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Paris Photo Los Angeles just celebrated its third US edition with thousands of visitors (more exactly 20,000) and celebrities visiting the art fair at the Paramount Pictures Studios. The three-day event lured stars like Jamie Lee Curtis, Gwyneth Palt...
Paris Photo Los Angeles just celebrated its third US edition with thousands of visitors (more exactly 20,000) and celebrities visiting the art fair at the Paramount Pictures Studios. The three-day event lured stars like Jamie Lee Curtis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Judd Apatow and James L Brooks, among many others who enjoyed the work presented by 79 galleries from 17 countries. Paris Photo LA celebrates artists from around the world offering them a medium to expose their photography and moving images in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries.
In 2011, BMW founded the BMW Residency which through the France organization is providing the space and support for emerging, talented photographers to produce and showcase their work at art fairs throughout the world. This year, BMW was proud to present artists Mazaccio & Drowilal, and a glimpse of their work “Wild Style,” and their new series, Antépisode, made in California.
The France-born Elise Mazac and Robert Drowilal formed a photography team in 2006 by sharing same interests and appreciation for Conceptual art, cinema and American and Japanese photography. In a private galleria, the two artists exhibit to art collectors and lovers their Wild Style collection of images of animal life on various figures and objects meant to reify animal life in a way that renders the gap between reality and its representation in contemporary culture imperceptible.
Since technology and art are often intersecting, they created Antépisode, a project which investigates the roots of IT and digital companies in Silicon Valley, California, with a particular focus on intangible and abstract lines of codes which have created some of the most popular websites and mobile applications we use in our daily life.
Google was also represented in the work of Mazaccio & Drowilal, through an installation titled “Don’t Be Evil”, the company’s old slogan when they were set on changing the world. The work includes emojis juxtaposing photographs and a hamster wheel cage that represents the fun work culture at Google, and the demanding and time consuming work imposed by the tech giant. Most of the galleries were displayed in the Paramount’s New York City, a movie set built to resemble the Big Apple, including a subway entrance, buildings resembling skyscrapers, if filmed at the right angle, and brownstones as seen in Soho. At the 2015 Paris Photo LA, BMW was also the automotive partner providing VIP shuttle service in the luxurious 7 Series.
The BMW team moves back to NYC this week as a cultural and automotive partner of Frieze Art Fair. BMW present Frieze Sounds, a program of sound works that are premiered in the BMW 7 Series shuttle service at the fair. For more than 40 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in over 100 cultural partnerships worldwide.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/05/05/this-is-the-coolest-fleet-of-bmw-m4s/ in News on May 5, 2015
Those fellows from Indonesia take the concept of car meets to a whole new level. BMW M Owners Club Indonesia (MOCI) has displayed an impressive and colorful fleet of 12 limited edition BMW M4 Coupes. BMW has granted the exclusive M club a wide range ...
Those fellows from Indonesia take the concept of car meets to a whole new level. BMW M Owners Club Indonesia (MOCI) has displayed an impressive and colorful fleet of 12 limited edition BMW M4 Coupes. BMW has granted the exclusive M club a wide range of BMW Individual colors, including some derived from Rolls Royce. The list of colors seen in the photos below is as following: Signal Green, Santorini Blue II, Grey Black, Brilliant White, Jubilee Silver ,Purple Silk metallic, Fire Orange, Salamanca Blue and Speed Yellow.
The twelve M4s also came with optional M Carbon Ceramic Brakes, 19″ style 437M black wheels, Full Merino leather (Black, Sakhire Orange, Sonoma Beige, and Silverstone) and special laser engraved lettering, “ONE OF 12 – M Owners Club Indonesia”, on the carbon fiber panel dashboard.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/05/05/bmw-m6-coupe-in-purple-flashy-but-beautiful/ in News on May 4, 2015
Purple colors and cars go together like oil and water, and personally I wouldn’t be caught in one driving on the street. But for some reason, this BMW M6 Coupe in matte purple looks fantastic. The car was spotted previously in Europe and surpri...
Purple colors and cars go together like oil and water, and personally I wouldn’t be caught in one driving on the street. But for some reason, this BMW M6 Coupe in matte purple looks fantastic. The car was spotted previously in Europe and surprisingly, everyone seems to love the combination. While it’s loud and flashy, the paint job doesn’t scream look at me, and under certain light, it accentuates the beautifully sculpted body lines. Below the side gills, we can see the G-Power logo which points out that some power upgrades took place under the hood.
It is unknown which power kit the M6 received from G-Power, so the power output was either upped to 640 hp or 740 ponies. In factory form, the 2014 BMW M6 Coupe is powered by the high-revving 4.4-liter V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology producing 560 hp. With the extra ponies added by G-Power, this M6 Coupe should run to 62 mph in less than 4.0 seconds.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/05/05/by-the-numbers-u-s-luxury-car-sales-in-april-2015/ in News on May 4, 2015
BMW and Mercedes-Benz switched spots at the top in April with the Stuttgart-based automaker now leading in the U.S. luxury sales race. Mercedes sold 29,188 vehicles in April, while BMW sold 26,952. Third came Lexus with 25,876 units sold. BMW led in ...
BMW and Mercedes-Benz switched spots at the top in April with the Stuttgart-based automaker now leading in the U.S. luxury sales race. Mercedes sold 29,188 vehicles in April, while BMW sold 26,952. Third came Lexus with 25,876 units sold. BMW led in sales in the first quarter, followed by Benz and Lexus. Through four months, Mercedes sold 107,344 vehicles, followed by BMW at 105,444 and Lexus at 103,056.
Audi still keeps its distance with 56,925 cars sold in the first four months of the year. Acura was fifth with sales of 54,518, followed by Cadillac with 52,976. Jaguar was down 4.5 percent to 5,415 units, but Land Rover showed a promising 27 percent increase to 22,287 vehicles. Porsche was also up 17 percent to 16,647. For the first time in years, this might be a three-way race to the top of the U.S. luxury sales with Lexus rebounding after a three year declined in sales due to output disruptions following the tragic 2011 earthquake in Japan. The article By The Numbers: U.S. luxury car sales in April 2015 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/05/05/bmw-designs-that-have-held-up/ in News on May 4, 2015
In the automotive world, good designers are put on such a high pedestal, you’d think that they had sculpted Michelangelo’s David. There’s a reason for the heavy praise, however. Automotive design is a very tricky line of work. When designing a ...
In the automotive world, good designers are put on such a high pedestal, you’d think that they had sculpted Michelangelo’s David. There’s a reason for the heavy praise, however. Automotive design is a very tricky line of work. When designing a car, the designer must take into account the style and look of today. Cars must feel very present and ‘right now’ or else they won’t appeal to the current market. But they must also look ahead to the future, so as to not feel dated in only a few short years. So designers like Ian Callum, Walter De Silva, Giorgetto Giugiaro and Marcello Gandini are all revered for their work, as they were all able, and in the case of Callum still able, to create work that lasted decades.
There are certain BMWs that fit this design mold and are able to look good even today. BMWs aren’t always considered beautiful cars, as they tend to be a bit more functional looking. There isn’t too much flair and panache to BMW design. But the good thing about that, is the that BMWs stay fresh for many years to come. When cars are too exuberant, the design tends to get a bit old. Subtlety seems to work best for looks to last generations.
The E46 3 Series is the first BMW to come to mind, in terms of lasting good looks. It was excellent looking when it debuted and still looks fantastic over a decade later. Its subtle body lines and perfect proportions make it an absolute stunner, even today. There’s a reason that it was one of BMW’s best selling cars of all time. The M3 variant is also possibly the best looking M3 of all.
The E90/E92 3 Series is also a look that’s held up well. While not very old, with its debut being 2006, it still looks fresh and handsome today, despite the fact that it was replaced by the beautiful 4 Series Coupe. The E92 is still one of the most handsome looking coupes on the road, and will still look great in ten years. It has all the right classic coupe lines and is perfectly proportioned. In profile, the roofline is so smooth and streamlined, it seems to be the perfect design. An instant classic.
The Bangle-designed 6 Series comes to mind as a BMW that actually got better looking. At first, the design was met with some criticism, but as the years go by, it tends to look better and better. Under the guidance of Bangle, Adrian Van Hooydonk, BMW’s current chief designer, created the E63 6 Series and its infamous “Bangle Butt” that was criticized by many people. However, as the years go by, the car’s smooth subtlety and shark-like nose have grown to show their charms. Today, cars seem to be all swoops and fender flares and hood nostrils. There isn’t true car design anymore, it seems sometimes. Nissan’s and Infiniti’s designs seem to be the worst offenders, being so busy with all of the swoops and waves it actually hurts the eyes. Hyundai is a similar offender. So the lack of panache of the E63 is refreshing in a sea of swoops.
