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A great set of real life comparison photos between the F30 and F10, by Paul Tan.

Although the general styling of the newest 3 series and 5 series is now more consistent and shares more styling cues than the previous generation E90 and E60, there are still significant differences (in particular the front end) between the two designs as these photos highlight.

Here’s the tale of the tape for the F30 and F10:

F30
Height – 56.3 in
Length – 182.5 in
Width – 71.3 in
Wheelbase – 110.6 … CONTINUED

Stages of the BMW Paint Process

06/05/2012 at 8:30 AM
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BMW base paint steps for the 1 Series. Display seen at the AMI Leipzig show. This color was Mineral White which is an option for X1s made at Leipzig.

BMW’s six paint stages are:

1) Steel Panel
2) Cathodic Dipping Paint. Rust Protection.
3) Primer coat. Protection against stone-chipping. Color base for base coat.
4) Water based coat of final color. First layer.
5) Water based coat of final color. Second layer.
6) Clear coat. Brilliance and resistance against environmental influence.

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BMW recently revealed the 2013 7 Series LCI / facelift refresh model [official thread]. Along with the newly updated looks and technology (the most important of which is the Navigation Pro iDrive system), the US is also set to receive a diesel 7 Series model (according to C&D) sometime next year.

It will be powered by the same 3.0 liter diesel inline 6-cylinder engine from the X5 xDrive35d. Actual output for the 7 Series application isn’t yet known, but the standard configuration of this engine currently produces … CONTINUED

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BMW has been busy trademarking. Below is a list of some recent BMW trademark filings for future potential models. Remember, just because a manufacturer registers a trademark does not mean that the model will necessarily come to fruition. But, it makes for some fun speculation and certainly paints a rough map of what potential future models we may see out of Munich.

Recent Trademark List:

X2, X4
M1, M2, M7, M10
2 Series Active Tourer
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AMI 2012: F31 3 Series Touring Debut

06/01/2012 at 6:45 PM
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The 2013 BMW 3 Series Touring (F31) had its online reveal 3 weeks ago and has just had its world premiere today at the 2012 AMI show.

Vital stats:

Compared to E91 3 Series Touring:
1.46 in (37mm) wider front track
1.85 in (48mm) wider rear track
3.66 in (97mm) longer
1.96 in (50mm) longer wheelbase
10% more cargo volume (with rear seats up … CONTINUED

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We’re here at the AMI (Auto Mobile International) 2012 show which kicked off today for the press and BMW had on display the F30 3 series featuring the full set of BMW M Performance parts. The BMW M Performance parts for the F30 3 series are designed to work with and bolt on to M Sport Package exterior parts. Photos and coverage by moderator Dackleone.

What you see in the photos inside include:

20 Inch M Performance Wheels: 20” forged alloy wheel set (style … CONTINUED

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We recently posted the first fully exposed F31 3 series touring M Sport (from inside a BMW facility), and now here’s the first public sighting of an Alpine White F31 touring M Sport.

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In the latest episode of Head 2 Head (by Motor Trend), Jonny Lieberman compares the BMW 328i with its N20 240hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine versus the Mercedes C250, also powered by a turbo 4 cylinder (1.8L turbocharged I-4 with 201 hp).

Which car redefines the segment according to Lieberman? View the video inside to find out.

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We recently posted the first photos of the F32 4 Series Coupe hitting the Nurburgring for high performance testing, and we’ve now also added a live video of the prototypes in action.

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The recently revealed 2013 F31 3 Series touring is set to make its world public debut this week at the 2012 AMI (Auto Mobil International) auto show in Leipzig, Germany 2012.

And although we’ve already posted some great looks at the F31 M Sport test mules, we’re hoping to see the M Sport model fully revealed at the AMI show. Whether it does or not however, here is a first look at a beautiful fully revealed production F31 3 Series touring with M Sport package, in Estoril … CONTINUED

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Last week we posted the 2013 3 Series Sedan (F30) Pricing and Ordering guides. For those wondering exactly what equipment and options changed between the 2012 and 2013 model year, here is a comprehensive list.

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In the latest set of Euro NCAP results, the BMW 3 Series has received Euro NCAP’s maximum five star rating. The BMW 3 Series in particular achieved a commendable 78% in pedestrian protection, a good result for a compact executive car with no active bonnet.

The F30 3 series scored 95% in adult occupant protection, 84% in child occupant protection and 86% in safety assist technology.

Full results, photos, and videos of the crash tests are inside.