BMW needs to create a Mercedes-Benz CLA competitor

Mercedes-Benz is having fantastic success with its all-new, FWD based CLA class. There are many detractors of the CLA class, claiming that it dilutes the luxury image of the brand to have such an inexpensive, FWD car. I’d argue that having cars...

Mercedes-Benz is having fantastic success with its all-new, FWD based CLA class. There are many detractors of the CLA class, claiming that it dilutes the luxury image of the brand to have such an inexpensive, FWD car. I’d argue that having cars as fabulous as the S-Class and AMG GT prevent any sort of dilution to the Mercedes brand. But despite the many detractors, Mercedes is currently selling boatloads of CLAs. Which, in turn, sprung Audi to create the A3 sedan and is basically forcing BMW’s hand into making a 1 Series sedan. Audi won’t have an issue with diluting its image as the four-ringed brand has been making FWD based sedans for ages. But BMW, like Mercedes, has not and it begs the question — should they start now?

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The funny thing about the Germans is that are always copying each other. Itself endless competition to outsell each other in all of the same segments. So much so, that car segments, worldwide, are copying what the Germans are doing. So considering the Germans’ need to beat each other at each others’ games, I’d say that yes, BMW should start now. READ ALSO: Does BMW Need A 1 Series Sedan? It’s an odd thing for BMW enthusiasts to imagine, a 1 Series sedan which powers the front wheels. But all great, new ideas take some heat at first. Eventually, though, once people actually taste the pudding, they realize how sweet it can be. I also think a FWD 1 Series would help BMW’s brand image. Not that it’s suffering at the moment, but potentially shifting. Many publications seem to be thinking that BMW is becoming a bit too luxury oriented and losing its sporting credentials. So a small, inexpensive sports sedan could bring a youthful sporting image back to BMW. So along with the obvious sales reasons, I think BMW has much to gain from making a FWD 1 Series sedan to combat the Mercedes-Benz CLA. A youthful brand image can bring in a bevy of new buyers who would likely start with a 1 Series and move up through the brand as they got older. So naysayers will always be exactly that, naysayers. Or as the kids like to say — Haters gonna hate. The article BMW needs to create a Mercedes-Benz CLA competitor appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMWs that won’t depreciate too fast

When buying a high end luxury or performance car, depreciation is always a factor. No one wants to buy a $100,000 car just to have it be worth less than half of that in five years. Depreciation alone is reason enough not to buy something like a Cadil...

When buying a high end luxury or performance car, depreciation is always a factor. No one wants to buy a $100,000 car just to have it be worth less than half of that in five years. Depreciation alone is reason enough not to buy something like a Cadillac Escalade, which after five year will be worth less than a pencil sharpener. So it’s good to do some research on the car you’re buying. Try and find used examples of the car you’re looking to buy, see how much they cost at five years old with average mileage. Unfortunately, BMW isn’t among the better depreciating brands on the market. The 7 Series, for example suffers from awful depreciation. The current generation, F01 7 Series is one of the worst offenders. A Certified Pre-Owned, 2010 750Li xDrive with 26,000 miles and only one owner can be had for $40,998 or around $53,000 less than its starting price. That’s around a $10,000 per year loss on your car.

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But not all BMWs are poorly depreciating cars. Some actually are quite good. The E92 M3 is one of them. This particular M3 I found is a 2011 sedan with 28,130 miles on it and a 6-Speed manual for $49,992. Being that a brand new M3 sedan starts at $62,000, that’s only around $12-15,000 (depending on options when new) of depreciation over four years.

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That’s very good. Another example of good value-holding is the 1 Series M. Not only do 1 Series M Coupes not depreciate very much, they can actually appreciate in value due to their rarity.

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A nice example of that is this 2011 Valencia Orange 1 Series M Coupe with 11,763 miles and it costs…$61,900. The starting price of a 1 Series M when new? $47,010. That’s almost $15,000 in appreciation. That’s one hell of a good value. Imagine being able to sell your sports car that you enjoyed for four years for more money than you paid? Your wife could never complain about you buying a sports car again. Another BMW that holds is value quite well is the previous generation X5. A 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d with 32,000 miles is listed for around $45,000. The MSRP in 2012 was $56,700 (invoice $52,000), so after three years, the premium diesel SUV is still worth quite a bit of money.

