2016 Honda Pilot Spied

New crossover debuts at Chicago auto show. ...

New crossover debuts at Chicago auto show.

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Production Honda Civic Type R Debuts at Geneva Auto Show

Highly anticipated performance hatch finally greets the world. ...

Highly anticipated performance hatch finally greets the world.

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Mini Cooper Clubman Spied with Less Camouflage

More station wagon, less hatch. ...

More station wagon, less hatch.

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McLaren 675LT Confirmed for Geneva Debut

“Longtail” will pack 666 hp. ...

“Longtail” will pack 666 hp.

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2014 Was a Year of Auto Industry Records and Recalls

Buyers looked past the mistakes, even the ones with tragic consequences. ...

Buyers looked past the mistakes, even the ones with tragic consequences.

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Here is the new 2016 BMW X1

The new 2016 BMW X1 was just spotted undisguised in China. The low res photos give us a full look at the design of the second generation X1. The F48 X1 continues the design theme brought to market by the recent BMW models. The oversized kidney grille...

The new 2016 BMW X1 was just spotted undisguised in China. The low res photos give us a full look at the design of the second generation X1. The F48 X1 continues the design theme brought to market by the recent BMW models. The oversized kidney grille is surrounded by new, elongated and more attractive headlights with the usual eyebrow. The large air intakes dominate the front bumper which also includes chrome inserts for an increased sporty look. In the back, the 2016 BMW X1 sports the typical BMW L-shaped taillights, now with LED strips.

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Compared to the current E84 X1, the next X1 abandons its long flat hood for a more rounded nose, similar to the 2 Series Active Tourer. The hood is also more sculpted while the front fascia gets more aggressive in looks. On the side, this prototype displays the “xDrive25Li” lettering, indicating a long-wheelbase model built for the Chinese market. The new F48 X1 will make use of BMW’s first front-wheel drive platform which can be configured to offer an all-wheel drive option as well. To gain space and also to feature more attractive and well proportioned design lines, the BMW X1 will take advantage of the FWD setup which offers more interior space. The 2016 BMW X1 will go on sale later this year.  

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BMW 3 Series was America’s top-selling premium brand vehicle in 2014

For the fifth consecutive year, the BMW 3 Series was America’s top-selling premium brand vehicle. Second places goes to Lexus RX, followed by Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The 3 Series and 4 Series families were combined together when BMW USA released the...

For the fifth consecutive year, the BMW 3 Series was America’s top-selling premium brand vehicle. Second places goes to Lexus RX, followed by Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The 3 Series and 4 Series families were combined together when BMW USA released the official figures. The total 3 Series/4 Series sales in 2014 reached the highest level since 2007 and accounted for 42% of all BMW cars sold in 2014, up from 39% in 2013. On Cars.com, the F30 3 Series Sedan accounts for 65% of all 3 Series and 4 Series inventory listed, while the sedan along with the coupe, convertible and sports wagon models account for 88% of all 3 Series and 4 Series inventory.

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The 3 Series hasn’t been outsold in premium category since 2009 and in 2014, it was America’s 16th best selling car. The 3 Series/4 Series ranked 32nd in the overall standings, just behind the Toyota Highlander and Kia Soul and just ahead of the Chevrolet Impala and Nissan Versa. [Source: TTAC] The article BMW 3 Series was America’s top-selling premium brand vehicle in 2014 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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F48 X1 gets exposed in China

Increasingly, China has become a source of undisguised new BMW models. The last F48 X1 exposure revealed the front end and headlights, but now we have the full monty. These new photos reveal nearly the entire car. The F48 X1 rides on BMW’s UKL...

Increasingly, China has become a source of undisguised new BMW models. The last F48 X1 exposure revealed the front end and headlights, but now we have the full monty. These new photos reveal nearly the entire car. The F48 X1 rides on BMW’s UKL platform and will come in both FWD and AWD models while engine offerings will range from 3 to 4 cylinders. Our 2016 model map shows that the US will receive both a sDrive25i and xDrive25i. Production of the sDrive25i begins in November 2015 and xDrive25i in July.

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BMW is changing – We have to learn to live with it

There are several burning topics at the moment in the BMW community and after a while the noise becomes too loud to ignore it. For instance, the fake sound issue is currently getting a lot of attention, even though it’s not a new topic. Then we...

There are several burning topics at the moment in the BMW community and after a while the noise becomes too loud to ignore it. For instance, the fake sound issue is currently getting a lot of attention, even though it’s not a new topic. Then we have the whole front-wheel drive saga and the rebellion against it. On our social media channels, the photos of front-wheel drive BMWs are getting hammered on a daily basis. Now the topic of an M5 xDrive is also being beaten to death with more people against it than favoring the all-wheel drive sports car. So what do all these things tell us? People don’t like change. Same happened with the introduction of the 1 Series a few years back. Then we had the launch of DCT (Double Clutch Transmission) for the M models. Or some of you might be old enough to remember the time when BMW launched their first SUV. The X5 kept the news headlines for years and the voices died down only after the car was unveiled.

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BMW is changing. There’s no denying it and certainly there is no way around it. BMW has to change because not only the market demands are changing, but the customer is too. Now you have the Y Generation that expects different things from their cars, they care more about connected cars than they car if they drive a manual or automatic. And let’s not forget the government regulations that impose extremely strict rules on automakers. Changes are tough to be accepted. Changes are difficult to be communicated and visions are hardly understood by anyone, other than the ones defining them. Customers take things for granted, we expect things to just simply work and stay the same.

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Some of these technologies are simply preparing us for the future. Even though the whole artificial engine sounds may be overblown, it certainly gives us a perspective of what’s to come. And I’m not talking about someone hacking it and making their BMW sound like an Imperial TIE Fighter. Which would be utterly cool and awesome! The Active Sound also previews future hybrid and electric models that make use of the “fake sound” more than other BMWs. Some for the safety of pedestrians. In the future, eDrive will power many new BMWs and will account for a large percentage of the yearly sales. The conservatives and died hard fans will once again raise their voice and express their strong opinions, while the liberals will embrace the change and make the best of it. But, the main issue is, will BMW change for the good? Or will BMW remove all links pointing to their DNA? Tough to say. But we know this; any time BMW has been forced to make a giant leap, make a certain change or simply improve upon something already considered perfect – they excelled at it.

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When BMW first introduced fuel injection, many argued against it. In the end, the new technology delivered more fuel efficient cars than we’ve ever had before. When BMW introduced the DCT for their BMW M3, there was a lot of debate on the death of the manuals and on the end of BMW performance cars we know them. But with only a 7% manual rate in the U.S., the numbers show that customers have not only embraced the change, they also paid more for it to take advantage of better technology. The 1 Series was often referred to as the hairdresser car, but the 135i Coupe has created a cult all over the world and has become a huge seller for the company. People embraced its quirky looks and focused mostly on the performance coming from under the hood. It even led BMW to building one of their best cars ever: the 1M. The X5 is now in its third-generation and customers see it as the cornerstone of BMW. It also led to new BMW SUVs that sell just as much as midsize sedans.

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Technology advancements are happening every day. It’s that consistency in making great automobiles that makes BMW the company it is today. Regardless if we talk about hybrids, M cars, electric cars or the introduction of a self-driving automobile somewhere down the line, BMW has a vehicle for everyone and in most cases, they will deliver the best car possible for that segment and for that customer. For the most part, BMW did well with change … and I’m sure they will keep doing just that in the future as well. The article BMW is changing – We have to learn to live with it appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2014 Mazda 3 S Touring – Four Seasons Wrap-Up

The worst-kept secret around. ...

The worst-kept secret around.

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