BMW 1-Series News

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    The electrification of BMW is well under way. A German film crew was recently caught shooting video of an electric 1-Series car in the East Bay hills of the San Francisco area. The way the crew swarmed to block the car when they saw an iPhone “assume the position” to grab a snapshot gave many cause to believe something was definitely up in that regard. And now comes word of a 400 million Euro investment to upgrade the company’s Leipzig factory to enable the large-scale production of electric cars. Ostensibly stated to produce BMW’s upcoming Megacity vehicle, the...

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    BMW 1-Series to be rebadged a 2-Series for next-gen model?

    BMW has already confirmed it’s working on a new front-wheel drive model to slot in below its current 1-Series and compete with the likes of the Audi A1 and next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class. But BMW has a problem on its hands: if it continues its current naming convention the new model...

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    BMW To Develop New Front-Wheel Drive Hybrids With PSA Peugeot Citroen

    Until now, BMW’s hybrid technology has only been applied in its upper range models like the 5- and 7-Series ActiveHybrid sedans and the X6 crossover, the latter of which is billed as the world’s most powerful hybrid vehicle. However, the automaker’s future generation of hybrids...

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    Princess Beatrice's BMW Bashed In Britain

    So, apparently, there is a Princess Beatrice. And apparently, she's fifth in line to the British throne. We have already learned so much more than we usually do on Mondays. But wait, there's more: we now know that Beatrice drives a BMW 1-series. Or rather: drove, since the poor German coupe was...

  • BMW 1-Series M Coupe teaser images
    BMW Drops New Details On 1-Series M Coupe

    At this point, the 1-Series M Coupe is functionally revealed in all but name. We have spy shots, official teasers, and a handful of details. Today, we add to the list with even more stats, straight from M development head Albert Biermann. Pricing? As expected, it will slot between the 135i Coupe...

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    BMW And Mercedes-Benz Compacts Coming To U.S. Within Next Few Years

    Right now in the U.S. you can step into a brand new BMW for just under $30,000--for Mercedes-Benz the entry-point creeps a few thousand dollars higher--but in the next couple of years we should be seeing a range of more affordable models from both of the luxury stalwarts. That’s because both...

  • BMW 1-Series M Coupe teaser images

    BMW's 1-Series M Coupe has been teased, leaked, and spied. Today it gets another visual update with a handful of under-the-covers photos from BMW's M-Power site. Between what we've already seen and the new detail shots, we can piece the car together in our minds, though we'll have to wait a while yet to see how it all comes together in the real world. Vents on the rear fenders, a wider track and flared fenders to accommodate at all four corners, quad exhaust tips, reworked front and rear bumper moldings and aero treatment, and what appears to be a rather restrained spoiler under the tarp...

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    Volvo's Big Plans for After the New 2011 S60

    With the new 2011 Volvo S60 positioned to be the “naughty” Volvo, and hopefully a big winner for the stereotypically “safe” brand (in every sense of the word), it would only make sense for the manufacturer to try and capitalize on that momentum. And that means that some big...

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    BMW Announces Markets For ActiveE Electric 1-Series Trials

    The next stage of BMW’s electric vehicle rollout program is about to commence, with the automaker announcing today markets that will participate in the 1-Series ActiveE field trial when it begins next summer. Just as they have for the initial MINI E trial, the New York metro market and the...

  • BMW 1-Series M Car or 'M1' spy shots
    More BMW 1-Series M Details Leaked?

    BMW's 1-Series M car has made so many laps around the Internet you'd think it was running the world's biggest endurance race, but thanks to a post from an insider at the BMW Power of M 2010 event, we may have some new details on the upcoming smallest M car. Postings on Internet forums are typically...

  • 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
    Are Drop Tops The Key To Cool? (Part 2)

    In Part 1 of “Are Drop Tops the Key to Cool?”, I promised that we would take a look at this year’s most exciting luxury convertibles in order to give you an inside peek at the drop tops of 2010 and 2011. But there’s a huge selection of convertibles out there and it wouldn’t be fair to...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series three-door 'shooting brake' spy shots
    Spy Shots: 2012 BMW 1-Series Three-Door 'Shooting Brake'

    The 2012 BMW 1-Series will get a three-door hatchback also commonly referred to as a

  • BMW M Power Meter iPhone app

    In what could prove to be the first of many to open in markets where BMW cars are sold, a new showroom dedicated to selling only high-performance BMW M Division cars is about to open its doors for the first time in Singapore. The showroom has been established by Singapore’s Munich Automobiles together with the BMW M Division and is located at Teban Gardens Crescent. The lineup of cars for sale will include the M3, M6 and X5 M and X6 M models. The current E60 M5 is not among the lineup as production of that car ended earlier this month. The next-generation M5, due for release sometime next...

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    Rendered: 2012 BMW 1-Series Convertible

    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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    2012 BMW 1-Series M Coupe Launch Dates Leaked?

    A 1-Series fan forum claims to have the inside scoop on the 1-Series M Coupe's release schedule.

  • McLaren MP4-12C makes world debut at Goodwood Festival.
    Video: MP4-12C At Goodwood, BMW 1-series M Coupe Preview

    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...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle two-door rendering
    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...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser
    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...

  • Aston Martin Cygnet Concept

    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 companies, I feel it may come at a price for some of the established luxury brands. Generally associated with a certain amount of uniqueness and exclusivity, some of the premium names are becoming a bit too... common. Let's take a look at the Germans, for example. They have been doing luxury for a...

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

    The 1-Series may pose a risk of post-accident fire.

  • 2011 BMW 135i
    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
    Spy Shots: 2012 BMW 1-Series M Car

    The car spied here is definitely hotter than your average 135is.

  • BMW 1-Series M Car or 'M1' spy shots
    M Boss Kay Segler Confirms 1-Series M Car, M5 Turbo V-8

    The head of BMW's M Division lets loose with the upcoming product plan.

  • 2011 BMW 135i
    First Drive: 2011 BMW 135i DCT

    The 2011 BMW 135i DCT is pretty much identical to the 2010 model, with the exception of the fantastic DCT gearbox.

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