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BMW Offers First Look at New 2-Series Convertible

Bavarian maker adds another al fresco option.

by on Sep.09, 2014

BMW adds a smaller ragtop to its cabrio line-up.

For those who prefer open-air motoring, BMW is adding yet another cabriolet to its expansive line-up, a downsized model based on its recently added 2-Series coupe family.

The new 2-Series Convertible will reach U.S. showrooms next year, just in time for warm weather, the maker promises, with a starting price of $38,850 for the base 228i soft-top.

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Despite the steady decline of the U.S. convertible market, BMW has been expanding its offerings, now giving buyers a choice of small, medium and large, marketed in the form of the 2-Series, 4-Series and 6-Series Convertibles. Whether potential buyers are ready to flip their lids remains to be seen, however.

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First Look: BMW 4-Series

Bigger, bolder – and more expensive.

by on Jun.18, 2013

The new BMW 4-Series is longer, lower and wider than the outgoing 3-Series Coupe.

You might get a sense of “déjà vu all over again,” as Yogi Berra was fond of saying, checking out BMW’s all-new 4-Series.

Well, yes, the design is new, and so is the name, but the latest addition to the Bavarian maker’s rapidly proliferating line-up is really just a replacement for the old BMW 3-Series Coupe and, to follow, the 3-er Convertible.  It reflects the approach first adopted with the 6-Series in which premium 2-door and cabriolet models adopt an even model name, sedans an odd number.

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That out of the way, the new BMW 4-Series is a sleek and well-proportioned addition that is getting kudos for a more muscular and well-balanced designed than the old 3-Series Coupe, with a fastback roofline that is clearly reminiscent of the bigger and more expensive 6-Series.

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First Look: BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Getting a charge out of battery power.

by on Apr.02, 2012

The BMW i8 plug-in sports car goes topless.

Who says battery cars have to be dull and boring?  BMW is determined to prove that electric propulsion can charge up buyers as it prepares to roll out its all-new sub-brand, BMW i.

The maker has already confirmed plans to stock the new marque’s showrooms with two models: the i3 battery-electric city car and the i8 plug-in hybrid. As TheDetroitBureau.com previously reported, we can anticipate several more models to follow – possibly including one based on the open-air prototype, the i8 Concept Spyder.

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Significantly, the maker refers to it as “the third BMW i model,” which would suggest that it will soon drop the “concept” designation and roll out a production version.

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BMW Sees Big Year Ahead

But there are big risks ahead.

by on Mar.14, 2012

One of many new models: the 6-Series Grand Coupe is BMW's first-ever 4-door coupe.

The BMW Group is looking beyond the threat of a steep recession in Europe and is predicting another record year in 2012.

Global growth, from the recovering U.S. market to the boom in luxury demand in emerging markets like China, Russia and Brazil should play a big role in the year ahead, according to the Bavarian maker’s chief executive.  Significantly, BMW ended 2011 as the number one luxury maker in the still-critical American market, the first time it has ever beaten all comers, including Mercedes-Benz and Lexus.

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“We are targeting new highs in sales volume and pre-tax earnings for 2012”, stated Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG at the Annual Accounts Press Conference in Munich on Tuesday.

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First Look: 2013 BMW X6

Subtle changes to a game-changer.

by on Jan.26, 2012

BMW's X6 gets some small but noticeable updates.

BMW’s updated X6 Sport Activity Vehicle was one of those proverbial game-changers that comes along only every so often but then has a significant influence on automotive design.  In this case, any number of competitors has raced to match the Bavarian maker’s quirky blend of sporty coupe and crossover/utility features.

Though decidedly controversial – generating both picks and pans among industry critics, the first-generation BMW X6 has clicked with consumers, selling more than 150,000 copies worldwide, including 20,000 here in the U.S., which the German maker insists “has far exceeded the original expectations.”

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So, the spotlight is on the update that will be rolling into showrooms this spring.  Not surprisingly, especially for a mid-cycle update, goes through some evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, changes. But they should nonetheless enhance the appeal of the sport-activity coupe.

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First Look: BMW’s 4-Door, 6-Series Gran Coupe

The lines between coupe and sedan grow fuzzier.

by on Dec.12, 2011

BMW adds a coupe-like sedan to the 6-Series line-up for 2013.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to figure out where to classify some vehicles.  Take the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.  By definition, a 6-Series has traditional been a 2-door, whether with a sweeping hardtop or convertible soft top.  So, what to make of the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe?

