03/12/2014     11:00 AM
COMMENTS: 32

Virtual showrooms for the BMW M3 and M4 are now on the BMW.com website.

03/12/2014     8:45 AM
COMMENTS: 49

After years of financial trouble, the publicly-owned Nurburgring has finally been sold and privatized. Dusseldorf-based automotive supplier Capricorn has won the bid to purchase the Nurburgring.

Capricorn beat out American firm HIG Capital in its bid for the Ring. The deal is reported to be for approximately 100 million Euro, with an upfront investment of 25 million Euro (to expand/improve the track).

Capricorn produces engine components and employs more than 350 employees. The company already has an on-site factory at the Nurburgring which manufactures crankshafts, camshafts, pistons, and other engine parts. Its parts have been used in 10 F1 maufacturer’s championships, 9 F1 driver’s world championships, 10 WRC manufacturer championships, 3 NASCAR Sprint Cup wins, 7 overall Le Mans wins, 10 Dakar wins, among others.

03/11/2014     6:45 PM
COMMENTS: 26

The 2015 X4 U.S. price and order guide is now available (click on image below). Together with the online configurator, you can now price out and visualize your X4.

The 2015 X4 xDrive28i starts in the U.S. at $45,625 (including destination and handling) and xDrive35i at $48,925 (including destination and handling). It will make its debut at the 2014 NY International Auto Show and production begins this Spring at the Spartanburg, South Carolina plant.

For full details on the X4, see the X4 Official Thread.

03/11/2014     1:50 PM
COMMENTS: 102

Our full video review of the BMW M235i coupe from its recent launch at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

03/11/2014     11:20 AM
COMMENTS: 214

Jason Cammisa of Road & Track provides an interesting perspective on the oft-predicted death of manual transmission. BMW’s falling take rate (percentage of buyers opting for manual transmission) is discussed in particular.

The article blames the brand’s increasing attraction of buyers who are not enthusiasts for lowering the percentage of BMWs sold with manual transmission, although the raw number of certain manual BMWs sold, such as the 3 Series, remains the same as 25 years ago. So, it’s a matter of perspective when it comes to analyzing whether the manual transmission is truly ‘dying’ in BMWs.

It’s not—at least not at VW, which has expressed a commitment to keeping the option available. But the rest of the industry feels differently. BMW, for example, has Chicken Little … CONTINUED

03/11/2014     9:54 AM
COMMENTS: 11

With 141,093 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 133,631/ +5.6%), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever February sales result. A record number of 273,999 (prev. yr. 256,933) automobiles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year – an increase of 6.6% compared with the same period last year.

“February was another record month for us,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. “The innovative new models coming out this year, such as the 2 Series Active Tourer and 4 Series Gran Coupé we just premiered to great reviews at the Geneva Motor Show, will give us the momentum to keep growing in 2014.” Robertson added.

BMW enjoyed its best ever … CONTINUED

03/11/2014     8:00 AM
COMMENTS: 29

A great trip journal featuring a visit inside Supersprint Exhaust’s headquarters in Italy.

03/10/2014     9:30 PM
COMMENTS: 22

With the completion of the development work and final preparations for production at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, the launch of the BMW i8 approaches its peak. Delivery of the first customer cars will start in June 2014, beginning with the main European markets.

Beforehand, special public events will be held in various regions all over the world to meet the enormous interest in the BMW i8. For this purpose BMW i agents will be equipped with separate demonstration vehicles. The start of series production of customer vehicles will commence in April. Customers have already been able to place pre-orders for the BMW i8 in all major markets since autumn 2013.

However, demand for the BMW i8 is already exceeding the planned production volume during … CONTINUED

03/10/2014     3:20 PM
COMMENTS: 60

More photos of the clear see-through M4 exhibit model currently on display at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

03/10/2014     12:45 PM
COMMENTS: 44

Motortrend has published an entry-level luxury sedan review, comparing the BMW 320i, Mercedes CLA250, VW CC and Buick Regal. Check out some highlights below and head on over to Motortrend for the full review.

The initial idea suggested to yours truly was to line up the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 against the Volkswagen CC R-Line, but the proposal was compelling for all of two minutes. Apart from vaguely sharing body shapes and having turbocharged engines with similar outputs, the bigger, $35K, entry-level luxury question asked was, “Would anybody care?”

Because we wouldn’t have access to an MQB-underpinned Audi A3 until a month after our prospective itinerary, we turned to the other natural Germanic competitor. The MPV-like, front-drive BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is tentatively due in 2015, so … CONTINUED

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