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European Delivery journal featuring a Sakhir Orange M4. ...

European Delivery journal featuring a Sakhir Orange M4.

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The New BMW 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. –May 7, 2015 – 7:00am EDT/4:00am PDT. . . BMW announces the latest enhancement to its brand shaping 3 Series with the introduction of the new BMW 3 Series. Accounting for around 25 percent of total BMW worldwide vehicle sales...

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. –May 7, 2015 – 7:00am EDT/4:00am PDT. . . BMW announces the latest enhancement to its brand shaping 3 Series with the introduction of the new BMW 3 Series. Accounting for around 25 percent of total BMW worldwide vehicle sales, the BMW 3 Series Sedan and Sports Wagon represent the brand’s most successful model line with over 14 million sales globally. For the 2016 model year, the new 3 Series receives a range of enhancements highlighting dynamics, supporting the vehicle’s true emotional commitment to the brand and its customers. The introduction of the BMW 340i, marks the world premier of an all new inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine, producing 320 hp with 330 lb-ft of torque. This new modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine features BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, combining unbeatable performance with outstanding efficiency. The new BMW 3 Series chassis has been significantly improved encompassing new front struts, new rear damper technology and redesigned electric power steering to enhance overall vehicle dynamics. The BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon feature a sharper design and a sportier front, supported by the newly designed headlights with optional full-LED headlights (standard on 340i models). The rear view also cuts an even more dynamic figure thanks to its LED tail lights and sculptural, clearly defined lines. The original sports sedan enhanced. Since 1975 the BMW 3 Series has furnished regular evidence of its dynamic ability. Whether in comparison tests, on the race track or in everyday use, it has traditionally set the benchmark in the sporting compact segment. Introduced to complement classical rear-wheel drive in the model line-up, BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive has also underlined this commitment. The new BMW 3 Series Sedan and new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon embody excellent efficiency in its class. The cars’ dynamic talents are reflected in their looks, which impress with their precision, tautness and elegance. Download the entire newsletter.

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Rumor: BMW planning a rear-wheel drive 2 Series Gran Coupe

According to German outlet Auto Motor und Sport, BMW is planning a new derivative of the 2 Series Coupe. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is said to be a rear-wheel drive four-door coupe which might arrive in 2018 as a competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA....

According to German outlet Auto Motor und Sport, BMW is planning a new derivative of the 2 Series Coupe. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is said to be a rear-wheel drive four-door coupe which might arrive in 2018 as a competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The Germans journalists mentioned that BMW’s Chief Development Officer, Klaus Fröhlich, is advocating for the rear-wheel drive Gran Coupe to join the coupe and convertible. The car not only speaks to the customers’ needs, but also to the economies of scale because the rear-wheel drive architecture is shared with the future 3, 5 and 7, each with different wheelbase and track width.

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First rumors around the 2 Series Gran Coupe appeared in 2015 when the typical BMW insider “predicted” the compact four-door coupe would arrive in 2015. At the time, the BMW whistleblower said the exterior design is based on the 2 Series Coupe and Convertible models, but with a slightly longer platform to accommodate the sleek roof line and increased size. The 2 Series Gran Coupe was said to sport short overhangs at the front and rear with a coupe-like profile all around. Because of the stretch to accommodate a slightly lengthened platform, the elongated roofline is lower, more rounded.

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If the 2018 is the scheduled launch date, then the first prototypes should hit the road next year. The article Rumor: BMW planning a rear-wheel drive 2 Series Gran Coupe appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible, Gran Coupe – New Photos

The 2015 BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe facelift models made their debut in earlier this year, and they are now starting to launch in markets around the world. The life cycle impulse, codename for facelift, hasn’t been as extens...

The 2015 BMW 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe facelift models made their debut in earlier this year, and they are now starting to launch in markets around the world. The life cycle impulse, codename for facelift, hasn’t been as extensive as on other recent BMW models. For example, BMW removed one slat from its kidney grilles, full-LED headlights are now standard, and the fog lights feature three distinct LED units. The front bumper gets redesigned a bit as well. It now features large lower air intakes with a subtle lip underneath running across the entire lower end.

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New exterior colors were added as well: Jatoba metallic, Cashmere Silver metallic, Glacier Silver metallic, Mediterranean Blue metallic and Melbourne Red metallic.

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Inside BMW is adding a Finalize Brown Wood as trim and a few other small additions to leather and trim. The engines and power outputs stay the same, but the xDrive versions get hydraulic steering assistance. Take a look at the photo gallery to see all three 6 Series models from their UK market launch.

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2015 BMW X5 M – New Photo Gallery

The UK market is hosting the launch of the new 2015 BMW X5 M. The super sporty SUV was unveiled last year and it is joined at launch time by the BMW X6 M. Both cars are powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and...

The UK market is hosting the launch of the new 2015 BMW X5 M. The super sporty SUV was unveiled last year and it is joined at launch time by the BMW X6 M. Both cars are powered by a reworked M TwinPower Turbo engine, a V8 that provides more power and torque, and better power delivery. The peak output of the new M turbocharged engine is 567 hp, three percent higher than that of its predecessor and is available between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm.

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At the same time, the engine’s peak torque has been boosted by around 10 percent to 553 lb-ft, which can be enjoyed across an extremely broad rev band – from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The extraordinary power development of this M turbocharged engine allows the new M versions of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.0 seconds. The top speed of both is electronically limited to 155 mph. The launch color for the X5 M is Donington Grey.

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The 2015 BMW X5 M is sold in the U.S. at a base price of $99,650.

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2015 BrandZ Top 100: Toyota and BMW are the most valuable car brands

The world’s largest carmaker and the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium cars are also the most valuable car brands. Toyota and BMW are at the forefront of the 2015 BrandZ Top 100 rankings created this year for the tenth time ...

The world’s largest carmaker and the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium cars are also the most valuable car brands. Toyota and BMW are at the forefront of the 2015 BrandZ Top 100 rankings created this year for the tenth time by the experts at Millward Brown. Although the value of the Toyota brand fell last year by 2 percentage points, with 28.913 billion US dollars, the Japanese lead the rankings but still sovereign on. BMW follows in second place with a brand value of 26.349 billion US dollars and grew by 2 percent. Behind the two leaders follows Mercedes-Benz in third place, with a brand value in the BrandZ Report of $21.786 billions.

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The main premium competitor for BMW and Mercedes, Audi, follows with a brand value of 10.127 billion US dollars in the seventh place. Audi, for the first time, was able to leave the parent company Volkswagen behind them (9.283 billion US dollars). Millward Brown estimates the value of the brand in 2015 has jumped 43 percent higher than a year ago.

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In the overall ranking of the 2015 100 most valuable brands in the world, Toyota, BMW and Mercedes land on the 30th, 34th and 43rd spots. At the top, we can find Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Visa, AT&T, Verizon, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Marlboro. If we only look at the European-based brands, Deutsche Telekom, Louis Vuitton and BMW are behind SAP. Mercedes-Benz comes 7th.

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MINI John Cooper Works F56 in Chili Red

From France, we bring you a photo gallery of the MINI John Cooper Works F56 sporting the Red Chili paint job matched with black-painted roof, side mirrors and stripes on the hood. This is one of the first MINI JCWs to feature this color combination w...

From France, we bring you a photo gallery of the MINI John Cooper Works F56 sporting the Red Chili paint job matched with black-painted roof, side mirrors and stripes on the hood. This is one of the first MINI JCWs to feature this color combination which offers a sharp and interest contrast. The new MINI John Cooper Works is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (B48) driving the front wheels. The 231 hp help the JCW achieve a spring to 62 mph in just 6.1 seconds – the manually shifted version requires only two tenths of a second longer. Top speed for the MINI indicates 246 km / h for both variants.

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The specially tuned sport chassis features a single-joint spring strut axle at the front and multi-link rear suspension, and a Brembo brake system. All of these delimit the MINI John Cooper Works F56 from the weaker MINI F56 models, and of course the competition.

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Who Are All The BMW SUVs For?

SUVs are the fastest selling cars on the road, with the demand for them being higher than ever. It’s odd that SUVs are so highly sought after, as this is probably the worst time in automotive history to drive an SUV. Down economies, melting polar i...

SUVs are the fastest selling cars on the road, with the demand for them being higher than ever. It’s odd that SUVs are so highly sought after, as this is probably the worst time in automotive history to drive an SUV. Down economies, melting polar ice caps and fuel prices higher than ever all make for the worst circumstances for the SUV to succeed in. Yet people couldn’t want them more, despite their polar bear killing ways. You’d figure that as global emissions restrictions grow tighter and fuel prices get higher that automakers would stop building SUVs. The problem is, people buy so damn many of them that automakers need them to survive. Almost each and every automaker on Earth has at least two SUVs in the lineup because they are the bread and butter of each automaker’s sales. BMW is one of those, who currently has more than two.

