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The 5 millionth 5-series ever (a Carbon Black Metallic 530d pictured below) to be produced rolled off the assembly line at the Dingolfing plant yesterday. And boy was she a beauty.

A little historical background on BMWs 5-series cars:

- the first generation 5-series (E12) started its life in 1972, based on the 1970 BMW Garmisch 2002ti concept. It debuted at the Geneva Motor Show that year.
- the E12s range of engines consisted of four and six cylinder engines, with a six cylinder 218 horsepower engine at the top range
- the E60s … CONTINUED

BMW AG sets sales record in 2007

01/30/2008 at 7:25 PM
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Those of you astute enough to pick up some more shares of BMW AG during the recent stock market dip are looking good. News from the USA press site:

“BMW GROUP (WORLDWIDE): 2007 SALES REVENUE RISES TO RECORD LEVEL
01/30/2008

Sales revenue up by 14.3% to euro 56,018 million+++
Sales volume set to reach new high level again in 2008+++

Munich. The BMW Group has achieved a new sales revenue record in 2007. Compared to the previous year, group revenues rose by 14.3% to euro 56,018 million (2006: euro 48,999 million). Revenues of the Automobiles … CONTINUED

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Found the X6 I had seen at Micky Ds earlier in the wk.X6 looks pretty good in Black!!! Until the next X6 encounter. Might need to make a couple of post.Ive got alot of pics.Thanks. Palbay

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If you are looking for a car that is somewhere between a standard 335i and an M3 with more of a luxury ride (including an automatic transmission) then the Alpina is up your alley. One caveat is that you have to live outside the USA to get one of these

Alpina has now extended its B3 range to include Xi models so now if you want all-wheel-drive goodness you can have it! Good times for Alpina fans

335i Production News

01/25/2008 at 7:01 PM
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I recently learned that some of the US 335i sedan production will be shifted to South Africa beginning in February. SA Model Code = 0880, Germany = 0842.

M-DCT Not until June for the US now

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I called a dealer friend today when My Military guy told me BMW confirmed the
DCT today for June……………………………….

Call your stateside dealer and check please, I know we heard the Coupe first
but what I just read says otherwise. I cant scan it right now

Hope not but its not looking good.

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Ok hold on to your mice! Fifth Gear pits the E92 M3 vs the C63 AMG. Let the flame wars begin :)

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Well I finally managed to get copies of the photos from my magazine shoot back in October last year! Its only taken 3 months to get them! There were quite a few, but Ive taken my favourites from the various locations we shot, and uploaded them to this thread…. Hope you enjoy

These are all copyright of James Lipman Photography, so please do not reproduce them without contacting me or James @ jameslipman.com!

On the road…

Motorway blast!

UR02SLO

Cornering the Ring…

Charging through the Adenau forest…

Ring mist.

Crowd pleaser…

Yours truely…

Eau Rouge

Spa lapper..

Racing twin…

Last lap…

Woodland

Step into my … CONTINUED

Promo Video of New M3 Convertible

01/21/2008 at 6:51 PM
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Enjoy some new M3 E93 videos courtesy of YouTube

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Love modified BMWs? So do I obviously. This is a must see for some sick E92 M3s

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Unfortunatly, theres nothing that new in these pics. What they do show us is that the facelifted E90 will include:

1) a new bumper design that is mildly changed, but more pronounced, with kidney grills that are more E92-like
2) a new hood, unclear what design they will go towards
3) very mild rear bumper change
4) new inner tailight cluster design, possibly going back to the original pre-production E90 tailight design (thats a trivia question for the newer E90 owners.. what was the original E90 tailight design that was nixed at the last … CONTINUED

BMW M-DCT Information

01/15/2008 at 6:48 PM
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Full press release
PDF: –> BMW M-DCT w/ Drivelogic 7-speed dual-clutch Transmission Info

EU-consumtion:

M3 coupe manual: 12,4 l/100km
M3 coupe M DCT: 11,9 l/100km

M3 sedan manual: 12,4 l/100km
M3 sedan M DCT: 11,9 l/100km

M3 cabrio manual: 12,9 l/100km
M3 cabrio M DCT: 12,3 l/100km

German Price: 3800,- Euro – confirmed by BMW-Speaker
Code: 2MK

M3 coupe manual: 4.8s 0-100kmh (1580kg by DIN)
M3 coupe M DCT: 4.6s 0-100kmh (1600kg by DIN)

M3 sedan manual: 4.9s 0-100kmh (1605kg by DIN)
M3 sedan M DCT: 4.7s 0-100kmh (1625kg by DIN)

M3 cabrio manual: 5.3s 0-100kmh (1810kg by DIN)
M3 cabrio M DCT: 5.1s … CONTINUED