According to a report from Automotive News, BMW is considering adding a second North American plant – in Mexico. It would join the Sprtanburg, SC plant as the only other BMW plant in N.A.
Production at the Spartanburg plant has included the X5, X6, X3, and Z4 (no longer built in Spartanburg) and will soon include the X4 SAV. The potential Mexican plant would expand that to the 3 Series and future FWD 1 Series models. Production would set to begin at the plant in late 2016 / early 2017.
As many as four Mexican locations are being considered, with a decision due next year. Should it be built, the Mexican plant would eventually produce 100,000 – 150,000 vehicle annually, but start by producing no more than 40,000 … CONTINUED
F30 3 Series M Sport models began production last month and the first deliveries are now under way. Here, an F30POST member shows off his beautiful new Alpine White M Sport F30 320d. Check out the gallery inside of the beautiful M Sport exterior and interior.
Full specs of this car:
BMW 320d F30 (AM 2013)
 Alpinweiss III
[HAAT] Anthracite Hexagon cloth / Alcantara upholstery
 Run-flat tyres
[2NH] M sport braking system
[2TB] Sport automatic transmission
 Model designation deletion
 Electric glass sunroof
 Sun protection glass
 Seat heating, front
[6WA] Black panel display, full
Editions & Packages
 M sport package
[2PF] 19 ” M light alloy wheels star-spoke style 403 M
[2VF] Adaptative M sport suspension
 Sport seats, front
[4DX] Estoril Blue interior trim finisher
[4MR] Aluminium Hexagon interior trim
 M steering wheel
 M … CONTINUED
BMW Group remains on successful course in second quarter
- New record figures for sales volume and revenues
- Second-best quarterly earnings in the company’s history
- Profit before financial result amounts to € 2.27 billion
- Automotive Segment second-quarter EBIT margin of 11.6%
- BMW Group reaffirms targets for financial year 2012
Munich. The BMW Group continued its success during the second quarter as well as in the six-month period to June 2012, achieving new record figures for sales volume and revenues and the second-best Group operating profit in the company’s history.
Second-quarter revenues rose by 7.3% to € 19,202 million (2011: € 17,888 million). Group earnings remained at a high level despite greater investment in new technologies and higher personnel costs: Profit before financial result (EBIT) amounted to € 2,270 million … CONTINUED
The F34 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) is just months from its debut and the first F34 chassis has now been spotted.
The 3 Series GT will feature a similar engine lineup to the F30 3 Series and we expect its public debut to possibly come at the 2013 NAIAS in January (if it will be sold in the US) or 2013 Geneva show in March.
For previous coverage and details thus far on the F34 GT, see http://www.bimmerpost.com/?s=f34
BMW has released a set of new ads highlighting some of the technologies available in its lineup. They deliver the message with some humor, reminding us of the 6 ad spots which debuted during the last Super Bowl.
Here’s some telling photos comparing the Estoril Blue II color available only on the F30 3 Series M Sport with the Monte Carlo Blue exclusive to the F10 M5 sedan.
It’s not official until it’s official (BMW announces it publicly), but further confirming clues that the F32 coupe will be badged as the 4 Series Coupe comes from a list of a list of forthcoming miniature scale models that BMW AG has released internally in Germany, according to BMW insider Scott26.
In addition to the new M6 models and 6 Series Gran Coupe, they identify the F34 3 Series Gran Turismo and the F32 “4 Series” Coupe as the upcoming BMW miniatures to be released.
If true, with the F32 coupe badged as a 4 Series, expect the M version to be named the M4 coupe, as per tradition for M models. The only reason this doesn’t happen is if the BMW board decides to break with BMW’s … CONTINUED
Cadillac hasn’t had much success in the luxury compact class, with the Cinnamon in the 80s as a prime example. Not wanting to be left out of the segment which sees the biggest volumes sold for luxury brands worldwide however, Cadillac has brought the ATS sedan to market to once again take on the 3 Series, C Class, and A4.
How does the ATS fare in that goal? The first reviews are in and here’s what the publications had to say about the ATS compared to the 2012 3 Series.
Japanese tuning company 3D Design releases its aero kit for the F30 3 Series sedan.
From the company’s inception in 1998 the gentlemen at 3D Design Japan have worked persistently to develop a brand focused on the idea of clean lines and top shelf products produced in conjunction with top shelf manufacturers. The new generation of BMW chassis pose a interesting challenge due to the fact that the Munich designers have done a excellent job with the aesthetics. The F30 is no exception. Although the variance from the E9X chassis is slight the gents at 3D Design needed to develop a aero line that was simple while bringing a more aggressive presence to the new flagship vehicle.
Albeit 3D Design will be releasing more products for the F30 … CONTINUED