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08/18/2011    11:50 AM

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.

08/18/2011    10:45 AM

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.

08/09/2011    11:30 AM

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 look with a specific aerodynamic kit.

BMW M5 diesel, F10 M5 diesel

08/04/2011    4:30 PM

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 – now included with Comfort Access (Smart Opener is hands-free tailgate opening function which detects defined movement of your foot below rear bumper)
- Active Roll Stabilization available on 535i and 550i RWD and xDrive for $2,500
- Integral Active Steering available on … CONTINUED

08/01/2011    10:37 AM

The 2011 Big Socal Euro event was held this past Saturday and several cars by LTBMW were in attendance. Check out some professional photos by jzhang and some live event photos from jg525i.

07/27/2011    11:18 AM

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 the overall rankings of the BMW and MINI brands, with BMW coming third in the latest survey. As well as the class-winners – the BMW 5 Series range, BMW X3 and BMW Z4 – the outstanding results of the BMW … CONTINUED

07/18/2011    4:30 PM

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 begins production in December of this year. The 535i ActiveHybrid will be powered by the N55 turbo six cylinder motor (which makes 306hp in the 535i), mated to an electric motor making 54 more horsepowers. We expect it to come … CONTINUED

07/18/2011    10:35 AM

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

07/15/2011    2:50 PM

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 well as innovative new products like the Pedelec (an electric assisted bicycle).

Of those, the majority of the fleet will be made up of highly efficient diesel-powered cars. The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics sedan will make up at least a third of … CONTINUED