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BMW of North America announced today that three of its models – the BMW 2 Series; the BMW 4 Series; the BMW 5 Series – were the top ranked vehicles in their categories according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). Also, BMW ranked 6th among all the brands, considerably above the industry average.

“IQS is the leading indicator of customer delight in the initial phase of ownership as it measures not only how well our vehicles perform but also how well … CONTINUED

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What we previously thought could be an early next generation M5 prototype is instead a G30 5 Series eDrive prototype. While the mention of anything hybrid may not get your enthusiast heart racing, this particular model just may change that… *if* it receives the same hybrid “power eDrive” powerplant that was recently previewed in a 5 Series GT prototype by BMW to the press.

Here’s some enticing details of the Power eDrive system from the 5 Series GT eDrive prototype:

The Power eDrive system featured new … CONTINUED

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Preview of TD04-20T hybrid turbos upgrde for N54 in the works.

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The G30 5 Series sedan has hit the Nurburgring for the first time and we’ve got photos. It’s also dropped a bit of camouflage compared to the first spotted prototypes.

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The G30 5 Series prototype has been spotted out testing and being evaluated against the current F10 5 Series. While the exterior size look similar, the platform underneath will be totally new — based on the modular CLAR platform (Cluster Architecture) which will also underpin the next 3, 5, and 6 Series, as well as the next the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7.

The G30 will accomplish weight reduction using pressed steel, aluminum, magnesium and a carbon fiber load bearing section of the chassis … CONTINUED

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Alpina had a very nice display of their cars at the Geneva Auto Show. The B5 and B6 (LCI models) celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Alpina automobiles.

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The BMW 5 Series clinched victory in the readers’ vote “BEST CARS 2015” of the trade magazine “auto motor und sport” in the upper midrange segment and confirmed its achievements of the previous year. Five times in succession since 2011, the 5 Series was voted best business car by the readers. In addition, the “International Paul Pietsch Award” honouring particularly innovative technological developments again went to BMW. This year the prize was bestowed on the BMW i8, following the success of the BMW i3 … CONTINUED

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In 1980 BMW presented the BMW M535i, a family sedan combined with a sports car. It became a success. The 3.5 litre 6 cylinder engine produced 218 HP. Five years later the BMW M5 was developed on the base of this car.

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There is a recall campaign / service bulletin for the BMW N63 engine (V8 twin turbo).

On December 29th, 2014, BMW released Bulletin “B001314″ or the “N63 Customer Care Package ” affecting any vehicle that saw use of the 4.4-liter V-8 (N63B44O0) within the 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X5, and X6 model lines manufactured between 2008 and 2013. Dealership instructions include checking the timing chain for stretching and replacing it if necessary, replacing the fuel injectors, mass air flow sensors, crankcase … CONTINUED

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More of the G30 5 Series prototypes.

The G30 sedan spied here is the 530eDrive hybrid plug-in model, which reflects BMW’s plans to offer a hybrid version of each of its core models. We can expect the hybrid powerplant to be similar to the 3 Series hybrid plug-in discussed by BMW last week. That means a battery between the trunk and passenger cabin which propels an electric motor contained within the CVT transmission casing. It will cover up to 20 miles on solely electric power.

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2017 G30 5 Series Sedan Spied!

12/11/2014 at 11:00 AM
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We previously saw the next generation 5 Series touring (G31) out testing over a year ago, and now its 4 door sedan sibling has emerged with a production body.

Plug-In Hybrid

The G30 sedan spied here is the 530eDrive hybrid plug-in model, which reflects BMW’s plans to offer a hybrid version of each of its core models. We can expect the hybrid powerplant to be similar to the 3 Series hybrid plug-in discussed by BMW last week. That means a battery between the trunk and passenger … CONTINUED

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BMW NA has issued a recall for certain 4-cylinder powered 20i and 28i models for potential brake power assist problems. Here is the recall information from the NHTSA.

The affected models/years are as follows:

BMW/320I/2012-2014
BMW/328I/2012-2014
BMW/428I/2014
BMW/528I/2012-2013
BMW/X1/2013-2014
BMW/X3/2013-2014
BMW/Z4/2012-2014

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V-627 (14V627000)

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,988

Problem Description:
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports … CONTINUED

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This is one cool, actually frozen bronze metallic F11 5 series touring.

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A look at the X4, 5GT and 3GT side by side. Too close in design or enough differences to warrant separate models?

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Dinan has just announced new applications for the DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner, with the goal of having the majority of the BMW lineup covered by year’s end.

Their latest releases are the DINANTRONICS for the F32/F33/F36 435i and the wastegate compatible versions for the F30 335i and the F10 535i. These applications join the growing list of vehicles already in the DINANTRONICS compatible stable that include the F22 M235i, F30 335i, F07/10 550i, F06/12/13 650i, F01/02 750i, F10 M5 (STD & Competition Package), and the F06/12/13 … CONTINUED

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BBMW of North America will introduce a new campaign, BMW Innovations, which will highlight how the range of BMW vehicles share several key technology features with the visionary BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid high-performance vehicle. The BMW i8, with the “i” standing for innovation, exhibits futuristic design and groundbreaking technology built upon BMW’s storied history.

“Innovation is at the core of everything we do. Following in the lead of the BMW i8, which epitomizes innovation, we are elevating the technology across our entire range of … CONTINUED

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Autobild renders the next generation G30 5 Series and BMW inside Scott26 chimes in with his input and feedback on the accuracy.