Alpine White BMW M235i gets some cool upgrades

For some, the BMW M235i is the perfect weekend vehicle. The super sporty 2 Series Coupe offers plenty of power, lots of interior comfort and some exquisite driving dynamics. Powered by a 3.0-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder d...

For some, the BMW M235i is the perfect weekend vehicle. The super sporty 2 Series Coupe offers plenty of power, lots of interior comfort and some exquisite driving dynamics. Powered by a 3.0-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder developing 320 horsepower, the car is extremely fast and fun to drive on any roads and on the track. The performance output allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.6 seconds and provides the driver with plenty of power to attack those corners. The upcoming BMW M2 builds atop this successful model and it’s expected to deliver even better driving dynamics. But, before the M2 gets released, adding more performance parts to the BMW M235i is the only way to get that M2-look we all crave.

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This owner from Indonesia turned to some high-quality aftermarket parts for the 2 Series Coupe. This special BMW M235i is tuned by the famous Japanese Studie AG tuning shop. Always relying on the finest aero parts, Studie AG M235i has once again successfully transformed a high-performance BMW model.

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Here is the full parts list added to this BMW M235i right below: WHEELS ETC Advan RZ Hyper Silver 19″x8-9 Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R 225/25 255/30 KW Clubsport coilover 3way M Performance mechanical LSD Brembo GT 355 6pot fronts Brembo GT 345 4pot rears Dixcel Racing 328 brake fluid INTERIOR M Performance trim M Performance knob M Performance parking brake boots M Performance pedals and footrest 955 Yupiteru radars Drive recorder RECARO sportster (black leather) EXTERIOR M Performance front attachment M Performance rear diffuser M Performance Grill LH High-Gloss Black M Performance carbon rear spoiler M Performance stripe ENGINE ETC M Performance muffler Tailpipe Trim Carbon tail K&N replacement air cleaner PLASMA DIRECT ignition coil Studie Tuned Program2(STP2) for Turbo Engine OTHERS BELLOF 6,500K headlight valve BELLOF number LED valve PIAA LED blinker valve PIAA LED stop lamp PIAA LED Reverse lamp

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The finalized product was photographed by Winston Jaury from Hawk N Poke, showcasing every detail of this build. Further build images can be found in the gallery we’ve added right below.

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BMWBLOG Interview with Calvin Luk, BMW 1 Series Facelift Designer

At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we had a chance to sit down for an interview with Calvin Luk, the young BMW designer responsible for the 1 Series Facelift. Born and raised in Australia, Luk has been with BMW Design team since 2008. He graduated from t...

At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we had a chance to sit down for an interview with Calvin Luk, the young BMW designer responsible for the 1 Series Facelift. Born and raised in Australia, Luk has been with BMW Design team since 2008. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and has previously interned at Chrysler and BMW, before joining full-time the design studio in Munich in the Advanced Design team dealing primarily with package proportions and exploring new concepts. He later moved to the Exterior Design Studio where he currently pens future production cars. The 2015 BMW 1 Series LCI is one of the most successful and radical facelifts in the company’s history. Contrary to what we have seen in BMW facelifts before, the Bavarians have decided to go all-in with this refresh. Moving away from small and subtle touches, the 1 Series LCI has received extensive exterior work. To learn more about the 1 Series LCI design and his passion beyond cars, BMWBLOG spent an entertaining half an hour with Luk. A little bird also told us that the talented design has some other future models that we will get to talk about in the near future.

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BMWBLOG: Can you please describe for us the 1 Series Facelift design? Calvin Luk: The 1 Series Facelift started by trimming down the lights, thanks to the LED technology, and we managed to give the car a more focused look and looks a bit more high tech. Next, we made the kidney grille wider and sportier. It’s also a functional change where we allow more air to the engine while giving the front fascia a more sportier look. Also the kidney details, there is a lot of sculpture in the kidney slats, a three dimensional approach. The lower intake is larger and bolder, also giving the car a sportier look.

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On the rear, we have a two piece tail lamp, also thanks to the LEDs, we managed to make them slimmer while allowing for more width impressions. We also bring back the iconic BMW L-shape for the lights. The rear is overall sportier, has a solid stance thanks to the lights and the poetic surfaces in between.

