BMW 225d Coupe with B47 diesel engine coming in July

The 2 Series lineup gets a small engine refresh this summer in Europe. Under the hood of the BMW 225d Coupe, the engineers have now fitted the new B47 four-cylinder turborcharged diesel engine which delivers 224 horsepower. The new engine follows in ...

The 2 Series lineup gets a small engine refresh this summer in Europe. Under the hood of the BMW 225d Coupe, the engineers have now fitted the new B47 four-cylinder turborcharged diesel engine which delivers 224 horsepower. The new engine follows in the footsteps of the 218-hp twin-turbo N47; the maximum torque of 450 Newton meters is also in an even wider range of the speed bands (1500-3000 instead of 1500-2500 rpm). For the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h, the marginally stronger B47 Biturbo brings no advantages, so the 2015 225d Coupe should run the same distance in 6.3 seconds. The situation is different in fuel consumption, the updated 225d Coupe has an average rating of 4.5 liters per 100 km, and CO2 emissions below 120 grams per kilometer. The top 2 Series diesel is connected in series with the ZF eight-speed automatic 8HP.

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A detuned B47 unit is also used in the 218d Coupe, replacing the 143-hp N47. The engine now outputs 150 horsepower, has the same torque but wider rpm range and better fuel consumption. Last year, the BMW 220d Coupe was also switched to the 190 hp B47. [Source: Bimmertoday] The article BMW 225d Coupe with B47 diesel engine coming in July appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Beautiful M4 Build with HRE Wheels, M Performance Parts, and more

Stunning BMW M4 featuring full M Performance Parts, Full Akrapovic Turbo Back, JB4, HRE FF01 wheels, H&R springs, and BMC filters. ...

Stunning BMW M4 featuring full M Performance Parts, Full Akrapovic Turbo Back, JB4, HRE FF01 wheels, H&R springs, and BMC filters.

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New BMW port facility in Galveston Texas breaks ground

The BMW Group broke ground today at the future site of a new Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Galveston. BMW is expanding its vehicle distribution network to southeastern Texas to better serve the 45 BMW and MINI dealers within four states...

The BMW Group broke ground today at the future site of a new Vehicle Distribution Center at the Port of Galveston. BMW is expanding its vehicle distribution network to southeastern Texas to better serve the 45 BMW and MINI dealers within four states (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas) that make up a part of the Southern Region. Craig Westbrook, Vice President – Aftersales, BMW of North America, Jim Goldsmith, Vehicle Processing and Distribution Department Head, BMW of North America, John Felitto, President of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Vehicle Services Americas and Benjamin Holland, Chairperson, Port of Galveston were on hand to help break ground for the new facility. “Rapid delivery to our customers and dealers is a key element to exceptional customer service,” said Craig Westbrook, Aftersales VP of BMW North America. “Once fully operational, the new Port of Galveston Vehicle Distribution Center will enable us to receive, prepare and deliver vehicles to the Southern Region even more quickly than before.” The facility will be owned and operated by WWL Vehicle Services Americas under BMW Group on-site management. WWL Vehicle Service Americas is a leading global provider of auto processing and outbound vehicle logistics services. “WWL Vehicle Services Americas is proud to build a state-of-the-art vehicle distribution center to provide the highest quality processing and support the BMW Group’s distribution in the Gulf region,” said John Felitto, President & CEO of WWL Vehicle Services Americas. “This project helps the Port achieve its mission of being the economic engine for the City of Galveston and the local region. With this new vehicle processing center we are confident that the activity level of the port will continue to increase, including the creation of new livable wage jobs. We are pleased that our successful efforts to maintain existing world-class tenants and to attract additional ones continues,” said Michael J. Mierzwa, Port Director, Port of Galveston. Once the Galveston Vehicle Distribution Center is fully operational in 2016, the BMW Group plans to import and process approximately 32,500 vehicles annually with a workforce of 40 BMW Group and WWL Vehicle Services Americas employees. The facility will include over 44,000 square feet of processing space in two buildings on approximately 20 acres of land. Vehicle inspection, repairs (mechanical and Paint and Body), accessory installation, vehicle programming and vehicle maintenance and storage will be performed there. The facility will be ready to receive its first shipment of cars for processing in early 2016.

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Compilation of pre-production BMW 740iL (G12) drive reviews

Compilation of first drive reviews of the pre-production new BMW 740iL (G12). ...

Compilation of first drive reviews of the pre-production new BMW 740iL (G12).

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BMW cutting production and prices in China, 1 Series Sedan planned

At the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, BMW has announced a price reduction for the Chinese car market, along with production cuts, a sign that luxury demand in the world’s largest auto market is softening. In a letter sent by Chinese dealerships to B...

