Bild. Covering 100,000 kilometres or more than 62,000 miles without the slightest problem, BMW’s sporting compact not only achieved the best result throughout the whole of 2009, but also took over overall leadership among all cars ever tested over this distance. In response, the professional car testers gave the BMW 130i their 1+ grade (equal to AAA) and acknowledged BMW’s sporting performer as the “Best Auto … CONTINUED

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The psychadelic equiped camod next generation BMW 1-Series (chassis code F20) was seen in early December starting out cold weather testing and now a month later continues heavy testing.

Not much is known about the next generation 1-series, but what is known is that BMW sees this car as a core vehicle to its lineup in the future. Potentially, this car would be as important to them as the 3-series and so similar coupe and sedan variants are … CONTINUED

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It seems BMWs Concept ActiveE isnt just a showcar. Following their sucessful MINI-e lease program in the US BMW will start a similar program for the electric 1-series. This means that the car will be available in select cities and you will have to apply to own the car.

The actual number of cars which will be available is unknown. But if history is any guide it wont exactly be easy to get your hands on the … CONTINUED

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Here is an update to the previously reported N55 equiped 135i. More wallpapers of the coupe and convertible have been released by BMW and they are here for your desktop needs.

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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Changes to the 1-Series in 2011 confirm what has been widely speculated:

Engine change to the new TwinScroll Single Turbo 6-cylinder engine (N55)
300HP @ 5800
300lb-ft @ 1200-5000
Now with Valvetronic
New 7-Speed DCT is now optional
Optional Harmon Kardon sound system now available

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2011 1-series gets DCT transmission

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Alrighty folks, the crew over at BimmerFile have strong evidence that the 2011 1er will offer a 7 speed Dual Clutch Transmission as an option. They are sure that a 6 speed manual transmission will remain. Many have speculated that a DCT would only be offered in the upcoming performance variant of the 1 series. It would feature the same transmission from the current Z4 and a few European-market BMW products. Strong birdies have pointed at the builds … CONTINUED

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Great (and surprising) news for 1-series owners: pricing for the entire range of 1-series BMW Performance parts have been reduced. New pricelist inside.

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Here is BMWs first official commercial for the new Concept ActiveE car, based off the 1-series coupe.

Here is the official release and technical info behind the ActiveE: http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332082

Nice! Hope the ActiveE gets introduced in other BMW lineup.

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BMW Concept ActiveE

BMWs vision for the future of the megacity vehicle, dubbed Project-i (Isetta?) comes in the form of this 1-series coupe modified to run on electricity.

For the next major autoshow on schedule, the International Autoshow at Detroit, BMW will bring this car to follow-up the VisionED concept car.

BMW maintains its goals of combining the green energy push with its own motto of "sheer driving pleasure" or "joy". They have aimed to make … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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Thanks to the boys at spyshots.nl as theyve caught the new 1-series out in the cold Scandinavian testing area.

The car continues to be heavily camod but the car is now solidly in the BMW development cycle. As you may remember, the car was previously seen as a mule riding on the current 1-series body, then a camod prototype was seen driving around the streets on Munich. With more development under the cars belt, it has … CONTINUED

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