2014 LA Auto Show: MINI Superleggera Concept makes U.S. debut

One of the stars of the show in LA this year is the MINI Superleggera Concept. It has been years since MINI has delivered an exciting concept that appeals far beyond its loyal community and MINI’s Chief Designer Anders Warming shows us what the...

One of the stars of the show in LA this year is the MINI Superleggera Concept. It has been years since MINI has delivered an exciting concept that appeals far beyond its loyal community and MINI’s Chief Designer Anders Warming shows us what the company has in store for the future. Described as blending contemporary Britishness with traditional Italian design flair, the MINI Superleggera Vision is heavily rumored to point to a new open-top MINI model that aims to be more successful than the current MINI Roadster. The new roadster is also rumored to hint at future MINI design and even uses an electric drivetrain that insiders suggest is a development of that used by the BMW i3.

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How To Build the MINI Superleggera Concept The new MINI concept was conceived, created and produced in a project between its Munich-based design department and Touring Superleggera’s coach building works in Milan. The former led the styling of the low slung two seater, while the latter undertook its traditional hand shaped metal sheet construction.

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Many classic MINI design cues have been carried over, including a hexagonal shaped grille, oval shaped headlamps, bonnet stripes and multi-spoke wheels. They are combined with a series of traditional styling touches found on a long history of Touring Superleggera models.

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The Superleggera Vision boasts classic roadster proportions with a long probing nose, cabin set well back within the wheelbase and a rear end with minimal overhang. MINI has yet to say if the car was approved for production, but using common sense, if indeed gets approved, a market launch will be at least three years away. Here is a photo gallery from the show courtesy of John Hietter.

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Five eBay Finds That Will Make This Winter More Fun

In some countries around the world, the winter is quickly approaching and us, BMW fans, are getting into the preparation mode for the upcoming weather. For some it means buying new tires, wrapping up the car or adding a self-starter, but what if you&...

In some countries around the world, the winter is quickly approaching and us, BMW fans, are getting into the preparation mode for the upcoming weather. For some it means buying new tires, wrapping up the car or adding a self-starter, but what if you’re simply looking for a winter beater? What car can you buy, have fun with it on the snow and icy roads, and still spend less than a five-day skiing vacation in Switzerland? So we started with a base price of $6,000 or less for the vehicle. It should run well and shouldn’t have any pressing and/or large repairs required. The car should have some decent tires, but spending $300-400 on some valid winter rubber is still a good idea. The rest is up to you, as the potential new owner. We’ve came across several interesting offerings on eBay and this will probably give you an idea of the cars offered in the desired price range. While some cars do need a bit of work, they are all viable candidates for a BMW that will bring lots of fun to its new owners. 1991 BMW 325i Base Convertible 2-Door 2.5L E30 – $5,000.00 Yes, it’s a convertible but as we learn from the MINI cars, riding with the top down and heat cranked up can be quite fun. The car comes fairly maintained and it also has a BMW cassette player, meaning your Wham! collection can be played without that pesky CDs getting in the way. Yeah, thinking “Last Christmas.” On repeat.

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2000 BMW X5 4.4i Sport Utility 4-Door 4.4L – $3,000.00 Nothing says classy, sophistication and all-wheel drive like a used BMW X5. Without a doubt that lots more fun can be had in the snow with a rear-wheel drive BMW, but the 4×4 in this vehicle will make for some fun all-wheel drive drifting as well. Combine that with a 4.4L V8 engine and you have a real car on your hands. The car looks pretty clean, has no visible damages and the price is well in the range we are looking at.

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1989 BMW 535i – without a heater – $1,750.00 Alright, it may be a bit stupid to buy a heaterless vehicle for winter fun, but the price could make up for it. Dress well, drink some hot tea and you’re good to go. The rear-wheel drive BMW comes without any electronic safety aids and thus it will be tail happy in snow. Just what you need!

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1976 BMW 2002 – $2,002.00 What favorite list of cars would skip the BMW 2002? One of the classiest BMWs ever built, the 2002 has all the ingredients for a fun car to buy: rear-wheel drive, light construction and not too many driving assistance equipment. And yes, you can pick up those hot chicks in your ’80s style sweater. There is some work to be done with this, but a few belts, a battery and you should be ready to go!

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2003 BMW 330Ci – $4,999.00 Probably the most interesting car on this list. It’s a 2003 BMW 330Ci that comes with a clean history, runs and provides that modern feel of a premium car. It comes with the safety features ensuring you won’t end up in the first pine tree or a snowbank you run into. To some, the BMW E46 3 Series may be the epitome of rear-wheel drive fun, design and overall engineering. And we kinda agree with that.

