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On the heels of Jaguar revealing its aspirations for a potential F30 3-series fighter, Hyundai’s CEO is now also dropping hints about a potential F30 competitor. John Krafcik recently said to Automotive News that “The Genesis Coupe is in the same segment, really, as the 3-series coupe” and “One of the things we’re thinking is: Should we do something that’s a sedan version of that?”

If it came to fruition, the Genesis sports sedan would share the same RWD platform now used for the Genesis sedan and … CONTINUED

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Reinventing Mobility, chapter three of the BMW Documentaries Film series Wherever You Want To Go, appears today online at www.bmwactivatethefuture.com. In this installment, the series sets out to identify the complexities and tensions of the future of mobility as rooted in popular theories of today. In particular, the film looks at the massive behavior changes needed to reinvent mobility into simpler and more efficient forms, and what we all may have to give up to achieve it.

Why the F10 M5 May Be Automatic-Only

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Motortrend provides some reasoning behind why the upcoming F10 M5 may be M-division’s first automatic-only model, featuring a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission only and no manual or dual clutch transmission option. (Thus far, the F10 M5 has only been spotted with automatic transmission)

Their reasoning for the lack of a DCT option is due to the monstrous torque that the F10 M5′s twin turbo DI 4.4L V8 motor from the X5M/X6M is expected to generate. The F10 M5 is expected to feature more power than even the … CONTINUED

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The BMW Plant in Leipzig continues to grow. Back in November, we reported that BMW invests € 400 million to expand the plant for the production of the Mega City Vehicle. Today, DB Schenker announced to build a new logistics center to supply components for the BMW plants in China and South Africa. This will not only improve the supply for these plants but also create 600 new jobs in Leipzig.

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A beautiful silver X3 M-sport currently on display at the 2011 Chicago Autoshow represents the first time that the X3 M-sport has been displayed at a U.S. autoshow and first time that BMW has shown a silver X3 M-sport. Photos inside.

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A man who filmed the speedometer of his car while driving more than 140 miles per hour so he could post it on YouTube, ended up in jail on Saturday and the video confiscated, police said.

Stanislav Vadimovich Bakanov was pulled over by police on Oregon Interstate 5 after he was clocked driving his black 2005 BMW at 118 mph. He filmed Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Postlewait as he approached the car.

When Postlewait asked why he was videotaping, Bakanov said he was filming his speedometer, and his arrest, … CONTINUED

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SCOTT26 provides info on next generation 3-series, for which BMW is considering an “AFAST,” a mix between “MPV, SAV and Touring” and GT model. Also details on the debut dates of the F30 sedan, F32 coupe, and F33 convertible.

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BMW has posted another video on the BMW ActiveE 1-series based electric car. This clip explains how it can be used as an everyday utility.

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SCOTT26 provides a glimpse into possible F2X generation 1-series models, including a Gran Coupe Sports Sedan and a Shooting Brake model. The confirmed models (Coupe and Convertible) are also discussed in some more detail.

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Here is part two of M-Power’s series of technical articles on the 1M. Following Part One which focussed on engine and transmission, this article centers around the suspension and limited slip differential.