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With its latest models and groundbreaking concept studies on show at Auto Shanghai 2013 [beginning April 20, 2013], BMW is offering a clear pointer to its continuing model push.

The Shanghai show is the stage for the world premiere of the BMW Concept X4, which carries the attributes of a Sports Activity Coupe into a further vehicle segment. The study reveals at first sight how smoothly the qualities of a BMW X model meld with the genes of a BMW Coupe.

Auto Shanghai 2013 also sees the … CONTINUED

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With the BMW Concept X4, the BMW Group offers a preview of the future of the BMW X family. It takes no more than a first glance to see how smoothly the qualities of a BMW SAV can blend with the genes of a BMW Coupe. The new Sports Activity Coupe concept from BMW is poised to continue the success story of the BMW X6 in a new vehicle class. Eye- catching proportions, tight contours and numerous high-quality details produce an unrivalled product character brimming … CONTINUED

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The X4 Concept has been revealed and as expected, it’s a mini version of the X6 SAV, both a coupe version of their more upright brothers (X3 and X5, respectively).

Let’s have a look at how the X4 compares to the X6 in size and styling.

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The just revealed X4 Concept previews the production X4 (F26) SAV which will share the same platform and underpinnings with the X3 (F25) when the X4 hits the market next year. The two will share the same powertrains and have mirroring model lines, as the X6 does with the X5.

As for physical size, the concept X4 shares nearly the same length and wheelbase as the X3, while being wider and lower than the X3. Here’s how the dimensions compare and a look at how the … CONTINUED

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We recently reported on a new joint venture between BMW and China’s Brilliance car company, called “Zhi Nuo” (which translates into “The Promise”) [more details]. This new brand name will be introduced at the Shanghai auto show later this month and will build its cars in China upon the E90 3 Series and X1 platform.

Under the joint venture, BMW has the right to export cars produced under the co-brand. According to Autonews, BMW is now considering exporting the Zhi … CONTINUED

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The Team Afrox/ADF Motorsport F30 3 Series race team is off to a great start in the 2013 Bridgestone Super Production Car race series.

The two F30 finished in the order in which they qualified for the race – first and second.

Congrats to the team!

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An M3POST member recently took his frozen red M3 to BMW M headquarters in Garching, Germany for some photos, but stumbled upon something curious.

This is what looks to be a 3 Series GT body-in-white on the grounds at BMW M. Is BMW M up to something with the newest 3 Series variant?!

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The F10 M5 are finally being delivered with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes. An M5POST owner shares with us our first owner’s review of the ceramic brakes from his just delivered M5.

We have also posted a full technical training document on how the M Ceramic Brakes compare the standard M5 brakes.

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Czech artist Andy Reiben was commissioned by DyCom Group, a BMW Dealership in the Czech Republic to create this F30 3 Series Art Car, which is expected to join the previous 17 official BMW Art Cars.

“Fluidum” is the name of his creation and it features a candy/psychedelic paint scheme with portions which glow in the dark. This is what Reiben has to say about the philosophy behind his design:

“I wanted to abstractly express passion and dynamism and therefore each part of the body is different … CONTINUED

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The first professional reviews of the BMW 135is are finally in, by Road and Track. And to no surprise, they are stellar.

Read on to see what these two outlets have to say exactly about the 135is coupe.

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Ashley Rodriguez, an amateur train photographer, has owned over 15 E28s in her lifetime. As a former trained BMW tech, she has spent her time buying and fixing various 5-Series models. She has owned every E28 model available, and as a lover of rare things, she now has her dream car, the M535i.

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With the recent release of the BMW M Performance Power Kit for the F30 335i and the resulting questions regarding the kit from our members, we thought this would be a good time to solicit your questions regarding the PPK and/or any other M Performance Parts related inquiry.

We will soon have the opportunity to speak with BMWNA regarding M Performance Parts, so please submit your question here, as well as any suggestions/requests you may have with respect to M Performance Parts.

The questions/suggestions/requests do not have … CONTINUED

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Per BMW insider Scott26, rumor comes of the 2 Series Gran Coupe now being ‘fast tracked’ for a 2015 release:

Yes the 2 Series might be behind the CLA and the A3 Sedan. But as the 6 Series Gran Coupe showed that it can be worth the wait. The 4 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupe will not be any different. With the 2 Series Gran Coupe now fast tracked for 2015 , BMW intend to make the gran entrance in this segment, the appearance will … CONTINUED

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BMW brand sales up 13.1 percent, best March ever
MINI brand sales up 3.5 percent
BMW Motorcycle sales up 7.6 percent

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 2, 2013… The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported March sales of 33,149 vehicles, an increase of 11.2 percent from the 29,806 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 4.3 percent on sales of 78,957 in the first three months of 2013 compared to 75,729 in … CONTINUED

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An M3POST member shares with us his journal from a recent BMW european delivery trip where he picked up his BMW Individual Santorini Blue E92 M3 Coupe.

By ///Matthew:

If you follow my blog you will probably already know that my 2011 Alpine White E92 M3 (along with my 1999 Estoril Blue M3) was destroyed by the storm surged caused by Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. A hurricane destroys my cars? Well, I certainly … CONTINUED

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M3POST member boostedM’s E92 M3 coupe was a beast before with its Active Autowerke Stage 2 supercharger, but it’s now time for a total transformation as he has started a new build based around a Rotrex supercharger system.

Follow along with the his journal on M3POST.

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Sure, we’ve already seen the F10 LCI basically revealed (at least for the front end updates), but this is the first look we get at the M Sport LCI model as well as the LCI interior.

The interior shows the new iDrive touch system and new M Sport steering wheel, which resembles the F30 3 Series M Sport steering wheel.

The exterior doesn’t show much changes to the M Sport bumper except perhaps a new foglight housing. This prototype also features a trunk spoiler (as standard?). … CONTINUED

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An F30POST member gives us his real life review of the just announced/released BMW M Performance Power Kit for the F30 335i sedan.