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To sum up there were as expected year on year declines in sales because of overall low volumes in 2009, but December itself continues on a trend of a sales recovery. We hope this trend continues in 2010! We know BMW has the best products out there right now..

Here is the official press release below

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BMW brand sales up 11.5 percent; MINI sales decreased 2.2 percent; MINI achieved second best year ever since … CONTINUED

BMW’s Roadmap for 2010

01/02/2010 at 9:00 PM
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This information is as per BMWs inside man Scott26! Here is a summary of whats to come in 2010

BMW Concept Active E NAIAS (01/10)
BMW Active E Production Car (eDrive) Paris (08/10)
BMW Z4 sDrive35is (link) Paris (08/10)
BMW 3-Series Coupe/Cabrio LCI (Life Cycle Impulse aka Facelift) (link) to be revealed early January with official Autoshow debut at Geneva (03/10)
BMW 5-Series Sedan (link) Geneva (03/10) and New York (04/10)
BMW 5-Series Concept ActiveHybrid 5 Geneva … CONTINUED

BMW M Power App for the iPhone

01/01/2010 at 8:17 AM
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Happy 2010 everyone! Heres a nice little nugget. BMW actually has an M Power App for the iPhone. What does it do? Well, its like a G-Tech, it uses the iPhones sensors in order to calculate:

Speed
Acceleration
Lateral acceleration (Lateral g)
Travel time for a specified distance
Acceleration to a specific speed

The App comes with three different skins: "Sport", "Lava" and "Midnight"

Here is the link to BMWs M Power iPhone App … CONTINUED

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I sincerely hope this isnt true but Edmunds InsideLine is reporting today that it believes the program is getting some major cuts. Why? BMW is looking to concentrate its engineering resources toward electric and hybrid vehicles. BMWs Hydrogen program has mainly been centered around a highly modified E65 7-Series running on liquid hydrogen fuel.

What is the BMW Hydrogen 7?

BMWs goal in making this car was to produce an alternative fuel vehicle that was not only … CONTINUED

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Word is officially out. Looks like in the USA we will see a 0.4% base price increase across the board. Also the "Destination and Handling" charge will increase by 50 bucks to $875. This will all take effect January 1, 2010.

The BMW ActiveHybrid X6, BMW ActiveHybrid 7, and the BMW 550i Gran Turismo will actually not be affected since they already had the price change rolled in, but will still get hit by the 50$ destination charge … CONTINUED

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This is some great news! It sounds like BMW made a little uptick this last month as an overall global group.

BMW sold 90,383 cars, up 11.1% (compared to Nov 2008)

MINI sold 17,199 cars, up 13.8%

The increase in BMW cars sales were on the backs of the new 7 series and the Z4, with smaller gains seen with the 1 series, 3 series and 5 series. The newcomers did well also: 2,940 BMW X1s and … CONTINUED

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German carmaker BMW AG said Tuesday its net income fell 74 percent in the third quarter as it continued to be affected by the global economic downturn.

BMW, the world’s biggest luxury car company by sales, said net income for the period amounted to euro78 million ($115 million), down from euro298 million in the July-September period of 2008.

BMW’s share price slid 7.1 percent to euro31.20 in Frankfurt after the earnings announcement as net income came in well below the consensus estimate of around euro150 million.

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The hairdo experiment featuring a model illustrates 22 years of progress in BMW automobile development. Facilities such as the new Aerodynamic Test Centre enable engineers of the BMW Group to improve aerodynamics at an early stage of the development process so as to make a contribution to increasingly efficient vehicles.

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BMW has released official BMW and Mini bluetooth headsets. The headsets may be combined with all mobile phones able to interact with Bluetooth and are scheduled to join the wide range of Original BMW Accessories and Original MINI Accessories as of December 2009.

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File this one under BMW going green…

From 2010, BMWs Landshut plant will boast the worlds first foundry with emission-free sand core production. The light-alloy foundry at the BMW plant is introducing a new sand core production method for gravity die-casting, whereby conventional organic binders will be replaced by highly eco-friendly inorganic binders, which generate virtually no pollutant emissions. The introduction of this innovative production method will allow the light-alloy foundry to reduce its emissions of combustion residues by 98 per cent. The … CONTINUED