BMW hasn’t had many famous designers over the years. Giugiaro designed the M1 back in the late ‘70s, yes, but since then there haven’t been many “Michelangelo” types. However, the subtle approach that BMW usually takes when designing a car seems to hold up well. It doesn’t exhaust you, but grows on you. BMW ownership is a slow appreciation for the little things. It seems more substance over sizzle. That’s the beauty of BMWs. Sure, other cars may be more exciting at first, but like a fine red wine, the subtle nuances only come over time and when they do, they’re extraordinary. The article BMW Designs That Have Held Up appeared first on BMW BLOG
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Hi. My name is Chuck and I am a modaholic. Hi Chuck. It starts slow and insidiously just like this: I love my new BMW. It’s perfect in every way and I am not going to change anything. Then you see that set of clear side markers and they are only ...
Hi. My name is Chuck and I am a modaholic. Hi Chuck. It starts slow and insidiously just like this: I love my new BMW. It’s perfect in every way and I am not going to change anything. Then you see that set of clear side markers and they are only $25. Well if I do this, I am not really modifying my car by ridding it of those nasty amber front corners. BMWs are like this in Germany I tell myself. There are many of us afflicted with the “mod” bug. The problem is you think you can control it but you cannot. Many of us seek counsel on forums only to be guided farther down the dark path. Many members freely dispense advice to others on how to tastefully update their ride. The forums even facilitate this obsession by allowing post signatures to display the mods they’ve done to their cars and post counts.
My Build New name for Moding disease gone fulminant in its untreated form is called a “build.” To have a nice “build” implies that one has a complete overall plan and direction of this modding for one’s car. This is of course, non sense. It just means you cannot control your moding and have now completely lost it and are changing everything your credit card will allow.
One the legit way via BMW’s Performance software or DINAN that won’t void your warranty and come with not only power upgrades but increased cooling capacity. These, however, are expensive. Many choose a flash that is supposedly easily removable so it “cannot” be noticed when you take your car in for service. One Mod Leads To Another After a flash for your N54 inline six in your 335i, you find that your fuel pump can’t keep up with your new software. Now you “need “ a fuel pump with greater capacity. Who knew they were so easy to change? But man the gas smell takes a while to go away. Next thing you know a few days later, you find yourself on the side of the road from a blown a fuel line in the engine bay and are lucky to have just stalled the car and not burnt it up. Coding When you get bored modifying the mechanical aspects of your ride and have a little computer aptitude, which of course you will by now because of having constantly having to clear check engine lights. It’s time to “code” you car. Mere “stock” emergency flasher notify others of your lack of coding if they only go BLINK blink BLINK blink as they do in all other cars. Now my emergency flashers go Blink bu-BLINK BLINK pause Blink bu-BLINK BLINK.
Coding can actually be useful. I’ve used it in my E92 M3 to get rid of that pesky auto Start/Stop. If I wanted better gas mileage, I wouldn’t have bought a 4.0 liter V8 with a 8400 rpm redline. Some i3 owners in the U.S. are using coding to allow use of the full fuel tank on the i3 REx which State of California had deemed bad for the environment and the HOV lane. Thus BMW decided to punish the rest of the U.S. by coding all i3 RExs like they were going to California.
i3 REx generator use above the state of charge of 6% is known to cause cancer in California. Here again, coding can come to the rescue and allow the i3 REx’s back-up generator to be engaged manually like the rest of the world, so one doesn’t run out of electrons going up a mountain for example. Coping There are a few helpful strategies in coping with the modding disease. The first and foremost is to have your new parts shipped to your friend’s house so your girlfriend/wife/partner doesn’t notice. Seriously. Second, when you start running out of money do not let this dissuade you. Start selling other mods off of the car to pay for new parts you need. Surely someone will want to pay for the “as new” M3 Competition Package wheels so I can get some new HREs.
Some are better at this selling stuff than others. I am not so good. Once sold an amp out of my old M3. Buyer wanted to pay via Cash on Delivery. Never thought of that but seemed reasonable. However, when it reached his place he had found a cheaper one, the jerk declined it. Not only had I not sold the piece, but I got to pay to ship it back and forth to California. Life lesson learned. Don’t Replace, Upgrade Another coping strategy is to over maintain your car. I once pulled the oil pain off my old E36 M3 because I read on a forum the oil pump nut could spin off and kill your motor. Nope it was fine. However, this presented an opportunity to remove the stock oil pump nut and replace it with a special one from Bimmerworld with a pin that absolutely will not come off. On this same M3, I installed first a new water pump, because the M3 had 60k miles. This however didn’t stop the modding bug as I promptly realized I needed a Stewart High Flow Water Pump to prevent over heating, because race car, to borrow an over used phrase. You see not long after this I did so much to my M3 I “had” to do One Lap of America in this same M3 to give justification for all of my mods.