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BMW i and M working together in the future? – Rumor

The dust hasn’t settled yet over the success of the BMW i8 and we are already beginning to put together the puzzle pieces that could be BMW’s new supercar. Whether a true petrol powered behemoth, taking notes from the lineage of the long ...

The dust hasn’t settled yet over the success of the BMW i8 and we are already beginning to put together the puzzle pieces that could be BMW’s new supercar. Whether a true petrol powered behemoth, taking notes from the lineage of the long lasting BMW M1 and its core values, or a hybrid supercar alongside the lines of current trends in the industry, the result remains to be seen. However, Carsten Pries, product boss of BMW’s M performance division, hinted to AutoCar that a future supercar might be something the company is interested in.

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In a discussion over the future of the BMW i and BMW M, further joint work and new models from the two sub-brand, Priest didn’t go into full details but showed us once again how important the i sub-brand is for the entire company. “We have to let the i brand settle down first,” said Priest. “It is still very new to the market and the customer needs to be given some time to understand its proposition. Then, maybe, we can look at doing something.” An idea of an M hybrid car is closer to reality than years ago. Last month, the former BMW M boss Dr. Friedrich Nitschke says if BMW will design an M supercar in the future, “then it would be something special, not just another supercar.” He also ruled out an i8 M sportscar but left the door open for a hybrid-powered M. He says that “for engineers a combination of combustion and electric motor is an attractive option.”

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Without a doubt, BMW still lacks a proper all-wheel drive sports car that is ready to counter what its competition already have in their product range. But BMW M has also hinted in the past that building an R8 or AMG-GT competitor is looking back in time rather than building the future of supercars. Our sources indicate that the next 2-3 years are very exciting for the company and that some interesting car will come out of Munich. Will those include a supercar or a BMW i9? Remains to be seen.

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BMW CEO Reithofer taking a board role at Siemens?

German outlet Manager Magazin surprised his readers and the automotive industry with their latest reporting on BMW’s CEO Dr. Norbert Reithofer. According to the magazine, Reithofer is set for election to the Supervisory Board of Siemens on Janu...

German outlet Manager Magazin surprised his readers and the automotive industry with their latest reporting on BMW’s CEO Dr. Norbert Reithofer. According to the magazine, Reithofer is set for election to the Supervisory Board of Siemens on January 27, 2017. On that date the Siemens Annual General Meeting will take place in Munich. BMW has yet to officially comment on the speculation.

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Next post Will BMW get a new CEO in 2016? Norbert Reithofer has been with BMW since 1987. He has been a member of the Board of Management since 16 March 2000, and Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG since 1 September 2006. Under his leadership, the BMW Group became the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium automobiles. 2016 marks the end of Dr.-Ing Norbert Reithofer’s tenure as CEO. Unless the BMW Supervisory Board extends the retirement age beyond 60 years, Dr. Reithofer will need to be replaced. There were rumors in the last few months that an extension of his contracts is certainly a possibility. [Source: Bimmertoday] The article BMW CEO Reithofer taking a board role at Siemens? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW i3 Wins Green Car of the Year Award by Green Car Journal

With the Green Car of the Year Award 2015, the BMW i3 has added a further trophy to an impressive raft of honours in its first year on the market. It was chosen for this award, presented by Green Car Journal at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014, as the...