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BMWBLOG: What are some of the lessons learned from the previous generation 1 Series? Calvin Luk: The previous 1 Series has been very successful for us. We’ve sold over 2 million of these vehicles and what we have done with this new one was to make it even more BMW. So how do you make it more BMW? You have to increase the strength of the design, slim the lights, longer kidneys and the L-lamps in the rear. BMWBLOG: What were some of the design elements that you believe were the most complicated to change?

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Calvin Luk: Very proud of the kidneys, especially the details on the kidney bars, the three dimensional element. If you take a look at the line work at the front, you have surfaces that pull to the line work, so under the kidney you have a volume that reaches to the corner of the line work, and so it’s a very holistic approach. The flowing surfaces pushes out the line and around it you have, what we call in general,  “consequent surfaces in between.” BMWBLOG: Can you expand on the LED technology impact on the headlights? Calvin Luk: The LEDs running lights are now standard, so when you have LEDs, we can make the proportions slimmer. So basically technology allows us to create certain forms. BMWBLOG: Any specific aerodynamics elements you implemented in the 1 Series LCI?

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Calvin Luk: The biggest aerodynamic story is the increase in the air intakes, near the engines. The new engines are very efficient, but require more air. So this is a different approach from the previous model. This works for both the engineering and design because we offer a bolder statement at the front. BMWBLOG: Who do you think it’s the typical customer for the 1 Series? Calvin Luk: I could imagine myself in one. I imagine someone with a young heart, maybe someone that has a young and smaller family. BMWBLOG: Is it more difficult to do a facelift? Calvin Luk: I’m not sure if I find it to be particularly more difficult, but there are different restrictions. Obviously a lot of the chassis and the structure is pre-defined and we have to work around these constraints. Versus in a completely new car, you have more freedom. When we develop with more question marks, we have more freedom in design, to explore more shapes to develop things in multiple directions. BMWBLOG: What made you get into car design? Calvin Luk: From a young age, I was sketching cars, I loved the process and couldn’t stop drawing cars on all my school books. My family owns a BMW E36 and I was just very passionate about it. And seeing different design sketches on brochures and magazines, I was immediately hooked on this career.

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BMWBLOG: What other things inspire you when you design cars? Calvin Luk: Obviously, inspiration comes from all sort of things often from unexpected things. I am very passionate about music and I see a lot of relationships between music and design. I enjoy playing the piano and drums, and currently trying to learn the guitar. They all have this relationship, you’re trying to express something, character and mood, from nothing. As you play the music or as you sketch or as you are on the model playing with clay, the answers start to form and develop themselves. I find this process to be very parallel, sometimes you never know where you will end up. This is the wonderful thing about anything creative. BMWBLOG: What previous BMWs stand out as great designs?

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Calvin Luk: I love the E36 since the family has one also. In my opinion, this is a very important car for the company. You clearly see a distinct departure from the E30 into the new generation with the headlamps behind the covered glass, it went away from this sort of horizontal block front fascia. Also, the E85 Z4 was a very bold move for us and it’s the car I currently own. I think this really express a lot of modernity with a completely new execution. BMWBLOG: Design is changing, along with a new type of customer. How will this impact the future of BMW design? Calvin Luk: A lot of things play a role in the future, not just for BMW design but for car design generally. There are now connectivity and mobility teams, electric mobility with i brand, and how we can adapt to the infrastructure. In terms of design, the design is always ongoing, developing and we always have to push the boundaries. BMWBLOG: What’s the typical day in the life of a designer? Calvin Luk: Every day is sort of a surprise for us. As with any creative process, you’re in for some surprises and how do you deal with them? This is part of our job, and how do you adapt in a creative way. It’s not always a sketching process, even though very often the sketches and clay modelling is what it’s being shown to the outside world. The interaction between the entire team is very important, everybody has a single vision on how to develop the car for better. On times, with deadlines, it can be somewhat stressful, but it adds excitement to the job. BMWBLOG: Money no object, what BMW car would you love to own today? Calvin Luk: Simple answer: BMW i8. BMWBLOG: On a funnier note, so how do you adapt from the U.S. life to the German one? Calvin Luk: The language is clearly one big change, but to me it plays a more important role than just learning it. It’s the change on how you behave on a daily basis. In Germany, due to some of the Bavarian state rules, pre-determined urban hours – not working on Sunday – it changes the way you behave on a daily or weekly basis. Compared to the U.S., where everything is 24/7, perhaps in this way the U.S. has a more spontaneous approach to your daily business. In Germany, there is a little bit more structure, it’s not that one is better than the other, just different. The article BMWBLOG Interview with Calvin Luk, BMW 1 Series Facelift Designer appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 Geneva Motor Show: Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept

