BMW 1-Series News

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    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 tradition and launch its first front-wheel-drive hatchbacks in 2013 as new entry-level models to its range.” The car, coming out in 2013, will share the next generation MINI platform due out in 2014. According to BMW, the MINI brand will not suffer from the new front-wheel-drive car as both brands are...

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

    The shared platform will feature both front- and all-wheel drive.

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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...

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    BMW Confirms 2013 Launch For All-Electric Megacity Vehicle

    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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    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...

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    Spy Shots: BMW Hydrogen Hybrid MINI Prototype

    The car is running under a 1-Series mule platform, but is believed to be going to MINI.

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    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 targets for the next year, and in some cases the decade. And what struck me was how sales numbers have trumped the once almighty brand cachet, the exclusivity of owning one of those hunks of sensibly yet artfully styled high-performance German cars that you could see thundering along an Autobahn at...

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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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    BMW 1-Series M-Car Back Off The Table?

    A report out of Geneva says the 1-Series won't get an M-Division product.

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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

    The M Division 1-Series won't be called the M1.

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback rendering

    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 gear, these latest computer generated renderings give us a good indication of what the next-generation 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback will look like. The current 1-Series has often been criticized for having a back seat no full-sized adult would be comfortable in. However, the rear seat room in this new...

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    BMW Planning Targeted U.S. Lease Program For ActiveE

    The ActiveE is an electric car based on the BMW 1-Series.

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

    The new 135i makes use of the single-turbo N55 engine.

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    BMW 1-Series M Car Coming In 2011

    The BMW 1-series could yet get an M treatment, contrary to previous reports.

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    Los Angeles Auto Show: Would Americans Buy the Baby Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid Electric?

    First off, all of the madness concerning using letters and numbers to name cars has just gone too far. It worked for a few car companies like BMW (who has always done it) but now that everyone is turning to alphanumeric nomenclature no one can tell which car is which. I have so many of these silly...

  • BMW 1-Series Hybrid test-mule spy shots
    Spy Shots: BMW 1-Series Hybrid Test-Mule

    These latest spy shots show a 1-series test-mule wearing “Hybrid Test Vehicle” stickers on its sides and rear.

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    Lexus is unlikely to launch a sub-$30,000 model in the U.S. but that doesn’t mean it won’t develop a new entry-level model for other markets. One possibility is Europe, where small cars like BMW’s 1-series and the Audi A3 sell in substantial numbers, and according to a new report Lexus will have a competitor for its German rivals as early as next year. Set for a possible production debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the new hatch would do battle at the entry-level end of the market, potentially leaving room for the rumored IS-based hybrid also headed to Europe in the next...

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    New engines added to BMW 1-series lineup

    Like its 7-series bigger brother, the diminutive BMW 1-series is being upgraded for the 2010 model year with new engines and several special edition models. New to the lineup are the 120i and 118d 1-series Coupes, as well as the Lifestyle and Sport Editions of the three and five-door Hatchback...

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    Report: BMW to cut 1-series production costs, introduce shooting brake variant

    BMW is having a hard time making much money on the 1-series because it is capped in its upper price range by competition with the 3-series, yet it still features much of the same technology and is nearly the same size as its bigger brother. To help remedy this situation, BMW is looking to cut build...

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    BMW releases ‘Performance Power Kit’ for N54 straight-six engine

    BMW’s N54 series straight-six engine is one of the most coveted powerplants currently in production, picking up prestigious awards like the International Engine of the Year title and appearing in some of our favorite cars like the 335i Coupe and Sedan. In its standard form, the...

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    BMW reportedly planning a spiritual successor for the 2002

    Last year we saw the first test-mules for the next-generation BMW 1-series driving around the streets of Munich in Germany. At first appearance the test vehicles looked like ordinary 1-series hatchbacks but on closer inspection a number of key features revealed several vital clues about the next...

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    BMW's new 116d tops 53mpg, rivals hybrids

    The 1-series has been a popular staple among premium small-car buyers in Europe for some time, but it has only hit the U.S. recently. The fun-to-drive and attractive compact has just gained a new sibling in the form of the 116d, powered by an efficient four-cylinder diesel. Unfortunately it's only...

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