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BMW fans bemoaned BMW’s seeming abandonment of “The Ultimate Driving Machine” slogan (although it was never formally abandoned or done away with) in favor of the recent “JOY” campaign. But, The Ultimate Driving Machine is back! In this new BMW ad featuring an F10 5-series and a refueling plane, The Ultimate Driving Machine slogan is indeed used. The message may be a bit more green than in prior times, but the commercial nevertheless evokes a sense of the performance image on which BMW … CONTINUED

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All auto manufacturer tries to keep new models they’re working on a secret. Yet, there are cars virtually everyone knows about based on speculation or inside information. One of these cars is the BMW Z2 roadster. The Z4 has long abandoned the niche the BMW Z3 was once designed for. So it’s only reasonable that BMW is looking to re-enter that niche again — a small and pure roadster, affordable, light, fun. We’ve reported earlier about BMW working on a Z2 offering such a package. There … CONTINUED

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BMW’s current focus on reducing its overall fleet CO2 emissions is clear to anyone following the company’s newest models and technologies. As with all of the world’s auto manufacturers, the company is preparing to meet more stringent emissions standards in the next few years. How well is BMW doing with regard to this goal? Compared to Daimler AG, extremely well.

As cited by Autonews, the current estimate of BMW’s green lead over rival Daimler is valued at approximately 2 billion euros. The estimate comes by way of … CONTINUED

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BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg South Carolina, site of BMW X3, BMW X5 and BMW X6 production has made the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Top 20 List of On-Site Generation.

The companies on this list participate in Green Power purchases which reduce the environmental impact of electricity use.

BMW users an on-site landfill gas energy system, which in 2010 supplied 37 percent of the company’s overall electricity use or roughly 62 million kilowatt-hours of power. Gas is directed from a landfill to the manufacturing facility to power its … CONTINUED

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3DDesign has officially released their highly anticipated F10 / F11 M-Sport Aero Kit, for M-sport package equipped F10s. The aero kit includes a full host of cosmetic parts, including a Front Lip Spoiler (frp), Front Lip Under Splitters (cf), Roof Spoiler (frp), Trunk Spoiler (frp), Dual / Quad Exhaust Rear Diffuser (cf), and Single-side Exhaust Rear Diffuser (cf).

CAR Magazine Reviews 1M Coupe

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CAR Magazine got its hands on the 1-series M coupe and the conclusion is like that of the other auto magazines before it – that it is a proper M car, no doubt. Their review focused on comparing the 1M coupe to other BMW offerings (both M and non-M) in assessing whether they felt the 1M was a proper M car and which, if any, of its technology and engineering was a step forward for the M division. Catch some of their notable findings inside.… CONTINUED

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BMW of North America announced today that the free Pandora® internet radio iPhone app, the first third party app approved for the new BMW Apps feature, is now live and available for download at www.itunes.com/appstore.

Beginning today, all MY 2011 and 2012 BMW vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps option will be able to stream Pandora internet radio through the iPhone app. Once the iPhone is connected to the vehicle, the Pandora personalized radio functions are operated by the vehicle’s existing controls. The Pandoraintegration, like the BMW … CONTINUED

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See many Bimmerpost members’ ActiveE questions answered in this replay of BMW Conversations: BMW ActiveE, that aired at the NY Auto Show on April 20th, where questions were answered by ActiveE experts submitted through Facebook.

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Hell for Leather Magazine (http://hellforleathermagazine.com/) recently had a sit down with Todd Andersen, BMW Motorrad marketing manager.

Mr. Andersen confirmed that a production scooter based on the Concept C was indeed coming to the US market. No additional details are available right now, but the scooter is expected to compete head to head with the Yamaha TMAX, which costs approximately $8500 to buy new and utilizes a 2 cylinder 500cc engine mated to a CVT transmission.

The Concept C similarly uses a 2-Cylinder engine with a CVT … CONTINUED

MINI Cooper SD Range on Video

04/28/2011 at 8:00 AM
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The D in SD stands for Diesel. MINI for a short while now has had a Diesel variant of every model in the lineup. The engine in question is an environmentally friendly 2.0L turbo-diesel four cylinder which outputs 143 bhp @ 4000 RPM and a large amount of torque, 225 lb-ft to be exact. Thats more torque than other MINI variants! Whats different in the SD variant is the addition of the turbo charger, which packs a little more excitement into the standard D variant, which … CONTINUED

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EVO has posted a great video review of a preproduction F10 M5 by Chris Harris, filmed in the Swedish winter. If you’ll recall, EVO previously posted a bit of a teaser clip and article in which it was confirmed that the new M5 will have at least 555hp (that’s the output of the X5 M and X6 M) and that “there’s a seven-speed DCT dual clutch transmission with three different shift speeds and a fully automatic mode.

This video gives us a better sense of the visceral … CONTINUED

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Here is an updated F30 3-series generation debut and sales timeline, as speculated by SCOTT26. The F30 3-series sedan will be announced in November of this year, coinciding with the Olympics. It will then make its public debut at the 2012 Geneva autoshow in March of 2012 and be on sale shortly thereafter.

Catch the rest of the timeline, including some insight into the 3-series Gran Turismo model inside…