There are reports out today that GM is seeking to partner up with BMW to co-develop engines. This would come as no surprise as BMW publicly mentioned at the Paris Motor Show that it was discussing partnerships with multiple companies on engine production and GM has recently made no secret of its current strategy to find partners for co-development of technologies.
AMS reports that BMW’s board has decided to green-light the Vision Efficient Dynamics for production at the Leipzig plant. The BMW VED is scheduled to hit the market in 2013 using a regular combustion engine. The drivetrain concept shown at last year’s unveiling of the VED (1.5l Diesel engine + two e-motors) is said to follow later. In other news, this report also mentions that the Leipzig plant is said to produce the new entry level BMW car.
According to insider Scott26, an M version of the current second generation Z4 is inevitable. By late 2012 there will be no compact-medium car for the M division as the 1M and current M3 will both have stopped production and new versions not yet here. That is why the Z4M may be back on the drawing board.
Some details have emerged about the 1-series LCI facelift which will be formally announced in December (and debuted at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit) along with the 1M Coupe. As Scott26 has revealed, changes to the coupe and cabrio will include those seen on the ActiveE, including the new rear and front headlights with LED technology, restyled aerodynamics in the bumpers, new exterior colors, interior trims, and addition of new in-car technology. Both will debut at the NAIAS in Detroit in January 2011.
Saab has confirmed the previous rumors that future Saab models may be powered by BMW engines if negotiations between Saab and BMW are successful. The 2012 Saab 9-3 may be the first model to be powered by BMW, with a completely new 222hp BMW engine.
BMW inside Scott26 chimes in on mystery BMW concept, saying that is has no competition and never has there been a car like it. Confirmed is the use of battery power and a 3 cylinder diesel. Exciting times are ahead folks.
Could F10 5-series coupe and cabrio models be in the future of the 5-series portfolio? It certainly sounds like a possibility according to BMW insider Scott26, who even explains the coupe and cabrio designs which have already been proposed and is being considered. Read on for more details.
David06M3 just returned from a visit to M-Division and brings some 1M news. The 1M will be a limited production of only 2,700 units, come in only 3 colors – Alpine White, Jet Black, Valencia Orange. Manual transmission only has also been confirmed. Image by Gerald Alvarez (of course).
Confused or distraught about BMW’s future FWD model plans? Scott26 provides some clarity on BMW’s plans and philosophies behind the future FWD model development and plans. Read inside.
It’s long been accepted that the next generation F30 M3 will no longer be powered by a V8, but instead will be propelled by a turbo inline 6 engine. The question was which I6 engine – the N54, N55, or a new motor? The answer is that it will be based on the single turbo, twin scroll N55.
It’s been a long while since we’ve had word on the hotly anticipated Z2 Coupe and Roadster, but BMW insider Scott26′s confirms that the Z2 twins are underway and have been designed by Designworks. He has also stated that the Z2 is currently expected in 2013.
Autobild magazine has a new rendering of the 2012 F20 1-series, as well as what it believes is a full list of models and engines, including 5 body styles, 7 gasoline models and 4 diesel versions. The 3-door and 5-door models should debut at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA in September of next year.