02/03/2011     9:00 AM

German tuning house Kelleners Sport, based in Dinslaken, Germany, has just revealed a new package their are releasing officially at the Geneva Autoshow for the 5-Series.

Kelleners sport, the brainchild of race car driver Ralf Kelleners has traditionally focused on suspension and engine tuning, but has also been increasingly working on Optik-tuning or aerodynamic styling bits to add to his company’s portfolio.

This new package for the 5-Series remains true to this philosophy of merging handling and engine dynamics made to the standards of a professional race driver and optical enhancements.

First and foremost, under the hood, Kelleners claim a 20% increase in overall power output on both Diesel and Gasoline variants, details are limited but these gains are most certainly from software gains made by modulating turbo … CONTINUED

02/02/2011     3:00 PM

Autos.sympatico.ca interviewed M division boss Dr. Kay Segler at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit. They posed some direct questions, many of which our very own members have often asked and are most interested in. Below are their most poignant questions and Dr. Segler’s responses.

02/02/2011     1:40 PM

Here is an updated comparison of the now officially released C63 AMG facelift photos versus the E90 M3 sedan.

Unlike the CLS 63 AMG, the C63 AMG is still powered by the naturally aspirated 6.2 l V8, rated at 451hp and 443 lb-ft in the C63. Most significant changes are the switch from the traditional 7-speed auto to the AMG-MCT7 and the introduction of a Start/Stop feature. It’s uncertain however if the latter will make it to the US.

Better be fast if you consider the E90 M3 to come out of this comparison on top: Production of the 4-door M3 will end later this year and will likely not be produced in the next generation of M3.

02/02/2011     11:20 AM

BMW M GmbH concluded the 2010 business year with a significant boost in sales. In a year marked by far-reaching changes in the model portfolio, the number of BMW M car sales rose by 14.2 percent to 16,967 units. Overall, worldwide growth in demand for high-performance sports cars, M Sport packages, exclusive special options from BMW Individual as well as driving experience training courses contributed to this positive development. Considerable growth impulses are also anticipated for 2011 thanks to an extended M Sport package and BMW Individual product range and the launch of the BMW 1 Series M Coupé, which takes the company into a new vehicle segment. Beyond this, the development of special task and security vehicles based on current BMW production models will also … CONTINUED

02/02/2011     8:30 AM

SoCal members held a recent meet in one of the best settings for car photography – an underground parking structure. Check out the event photos inside.

02/02/2011     8:00 AM

The BMW Group and PSA Peugeot Citroën have decided to enter into a new phase of their collaboration, by signing an agreement to set up a 50-50 equity joint venture named BMW Peugeot Citroën Electrification. The agreement was signed on February 1st by Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, and Philippe Varin, Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën. In October 2010, the two companies had signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to expand their existing cooperation to hybrid systems.

BMW Peugeot Citroën Electrification will focus on developing and producing hybrid components, including battery packs, E-machines, generators, power electronics and chargers, while also developing software for hybrid systems. Joint research and development, production and component purchasing will leverage significant economies … CONTINUED

02/01/2011     7:00 PM

In this video, BMW experiments with sticker designs on the X1 and gauges public sentiment to the somewhat different, but non-radical look. We just like the video because it gives us some nice looks of the X1.

02/01/2011     3:30 PM

The new F10 5-Series has really proven to be a hit in the BMW community, and has drawn interest from all different types of owners, even those with the mod bug. Here is one such example of a nicely done F10 5-Series with AC Schnitzer front lip, 20″ wheels and RD Sport Springs.

02/01/2011     3:15 PM

The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported January sales of 18,656 vehicles, an increase of 21.1 percent from the 15,410 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.

“The combination of strong December sales and miserable weather in many areas provided a real challenge for January,” said Jim O’Donnell, President and CEO of BMW of North America, LLC. “On the other hand, the new BMW X3 and MINI Countryman played a strong role in January’s percentage gain even though both continue building up their model range, which we will see in the next couple of months.”

02/01/2011     1:20 PM

A talented 1addicts member has produced this most exciting 1-series promo video project. Shot alongside the Crystal Springs Reservoir just South of SF, this black and white clip looks like it would be right at home in any true BMW marketing video.

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