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05/22/2012    9:30 AM
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today named the all-new 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan a “Top Safety Pick”, continuing the company’s long-standing commitment to offering class-leading safety with each new model. In order to earn “Top Safety Pick”, a car must receive a rating of “good”, the Institute’s highest rating, in all of four tests – 40 mph frontal offset impact, side impact, rear impact protection/head restraint and rollover protection – and must be equipped an electronic stability control system like BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control.

“The new 3 Series is a testament to BMW’s long tradition of passenger safety as well as to the men and women who engineer and build them,” noted Tom Baloga – Vice-President, Engineering (US) for BMW. “While we remain committed to … CONTINUED

05/20/2012    11:10 AM
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BMW enthusiasts and tuners gathered for the 2012 Bimmerfest event yesterday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

05/18/2012    10:55 AM
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Starting as of July 2012 production, the next generation Navigation Professional system (609) will be available on the 5 Series Sedan, 5 Series Gran Turismo, 7 Series Sedan and ActiveHybrid 3. Although the link above doesn’t mention the F30, it will also be available on the F31 touring and should be available on the F30 3 series as of July.

This new system offers faster processing and an enhanced design over the current system and incorporates several great new features:

• Streamlined radio/media menu structure
• Improved navigation submenu structure
• Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information
• Weather information in navigation map
• POI enrichment*
• GoogleTM autocomplete*
* requires BMW Assist Convenience Plan.

More details and images inside.

05/17/2012    3:00 PM
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New render of the upcoming BMW 4 Series Coupe (F32), which is said to be highly reflective (percentage) wise of the actual appearance of the final F32 coupe design.

The F32 is due to be revealed in the first half of 2013 and should come as a 2014 model year.

05/17/2012    11:30 AM
COMMENTS: 154

One of the more exciting items from the full BMW M Performance Parts catalog for the F30 3 series are the M Performance Brakes. These are Brembo 4-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle and 2-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear axle. They come in red, yellow, or orange and feature the M logo on the calipers.

The internally-vented lightweight sports rotors measure 370 x 30 mm (diameter x thickness) on the front axle and 345 x 24 mm on the rear axle. Unlike the M Sport brake discs, the M Performance brake discs are cross drilled for better grip and grooved to reduce water film build up. The BMW M Performance sports brake system is only approved in combination with at least 18″ aluminum … CONTINUED

05/15/2012    4:45 PM
COMMENTS: 159

Here are the official ordering and pricing guides for the 2013 3 Series Sedan (F30) [download PDFs below]. The pricing listed in the guide is effective July 1, 2012.

The 2013 328i sedan sees an increase of $1600 and the 2013 335i sedan will cost $400 more than the 2012 models. The new models will include the 328i and 335i xDrive models. The 328i xDrive starts at $38,500 and the 335i xDrive is priced at $44,800.

Production of the 2013 3 Series will begin in July.

Much more information inside.

05/15/2012    2:30 PM
COMMENTS: 44

Here are the official pricing guides for the 2013 3 Series Coupe (E92) and Convertible (E93) [download PDFs below].

The pricing listed in the guides are effective July 1, 2012. All models see a $200 price increase over the 2012 model year prices (as of September 2011). Production of the 2013 3 Series will begin in July.

05/14/2012    9:35 PM
COMMENTS: 181

Enclosed are the complete set of changes for the 2013 F30 3 series, as well as the 2013 E92/E93 3 series, as of July production. The F30 model line expands with the 328i and 335i xDrive and the F30 M Sport Line has been announced and priced.

The M Sport line is priced at $3,850 for the 328i and $3,200 on 335i model. See the full package details and all 2013 changes inside.

05/14/2012    8:50 PM
COMMENTS: 39

Just in: the base price of the 2013 328i xDrive Sedan is $38,500 and the 335i xDrive Sedan base price is $44,800. Production of the F30 xDrive models will begin in July. More details inside, and pricing guide to come.