The latest entry into the 6-Series line-up will feature four doors and 4+1 seating, joining a rapidly expanding list of “coupe-like sedans,” such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Porsche Panamera.

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Set for introduction early this summer, the initial BMW 640i Gran Coupe will measure 197 inches, nose-to-tail, a modest 4.4 inches longer than its 2-door sibling – most of the added space devoted to the rear passengers, a good news considering the back seat of the conventional 6-Series coupe is little more than an afterthought.  To put things into perspective, the new Gran Coupe is precisely 4 inches longer than the BMW 5-Series – and also 1.3 inches wider and 2.8 inches lower.

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First Look: 2012 BMW 1-Series

Small gets bigger.

by on Sep.14, 2011

The new BMW 118d - the 2012 1-Series gets bigger, wider, with more cargo and passenger space.

There are some curious and conflicting trends you’ll spot wandering the vast halls of the Frankfurt Motor Show: automakers are moving ever-smaller with their newest models – even as their existing small cars get bigger.

A case in point is the 2012 BMW 1-Series, which is making its debut at this year’s German car show.  Introduced six years ago as the smallest model in the maker’s line-up.  But the newly-updated 2012 1-Series will be both longer and wider, according to BMW tech chief Klaus Draeger, addressing concerns about the car’s limited interior and cargo space.

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The Bavarians introduced a range of variants of the next 1-Series during their Frankfurt press event, which opened this year’s well-attended show.  Speeding around an indoor test track, the line-up includes a mix of diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles, such as the 118d.

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BMW Recalling Nearly 250,000 Cars, Crossovers

Maker responding to taillight, diesel problems.

by on Sep.01, 2011

BMW recalls the X5 diesel.

BMW is recalling nearly a quarter-million vehicles due to a pair of potential safety problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced, making it one of the biggest safety-related recalls by the German maker.

The most significant problem involves 3-Series models built between 2001 and 2005 that could experience failures of the tail lights, rear brake and turn signal indicator lamps.  The problem appears to be due to corrosion on electrical contacts.

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Meanwhile, BMW is also recalling more than 2,000 X5 diesel models due to problems with a fuel filter heater that could cause a fire.

The faulty lamp problem impacts 241,000 3-Series vehicles sold in the 2002 to 2005 model-year.  Certain models designated 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi are involved.  The potential defect could make it difficult for other motorists to see the vehicle or determine when the vehicle is changing lanes or stopping.

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First Look: Next-gen BMW M5

“I’ve never taken the corners like that before.”

by on Aug.17, 2011

BMW's new M5 will make an impressive 560 horsepower out of its new V8.

BMW offered a quick peek at the next-generation M5 sedan, a rocket on wheels that it plans to bring to market next year.

While journalists weren’t given a chance to drive the prototype briefly revealed during a presentation at the Laguna Seca Raceway, near Monterey, California, BMW officials offered up some critical information on what M-fans can expect.

It has not yet been determined whether the new muscle car will be designated a 2012 or 2013, but model-years aside, it will feature a new 4.4-liter V-8 using dual twin-scroll turbos designed to both eliminate initial turbo lag and maximize performance once those boosters “spool up.”

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That translates into 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, the next-generation BMW M5 expected to launch from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds.  Notably, while horsepower will be up 10% and torque increased 20% from the prior-generation BMW M5, the upcoming model is expected to deliver as much as a 30% improvement in fuel economy due to the introduction of a variety of advanced technologies.

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BMW Ready to Add i4 and i5 to Battery-Car Line-Up.

Both models to rely on lightweight carbon fiber.

by on Aug.10, 2011

The BMW i8 and i3 models may soon have a few siblings in the showroom.

BMW plans to rapidly expand its battery-car line-up, according to various sources, adding two more models to the new i sub-brand that it has already confirmed will include the little i3 and sporty 18 models.

The two new models, i4 and i5, will make extensive use of super-light carbon fiber to enhance performance and improve energy efficiency and range.  That appears to suggest the German maker believes it can dramatically reduce the cost of the composite material, which is currently too expensive to use on anything other than the most expensive of sports cars – such as the new Lamborghini Aventador.

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The two new models likely won’t appear on the market before late in the decade, report both Autoblog.com and Bimmerfile, with concept versions expected to be revealed sometime after the 2014 launch of the i8, the most expensive of the models currently planned for BMW’s new i brand-within-a-brand.

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