Having tried all the above treatments for my moding disease and failed, I thought I buy what I thought was the perfectly “modded” E92 M3 about a year ago. The gorgeous one owner Space Gray M3 Competition Package had been lowered, breathed better with a DINAN Intake, cross pipe and exhaust. It also had a host of very subtle appearance mods. I promised if I got this one, I wouldn’t need to do anything to it. Then just one month into its ownership, I ordered the Carbon Fiber Spoiler because the M3 needed it to complement the rest of the mods already on the car. Then a few months later, I just had to have a set of HRE wheels because they filled out the wheel wells, added grip and just looked so damn good.
So the big question is why do we “moders” do this to our cars? Well the simple answer is each incremental mod to my BMW brings great satisfaction. I like to do one at a time so each one is to be savored. I love knowing my BMW goes a little faster, handles better and that pesky brake fade on track is gone. Modding and sharing those mods, keeps me engaged with the car and engaged in the community of car nuts just like myself. The article I am a modaholic and I can’t help it appeared first on BMW BLOG
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BMW i stands for inspiring design, pioneering mobility, and an understanding of premium that defines itself strongly by sustainability. The new BMW i collection continues with this approach and provides functional products made with sustainable mater...
BMW i stands for inspiring design, pioneering mobility, and an understanding of premium that defines itself strongly by sustainability. The new BMW i collection continues with this approach and provides functional products made with sustainable materials in the innovative BMW i Look. Whether it’s a jacket made of recycled materials, or a tablet case with olive-leaf tanned leather applications, the BMW i Collection offers just the gem for every taste. The connection between sustainably obtained materials and the BMW i design is evident in the BMW i Hooded Jacket. This multi-functional jacket is made of 100% organic cotton and recycled materials. With its roomy pockets and soft hood, it is ideally suited for sports and leisure activities. Dynamic lines in bright Electric Blue and colored surfaces in gray melange and white echo the design of the plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8.
One suitable combination possibility is the tapered BMW i T-shirt with a V-neck in the women’s version and a round neck for men. Both T-shirts are made of 100% organic cotton. The responsible use of raw materials can also be seen in the BMW i Cap, which is made of 100% cotton. The grey cap with blue quilting seams has an understated visor made from environmentally friendly cardboard and can be fitted to individual head shapes with the help of an adjustable metal clasp.
In addition to the jacket, T-Shirts, and cap, the collection offers useful accessories for everyday use. The BMW i Drinking Bottle is made out of titanium, which is not only very light, but also extremely durable. An integrated sieve for fruits or other flavor dispensers makes it easy to enrich the water with flavor. With its practical carrying strap and capacity of 750 ml, the drinking bottle is the ideal companion for the road. Whether indoors or outdoors, the BMW i Bluetooth Speaker provides the right entertainment. With a battery life of six hours and a convenient carrying case in felt look, the speaker ensures mobile music joy. And if the battery is empty, the Bluetooth Speaker can be charged problem-free with solar energy and the BMW i Solar Charger.
As with the entire BMW i Collection, the BMW i Tablet Case and the BMW i Mobile Phones Cases are not only stylish, but also sustainable. In these items, the mix of recycled PET bottles in felt look and olive-leaf tanned leather applications underline the combination of resource-conserving materials and clever design. The soft, hypoallergenic material protects the sensitive display against moisture and dirt and sits comfortably in your hand. The BMW i Desktop Organizer, coated with high-grade stainless steel, is a nice detail for the desk. Its rubber bottom protects surfaces from scratches while its lining in felt look made from recycled materials hugs any object – whether scissors, pens, or rulers. For lovers and collectors of model cars, the BMW i Collection offers a very special piece: The BMW i8 Miniature on a scale of 1:18. With openable gull-wing doors, rubber tires, seat belts made of genuine seat belt material, flocked trunk and leg areas, and functioning steering, it corresponds to the original in detail almost on a scale of 1:1. These and other products from the BMW i Collection are available now at shop.bmw.com and at selected BMW retailers. The article The BMW i Collection appeared first on BMW BLOG