With the Green Car of the Year Award 2015, the BMW i3 has added a further trophy to an impressive raft of honours in its first year on the market. It was chosen for this award, presented by Green Car Journal at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014, as the first dedicated all-electric vehicle in the premium segment. This latest honour, which adds to a long tally of awards the BMW i3 has picked up over the past months, is a further endorsement of this model’s unique sustainable mobility concept. More than 12,000 BMW i3s have already been sold since November 2013. The presence of more and more of these vehicles on the roads of cities all over the world is clear proof that it is now possible to successfully mate zero tailpipe emissions with premium-class driving pleasure, and that this groundbreaking combination is here to stay. One year after its launch, the BMW i3 is already the third best-selling all-electric automobile on the market. Early adopters of the BMW i3 in Germany praise its sporty performance in particular. This is based on a 125 kW/170 hp electric motor, which offers highly responsive acceleration, and advanced chassis engineering. These drivers mainly use their BMW i3 for everyday urban driving and for commuting to work. For the most part they charge the lithium-ion battery overnight, at home. These first customers’ main reasons for buying the first electric vehicle from the BMW Group are its integrated sustainable mobility concept and BMW’s acknowledged technological expertise. Stand-out features of the BMW i3 in the eyes of its first German customers are its carbon-fibre (CFRP) passenger cell, renewable interior materials, mature powertrain engineering, state-of-the-art connectivity, and styling which these customers perceive as “futuristic”. Demand for this electric vehicle, which can optionally be supplied with a range extender, is outstripping expectations. Both in number and diversity, the string of awards the BMW i3 has picked up – starting before the market launch and continuing on an upward trend ever since – is quite exceptional. In Germany, no sooner had pre-launch sales begun than the BMW i3 won the Green Steering Wheel 2013 award – one of the categories in the Golden Steering Wheel competition hosted by Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag – and was voted best car in its class in auto, motor und sport’s Best Cars 2014 awards. It also won two readers’ awards from Auto Zeitung magazine, plus the Auto Trophy 2013 and the Green Mobility Trophy 2014. On the international stage, too, the successful market launch of the BMW i3 was accompanied by very positive ratings in opinion polls and independent expert reviews. Highlights to date include the UK Car of the Year Award, the Next Green Car Award, the Green Car of the Year Award, the Fleet Hero Award and a class win in the Sunday Times Top 100 Cars list (all of these in the UK), the Special Jury Award in the Swiss Car of the Year Award and a win in the French Trophées de l’Argus awards. In April 2014, a jury of motoring journalists from across the world named the BMW i3 World Green Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year. The BMW i3’s groundbreaking and individualistic exterior and interior design also earned it many other accolades, including the German Design Award, the iF gold product design award and the Automotive Interiors Expo Award, while the French edition of GQ magazine named BMW i Head of Design Benoit Jacob “Designer of the Year”. In further tributes, Auto Bild voted the BMW i3 Design Innovation of the Year, and readers of Auto Bild Klassik named it Classic of the Future. The latest honour, the Green Car of the Year Award 2015, presented at the LA Auto Show, is a further tribute to the BMW i3’s all-round sustainable mobility concept. The evaluation by Green Car Journal was based on the BMW i3’s zero emissions at the point of use, its innovative lightweight design and the high percentage of sustainably produced materials used in its manufacture. Green Car Journal specialises in reporting on sustainable, efficiency-enhancing technologies and pioneering trends in the automotive industry and has been hosting the Green Car of the Year Award annually at the LA Auto Show since 2005. This year’s show is open to the public from 21 to 30 November.

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BMW Pondering M Supercar Using i8 Technology?

BMW M product head, Carsten Pries, talks about a potential M supercar using i8 technology. ...

BMW M product head, Carsten Pries, talks about a potential M supercar using i8 technology.

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BMW M235i Racing Cup: Highlights From First Season

Watch the highlights of the first season in the BMW M235i Racing Cup. Action-packed racing on one of the most demanding race tracks on the planet: the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Enjoy! ...

Watch the highlights of the first season in the BMW M235i Racing Cup. Action-packed racing on one of the most demanding race tracks on the planet: the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Enjoy!

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Rumor: BMWi Developing Hydrogen Powered BMW i5

We’ve reported on the idea of the i5 in the past. And we’ve reported that BMW’s scrapped hydrogen research is set to come back… The post Rumor: BMWi Developing Hydrogen Powered… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...

We’ve reported on the idea of the i5 in the past. And we’ve reported that BMW’s scrapped hydrogen research is set to come back… The post Rumor: BMWi Developing Hydrogen Powered… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW ConnectedDrive Brings Spotify into the Car

Music for everyone – everywhereWoodcliff Lake, N.J. – November 18, 2014… BMW announced today that Spotify – the world’s leading music streaming service – can now be brought into the car, delivering the perfect music for every journey....

Music for everyone – everywhereWoodcliff Lake, N.J. – November 18, 2014… BMW announced today that Spotify – the world’s leading music streaming service – can now be brought into the car, delivering the perfect music for every journey. Spotify already brings you the right music for every moment on your computer, your mobile, your tablet and your home entertainment system. Download the entire newsletter.

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New Photo Gallery: BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M

On the second day of the 2014 LA Auto Show, we went back to the BMW exhibit to snap more photos of the new twin brothers: the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. Still considered a niche product in the high-performance SUV market, the two M-brothers aim to set th...

On the second day of the 2014 LA Auto Show, we went back to the BMW exhibit to snap more photos of the new twin brothers: the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. Still considered a niche product in the high-performance SUV market, the two M-brothers aim to set the bar higher for BMW in terms of sales and showcase that a heavyweight M car can still be fun on the road and on the track. BMW says that over 10,000 kilometers were clocked around the Nurburgring with the two cars delivering performance equal or better with the E92 M3.

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The two all-wheel drive Ms benefit from an updated V8 TwinTurbo engine delivering more horsepower and torque, as well as from a tuned up chassis, better and bigger brakes, and Michelin tires to match the performance of the car.

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Here is the photo gallery:

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