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Yet another victory for the F10 5-series. ADAC, the German equivalent of AAA, held its annual car of the year contest called “Gelber Engel”. More than 230,000 ADAC members participated and picked their favourite new car 2011. The winner: BMW’s F10 5-series. As suprising this may sound, but this is a first for BMW as no other BMW model could win this price before. Among the contenders were the new Mercedes CLS and the Audi A1 which finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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China has really proved itself to be ahead of the curve on the EV front and it seems BMW will come on board and produce an all electric 5-Series exclusively for the Chinese market.

This new car is not to be confused with the ActiveHybrid 5, which will have its official launch in September 2011. The ActiveHybrid 5 still has a gasoline motor afterall. No this new car will be an all electric vehicle and would likely fall under BMWs growing ActiveE project.

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On the heels of the big BMW turbo 4-cylinder news yesterday, SCOTT26 has provided some dates for the switchover of certain BMW models from the current inline 6-cylinder to the new twinpower turbo I4 motor, as well as the end of production of the current 3-series, M3 and 1-series.

Here is the I4 switchover and end of production schedule (inside).

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German AMS has published an interesting article comparing the BMW 525d sedan with the Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 D.

Unlike the name suggests, the 525d is powered by BMW’s N57 3.0l inline-6 Diesel engine, yet with a lower output of 204hp and 450 NM (530d: 258hp). It’s quite popular in Europe because it’s the entry level inline-6 Diesel. The car tested was matched with the optional 8-speed automatic.

Just like the name suggests, the Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 D is powered by a 275ph 3.0l V6 … CONTINUED

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Here’s a first teaser for one of the most heated ‘battles’ in 2011. Audi recently pulled the wraps off their all new A6, and this encouraged the folks at Autozeitung to a first comparison. The contenders: BMW F10 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-class.

Autozeitung on the exterior:
“There are no suprises here, all three cars are in good shape and will age well. The Mercedes is rather ‘classic’, the BMW as usual sporty due to it aggresive kidney grilles. The design of the Audi is sharp and … CONTINUED

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While others are speculating what to expect from the new BMW M5 coming later this year, the German Autozeitung didn’t waste its time guessing about the future but rather attended to the hottest F10 5er to date, the Alpina B5 Biturbo. Ingredients? To name just a few, 4.4L V8 Biturbo rated at 507hp and 700NM, 8-speed automatic, and limited slip differential (optional).

The outcome? As Autozeitung puts it, the Alpina B5 is the “best and most powerful F10 5er to date.” They praise the “felicitous combination … CONTINUED

Detroit Autoshow: BMW 550i M-Sport

01/10/2011 at 2:11 PM
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Not to be outdone by the stars of Detroit, the BMW 1M and 6-Series, is a Space Gray 550i decked out with the factory equipment M-Sport package which includes a new front apron, rear apron and sideskirts. The car also comes with factory standard 19″ double spoke 351M wheels.

On the inside, there are sports seats featuring Alcantara / fabric upholstery especially developed for the M Sports Package give the interior a particularly sporting ambience. The upholstery’s exclusive character is underlined by high-grade materials, contrasting seams and … CONTINUED

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AC Schnitzer F10 5-series Video

01/03/2011 at 8:30 PM
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Videos often provide a more dynamic and realistic look to a car, and this video provides such a look at the AC Schnitzer F10 5-series.

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Edmunds has pitted the 2011 550i (F10) against the 2011 Infiniti M56. Both are mid-sized sedans powered by powerful V8 motors. Does the M56 have what it takes to unseat the 5-series as the gold standard in the mid-size sedan category? See the review for the verdict.

F10 5-series Owner’s Manual Videos

12/22/2010 at 8:00 PM
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Many of the F10 5-series’ functions described in its print manual are featured in videos at the F10′s owner’s manual page (linked below), providing a sometimes more intuitive and natural method of learning the features. The full owner’s manual is also available for download in PDF format the following link:

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Autocar has posted its 90 second review of the F10 530d M-sport, giving it an impressive 4 of 5 stars. The F10 M-sport looks great in motion.

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Here is the first ever look at the production 2011 ActiveHybrid 5-series (F10) during testing. The upcoming 2011 5-series hybrid will be powered by BMW’s N55 turbo six cylinder motor (which makes 306hp in the 535i), mated to an electric motor making 54 more horsepowers. We are likely not looking at the final body work as there will be unique wheels and bumper styling, but expect it to come in the Bluewater Metallic seen in the photos, a signature color for BMW hybrid vehicles. Production is … CONTINUED

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Autocar Reviews the F10 535d M-Sport

12/09/2010 at 12:46 PM
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Autocar has posted their review of the F10 535d M-Sport, calling it an excellent executive all-rounder with extraordinary performance for a diesel saloon car, capable of besting the factory quoted 5.7 second 0-62mph in real world performance. Not bad for car that gets 46.3 MPG! Here is their review.

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GT Haus showcased its F10 535i recently at the 2010 SEMA show but there have not many photos of this eye catching F10 until now. Inside are photos and an exhaust video from locations within Las Vegas, a perfect city for a car that is both bright and loud.

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One of the F10 5-series’ arch rival – the new Audi A6 was just recently revealed last week. Although the test drive reviews will trickle in over time as the car gets into the press’ hands, here is a preliminary comparison of the two sedan’s ascetics and styling.

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Jzhang brings some highly stylized photos from the first 5POST meet to us. We previously posted these photos, but not in this stunning of a look.

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2011 sees a brace of 5 Series models – the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and the new BMW 5 Series Touring – presented with the coveted iF award for outstanding product design. With this internationally acclaimed prize, the International Forum Design once again pays tribute to the characterful aesthetics of BMW Group Design. Following the 2011 Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany and the 2010 red dot award, the iF label marks a further chapter in the success story of the new BMW … CONTINUED

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Australian automotive publication “Drive” has named the winners of its 2010 Cary of the Year awards and the F10 535i has won for the Best Luxury Car Over $60k AUD category over the Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ.