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The BMW Group is expanding capacity at its U.S. plant in Spartanburg. “We plan to invest over the next three years nearly USD 900 million in the Spartanburg plant by 2014. This will create 300 new jobs by the end of this year. This will allow us to produce 350,000 units in Spartanburg in the mid term,” says Frank-Peter Arndt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production, in Spartanburg on Thursday. The BMW Group already invested USD 750 million in the … CONTINUED

BMW 2011 Year In Review

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Happy New Year to the entire BIMMERPOST community! As we cross over to a new year it’s a fitting time for a recap of the past year. It was an amazing year for BMW, with the company hitting sales records and many new important models making their debuts. 2012 should prove to be as successful, if not more. And we’ll be seeing some new models and facelifts coming. We recap the BMW 2011 year for you inside.

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Although the BMW X4 has not yet been spotted in any public testing, it’s been confirmed by BMW. AutoBild utilizes some of BMW’s latest styling elements (including the exposed side grilles of the F30 3 series sedan), to produce renders of what they think the upcoming BMW X4 SAV may resemble, as well as the future iterations of the X1 and X5. They even threw in a render of a fantasy X2.

The X4 was recently confirmed, per: http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=588424

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The long rumored BMW X4 SAV is coming! In an interview with Auto Motor und Sport, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer confirmed the plans for BMW’s newest SAV.

The X4 will be positioned above, but based on the X3. It will be 4.65 meters long (183 inches), which is the same length as the X3, and will share the F25 X3′s range of engines. But due to its coupe-like styling, the X4 will have less trunk volume – approximately 500 liters less, or 17.6 cu ft.

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Is the X-coupe concept from 2001 being revived and being studied for possible production? Yes, according to Scott26. With the Porsche Cajun and Land Rover Evoque small SAVs hitting (or scheduled to hit) the market, BMW is said to be considering an X-coupe type car with which to compete with. The X4 is also on the drawing board and marching towards production. Details inside.

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Latest rumor from Insider SCOTT26 provides further insight on the upcoming X3M, as well as the development of a X1M, X4, and X2. Read the full details inside.

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The “0 Prototype” featured and teased prominently in the recent Plan 0 video (a look into BMW’s secret prototyping process) is likely to be the future BMW X4 SAV, which will take on the coupe SAV look of a baby X6, albeit in smaller form. Evidence comes via Scott26′s words, the presence of personnel from the Spartanburg plant (where X models are produced), and close resemblance to speculative X4 renders.

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Here is an fascinating look into BMW’s Research and Innovation Center and the prototyping/design process of the first prototypes of each BMW model, each built by hand. Especially cool is the look into a “0 Vehicle,” a prototype milled out of a solid block of aluminum to help ensure the highest quality standards. Its purpose is to check that every single body part fits the body exactly to spec. There’s also some insight into the camouflaging process.

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Here is the first official sketch preview of the upcoming BMW X4. The sketch features the rear view of the X4 concept and reveals a sleek SAV with many of the design aspects already mentioned by BMW insiders.

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Scott26 provides further insight on the future X4′s design language and also discusses a potential future Sport Activity Coupe based on the X1 SAV, which would mix the essence of an X and Z car, much in the way of the old X-Coupe Concept.

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At a marketing presentation with the F25 X3 project leader, it was revealed that the BMW X4 Concept will be presented sometime next year, with production in 2013-2014. The X3 lineup may also be expanded soon with an X3 M, xDrive35is, and Active Hybrid versions.

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What does the future of the BMW X portfolio hold? According to insider Scott26, BMW is keen on a potential X4 (think smaller X6) which shares technology with the X3, an X3 35iS sharing engine from z4 35iS and 335iS, and an X3M with motor from upcoming 1M Coupe.