BMW 1-Series News

  • BMW 1-Series (European model) fitted with prototype 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine

    It's inevitable: With increasing pressure from fuel-efficiency and emission regulations globally, engines are going to get smaller. But BMW has simply taken its time-tested design principles and applied them to a new type of engine: its first-ever three-cylinder, which you can think of as half of its traditional inline six. As Dr. Heidelinde Holzer explained it during a media briefing at BMW's U.S. headquarters in New Jersey on Monday, the company's engine designers have long viewed 0.5 liters as the right displacement for each cylinder. That leads naturally to a displacement of 2.0 liters...

  • 2011 BMW 3-Series Coupe
    Half A Million BMWs Affected By Wide-Ranging Recall

    BMW has issued a wide-ranging recall on several of its model lines, ranging from the 1-Series to the Z4 sports car. In total, there are 504,545 vehicles affected by the latest recall in the U.S. alone. The recall affects: - 2007-2012 BMW 1-Series Coupes and 1-Series Convertibles built from December...

  • 2014 BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertible Limited Edition Lifestyle
    BMW Announces Limited Edition 1-Series, Confirms Detroit Lineup

    The BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertibles, on sale since 2008, are about to enter their final model year, and to mark the occasion BMW is launching a pair of special edition models. The new special editions, dubbed the Limited Edition Lifestyle models, will be available in both coupe and convertible...

  • 2012 BMW M135i Hatchback (three-door)
    New BMW 1-Series Sedan Likely To Feature M Performance Model

    BMW is working on a new sedan based on its latest 1-Series range that will be aimed at customers in sedan-loving markets such as the U.S. and China. It will compete against the upcoming 2014 Audi A3 Sedan and 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class, though won’t be available until the 2015 calendar year...

  • Chris Harris with BMW's M135i and Audi's RS3
    Chris Harris Compares The BMW M135i And Audi RS3: Forbidden Fruit Video

    German automakers seem to have two absolute rules: there is no such this as “too complex,” and Americans don’t buy hatchbacks. We can’t comment on the first point, but as for the second, well, that means we miss out on some of the best compact cars Germany has to offer. Case...

  • BMW M135i 3dr hatchback quick drive
    2012 BMW M135i Hatchback: Quick Drive

    While European carmakers are slowly coming around to the concept of releasing their best products in the U.S., there are still a few cars denied to American customers. One of these is BMW's latest hot 1-Series model, the M135i from its expanding M Performance range. Available only in three- and...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback

    The coupe and convertible versions of BMW’s second-generation 1-Series are yet to be launched, but over in Europe the new 1-Series has already debuted in three and five-door hatchback bodystyles, received a host of M upgrades including the addition of a new M135i M Performance model, and now, debuting at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, is the option of xDrive all-wheel drive on the entry-level BMWs. This is the first time BMW is offering xDrive on its compact range, with only the 120d and M135i models getting the option initially. The all-wheel drive system varies the drive torque between the...

  • BMW's M135i hot hatch
    BMW Teases Its Not-For-North-America M135i: Video

    We’ll admit it: we’re smitten with BMW’s M Performance hatchback, the M135i. It’s the right size, it offers hatchback sensibility and it looks to be a whole lot of fun on twisty roads. In fact, there’s only one problem with BMW’s hot hatch: it’s not for...

  • BMW ActiveE electric car
    BMW Recalls ActiveE Electric And Z4 For Power Steering Issue

    A potential fault with the power steering system could mean owners lose the power assistance of their car's steering.

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
    Is A BMW 1-Series Sedan In The Works?

    The BMW 3-Series sedan, like many of us, has picked up a few additional pounds and inches over the years. Since its launch in 1975, the BMW 3-Series has grown by over 10.5-inches in length, over 8-inches in width and nearly 2-inches in height. That makes the current 3-Series larger than the E28...

  • 2013 BMW 135is
    2013 BMW 135is Coupe And Convertible: 320 HP From $44,145

    The BMW 1-Series M Coupe is basically done; it was a one-year special sold as a limited edition. But now there's a new compact BMW that's not-quite-but-almost as good, at least in some respects: the 2013 135is. Available as either a coupe or a convertible, the 135is borrows the same basic...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback (three-door)
    BMW 1-Series Three-Door Revealed, Includes M135i Range-Topper

    BMW has finally revealed the three-door version of its latest-generation 1-Series Hatchback, which has been on sale in Europe since last year. The car is unlikely to be launched in the U.S. though coupe and convertible variants will arrive in the coming year or so, possibly badged as a 2-Series...

