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01/25/2014    12:00 PM

G30 the BMW
Yes, we are already entering the G chassis realm, having very swiftly passed through the F series cars. The current BMW 5-Series is the F10 and the upcoming next generation 5-Series will be the G30.

According to Car Magazine’s sources, BMWs next generation platform is called 35up. What it basicly means is that everything from the 3-series/5-series and up will be based on this shared super platform. Utilizing the increasing mix of elements including steel, aluminum and certainly CFRP, weight is expected to drop substantially for the next generation.

Well, previously Autocar and now Car Magazine are all reporting that the new 3-cylinder BMW engine will power the new 5. And that should be no shock or surprise, as the new modular platform of … CONTINUED

01/21/2014    2:20 PM

The timescale works absolutely in favour with the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 Coupe because a gap of two years allows establishment and progress. By this time there will be the Competition Package for the M3 and M4 and there will also be progress for the two cars in an additional specification.

Then you have to think about the next M5 and its leap in technology , lightweight and power increase to just over 600 PS. Granted the M5 won’t be on the market at this point but the arrival will be just over twelve months from the G30.

This is where the gap opens for the M2 and there will be ample room for co-existence.

The interesting thing that really shows progress, is that on … CONTINUED

01/20/2014    11:15 AM

Autoexpress reports that a BMW insider they spoke to at the M235i launch in Las Vegas last week let on that the BMW M2 “makes a lot of sense.” In addition, a “source” confirmed that a road-going version of the M235i Racing (a track-only customer race car) was considered for production, but this plan was nixed so as not to “step on the toes of something else higher up the range.” The source added that this refers to a new M car. The article goes on to speculate about pricing and other technical aspects, but that is purely guesswork at this point.

Our resident BMW insider, Scott26, has recently had this to add about a potential BMW M2.

The time frame between M4 Coupe and M2 … CONTINUED

01/18/2014    10:55 AM

Deliveries climb 6.4% to 1,963,798 units

New all-time highs for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands

BMW Group expects further growth in sales in 2014

China becomes BMWs no 1 market

Munich. The BMW Group sold more vehicles in 2013 than ever before in the company

12/30/2013    6:30 PM

Back in January of this year, BMW and Toyota signed an agreement to cooperate on joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle, collaboration on powertrain electrification and joint research and development on lightweight technologies. The two companies have now decided upon and agreed to develop a joint platform for sportscars, BMW’s development chief Herbert Diess told a German newspaper.

“We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car. What is important is that there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung today quoted Diess as saying.

Diess declined to provide details on the models that would result from the cooperation, but much of the rumor … CONTINUED

12/30/2013    2:45 PM

Here’s a preview of what you should expect to see from the upcoming BMW model pipeline, covering everything from the F16 X6 to the G11/G12 7 Series.

12/17/2013    11:30 AM

Here are the latest rumors on a BMW M3 GT, M7 and AWD M5/M6.

12/03/2013    3:40 PM

Testing on the second generation BMW X5 M continues while the prototypes shed some camouflage. This is the first red F85 X5 M we’ve seen and as with earlier prototypes, it wears the signature M components – huge front air intakes, more aggressive sideskirts and rear diffuser, blue M brakes, and cross drilled rotors (the first for any X5 model). We also have a better look at the quad exhaust pipes which, unlike the current X5 M, feature a new angled design (same as the upcoming M3 and M4).

We now see double-slatted kidney grilles fitted to the X5 M prototype for first time. This has become another signature M styling bit for the latest M models, including the M5 LCI facelift, M6 and the … CONTINUED

11/29/2013    6:00 PM

One of the unknowns surrounding the BMW X4, which will make its debut at the 2014 Geneva show in March, is whether it will be offered in a full blown M model (i.e. X4 M) like its bigger cousins – the X5 M and X6 M. Early indications have been no.

But a new report suggests that although a full fledged M model may not be in BMW’s plans, a diesel M Performance Model may be. This is according to statements made in a recent interview by BMW Australia Managing Director, Phil Horton.

Horton recently said that “There are plans to expand the diesel M lineup,”… “I think where there might be potential is in the new X4, which we’ll be bringing in next year.” He … CONTINUED