Designer Conceptualizes a BMW Motorcycle Based on the MINI Superlaggera

Designer Tamás Jakus has combined two future BMW Group icons into one interesting conceptual design study. Dubbed the MINI Superlaggera Motorcycle, this design study in two motor forms combines the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

Designer Tamás Jakus has combined two future BMW Group icons into one interesting conceptual design study. Dubbed the MINI Superlaggera Motorcycle, this design study in two motor forms combines the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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A Look at The Suppliers for the BMW i8

As we wrap up our review of the i8 we thought we’d bring you a few details from the press briefing that may not have been made public. One of the more interesting slides we saw was a few into… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

As we wrap up our review of the i8 we thought we’d bring you a few details from the press briefing that may not have been made public. One of the more interesting slides we saw was a few into… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Sizing up the X3 and X4 – The Key Differences

Two vehicles with four doors and similar price tags. How are they really difference? That’s the question many of you have asked over the years of the X5 and X6 and now the X3 and X4. We asked… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

Two vehicles with four doors and similar price tags. How are they really difference? That’s the question many of you have asked over the years of the X5 and X6 and now the X3 and X4. We asked… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Life-Size Darth Vader Car Coming to Comic Con With 526 HP

LS3 V-8 strikes fear in the hearts of the Rebel Alliance. ...

LS3 V-8 strikes fear in the hearts of the Rebel Alliance.

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Storied WWI 1918 Cadillac Type 57 Joins Historic Vehicle Register

Number four on the Historic Vehicle Register, with a bullet. ...

Number four on the Historic Vehicle Register, with a bullet.

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer launches on the European market on Sept 27

The BMW Group is breaking new ground by entering the attractive premium compact class with its latest offering, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. “The response to the 2 Series Active Tourer has been extremely positive, which makes us confident that ...

The BMW Group is breaking new ground by entering the attractive premium compact class with its latest offering, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. “The response to the 2 Series Active Tourer has been extremely positive, which makes us confident that this new vehicle will be a resounding success,” said Harald Krüger, board member of BMW AG responsible for production, as the new vehicle was presented in Sölden (Austria) on Wednesday. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is due to be launched on the European market on 27 September 2014. The main markets for the 2 Series Active Tourer will be Europe and China. Europe is likely to account for some 40 per cent of sales and China around 15 per cent. “Apart from its amazing agility, unique for a vehicle in this segment, customers will appreciate the higher sitting position and spacious interior as well as its compactness, functionality and convenience,” stated Krüger.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer launches on the European market on Sept 27

The 2 Series Active Tourer will appeal to new customer groups “Demand for premium cars in the compact class is developing very promisingly,” Krüger continued. With its MINI brand and the BMW 1 and 2 Series, the BMW Group is already well represented in the small and compact car segment. By expanding its product range, the Group is looking to attract new customer groups to the virtues of the BMW brand, just as it has already done with its successful BMW 1 Series. Around 70 per cent of the first-generation BMW 1 Series cars sold went to customers new to the brand. READ ALSO: First Drive BMW 2 Series Active Tourer “With the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer we mainly want to appeal to customers who may for family reasons have a wide range of needs in terms of functionality and convenience, but at the same time want to enjoy BMW’s typical strengths such as sportiness and innovative design. We are talking about a combination that has not been available on the market in the past and which sets us apart from the competition,” emphasised Krüger. The Active Tourer is the first ever BMW with front-wheel drive and the first core-brand BMW to become available with a three-cylinder engine. The new front-wheel drive architecture – with a transversely installed engine – allows maximum usage of the interior volume in a relatively small vehicle. Economies of scale due to cross-brand vehicle architecture The BMW Group has developed two architectures: one for future four-wheel and rear-wheel drive models and one cross-brand front- and four-wheel drive architecture, on which the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is based. This front-wheel architecture is also the basis for ensuring profitable growth in the premium small and compact car segment: “The standardisation of development and production processes based on the concept of cross-model/brand architectures and engine modules enables us to achieve considerable economies of scale within the Group,” said Krüger.  Moreover, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is the first BMW to benefit from the modular engine concept. The standardised modular engine enables the BMW Group to manufacture 3-, 4- and 6-cylinder petrol- and diesel-powered engines of varying capacities on one single assembly line. The high percentage of identical parts means the Group can greatly reduce costs, both in development and in production. Growing premium segment In the foreseeable future, the premium segment is likely to grow more quickly than the basis segment. The BMW Group expects to see increasing demand and an average annual growth of more than 4.5% (2013 – 2020) worldwide. The premium small and compact car segment is also likely to benefit from this growth. The article BMW 2 Series Active Tourer launches on the European market on Sept 27 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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New Videos: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in Austria

New footage of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer while on location in Soelden, Austria. By expanding its product range, BMW is looking to attract new customer groups to the virtues of the BMW brand, just as it has already done with its successful BMW 1 ...

