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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

Autoshows
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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