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To preview the launch of BMW’s new BMWActivateTheFuture.com website on February 1, 2011, BMW has released this trailer for their new BMW Documentaries series “Activate the Future”, a series of four films which will feature various concepts of future travel from the past and present – including jet packs, flying cars, space travel, and future of mobility (which should feature BMW’s own philosophy behind future automotive travel, including the electric car). View the trailer inside.

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Only 20 days after its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe will appear at the Daytona International Speedway as official pace car alongside the legendary BMW M3 for the 49thRolex 24 at Daytona, January 28th-30th. The 1 Series M Coupe’s arrival at Daytona is one of few special opportunities for fans to see BMW’s newest M model before it goes on sale in May.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe pace car will carry … CONTINUED

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Starting today, BMW X3 customers will have unique access to the creation of their custom-made X3 vehicles via an online video portal that will show them footage of their customized X3 being produced at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, SC.

Customers can view the footage by creating a My BMW account on bmwusa.com and entering their X3 order number or VIN. Using seven cameras in BMW’s South Carolina plant, BMW deliver X3 customers with video that tracks their vehicle through the various stages of final … CONTINUED

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Here is a new video featuring Dr. Kay Segler, BMW M Brand Manager, giving a quick walk through of the 1M that was featured at the Detroit Autoshow. There is nothing new or spectacular fact wise in this video, but I still like it, because the video captures some of the car’s angles very well. And lets face it, I can’t see enough of the 1M in Vallencia Orange.

The video itself is a good 5:35 long and Dr. Segler makes a point to mention that this … CONTINUED

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The last color (Black Sapphire Metallic) of the 1M color trifecta is finally seen here, from the pages of Playboy. This time we do admit that we read Playboy for the images. Only Valencia Orange and Alpine White have been seen so far and displayed publicly at auto shows. Hopefully, the BSM 1M coupe will be displayed publicly soon as well.

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On the heels of the big BMW turbo 4-cylinder news yesterday, SCOTT26 has provided some dates for the switchover of certain BMW models from the current inline 6-cylinder to the new twinpower turbo I4 motor, as well as the end of production of the current 3-series, M3 and 1-series.

Here is the I4 switchover and end of production schedule (inside).

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Here are the first photos of BMW’s exciting new twinpower turbo inline 4-cylinder engine. The official specs from BMW claim that the motor makes 245HP and 350Nm of torque, while giving 35.7 MPG.

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Following BMW’s announcement yesterday, here’s full information on the M-Sport Package for the BMW X1. As you can see from the pictures, most prominent feature is the M aerodynamics package including M door sills and High Gloss Shadow Line. The M-Sport Pack for the X1 features 17-inch double spoke M alloy wheels standard with 18-inch double spoke M alloy wheels (shown here) being available as option. Also included: Sports seats in cloth and alcantara (think E9x 3-series M-Sport), an brushed aluminum interior trim and an alcantare … CONTINUED

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BMW gave us a real treat in the Arctic north today! Sure sure, this is another set of pictures of the F20 1-Series hatch, but look closely, there is something new and different here. BMW had previously removed almost all the masking tape from the hood to give us an advance snapshot of the styling language we should expect to see on the next generation 1-Series and 3-Series. However, before the cars were a bland silver color which hid the true depth to the styling. Now … CONTINUED

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As part of BMWs press release on the new X1 xDrive28i was included information on an all new TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine, which Im sure we will be seeing more of across the entire BMW lineup. This engine seems to be strongly based on the 6-cylinder counterpart and we can expect to see it come in a variety of displacements.