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01/19/2012    3:05 PM
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We spent some time at the 2012 Detroit NAIAS with Matt Russell, M Brand Manager for BMW North America. Matt is a BMW enthusiast like us and is a BIMMERPOST member himself. We asked Matt some current hot M related topics and he was able to share the following.

BMW 1M COUPE

What were the final production numbers for the US 1M?
740 units. The very first one imported was the Valencia Orange 1M Pace Car which debuted at the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona.

Matt further expanded on the reason the 1M production run wasn’t extended into the 2012 model year. It was not due to any issues related to engine/emissions certification, but simply because BMW could not get enough MY2012 production to justify homologation. This had … CONTINUED

01/12/2012    4:50 PM
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Seen here, at the Brussels auto show is the first sight of the F30 3 series M Sport looking great with the optional Style 403M 19″ wheels and the blue M sport brakes that we’ve been mentioning. As we just posted about, it hasn’t yet been decided whether the blue M Sport brakes will be a part of the M Sport Package or optional.

Also being displayed with this F30 M Sport model are some BMW Performance and M Performance – an M Performance alcantara dashboard cover with carbon fiber fabric trim, a performance flat bottom alcantara steering wheel with red center marker, and performance racing pedals. Some F30 exterior BMW M Performance and Performance parts were spotted for the first time just yesterday. See inside … CONTINUED

01/11/2012    10:10 AM
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For BMW, the BMW 3 Series is the focus of attention at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series Sedan is world’s best-selling premium car. Have a look at the wide range and the different lines, together with BMW Group Chief Designer Adrian van Hooydonk.

01/10/2012    11:30 AM
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Here’s another highlight of the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the Active Hybrid 3.

Seen here in Modern Line configuration, the Active Hybrid 3 combines BMW’s smooth 3.0l N55 inline 6 and an electric motor for a maximun output of 335hp and 450Nm. It does 0-62kph in less than 5.9 seconds and returns 37 miles to the gallon. To further improve mpg there’s also an intelligent navigation system to optimize your routes for a hybrid. Unlike other hybrids the Actibe Hybrid 3 doesn’t compromise boot capacity too much (390 liters).

There’s no word on pricing yet, but if the just-announced pricing for the Active Hybrid 5 is any hint we’d expect it to be in the ballpark of $ 50,000. The Active Hybrid 3 will … CONTINUED

01/09/2012    6:57 PM
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Here’s our coverage on the 2013 F10 M5 on display at the 2012 Detroit NAIAS.

BMW confirmed to us today that the 2013 F10 M5 (no 2012 model will be available in the US) will begin production for the US market in July 2012, with deliveries taking place a couple of months after that. No word on pricing yet which will be announced closer to the US market launch.

It will be available with either a seven-speed DCT or a six-speed manual transmission (now officially official, per the release below), which is welcome news for manual transmission fans. Both transmission will be available immediately upon US launch.

The model shown at NAIAS is equipped with DCT, but BMW promised a “short throw shift linkage topped with a black leather … CONTINUED

01/09/2012    3:28 PM
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Our live coverage from the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) continues. From the NAIAS show floor, here are the first photos of the US M Sport 335i (F30) in Estoril Blue II debuting in North America.

Compared to our earlier coverage on the European spec M Sport package, you can see several differences for the US: For one there are the obvious orange reflectors which are integrated subtly. The US version also has no fog lights which makes for a sportier appearance (the reason for the fog light delete is to enhance cooling). European models will retain the fog lights.

On to the interior, there’s the lovely M Sport steering wheel and the exclusive trim with blue accent strips (no worries, trims without blue accents are … CONTINUED

01/09/2012    12:15 PM
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We’re here live at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) where the star of the BMW display this year, the 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan (F30), has just made its North American debut.

On display so far is a base model (no lines) F30 328i in arctic silver, a 335i luxury line, and a 328i sport line. We’re told that the M Sport will be hitting the floor a bit later so we’ll try to snag some photos when it makes its appearance.

The F30′s official launch to market comes in just over a month – on February 11th. While the full F30 online configurator with pricing hasn’t yet launched, we’re told that it should be up by next week.

For now, we have plenty of resources for you … CONTINUED

01/07/2012    8:35 PM
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Here’s the first glance of the BMW display at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) which begins this upcoming Monday! As you can see here, the 2012 F30 3 series will be by far the main attraction at this year’s exhibit. Stay tuned as we bring complete coverage from the show next week! Photo courtesy of Autospies.

12/04/2011    7:25 PM
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Dackelone brings back his coverage of the 2011 Essen Motor Show, the European equivalent of the SEMA show. Aftermarket tuned automobiles are the main course at this event.

However, this year’s show saw BMW attend for the first time ever. BMW trotted out its latest Performance Parts lineup and accessories. On hand were the M Performance Parts M3 and X6M, as well as Performance Parts F20 1-series, E93 3-series, and X5.