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BMW recently announced the introduction of the BMW i sub-brand, a model line-up to offer mobility solutions for the future. And while the development for the BMW i3 (and BMW i8) continues for the market launch in 2013, there are still some things to consider and some problems to solve to make the idea of electric cars work.

One of these things is charging. Unlike conventional cars with combustion engines, you can’t just go the next station and fill up within 5 minutes. A full recharge of … CONTINUED

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It has been quite a while since we’ve seen a review of the X6 M, which was released to much acclaim from the automotive press. Motor Trend now chimes in with their first test drive review, and they echo what many have said before them, calling the experience “maniacal” and its engineers “nutty.” Here are some of our favorite quotes from the FULL REVIEW:

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Here’s some good news which highlights BMW’s dedication to reduce weight in its future models. In addition to using lighter materials such as advanced steel and carbon fiber and using more aluminum to cut future vehicle weight, BMW is now looking to lighten future car’s suspension springs and brakes. The reduction of unspring weight at a car’s corners should yield particularly greater improvements in performance, handling, and feel.

Lightweight Rotors

According to Motor Trend, BMW’s new lightweight rotors called “Slim Rim,” despite being larger in diameter than a … CONTINUED

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The MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD, which will make its world debut at the Auto Shanghai 2011, is an exclusive special edition that adds another layer to the MINI brand experience with a generous dose of automotive luxury and exclusivity in its highest form.

Close collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars design team at the development center of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England has produced a limited-run special edition MINI, whose exterior and interior design is inspired by fine materials and the British luxury car marque’s commitment to absolutely … CONTINUED

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Inside we have some followup photos from the event, and if you scroll down, some really nice video of the event, and development of the MINI WRC Car with Prodrive.

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The BMW X3 xDrive35i has made Ward’s 10 Best Interior List. The editors felt that the X3 xDrive35i successfully blends a black-and-cream color scheme with tastefully executed wood trim on the dashboard, center console and door panels. Superb fit-and-finish, fold-flat seating and ample space for five occupants make the $52,025 X3 a worthy contender in the luxury cross/utility vehicle segment. And the iDrive controller also has become easier to use and more intuitive, now allowing drivers simple access to the entire owner

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The NYIAS will be upon us next week and there will be two exciting BMW premieres coming to the show: 1) New generation TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine and the first vehicle to carry it, and 2) New BMW 6 Series Coupe (F13).

The new TwinPower Single Turbo 2.0L 4-cylinder N20 motor has already debuted in the European X1 xDrive28i. At the 2011 NYIAS, this new motor will be presented with the first BMW model to receive it in the United States. The N20 motor features direct injection … CONTINUED

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MINI is showcasing its flair for design with two impressive exhibits at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan from 11 to 17 April 2011. As last year, MINI is using installations at Milan’s Università degli Studi and the Triennale Design Museum to highlight the brand’s “Creative Use of Space” philosophy. The glue holding the two works together is a time travel concept covering everything from the roots of the brand to the future of mobility.

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BMW drivers dominated this past Saturday’s GRAND-AM event at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Alabama, taking three of four class wins in Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition. In Rolex Sports Car Series competition the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Powered Riley took its third consecutive Daytona Prototype win of the season. The defending class champion drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have now won an amazing 12 of 14 races dating to the beginning … CONTINUED

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Car and Driver posts up their first drive initial impressions of the 1M coupe, calling it great and weird and fun, with super-quick steering and go-kart like feel, with stunning grip. Check out the rest of their impressions inside.

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1addicts member WLKSFTLY brings perhaps the most exciting update yet from his 1M european delivery adventure, this time recounting his time spent on the Nurburgring with his brand new car! Photos and videos inside.

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Here’s proof that it pays off to register at M-Power.com. We reported earlier about the opportunity to submit your dreams about the new M5 and thus get the chance to be invited to exclusive events. Six of the BMW M5 fans that registered at M-Power.com, had the chance to be the first customers to see the BMW Concept M5 at the BMW M headquarter. And while they where at it, they also had the chance to have a look at the BMW M garage – … CONTINUED