BMW and GM to Co-Develop Engines?

10/11/2010 at 4:30 PM
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There are reports out today that GM is seeking to partner up with BMW to co-develop engines. This would come as no surprise as BMW publicly mentioned at the Paris Motor Show that it was discussing partnerships with multiple companies on engine production and GM has recently made no secret of its current strategy to find partners for co-development of technologies.

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BMW is launching a marketing push to convince more American consumers to custom order and take delivery in just 2-6 weeks. To entice them, BMW will offer them unique choices and provide a video link of their car being “born” while they’re waiting for delivery. The push coincides with a $750 million expansion at the Spartanburg plant to make room for a second SUV, the redesigned X3. Today 15% of Americans custom-order their cars. BMW hopes to get 40% of its buyers to do it … CONTINUED

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2012 F10 M5 prototypes continue to be evaluated and tested on the Ring. The M5 is set to make its world debut at the 2011 Geneva autoshow as the "BMW Concept M5", which would be a near production identical version of the car to show off at various shows ahead of the official production car launch in Frankfurt.

The car will be a 2012 MY vehicle and be powered by a special version fo the S63 V8 that is currently … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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Members from across the Bimmerpost sites gathered this past weekend for a large meet in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Nearly 200 cars showed attended the event, featuring bbq, raffle, and mobile dyno. Check out the event photos inside.

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German publications were also on hand for the 1M coupe first drive and the reviews have been no less positive and encouraging than the US reviews. See inside for the translated key points from the reviews.

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1-series owners are an addicted bunch. So much so that the car inspired Stewart Hendler and Pascal Remond to script and film this great short film / fictional commercial about the 1-series hatchback.

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Car Enthusiast weighs in with their initial drive impressions, and yet positive review, full of potential for the 1M Coupe.

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The crew at IND traveled to India to work on an M3POST member’s recently imported Nissan GTR. While there, they also witnessed his impressive car collection, including a supercharged E92 M3. Check out IND’s unique trip details and photos inside.

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Another Review , And again they love it… Heres what they say: When you see the BMW 1-series M Coupé in the metal, it’s hard not to be impressed. Even with the taped disguise of this pre-production prototype, it is clear that this is more than just a warmed-over version of BMW’s price-leading two-door.

It’s not beautiful. But the added visual muscle and ground-hugging stance of the new entry-level M-car raises expectations of the performance lurking within. It’s a shot of attitude before you’ve even climbed … CONTINUED

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M-Power.com just released an interview with Albert Biermann, Head of Development BMW M, giving away some more details on the 1 Series M Coupé