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Jeremy Clarkson has published his list of the top 100 cars of 2013, and the BMW i3 has placed first, i8 second, and the 3 Series second, in their respective categories of Electric Cars/Hybrids, Supercars, and Family/Estate Cars.

The other three BMW models to crack the 100 list were the 7 Series (8th place in Executive category), the 5 Series (10th place in the Executive category) and the X3 (9th place in SUV category).

2014 Model Year 3 Series Changes

10/17/2013 at 12:15 PM
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BMWNA has announced the following changes to the 3 Series for the 2014 Model Year.

3 Series, 3 Series Sports Wagon and 3 Series Gran Turismo:
Navigation on 3 Series Sedan, Sport Wagon and Gran Turismo models is now iDrive 4.2 which includes a new iDrive rotary controller with integrated touchpad.

320i, 328i and 335i:
For MY 2014, the following features are made standard:

Sport leather steering wheel
Dark Burl Walnut wood trim
BMW Assist eCall
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Green Car Journal has identified its five finalists for the magazine’s high-profile 2014 Green Car of the Year® program. The five 2014 models include the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Honda Accord, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla. These five finalists are also honored as Green Car Journal’s “Top 5 Green Cars for 2014″ and earn the magazine’s “Green Car Product of Excellence” honors.

An increasing number of vehicle models are considered for the Green Car of the Year® program each year, a reflection of the auto … CONTINUED

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We take a look at the just revealed F33 4 Series Convertible [Official Thread] against the E93 3 Series Convertible which it replaces.

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Deliveries of the Canadian limited edition “335i M Performance Edition” has begun arriving in Canada. Check out our first owner’s delivery.

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With 77,921 and 9,855 units sold year-to-date, the 3 Series Sedan and 4 Series Coupe combined are the best selling luxury car in America and Canada, respectively. Here is how it compares to its rivals for 2013 sales thus far.

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1. BMW 3 Series / 4 Series – 77,921 units
2. Lexus RX – 73,279 units
3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 66,596 units
4. Lexus ES – 52,076 units
5. Mercedes-Benz E-Class – 46,006 units
6. Cadillac SRX – 40,506 units
7. BMW 5 Series – … CONTINUED

E36 Chumpcar by PSI

10/12/2013 at 10:30 AM
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PSI recently built a BMW E36 Chumpcar build. Here is the story, as told by one of their technicians, JT:

After hearing the name “Chumpcar” for a few years now, I was determined to figure out what exactly this was. At first, I believed it was a goofy racing series where people decorated some $500 car and and then raced it around various tracks hoping to last through an endurance event. There is another series that is similar called “The 24 hours of Lemons”. A few … CONTINUED

BMW Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo Feature Video

10/11/2013 at 10:30 AM
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Video from Alpina featuring their new BMW D3 Bi-turbo. The newest 3 Series by Alpina features 350 bhp (257 kW) at 4,000 rpm and an impressive 700 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm.

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Check out this very uniquely colored Java Green Metallic (BMW Individual color) Activehybrid 3 with M Sport Package.

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Delivery of N20 and N26 powered vehicles stopped as a result of power brake assist problem

On September 26th, BMW of North America announced to NHTSA its intention to conduct a voluntary Recall on certain 2012-2014 model year BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 models equipped with the N20 or N26 engine, produced from May 2012 to August 2013.

Affected vehicles in dealer inventories will not be sold or delivered to customers until the recall repair has been performed. Vehicles at BMW vehicle delivery … CONTINUED

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Ever see the summit of Pike’s Peak? A small group of BMW enthusiasts brings us there in this photo set from their weekend run.

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On this episode of The Downshift, the boys from Motor Trend and Tire Rack team up to test some tires. Do performance tires really make a difference? Our resident hot shoe Randy Pobst takes to the track with a BMW 328i, Mustang V6, Subaru BRZ and a truck load of tires to find out. Includes track times for each model and tire.

Frankfurt IAA 2013: Alpina Models

09/20/2013 at 2:00 PM
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Alpina has a larger than usual display at the ongoing 2013 Frankfurt IAA show where they brought out many of their many models, including the just announced Alpina D3, the XD3, B3 and B6.

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Substantial additions to the BMW engine range in autumn 2013 are set to lend fresh momentum to the current BMW model push. In November 2013 another three variants will be added to the line-up of engines for the most recent addition to the BMW model family, the BMW 4 Series Coupe. The BMW 435d Coupe will enter the fray as the most powerful variant of the new two-door model. Its 230 kW/313 hp six-cylinder in-line diesel engine teams up as standard with the intelligent all-wheel-drive … CONTINUED

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The new BMW ALPINA D3 Bi-Turbo sets entirely new standards of performance and efficiency in its segment – all in the familiar, harmonious ALPINA style.

The numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 summarise the key data of the new D3 Bi-Turbo like pearls on a chain: Vmax 278 km/h, 350 bhp, 4.6 s from 0-100 km/h, 5.3 l/100 km (139 g/km CO2), EU6, 700 Nm.

The first D3 to come out of Buchloe appeared in 2005 as a turbocharged, 2-litre in-line four cylinder model, and … CONTINUED

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The BMW 4 Series has landed in Canada and we get our first look at the F32 4 Series versus F30 3 Series M Sport, as well as a Glacier Silver M Sport.

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Alpina has released the first details of its 2014 Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo, which will join the B3 Bi-Turbo as the newest F3x based Alpina offering. The D3 is set to make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA show beginning next week.

For the 2014 D3, Alpina utilizes the same powerplant which powers the XD3 and D5 – an inline six-cylinder twin turbo motor. It outpouts 345 HP (257kw) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) torque. 0-62mph (100kmh) can be covered by the D3 in 4.6 seconds, … CONTINUED

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The BMW F30/F31 Club of Taiwan met in force recently in the city of Taichung. They’ve shared their event photos with us. And yes, they like white cars in Taiwan :)