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BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) recognized the company as its Exporter of the Year. In addition, the NAFTZ recognized BMW as the recipient of its Export Achievement Award for being the member that showed the most improvement in value.

BMW’s plant in South Carolina has steadily increased its export activity. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, based on the 2011 value of BMW exports from South Carolina, the company’s Spartanburg facility is the largest automotive … CONTINUED

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The annual UK National BMW Festival was recently held at the Heritage Motor Centre in the UK. This year’s event celebrated the 40 years of BMW Motorsport and the 60th anniversary of the BMW Car Club of GB.

Check out the massive set of photos inside.

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The BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe, Z4 Roadster, 1 Series Coupe were ranked highest of their respective segments in the 2012 Total Quality Index™ (TQI) study conducted by Strategic Vision. Total Quality measures how closely the experience of quality matches the explicit desires of the customer.

“Delivering vehicles of the highest quality that delight our customers has always been a top priority at BMW,” said Ludwig Willisch – President and CEO of BMW of North America. “The diversity of models scoring top honors in the TQI study … CONTINUED

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These videos may be in German, but you don’t need to understand the words to appreciate what you see in the video from the X6 M, tuned by PP Performance.

The tuned X6 M first hits the dyno at PP Performance’s factory. It then hits the quarter mile track and takes on a Mercedes SL65 AMG BLack Series where it shows what a monster its S63 engine is and can be.

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BMW Group remains on successful course in second quarter

01.08.2012

- 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

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Check out the new M and M Performance displays at the BMW Welt in this epic photo thread.

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The BMW on Demand rental program offers rentals of current BMW models on an hourly basis, including the most desirable models available – the M models. Have a look at some of what’s regularly available from the On Demand program at the BMW Welt (M3, M5, M6, X5M, X6M).

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Bill Caswell has written a piece for Jalopnik in which he lays out his points for the death of BMW’s M brand. BMW’s just announced Lime Rock Edition M3 was the final coffin in the nail for this journalist.

So what do our readers think? Has the death knell for BMW M brand been sounded prematurely, or does Bill have a point?

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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.

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We took a recent trip to the BMW Museum and Welt where there’s currently a new exhibit on display – BMW Motorsports cars. The exhibit opened June 5th and will continue throughout the summer.

For those of our members not able to see it in person, we bring you plenty of photos, as well as photos of the M room and generation displays.

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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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A BMW Driving Academy event was recently held at the famous Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Monza Track) which is located near the town of Monza, north of Milan, in Italy. The circuit’s biggest event is the Formula One Italian Grand Prix, but a fleet of BMWs recently took over the track for the BMW Driving Academy.

Available for the driving experience at the academy were many F30 3 series (with E90/E92 3 series for comparison), the F10 M5, the F12 M6 convertible, M550d xDrive 5 Series sedan, X5 … CONTINUED