Sixth generation, fifth triumph: the new BMW 3 Series has won the 2012 “Golden Steering Wheel” award presented by “Auto Bild” and “Bild am Sonntag”. The latest version of the sports sedan came out top among mid-range and top-range automobiles, thereby winning this important international automobile award for the fifth time in the history of the model. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, was there to receive the coveted trophy at a festive gala in Berlin yesterday. Third place in the “Convertibles and Coupés” category went to the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé. BMW was also awarded the “Golden Advertising Steering Wheel”. The jury voted the current BMW xDrive marketing campaign winner of this prize, which was presented to BMW … CONTINUED
Autoexpress reviews the F31 330d touring wagon against the Audi A4 3.0 TDI Avant and Mercedes Benz C350 CDI.
A new coilover option is now available for the F30 3 Series, from H&R.
The H&R Coil Over Street Performance Suspension (Part number: 28895-1) for the F30 328i and 335i has the following height adjustment range:
MSRP price: $1,680.00
Part number: 28895-1
Here is a description:
The H&R Street Performance Coil Over kit takes the traditional shock/spring package one step further. H&R combines their progressive-rate springs with specially valved shocks and adds height adjusters that let you set the ride height to your own personal tastes. These coil overs are designed for street use with progressive rate springs that start out soft and stiffen as they are compressed. This helps to keep the ride compliant while still giving better handling and balance.
H&R designs each suspension to work as … CONTINUED
BMW announced over the summer that the US would be getting new turbo diesel engines (a 180HP 4-Cylinder and 255HP 6-Cylinder), and now we see that BMW is planning 6 new diesel models for the NA market in 2013 and 2014.
The slide you see below was reportedly taken during a BMWNA meeting and it reveals the upcoming diesel model lineup and schedule:
• F30 3 Series sedan diesel – first half 2013
• F31 3 Series touring – second half 2013
• F10 5 Series diesel – third quarter 2013
• X5d diesel – end of 2013
• 7 Series diesel – first half 2014
• X3d diesel – first half 2014
No info yet on which models may receive what engines, but the 4-cylinder mentioned above may see duty in models … CONTINUED
The BMW Group continued to perform successfully during the period under report despite difficult market conditions. Sales volume, revenues and earnings figures all constituted new highs to date for a third quarter. Revenues during the three-month period from July to September rose by 13.7% to € 18,817 million (2011: € 16,547 million). The profit before financial result (EBIT) increased by 13.8% to € 2,004 million (2011: € 1,761 million). Third-quarter profit before tax (EBT) improved by 17.6% to € 1,987 million (2011: € 1,689 million). Net profit for the period came in 16.0% higher at € 1,289 million (2011: € 1,111 million). The total number of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered to customers during the third quarter increased by 9.0% to 434,963 units … CONTINUED
So far we’ve only seen BMW M Performance aero kit parts for the F30 3 Series installed on white F30s, but here are the first look at how the parts look on a different color – Estoril Blue II and Mineral Grey 3 Series.
The parts seen on the Estoril Blue II F30 is even painted in body color for an even more unique look.
Have a look inside.
Check out the sights and sounds (video included) from the Summer’s last Street Culture Nürnberg XXXLutz car show held last month.
The M Flight club also had a good turnout with lots of M cars up on the top floor of the parkhaus.
Enjoy the photos from our moderator, Dackelone (David).
SEMA 2012 is well underway and as usual, there are many tuned BMW builds on display, including many from our site sponsors.
Check out photos of many of the tuner built cars inside from BMWs to other imports and domestic cars.
Consumer Reports has named the F30 328i as the most reliable compact sport sedan. Check out their video review.