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Presenting the world premiere of the BMW Activehybrid 5, available beginning March 2012. BMW today announced the introduction of its newest hybrid, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5. Based on the BMW 535i Sedan, the ActiveHybrid 5 brings together BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine, an electric drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission for the first time. The latest generation of BMW ActiveHybrid technology also adds precisely controlled energy management to the mix. All of which gives the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 an exceptional balance of … CONTINUED

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Couldn’t make the 2011 Frankfurt IAA? Now problem. Dackelone brings it to your screen with this MEGA gallery featuring both BMWs and non-BMW. Load up the thread and grab a snack, as this one may take a while to load ;)

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The BMW 5 Series will turn the big 30 this year and BMW has a special edition F10 to mark the occassion. The 528i 30th Anniversary Edition has just gone on sale in Japan.

Only 200 of these 528i 30th Anniversary Edition F10s will come off the line. It’s powered by BMW’s inline 6 3.0L motor (not the 4 cylinder turbo N20 motor).

This deep sea blue metallic 528i is packaged with the M sport package, BMW Individual aluminum window trim, Veneto Beige dakota leather, Satin Walnut Wood … CONTINUED

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The 2012 528i will introduce BMW’s Twinpower Turbo 2.0L inline 4-cylinder Motor (N20) to the 5-series lineup. The N20 powered 528i is rated at 245 hp and 258 lb-ft.

This new engine was also recently introduced in the 2012 Z4 sDrive28i and the first reviews of the N20 powered Z4 were positive. Now the first of the review for the N20 powered 528i is in, via Automobile.

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We previously provided info on 2012 BMW model updates/changes/pricing for most 2012 models (links inside), but for reference again, here is a summary of the major changes across the entire range of 2012 model year BMWs for the US market.

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Alpina debuts two new models at the Frankfurt IAA – a B6 Biturbo and this D5 Biturbo. Full details and photos (from the event and official press photos) inside.

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Frozen Matte Gray and Frozen Matte Black paint options were made available to European customers beginning this past March for the F10 5 series, which represents the first time that BMW has offered the matte paint option for non-M cars. It is an option only for F10/F11 M-sport packaged cars. As these photos show, the matte finish looks great on the F10, but it doesn’t come cheap. The matte gray and matte black options cost over 3,000 euros.

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We take you on a recent tour inside the BMW M Studio – BMW’s showroom/floor where it showcases BMW M, BMW Individual, BMW M-Sport, and BMW Security vehicles, technology, and options. If you remember, this is also where we attended the F10 M5 press reveal earlier this year.

Check inside for a description and photo gallery of the unique products currently on display in the M Studio.

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The once-every-two-year Frankfurt IAA auto show is nearly upon us. Press coverage will begin Tuesday, September 13. Here is a preview of the headline BMW debuts headed for Frankfurt.

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In order to offer drivers comfortable and safe vehicles in the future, equipped with the most modern assistance systems available, the engineers at BMW Group Research and Technology have been working for many years on the development of electronic co-pilots to support automated driving in specific situations – for example the BMW TrackTrainer tested on the race track, as well as adaptive cruise control (ACC) and the Emergency Stop Assistant. To further understand the potential offered by these systems, as well as their limitations, researchers are … CONTINUED

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Even the most efficient internal combustion engine can only convert about one-third of the energy derived from fossil fuels into the mechanical kinetic energy needed to power a motor vehicle. Over the past few years BMW EfficientDynamics has made great improvements in engine efficiency, for example with technologies such as direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, exhaust-driven turbochargers, brake energy regeneration and the Auto Start Stop function. However, about 60 percent of the generated energy is still lost, half of it being exhaust heat, with the … CONTINUED

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5POST member 78mao’s F10 5 series is one of the most distinctive and modified 2012 5 series around and its latest iteration has now been captured in a beautiful photoshoot by Scott Chu.

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The current generation Lexus GS 350 has been long in the tooth for quite a while now, but Lexus has just debuted the all new 2013 GS350, a car that’s aimed squarely at the likes of the BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-Class, and Audi A6. What does the new GS 350 bring to the table this time around?

It features an all new chassis with more spacious interior, and is powered by a 3.5L V6 306hp/277lb-ft torque motor. Transmission is RWD and takes the form of a six … CONTINUED

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BMW is reportedly considering bringing the F11 5-series touring / wagon to the U.S. for the first time after disappointing sales from the 5-series GT. While no final decision has yet been made, we are excited by the prospect of seeing the F11 on U.S. shores. In our opinion, it’s one of BMW’s most attractive wagons ever built.

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Another episode from the BMW future lab. It’s about pedestrian security. Most accidents involving pedestrians happen in inner cities at speeds of about 60 km/h. In these situations, a “Camera-based Pedestrian Protection” system can be useful. This video gives some insight into the development of this camera based protection system.

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A new BMW brake pad package shows the appearance of a new model – “M550dX”. This new F10 model could feature the long rumored tri-turbo diesel engine. According to Scott26 (quoted below), it’s going to be an all new engine and will be available on all BMW models in the upper segments by next year.

It’s not an F10 M5 with a diesel motor as some claim, but will be a stand-alone F10 model like the M5 (maybe with M badge?). It will have its own … CONTINUED

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The 2012 5-series begins production in September. Details and full pricing/options list have now been released on changes for the 2012 model year for the US. We detail it inside.

New Model:
528i xDrive Sedan

New Standard Equipment:
- 4 cylinder TwinPower Turbo Engine (N20)(240hp / 260tq) for 528i
- Auto Start/Stop standard on 528i / 535i
- Active Protection (automatic protective measures in event of imminent accident)
- Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO mode (enhances fuel efficiency) (not available for 550i)
- Floor mats

Optional Equipment Changes:
- Comfort Access with Smart Opener – … CONTINUED

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In its latest customer survey – the Automotive Performance and Layout Study (APEAL) – assessing satisfaction levels among North American new car buyers, the BMW 5 Series range, BMW X3, BMW Z4 and MINI Countryman emerged as winners of their respective vehicle segments. In addition, four more models from the BMW Group finished in the top three of their category. This tally means the BMW Group boasts the highest number of segment winners of all manufacturers in the latest APEAL survey.

Such excellent individual scores also boosted … CONTINUED