Just announced today is the short list for possible North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) winner, which will be announced at the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) in January. Per tradition, this list will be culled down to an even shorter finalist list prior to the show.
For the cars on this list that do not ultimately win, being named to the list is already a sign of distinction given the number of new cars introduced per model year. Below are the car and truck lists.
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The 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T tries to dethrone the 2013 BMW 328i from the front of the entry-level luxury segment on the latest episode of Car and Driver: Tested.
MORR Wheels and Precision Sport Industries have started on their F30 3 Series collaboration with this Estoril Blue F30 335i M-Sport on 19″ MonoForged VS8.2 wheels. Check out the initial photo set inside.
We recently reported on the F31 3 series touring hitting dealership floors, which meant that deliveries were not far behind. The first F31 deliveries are now underway and here is our very first F31 touring owner. This F30POST member just brought home a Mineral Grey F31 320d M Sport. Congrats to him and all our soon-to-be F31 drivers!
Nothing new was shown on this F30 with M Performance Parts at the 2012 Paris auto show, but it’s still good eye candy. Here’s a quick rundown of the parts you see in the photos below (we’ve also reposted photos we took at the 2012 AMI show in May). Also reference the full BMW M Performance Parts Catalog.
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he Aachen-based experts from AC Schnitzer help the 3-series with Diesel engines 318d and 320d to achieve 126 kW/171 HP or 160 kW/218 HP. The performance upgrades for the 328i and 335i will realise 216 kW/294 HP or 265 kW/360 HP but both are still in the final development stage. One thing is for sure: with the AC Schnitzer performance upgrades the 3 series will have an even more impressive presence.
As appearances are also important, these inner values are reflected in the AC Schnitzer engine optics.
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We’re coming to you live from the 2012 Paris motor show and have had a chance to gawk at the beautiful 3 Series Touring (F31) in M Sport trim and in Estoril Blue II, which has become the quintessential color for the F30 and F31 M sport package.
The 330d touring produces 258PS and 560Nm torque, with fuel economy of 55.4mpg.
F31 deliveries have just begun in Europe (see our very first delivery) and they will hit the North American market in the Spring of 2013.
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One of the first head-to-head comparisons between the 2013 BMW F30 328i versus the Cadillac ATS (2.0T).
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the all-new Cadillac ATS against the car it was built to compete with, the dominating BMW 328i. Jonny uses test data to illustrate how similar these two cars are and then takes them out for a true drivers test on one of his favorite California back roads.
The KW DDC (Dynamic Damper Control) ECU coilovers remove the pain of getting out of the car and adjusting it manually. You can download the software app from iTunes for free and use it to adjust your coilovers via iPhone, iPad, or iPod. It has 3 settings (comfort, sport and sport+) or you can fine tune it yourself.
We have been reporting and referring to the upcoming F32 and F82 models as the 4 Series Coupe and M4 Coupe for months now, and Automobile now comes in with their ruminations on what the M4 and 4 series lineup will bring. Although much of this is not new information, it provides a good review of what to expect for the upcoming 4 Series and M4:
4 Series Coupe (F32), 4 Series Convertible (F33), and Gran Coupe (F36)
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The 2013 3 Series Touring (F31) officially launched into European markets and hit dealerships this past weekend. The F31 touring will arrive at US / Canadian dealerships in Spring 2013.
Check out some photos of various F31 touring on display in European showrooms.
Unfortunate news for the BMW world. One of BMW’s prototype test drivers was killed a few days ago on September 21 on the A92 highway near BMW”s Dingolfing plant.
He was in high speed testing of the F30 3 series hybrid and passing a series of tractor trailer trucks when a truck entered into the test driver’s lane. The driver swerved to avoid the truck and crash into the rear of a truck. The driver was killed instantly.
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With their expressive and unmistakeable design, BMW’s latest new models convince not only juries of experts at renowned competitions, but also the general public. Latest example of this is BMW’s double victory in the readers’ survey conducted by the trade magazine “auto, motor und sport”. In the vote for the best design innovations 2012, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé and the new BMW 3 Series Sedan each attained a top position in their respective vehicle segment. As a result, both models are now being honoured … CONTINUED
New York Tri-State residents and visitors looking for a great way to get away for a weekend can now do so in a new BMW 328i as BMW Financial Services today kicks off Fall Weekend Specials (four days for the price of three) through its unique BMW on Demand USA™ service.
Starting today, the Fall Weekend Special invites consumers to experience the 328i for a flexible four-day weekend with unlimited mileage. Consumers will have the choice of experiencing the 328i from Thursday morning through Monday morning or … CONTINUED
The Eisenmann Race Exhaust system for the F30 328i (N20 motor) has now been released, one of the first aftermarket exhausts for the F30. It features 2x90mm tips and gives the N20 engine of the 2013 328i a much throatier sound than the stock factory sound which leaves much to be desired.
Check out the installed photos and a first video clip inside.
The new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon has fought off tough competition to once again be crowned Best Executive Car of the Year at the What Car? Green Awards 2012, going on to top the field and be awarded the prestigious accolade of Green Car of the Year.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon won over the judges with its unconventional statistics, combining outstanding fuel efficiency and emissions with impressive performance. With a combined fuel consumption of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km, the 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon is … CONTINUED
With F30 3 series deliveries chugging along, it was only a matter of time before our members started gathering with their F30s.
This weekend saw our Toronto area members gather for the first substantial F30 meet, with 9 owners making it out with their F30 models of all different varieties and colors.
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
BMW Concept Active Tourer: more space for innovations.
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