BMW Group remains on successful course in second quarter
- New record figures for sales volume and revenues
- Second-best quarterly earnings in the company’s history
- Profit before financial result amounts to € 2.27 billion
- Automotive Segment second-quarter EBIT margin of 11.6%
- BMW Group reaffirms targets for financial year 2012
Munich. The BMW Group continued its success during the second quarter as well as in the six-month period to June 2012, achieving new record figures for sales volume and revenues and the second-best Group operating profit in the company’s … CONTINUED
BMW has released a set of new ads highlighting some of the technologies available in its lineup. They deliver the message with some humor, reminding us of the 6 ad spots which debuted during the last Super Bowl.
The first reviews of the 2013 X1 (LCI facelift) are in and they’re a generally positive bunch. First up are the reviews from Car and Driver, Automobile and Motor Trend.
Check out what each American magazine has to say about the refreshed X1 which has already sold more than 300,000 units worldwide.
BMW has confirmed that two diesel engines will be making their way to the US.
One is a 2.0L single-turbo twinscroll 4 cylinder direct injection diesel engine outputting 180 HP and 280 LB-FT torque, which are identical stats to the N47 engine which currently powers the F30 320d and F10 520. As for consumption and performance, the 320d, for example, achieves an impressive 52.2 combined MPG (US) (40.5 city / 61.8 hwy), with a factory claimed 7.1 secs 0-60 mph.
The other diesel will be a 3.0L twinscroll … CONTINUED
Anyone wanting a RWD X1 should look into buying a current generation X1, if a new report coming out of Autocar is true.
It’s being reported that the current model’s RWD / AWD platform (adopted from the E9X 3 series) will be replaced by the FWD / AWD UKL platform when the next gen BMW X1 hits the market around 2015. “UKL” is German for ‘Unter Klasse’ or ‘entry level.’
The FWD UKL platform is the same one upon which the initial FWD BMW models and the next … CONTINUED
A further chapter has been added to the success story of the BMW X models. In a matter of two-and-a-half years, the BMW X1 has notched up worldwide sales of more than 300,000 units. Since its market launch in autumn 2009, the first – and for a long time only – vehicle of its kind in the premium compact segment has conquered a steadily expanding fan base and scooped up a host of awards. The tremendous popularity enjoyed by the BMW X1 both in its home … CONTINUED
Good news for iPhone users. iOS6 is finally supporting iDrive Office integration via Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile). Bluetooth MAP is the protocol used to retrieve email messages through iDrive, which currently only works with Blackberry and a few other devices.
Here are a few photos showing a iPhone 4S connecting via Bluetooth MAP (wireless non-USB connection) using iOS6 Beta 1.
For the past few weeks, BMW has been offering a $300 discount on the 2012 3 Series for scheduling a test drive through the app, but they’ve now expanded the promotion to include all BMW models.
The discounts are as follows:
$300 Off 3 Series, 1 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 (all trims, including M models)
$500 Off 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo and X5 (all trims, including M models)
$700 Off 7 Series, 6 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe and X6 (all trims, including M models)
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The BMWUSA website build your own feature for the 2013 X1 is finally online. Head on over to configure your very own BMW X1.
We post inside the first videos of the 2013 BMW X1 (LCI facelift model) in action, starting with a summary video from BMW.
The sDrive28i RWD model starts in the US at $30,650, the xDrive28i at $32,350 and the xDrive35i at $38,450. Production of the 2013 X1 will begin in July.
sDrive28i / xDrive28i
2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine (N20), with direct injection, double-vanos, valvetronic
240hp @ 5000 rpm
260lb-ft torque @ 1250 rpm – 4800 … CONTINUED
Four award-winners spanning a displacement range of 1.6 to 4.0 litres – BMW Group again emerges as the most successful auto manufacturer in the internationally renowned engine contest.
Unbeaten titleholders and triumphant newcomers have secured the BMW Group’s renewed pre-eminence at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards. Powerplants guaranteeing efficient power delivery in current BMW and MINI models topped no fewer than four out of eight displacement categories. The quartet of trophy-winners comprised two four-cylinder engines, a straight-six and an eight-cylinder. Scooping up best-in-class wins … CONTINUED
The M550d xDrive F11 Touring is making its auto show debut at AMI Leipzig. THE 2013 X1 LCI / Facelift model is also making its European debut.
The X1 finally comes to the US market this summer (as a 2013 model year) and we bring you the full pricing and ordering info for the xDrive28i and xDrive35i models.
The sDrive28i RWD model starts at $30,650, the xDrive28i at $32,350 and the xDrive35i at $38,450 (before including the $895 destination and handling).
Production of the 2013 X1 will begin in July.
For more information on the 2013 X1, please see 2013 BMW X1 LCI and U.S. Models Information, Photos, Pricing
Here are the first in-the-wild pics of the X1 LCI (facelift) and US-spec X1 models, courtesy of Palbay. The Marrakesh Brown X1 is an xDrive35i model in xLine package and the Titanium Silver X1 is also an xDrive35i model, but with the Sport Line package.
We’ve just posted the full official information release and photos for the 2013 BMW X1 LCI (facelift) model and first model year that will be available for the U.S. market. See inside for all the vital stats, including performance, information on the M Sport package, Sport Line, and xLine, as well as MPG information and options and pricing info.
Here’s full options (US) pricing for the 2013 X1:
Cold Weather Package: $700
M Sport Package: $3,000
Premium (includes panaramic moonroof) Package: $3,950
Technology Package: $2,500
Driver Assistant (rear camera, PDC): $950 (requires ZTP)
Light Package (xenon etc.): $1,200, requires ZPP
Ultimate Package (ZPP, ZTP, ZDA): $6,650
tandard: USB/iPod control, HD radio, alarm, bluetooth, etc.
Other options are along the same line as most other current BMWs.
The 2012 NYIAS press days wrapped up last week and the public days opened this past weekend. Hopefully our NY area members have gotten (or will get) a chance to attend. Those of you who did attend this past weekend, what did you think? Any favorites?
The video below shows the press conference highlights from the press days, featuring the stars of this year’s display – the M6 Coupe and Convertible, the X1, and the 6 Series Gran Coupe.
We’ve updated our X1 xDrive35i M Sport gallery from the 2012 NYIAS.