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05/20/2010    6:00 AM

In the BMW CEO Norbert Reithofers report (full report below) to shareholders yesterday, the CEO happily reported that the BMW X1 has outsold expectations with 36,000 cars sold since its launch last Fall. The X1 is expected to be available in North America starting sometime next year (2011) and should be available in the xDrive28i gasoline model, powered by the 3.0L 6-cylinder motor making 231-hp and a 199 lb-ft of torque.

Dr. Reithofer: “The BMW X1 has significantly exceeded even our own ambitious expectations: Since its introduction last fall, we have delivered more than 36,000 units to customers,” BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said that the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting. “Among these customers are plenty of younger people for whom BMW was not … CONTINUED

05/19/2010    3:45 PM

In the BMW CEO Norbert Reithofers report (full report below) to shareholders yesterday, the CEO confirmed the F10 5-series Activehybrid will begin production in 2011 and that BMW also has plans for a 3-series hybrid (presumably with the next generation F30 / F32 3-series).

05/19/2010    1:00 PM

If you haven’t yet seen this commercial, make sure to see inside because it’s a good one. One of the more inspiring 3-series commercial in a while, the spot evokes the storied history of the 3-series, with images from 34 years of 3-series history, and messages that the 3-series “exemplifies the essence of BMW.”

05/19/2010    10:32 AM

Munich. Sun, rain, ice and snow “at the push of a button” – all climate zones of the world in one building in northern Munich. This piques curiosity and provides for optimal conditions for a special type of photo shoot. “I heard you can make weather here.” With this sentence, the two-time Olympic champion Katarina Witt greeted the Manager of Efficient Dynamics at the BMW Group, Dr. Johannes Liebl, during her visit to the BMW Group’s Energy and Environmental Test Centre (ETC). “I’d like to have some sun – I’ve had enough ice and snow this last winter.”

This wish was the test engineers’ command. And so Witt experienced a convertible-car feeling with the summer styling to go with it – headwind and sun. However, the BMW … CONTINUED

05/19/2010    6:00 AM

The Calder car was the first BMW Art Car in a 35-year tradition of turning cars into canvases. In 1975, Hervé Poulain commissioned American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) to paint the BMW 3.0 CSL Poulain to drive in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. BMW continued this tradition and has sponsored 16 works from artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg. The Calder BMW Art Car will be on display in the lobby of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art from May 10 to May 21 to coincide with the opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

05/18/2010    4:45 PM

We previously brought you the first real life photos of the official BMW frozen black matte color for the M3, but BMW has now released the first official photos of the frozen black matte color option for the M3 ZCP competition package (including optional BMW accessories carbon fiber splitters & trunk spoiler).

05/18/2010    10:32 AM

The F10 M5 continues its performance testing while sheeding some camoflage to reveal much more of its front end design. The beautiful front bumper shape and lines are now very clearly visible, as well is most of the hood. The upcoming M5 will be powered by a twin turbo V8 rumored to produce 578hp.

Be sure to follow our full 2012 F10 M5 coverage

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05/18/2010    8:46 AM

German mega-tuner AC Schnitzer does one thing very well, that is leaving no stone unturn when it comes to BMW tuning. They will do their work on every model that BMW churns out, no matter how low volume the car is. In this case, they’ve taken the BMW X6 M and added their unique spin to the equation. Compared to recent modifications available from AC Schnitzer, their program for the X6M is refreshingly more reserved and more tasteful.

05/17/2010    7:00 PM

BMW insiders are now pointing to the development of a flagship Z car (Z6, Z8, Z9, Z10?) – the Spyder Stradale, which receives its inspiration from the original BMW California Spyder Project. The Spyder Stradale picks up where the Z8 left off and retains an aluminum structure while adding a carbon fiber folding hardtop. The production car will not arrive until 2014.