One of the biggest premieres at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is the new Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. With a strong finish in British Racing Green and an elegant and dynamic design language, the Bentley sports coupe shows how the design of the brand ...

One of the biggest premieres at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is the new Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. With a strong finish in British Racing Green and an elegant and dynamic design language, the Bentley sports coupe shows how the design of the brand can be transferred to a less expensive concept. The two-seater carries over the Bentley styling trademarks, like the aggressive fenders in the rear, the egg-crate grille and swooping roofline. The powerful scooped hood, the air breathers behind the front wheels and the slim taillights make the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept one of the best looking car on the show’s floors.

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Inside, the car stands out with a beautiful leather-wrapped steering wheel, large pedals dressed up in chrome and a digital gauge cluster. The car’s functions can now be controlled by a touch user interface in the center console.

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The British automaker has yet to reveal the production plans and engine configuration. Check out the photos from Geneva:

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The Best Grand Tourings at 2015 Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Auto Show brought a number of interesting Grand Touring concepts to light, and while we wait the eventual reveal of a rumored BMW Z5, it may be worth a little time to look at what BMW’s competitors are bringing to the forefront.  Be...

The Geneva Auto Show brought a number of interesting Grand Touring concepts to light, and while we wait the eventual reveal of a rumored BMW Z5, it may be worth a little time to look at what BMW’s competitors are bringing to the forefront.  Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Borrowing a name from its racing history, Bentley unveiled the EXP 10 Speed 6, a lovely two-place GT coupe. Swoopy styling featuring minimal overhangs, and possibly some hints of other cars (BMW 6 series?). It is a stunner. And the interior is even more so. The cabin appointments take luxury to a new level in a GT car.

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Bentley has not hinted at what drivetrain will power the car. There is speculation that it will be an eight cylinder but the Speed 6 name may hint at a six. Bentleys were known for there wonderful straight sixes eons ago, but the closest thing in the VW corporate drivetrain grab bag is the VR6. The new Jaguar two place coupe and existing Aston Martins seem to be the competitors for the Speed 6. Hazarding a guess, pricing should be between the Jag and Aston Martins. The Speed 6 looks ready for production – the question is how much and when.  Aston Martin DBX

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Speaking of Aston Martin, they showed off their DBX concept at Geneva. It is a bit of a puzzle. The styling (high ground clearance, long hood) says internal combustion engine SUV, the coupe body style suggests Grand Touring and then you discover that its all-electric with the electric motors concentric with the wheel hubs. At this point the inclination would be to design a very efficient one-box vehicle, but that would be hard to do and maintain any Aston Martin attributes. So what you get is a Grand Touring all-terrain with seating for four and two rather spacious cargo holds fore and aft of the passenger cabin. This doesn’t appear to be ready for production, but it is an interesting concept.  Morgan Aero 8

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Ah Morgan! The car company that uses old school manufacturing techniques (read, archaic) to produce mere handfuls of brilliant little sports cars. Quirky? You bet! Who do you turn to when you just have to have a car with sliding pillar front suspension? Morgan, of course. When the rest of the world uses pressed metal monocoque bodies, Morgan still drapes a wooden frame with formed metal panels. This is the way it used to be – no one in their right mind builds cars this way since the advent of the Budd Company and their pressed metal bodies. Morgan included a video teaser in its press release for the new Aero 8. It shows the craftsmanship of its coach work. This is the way it was done – with wood frames and non-structural metal skin (as much to preserve the frame and hold paint as anything else). In the old days Henry Ford’s factories created so much wood scrap that they were pressed into briquettes and turned into charcoal – the origins of Kingsford.     But this neat Morgan utilizes a naturally aspirated BMW V8 – now built solely for Morgan. The US doesn’t get the four wheeled Morgans, but hopefully, before long, this range of delightfully quirky automobiles will be available to us. Grab a cup of coffee (or should that be tea) and watch the following video from Car & Driver to get a closer look at Morgan.   The article The Best Grand Tourings at 2015 Geneva Motor Show appeared first on BMW BLOG

