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Herbert Diess, BMW Board Member for Research and Development revealed plans to reduce the number of platforms that BMW and MINI will use for their vehicles to just two. One for Front-wheel drive (FWD) cars and a second for Rear-wheel drive (RWD) cars. To put this into perspective, Many many years ago, BMW would actually develop each and every car as its own separate platform, and went as far as to mock the concept of platform-sharing. Of course, time and economics change. Today, BMW … CONTINUED

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Car Throttle reviews the BMW M235i in Spain and calls it the most intoxicating coupe you can buy currently.

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Autoexpress asks whether the M235i coupe is the new E36 M3.

Four BMW M4 DTM Designs Unveiled

03/14/2014 at 1:50 PM
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Just a few weeks after its official launch, the new BMW M4 DTM [Official Details] now has three new looks. As well as the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM, which Martin Tomczyk (DE) will drive in the 2014 season, the first images of the cars to be driven by Joey Hand (US), Bruno Spengler (CA) and Timo Glock (DE) have now been released.

Three of last year’s four driver/car pairings remain unchanged. Tomczyk will continue to take to the track in the iconic BMW … CONTINUED

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I was able to walk the floor of the Geneva auto show during set-up day prior to the official press days. I was amazed that the official opening was just the next day as there was lots of work to do at most of the stands! I was shocked. In typical (German) fashion all the German car maker stands were finished. Some of the “other” stands did not even have any cars there. It was very interesting to walk around and see who was … CONTINUED

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With the 12 Hours of Sebring USC (United SportsCar Championship) race set to take place tomorrow, BMW has posted a video providing a lap through time, which flips through photos of its Motorsport history.

The newest model to join BMW Motorsports will be the BMW M4 DTM car which did not make it into this video, but will begin racing in this year’s DTM race series. The M4 DTM will make its first public appearances at the official ITR tests in Budapest (HU, 31st March … CONTINUED

7 Reasons Why You Need an E46 M3

03/13/2014 at 9:45 PM
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Another funny clip from the guys at Car Throttle. This time they give 7 reasons why you need an E46 M3 :)

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A humorous look at 8 Cool Features You Can Find on a BMW M5.

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In a recent BMW M235i commercial [see all], the M235i is seen performing a spin maneuver while backing away from and then leading a BMW 2002 (symbolizing a passing of the proverbial torch).

To show that the maneuver seen in the commercial was real (not CGI generated) and also possible with the 8 speed auto transmission, BMW invited two stunt drivers to recreate the action.

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From BMW Magazine comes a set of white BMW M4 Coupe photos, featuring BMW DTM driver Bruno Spengler.

Beautiful Set of BMW i8 Photos

03/13/2014 at 8:30 AM
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Beautiful images and a great writeup about the BMW i8 by Stanceworks.

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Watch Jeremy Clarkson review the BMW 135i hatchback in a recent Top Gear episode. The M135i is compared to the MK7 Volkswagen GTI.

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Virtual showrooms for the BMW M3 and M4 are now on the BMW.com website.

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After years of financial trouble, the publicly-owned Nurburgring has finally been sold and privatized. Dusseldorf-based automotive supplier Capricorn has won the bid to purchase the Nurburgring.

Capricorn beat out American firm HIG Capital in its bid for the Ring. The deal is reported to be for approximately 100 million Euro, with an upfront investment of 25 million Euro (to expand/improve the track).

Capricorn produces engine components and employs more than 350 employees. The company already has an on-site factory at the Nurburgring which manufactures crankshafts, camshafts, … CONTINUED

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The 2015 X4 U.S. price and order guide is now available (click on image below). Together with the online configurator, you can now price out and visualize your X4.

The 2015 X4 xDrive28i starts in the U.S. at $45,625 (including destination and handling) and xDrive35i at $48,925 (including destination and handling). It will make its debut at the 2014 NY International Auto Show and production begins this Spring at the Spartanburg, South Carolina plant.

For full details on the X4, see the X4 Official Thread.

Our BMW M235i Video Review

03/11/2014 at 1:50 PM
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Our full video review of the BMW M235i coupe from its recent launch at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Jason Cammisa of Road & Track provides an interesting perspective on the oft-predicted death of manual transmission. BMW’s falling take rate (percentage of buyers opting for manual transmission) is discussed in particular.

The article blames the brand’s increasing attraction of buyers who are not enthusiasts for lowering the percentage of BMWs sold with manual transmission, although the raw number of certain manual BMWs sold, such as the 3 Series, remains the same as 25 years ago. So, it’s a matter of perspective when it comes … CONTINUED

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With 141,093 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 133,631/ +5.6%), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever February sales result. A record number of 273,999 (prev. yr. 256,933) automobiles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year – an increase of 6.6% compared with the same period last year.

“February was another record month for us,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. “The innovative new models coming out this … CONTINUED