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So while some BMWs are bad investments, some are actually quite good. Almost all cars are depreciating assets, so don’t expect your car to gain value unless it’s something rare, but it helps to know which cars minimize the damage. The article BMWs that won’t depreciate too fast appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW to offer factory GoPro mounts

Today in the ETK (Electronic Parts Catalog, as the Germans say: Electronik Teile Katalog) an interesting thing popped up! Looks like BMW AG will offer GoPro mounts in the near future. I say near future because while these two mounts are shown in the...

Today in the ETK (Electronic Parts Catalog, as the Germans say: Electronik Teile Katalog) an interesting thing popped up! Looks like BMW AG will offer GoPro mounts in the near future. I say near future because while these two mounts are shown in the ETK, the part numbers are not. That comes later. So for now this is confirmation that BMW will offer special BMW specific GoPro mounts.

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A Carbon Fiber Intake Added To A BMW 1M By European Auto Source

The BMW 1M build by European Auto Source is getting new performance upgrades. The California-based tuning shop just installed a carbon fiber air intake on the 1M to ensure better performance and to offer a cool view under the hood. Manufactured in Ja...

The BMW 1M build by European Auto Source is getting new performance upgrades. The California-based tuning shop just installed a carbon fiber air intake on the 1M to ensure better performance and to offer a cool view under the hood. Manufactured in Japan using 100% 1×1 weave carbon fiber, the Gruppe M intake is designed to capture the maximum amount of air while keeping temperatures down. The new airbox houses a large high-flow K&N air filter that further increase flow efficiency and captures contaminants. The engine bay looks now better than ever. The BMW 1M is one of those cars that cost more used than when they were new. Considered by many a showpiece of BMW’s engineering and design excellence, it is destined to become a collectors item. The 1M is a perfect blend of performance and pure driving pleasure, all wrapped into a design that stands out on the road.

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BMW 1M By European Auto Source

At launch time in 2011, the BMW 1M retailed for less than $50k ($46,135). Currently, there are no 1Ms for sale for less than $60,000. Actually, the average asking price based on twenty inquiries made is a staggering $61,670 with an average mileage of about 11,600 on the clock.

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Please take a look at the media gallery, showcasing the installation of the carbon fiber intake.

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BMW 1M By European Auto Source

BMW 1M By European Auto Source

BMW 1M By European Auto Source

BMW 1M By European Auto Source

BMW 1M By European Auto Source

BMW 1M By European Auto Source

BMW 1M By European Auto Source

BMW 1M By European Auto Source

BMW 1M By European Auto Source

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BMW M235i gets a Darth Vader look

The curvaceous lines of the BMW M235i have produced great sales for BMW so far and the high-end M Performance variant is giving us a preview of what the new M2 can bring to the table. And more. For this owner, it was imperative to give the M235i a pe...

The curvaceous lines of the BMW M235i have produced great sales for BMW so far and the high-end M Performance variant is giving us a preview of what the new M2 can bring to the table. And more. For this owner, it was imperative to give the M235i a personal touch. While visiting at European Auto Source, this BMW M235i received a wide variety of black body accents, a lowering kit and some spacers, while keeping the DNA of the car intact. The BMW M235i is currently the pinnacle of performance you can obtain within the 2 Series model range. It will remain so until the much hyped BMW M2 comes out. It is powered by a 3.0-liter BMW M PerformanceTwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder developing 320 horsepower. It allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.6 seconds. The M235i comes with a few beefed up body parts, performance M brakes and a sleek  design, a perfect combination for some fun on the road.

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European Auto Source worked on this Black Sapphire M235i and installed the H&R sport lowering springs, which lowered the car by an inch, both the front and rear. Next, a set of of Macht Schnell spacers were added. In the visual department, the M235i now stands out with a set of new black wheels, carbon fiber mirrors caps, black reflectors and black kidney grilles.

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Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Inside the cabin, the Coral Red interior has been decorated with a collection of M Performance carbon fiber and Alcantara pieces for an increased sporty look. See more photos below.

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Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

Clean Blacked Out BMW M235i Build

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First appearance of the 2015 season for the BMW M4 DTM

BMW and its four DTM teams are moving up a gear in their preparations for the 2015 season opener at Hockenheim (DE) on 2nd May. At the annual BMW Motorsport photo and film shoot, on location in Monteblanco (ES) this time around, the BMW M4 DTMs showe...

BMW and its four DTM teams are moving up a gear in their preparations for the 2015 season opener at Hockenheim (DE) on 2nd May. At the annual BMW Motorsport photo and film shoot, on location in Monteblanco (ES) this time around, the BMW M4 DTMs showed off their new look for the upcoming 18 races of the year for the first time at the track. In line with the strict technical regulations of the popular touring car series, the BMW Motorsport engineers have spent the past few months further developing the successful BMW M4 DTM with which Marco Wittmann (DE) won the DTM drivers’ title last year and BMW Team RMG secured first place in the team standings. The focus was on the requirements resulting from the change in race format, and on further refining the components unaffected by the homologation.

