BMW 1-Series News

  • McLaren MP4-12C makes world debut at Goodwood Festival.

    There are plenty of good videos that have popped up on Youtube with sports cars that will soon be available on the market. The Goodwood Festival of Speed in the England brings out historical cars out to tackle the famous hill-climb and a great way for spectators to see them in action. It’s also a popular place for car manufacturers to bring out their latest performance machines. This year’s festival had McLaren officially debut their MP4-12C with the company’s Formula 1 Drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button blasting an orange-painted model up the hill. Both drivers seem to have fun...

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    Rendered: BMW's Carbon Fiber Megacity Vehicle

    BMW has already released an official teaser sketch of its upcoming Megacity Vehicle (MCV), and even a gallery of the carbon fiber unibody. But so far, it hasn't been easy to get a feel for what the little car might look like in the CFRP flesh. Problem solved--these renderings give a good look at...

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    BMW Releases Full Carbon Fiber Gallery For New Megacity Vehicle (MCV)

    In March of 2008 BMW first announced plans to establish a new research division called ‘Project i,’ whose task would be to develop a number of solutions for a vehicle designed for congested city motoring. The goal of Project i was never to exclusively develop one type of vehicle, but to come up...

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    Are The Luxury Brands Getting Bloated?

    Everyone seems to be expanding their lineups in order to be competitive in global markets and meet fuel economy regulations. Common practice is to fill in gaps with new, "in-between" models and add smaller, more efficient cars to the economy price range. While these are positive steps for most...

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    BMW Stops Sales Of 1-Series, Recall For Fire Risk Pending

    It's not everyday that a new recall is announced, but it sure seems like it. The latest to face the safety firing squad is the BMW 1-Series, which has been halted from delivery to customers and is pending a recall for a potential fire risk after an accident. The problem stems from too little...

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    Superchips Offers 360 Horsepower ECU Retune For BMW 135i

    BMW is working on a hotter version of the 1-Series that’s due next year and set to wear fabled M badges, but if you can’t wait that long or aren’t prepared to pay the usually steep prices M cars command then British tuner Superchips may have just what you need. For just $650 Superchips is...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series M car spy shots

    Fans of the E30 and E36 M3s and even earlier BMWs have been longing for a return of a smaller, hopefully lighter, M car. But so far, BMW has shied away from building a 1-Series-based M car, and not just because of the difficulty of using the vaunted "M1" name. But despite the price/performance concerns over stepping on the M3's toes, BMW’s M Division boss Kay Segler has confirmed that the car will in fact be built, and that it will be intended as a low-price entry point to the M range. These latest spy shots show us a car that's definitely hotter than your average 135i Coupe. It looks...

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    M Boss Kay Segler Confirms 1-Series M Car, M5 Turbo V-8

    Spy shots, rumors, reports and speculation have followed the development of the 1-Series M car. This week, we get further confirmation from BMW M Division boss Kay Segler that the car will in fact be built, and that it will be intended as a low-price entry point to the M range. Also confirmed: the...

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    First Drive: 2011 BMW 135i DCT

    Dual-clutch gearboxes. Not yet common parlance for the average buyer, but a frequent topic of debate among enthusiasts. The rift: rowing your own cogs versus having a computer do it for you. There's a purity of experience in working the clutch and the shifter yourself that simply doesn't come...

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    BMW In Name Only: Autocar Predicts FWD 1-series

    There are some things that you never do, like spitting into the wind. The same could be said for making a front-wheel-drive BMW, a concept which the company seems to continuously pursue. The introduction to the piece, done by British website Autocar, says it all, “BMW will abandon decades of...

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    More Details On BMW's MINI-Based, Front-Wheel Drive Small Car

    The race is on for luxury carmakers to see who can be the first to dominate the "true premium" subcompact market in the U.S., and BMW looks like it's going to be a bit late to the game. A new report out today drops a few more details on the upcoming front-wheel drive, MINI-platform-sharing new...

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    Porsche Should Be Building A 914 Instead Of A 918

    The recent unveiling of the 918 Spyder hybrid concept was a wonderful thing, no doubt, but it got me to thinking that the entire Volkswagen Group, which consists of Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi and Lamborghini was putting its money and time into the wrong end of the market. The money available in the...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle announcement

    In March of 2008 BMW first announced plans to establish a new research division called ‘Project i,’ whose task would be to develop a number of solutions for a vehicle designed for congested city motoring. The goal of Project i was never to exclusively develop one type of vehicle, but to come up with a range of technologies BMW could introduce across its fleet or even under a rumored fourth brand. Now, more than two years down the track, Project i is in full swing and is already spawning its first products. The first development of Project i was the MINI-E, which BMW is using to gather...

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    BMW Builds One Millionth 1-Series

    When the BMW 1-Series was first unveiled back in 2004, many predicted the car to be a flop and something to be shunned by the brand’s faithful. Instead, the 1-Series has turned out to be a success story for BMW, with more than one million units built since launch. In fact, the BMW 1-Series has...

  • BMW 1-Series MINI hydrogen Hybrid Prototype
    Spy Shots: BMW Hydrogen Hybrid MINI Prototype

    Our spy photographers have captured these images of what appears to be a 1-Series hybrid that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline, and possibly stores its electricity in the form of hydrogen in a fuel cell conjoined supercapacitor banks for regenerative storage and bursts of output. Marrying the...

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    Audi, BMW And Mercedes-Benz Want Your Money, Not Exclusivity Or Cachet

    As I picked up my trusty copy of Auto Motor und Sport this afternoon, I read the commentary by the editor-in-chief, Bernd Ostmann, which was all about the scars the recession left on the major German luxury automakers (Volkswagen was clearly not in that list), as well as their very ambitious sales...

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    80 percent of BMW 1-Series owners think their car is front-wheel drive

    Last week’s announcement that BMW is planning to launch a new entry-level model with a front-wheel drive powertrain would certainly have had some brand purists spewing, but for the large majority of new car buyers it would appear that it doesn’t matter which wheels are doing the driving...

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    Spy Shots: Possible BMW 1-Series M Car

    The all-new 2012 BMW 1-Series is set for launch next year and in the lead up to its reveal prototypes for the car have been spotted testing all around Europe. So far the only model seen testing has been the five-door 1-Series Hatchback, which due to its bigger proportions, could be sold in the U.S...

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    If you were waiting for an M-Division 1-Series, it looks like you may be out of luck--again. The on-again, off-again project won't see daylight according to a new report out of Geneva. There's good news, however--a 135is, a la the new 2011 335is, could be in the works. The 1-Series M car would have been plagued by issues of pricing and performance anyway--add too much juice and the car starts stepping on the M3's toes. Add too little, and it's not really an M car. So BMW looks to be seeking the middle ground with its 135is-badged approach. In an interview with Inside Line, an unnamed BMW...

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    Rendered: 2012 BMW Minicar

    BMW’s future plans for a new all-electric urban commuter vehicle known as the Megacity has been getting all the buzz lately but there’s also news that the German luxury automaker may launch a more conventional model positioned below the current 1-Series. Reports of a sub 1-Series model...

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    New Details On BMW's M-Division 1-Series

    Making a clear statement that BMW's M products can be financially accessible as well as hair-raisingly quick is one of M Division chief Dr. Kay Segler's chief goals, and it's going to come down to the 1-Series platform to deliver on that promise. Today yet more new details on the upcoming 1-Series...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback rendering
    Rendered: 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback

    BMW released an updated version of the 1-Series compact in late 2008 but since then suspicious prototypes of a new car with similar proportions and signature BMW styling have been captured running around parts of Europe. While these prototypes have consistently been covered in heavy camouflage...

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    BMW Planning Targeted U.S. Lease Program For ActiveE

    BMW's forays into the electric car world are well-known, particularly the MINI E, which is currently being leased to select private citizens in key U.S. markets. The next BMW EV to be leased on a limited basis is the 1-Series-based ActiveE, shown off at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The ActiveE will...

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    2011 BMW 135i Gets New Single-Turbo Engine, Dual-Clutch Gearbox

    BMW's venerable N54 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine is one of the most-loved of the Ultimate Driving Machine's current crop (the M Division's twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 being Numero Uno), but the 2011 BMW 135i will dump it for the updated, single-turbo N55 inline six. This...

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