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Part 2 of the 2012 Year in Review from BMW, revisiting this past year’s concepts, designs, and historical moments.

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Concept cars give free rein to the creativity of automotive designers. From electric drive systems through gull-wing doors to fabric outer skins – the concepts are always focused on the future and brimming with visionary potential. Concept cars serve a variety of purposes, whether they are conceived as design studies, to help develop and implement new technologies, or to visualise what form new production models will take.

Vision Cars.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive (2011).

A sculpturesque study that gives concrete form to cutting-edge technologies and forward-looking ideas, … CONTINUED

Video: BMW i3 Concept Coupe Primer

12/12/2012 at 7:30 AM
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This BMW video provides a primer on the BMW i3 Concept Coupe.

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The 2012 Concept Vehicle of the Year Award winner, the electric hybrid BMW i8 Spyder Concept [Official Info Thread], is making its North American debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show now underway.

We were able to get up close and personal with the i8 Spyder and have posted our photos inside.

Specs:

High performance 3-cylinder petrol engine (164 kW) in rear with i3′s electric motor (limited to 96 kW) in front
Total torque of 550 Nm (300Nm petrol … CONTINUED

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We’re live at the 2012 LA Auto Show where the i3 Concept Coupe is making its world premiere. See the photo gallery inside.

The i3 Concept Coupe is built on the same wheelbase/platform as the four-door i3, and likewise features a carbon fiber reinforced plastic body matched to a 170hp / 184 lb-ft torque electric engine driving the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission.

The interior is the most production ready version in any i3 concept model shown yet and features a layered design mimicking the … CONTINUED

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BMW has pulled off the online wraps off the i concept car making its world debut at the 2012 LA Autoshow this week, and it’s not the rumored i4 Coupe. It is however, a coupe version of the BMW i3 – officially called the BMW i3 Concept Coupe.

The i3 Concept Coupe is built on the same wheelbase/platform as the four-door i3, and likewise features a carbon fiber reinforced plastic body matched to a 170hp / 184 lb-ft torque electric engine driving the rear wheels via … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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BMW today announced a portion of its lineup to be displayed at this year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show press days [public days go from November 30 - December 9]. From the exotic BMW Concept i8 Roadster to the versatile new BMW Concept K2 Powder Ride based on the popular new BMW X1 with graphics designed by Designworks USA, the company will showcase a comprehensive product arrangement which strikes the perfect balance of high performance, innovative efficiency, and outstanding design. There will be more BMW … CONTINUED

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The BMW i3 Concept may be a bit of an old regular at the major auto shows by now, but it showed some elements off for the first time at the 2012 Paris auto show.

Interior:

This latest version of the i3 Concept features an interior design geared towards sustainability. The eucalyptus wood used for the instrument panel comes from a sustainable cultivation source in Europe and is treated exclusively with natural substances. The high-quality leather of the seats has a fine surface consistency achieved by processing tanning … CONTINUED

Paris 2012: BMW i8 Spyder Concept

09/27/2012 at 3:30 PM
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The 2012 Concept Vehicle of the Year Award winner, the electric hybrid BMW i8 Spyder Concept [Official Info Thread], made its first auto show appearance since its world premiere at the Beijing auto show in April.

This was our first look at the i8 Spyder in person and I found it even more impressive and eye catching than the coupe version. We previously put together a photo comparison you can see to form your opinion.

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The star of this year’s BMW exhibit and press conference at the 2012 Paris auto show is the recently announced BMW Concept Active Tourer (C.A.T.) FWD electric hybrid car [Official Info Thread].

The BMW C.A.T. offers an initial insight into the company’s further innovations for the premium compact segment, as well as a preview of a future 1 Series production model. In this study, BMW demonstrates what it calls groundbreaking solutions in terms of both the interior and the drive concept.

As BMW describes:
With an external length … CONTINUED

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At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, three fascinating concept studies will point the way forward to a future defined by both sustainability and driving pleasure. What is more, BMW sends out an impressive signal in terms of efficiency, premium quality and innovative technology with its latest models in a range of vehicle segments. BMW Connected Drive innovations and the
BMW M Performance accessories round off the appearance at the
Paris show.

BMW Concept Active Tourer: more space for innovations.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer sees its premiere … CONTINUED

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First videos of the BMW Concept Active Tourer which will become the FWD 1 Series GT. The concept will debut later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Footage featuring both the exterior and the interior of the Active Tourer.

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release

BMW Concept Active Tourer Revealed

09/13/2012 at 11:20 AM
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With the new BMW Concept Active Tourer, BMW presents a vehicle at the 2012 Paris Motor Show which is the first in the premium compact segment to combine comfort and space functionality with dynamic performance and style. Annual growth rates of up to five per cent are expected in the small car and compact segment of the premium class in the years to come. For this reason, the BMW Concept Active Tourer is a key component in the ongoing development of the BMW brand and its … CONTINUED

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The designers of the BMW Zagato Roadster – Karim Habib, head of exterior design at BMW and Norihiko Harada, Chief Designer Zagato, discuss the philosophy and design of the car.

Pebble Beach. Barely three months after the sensational premiere of the BMW Zagato Coupé, BMW and Zagato are turning heads again at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with the fruits of their latest collaboration. Created in just six weeks’ worth of lavish handcraftsmanship, the BMW Zagato Roadster represents another masterful example of the traditional coachbuilder’s art … CONTINUED

BMW Unveils Zagato Roadster

08/17/2012 at 2:55 PM
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Pebble Beach. Barely three months after the sensational premiere of the BMW Zagato Coupé, BMW and Zagato are turning heads again at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with the fruits of their latest collaboration. Created in just six weeks’ worth of lavish handcraftsmanship, the BMW Zagato Roadster represents another masterful example of the traditional coachbuilder’s art and an elegant take on the sporty, masculine marker laid down by the BMW Zagato Coupé.

At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this one-of-a-kind automobile finds itself in the best … CONTINUED

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BMW will be highly visible this weekend at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours, Monterey Motorsports Reunion, and Legends of the Autobahn. Making its world debut late in the week will be a new BMW Zagato concept, the second collaboration between these two legendary car companies. The new 2013 BMW 7 Series will make its North American debut with a special highlight on the new 540-hp BMW ALPINA B7 supersedan. Other product highlights include the stunning new BMW 650i Gran Coupe and, in honor of 2012 being … CONTINUED

BMW Reveals V12 Z3 Prototype Relic

08/06/2012 at 5:00 PM
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Check out this never before seen relic that BMW M posted on its Facebook page today. It’s a Z3 shoehorned with a V12!

No information was given on the car other than the 3 photos titled “V12 BMW Z3 Prototype,” but given the Z3′s production run from 1996-2002, we can surmise that the engine seen is the M73 5.4 liter engine from the E38 750i and E38 860Ci coupe from the mid 90′s (it also matches visually). The M73 featured 322hp / 361 lb-ft torque. The actual … CONTINUED

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BMW takes the 2012 Concept Car of the Year Award with its i8 Concept Spyder. This award marks BMW’s fourth competition as a category finalist and the brand’s second visit to the awards podium at the eleventh annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards announced today. The Concept Car category recognizes those vehicles where passenger carrying is the primary intent.

The awards recognize those vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry. This year, more than two dozen jurors participated in a … CONTINUED