  • 2012 BMW 135i three-door hatchback spy shots

    The 2012 BMW 135i three-door hatchback won't be offered in the U.S. but its drivetrain will with the arrival of the next-generation 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models.

  • 2012 BMW M135i Concept
    BMW's M135i Confirmed For The U.S. Market: Report

    Do you remember the BMW M135i Concept we reported on a few months back? The 1-Series hatchback worked over by the mad scientists at BMW’s M Performance group? The one with a 300-plus-horsepower turbocharged inline-six, upgraded brakes and an M-tuned suspension? We’ve got good news and...

  • 2012 BMW 135i three-door hatchback spy shots
    2012 BMW 135i Three-Door Hatchback Spy Shots

    The 2012 BMW 135i three-door hatchback is nearly ready for sale--and it might, just maybe, be coming to the U.S. for the first time.

  • 2012 BMW M135i Concept
    BMW M135i Concept Heralds New 1-Series M Performance Model

    BMW is expanding its hallowed M Division by launching a series of new performance-oriented vehicles fitted with exclusive M-tuned engines, handling packs, and stylish bodykits. Called the M Performance range, the new models aren’t set to debut officially until March’s Geneva Motor Show...

  • 2012 BMW M Performance M135i Hatchback
    BMW Teases New M Performance Parts For 1-Series Hatch: Video

    BMW is expanding its hallowed M Division by launching a series of new performance-oriented vehicles fitted with exclusive M-tuned engines, handling packs, and stylish bodykits. Called the M Performance range, the new models aren’t set to debut officially until March’s Geneva Motor Show...

  • 2013 BMW 1-Series GT rendering
    BMW's Rumored 1-Series GT To Debut At Paris Motor Show: Report

    BMW's front-drive 1-Series GT, a cross between a hatchback and a wagon, will debut at this fall's Paris Motor Show according to a report from BMW Blog.

  • BMW ActiveE electric car, January 2012, New Jersey

    Fresh from his drive of Rolls-Royce’s 102EX electric Phantom prototype, High Gear Media’s green car expert and editor of Green Car Reports John Voelcker has now driven the very first BMW ActiveE all-electric 1-Series to be delivered to a customer in North America. That car was delivered to New Jersey residents Tom and Meredith Moloughney who have signed up for a two-year lease on it. They were one of the inaugural MINI E pioneers in 2009, and having been so in love with that car it was only naturally that they would upgrade to the next-generation of electric cars from BMW. Before...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback M Performance Spy Shots
    2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback M Performance Spy Shots

    Seen here testing on the streets of Munich, Germany, for the first time is the upcoming M Performance version of the latest BMW 1-Series Hatchback. Set to debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, this sporty variant of the regular 1-Series Hatchback is just one model from a new range of M...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback BMW Performance Concept
    Video: How Do You Make A Car? BMW Explains With New 1-Series

    As long as your car starts, stops and does so without going wrong too frequently, most people aren't really bothered how it all came together. Even so, it's a facinating process to observe and there's now a video showing how much effort actually goes into making the new BMW 1-Series compact, from...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
    See How The 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback Is Built: Video

    The latest generation BMW 1-Series Hatchback may not be the prettiest design we’ve seen recently but the car’s certainly an improvement over the one it replaces, at least when it comes to interior space, quality and performance. This latest video gives us an inside look at BMW’s...

  • 2011 BMW 135i Coupe
    BMW Brings You More Power For The 135i And 335i

    BMW is launching two "Power Kit" upgrades for owners of 135i and 335i models. The kits boost horsepower without affecting fuel economy, emissions or BMW's limited warranty.

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback BMW Performance Concept
    BMW Performance 1-Series Concept: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    The new 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback will make its official debut next week at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and BMW will use the opportunity to showcase a range of new accessories for it falling under the BMW Performance heading. While the new 1-Series Hatchback is yet to be confirmed for sale in...

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