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Note: This is a global press release (not applicable to all markets).

January 22, 2014

Munich. From the spring of 2014, the pleasure of driving can be experienced in a whole new dimension. BMW is extending its range of engines for the latest additions to the model portfolio and is presenting at the same time four further models equipped with BMW xDrive. The intelligent four-wheel drive system, for example, will be available for the first time in the BMW 4 Series Convertible. In addition, an extensive … CONTINUED

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Tokyo Auto Salon 2014, the major Japanese tuner/aftermarket show, is currently underway in Tokyo and we are there to bring you the BMW models on display!

The F30/F32 3 Series and 4 Series dominate this year’s array of BMWs, but there are still plenty of M3, M5, 5 Series, Z4 and E90/E92 3 Series being trotted out by major tuners.

Enjoy the views!

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Ward’s Auto has announced the winners of its 10 Best Engines Award. BMW’s N57 3.0L Turbodiesel Inline-6 was named as one of the 10 winners.

The N57 in the 535d outputs 255 hp @ 4000 rpm and 413 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm, while getting EPA MPG of 26/37-38 mpg (city/highway).

Of the 10 winners, 8 featured direct fuel injection, 6 were forced induction and 1 was electric.

Here’s the list of winners:

3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC I-6 (BMW 535d)
3.0-liter TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S5)
3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC … CONTINUED

AC Schnitzer 5 Series Touring LCI

12/02/2013 at 9:00 AM
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AC Schnitzer’s take on the F11 Touring LCI facelift.

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Autobild is reporting that the next generation 2017 BMW 5 Series will add a 3 cylinder turbodiesel model in certain markets.

The 3 cylinder turbodiesel 5 Series is rumored to output 150 HP (110 kW) and sip diesel at just 3.9 liters / 100 km (60 MPG US / 72 MPG UK). The next gen 5 Series will ride on a new platform which it will share with the next gen 6 Series and 7 Series.

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Per BMWNA, here are the details regarding changes for the 2014 Model Year 5 Series and M5
(also see F10 LCI Official Thread):

BMW 5 Series Sedan and 5 Series Gran Turismo:

Updated design and new equipment: Fresh contour lines for the surround of the BMW kidney grille and redesigned lower air intakes reinforce the sporty appearance of the 2014 BMW 5 Series Sedan. The accentuated width of the rear end is underlined by an extra crease in the apron, as well as slim, sharply contoured and … CONTINUED

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Delivery of N20 and N26 powered vehicles stopped as a result of power brake assist problem

On September 26th, BMW of North America announced to NHTSA its intention to conduct a voluntary Recall on certain 2012-2014 model year BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 models equipped with the N20 or N26 engine, produced from May 2012 to August 2013.

Affected vehicles in dealer inventories will not be sold or delivered to customers until the recall repair has been performed. Vehicles at BMW vehicle delivery … CONTINUED

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More safety, comfort and driving pleasure thanks to BMW ConnectedDrive: fully automatic Parking Assistant and Driving Assistant Plus including Traffic Jam Assistant.

The BMW ConnectedDrive range of features is set to gain even further in appeal and variety in autumn 2013 with the introduction of a fresh round of innovations which further enhance comfort, safety and therefore also driving pleasure. The optional Driving Assistant Plus system now also includes the Traffic Jam Assistant function, and the new generation of the BMW Parking Assistant also makes its … CONTINUED

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Along with the 4 Series and X5, which had their media launch this past week in Seattle and Vancouver, BMW also brought out the 2014 5 535d (with LCI refresh) and the 2014 M5 with competition package for us to check out. Here are some on-location photos of the 535d M Sport and M5 Competition (this M5 does not wear the Competition Package wheels which come with the package).

The 535d is new for the US market for the 2014 model year. A 3.0-liter twinpower turbo … CONTINUED

F10 Crew Meet Photo Documentary

09/05/2013 at 12:00 PM
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BIMMERPOST F10 5 Series owners (self dubbed the “F10crew” gathered this past weekend for a meet and greet. The meet saw a great turnout, as you can see in this photo documentary.

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The study is based on thefts entered in the National Crime Information Center database.

BMW shows up in second place with its 3 series, and again sixth place with the 5 Series in the study, which looks at thefts of 2010 to 2012 model year cars across the country.

See the complete luxury vehicle theft report and the background data.

The most-stolen list:

1. Mercedes-Benz C Class

2. BMW 3 Series

3. Infiniti G

4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

5. Cadillac CTS

6. BMW 5 Series

7. Lincoln MKZ

8. Acura TSX

9. Lexus IS

10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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The LCI refresh model for the current F07/F10/F11 5 Series begins production this month, but BMW has already begun testing the next generation 5 Series. We’ve spotted the next gen 5 Series Touring here.

The next 5 Series is said to be shedding some weight, hopefully by way of the carbon fiber technologies which the next generation G11 7 Series will receive.

At this early testing stage, much of the car is still covered in heavy camouflage, but we’ve put together some comparison photos below.

Expect to see … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot