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Here is the first video featuring the 1-series LCI (facelift), which are the first BMW models to enable access to facebook, twitter and webradio through the BMW ConnectedDrive i-drive interface. Click on the VIDEO tab to access the video.

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US BMW dealers have received the official 1 series M coupe product bulletin, signaling the start of communications regarding the 1m coupe. The bulletin summarizes general facts of the 1M coupe as well as laying out specific US production and pricing info.

The 1M will be limited production after all and production begins in 2011. BMW’s Order Bank will be open as of December 20th, meaning the official option and package lists will be listed (and orders possibly being submitted on this date).

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As part of its “What´s next?” corporate campaign, the BMW Group has developed an exhibit that makes the company’s commitment to sustainability throughout the value chain come to life.

The pinball exhibit, a virtual version of the classic pinball game, was developed by the BMW Group for its sustainability exhibition, and can now be downloaded as a free application for the iPad and iPhone from the App Store. An online version of the game is also available at http://www.bmwgroup.com/whatsnext.

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Martha Stewart accepted BMW’s invitation to design her dream BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle using BMW’s “Dream It. Build It. Drive It.” program. Martha used the “Build Your Own” online tool on bmwusa.com to customize her own BMW X3.

Customization is a specialty for the new BMW X3, the vehicle has more than 70 million unique configurations. Martha Stewart designed her X3xDrive35i to have a Sparkling Bronze Metallic exterior, one of three special exterior colors that are only available for BMW X3 custom orders. Martha’s BMW X3 … CONTINUED

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Edmunds’ InsideLine blog has gotten a sit down with BMW sales and marketing director, Ian Robertson who told them exclusively that the Vision EfficientDynamics car will indeed go on sale and would be priced near the $200K price mark and intent on competing with Ferrari and Porsche. More then likely the car is being priced to compete directly with the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell.

The car would also “redefine how we look at high-performance sports cars,” when it enters production in 2013. It truly is a ground … CONTINUED

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BMW today announced several modifications to the 2012 BMW 1 Series Coupe that accentuate efficiency and premium quality. The unmistakable profile of the 1 Series Coupe, which represents the purest expression of BMW DNA is now sharper than ever. The new design of the front fascia on the 128i includes BMW’s innovative Air Curtain that counters turbulence near the wheel arches and so reduces the aerodynamic resistance of the vehicle. New exterior design accents have been incorporated into the headlight and tail light clusters. In the … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Release
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114 grams of CO2 per kilometre and 120 kW/163 hp – this relation between emission levels and engine output can only be achieved with BMW EfficientDynamics. BMW has realised it in a premium vehicle of the medium range which also offers a luggage compartment volume of up to 1,385 litres (48.9 cu. ft): the new BMW 320d Touring EfficientDynamics Edition.
The new combination of efficiency, driving pleasure and versatility is possible due to the use of technology for the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions involving a … CONTINUED

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Xbimmers members began taking deliveries of the all new 2011 X3 over the weekend and the first owners’ photos and impressions are now in. Congratulations to the early owners and to everyone to come! Some photos and impressions inside.

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Add another to the E90/E92 BMW 3-series already crowded award mantel. Automobile Magazine has named the 3-series to its 2011 All-Stars list, for the 21st time. Perhaps the best summary from Automobile – “As the car enters the sixth year in its current form, it still has no equal.”

“Fantastic chassis balance, beautiful steering, lovely shift action,” gushes senior editor Joe Lorio. “Add in the phenomenal performance — and surprisingly good fuel economy — and you’ve got the segment’s standard-bearer. Again.”

1M Coupe MDM and M Buttons Explained

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There has been some confusion as to how the 1M coupe’s M-Drive and MDM are triggered, and whether that changes with iDrive or not. We have put together a primer on how they work exactly and what the buttons accomplish respectively.

Unlike the M3 and M5/6, the M-button on the steering wheel (red circle) is not programmable. It’s always set to trigger a sharper throttle response mapping (comparable to the POWER button in the E9x M3), and nothing else.

The M Dynamic Mode aka MDM cannot be programmed … CONTINUED

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The time has finally arrived, the BMW body obscuring cladding has come off the next generation 1-Series hatchback (F20). The car has grown in size to parallel the car’s growth in popularity and aims to improve upon the original 1-Series. It goes without saying that quality will be improved, but what these pictures confirm is what has so far been speculation regarding styling.

The next generation 1-series will fall in line with the rest of the BMW range. The car has a newly sculpted hood reminiscent of … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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BMW has announced the North American availability of BMW Performance brand accessories for the trendsetting X5 Sports Activity Vehicle®. The new BMW Performance parts for the X5 include aerodynamic components, aluminum pedals, special kidney grilles, and a new flat-bottom Sport steering wheel. The new accessories go on sale at Authorized BMW Centers this month.

Aerodynamics

Directly from BMW’s state-of-the-art Munich wind tunnel comes the comprehensive new BMW Performance Aero Kit for the 2011 X5 (excluding X5 M and models equipped with trailer hitch). The Aero Kit, which includes … CONTINUED