F30POST member dd1981 shares yet another great and useful DIY for the F30 3 Series, this time providing a details guide for hardwiring a radar detector in the F30.
3 Series owners snapshots featured in this compilation of various 3 series generations from the 22 years of BMW 3 Series making the Car and Driver Annual 10Best List.
The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported February sales of 25,613 vehicles, a decrease of 2.2 percent from the 26,184 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.
“The February results showed there’s a strong underlying demand ready to fuel momentum in the coming months,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “We’ll all be glad to leave the harsh February weather behind and welcome Spring and the new models that come with it.”
BMW Brand Sales
Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 0.5 percent in February for a total of 21,311 compared to 21,204 vehicles sold in February, 2012.
In February, best performing included the 5 Series, up 5.1 percent to 4,248 units; the 6 Series, up 45.6 percent to … CONTINUED
The Wye Dean rally in a Ratty BMW 325i, by Chris Harris.
BMW of North America, LLC today announced its annual Center of Excellence (COE) honors, awarded to the top performing dealerships in the U.S. Thirty-three of the 338 BMW dealers nationwide achieved “2013 Center of Excellence” status based on their 2012 performance in customer satisfaction, outstanding brand representation, operational excellence and profitability.
“I am always very proud to welcome the Center of Excellence winners and this year we have a strong mix of repeat and new winners,” said BMW of North America President and CEO Ludwig Willisch. “Being a COE has never been more critical to the success of our brand and we are all inspired by their accomplishments.”
“We recognize not only these outstanding owners and operators but also their teams who continuously demonstrate the ability to … CONTINUED
US BMW dealers are receiving order guides for the upcoming 2014 BMW X5 (F15), along with a special order form to order their first demo cars. The order guides reveal the lines, options and packages that will be available on the F15 X5.
Images of the production model were already leaked last month (copied below) and it showed the latest in BMW styling and design elements, including headlights which connect to the kidney grilles, air curtain technology in the bumper and functional front fender vents. Other technologies expected to debut on the F15 X5 include a pedestrian airbag system and the iDrive Touch Controller System.
The new X5 is expected to weigh less than the current X5 and ride on a modified version of the F10 5 … CONTINUED
Less than one year after the LCI facelift update for the current F01 7 Series, the next generation 2016 7 Series (chassis code G11) has just begun testing!
Carbon Fiber / Aluminum Construction
The most anticipated aspect of the G11 7 Series is that will feature the latest in BMW construction technology – namely, an exotic mix of CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) and aluminum which will be used heavily throughout the car’s key areas – platform, structure and body panels. The G11 will represent the first mainstream BMW model to feature carbon fiber as a key material (after the niche i3 and i8 models). This was previously confirmed by BMW R&D chief Klaus Draeger.
With gas prices ever rising, emissions requirements becoming more stringent by the year, … CONTINUED
In-car video and track data from the 2012 BMW 335i’s lap at Virginia International Raceway for the 2013 Lightning Lap competition by Car and Driver.
The BMW Group and the international automotive supplier Continental are stepping up their collaboration in the field of driver assistance systems. In January, the two companies signed an agreement to jointly develop an electronic co-pilot system capable of supporting highly automated driving. The main goal of the research partnership is to have highly automated driving functions ready for implementation until 2020 and thereafter. At the social, political, economic and scientific level, a clear vision has now emerged for road safety – in the form of “Vision Zero (Accident-Free Mobility)” and “Safety for All”. The research project on highly automated driving will aim to implement this vision and to take a major step towards making accident-free mobility a reality. In addition to the safety aspect, the … CONTINUED
AC Schnitzer has revealed its F31 3 Series Touring and 6 Series Gran Coupe set to show at next week’s 2013 Geneva auto show. These appear to be very minor updates of the previously revealed ACS F31 and ACS 6 Series Gran Coupe.
The F31 3 Series Touring M Sport kit includes a center bumper metal grille, front splitter lips, painted rear diffuser, roof spoiler, and exhaust tail pipes. The 6 Series Gran Coupe M Sport gets a center bumper metal grille, carbon fiber front lip, carbon fiber rear diffuser, and exhaust tail pipes.
Interior bits include painted trim, ACS iDrive knob, hand brake handle, shift knob, and aluminum pedals.
More detailed info, including performance modifications, will be revealed at the 2013 Geneva auto show next week.