2016 Chevrolet Volt Struts its Stuff in the Snow

Watch the 2016 Chevrolet Volt take on snow and ice. ...

Watch the 2016 Chevrolet Volt take on snow and ice.

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Tesla Opens Pilot Battery Swap Station for Model S

Tesla estimates the battery swap time at three minutes. ...

Tesla estimates the battery swap time at three minutes.

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The 11 Wildest Cars We Drove in 2014

900-hp hybrids, record-breaking musclecars, and everything in between. ...

900-hp hybrids, record-breaking musclecars, and everything in between.

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Shelby GT500 Super Snake Signature Edition Revealed

Shelby announces a commemorative Super Snake package for the GT500. ...

Shelby announces a commemorative Super Snake package for the GT500.

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Exclusive: 2015 BMW 1 Series LCI to feature 3-cylinder engines

In January 2015, BMW will unveil the 1 Series Facelift. The successful hatchback remains forbidden to U.S. customers, but the facelift model is expected to sell even more in Europe. In Germany alone, over 37,500 customers have purchased the 1 Series...

In January 2015, BMW will unveil the 1 Series Facelift. The successful hatchback remains forbidden to U.S. customers, but the facelift model is expected to sell even more in Europe. In Germany alone, over 37,500 customers have purchased the 1 Series through October 2014. Customers can look forward to an extensive optical revision of the front and rear. The headlights will be available in full LED and  are considerably narrower while the lower edge rises sharply. The front grille also goes through a downsizing exercise and now perfectly fits the front fascia.

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Rendering Most of the changes come from under the hood and for the first time, the 2015 BMW 1 Series LCI will be offered with three-cylinder options, in diesel and petrol.  The new three-cylinder engines B37 and B38 found in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the new MINI, will power the entry level 1 Series hatches. We expect BMW to use the 116d and 116i monikers for the three-cylinder-powered models. Customers will also have the option of four-cylinder units. BMW 118d, 120d and 125d will use the new four-cylinder diesel BMW B47 engine, with significantly improved acoustics and power: 150 PS (118 d) and 190 PS (120d). The BMW 125d LCI should get a bit more power than the currently specified 218 hp. The world premiere will take place at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, followed shortly by the market launch in Europe. The article Exclusive: 2015 BMW 1 Series LCI to feature 3-cylinder engines appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Vehicle delivery at BMW Welt reaches new high in 2014

The BMW Welt has been a major attraction for the citizens of Munich, tourists and fans of BMW Group brands since it opened in 2007. The experience center has established itself not only as a desirable event venue and gourmet destination, but also as ...

The BMW Welt has been a major attraction for the citizens of Munich, tourists and fans of BMW Group brands since it opened in 2007. The experience center has established itself not only as a desirable event venue and gourmet destination, but also as a popular delivery point for new BMW vehicles. Every year a growing number of customers from all over the world opt to collect their new BMW in Munich. In 2014, the BMW Welt set a new record of around 22,500 vehicle-delivery customers. Delivery of the first of BMW’s new electric vehicles also got off to a successful start this year, with a total of 31 BMW i3s and 35 BMW i8s presented to their new owners at the BMW Welt.

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“All BMW customers buying a new car have the option of collecting their vehicle at the BMW Welt – the heart of the brand. Many BMW customers and fans, of-ten travelling from farther afield, take advantage of this opportunity to experience an unforgettable day,” explains Helmut Käs, head of BMW Welt. “The success of this service shows that we offer customers exactly what they want – a unique experience with an individual programme for each customer.” European tour starting in Munich Customers often travel long distances to visit the BMW Welt. Roughly 90 per cent of customers collecting their vehicle come from all over Germany. Many of them bring their families, collect their new BMW from the BMW Welt and then drive straight to Italy or Austria for a holiday, before heading for home. One in ten customers makes the journey across the Atlantic from the US or Canada: In June of this year, a group of Canadians departed from Munich on a trip across Europe in their new BMW M3 Sedans and BMW M4 Coupés. At the end of the trip, the cars were shipped back to their owners.

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Fleets, athletes and celebrities The BMW Welt is also popular as a platform for delivery of fleet vehicles: The company Saarstedt collected 66 vehicles for its company fleet in March 2014, while the North Rhine-Westphalia State Office for Central Police Services was presented with three BMW 7 Series High Security vehicles in October 2014.

