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01/05/2013    1:00 PM
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By BIMMERPOST moderator Dackelone (David):

The other night I was at the BMW Welt and spotted BMW’s Active Tourer Concept [official info thread] on display. The spot lights were turned off (since it was at night) so I just HAD to go back for a better look!

One of the things I found most striking about the Active Tourer Concept are the lines of the car – especially the car’s hood and side body. I found the curves to be very sexy. The hood lines reminded me of the way the F30 hood (lines) flows. I really liked the way that there wasn’t a flat panel to be found. It made me want to run my hand across it. I also liked the way the body … CONTINUED

12/27/2012    2:40 PM
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Part 2 of the 2012 Year in Review from BMW, revisiting this past year’s concepts, designs, and historical moments.

12/20/2012    9:58 AM
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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, and whose underlying notion is the intelligent integration of driver, vehicle and the outside world. This is immediately apparent from the display and control concept, the unique lighting design and the overtly dynamic styling. The design symbolises the bond between … CONTINUED

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

11/28/2012    3:10 PM
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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 engine + 250 Nm electric motor)
3 driving modes – electric, petrol, or both engines at once
1,630 kg
0-100kph (62mph): 5.0 seconds
80-120 … CONTINUED

11/28/2012    1:30 PM
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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 exterior’s layered design. A mixture of leather, wood, wool and other renewable raw materials compose the interior materials.

The i3 Concept Coupe is designed to cover a distance of approximately 160 kilometres (100 miles) on a full battery charge before it … CONTINUED

11/27/2012    6:00 PM
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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 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 exterior’s layered design. A mixture of leather, wood, wool and other renewable raw materials compose the … CONTINUED

11/19/2012    1:40 PM
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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 i news at the show.

BMW i4 Concept: The “more BMW i news at the show” alluded to in this official press release could be referring to the debut of a BMW i4 Concept, recently rumored to be coming to the … CONTINUED

09/28/2012    10:45 AM
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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 agents gained from olive leaves. What is more, parts of the instrument cluster and door trim are made of natural wool fabric.

CFRP Construction:

Also showing publicly for the first time is the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell [first previewed … CONTINUED