New footage of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer while on location in Soelden, Austria. By expanding its product range, BMW is looking to attract new customer groups to the virtues of the BMW brand, just as it has already done with its successful BMW 1 Series. Around 70 per cent of the first-generation BMW 1 Series cars sold went to customers new to the brand. Seventy five percent of first time BMW buyers are expected for the new minivan. The Active Tourer is the first ever BMW with front-wheel drive and the first core-brand BMW to become available with a three-cylinder engine. The new front-wheel drive architecture – with a transversely installed engine – allows maximum usage of the interior volume in a relatively small vehicle.

New Videos: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in Austria

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is the first BMW to benefit from the modular engine concept. The standardized modular engine enables the BMW Group to manufacture 3-, 4- and 6-cylinder petrol- and diesel-powered engines of varying capacities on one single assembly line. The high percentage of identical parts means the Group can greatly reduce costs, both in development and in production. BMW expects to see increasing demand and an average annual growth of more than 4.5% (2013 – 2020) worldwide. The premium small and compact car segment is also likely to benefit from this growth.

New Videos: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in Austria

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is due to be launched on the European market on 27 September 2014. The main markets for the 2 Series Active Tourer will be Europe and China. Europe is likely to account for some 40 per cent of sales and China around 15 per cent. Here is the video footage. The article New Videos: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in Austria appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Kids and Their First Cars

The problem with being the man who knows too much about cars. ...

The problem with being the man who knows too much about cars.

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BMW M2 starts production in November 2015, launch in March 2016

The cat is out of the bag. Over the last few months, several sources hinted to BMWBLOG that the BMW M2 will begin production in November 2015 with sales beginning in March 2016.  Now another source seems to have confirmed the same info to a BMW foru...

The cat is out of the bag. Over the last few months, several sources hinted to BMWBLOG that the BMW M2 will begin production in November 2015 with sales beginning in March 2016.  Now another source seems to have confirmed the same info to a BMW forum. If nothing changes, BMW will unveil the M2 sometimes in Summer 2015, followed shortly by press test drives on some exotic race track. Just last month, the first F87 BMW M2 prototype was spotted during a testing session and we had the chance to see, despite the light camouflage, some of the design features, starting with the aggressive front fascia and the rear spoiler and the signature M four-exhaust pipes. Kinda what BMW has previewed with their M235i Racing car.

BMW M2 starts production in November 2015, launch in March 2016

With an aggressive

BMW M2 starts production in November 2015, launch in March 2016

package, the M2 will strongly differentiate itself from the M135i hatch and the M235i Coupe model. BMW M2 is expected to adopt much of the new chassis technology found in the M3 and M4, including an electronically controlled limited slip rear differential dubbed Active M Differential. It was also revealed last month that a BMW M2 prototype is currently running under the hood an updated version of the N55 TwinPower 3.0 liter engine (N55B30T0). The same source reveals that the M2 prototype runs with both a manual and automatic transmission

BMW M2 starts production in November 2015, launch in March 2016

. BMW M2 will most likely have more ponies under the hood than the M235i (340 hp), so expected anywhere from 360 to 380 ponies, leaving enough space to the 425 hp from the new BMW M3

BMW M2 starts production in November 2015, launch in March 2016

Sedan and M4 Coupe. We have also learned that BMW M is extremely confident in the fact that the M2 will be a better drive than the highly acclaimed 1M. With a longer development time and an excellent base car, M235i, the M2 should deliver amazing dynamics and handling and it will be a great competitor to even the M3/M4. The article BMW M2 starts production in November 2015, launch in March 2016 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW chose the famous ski resort Soelden for the international media launch of their first front-wheel drive vehicle. The location offers the perfect setting to showcase the qualities of the 2 Series Active Tourer which BMW labels it as a car geared t...

BMW chose the famous ski resort Soelden for the international media launch of their first front-wheel drive vehicle. The location offers the perfect setting to showcase the qualities of the 2 Series Active Tourer which BMW labels it as a car geared towards families that enjoy outdoor activities and long road trips. To make things even more interesting for journalists, BMW decided to hold the press conference at 2100 meters above the ground. Transport to the event and then to the Ice-Q restaurant at 3048 meters was arranged with mountains gondola. But to everyone’s surprise, journalists weren’t the only ones being taken to the top of the mountain. A 2 Series Active Tourer was suspended on a platform and was set in motion up and down the mountain, a sight that you rarely see.

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

The photo gallery below gives us some remarkable pictures of not only the suspended car but also the amazing Alps scenery. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is due to be launched on the European market on 27 September 2014. The main markets for the 2 Series Active Tourer will be Europe and China. Europe is likely to account for some 40 per cent of sales and China around 15 per cent. READ ALSO: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer First Drive

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW impresses us with a suspended 2 Series Active Tourer

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