BMW 228i Track Handling Package – NEW PHOTOS

The new BMW 228i Track Handling Package comes to New York Auto Show for its first public appearance. Inspired by the original formula of BMW “S-package” vehicles the new Track Handling Package includes the M Adaptive Suspension, Michelin Pilot Su...

The new BMW 228i Track Handling Package comes to New York Auto Show for its first public appearance. Inspired by the original formula of BMW “S-package” vehicles the new Track Handling Package includes the M Adaptive Suspension, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on unique 18-inch light-alloy wheels , Variable Sport Steering, and M Sport Brakes. The package will be available from July 2014 (production) for both 6-speed manual and 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission-equipped BMW 228i Coupe models. The Track Handling Package may be added to any 228i Coupe during the vehicle ordering process. 2015 BMW 228i Track Handling Package – FIRST VIDEO Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

Here are some live photos from the 2014 New York Auto Show:

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

BMW 228i Track Handling Package   NEW PHOTOS

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MINI PACEMAN REFRESH – WORLD PREMIERE

MINI introduces the all-new Paceman. The Sports Activity Coupé will launch in July along with John Cooper Works version. Fresh stimuli for the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment; the new MINI Paceman (combined fuel consumpti...

MINI introduces the all-new Paceman. The Sports Activity Coupé will launch in July along with John Cooper Works version. Fresh stimuli for the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment; the new MINI Paceman (combined fuel consumption: 7.1 – 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 165 – 111 g/km) underscores its exceptional standing as a sporty, elegant individualist with fresh design details, increased driving performance figures, further optimised efficiency, innovative equipment features and refined premium characteristics in the interior; pioneering automobile concept of a compact 3-door model with coupé-like lines, unique combination of driving fun and functionality and the optional all-wheel drive system ALL4 now gains additional appeal; increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Paceman consolidates driving fun leadership within the segment driving fun; market launch in July 2014 also includes the launch of the new edition of the extreme athlete MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.

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Extravagant and powerfully expressive body design with horizontal lines, dynamic proportions and powerfully modelled surfaces in hallmark MINI design style; clearly signals driving fun with characteristic go-kart feeling and extended versatility due to all-wheel drive system ALL4; front section with powerful presence including hexagonal radiator grill contour; long doors with frameless windows in coupé style; high-opening tailgate; roof sits virtually seamlessly on top of the car, optionally available in contrasting colour; elongated silhouette resulting from the flowing roof line and the tapering side window graphic, now additionally emphasised with the new option Piano Black Exterior; new standard and optionally available light alloy wheels with reduced weight and optimised aerodynamic properties; other optional features: tyres with reduced rolling resistance; new exterior paint finishes Jungle Green metallic and Midnight Grey metallic.

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Greater accentuation of sporty flair and premium characteristics in the interior of the new MINI Paceman; road speed and engine speed display now with dark dials in the style of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman; interior in lounge-type design with four single seats and optimised acoustic comfort; newly designed chrome applications for the ventilation controls; MINI Center Rail storage system as standard; sports seats for driver and front passenger as standard; rear backrests individually foldable; as a result, luggage compartment volume can be expanded from 330 to up to 1 080 litres.

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New MINI Paceman offering further increased driving fun and optimised efficiency; selection of two petrol and two diesel engines each with four cylinders; range also includes: top athlete MINI John Cooper Works Paceman with 160 kW/218 bhp 4-cylinder turbo engine; all model variants now with emission rating according to the EU6 emission standard and extended MINIMALISM technology including optimised aerodynamic properties to reduce fuel consumption and emission levels; output increased by 5 kW to 140 kW/190 bhp in the MINI Cooper S Paceman; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 6-speed automatic transmission as an option: all-wheel drive system ALL4 as standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman and optional for all other models.

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Unique go-kart feeling thanks to high-quality suspension technology with McPherson spring struts and forged wishbones on the front axle, multilink rear axle and electromechanical power steering including Servotronic; sports chassis as standard for all model variants; Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including Electronic Differential Lock Control standard or optional, depending on model variant. Integrated safety concept with crash-optimised body structure; extensive standard safety features now also include tyre pressure control on each wheel and daytime driving lights; occupant protection at the same level as the MINI Countryman, which scored the top 5-star rating on the Euro NCAP crash test.

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Driving fun and comfort at premium level with extensive standard trim and a wide range of customisation options; high-end selection of optional extras, including new LED fog lamps with daytime driving lights and parking lights in LED technology as well as xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access, glass push/tilt roof, automatic air conditioning, removable tow hitch with a trailer load of up to 1 200 kilograms, MINI navigation system, Sport Button, sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles for automatic transmission, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system; model-specific John Cooper Works accessories also available. The most progressive networking technology within the competitive field for unique in-car infotainment; MINI Connected offers extensive smartphone integration in the vehicle and unique functional diversity with ongoing expansion based on apps; current program includes functions exclusive to MINI such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser, the use of Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.

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Model variants: MINI John Cooper Works Paceman: 4-cylinderpetrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control, valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 160 kW/218 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 900 – 5 000 rpm (300 Nm at 2 100 – 4 500 rpm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 6.8 seconds (automatic: 6.8 seconds), top speed: 229 km/h (226 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 7.1 litres/100 kilometres (7.5 litres), CO2emissions: 165 g/km (175 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper S Paceman: 4-cylinderpetrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control, valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 – 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 – 5 000 rpm (260 Nm at 1 700 – 4 500 rpm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.4 seconds (automatic: 7.7 seconds), top speed: 220 km/h (216 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.0 litres/100 kilometres (6.8 litres), CO2emissions: 139 g/km (157 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinderpetrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control, valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 – 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 – 5 000 rpm (260 Nm at 1 700 – 4 500 rpm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.6 seconds (automatic: 8.0 seconds), top speed: 217 km/h (215 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.4 litres/100 kilometres (7.1 litres), CO2emissions: 148 g/km (165 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper Paceman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 90 kW/122 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm at 4 250 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 10.3 seconds (automatic: 11.5 seconds), top speed: 193 km/h (186 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.9 litres/100 kilometres (6.9 litres), CO2emissions: 137 g/km (159 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology (in the MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4 with automatic transmission also: twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection), capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 90 kW/122 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm (MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 190 Nm at 4 250 rpm), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 11.4 seconds (automatic: 11.6 seconds), top speed: 188 km/h (186 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.7 litres/100 kilometres (7.0 litres), CO2emissions: 156 g/km (164 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper SD Paceman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 – 2 700 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 9.1 seconds (automatic: 9.3 seconds), top speed: 202 km/h (199 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.5 litres/100 kilometres (5.7 litres), CO2emissions: 119 g/km (149 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

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MINI Cooper SD Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 – 2 700 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 9.2 seconds (automatic: 9.3 seconds), top speed: 199 km/h (197 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.8 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres), CO2emissions: 126 g/km (156 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper D Paceman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Paceman with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc), output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 10.8 seconds (automatic: 11.2 seconds), top speed: 188 km/h (183 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.2 litres/100 kilometres (5.6 litres), CO2emissions: 111 g/km (148 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. MINI Cooper D Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Paceman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc), output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 11.5 seconds (automatic: 11.8 seconds), top speed: 183 km/h (178 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.7 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres), CO2emissions: 123 g/km (155 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6. Exterior dimensions: Length: 4 109 millimetres (MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman: 4 114 millimetres, MINI John Cooper Works Paceman: 4 124 millimetres) Width: 1 786 millimetres Height: 1 518 millimetres Wheelbase: 2 596 millimetres The article MINI PACEMAN REFRESH – WORLD PREMIERE appeared first on BMW BLOG

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INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

At the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, BMW previews their vision for future design and connectivity. The BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept also showcases some of the design features we will see on the upcoming G11/G12 7 Series. The BMW Vision Future Luxury f...

At the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, BMW previews their vision for future design and connectivity. The BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept also showcases some of the design features we will see on the upcoming G11/G12 7 Series. The BMW Vision Future Luxury furnishes a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the BMW brand. It stands for a forward- looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation, for a driving experience that is at once emotional and exclusive. All this is conveyed through the outstanding exterior and interior design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury along with its innovative technology, a pioneering lightweight engineering concept and a seamlessly integrated user interface and driving experience that caters optimally to the needs of all occupants.

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

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INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

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INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

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INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

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INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

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INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

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INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

“Innovative technology and modern luxury have always been an important part of BMW’s brand DNA,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “We use visionary concept vehicles like the BMW Vision Future Luxury to show where we may be going with these themes in the future, and to give us new inspiration and motivation. The BMW Vision Future Luxury – with its innovative technologies and with meticulous precision and quality in every detail – takes our thinking on modern luxury a logical stage further.” Heralding a new approach – the design.

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“The design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role. These innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design,” says Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, summing up the design approach to the BMW Vision Future Luxury. This approach is particularly tangible in the interior. Throughout, the design expresses both form and function of the innovative technologies. For example, the intelligent lightweight engineering concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is expressed in the design principle of subtractive modelling. That is to say, the specific geometry and functions of an individual component are created from one and the same layered composite structure, comprising many different levels and materials. An initial base layer of fine carbon fabric is followed by a functional level featuring user interface components, control and display interfaces and lighting functions, which in turn is followed by a further structural, load-bearing layer of aluminium for additional strength. Finally, the top layers comprise wood, then leather, to create a warm and comfortable ambience. In a given area of the interior, the multi-layer structure is “milled down” to the appropriate depth depending on what surface material and what function is required. Since the interior geometry is therefore always pared down to essentials, this cuts total weight substantially. This treatment also makes for virtually seamless transitions and very elegant, fluid surfaces.

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The unrivalled characteristics of carbon as a material – both individually and in combination with its surrounding materials – are optimally utilised in this rigorous lightweight design concept. The carbon underlying layer is visible in the doors, under the seats and especially in the innovative, pared-down B-pillar. A full B- pillar as used in the past is dispensed with. The carbon construction allows the seat frames to be integrated into the load-bearing structure. There are also connections to the door sills and centre console, which means only a very small and unobtrusive B-pillar is required. The BMW Vision Future Luxury’s wide- opening coach doors would not have been possible without this new carbon B- pillar solution. New-style user interface design and exclusive BMW ConnectedDrive services.

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In the driver’s and front passenger’s area, precisely defined lines and surfaces create a sense of exclusive dynamism. The design of the instrument panel closely complements the design of the displays themselves. The driver is surrounded by a wrap-around cluster of three intermeshing displays, creating the typical BMW driver-centric cockpit. The three-dimensional display technology means that at the visual level the instrument panel styling appears to carry over into the displays themselves. In other words, to the eye the interior space seems to continue into the solid structures of the instrument panel, generating an impression of unprecedented depth and spaciousness. The left-hand display mainly presents vehicle-related information, while in the centre a programmable cluster displays speedometer, rev counter and other information, as well as context-adaptive supplementary data, which is displayed as and when relevant. Meanwhile, the right-hand display – the Driver Information Display – provides additional infotainment information. The driver also has the option of controlling all these functions by voice command. BMW Vision Head Up Display.

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The primary driver display, however, is the “contact-analogue” BMW Vision Head Up Display. This display augments the driver’s view of the real world by projecting information directly in the driver’s line of sight onto the road. Buildings, traffic signs or hazards can be highlighted directly in the real-world environment, selectively directing the driver’s attention to specific information which is particularly important at any given time. This technology gives a new dimension to driver assistance functions such as Speed Limit Info, where road signs can be identified and highlighted in the driver’s field of view, or the Traffic Light Assistant, which provides real-time information about traffic light phasing. In place of a central shared information display for driver and front passenger, the BMW Vision Future Luxury offers front passengers their own Passenger Information Display. This display is connected to the Driver Information Display via a touch-sensitive panel, where information can be exchanged between driver and front passenger using swiping movements. Applications like booking opera tickets online direct from the vehicle via the BMW ConnectedDrive Luxury Concierge service can be displayed in the Passenger Information Display, where they don’t risk distracting the driver. The relevant functions can be conveniently controlled by the front passenger using the iDrive Controller with touch-sensitive interface.

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Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet. In the back, two Rear Seat Displays set into carbon surrounds, and a detachable Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet, put the finishing touch to the integrated user interface concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. These displays can communicate with the front displays and also with the BMW ConnectedDrive services. Everything from trip-related information like speed and journey time to information relating to the Luxury Concierge Services can be displayed here in simple and customised form. It is also possible to use online entertainment content like internet-based video and music streaming as well as gaming. All content and functions can be controlled from the rear seats using the detachable Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet in the centre console.

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Personal space at the rear. For the occupants of the rear seats, the BMW Vision Future Luxury offers a luxurious haven of personal space. Two large, deeply contoured single seats add to the appeal, inviting passengers to retire into their own personal “comfort zone”. A retractable table, the angled Rear Seat Displays and the rigid backs of the front seats create a very private ambience, sectioning this area off from the rest of the interior. The sense of privacy is accentuated by modern, flowing geometry and the use of select materials, with lavish wood surfaces extending from the rear parcel shelf to enfold the rear seat occupants in a cosseting three- dimensional space. Strategically placed lighting slats integrated into the wood echo the surrounding styling and, with their warm glow, accentuate the modern and cosy ambience. Finest-quality aniline leather in Batavia brown and a lighter Silk shade, Silk nubuk leather and the warm brown, layered lime wood all have a natural aura which offers unique visual appeal and quality. The division between darker materials in the upper areas and light materials in the lower areas creates a feeling of warmth and a luxurious sense of space. A deep-pile pure silk carpet rounds off the exclusive array of materials in the interior of the BMW Vision Future Luxury.

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

Exclusiveness and elegance – the exterior design. In side view, perfect proportions – precise, uncluttered and elegant – convey the exclusiveness of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The long wheelbase, short overhangs and low, set-back greenhouse lend the stretched silhouette a refined dynamism. In hallmark BMW style, a finely sculpted contour line creates a taut arc along the side of the vehicle, and the opulent surfaces underneath this line have, as always on a BMW, been shaped by seasoned modellers. This hand- sculpted design gives the surfaces a special emotional appeal that would be beyond the capabilities of a computer. The effect is further enhanced by the Liquid Platinum Bronze exterior paintwork, which generates a warm, shimmering effect. An exclusive flourish at the side of the vehicle is the side mirror, which appears to grow organically out of the chrome window trim. Designed as a visual continuation of the chrome trim, its slender stalk is attached to the mirror from below, giving it a graceful and effortless appearance, almost as if it were hovering in mid-air.

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

BMW EfficientDynamics: honed aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight engineering. The exterior design perfectly showcases the advanced aerodynamics and innovative lightweight engineering of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The coupé- style roofline and sloping boot lid, for example, significantly reduce drag. Underlying the tautly sculpted exterior surfaces, equally refined solutions provide optimal channelling of the airflow. They include the Air Breather system at the rear of the front wheel arch, a C-pillar with internal air channelling, and openings in the rear apron which vent air from the wheel arches. An elegant carbon strip in the door sill area alludes discreetly to the innovative lightweight engineering concept based on aluminium and carbon. Both these lightweight materials are used in the vehicle in exactly the right places to achieve maximum effect – both individually and in tandem.

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

BMW Laserlight at the front. Clean and simple in design, the traditional iconic BMW front-end design cues – the twin kidney grille and twin headlights – instantly proclaim the brand identity of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The lean contours of the headlights also hint at the innovative technology sheltering behind them: BMW Laserlight. This new technology not only paves the way for a very flat and dynamic interpretation of the typical BMW twin round headlamps, it also sets completely new standards in terms of brightness, range and intensity. The concentrated, parallel light beam is up to ten times more intense than that of an LED system. The reduced energy consumption and packaging requirements of laser lights make this technology a prime candidate for use in future vehicles. Underneath the headlights, the assertive multi-material front apron accentuates the elegant front-end styling. At the outboard ends of the apron, graceful carbon air deflectors conceal a range of BMW EfficientDynamics aerodynamics features. The thin-walled air deflectors are made of carbon, a further reminder of the intelligent lightweight engineering concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. A slender chrome strip on the air deflectors highlights the airflow system.

INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT

OLED lighting at the rear. The horizontal lines of the side profile glide gently away at the rear in a final expansive flourish. As at the front, the body styling in this area is deliberately understated, allowing the innovative, narrow and slender lights to make a powerful statement. For the first time on a BMW the rear lighting is provided by organic LEDs, paving the way for a completely new treatment of the typical BMW L-shaped lights. The BMW Vision Future Luxury’s L-shaped rear lights comprise a large number of small, likewise L-shaped OLEDs. An organic LED consists of wafer-thin organic semiconductor layers positioned between two electrodes. The light-emitting polymer layer is only approx. 400 nanometres thick, making it roughly 400 times thinner than a human hair. Organic LEDs are not only extremely thin, as well as flexible, they also produce very uniform illumination over their entire surface. Due to their very thin dimensions, and since they do not require reflectors in order to produce the desired broad light dispersion, they open up completely new ways of using light in and around the vehicle. The article INTRODUCING: BMW VISION FUTURE LUXURY CONCEPT appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

Beijing/Munich – April 19, 2014. . . The BMW Vision Future Luxury furnishes a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the BMW brand. It stands for a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation, for a driving experience th...

Beijing/Munich – April 19, 2014. . . The BMW Vision Future Luxury furnishes a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the BMW brand. It stands for a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation, for a driving experience that is at once emotional and exclusive. All this is conveyed through the outstanding exterior and interior design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury along with its innovative technology, a pioneering lightweight engineering concept and a seamlessly integrated user interface and driving experience that caters optimally to the needs of all occupants. The BMW Vision Future Luxury makes its world debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. “Innovative technology and modern luxury have always been an important part of BMW’s brand DNA,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “We use visionary concept vehicles like the BMW Vision Future Luxury to show where we may be going with these themes in the future, and to give us new inspiration and motivation. The BMW Vision Future Luxury – with its innovative technologies and with meticulous precision and quality in every detail – takes our thinking on modern luxury a logical stage further.” Heralding a new approach – the design. “The design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role. These innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design,” says Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, summing up the design approach to the BMW Vision Future Luxury. This approach is particularly tangible in the interior. Throughout, the design expresses both form and function of the innovative technologies. For example, the intelligent lightweight engineering concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is expressed in the design principle of subtractive modeling. That is to say, the specific geometry and functions of an individual component are created from one and the same layered composite structure, comprising many different levels and materials. An initial base layer of fine carbon fabric is followed by a functional level featuring user interface components, control and display interfaces and lighting functions, which in turn is followed by a further structural, load-bearing layer of aluminum for additional strength. Finally, the top layers comprise wood, then leather, to create a warm and comfortable ambience. In a given area of the interior, the multi-layer structure is “milled down” to the appropriate depth depending on what surface material and what function is required. Since the interior geometry is therefore always pared down to essentials, this cuts total weight substantially. This treatment also makes for virtually seamless transitions and very elegant, fluid surfaces. The unrivalled characteristics of carbon as a material – both individually and in combination with its surrounding materials – are optimally utilized in this rigorous lightweight design concept. The carbon underlying layer is visible in the doors, under the seats and especially in the innovative, pared-down B-pillar. A full B-pillar as used in the past is dispensed with. The carbon construction allows the seat frames to be integrated into the load-bearing structure. There are also connections to the door sills and centre console, which means only a very small and unobtrusive B-pillar is required. The BMW Vision Future Luxury’s wide- opening coach doors would not have been possible without this new carbon B-pillar solution. New-style user interface design and exclusive BMW ConnectedDrive services. In the driver’s and front passenger’s area, precisely defined lines and surfaces create a sense of exclusive dynamism. The design of the instrument panel closely complements the design of the displays themselves. The driver is surrounded by a wrap-around cluster of three intermeshing displays, creating the typical BMW driver-centric cockpit. The three- dimensional display technology means that at the visual level the instrument panel styling appears to carry over into the displays themselves. In other words, to the eye the interior space seems to continue into the solid structures of the instrument panel, generating an impression of unprecedented depth and spaciousness. The left-hand display mainly presents vehicle-related information, while in the centre a programmable cluster displays speedometer, rev counter and other information, as well as context-adaptive supplementary data, which is displayed as and when relevant. Meanwhile, the right-hand display – the Driver Information Display – provides additional infotainment information. The driver also has the option of controlling all these functions by voice command. BMW Vision Head Up Display. The primary driver display, however, is the “contact-analogue” BMW Vision Head Up Display. This display augments the driver’s view of the real world by projecting information directly in the driver’s line of sight onto the road. Buildings, traffic signs or hazards can be highlighted directly in the real-world environment, selectively directing the driver’s attention to specific information which is particularly important at any given time. This technology gives a new dimension to driver assistance functions such as Speed Limit Info, where road signs can be identified and highlighted in the driver’s field of view, or the Traffic Light Assistant, which provides real-time information about traffic light phasing. In place of a central shared information display for driver and front passenger, the BMW Vision Future Luxury offers front passengers their own Passenger Information Display. This display is connected to the Driver Information Display via a touch-sensitive panel, where information can be exchanged between driver and front passenger using swiping movements. Applications like booking opera tickets online direct from the vehicle via the BMW ConnectedDrive Luxury Concierge service can be displayed in the Passenger Information Display, where they don’t risk distracting the driver. The relevant functions can be conveniently controlled by the front passenger using the iDrive Controller with touch- sensitive interface. Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet. In the back, two Rear Seat Displays set into carbon surrounds, and a detachable Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet, put the finishing touch to the integrated user interface concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. These displays can communicate with the front displays and also with the BMW ConnectedDrive services. Everything from trip-related information like speed and journey time to information relating to the Luxury Concierge Services can be displayed here in simple and customized form. It is also possible to use online entertainment content like internet-based video and music streaming as well as gaming. All content and functions can be controlled from the rear seats using the detachable Rear Seat Touch Command Tablet in the centre console. Personal space at the rear. For the occupants of the rear seats, the BMW Vision Future Luxury offers a luxurious haven of personal space. Two large, deeply contoured single seats add to the appeal, inviting passengers to retire into their own personal “comfort zone”. A retractable table, the angled Rear Seat Displays and the rigid backs of the front seats create a very private ambience, sectioning this area off from the rest of the interior. The sense of privacy is accentuated by modern, flowing geometry and the use of select materials, with lavish wood surfaces extending from the rear parcel shelf to enfold the rear seat occupants in a cosseting three- dimensional space. Strategically placed lighting slats integrated into the wood echo the surrounding styling and, with their warm glow, accentuate the modern and cozy ambience. Finest-quality aniline leather in Batavia brown and a lighter Silk shade, Silk nubuk leather and the warm brown, layered lime wood all have a natural aura which offers unique visual appeal and quality. The division between darker materials in the upper areas and light materials in the lower areas creates a feeling of warmth and a luxurious sense of space. A deep-pile pure silk carpet rounds off the exclusive array of materials in the interior of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. Exclusiveness and elegance – the exterior design. In side view, perfect proportions – precise, uncluttered and elegant – convey the exclusiveness of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The long wheelbase, short overhangs and low, set-back greenhouse lend the stretched silhouette a refined dynamism. In hallmark BMW style, a finely sculpted contour line creates a taut arc along the side of the vehicle, and the opulent surfaces underneath this line have, as always on a BMW, been shaped by seasoned modelers. This hand-sculpted design gives the surfaces a special emotional appeal that would be beyond the capabilities of a computer. The effect is further enhanced by the Liquid Platinum Bronze exterior paintwork, which generates a warm, shimmering effect. An exclusive flourish at the side of the vehicle is the side mirror, which appears to grow organically out of the chrome window trim. Designed as a visual continuation of the chrome trim, its slender stalk is attached to the mirror from below, giving it a graceful and effortless appearance, almost as if it were hovering in mid-air. BMW EfficientDynamics: honed aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight engineering. The exterior design perfectly showcases the advanced aerodynamics and innovative lightweight engineering of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The coupé-style roofline and sloping boot lid, for example, significantly reduce drag. Underlying the tautly sculpted exterior surfaces, equally refined solutions provide optimal channeling of the airflow. They include the Air Breather system at the rear of the front wheel arch, a C-pillar with internal air channeling, and openings in the rear apron which vent air from the wheel arches. An elegant carbon strip in the door sill area alludes discreetly to the innovative lightweight engineering concept based on aluminum and carbon. Both these lightweight materials are used in the vehicle in exactly the right places to achieve maximum effect – both individually and in tandem. BMW Laserlight at the front. Clean and simple in design, the traditional iconic BMW front-end design cues – the twin kidney grille and twin headlights – instantly proclaim the brand identity of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. The lean contours of the headlights also hint at the innovative technology sheltering behind them: BMW Laserlight. This new technology not only paves the way for a very flat and dynamic interpretation of the typical BMW twin round headlamps, it also sets completely new standards in terms of brightness, range and intensity. The concentrated, parallel light beam is up to ten times more intense than that of an LED system. The reduced energy consumption and packaging requirements of laser lights make this technology a prime candidate for use in future vehicles. Underneath the headlights, the assertive multi-material front apron accentuates the elegant front-end styling. At the outboard ends of the apron, graceful carbon air deflectors conceal a range of BMW EfficientDynamics aerodynamics features. The thin-walled air deflectors are made of carbon, a further reminder of the intelligent lightweight engineering concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury. A slender chrome strip on the air deflectors highlights the airflow system. OLED lighting at the rear. The horizontal lines of the side profile glide gently away at the rear in a final expansive flourish. As at the front, the body styling in this area is deliberately understated, allowing the innovative, narrow and slender lights to make a powerful statement. For the first time on a BMW the rear lighting is provided by organic LEDs, paving the way for a completely new treatment of the typical BMW L-shaped lights. The BMW Vision Future Luxury’s L-shaped rear lights comprise a large number of small, likewise L-shaped OLEDs. An organic LED consists of wafer-thin organic semiconductor layers positioned between two electrodes. The light-emitting polymer layer is only approx. 400 nanometers thick, making it roughly 400 times thinner than a human hair. Organic LEDs are not only extremely thin, as well as flexible, they also produce very uniform illumination over their entire surface. Due to their very thin dimensions, and since they do not require reflectors in order to produce the desired broad light dispersion, they open up completely new ways of using light in and around the vehicle. With its arrival in Beijing, the BMW Vision Future Luxury furnishes a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the BMW brand.

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Get Up Close With The New BMW X4 – VIDEO

BMWBLOG brings you a new video of the BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe which was recently unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Like its larger sibling, the BMW X6, the X4 offers a unique and unmistakable presence on the road. BMW designers describe t...

BMWBLOG brings you a new video of the BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe which was recently unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Like its larger sibling, the BMW X6, the X4 offers a unique and unmistakable presence on the road. BMW designers describe the X4 as a blend of style, driving dynamics and all-road capability. Built on the same platform as the X3, BMW X4 measures 184.3 inches (4,680 mm) in length, it is 0.6 inches (14 mm) longer than the X3, but is also 1.5 inches (37 mm) lower (height: 63.9 in./1,624 mm).

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

Get Up Close With The New BMW X4   VIDEO

The X4’s body is mounted 1.5 inches (37 mm) lower than that of the BMW X3. The driver and front passenger sit 0.8 in. (20 mm) lower and the rear passengers 1.1 in. (28 mm) lower, creating the feeling of a classic sports coupe. Equally impressive is the load capacity available, 17.7- 49.4 cu. ft. (500–1,400 liters), which can be used in a wide variety of ways thanks to the standard 40:20:40 split rear seat bench. At launch time, the BMW X4 will be offered in the following variants: xDrive20d, xDrive30d, xDrive30d, xDrive20i, xDrive28i and xDrive35i. Here is the video: The article Get Up Close With The New BMW X4 – VIDEO appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Product Geniuses boost profit and customer satisfaction

In 2012 BMW has started a pilot of the ‘BMW Genius’ program. At the time, the pilot was conducted at 10 BMW dealerships who collectively employed 14 Geniuses, and produced an extremely high level of customer satisfaction. Two years later BMW is r...

In 2012 BMW has started a pilot of the ‘BMW Genius’ program. At the time, the pilot was conducted at 10 BMW dealerships who collectively employed 14 Geniuses, and produced an extremely high level of customer satisfaction. Two years later BMW is ready to launch the new i3 in the United States and the dealerships are beginning to hire their Product Geniuses. A latest report from Automotive News says BMW dealers in Europe taking part in the automaker’s Product Genius program are getting a financial boost. According to BMW, the tech-savvy employees’ no-pressure explanation of the features available in BMW’s vehicles has increased the purchase of high-margin options by 10 percent to 15 percent.

BMW Product Geniuses boost profit and customer satisfaction

The Future Retail program started rolling out at all of its 3,250 dealerships worldwide this year. The total number of Product Geniuses will rise to 2,000 in early 2015 from about 1,000 now. Dealers who were the early adopters of Product Geniuses have seen such an increase in revenue and margin that they plan to change how they staff their showrooms. “We were originally thinking of having one Product Genius per dealer, but some dealers now have four or five,” says Ian Robertson, BMW Head of Sales and Marketing. “One big dealer group recently told me that they want to completely rebalance their sales force: from the current four sales guys and one Genius, they are planning to move to three Geniuses and two sales guys.” Each BMW Genius will be steeped in the increasingly sophisticated technologies and personalization options available from BMW to help guide customers through every step of the ordering, buying, test drive and handover process, and will be on call to help with any subsequent queries or service updates. The Product Geniuses, who are paid a fixed salary, do not sell cars. Buyers who want to make a purchase are handed over to a sales person. The average age of BMW’s Product Geniuses in Europe is 23 and their backgrounds are mixed. The article BMW Product Geniuses boost profit and customer satisfaction appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

After nearly 20 years of stops and starts, Italian automaker Alfa Romeo is returning to the US market. Alfa Romeo debuted its 4C model at the 2014 New York Auto Show this week. Alfa Romeo 4C is an ultra-lightweight, mid-engined, turbocharged car with...

After nearly 20 years of stops and starts, Italian automaker Alfa Romeo is returning to the US market. Alfa Romeo debuted its 4C model at the 2014 New York Auto Show this week. Alfa Romeo 4C is an ultra-lightweight, mid-engined, turbocharged car with non-power-assisted steering. The 4C Launch Edition is the official name of the car returning to the U.S. and the 500 Launch Editions will be limited to three colors – Alfa Red, Rosso Competizione or Madreperla White. The car showcases a carbon-fiber spoiler and mirror caps and unique forged wheels.

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show

To meet the expectations of a sports car, the 4C comes with firmer suspensions, performance-tuned shocks and stiffer front and rear sway bars. Meanwhile, a racing exhaust should help the turbocharged, four-cylinder engine make its presence known. A new generation turbocharger features a pulse-converter exhaust manifold to exploit pressure waves and boost torque at low-engine speeds. A waste gate valve adjusts turbo pressure and improves the engine’s efficiency. Advanced scavenging technology enables the Alfa Romeo 4C to maximize torque at low engine speeds and deliver more response to driver input by increasing combustion efficiency and turbine speed, all while eliminating turbo lag. As a result, torque delivery is instantaneous, with a peak of 258 ft.-lb. (350 N•m); 80 percent of which is available at only 1,700 rpm. Teamed to the all-aluminum engine is a paddle-shifting Alfa TCT twin-clutch transmission, which has been specifically tuned for the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C. With its uniquely calibrated software that adjusts with the Alfa DNA selector system, the Alfa TCT’s gearshifts are designed to become most aggressive in the Dynamic and Race modes. The Alfa TCT system also integrates a “launch control” mode – delivering the utmost acceleration possible as soon as the driver releases the brake. Jump into the Comments section and let us know if you think of the latest Alfa to be sold in the US. The article Alfa Romeo returns to the New York Auto Show appeared first on BMW BLOG

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LEAKED: BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

Ahead of its official unveil today, the BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept has been leaked on the web. In a teaser press release issued this week, BMW says the Vision Future Luxury Concept is an exclusive design study that provides a long-term outlook ...

Ahead of its official unveil today, the BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept has been leaked on the web. In a teaser press release issued this week, BMW says the Vision Future Luxury Concept is an exclusive design study that provides a long-term outlook on its perception of modern luxury for the BMW brand. This concept car portrays luxury as a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation, with the focus on outstanding exterior and interior design quality, select materials, seamlessly integrated control units featuring pioneering technology, an innovative lightweight construction concept and a driving experience that is optimally tailored to the needs of all occupants.

LEAKED: BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

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LEAKED: BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

LEAKED: BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

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F80 M3 Scale Weight – 3562 lbs (no driver, full tank, 6MT, CF roof, 19″ wheels)

With the different methods of weight measurement used for the US and EU markets, there’s been some confusion as to the actual weight of the F80 M3 / F82 M4 (versus the published weights), even after our recent interview. Luckily, Axis of Overs...

With the different methods of weight measurement used for the US and EU markets, there’s been some confusion as to the actual weight of the F80 M3 / F82 M4 (versus the published weights), even after our recent interview. Luckily, Axis of Oversteer got their hands on a F80 M3 and put it on the scale. It weighed in a 3562 pounds. This weight was measured with a full tank (60 liters / 15.9 gallons) and without driver. Options include: standard (non-ceramic) brakes, carbon fiber roof, 6 speed manual transmission, 19″ wheels, LED headlights, HUD. Axis of Oversteer also recently had a E90 M3 on the same scale and it weighed in a 3736 lbs (fully optioned, DCT, full tank, no driver) – 174 lbs heavier than the F80 M3. On the same scale, a E92 3 Series weighed in at 3585 lbs (no sunroof, manual transmission).

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BMW Photo Gallery – 2014 New York Auto Show

The press days of the 2014 New York Auto Show are over and the international car event now opens its doors to the public to showcases the latest automobiles and design trends. In its hometown, BMW North American and BMW AG have displayed an impressiv...

The press days of the 2014 New York Auto Show are over and the international car event now opens its doors to the public to showcases the latest automobiles and design trends. In its hometown, BMW North American and BMW AG have displayed an impressive array of vehicles, as well as two world premieres: BMW X4 and M4 Convertible. From the BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe, to the award-winning i3 and the hybrid sportscar i8, BMW is showing us the latest and greatest in their lineup. The gallery below will give you a closer look at models like the 2014 BMW 328d xDrive M Sport Package, 2014 535i xDrive M Performance, 435i Convertible M Sport and a 650i xDrive Sakhir Orange.

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

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BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

BMW Photo Gallery   2014 New York Auto Show

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