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At the moment, BMW has five SUVs on sale; the X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6. And that’s not including the two M Division variants. And word is, that BMW is planning on another, an X7, to top off the range. That’s quite a lot of SUVs for one car company’s customer clientele. Could there really be a specific customer base for each and every one of those SUVs?

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Well, the X4 and X6 are fashion statements. They are sportier, sexier version of their respective X3 and X5 siblings. So those are for people who want an SUV, but have the money to make it look and drive better. So they clearly have their niche markets. The X1 is actually a functional little guy, being an inexpensive, all-wheel drive BMW hatchback, basically. It’s practical and inexpensive and fills a little niche for itself, as a small SUV for a young and active family. But what about the X3 and X5?

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Both seem to fit the exact same customer. They’re both pretty traditional SUVs, especially compared to the sleek X4 and X6 and the quirky little X1. Both seat five (with the X5 having the option for seven) with large trunks and both air more on the side of luxury and practicality than performance. At first glance then, the only difference between X3 and X5 customers is what they can afford. Until you dig a little bit deeper that is.

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The X3 is by far and away the sportier of the two. It’s smaller, built on a shorter wheelbase, is considerably lighter and a lower downward sloping hoodline. So it’s clear that the X3 is meant to add a bit of a handling bonus to those who purchase it. It also seems to be the more “utility vehicle” of the two. Sit in an X3 and you’ll notice harder material where they’re more likely to get hit and scuffed over time. You’ll also notice the better approach angles, both front and rear, for when the road disappears. The X3 is clearly the SUV for a more active lifestyle or for young families with interior-wrecking balls (children).

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The X5 is easily the bigger of the two, and bigger than most other SUVs in its class. It’s huge. It also has a nice long wheelbase for comfy cruising, and a high beltline. The X5 isn’t designed to be a dance partner. With its massive interior space, miles of leather and throne-like seats, the X5 is designed to coddle passengers, not nip apexes. Notice the soft materials throughout the cabin. The X5 wasn’t designed to have strollers and athletic equipments and kids with cleats climbing in and out. No, the X5 is designed for an older, more mature audience. For people who’ve mostly raised their kids and can now drive comfortably, with family in tow, without having to worry about shoes scuffing the front seatbacks.

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Not that the X3 isn’t comfortable, because it is. And not that the X5 doesn’t handle well or can’t handle children, because it can do both. In fact, many would prefer the X3 as a cruiser due to its smaller size, making it easier to navigate. And some may fancy the X5 for a young family because of its size, meaning more space and possibly better safety. However, both of these SUVs are considerably different and have their own audiences, making them both necessary to the BMW line. So despite all reasons toward the extinction, both of these SUVs, as well as every other manufacturer’s, will continue to be made. So damn the polar bears, the X3 and X5 live one. The article Who Are All The BMW SUVs For? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M4 Coupe looks hot in Java Green

Green might not be the first color choice when it comes to a BMW, but all the recent bimmers we’ve seen sporting a shade of green have been quite exceptional looking. This BMW M4 Coupe gets the Java Green BMW Individual Color which first appear...

Green might not be the first color choice when it comes to a BMW, but all the recent bimmers we’ve seen sporting a shade of green have been quite exceptional looking. This BMW M4 Coupe gets the Java Green BMW Individual Color which first appeared in 2011 along with the BMW 1M. Since, we’ve seen several BMWs with the same paint job and they have stood out in the crowd. The green paint stands out with its metallic composition and a calmer, softer green, which also emphasizes the design lines of the M4.

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While many of us already associate the F80 M3 with the Yas Marina launch color and the F82 M4 with the Austin Yellow, the exterior color palette for the two new M brothers is quite extensive and diversified: Alpine White, Mineral Grey Metallic, Sakhir Orange, Black Sapphire Metallic, Silverstone Metallic and Mineral White Metallic.

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Sakhir Orange was so popular that BMW had to recently pull it from the ordering system before they allowed it to return for the 2016 models. Click below to see more photos.

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Racing Update: Success for the S1000RR in England and France

The privateer BMW Motorrad riders have been in action successfully at two venues last weekend: Great Britain’s Donington Park and Le Vigeant in France. At Donington, Ayrton Badovini (IT) scored another top-five finish on his BMW S1000RR in the Supe...

Donington (UK) 22nd May 2015. BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team Rider Ayrton Badovini #86 (ITA)-3

The privateer BMW Motorrad riders have been in action successfully at two venues last weekend: Great Britain’s Donington Park and Le Vigeant in France. At Donington, Ayrton Badovini (IT) scored another top-five finish on his BMW S1000RR in the Superbike World Championship. Roberto Tamburini (IT) enjoyed podium honors in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, while […]

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