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03/10/2014    12:45 PM
COMMENTS: 44

Motortrend has published an entry-level luxury sedan review, comparing the BMW 320i, Mercedes CLA250, VW CC and Buick Regal. Check out some highlights below and head on over to Motortrend for the full review.

The initial idea suggested to yours truly was to line up the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 against the Volkswagen CC R-Line, but the proposal was compelling for all of two minutes. Apart from vaguely sharing body shapes and having turbocharged engines with similar outputs, the bigger, $35K, entry-level luxury question asked was, “Would anybody care?”

Because we wouldn’t have access to an MQB-underpinned Audi A3 until a month after our prospective itinerary, we turned to the other natural Germanic competitor. The MPV-like, front-drive BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is tentatively due in 2015, so … CONTINUED

02/26/2014    2:15 PM
COMMENTS: 15

The 2014 BMW 328i Sedan won Consumer Reports Top Picks 2014 Award for the Sport Sedan Category.

With its 240-horsepower BMW TwinPower Turbo inline-4 engine, featuring a 6 speed manual transmission or an 8 speed Steptronic transmission, the BMW 2014 328i delivers excellent performance and legendary BMW driving dynamics with class-leading value thanks to its excellent results in retained value and through the BMW Ultimate Service® No Cost maintenance program.

According to Consumer Reports; the BMW 3 Series has long set the standard for sports sedans. The current model delivers excellent handling and a high fun-to-drive factor. It’s also roomier, more luxurious, and more fuel-efficient than past models. The 328i’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine is quick and thrifty, posting 28 mpg overall, which is best among … CONTINUED

02/10/2014    6:15 PM
COMMENTS: 9

BMW of North America will debut an all-new television commercial today featuring the BMW 3 Series and actress Brooklyn Decker. The ad is part of BMW’s regional advertising buy during NBC’s broadcast of Sochi 2014. In addition to purchasing national advertising within NBC’s broadcast of Sochi 2014, BMW has purchased regional NBC advertising in the top 17 markets, up from 11 markets during London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

“Opportunity Knocks,” starring actress Brooklyn Decker, features the BMW 3 Series, the quintessential Ultimate Driving Machine that invented the Sports Sedan segment. The BMW 3 Series has been named on Car and Driver’s acclaimed 10Best List for 23 years in a row. This spot tells the story of a man who has previously let opportunity pass him … CONTINUED

02/06/2014    6:48 PM
COMMENTS: 21

BMW looks to be expanding its eDrive plug-in hybrid offerings, with a 3 Series plug-in hybrid model now spied in testing. The X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid has already been testing since last year.

This prototype wears an obvious ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ sticker, but also shows a second fuel cap cover on the front left fender, covering the electric socket for charging.

As for specs? It’s likely to use the same engine and technologies from the X5 eDrive, which features a turbo 4 cylinder engine outputting 171hp, paired with an electric motor providing 95 more horsepower.

The X5 eDrive travels up to 70 MPH (120kmh) on electric power alone and has a maximum range of 19 miles (30km) on electric power alone. Acceleration from 0-62 MPH takes under … CONTINUED

02/03/2014    7:56 PM
COMMENTS: 74

Chris Harris reviews the new 2014 BMW 320i at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in California.

02/02/2014    12:00 PM
COMMENTS: 138

We compare the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36) versus the 3 Series Sedan (F30) and the 4 Series Coupe (F32), both visually and specs-wise.

01/30/2014    2:30 PM
COMMENTS: 8

BMW starts 2014 with four awards from the automobile magazine “auto motor und sport”. The BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.6-0.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 13–0 g/km), BMW 4 Series Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.4-4.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 197-121 g/km), and BMW 5 Series (combined fuel consumption: 9.6-4.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 224–119 g/km) were the winners in their respective categories. The BMW i3 was also recognised by the editors-in-chief of “auto motor und sport” as well as more than 30 international partner automobile magazines worldwide for its highly innovative technology with the “International Paul Pietsch Award”. Meanwhile the successful overall showing by BMW in the readers’ vote was underpinned by second places for the BMW 3 Series (combined fuel … CONTINUED

01/29/2014    11:00 AM
COMMENTS: 81

BMW recently announced that an extensive BMW Individual program would be offered for the BMW 4 Series (and 3 Series) from the spring of 2014.

Some of the options to be made available include Individual exterior paints, BMW Individual light-alloy wheels, extended BMW Individual leather trim, a Merino leather steering wheel as well as an instrument panel finished in leather.

We now have some first looks, via BMW’s facebook page.

BMW Individual fine-grain Merino leather in Gold Brown and BMW Individual fine-wood trim Plane Auburn dark.

BMW Individual fine-wood trim Ash Grain White, the upholstery in fine-grain Merino leather Opal White and leather-covered instrument panel.

BMW Individual fine-grain Merino leather in Opal White with contrasting piping and stitching.

BMW Individual leather steering.

Citrine Black metallic with BMW Individual 19″ light … CONTINUED

01/22/2014    1:25 PM
COMMENTS: 55

Note: This is a global press release (not applicable to all markets).

January 22, 2014

Munich. From the spring of 2014, the pleasure of driving can be experienced in a whole new dimension. BMW is extending its range of engines for the latest additions to the model portfolio and is presenting at the same time four further models equipped with BMW xDrive. The intelligent four-wheel drive system, for example, will be available for the first time in the BMW 4 Series Convertible. In addition, an extensive BMW Individual programme will be on offer for the BMW 4 Series from the spring of 2014.

Further innovative options will be introduced to enhance both safety and comfort. From the spring of 2014, all BMW models except for the BMW … CONTINUED