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We have posted yesterday’s full BMW press conference from the 2011 NAIAS at Detroit. Ian Robertson presented a state of the company address, as well as introducing the all new 6-series cabrio, 1M coupe, 1-series LCI, and the 2011 X3. View the press conference inside.

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Miramas, in the south of France is a test track BMW fondly calls their own “Area 51″. A well hidden and confidential track where BMW can test their metal without fear of prying eyes or ears. But now it seems, they’ve invited a few BMW M owners to come over to the track and try it out themselves.

BMW invited some nice machinery to the party as well, including the M3 GT4 and an M3 GTS! Now this looks like it was some serious fun. Check out … CONTINUED

2011 Detroit NAIAS Wrap-up

01/10/2011 at 8:00 PM
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The first press days of the 2011 Detroit North American International Autoshow is now over and done. The BMW stand was somewhat non-descript relative to their usual digs at places like Paris, Geneva and Frankfurt. Despite this, BMW made a very strong showing with several new World Premiers, which were more then premieres in name only.

BMW 1-Series M Coupe: World Premiere
First and foremost has to be the BMW 1-Series M Coupe. This was the star of the BMW stand, the bright orange color, beefy bodywork and … CONTINUED

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This is really neat. The guys over at BimmerFile have scored an interview with BMW M Director and BMW 1M brainchild, Dr. Kay Segler. The interview took place during the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit.

The interview itself is about 6 and a half minutes long and touches heavily upon the important M topics of the day, that is to say the BMW 1M and the upcoming F10 M5.

Follow the jump to hear the full interview over on BimmerFile: http://www.bimmerfile.com/2011/01/10…dr-kay-segler/

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Taking a quick aside to the MINI stand, we find the MINI Paceman concept car, a two door version of the Countryman which BMW would ideally position relative to the Countryman in the same way that the X6 is positioned to the X5. Not half bad.

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More updates have been streaming through. Here is the latest, a video of the Vermillion Red 128i LCI cabrio that we saw early this morning. Enjoy!

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As promised, here is more video of the BMW 135i LCI in Alpine White. You can see the new Gloss White interior trim as well!

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Here is a late addition to the 1M Coupe @ NAIAS thread which has been blowing up. Exclusive HD video of the car on the stand. Enjoy!!

Detroit Autoshow: BMW 550i M-Sport

01/10/2011 at 2:11 PM
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Not to be outdone by the stars of Detroit, the BMW 1M and 6-Series, is a Space Gray 550i decked out with the factory equipment M-Sport package which includes a new front apron, rear apron and sideskirts. The car also comes with factory standard 19″ double spoke 351M wheels.

On the inside, there are sports seats featuring Alcantara / fabric upholstery especially developed for the M Sports Package give the interior a particularly sporting ambience. The upholstery’s exclusive character is underlined by high-grade materials, contrasting seams and … CONTINUED

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BMW announces the base prices for several new models which debuted today at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The hotly-anticipated 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe will go on sale with a base MSRP of $47,010. The stunning, all-new 2012 BMW 650i Convertible will start at $91,375. Finally, the updated and better-equipped 2012 BMW 1 Series models will be priced as-follows: 128i Coupe, $31,825, 135i Coupe, $39,925, 128i Convertible, $37,475, 135i Convertible, $44,675. All prices include $875 Destination & Handling fee.

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