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While the technical changes are mainly to the inside of the BMW M4 DTM, and therefore not visible, as in previous years the vehicles of the BMW teams captivate with their varied designs. Reigning champion Wittmann will once again be at the wheel of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM and will, therefore, continue to represent the eye-catching colours of the Belgian watch manufacturer and BMW Motorsport Premium Partner. The H&R logo will also feature prominently on Wittmann’s car in 2015. As Official Partner, the manufacturer of chassis components will now be clearly visible on the doors of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM.

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“I feel that my car has always attracted a lot of attention over the past two years – and was also really fast,” said Wittmann referring to his race car fielded by BMW Team RMG. “It’s fantastic that I get to represent the colours of Ice-Watch once again in 2015. Our Premium Partner provided great support last season, and it was wonderful that I was able to thank them for that with victories. We’re aiming for the same again this year. The collaboration with H&R also contributes to success. That’s why this logo suits my car perfectly.” Wittmann’s team-mate Maxime Martin (BE) will drive the SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM in 2015. The Belgian celebrated his first DTM victory last season in Moscow (RU) and was the “Rookie of the Year” after ten races. “Samsung SDI is a strong partner – and together we are highly motivated for the 2015 season. It’s also great that ZF will again be visible on the doors of my car this season. Naturally I will try to build on my experiences from my first year in the DTM and add further successes. I’m definitely excited for the first race weekend.”

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Martin Tomczyk (DE) will ensure continuity at BMW Team Schnitzer: The 2011 DTM champion will start his fourth season in traditional BMW M colours at the wheel of the BMW M Performance Parts M4 DTM. His new team-mate António Félix da Costa (PT) will compete in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM for the second year running. BMW Team RBM driver Augusto Farfus (BR) wants to celebrate success in the new season at the wheel of the Shell BMW M4 DTM. The 31-year-old will now be driving in the red and yellow design of BMW Motorsport’s new Premium Technology Partner. “I’m really looking forward to driving the Shell BMW M4 DTM. Shell is a fantastic partner for BMW Motorsport – and I really like the design of my DTM car. I can hardly wait for the first race in May. Until then we will use our test programme to make sure we are as well prepared as possible for the season.” In the 2015 season all eight BMW M4 DTMs will use engine oils with Shell PurePlus Technology.

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DTM fans will recognise the two cars of Bruno Spengler (CA) and Timo Glock (DE), the drivers from BMW Team MTEK. The collaboration between Spengler and Premium Partner BMW Bank is heading into its fourth season. The Canadian won the drivers’ title in the BMW Bank M3 DTM in 2012. Now he’s aiming for further success in the black BMW Bank M4 DTM. Glock is also heading into his third DTM season at the wheel of the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM. The details of the BMW M4 DTM of Tom Blomqvist (GB) 2015 will be announced at a later date. In the coming week the BMW teams will complete their first test of the year: In Portimão (PT) the BMW M4 DTMs will also compete with their direct rivals in the 2015 DTM season from Monday to Wednesday.

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First looks at F80 M3 in Grigio Telesto Individual

First looks at the F80 M3 in Individual Grigio Telesto, a factory Lamborghini color. ...

First looks at the F80 M3 in Individual Grigio Telesto, a factory Lamborghini color.

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BMWs that don’t have manuals, but should

As we all know, the manual transmission is on its way out. Even the most sporting of car makers are ridding themselves of the manual trans in most models. Even BMW and its famed M Division have said that the manual could be phased out soon. And this ...

As we all know, the manual transmission is on its way out. Even the most sporting of car makers are ridding themselves of the manual trans in most models. Even BMW and its famed M Division have said that the manual could be phased out soon. And this is unfortunate, obviously. Us enthusiasts are fans of three pedal gearboxes. So I got to thinking of all the BMW models that do and do not have manual transmission options. Which led me to start thinking of which models do not come with three pedals that would be fun if they had. Let’s discuss.

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BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe – M model or not, I think the Gran Coupe would be dynamite with a manual ‘box. Such a sexy, seductive, coupe-like luxury sedan with a 6-Speed manual would be the definition of cool. I’d feel like Jason Statham, only cooler, with a Gran Coupe rowing my own gears. It would also be rare, so if you owned one, you’d be the only one at the country club with one.

