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06/10/2010    1:10 AM

Another great 550i report from an F10 5-series BMW Ultimate Drive Event, this time from a 535i owner and previous 335i owner. Check out how the 550i stacks up against the Mercedes E350 and 535i GT for this member.

06/09/2010    2:30 PM

According to Autocar, a BMW 3-series long wheelbase version is coming for the next generation BMW F30 3-series. Just as the F10 5-series long wheelbase version, the stretched 3-series main market will be China, where many Chinese prefer to be chauffered. It will compete with the newly revealed Audi A4L.

The long wheelbase 3-series will be built in conjunction with Brilliance, BMWs Chinese partner, at a new BMW factory in the Shengyang economic zone. However, the factory will not be completed until 2012, so the earliest the 3-series long wheelbase version will hit the market would be 2012/2013.

The new factory will have the capacity to build 100,000 units a year, and will … CONTINUED

06/09/2010    10:15 AM

The BMW Group continues its upward trend in sales: The company increased global sales of its three premium automobile brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, by 10.8% (120,843 / prev. yr. 109,049) in May. Deliveries for the year to the end of May climbed 13.3% to 552,864 vehicles (prev. yr. 487,914).

Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing: “The sales trend remains positive – we reported healthy double-digit growth once again in May. Thanks to our numerous new models, such as the BMW 5 Series and the BMW X1, we are on course to maintain our position as the world’s leading manufacturer of premium vehicles throughout 2010.”

The BMW brand sold 101,775 … CONTINUED

06/09/2010    1:00 AM

On June 12 at three in the afternoon the legendary the 24 Hours of Le Mans will officially begin. A highlight will surely be the participation of the Jeff Koons’ 17th BMW Art Car which has been presented in Paris just a week before. In April 2010, BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen announced the driver line-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk M

06/08/2010    6:46 PM

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06/08/2010    5:55 PM

BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina recorded another milestone in their 15 year history as the 1 millionth BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle® rolled off the production line today at BMW Manufacturing Co. The Black Sapphire X5 xDrive 35i with Cinnamon Brown Nevada Leather interior is bound for a customer in China.

This is a significant achievement for the BMW Group’s only U.S. manufacturing facility at a time when the manufacturer is just months away from completing a $750 million expansion to prepare for production of the next generation BMW X3.

The BMW X5, which was originally launched in Spartanburg in 1999 as the first vehicle in the Sports Activity segment, has laid the cornerstone for BMW as the most successful premium vehicle manufacturer in the SAV/SUV segment … CONTINUED

06/08/2010    4:45 PM

The BMW X1 has been marketed as a lifestyle vehicle, perfect for those who lead both an active outdoor and social life. But, as this video shows, its xDrive system also makes it plenty capable for light rugged uses, such as navigating rougher terrain. A stylish lower slung SAV with some off-road capability

06/08/2010    1:45 PM

The 2011 F10 5-series has scored a full 5-star rating on the Euro NCAP crash tests. According to the results, the 530d tested was safest for the adult and child occupants, managing to score a 98% and 83%. It received a full 100% score in the Safety Assist Technology criteria. Full results inside, including photos and video.

06/08/2010    3:45 AM

Jay Leno drives the E92 M3 in his latest episode of Jaylenosgarage. Although he gets some of his facts wrong (as our M3post members unrelentingly point out), he appears to enjoy the car greatly and grasps the essence of what makes the current M3 so great.