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Nuance Communications Inc. today announced that BMW will be making Dragon Drive! Messaging available in the new 2012 BMW 7 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid vehicles, with additional models to follow. Dragon Drive! Messaging is a new BMW ConnectedDrive feature as part of the latest generation of BMW Navigation system Professional. Unveiled in May, Dragon Drive! Messaging is Nuance’s new automotive-grade connected car service that lets people speak emails and text messages.

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BMW has revealed Individual colors for the F30 / F31 3 series in an international online configurator. The exterior colors include Citrine Black, Moonstone Metallic, Smokey Topaz, and Tanzanite Blue. Interior Individual leather colors include Criollo Brown, Cashmere Beige, Cohiba Brown, Opal White, and Black. A new Style 439 wheels has also been revealed.

These are not yet available for the US market, but we’ll hopefully see them as options sometime during the 2013 model year.

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We are attending the world press launch drives of the F31 3 series touring, M135i, Activehybrid 3 and F21 1 Series hatchback, where the 3 Series Touring M Sport has been officially shown for the first time, in Estoril Blue II. We bring you a photo gallery inside.

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The BMW 3 Series Touring first drives are underway. Here are a few of the first reactions to the F31 touring model.

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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. … CONTINUED

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Summary:

Combination of an award-winning combustion engine and an innovative electric drive.
BMW TwinPower Turbo technology working in tandem with an eight-speed automatic hybrid transmission and intelligent energy management.
All-electric operation up to 75 km/h (46 mph). All-electric driving range up to four kilometres (approx. 2.5 miles).
System output 250 kW / 340 HP (306 HP 6 cylinder inline petrol engine + 55 HP electric motor).
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The F31 3 Series Touring international press launch is underway in Germany and we bring you new photo galleries of the attractive 3 series wagon.

The new edition of the BMW 3 Series Touring [official info thread] makes its mark in the premium sports estate segment with its hallmark BMW dynamic prowess, enhanced practicality and versatility, and a range of standard equipment features assembled to meet the challenges of everyday life. Its larger interior is extremely versatile and designed to adapt to everything its customers’ … CONTINUED

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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.

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Great in-depth owner’s review of an F30 328i sedan, covering everything from the engine to the transmission, steering, suspension, tires, comfort, seats, visibility package, audio system, idrive, black panel, and other technologies.

There is a slew of photos accompanying the review as well.

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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

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Hartge releases its software ECU piggyback tune for the BMW 6-cylinder turbo N55 engine. It yields impressive power gains of +56 horsepowers and +59 ft-lb torque! The tune can be applied to the F30 335i, F10 535i and F25 X3 xDrive35i.

The Hartge ‘Engine Conversion’ is a bespoke tuning module that plugs in ahead of the engine computer on the wiring harness. It has factory-style plugs to connect in-line with the water temp sensor, fuel rail pressure, turbo boost pressure sensors, turbo wastegate … CONTINUED

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Hartge has officially released its software ECU piggyback tune for the BMW 4-cylinder turbo N20 engine. It yields impressive power gains of +45 horsepowers and +45 ft-lb torque! The tune can be applied to the F30 328i, F10 528i, F25 X3 xDrive28i, and E89 Z4 sDrive28i. Check out a video of the tune in action inside.

The Hartge ‘Engine Conversion’ is a bespoke tuning module that plugs in ahead of the engine computer on the wiring harness. It has factory-style plugs to … CONTINUED

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We bring you the first video of the F34 3 Series Gran Turismo (GT) in action. 335i prototypes were spotted on and around the Nurburgring as it recently began its performance testing at the Ring.

The 3 Series GT is being tested concurrently with the other future F3x variants – the F32 coupe and F33 convertible.

The overall apperance of the 3 series GT will follow the 5 Series GT in having some independent styling from the other 3 series variants. Unlike the 5 Series GT however, it … CONTINUED

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The U.S. 2013 3 Series (F30) online configurator has come online and now also features the long awaited F30 M Sport configurator, as well as the builder for the F30 Activehybrid.

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One of the first and most popular modifications for any BMW is often the kidney grilles, and the F30 3 series has proven to be no exception. Here is a comprehensive DIY instruction guide on removing and replacing the F30 kidney grille.

Estimated Time: 15-20 minutes

Tools Necessary:
T20 Torx
T30 Torx
small flat head or pick tool

See the step by step instructions inside.

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Good news for iPhone users. iOS6 is finally supporting iDrive Office integration via Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile). Bluetooth MAP is the protocol used to retrieve email messages through iDrive, which currently only works with Blackberry and a few other devices.

Here are a few photos showing a iPhone 4S connecting via Bluetooth MAP (wireless non-USB connection) using iOS6 Beta 1.

BMW F30 Alpina B3 Preview

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Alpina has released a preview render of the F30 Alpina B3. Expect it to debut at next year’s Geneva show in March 2013 and to be powered by same N55 engine which powers the current B3 S, but massaged by Alpina to an even higher output than the current B3 S which has 400HP.

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For the past few weeks, BMW has been offering a $300 discount on the 2012 3 Series for scheduling a test drive through the app, but they’ve now expanded the promotion to include all BMW models.

The discounts are as follows:

$300 Off 3 Series, 1 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 (all trims, including M models)
$500 Off 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo and X5 (all trims, including M models)
$700 Off 7 Series, 6 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe and X6 (all trims, including M models)

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