The F48 X1 will also make a departure from the current X1 by making the switch from RWD to FWD. It’s been built on BMW’s FWD “UKL” platform and should be offered in both FWD and AWD models. The UKL platform will also underpin the next generation 1 Series.
Why the switch to FWD? Typically, FWD allows for better packaging, less costly production and more interior space.
There are rumors that the X1 will be xDrive only in some markets, including for North America. Engines will … CONTINUED
Washington Post quoting BMW head of sales Ian Robertson:
“The sports-car market is roughly half of what it used to be,” Ian Robertson, BMW’s head of sales, said in an interview at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Munich. “Post-2008, it just collapsed. I’m not so sure it’ll ever fully recover.”
In Europe and North America, the car’s role as a status symbol has diminished, with sport-utility vehicles and their smaller crossover cousins becoming more popular. In China and emerging markets, Robertson said, hot weather, pollution and a … CONTINUED
Demand for BMW Group vehicles increased in October with global sales for the month higher than ever before. A total of 184,297 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 165,854 / +11.1%). In the first ten months of the year, BMW Group sales rose 7.0%, totalling 1,714,197 vehicles (prev. yr. 1,602,020).
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW said, “We are seeing good sales development across the model range and all sales … CONTINUED
Have a listen at the TPG RACE exhaust for the F80 M3 / F82 M4.
Photos and VLOG from a new BMW i8 (and Lamborghini Huracan in same week) owner!
The BMW M4 is featured in the just released Top Gear Perfect Road Trip Special, in which the F82 is raced and evaluated against the Jaguar F-Type R (V8) on the track. Segment is hosted by Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond.
Check it out inside!
Marc Marquez was unbeatable again in the 2014 MotoGP season – and the young Spaniard also won the race for the coveted BMW M Award again. The 21-year-old was the best qualifier in the premier class of motorcycle racing for the second year in a row to earn his second BMW M Award. This award, in the form of an exclusive and individually customised BMW M car, has been presented by MotoGP partner BMW M GmbH since 2003. Marquez’s outstanding performances in qualifying throughout … CONTINUED
Insightful and balanced perspective on the evolution of the M3 and various critiques of all iterations by Chris Harris.
Check out the world’s first and only Violet Blue II Individual F80 M3, certainly a BMW Individual color we have rarely ever seen.
Rendering of the upcoming FWD based 1 Series Sedan (F52).
Some sights from Cars & Coffee Tokyo, not the usual cars we see here in the US based Cars & Coffee that’s for sure.
Even more cars and babes from SEMA 2014.
The 1 Series Sedan (F52) has been spotted out once again and this time we’ve got the first peek at its interior.
According to Bloomberg, development of the BMW-Toyota joint sports car project has moved beyond the technical feasibility study stage and is now in the concept design phase:
BMW, Toyota Push Development of Midsize Sports Car
November 6, 2014
Cooperation on the underpinnings of the vehicles “has moved on to the concept phase and is running according to plan,” Munich-based BMW said in a statement to Bloomberg News. A technical feasibility study that began in January 2013 has been “successfully completed.”
The midsize model is the most visible project … CONTINUED
A beautiful european delivery photo journal featuring a beautiful F80 M3.
The BMW i3 gets a custom set of wheels from PUR, which may enhance the styling of the full electric car, but of course potentially at the expense of reduced range.
AC Schnitzer has introduced their BMW X4 program.
The ACS aero kit includes the usual suspects – front lip spoiler, rear diffuser, carbon fiber mirrors
Performance wise, the xDrive20i gets a bump to 245 HP, the xDrive28i to 294 HP and the xDrive35i gets cranked up to 360 HP. The X4 also receives an ACS exhaust system and suspension.
Check out some photos and a video of the first installed Eisenmann Exhaust System for the BMW M235i.