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The latest issue of EVO magazine features the EVO Car of the Year feature. The BMW M135i makes the short list of great cars under consideration.

The results are as follows (from best to worst), according to EVO:

1) Pagani Huayra
1) Lotus Exige V6 (tie)
3) Porsche Boxster S
4) Mclaren MP4-12C
5) Porsche 911 Carrera
6) BMW M135i (8 speed auto)

Other contenders that didn’t make the final shootout:

Mercedes C63 AMG Black
Alpina B3 GT3
Morgan 3 Wheeler
Toyota GT 86

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The BMW Group continued to perform successfully during the period under report despite difficult market conditions. Sales volume, revenues and earnings figures all constituted new highs to date for a third quarter. Revenues during the three-month period from July to September rose by 13.7% to € 18,817 million (2011: € 16,547 million). The profit before financial result (EBIT) increased by 13.8% to € 2,004 million (2011: € 1,761 million). Third-quarter profit before tax (EBT) improved by 17.6% to € 1,987 million (2011: € 1,689 million). … CONTINUED

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The last time we posted photos of the FWD 1 Series GT in testing, it was nearly a year before the debut of the BMW Concept Active Tourer [official info] at the recent 2012 Paris auto show.

Here, we see it with less camouflage than ever and although some fairly heavy and tricky camouflage remains, one can look to the concept model [photos below] for a very good idea of what the production model will look like. BMW has a strong track record of keeping production … CONTINUED

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Check out the sights and sounds (video included) from the Summer’s last Street Culture Nürnberg XXXLutz car show held last month.

The M Flight club also had a good turnout with lots of M cars up on the top floor of the parkhaus.

Enjoy the photos from our moderator, Dackelone (David).

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BMW is putting huge effort in launching a revolutionary, new “three” [full technical details inside]. Before you get too excited, let’s be clear that what we are talking about is not the next generation of the quintesssential sports sedan. The “three” refers to the entry-level iteration of BMW’s new, modular engine family. In the quest to modernize its engine portfolio and achieve maximum economies of scale, Munich is launching closely related three-, four- and six-cylinder engines for diesel and gasoline applications.

There is a lot of … CONTINUED

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If resident BMW insider Scott26 is correct, the upcoming 1 Series FWD BMW model lineup will be available with M Sport packages.

Although the FWD models will be front-wheel driven, BMW has sporty intentions with the lineup; something we don’t doubt judging by how well MINIs (with which the FWD 1 Series models will share the UKL platform) handle and perform. Offering M Sport packages for the FWD BMW models will serve to enhance the sportiness (in looks, and perhaps performance) of the future front wheel … CONTINUED

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Think there are a lot of 1 Series in Taiwan? If you didn’t, this should change your mind. This recent meet saw over sixty 1 Series in attendance, with twenty of them being 1M coupes, which would be impressive even in a big BMW market like the US or Germany.

Check out the event videos and photos.

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The BMW Group experienced growth in many regions around the world in September and achieved another record month in sales. With 177,716 (prev. yr. 159,223) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles delivered worldwide, sales were 11.6% higher than in the same month last year. It was also the best first nine months for the company, with sales up 8.3% compared to the same period last year. A total of 1,335,502 BMW Group vehicles were delivered during this time (prev. yr. 1,232,619).

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board … CONTINUED

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Deliveries have now begun for the BMW M135i, the company’s first gasoline powered model in the M Performance Automobile lineup. Congrats to 1ADDICTS member washy for being one of the first lucky owners and our site’s very first owner of the M135i.

Check out some initial photos inside from the excited new owner.

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The star of this year’s BMW exhibit and press conference at the 2012 Paris auto show is the recently announced BMW Concept Active Tourer (C.A.T.) FWD electric hybrid car [Official Info Thread].

The BMW C.A.T. offers an initial insight into the company’s further innovations for the premium compact segment, as well as a preview of a future 1 Series production model. In this study, BMW demonstrates what it calls groundbreaking solutions in terms of both the interior and the drive concept.

As BMW describes:
With an external length … CONTINUED

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We’re coming to you live from the 2012 Paris motor show and our first car covered is the BMW M135i 3-door hatchback. This model had its world public debut at the 2012 AMI show in May, but its showing here at the 2012 Paris motor show represents its biggest audience yet.

Inside are the the vitals on this newest model to the BMW M Performance Automobiles lineup. The F21 M135i will unfortunately not make it to North America.

Full M135i technical info and official thread @ http://f20.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=690505… CONTINUED

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At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, three fascinating concept studies will point the way forward to a future defined by both sustainability and driving pleasure. What is more, BMW sends out an impressive signal in terms of efficiency, premium quality and innovative technology with its latest models in a range of vehicle segments. BMW Connected Drive innovations and the
BMW M Performance accessories round off the appearance at the
Paris show.

BMW Concept Active Tourer: more space for innovations.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer sees its premiere … CONTINUED

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First videos of the BMW Concept Active Tourer which will become the FWD 1 Series GT. The concept will debut later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Footage featuring both the exterior and the interior of the Active Tourer.

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release

3D Design F20/F21 1 Series Program

09/07/2012 at 11:35 AM
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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.

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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 … CONTINUED

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The BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe, Z4 Roadster, 1 Series Coupe were ranked highest of their respective segments in the 2012 Total Quality Index™ (TQI) study conducted by Strategic Vision. Total Quality measures how closely the experience of quality matches the explicit desires of the customer.

“Delivering vehicles of the highest quality that delight our customers has always been a top priority at BMW,” said Ludwig Willisch – President and CEO of BMW of North America. “The diversity of models scoring top honors in the TQI study … CONTINUED

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The BMW Group has extended its premium car sharing program DriveNow to the US. DriveNow launched in San Francisco with 70 BMW ActiveE electric vehicles. The innovative mobile parking solution, ParkNow, will debut in the Californian city in September.

Here is a video detailing the DriveNow and ParkNow programs.

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On a recent Saturday, 1ADDICTS members visited Manhart Racing GmbH in Wuppertal, near the Essen area in NRW (Western Germany).

The Chef/Boss & Technical Director of Manhart Racing GmbH, Christoph Erfurt showed us around the shop and exlpained in detail any questions we had of their various project cars. While Benedict Spohr the sales manager answered the “how much is THAT” questions.

The Manhart crew could not have been nicer to all ofus 1Addicts. It was a fantastic day with lots of cool cars to droll over. They … CONTINUED