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See how the BMW i8 is being built

The latest episode of “How it’s made dream cars” features the BMW i8. Over the next 22 minutes, you will learn about what it takes to build BMW’s most advanced car to date, and the most futuristic one. The innovative vehicle a...

The latest episode of “How it’s made dream cars” features the BMW i8. Over the next 22 minutes, you will learn about what it takes to build BMW’s most advanced car to date, and the most futuristic one. The innovative vehicle architecture of the BMW i8 comprises two elements: the Life module, the passenger cell made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), and the aluminum Drive module, which incorporates the entire drivetrain and chassis technology. The LifeDrive concept and use of CFRP allows production times to be cut by half compared to those required for an equivalent car built along conventional lines. The process is less investment intensive as the high costs required for a conventional press shop and paint shop are no longer an issue and the Life and Drive modules can be manufactured alongside one another.

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MW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Let’s have a look. The article See how the BMW i8 is being built appeared first on BMW BLOG

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M4 GTS to get water injection system, laser lights, OLED, and debut at Pebble Beach?

Latest reports and rumors that the M4 GTS will get water injection system, laser lights, OLED lights and debut in August at Pebble Beach. ...

Latest reports and rumors that the M4 GTS will get water injection system, laser lights, OLED lights and debut in August at Pebble Beach.

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From production car to race car: A look at the design of the ‪BMW‬ M6 ‪GT3‬

Head of Design BMW M Krzysztof Szews talking about the design of the BMW M6 GT3. The development of the BMW M6 GT3 is progressing according to plan, ahead of its 2016 launch. It is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo production engine, which ...

Head of Design BMW M Krzysztof Szews talking about the design of the BMW M6 GT3. The development of the BMW M6 GT3 is progressing according to plan, ahead of its 2016 launch. It is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo production engine, which has been the subject of modifications for its use on the racetrack. It has dry sump lubrication and generates over 500 hp, with a total car weight of less than 1,300 kilograms. Further features of the BMW M6 GT3 include the transaxle drive concept, a six-speed sequential racing transmission, and powerful motorsport electronics. The chassis’ aerodynamic properties were optimized in the BMW wind tunnel.

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The BMW M6 Coupé provides an ideal basis, on which the BMW Motorsport engineers have worked meticulously to hone the BMW M6 GT3 for use in motor racing. Priority was given to ensuring the drivers are as safe as physically possible. To offer the drivers of the BMW M6 GT3 as much protection as possible against injury, BMW Motorsport itself developed and produced the FIA-approved safety cell, which complies with the very latest safety standards. The engineers also placed great emphasis on efficiency, ease of maintenance and reliability, which is particularly crucial at the 24-hour classics. The article From production car to race car: A look at the design of the ‪BMW‬ M6 ‪GT3‬ appeared first on BMW BLOG

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How It’s Made Dream Cars – BMW i8

Great documentary on how the BMW i8 is made. ...

Great documentary on how the BMW i8 is made.

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Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

The owner of this Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 went to European Auto Source to not improve the car’s looks but also its performance. For an instant gain of 50-60 hp and 50-60 ft-lbs tq at the wheels, the tuning shop installed the ESS E-Tronic Tune...

The owner of this Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 went to European Auto Source to not improve the car’s looks but also its performance. For an instant gain of 50-60 hp and 50-60 ft-lbs tq at the wheels, the tuning shop installed the ESS E-Tronic Tuner under the hood. The E-tronic is a sophisticated multi-channel controller that has RPM and MAF integration. This allows for full control of boost at all RPM ranges and proper AFR calibrations without the need to splice into any factory wiring. Compared to the stock power levels, the BMW M3 with this tuning setup applied should be developing around 475 horsepower and around 450lb-ft of torque. Not a bad upgrade!

