Report: Hyundai to Use Excess Kia Factory Capacity to Build Crossovers

Kia facilities will build more Hyundai crossovers. ...

Kia facilities will build more Hyundai crossovers.

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder Pricing Rises Slightly to $30,395

More goodies in the higher trim levels. ...

More goodies in the higher trim levels.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible Spied Testing Again

A better look at the topless C-Class. ...

A better look at the topless C-Class.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Hits the Dunes

Does the Trailhawk model deserve its “Trail Rated” badge? ...

Does the Trailhawk model deserve its “Trail Rated” badge?

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MINI Rocketman confirmed for production

The MINI Rocketman Concept finally gets the green light for production. According to MotoringFile, citing sources within BMW, MINI will develop the car based off of a pre-existing chassis from a partner automaker, allowing for an agile approach to m...

The MINI Rocketman Concept finally gets the green light for production. According to MotoringFile, citing sources within BMW, MINI will develop the car based off of a pre-existing chassis from a partner automaker, allowing for an agile approach to market with lower costs. The same drivetrain will allow the production of a fully electric Rocketman as well. While not confirmed, the clues point out to Toyota as being the partner automaker due to their close partnership on hybrid and future sportscars.

MINI Rocketman confirmed for production

The Rocketman could be built upon the next generation iQ with the 1.5 liter three-cylinder BMW engine under the hood. READ ALSO: Does BMW really need Toyota?  The small city car would allow the British automaker to make a statement, once again showcasing the DNA of the brand and its position on the market. According to sources the decision was influenced greatly by this year’s Geneva Motor Show where there was a major focus on new small city cars from European manufacturers. MINI Rocketman, however, won’t arrive until 2018. The article MINI Rocketman confirmed for production appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rumors: The Future Of RWD and FWD BMWs

The usual BMW insider Scott27 is back again with some new rumors around the future of the BMW brand. The somewhat accurate insider details BMW’s plans for the rear-wheel drive and front-wheel drive platforms. Recently, an unconfirmed and specul...

The usual BMW insider Scott27 is back again with some new rumors around the future of the BMW brand. The somewhat accurate insider details BMW’s plans for the rear-wheel drive and front-wheel drive platforms. Recently, an unconfirmed and speculative report said that BMW might switch their entire 2 Series family to the UKL front-wheel drive platform, a move which would include the 2 Series Coupe and Convertible also. Clearly, a move that wouldn’t sit well with any BMW fans. But Scott27 has a different take on the topic. Here is the unedited rumor along with highly speculative models mentioned, like the Z1.

Rumors: The Future Of RWD and FWD BMWs

It is all about the forthcoming split in priorities . The sportier models of the 2er – Coupe , Cabrio and Gran Coupe are expected to be RWD Whilst the practical models 1er , X1 , X1L , X2 , Active/Gran Tourer and the Gran Turismo will be FWD/xDrive. The MINI IV will be a C – Segment car aligned with the BMW 1er Sporthatch. The first FWD BMW 1er will be offered as a 3dr and 5dr aswell as a four door. MINI are also considering a sedan model. The BMW 2er Gran Turismo provides extra practicality in a sleeker , sportier coupe shape and provides continuity to the 3er and 5er GT models which will see replacements. The BMW 2er Coupe , Cabrio and Gran Coupe are expected to be RWD biased. The BMW Z1 Roadster and Z2 Coupe are FWD biased and aligned with the new MINI sports car in Coupe and Roadster derived from the Superleggera Concept Car. The BMW X1 aligns with the MINI Countryman but the exclusivity of the extended wheelbase X1 will not carry over to MINI. The MINI PACEMAN continues but aligns with the BMW X2 (Sales of the just-launched X4 are on fire and are not even at 6 months on the market yet) The X2 will remain as a Sport Activity Coupe with the PACEMAN similar to today’s car with dynamic roofline and rising glasshouse. The big change is the PACEMAN now receives 5drs but the handles are recessed into the rear pillars allowing a flush coupe like appearance. The BMW 2er Active Tourer/Gran Tourer and MINI Clubman allow practicality and will be available with xDrive and All4. The Gran Tourer will premiere in Geneva in March 2015 with the MINI Clubman in Frankfurt the following September. The article Rumors: The Future Of RWD and FWD BMWs appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i1 planned?

In a previous article, BMW insider Scott27 also mentioned the possibility of the i sub-brand to produce a fully electric vehicle to sit below the BMW i3. Dubbed, BMW i1 (no idea why not i2), the even smaller electric city car will be the counterpart ...

In a previous article, BMW insider Scott27 also mentioned the possibility of the i sub-brand to produce a fully electric vehicle to sit below the BMW i3. Dubbed, BMW i1 (no idea why not i2), the even smaller electric city car will be the counterpart of the MINI Rocketman electric vehicle. Following the BMW i philosophy in design and construction, the BMW i1 is said to arrive before 2020. While the rumor seems somewhat plausible, we believe that a car slotted below the i3 won’t see production in this decade.

BMW i1 planned?