At the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, BMW has announced a price reduction for the Chinese car market, along with production cuts, a sign that luxury demand in the world’s largest auto market is softening. In a letter sent by Chinese dealerships to BMW earlier last week, dealers pressed BMW to set more realistic sales targets, lower wholesale prices and extend grace periods for payment. Initially, BMW set a target sales goal of 500,000 in China this year, a 10 percent increase over 2014. BMW has scaled back manufacturing in the country to lower supply for its distributors and will also cut output in the second quarter, according to Karsten Engel, BMW’s China chief. “We’re adapting to the situation to make sure dealers are not overstocked,” Engel said. “It’s a little bit of a trend downwards,” he said. “This is the new normal and we have to accept this and we have to adapt to this.”

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Ford and VW Group have also cut prices by much as 10 percent in recent weeks. Demand for luxury products has also been hit as an austerity and anti-corruption drive under Chinese President Xi Jinping extends into its third year. BMW says the Chinese market will grow in the SUV and compact cars segments, therefore the company is preparing a China-only sedan marketed below the 3 Series. This is likely to be the 1 Series Sedan. [Source: AutoNews] The article BMW cutting production and prices in China, 1 Series Sedan planned appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Zinoro Next debuts in China

Zinoro Next Concept makes its world debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. An obvious offshoot of the BMW X3, the new off-roader is the fruit of the collaboration between BMW and Brilliance Automobile. While the Zinoro 1E’s connection to the BMW X1...

Zinoro Next Concept makes its world debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. An obvious offshoot of the BMW X3, the new off-roader is the fruit of the collaboration between BMW and Brilliance Automobile. While the Zinoro 1E’s connection to the BMW X1 is pretty clear, neither the headlights at the front or the rear lights on Next come from the BMW parts shelf, and the side view is clearly different from the X3, so the Zinoro Next has its own identity. The Zinoro Concept Next is a study and a preview of possible new designs – so it’s not impossible that we will see much stronger connections to the Munich design. The company has not revealed the powertrain of the Next Concept, but the expectations are that the production car will be a fully electric vehicle. BMW’s expertise in the field will most likely be referenced in the compact SUV.

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The Zinoro brand is called Zhi Nuo in Chinese, which translates to “The Promise.”

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[Source: Autokarma] The article Zinoro Next debuts in China appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: The 2016 BMW 7 Series Technology Preview

This past weekend we gave you a sneak peak at BMW’s revolutionary G11 7 Series. Today we have more videos that better tell the… The post Video: The 2016 BMW 7 Series Technology Preview… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...

This past weekend we gave you a sneak peak at BMW’s revolutionary G11 7 Series. Today we have more videos that better tell the… The post Video: The 2016 BMW 7 Series Technology Preview… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Watch BMW Team RLL Take the Win at Long Beach

Missed this weekend’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Long Beach? We and BMW have you covered with a full multi-canera in-car view of the… The post Watch BMW Team RLL Take the Win at… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...

Missed this weekend’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Long Beach? We and BMW have you covered with a full multi-canera in-car view of the… The post Watch BMW Team RLL Take the Win at… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW Team RLL Victory At Long Beach

Auberlen and Werner win from pole, Edwards and Luhr finish fifth. Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 18, 2015… Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Showcase at...

Auberlen and Werner win from pole, Edwards and Luhr finish fifth. Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 18, 2015… Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit during the 100-minute race, finishing 2.9 seconds in front of the No. 62 Ferrari. The victory was the first for BMW Team RLL since a win at Lime Rock Park in 2013 and the 11th since the program’s inception in 2009. The win also moves Auberlen’s tally of all-time North American sports car victories to 54, second only to Scott Pruett (59). Auberlen started the race from the pole but both he and John Edwards, in the No. 24 car on the outside of the front row, were passed by the Ferrari on the first lap. Both BMWs held station for the opening stint with Auberlen the first in the class to pit on lap 31. A poorly venting fuel tank and slow fuel fill delayed Werner’s departure from the pits after he exchanged with Auberlen. He dropped to fifth place as Luhr, entering the No. 24 car on the next lap, benefited from usual quick team service and took over the second position. Download the entire newsletter.

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BMW Team RLL Claims GTLM Class Front Row at Long Beach

Auberlen on Pole, Edwards P2 for Sports Car Showcase Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 17, 2015… BMW Team RLL will start the third race of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Long Beach, California, from the GTLM class front row. Bill Aub...

Auberlen on Pole, Edwards P2 for Sports Car Showcase Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 17, 2015… BMW Team RLL will start the third race of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Long Beach, California, from the GTLM class front row. Bill Auberlen, driving the No. 25 BMW Z4 he shares with Dirk Werner, took the pole position with a new qualifying record time of 1:17.268 minutes around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary circuit that runs along the Long Beach harbor. This was the veteran’s first pole since Baltimore in 2013 and the first for the team since Road America last year. John Edwards drove the No. 24 BMW Z4 to the outside of the front row with a lap of 1:17.516 minutes. He will co-drive with Lucas Luhr, a four-time winner at Long Beach, in tomorrow’s race. Download the entire newsletter.

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