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Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

After the performance tuning was added, it was time to add some aero parts to the M3. The tuning shop installed a set of BMW M Performance parts, starting with the M Performance front splitter and rear trunk spoiler. The BMW gloss black kidney grille surrounds are another nice touch, while the iND painted front reflectors and gloss black kidney grilles work perfectly in complementing the look of the M3 design. The addition of the RKP rear spoiler made of carbon fiber, matched with Macht Schnell wheel spacers, puts the final touches on this project.

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Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

Black Sapphire BMW F80 M3 Gets More Power At European Auto Source

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BMW 1 Series production hits the two-million mark

28 March 2015 sees the curtain raised on the market launch of the new BMW 1 Series. Fans of compact driving pleasure can look forward to an even more striking design, a further refined premium ambience for the interior, engines that are extremely po...

28 March 2015 sees the curtain raised on the market launch of the new BMW 1 Series. Fans of compact driving pleasure can look forward to an even more striking design, a further refined premium ambience for the interior, engines that are extremely powerful and even more efficient, and innovative equipment features. Ahead of the launch, news filtered through from BMW Plant Regensburg of another reason to smile as the two-millionth BMW 1 Series rolled off the production line. The landmark car was built just a few days after the start of production for the new version of the compact model and is one of the first examples of the new BMW 1 Series range earmarked for export to Asia. The BMW 120i 5-door, painted in Estoril Blue metallic and equipped with an M Sport package, will be delivered to a customer in Japan. This production landmark at BMW Plant Regensburg represents another milestone in the international success story of the BMW 1 Series. In late summer 2014 the company celebrated the model series’ tenth birthday. And now the leap beyond the two-million-unit mark provides further evidence of how the attraction of BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure has spread to the compact segment as well. At its premiere in 2004 the BMW 1 Series became the brand’s first model to reconcile sporty and elegant design, dynamic driving properties and premium quality with the functional attributes of a compact 5-door model. Boasting superior powertrain and chassis technology and the rear-wheel-drive configuration that remains a unique selling point in the compact segment, the BMW 1 Series has since set the benchmark for sporting ability in its class. At the same time, it regularly serves as a trailblazer for the latest BMW EfficientDynamics technology, which ensures the new BMW 1 Series, too, offers an impressive balance between driving pleasure and fuel consumption. The new edition of the BMW 1 Series will be offered in both 5-door and 3-door body variants. The BMW 1 Series 3-door is built exclusively at BMW Plant Regensburg, the BMW 1 Series 5-door additionally at BMW Plant Leipzig. Both models can be ordered with a selection of powerful and highly efficient petrol and diesel engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, including units with three and four cylinders from the BMW Group’s latest generation of engines and a six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology. The new BMW 1 Series (fuel consumption combined: 8.0 – 3.4 l/100 km [35.3 – 83.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 188 – 89 g/km) therefore covers an output spectrum ranging from 80 kW/109 hp to 240 kW/326 hp. The BMW M135i M Performance Automobile is a ticket to outstanding dynamics, while the 85 kW/116 hp BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition leads the way in the efficiency stakes with average fuel consumption of 3.8 – 3.4 l/100 km (74.3 – 83.1 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 101 – 89 g/km in the EU test cycle. The BMW M135i, BMW 118d and BMW 120d can all be specified as an option with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. Other highlights of the equipment listings for the new BMW 1 Series include the standard-fitted iDrive operating system, full-LED headlights (available as an option for the BMW 1 Series for the first time) and the latest additions to the BMW ConnectedDrive line-up. As well as the radar-based Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function and the new-generation Parking Assistant, features such as the camera-based Driving Assistant are also available. The progressive character of the new BMW 1 Series range is likewise underlined by the standard provision of the Intelligent Emergency Call function and BMW TeleServices. The optional Navigation system Professional also offers automatic map updating (using the embedded SIM card and mobile phone network), which is free of charge to customers for the first three years following registration of the car. Also benefiting from further expansion is the array of internet-based information, communication and entertainment services, which the driver can integrate into the car with the help of apps either via the integrated SIM card or using a smartphone.

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