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08/12/2012    3:00 PM
COMMENTS: 47

F30POST member Dan once again shares with us some DIYs for the F30 3 series. This one includes instructions for one of the first modifications any BMW enthusiast makes – replacing the factory front bumper reflectors and/or whiskers, usually to be replaced with body color matched versions.

Full directions and guide inside.

08/10/2012    12:45 PM
COMMENTS: 154

iND provides an updated look at their 2013 F30 328i project car. Without resorting to radical modifications, the look of this Sport Line Imperial Blue F30 has been transformed to a more aggressive look. The F30 3D Design front lip has been fitted for now, with the rest of the kit coming soon. An Eisenmann exhaust system will also be fitted onto their F30.

Here is the full list of modifications made so far:

3D Design front spoiler lip
19″ BBS CH-R wheels [19x8.5 ET32/19x9.5 ET35]
Yellow BMW M Performance Brakes
iND Gloss black front grilles
iND painted front reflectors
iND gloss black lower whiskers
H&R Sport Springs

08/08/2012    3:20 PM
COMMENTS: 72

The Alpina F30 B3 has started development and we’ve got the first sighting of the prototype. The B3 test mule (based on the F30 335i) provides a good preview of the external styling to expect on the F30 B3, with its Alpina front lip spoiler, aggressive trunk spoiler, quad exhaust, and of course Alpina wheels. It appears that Alpina has now changed the front lip spoiler design from its original preview render. The production version is likely to feature a special exterior color as in past Alpina models.

The F30 B3 will be powered by a highly massaged (by Alpina) N55 engine which should output more than the 400HP from the current B3 S’s N54 engine. It will be offered in automatic transmission only. Expect a top … CONTINUED

08/07/2012    12:20 PM
COMMENTS: 93

Customer F30 3 Series M Sport models have landed on US shores and into the driveways of their owners. This is our first reported F30 M Sport delivery and it goes to a lucky member in Texas. We’ve also seen the delivery of US spec M Sport F30 in Europe (to an American stationed in Germany).

Congrats to the owners and to all owners to come!

08/07/2012    8:00 AM
COMMENTS: 55

You know the physical specs of the F30 3 Series and how it compares to the E90 3 Series and F10 5 Series, but exactly how do their size and shapes compare? See how the cars compare in these silhouette overlays, which show us the precise differences.

08/07/2012    6:15 AM
COMMENTS: 7

After achieving record sales in the first half of 2012, the BMW Group reported its best-ever sales result for July. With a total of 135,537 (prev. yr. 129,102) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide last month, the company increased its sales by 5.0% compared to the previous year. It was also the first time in the company’s history that over one million vehicles had been delivered in the first seven months. From January to July the number of deliveries climbed 7.6% to 1,036,088 vehicles (prev. yr. 962,493).

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, said in Munich on Tuesday: “The BMW Group continued on its successful course in July and we are confident that we will continue to make solid … CONTINUED

08/06/2012    2:30 PM
COMMENTS: 201

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

08/01/2012    3:00 PM
COMMENTS: 161

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)

Colour, interior

[300] Alpinweiss III

[HAAT] Anthracite Hexagon cloth / Alcantara upholstery


Optional equipment

[258] Run-flat tyres
[2NH] M sport braking system
[2TB] Sport automatic transmission
[320] Model designation deletion
[403] Electric glass sunroof
[420] Sun protection glass
[494] Seat heating, front
[6WA] Black panel display, full

Editions & Packages

[337] M sport package

[2PF] 19 ” M light alloy wheels star-spoke style 403 M
[2VF] Adaptative M sport suspension
[481] Sport seats, front
[4DX] Estoril Blue interior trim finisher
[4MR] Aluminium Hexagon interior trim
[710] M steering wheel
[715] M … CONTINUED

08/01/2012    11:00 AM
COMMENTS: 18

BMW Group remains on successful course in second quarter

01.08.2012

- 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