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06/03/2010    6:27 PM
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Details on the upcoming 2011 BMW X3 are slowly leaking out by way of a serious of auto reports from a select few publications allowed a beforehand peak of the new car. Details are coming way of 3 major publications so far (follow the links below to read the full stories!), the most detailed of them has to be from Autobild which includes a drive.

For German speakers amongst us, follow the jump below to the read the full article. For the rest of us, here are some of their impressions:

The Interior

First and foremost, the cars plastics and materials have been significantly upgraded and are now more X5 then current X3, including the … CONTINUED

06/03/2010    5:42 PM
COMMENTS: 10

The Internal Revenue Service today certified that the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 qualifies for up to a $900 tax credit under the Alternative Motor Vehicle provision. This serves as yet another endorsement for the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy.

The ActiveHybrid 7 combines an electric motor with BMW’s much-praised 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and new 8-speed automatic transmission to accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds while delivering impressive EPA fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, a near 18 percent improvement over the non-hybrid 750i/Li. The ActiveHybrid 7 features Engine Start/Stop to avoid wasteful engine idling in stop-and-go driving and at traffic lights. The powerful lithium-ion battery enables systems like the radio, Bluetooth phone connection and air-conditioning to … CONTINUED

06/03/2010    1:00 PM
COMMENTS: 65

A few weeks ago I sent BMW AG an email asking for a factory tour. The very next day they sent me a reply back with a date and time for my tour! I was really excited to go see where our cars are made!

Leipzig is only a few hours drive from where I live in Germany… so it was a nice day trip for me. A little over two hours from my home in Bamberg.

Onto my factory tour! The factory is really quite big in Leipzig. I’d say it’s about twice the size of the Spartanburg, SC plant. IF any of you have been there. ? Just like the US plant, BMW has a small test track in Leipzig (out back hidden from … CONTINUED

06/03/2010    9:00 AM
COMMENTS: 30

Edmunds InsideLine is reporting on what the future of the BMW X line might hold, namely a BMW X4, think BMW X6 but in 3-series size. On paper it sounds like a good idea, an X car reflection of the 3 series, sporty, stylish, good looking, etc.., but the X car lineup has grown alot in the past few years and there are worries that there are too many niche cars at the moment. I think it would be a good idea to go for it and see what happens

Thanks to Harajuku for forwarding the story my way!

Source: http://blogs.insideline.com/straight…-build-it.html

06/02/2010    11:25 PM
COMMENTS: 37

Resident photoshopper extraordinaire, Gerald Alvarez, has put together this new rendering of the upcoming F12 6-series coupe based upon the newest F13 6-series convertible photos and the BMW Concept Gran Coupe (which was said to be an approximation of what the 2012 6-series coupe will resemble).

06/02/2010    6:00 PM
COMMENTS: 16

Edmunds blogs about the top three best features of the 2011 BMW 5 series (F10). Their choices are the Dynamic Handling Package, the automated parking assist with parking cameras, and the Eight-speed automatic transmission. What do our own F10 owners / test drivers think? Feel free to chime in.

06/02/2010    12:30 PM
COMMENTS: 115

Shortly after BMWs victory at the 24h @ the Nurburgring, Dr. Segler, the director of BMW M GmbH sat down to give an interview with the German language publication Auto News, where he comes right out and confirms the BMW 1-Series M. He goes on to say the car will arrive in the second quarter of 2011.

Of course, for many of us forumirazzi, the existence of this car or the fact that it is a product of BMW M was never in doubt *cough http://www.bimmerpost.com/m1 cough*, but this is significant news in that its the first time a member of BMW has officially recognized the existence of this car, and more so that its coming from the … CONTINUED

06/02/2010    7:15 AM
COMMENTS: 33

At the premiere of the 17th BMW Art Car Jeff Koons unveiled and signed his car in front of 300 international VIP guests on June 1 in the Centre Pompidou, one of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions for modern and contemporary art. It is the same place where Roy Lichtenstein back in 1977 first presented and signed his Art Car.

In the spirit of Calder, Stella, Lichtenstein, Warhol, BMW announced this year that the 17th Art Car created by Jeff Koons will race where the first rolling pieces of art by legendary artists raced – at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France on June 12-13, 2010. Koons’ canvas is a BMW M3 GT2, which was homologated to compete at this year’s running of the … CONTINUED

06/01/2010    11:30 PM
COMMENTS: 49

The BMW 5-Series are now solidly flowing out of BMWs grasp and into the hands of lucky owners across the country. Yesterday another 5Post member in New Jersey took delivery of a brand new 550i in Titanium Silver. Have a hop over and share some congrats!