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For the fifth straight year, the BMW 3 Series (4 Series included) was the best selling premium car in 2014 in the United States.

Here are the 2014 stats:

142,232 3-Series / 4-Series sold in U.S. in 2014
3-Series / 4-Series made up 42% of U.S. BMW sales
3-Series / 4-Series was America’s 16th-best-selling car in 2014
3-Series / 4-Series sales reached highest level since 2007 (when 142,490 were sold)
3-Series hasn’t been outsold in premium category since 2009

The runner up was the Lexus RX with … CONTINUED

F48 X1 gets exposed in China

01/28/2015 at 9:40 AM
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Increasingly, China has become a source of undisguised new BMW models. The last F48 X1 exposure revealed the front end and headlights, but now we have the full monty. These new photos reveal nearly the entire car.

The F48 X1 rides on BMW’s UKL platform and will come in both FWD and AWD models while engine offerings will range from 3 to 4 cylinders.

Our 2016 model map shows that the US will receive both a sDrive25i and xDrive25i. Production of the sDrive25i begins in November … CONTINUED

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First look at the BMW M135i LCI facelift model, including in the wild.

Platte Forme F80 M3 track build

01/27/2015 at 2:00 PM
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Platte Form details their F80 M3 track build.

Commissioned by Maxxis tire, the goal was to build a street spec car with all bolt-on performance components while retaining full interior. The car is set up with JRZ Suspension and custom aero pieces with all fabrication work done in-house in our California facility. The areas of main focus on this project are suspension tuning, aerodynamics development, and the overall balance and track performance of the car.

The car is currently running with Global Time Attack … CONTINUED

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First look at the beautiful Tanzanite Blue Individual paint on a F80 M3.

Video: xDrive – how it works

01/27/2015 at 6:30 AM
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BMW explains how its intelligent four-wheel drive xDrive system works.

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Beautiful F80 M3 from Taiwan, owned by BIMMERPOST member PNF. Modifications list:

Interior
- BMW performance electronic steering wheel
- BMW performance CF shift knob
- BMW performance CF shift knob base trim
- BMW performance CF hand brake
- BMW Advanced Car Eye

Coding
- Turn off the annoying auto-start/stop function.
- DVD player

Exterior
-IND full front grill trim
-IND side gill
-IND M3 emblem gloss black
-BMW M Performance CF Rear Lip Spoiler
-BBS RID 19×9,ET22, 19×10 ET25 (weigh only 15.7lb for 19×9!)… CONTINUED

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Watch how an F80 M3 and F82 M4 with upgraded turbos (on their S55 engine) perform in the latest Shift Sector races.

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Today, BMW officially premiered the new, 60-second spot for the all-electric BMW i3 that will air during the first quarter of NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. After a 4-year hiatus, BMW will be returning to the big game with “Newfangled Idea,” featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel. The spot juxtaposes the famous 1994 Today Show clip of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel’s initial confusion surrounding “what is the internet?”, to Katie and Bryant in 2015 grasping the newfangled … CONTINUED

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BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in this weekend’s 53rd Daytona 24 Hours on the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport’s very first race in North America and the start of the 1975 IMSA season for the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL.

With car numbers chosen to honour that car, the no. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM finished second and the no. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM took the chequered flag fourth. Bill Auberlen (US), Augusto Farfus (BR), Bruno Spengler (CA) and Dirk Werner (DE) completed 725 laps … CONTINUED

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Supersprint has released its F80 M3 / F82 M4 exhaust system. The stock exhaust system, diameter 2x

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BMW drivers began the 2015 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season at today’s 2.5-hour BMW Performance 200 with a fourth place finish in the Grand Sport class and third, fifth and sixth place finishes in the Street Tuner class. A total of nine BMWs were entered in the race.

Trent Hindman and Ashley Freiberg were the top finishing BMW drivers in the race, with finishing driver Hindman – the 2014 GS driver’s champion, taking the checkered flag in fourth place. Driving the No. 46 Fall-Line … CONTINUED

Dakar Yellow M4 Individual photoshoot

01/24/2015 at 10:00 AM
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A rare look at this unique BMW Individual colored Dakar Yellow M4 coupe.

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We’ve updated with more M2 photos, this time of an advanced prototype body testing in Sweden. The black M2 prototype wears the same body as the red M2 spied back in September, which shows the production bound M styled front bumpers, rear diffuser, fender flares, and quad exhaust. There may be other bodywork yet to come, but you should expect to see kidney grilles with double slats and M2 badge on the production car.

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Sleep well M4 owners, your cars are now safe. The valet joyrider who posted his transgressions on his youtube channel and announced his actions on his twitter page has been identified and terminated from his job.

Read on inside for how this unfolded and came to be.

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At the 2015 Washington Auto Show, two of the top automakers, BMW of North America and Volkswagen of America, together with ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network, announced an initiative to create express charging corridors along heavily-traveled routes on the East and West Coasts. Designed to increase the number of fast charging locations, the initiative will help meet the large and growing demand for convenient, publicly available electric vehicle fast chargers, including direct current (DC) Fast charging locations, and support the adoption of … CONTINUED

We spy BMW M5 testing AWD xDrive!

01/22/2015 at 1:40 PM
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As we’ve shown you in recent spy photos, BMW is currently conducting cold climate testing for its prototypes in Northern Sweden where the F10 M5 has made an unexpected appearance. At first glance, there’s nothing unique about this M5, but a quick peak underneath shows the big secret that it’s hiding – an all-wheel-drive drivetrain! The undercarriage photo shows a driveshaft at the front wheels.

Does this mean that the F10 M5 will see an AWD xDrive model in its lifetime? Skeptics would say unlikely … CONTINUED

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Here is the U.S. 2016 model year production map for your reference.

Some of the notable changes:

• 340i to replace 335i beginning with July-August production
• 550i GT stops production
• All new 7 Series (G11) begins production in August
• All new X1 (F43) begins production in August
• First X5 eDrive (xDrive40e) begins production in June

SOP = Start of Production for demo and initial stock cars.
Start of … CONTINUED