BMW is already running incentives to move the i3, a car with the most common complaints being the fairly short driving range and interior space. So an i1 would certainly have a smaller battery to keep the weight down and therefore a shorter range. The cabin space might also be considered below the BMW standards. We believe that in the next few years, the i sub-brand will size up, vehicles like the i5 or i9 are closer to reality than the i1. Even a potential i crossover makes more sense to bring to market in order for BMW to stay relevant and bring the fight to segment’s darling, Tesla. By the end of the decade, we also anticipate an improved version of the BMW i3, with new battery technology and extended range. With a $2 billion investment alone in the i3, the Munich-based automaker has and will continue to make the small city car the pinnacle of the brand.   The article BMW i1 planned? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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More Detailed Looks at AC Schnitzer M235i

Here are some more real life pics of AC Schnitzer’s M235i with 380 PS. The Aachen-based tuners know that for many BMW customers, there’s no such thing as too sporty. So no less than five performance upgrades are offered for the 2-series...

Here are some more real life pics of AC Schnitzer’s M235i with 380 PS. The Aachen-based tuners know that for many BMW customers, there’s no such thing as too sporty. So no less than five performance upgrades are offered for the 2-series coupé. The export version of the BMW 220i takes off with an engine power of 245 hp instead of 184 hp. The power development of the BMW M 235i is even higher; the AC Schnitzer performance upgrade adds a further 54 hp to the standard 240 kW/326 hp, giving a total of 279 kW/380 hp. And if that weren’t enough, an AC Schnitzer high performance intercooler is also available for the M235i. Because of its size (520x210x130 mm) and stepped construction, it offers an 80% larger air contact surface and 62% more charge air volume than the standard intercooler, and hence ensures optimum cooling. The perceptible results are a sustained and homogenous power development from the engine. Nor have AC Schnitzer overlooked the diesel versions: with 126 kW/171 hp (BMW 218d), 160 kW/218 hp (BMW 220d) and 190 kW/258 hp (BMW 225d), in all cases the performance upgrades provide substantially more than the BMW standard. In all models, the AC Schnitzer engine styling shows that these vehicles stand out from the crowd. When you reach the top, you want to be heard. The AC Schnitzer sports rear silencer with 2 chromed “Racing Evo“ tailpipes or the “Sport“ tailpipes (both in right/left combination) ensure that the imposing appearance doesn’t go unnoticed. For purely visual enhancement, the tuning experts also offer the chromed “Racing Evo“ tailpipe trim and the chromed “Sport“ tailpipe trim, with a 90 millimetre diameter, individually. Only in one field are the sights “lowered” in Aachen: the suspension spring kit, sports suspension and racing suspension (adjustable in compression and rebound stages) leave the lift in the AC Schnitzer versions around 30 – 40 mm lower. In this case however, less is more: for cornering comfort and road-holding, the 2-series coupé by AC Schnitzer certainly comes out on top. This is due not least to the aerodynamic conversion kits which also set visual accents. The carbon front spoiler (for M-Technik vehicles), carbon mirror cover, carbon rear diffuser (for M 235i), a rear roof spoiler and the AC Schnitzer rear skirt film clearly distinguish the vehicle from standard. Developed on the principle of “Form follows Function“, the AC Schnitzer carbon aerodynamic components primarily improve driving behaviour and ensure better ground adhesion thanks to improved downforce. The wide range of AC Schnitzer wheelsets available for the 2-series coupé also goes beyond the standard. Type VIII BiColor forged alloys, Type VIII BiColor rims in black or silver or anthracite, and Type IV silver or BiColor black rims: all give that unmistakeable sporting look when fitted with corresponding tyres (18“, 19“ or 20“). The tuning package is completed with various interior elements which continue the High Performance standards into the inside. For a superior look, choose from the AC Schnitzer gear knob with digital gear display, an illuminated leather gear knob and the Aluminium “Black Line“ gear knob. The AC Schnitzer “Black Line” aluminium handbrake handle, aluminium pedal set and foot rest, AC Schnitzer keyholder and velours foot mats reinforce the feeling that driving pleasure simply can’t get better than after the “AC Schnitzer treatment”.

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Access Evolution M4 Wears Matte Red and Rides on Gold HRE

Have a lookie at what tuners are doing to the M4 overseas in Asia. Japanese tuner Access Evolution has paired a matte red wrap with gold HRE S101 wheels for an eye catching combination. ...

Have a lookie at what tuners are doing to the M4 overseas in Asia. Japanese tuner Access Evolution has paired a matte red wrap with gold HRE S101 wheels for an eye catching combination.

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BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

HRE Performance Wheels, a well known custom wheel company never fails to deliver the desired wheel setup for world’s top performance and luxury cars. They provide a great selection of both classic and contemporary looking wheel designs, all per...

HRE Performance Wheels, a well known custom wheel company never fails to deliver the desired wheel setup for world’s top performance and luxury cars. They provide a great selection of both classic and contemporary looking wheel designs, all perfectly matched and sized for cars like the BMW M6 Gran Coupe we have here. With these HRE RS100 wheels in Brushed Smoke combined with a matte gray M6 Gran Coupe, the word clean simply springs to mind.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

The wheels installed are sized 21×9.5 and 21×11 front and rear and come with the mentioned Brushed Smoke finish. While the whole car retains the blacked out scheme of exterior finishing, the overall lines and flow of the car are seemingly well joined with this classic looking wheel design. Add the carbon fiber front spoiler, side skirts and a rear diffuser – and its looks are taken to the next level.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

Combine the tasteful performance parts with the stunning photography by Linhbergh, this becomes certainly a photoshoot you need to check out! We’ve added a complete set of images to our media gallery below.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE RS100 Wheels in Brushed Smoke

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