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BMW Opens Top on New 2-Series Convertible

New ragtop is second addition to family.

by on Oct.03, 2014

BMW added a convertible to its 2-Series line-up. It replaces the 1-Series, which was extremely popular.

BMW grew its 2-Series family by one at the Paris Motor Show with the introduction of the 2-Series convertible. The droptop joins the coupe and Active Tourer in the group.

The new ragtop has big shoes to fill: its 1-Series predecessor was arguably the most successful car in the segment with more than 130,000 units sold worldwide.

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Available with four engine options our engines, the range consists of the 220i with a 184bhp gas engine, a 228i with 245bhp, a new 220d diesel engine with 190bhp and, an M235i Convertible with 326bhp. These offerings are mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. (more…)

First Look: BMW Active Tourer Concept

A step closer to production for the i3 battery car?

by on Sep.14, 2012

The BMW Active Tourer Concept will makes its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

With the debut of the new BMW Active Tourer Concept at this month’s Paris Motor Show we’ll come a giant step closer to learning what to expect when the Bavarian maker launches its all-new battery-car brand next year.

Though still a concept, the Active Tourer is a much closer take on the little i3 city car that will be the first offering from the new BMW i brand-within-a-brand. It will be followed soon after by the more sporty i8 – with several other electrified vehicles reportedly in the works.

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Roughly the length of the latest BMW 1-Series, at 171 inches, nose-to-tail, and with a 105-inch wheelbase, the Active Tourer Concept also borrows some of the design features of the latest 3-Series sedan – notably the nose, with its slightly tilted double-kidney grille framed by twin headlamps topped by LED running lights. But the overall shape is more crossover-like, standing a full five inches taller than the 1-Series and four inches wider.

The Active Tourer Concept makes use of BMW's latest eDrive plug-in hybrid system.


First Look: BMW X3 M Sport

Paris preview for performance version of all-new Sport-Activity Vehicle.

by on Sep.29, 2010

An all-new BMW X3 will debut alongside a performance M Sport model at the Paris Motor Show.

Though it won’t make its official debut until the Paris Motor Show’s press preview, later this week, the world has already gotten a pretty good glimpse at the second-generation X3 Sport-Activity Vehicle.

Tauter, more aggressive and more refined, it will appear in several versions at the 2010 Mondial de l’Automobile, including a performance-oriented X3 M Sport, shown here.

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Developed by the Bavarian maker’s vaunted M division, the X3 M Sport gets a number of modifications, BMW says, to its “chassis, aerodynamics, exterior and interior components (which) allow for further optimization of the exceptional dynamics of the new BMW X3 as well as lending them a visually striking look.”