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Munich. ESA astronaut and ISS Commander Frank De Winne of Belgium paid a visit to the BMW Group in Munich along with his two colleagues Robert Thirsk (Canada) and Roman Romanenko (Russia). The astronauts, normally accustomed to navigating the cosmos in a spaceship, yesterday had an opportunity to learn about the design, innovations and sheer driving pleasure of BMW cars.

At BMW Welt, the tech-savvy ISS crew were particularly intrigued by the exhibition on mobility issues of the future and fuel-saving measures … CONTINUED

BMW Concept Gran Coupe Video Update

04/27/2010 at 4:00 PM
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World Premier in Beijing: The BMW Concept Gran CoupeNew BMW Design concept aimed at giving direction to future BMW design trends in the midsize and premium markets
The underlying theme is the most sporty and elegant high performance 4-door on the market
Flat and coupe like proportions
Over 16 feet long (5 meters)
4.6 ft tall (1.4 meters) [this is 3" lower then a 5 series]
Frameless Windows
LED Detailing

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Our friends over at BimmerFile have put their sDrive35is review online, although its lacking in photos (as they were given a pre-production car to try out), it is a nice writeup on the car.

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The Z4 35i I reviewed last year was about as perfect as a BMW has ever been. However, (and its a big however) there … CONTINUED

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The 2011 BMW M5 was named in the recent C&D issue as one of 25 Cars Worth Waiting For in 2011-2014. No new details or rumors here, but there is a new rendering, and a neat “Anticipation Level” chart, which the new M5 nearly tops.

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The U.S. release date for the F10 5-series is set for June 19, 2010, the date on which U.S. customers will be able to take delivery of their 2011 5-series. Unfortunately for our 5POST members who already have cars in transit from Germany, this also means that their cars will already be on U.S. soil, but wont be released until June 19th. Tune in on that date as we should see a flood of 5POST members taking delivery!

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According to BMW insider SCOTT26, the Gran Coupe has already been approved for production, with a standard model available for completion in a short time frame. But, the fully working concept version (the one in Beijing has no interior or mechanicals) will not debut until the Paris Autoshow. The final Gran Coupe concept car will feature innovative interior design and materials, with use of glass, copper, stone, and wood.

BMW M1 / 1M rear look rendered

04/26/2010 at 8:00 AM
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Alpine325ci has done it again. This time he imagines the M1 / 1M rear view based on a recent spy photo and some clues from BMW insider Scott26. This render incorporates one of the most striking details previously hinted at — the X6M-like vents and ducts in the rear bumper. Check out the beautiful render inside.

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A new definition in Premium Style. BMW 3er Coupe and Cabrio.

The latest Autobild features the next generation BMW 3er Cabrio in its news pages. Although it remains an interpretation using inside information , although not exact it offers an insight into the final appearance of the car.

What is known about the next generation model F32 and F33?

The adaption of using a different exterior to the sedan , established with the E92 continues to the next platform … CONTINUED

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Resident photoshopper Alpine325ci has taken yet another stab at the upcoming 6-series, this time gleaning information from the recently revealed Gran Coupe Concept car which is believed to foretell the 6-Series lineup. We believe this photoshop rendering is very accurate to what the real 6-series will look like

BMW @ Auto China 2010 in Beijing

04/24/2010 at 11:54 PM
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Here is video coverage of the new BMWs being shown off at Auto China including the LCI 3-series coupe/convertable, LCI X5, Concept ActiveE, Concept Vision EfficientDynamics, 5-Series LWB and of course the newly introduced BMW Concept Gran Coupe

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I vinyl wrapped my car flat black. This was just a random project i decided to pull the trigger on…. I had no experience whatsoever on vinyling anything. I just watched a few vids on youtube and got some advice from friends who do vinyl stickers. Heres a few pics of the process and outcome…

Hate it, Love it…It was my first time… it took me 1 week and a day to complete….did a panel a day after work =)

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Here are the first live photos of the BMW Gran Coupe Concept from the Beijing unveiling. The concept is reportedly already green lighted for production and will become the 6-series Gran Coupe, a low slung 4-door “coupe” to take on the likes of the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7.