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BMW X1 – The X1 is very activity oriented. It looks and feels as if it’s purpose built for the an active lifestyle. And active people like to stay active, obviously. So it would only make sense to offer a more active style gearbox in such a car. It’s also a small, fun, sporty little car with punchy engines, which is the perfect recipe for a manual transmission.

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BMW 7 Series – If you’ve you’ve read any of my articles, then you know my love for the original Transporter movie. Sure it’s campy and actually pretty terrible as a movie, but it has possibly the best automotive example of icy-coolness. Frank Martin’s Black on Black, 735i with a manual just screams cool. So a modern version would be excellent. It would bring back feelings of a time when big, luxury barges could still come with manuals. You’d be the only one to have one and you’d feel like the baddest man on earth driving it. Those are the three Bimmers that I wish came with manuals. Let me know which BMWs you’d like to have with a manual that doesn’t already.   The article BMWs that don’t have manuals, but should appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

There’s a growing trend for BMW F82 M4 owners to modify their cars in order to stand out in the crown. Some choose aftermarket wheels to change the looks of their car, while others rely on aftermarket or BMW M Performance Parts to enhance the l...

There’s a growing trend for BMW F82 M4 owners to modify their cars in order to stand out in the crown. Some choose aftermarket wheels to change the looks of their car, while others rely on aftermarket or BMW M Performance Parts to enhance the looks of their M4. The owner of this BMW M4 decided to visit Antelope Ban tuning shop for some custom ADV.1 Wheels. These custom wheels are built to exact specifications, configuration and fitment. The ADV05 MV.2 CS wheels come with an exposed hardware configuration and are machined in 20×10 and 20×12.5 sizes front and rear, respectively. The wheels come with a two-tone Matte Bronze and Gloss Bronze finish, complementing the overall white exterior of the BMW F82 M4 quite nicely.

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The current generation of the M4 is powered by a 3.0 liter TwinPower turbo inline-six engine developing 425 horsepower. This gives the high-performance coupe enough performance to accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 3.9 seconds for the automatic transmission version of the car.

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

For more details of this build, please take a look at the media gallery right below.

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Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

Mineral White BMW F82 M4 With Custom ADV.1 Wheels

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The Hofmeister Kink

One of my favorite automotive design cues of all time is quite possible the smallest of any car and it happens to be on BMWs. It’s something that most average BMW drivers would never notice and it’s something that only the BMW faithful really kno...

One of my favorite automotive design cues of all time is quite possible the smallest of any car and it happens to be on BMWs. It’s something that most average BMW drivers would never notice and it’s something that only the BMW faithful really know about. If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re one of the latter and you already know what I’m talking about. The Hofmeister Kink. The Hofmeister Kink, or H-Kink as I’m going to call it, is a small inward kink at the base of the C-Pillar. As the C-Pillar slopes back towards the trunk of the car, right before it would normally end, it kinks back inward. Named after BMW design director, Wilhelm Hofmeister, the famous Kink first debuted on the 1961 BMW 1500, which was part of the “Neue Klasse” of BMW vehicles.

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I think the thing I love about the Hofmeister Kink is the longevity. It seems like such an insignificant design, yet BMW has put it on every single car since the Neue Klasse cars in the 1960’s. It’s so simple yet if BMW were to take it off of a new car, enthusiasts, BMW or otherwise, would throw a fit. I get it, though. The H-Kink is a fabulous little design quirk that truly gives the C-Pillar a sporting look and accentuates the rear wheels and the cars rear-wheel drive nature.

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The All-Electric BMW i3.

BMW is one of the few automakers that keeps design traditions for so long. Even the ultra high-tech i3 (a forward-angled rear roof pillar) and i8 have a versions of it, fifty three years later. The same goes for the kidney grills. That originated on the BMW 303 back in 1933 and has obviously been used on every BMW to this. But to me, the Hofmeister Kink is the better of the two. The reason I say that is, despite liking the kidney grille very much, the Hofmeister Kink is much more subtle and takes a true BMW enthusiast to notice. It’s also a subtle hint to the car’s rear-wheel drive so it’s an intelligent design. I like that BMW has a long, interesting heritage and likes to keep it going. It gives even the newest of BMWs history. Not many car companies can say that they have design cues from over fifty years ago. So if you have a BMW, next time you walk to to get in, take a look at the C-Pillar and remember that the little kink in it has been around for over fifty years. And some other automakers use their own version of Hofmeister Kink.

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