French publication Automobile Magazine has just published these new renderings on what a possible next generation F30 3-Series could look like. While my first gut instinct when looking at these was that they took the concept 5-Series GT Clay Models very sleek front end design and applied it to the future 3-Series I have to say the result does work. The details are still a bit to concept-ish and aggressive for a production 3-series, but the general underlying theme does flow quite nice and could be a success if something like this was taken to production by BMW. But you be the judge!
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An ASR tuned 135i coupe recently achieved a very impressive 178.7 mph trap speed in a standing quarter mile competition. The run was made at the Top Gun Run in Florida. For comparison, a GT-R with full bolt-ons ran 174mph. Check out the video of the run inside.
Drive.com.au reviews the BMW X1 and calls it possibly the stand-out car the compact 4WD market has been crying out for.
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer has once again confirmed at BMW’s annual financial results press conference today that “there will be front wheel drive BMWs in the smaller vehicle classes in the future.” New FWD and AWD drivetrains are in the works and will be used in a new range of smaller entry level BMW cars and Mini cars. The new FWD models will slot in under the entry-premium 1-series models, which will keep their RWD architecture.
Below is a transcription of Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AGs Speech at the 2010 Annual BMW Report. Dr. Reithofer discusses all the topics in front of BMW right now including the future of efficientdynamics and the future project-i megacity vehicle
Slides Accompanying Dr. Reithofers speech: Attachment 359958
BMW Group 2009 Annual Report: http://www.bimmerpost.com/goodiesfor…upGB2009EN.pdf
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As you can see here: we are creating the future. And, we are on a path to profitable growth.
In line with our strategy Number ONE, we moved the companys strategic realignment forward during the 2009 … CONTINUED
As part of the deluge of financial information released by BMW today, they have put out a positive outlook on 2010. BMW believes it retain its place as the worlds leading premium car maker by selling over 1.3million cars in 2010, which would represent a single digit percentage growth year over year.
To date all 3 of BMWs major segments, cars motorcycles and financials have seen positive earnings. But more importantly, BMW points to the all new 5-Series, which represents 20% of all worldwide BMW car sales as a major contributor to its growth in 2010, but also hope newly refreshed cars such as the 3-Series coupe/convertible and X5 reflect the changes in their sales. … CONTINUED
BMW is not only making its vehicles more and more environmentally friendly, but its factories as well. One example is the new differential assembly facility at the Dingolfing plant which has been optimized to lower the production costs for every differential unit by about 20 percent when the facility begins operation in mid-2011. From this alone, the building’s energy usage will be 25% below the German government’s recommended standard.
Consumer Guide Auto speculates on the design changes and major technical changes for the next generation 3-series (F30). While the design will not be a radical departure from the current E90 3-series, there may be several new technologies implemented.
Vorsteiner is working on some new kit for the BMW X6M, here are some of the initial photos of their project.
Munich, 16th March 2010. H&R is the new Technical Partner of BMW Motorsport. The specialist for suspension components will be involved as the BMW M3 GT2 takes to the track for this years 24-hour races. The company has supported BMW driver Uwe Alzen (DE) for several years. This partnership has how been extended for the 2010 GT season. As a result, the H&R logo will not only be seen on the cars, helmets, trucks and driver overalls, but also exclusively on Alzens cap.