Some details have emerged about the 1-series LCI facelift which will be formally announced in December (and debuted at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit) along with the 1M Coupe. As Scott26 has revealed, changes to the coupe and cabrio will include those seen on the ActiveE, including the new rear and front headlights with LED technology, restyled aerodynamics in the bumpers, new exterior colors, interior trims, and addition of new in-car technology. Both will debut at the NAIAS in Detroit in January 2011.
Alpine325ci gives us a digital preview of what the 2012 M6 coupe could resemble in yet another stunning image. The 2012 M6 coupe will share the same motor and drivetrain as the upcoming M5 will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012.The M6 Cabrio will follow later in 2012. M6 Gran Coupe will arrive in late 2013. A Possible M6 Shooting brake is on the cards.
We bring you the first photos of the all-electric BMW Concept ActiveE 1-series production model. Compared to concept version, the production ActiveE receives more conventional wheels and tires, a different front bumper, a new hood with a bump, new headlight design, and “E Drive” badges. The upcoming lifecycle impulse (aka “LCI” or “facelift) changes to the 1-series coupe and cabrio are seen here with new rear and front headlight lenses with LED technology and more reprofiled aerodynamics in the bumpers. The 1-series coupe and cabrio LCI, along with the 1M and Active E will be seen for the first time at the NAIAS in Detroit this early January.
Also similar to the Mini E electric car, the ActiveE is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that … CONTINUED
BMW has previously confirmed that it will be producing front wheel drive models which will be available prior to 2013. Automotive News now reports that the FWD BMWs models will also be sold in the USA. There will be several variants introduced in the next several years, and BMW expects sales of 100,000 units worldwide annually.
For an insider’s preview of BMW’s FWD philosophy and insight, see Scott26′s previous post here.
The X1 has been spotted out testing an M sport aero package, consisting of an M-sport front bumper, sideskirts, and rear bumper/diffuser. Also seen are M-sport wheels.
MINI has revealed the WRC Countryman at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, along with its full specifications. The MINI WRC has been co-developed with Prodrive and will compete in select rally races in 2011. We were on hand at the live reveal and are happy to share some photos.
BMW’s newest in-car connectivity and technologies were on display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Video presentations and interactive displays showcased BMW link, BMW Station for iPhone, iPad holder, BMW hotspot, onboard internet, night vision, HUD, bluetooth office, and local search.
In only its second season of competition, the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team won the American Le Mans Series GT Manufacturer and Team Championships in the closing moments of the 13th annual Petit Le Mans, after a season of hard-fought competition.
The fourth place finish by the embattled No. 92 M3 GT of Bill Auberlen, Tommy Milner and Dirk Werner was the only race in 2010 that the Team did not finish with at least one M3 GT on the podium. The No. 92 M3 GT completed 354 laps in a race that lasted just over 9 hours, 12 minutes. The race was ultimately decided on fuel efficiency, and BMW-RLR was awarded the Michelin GreenX Challenge race win for the best combination of performance and efficiency as … CONTINUED
We bring you a videos of the full 2010 Paris Motor Show BMW Press Conference, presented by Ian Robertson, BMW Board Member and Director of Sales and Marketing. Presented during the press conference is the new BMW X3, 6-series Coupe Concept, and Mini Scooter E Concept.
BMW of North America is submitting a letter to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week announcing a voluntary recall of approximately 198,000 V8 and V12-powered BMW 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars models produced between the 2002 and 2010 model years. In the affected vehicles, a leak may develop in the power braking system, potentially causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of power braking assistance. Mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the vehicle. There has been no report of accidents or injuries.
BMW has prepared an inspection and repair procedure and will distribute replacement parts throughout the North American dealer network. Letters will be sent by First Class mail to owners of affected vehicles in the … CONTINUED