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The BMW i3 is another car often delivered as a fleet vehicle. Ilse Aigner, Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology, took delivery of a BMW i3 for her ministry, for example. Delivery of the first BMW i8 worldwide was celebrated in an official ceremony at the BMW Welt hosted by Thomas Gottschalk in June 2014 and attended by a long list of celebrities. Sports personalities also like to sample the BMW brand experience. Several vehicles were presented to the German Ice Hockey Federation in January 2014, for example, and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, also had his photo taken with the BMW M3 in the BMW Welt delivery arena.

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The following vehicles debuted this year in the BMW Welt delivery arena: the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the BMW 4 Series Convertible and Gran Coupé, the BMW X6 and BMW X4 and both BMW i models. Vehicle delivery at BMW Welt – an unforgettable experience

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Each customer receives personal attention with an individual programme for the day of delivery. Depending on the customer’s interests, options range from a reception in the exclusive Premium Lounge to a tour of the main plant and the BMW Welt, to a visit to the BMW Museum. The emotional highlight of every visit, however, is the presentation of the new car: After a personalized one-and-a-half hour vehicle briefing from a specialist, customers receive the keys to their new car and get to drive their BMW for the first time in the BMW Welt delivery area. Between 80 and 120 vehicle deliveries take place at the BMW Welt every day, with up to 160 deliveries at peak times.

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The BMW Welt is always full of surprises for customers: Last year, the buyer of the 100,000th vehicle delivered won a DTM (German Touring Car Masters) weekend. The owners of the first five new BMW 2 Series Active Tourers delivered at the BMW Welt were presented with framed design sketches. The article Vehicle delivery at BMW Welt reaches new high in 2014 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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New Spy Photos BMW M2 F87

Right before Christmas, the upcoming BMW M2 F87 has been spotted in Germany during a testing session. Although the new compact sports car won’t be available until early 2016, the anticipation is already high. The successor of the BMW 1 Series M...

Right before Christmas, the upcoming BMW M2 F87 has been spotted in Germany during a testing session. Although the new compact sports car won’t be available until early 2016, the anticipation is already high. The successor of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe has some big shoes to fill, but the M engineers are more than confident than the driving dynamics of the M2 will surpass the 1M’s. To differentiate itself from the M235i Coupe, the F87 BMW M2 will sport uniquely styled front and rear bumpers, front wings, sills, boot lid and standard 19-inch M wheels.

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The overall weight plans ask for a limited of 1530 kg, lighter than the current M235i. It features a carbon fiber strut brace within the engine bay (as seen on the M3/M4) and composite plastic panels. Under the hood, the rumors are the M2 will use an updated version of the N55 TwinPower 3.0 liter engine (N55B30T0) with 360-370 horsepower. The M2 prototype runs with both a manual and automatic transmission so we expect both options to be available in the production series.

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The power output suggests a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.4 seconds with the DCT, 0.5 seconds faster than the 1M Coupe. And that’s not all. The shocker really comes from the statement that BMW is looking into an xDrive version of the M2 Coupe in selected markets. And if that wasn’t enough, an M2 Convertible will also be launched in 2016. At a  base price below 60,000 euros, the M2 will provide excellent value and driving pleasure for the money.

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[Source: Bimmertoday] The article New Spy Photos BMW M2 F87 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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F8X M3/M4 have a strong showing at Oyster Bay, Long Island meet

I am happy to say todays meet was a complete success. I was blown away by the amount of people there. This morning (Sunday, Dec. 21) we met in Oyster Bay in LI. The turnout, originally expected to be about 10-15 cars ended up being about 40-50 cars....

I am happy to say todays meet was a complete success. I was blown away by the amount of people there. This morning (Sunday, Dec. 21) we met in Oyster Bay in LI. The turnout, originally expected to be about 10-15 cars ended up being about 40-50 cars. We had 15 F8Xs show up. Such a great turnout. We had F83, F82, and F80s. We also had a couple GTRs and 507 C63 crash the party. I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of F8X owners as well as hear a meistershaft and eisenmann exhaust on the cars. A lot of cars were sporting the front lip or cf splitters. A bunch of us went for a drive after the meet and had an absolute blast. We really turned some heads driving through Oyster Bay. I took plenty of pictures and some videos as well. I will be posting more and more as I have time to edit the pictures and video. Should have the rest of the pictures up tonight. The video will take another day or so. Enjoy!

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2015 Volkswagen Golf R Pre-Order Begins January 8

First 500 cars come loaded and with a special accessory package. ...

First 500 cars come loaded and with a special accessory package.

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Report: Next Chevrolet Malibu to have "Dramatic" Design

New sedan due by early 2016. ...

New sedan due by early 2016.

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