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BMW of North America today announced the opening of the new BMW Performance Center West, the company’s permanent performance driver training facility located in Southern California. BMW partners with The Thermal Club, the new premier private motorsports club, to create a dedicated road course and training facility just a few minutes outside of La Quinta, California. Opening in late 2014, the BMW Performance Center West will offer the full complement of performance driving courses for which the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina … CONTINUED

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A great DIY by a BIMMERPOST member showing how he impressively retrofitted 6WB Digital Display Gauge Cluster onto his F15 X5.

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Chinese search giant (or megalith?) Baidu and BMW have officially signed a deal to push forward joint research on driver-less cars. Their goal is to have a semi-autonomous car on the roads in 3 years time which would integrate into Baidu’s online services, such as navigation.

BMW says since the cars have been extensivly tested in Germany, they need to now branch out and put them on the road in urban centers in China, specifically Shanghai and Beijing. Of course this would require detailed road … CONTINUED

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BMW is hosting 8 days of BMW M Track Days event at The Thermal Club in Palm Springs, CA. BIMMERPOST member SEWELLGT (Chris) shares a great recount of the whole experience:

I’m always appreciative of the members who take the time to sit down and write up trip summaries, event summaries, etc. Typically, I read those posts and enjoy living vicariously through them. I was fortunate enough to get an invite to the BMW M Track Day being hosted out at The Thermal Club … CONTINUED

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BMW is sending the F01 7 Series off into the sunset with the Individual Final Edition 7 Series in Individual Citrine Black Metallic, currently on display at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. Come next year, the all new G11 7 Series will replace the current 7 Series.

The interior features merino leather with contrast piping, piano black trim and alcantara roof liner. This 750Ld xDrive features a tri-turbo diesel motor good for 381 HP.

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BMW has two BMW M4 on display at the 2014 Paris Auto Show – a convertible and coupe.

Paris 2014: BMW X6 World Premiere

10/02/2014 at 9:25 AM
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Making its world premiere together with the 2 Series Convertible is the all new 2015 BMW X6.

Check out our 2015 BMW X6 Official Thread for all X6 info and media.

Here is the press conference transcript from the reveal of the all new X6 at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.

Dr. Ian Robertson (HonDSc)
Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
Sales and Marketing BMW, Sales Channels BMW Group
World premiere BMW X6

Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs! We have another exciting world premiere for … CONTINUED

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The BMW 2 Series Convertible has just made its world premiere at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. Here are photos from our first live look at the droptop 2 Series, and the speech transcript from its introduction during the BMW press conference.

The 2015 M235i convertible starts in the US at $48,650 (including $925 destination & handling), the 228i model starts at $38,850 and the 228i xDrive is priced from $40,650. They’ll arrive in US showrooms in early 2015.

For all 2 Series Convertible info and … CONTINUED

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BMW inside Scott26 dishes on the future BMW Z roadster lineup, including the Z1, Z3 and Z5.

The new Z models take their BMW design from a progression of the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Car like the car below with a more angular and technical language recently seen on the BMW Vision Future Luxury.

All BMWs will retain the essential BMW roadster cues such as being so close to the road and the seats almost on the rear axle. A long bonnet and short rear overhang and … CONTINUED

BMW U.S. Reports September 2014 Sales

10/01/2014 at 10:30 AM
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Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 8.6 percent in September for a total of 25,586 compared to 23,568 vehicles sold in September, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.3 percent on sales of 236,591 compared to 212,565 sold in the first nine months of 2013.

“After such a strong August, to set a new September sales record for BMW is a great accomplishment and emphasizes the importance of our new models to the company’s sales success,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of … CONTINUED

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HPDE instructor Nick gives us his review on the F82 M4 after providing hotlaps in the car to attendees of the Coronado Speedfest.

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This is one cool, actually frozen bronze metallic F11 5 series touring.