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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.

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The AWD xi version of the 528i, along with a hybrid version of the 535i will be both be debuting this fall in the US market. The 528xi will begin production for the US in September and like the 2012 528i (which will also begin production in September) it will begin its life being powered by BMW’s N20 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 240hp / 260lb-ft tq (more details).

The F10 lineup will also see a hybrid model for the first time with the 535i ActiveHybrid, which … CONTINUED

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Studie AG has assembled its ultimate soccer mom wagon project using Hamann’s F11 M-sport aero kit. This project F11 features the following components:

-space grey f11 528i m-sport
-hamman front lip spoiler/splitter
-hamman side skirts
-hamman rear diffuser
-hamman anniversary evo wheels (f:20×8.5 245/35, r:20×10 275/30 – advan db)
-3ddesign coilover kit
-supersprint 528i quad exhaust
-roof rail delete

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BMW is a Tier One Partner and exclusive automotive sponsor of the 2012 Games. As such, the company will provide various forms of transportation for athletes, technical officials, media, LOCOG operational teams, national Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations, the IOC and marketing partners.

We now have a better idea of the forms and amounts of transportation that BMW will be supplying. The company will supply almost 4,000 vehicles and 400 bicycles (the first of which was delivered today), from diesels to electric cars, hybrids to motorcycles, as … CONTINUED

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5POST member IE92 decks out his F10 528i with 3D Design parts, OEM parts, and other custom modifications. Coupled with the photography skills of jzhang, the result is a beautiful photoshoot.

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BMW today announced significant enhancements for the 2012 BMW 528i Sedan, most significantly BMW’s new TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. To further enhance its efficiency in everyday driving, the 2012 BMW 528i also receives auto start/stop technology. For those who face the realities of four-season driving, the 2012 528i becomes the newest member of the 5 Series family in the US to offer BMW xDrive all-wheel drive as an option. When the 2012 model arrives in BMW showrooms this fall the most popular model in the … CONTINUED

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BMW 5 Series range: even more efficient thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo. The BMW 5 Series range builds on its leading position in the areas of design, sporting capability, comfort and efficiency with an extended range of engines. The BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition, for example, represents the epitome of efficiency in a premium executive class car. The Sedan is powered by a 135 kW/184 hp four-cylinder diesel engine, yet its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is just 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres (62.8 … CONTINUED

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Aside from the touring bodystyle, the B5 Touring is otherwise unchanged from the Alpina B5 Sedan. Which is to say, its a V8 Twin Turbo monster pushing out 500HP and capable of speeds upward of 300 km/h or (190MPH) and 0-60 in 4.8seconds. Not bad for a vehicle which can do double duty as family hauler and grocery getter.

This vehicle also fills a unique niche, as there is no Touring version of the new M5, this will be the most powerful Touring available with a BMW … CONTINUED

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We bring you a new set of beautiful Individual cars, again from the factory-owned Munich dealer and again from Dackelone. First is a F10 550i Sedan in Sepang Bronze. This color was introduced with and available for the E60/1 M5 and E63/4 M6 models. While BMW decided to not offer it as standard color for the F10 M5, these photos show it still works great on the new 5-series.

Next is an F11 520d Touring in Imola Red. This might be a relief for people moaning about … CONTINUED

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We’ve just spied a 5-series GT M-sport for the first time. It appears that the 5-series GT is receiving a sporty upgrade with the usual M-sport upgrades – more aggressive front bumper, sideskirts, and rear bumper. The only thing remaining covered is the front bumper. The M-sport wheels seen on the prototype are from the 7-series M-sport.

The M-sport package will surely come with the usual set of interior enhancements as well.

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Wald has released photos of its black “Black Bison” edition. This follows their previous white Black Bison edition model.

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5POST members keep pushing the modification envelope and this is one of the most tastefully modified F10 M-sport we’ve seen yet. With just 20″ BBS wheels, KW V3 coilovers, whiteline tail light, and black grille, member jaekeem has transformed his F10 into an aggressive F10 535i.

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What’s better than spotting a Individual BMW? Seeing many Individual BMWs, and all at the same location. Our invaluable member Dackelone provides another amazing set of photos, this time from BMW’s factory-owned Munich dealerships and their already famous display of Individual colors and options.

Starring below are some known colors we never tire of seeing, but also some completely new options like a beautiful E90 3-series in Bianco Fuji Metallic. We’ve included the spec sheets of all cars for you, but don’t be surprised about the prices. … CONTINUED

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Damon Lavrinc at Autoblog brings news about full customizable LCD gauge displays coming to the “refreshed” 5-series and 7-series, which we take to mean the facelift / LCI versions of the current models – supposedly within 2 years time.

It appears that BMW’s two largest sedans will transition from black panel displays to full digital LCD displays where the tachometer, speedometer, fuel meter, and temperature gauge will all take a digital form. The display may also be customized to display navigation and infotainment info and take on … CONTINUED

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For anyone who is vigilant about the popularity of BMWs they spot on the roads of North America, this should come as no surprise – the 5-series GT has unfortunately been a bit of a sales disappointment. In an interview with Automotive News, BMW of North America CEO Jim O’Donnell says he wishes the company hadn’t stopped selling the 5-series wagon (F11) in the United States last year because the company thought a lot its 5-series station wagon customers would go with the GT.

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NORBEFILMS sets some beautiful imagery of the F10 5-series M-sport to music by Moby. Enjoy the visuals.

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In case you missed it, the BMW Performance Parts Manager recent revealed that the BMW Performance Power Kit will soon be coming in two stages, for both the N54 and N55 motors. Stage 1 PPK will be software upgrade only and Stage 2 PPK will be software and hardware upgrades.

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Our F10 5-series owner members made a strong showing at this year’s Bimmerfest this past weekend. The F10 has been available for just over a year now, which has given owners plenty of time to customize and modify the car to their own tastes and liking. Check out the gallery of F10s at Bimmerfest inside.