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BMW ActiveE electric vehicle comes as Geneva Motor Show

We recently announced that BMW decided to unveil the new 6 Series Coupe (F12) at the Shanghai Auto Show, an important decision considering that the new model will debut in China and not in Europe. However, at the upcoming European auto show, at Geneva, BMW kept some firsts for the European audience.

BMW ActiveE

BMW ActiveE

Among others, the Germans will reveal the production-ready version of ActiveE, an electric model which offers great performance but unfortunately there is a downside. Namely, BMW decided to create just 1000 copies which will be availabe just for rent. Why is this so sad? Well, you’ll find when you’ll read the specs below.

BMW introduces new features for X5 and X6 topping with new rear seat

BMW recently announced few new features which will be available for the X5 and X6 starting this spring. We talk about a new system which offers the opportunity to start your engine remotely using the key, that’s the Comfort Access system, but also a new 20-inch alloy wheels, iPod and iTouch connectivity and an improved Connected Drive system which handles easier now the most popular social networks.

2011 BMW X6

2011 BMW X6

The Germans from BMW also offer the flappy paddle gear shift system but what’s more important, a new rear seat for their sports activity coupe, the BMW X6.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept officially revealed

Early this year BMW published a teaser video with the ConnectedDrive concept, a prototype which will be revealed within the Geneva Motor Show alongside other new models in range. At that time we were not able to see too much details about the new ConnectedDrive concept but now we got an official photo gallery.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept

At the exterior we see the aggressive sloping hood, headlamps fitted with angel eyes, a more prominent grille and large air intakes in the front bumper.

Rumors: BMW to reveal at Geneva a so-called Z2 Concept

We already stated that BMW won’t reveal the new M5 generation at Geneva and we have to wait few more months for the Frankfurt Auto Show where the new performance model is expected to be introduced. However, the Bavarians might unveil a new concept, called Z2 Concept, a prototype which wants to foreshadow a new cadet in the Z range of the Germans.

BMW Z2 rendering

BMW Z2 rendering

At the same European auto show, at Geneva, we should find if there will be any series model based on this concept to enter the range because some sources claim that this is just a design study. The same rumors tell us that the Z2 Concept will revive the famous doors found on BMW Z1.

BMW production-ready M5 Concept comes at Shanghai Auto Show

In approximately two months since now, the Germans from BMW will unveil a concept version of the incoming M5 generation, a prototype which is in fact very very close to the series model if not exactly the same. BMW decided to bring the BMW M5 F10 at the Shanghai Auto Show, ahead of any major European automotive event.

2011 BMW M5 F10 rendering

2011 BMW M5 F10 rendering

They called it M5 Concept but there is very likely to be just the name as according to the available details the prototype which will be displayed in China will be almost the same as the production version.

BMW clears the rumors regarding possible Fiat partnership

The Germans from BMW, more exactly, Friedrich Eichiner, the financial director of BMW firmly stated that there is not any partnership between the German group and Fiat and they are not interested to buy this brand or something like this.

BMW

BMW

According to some rumors, the future Mini models should share a Fiat platform but these assumptions were denied by the Germans, claiming that there would be too much differences if a new platform would be used. In the same time, Friedrich Eichiner stated that in the development process of BMW’s Isetta Fiat had no role as few assumed.

BMW picks Shanghai to unveil the 6 Series Coupe (F12)

According to some information published by the Dutch people from AutoWeek, the Coupe version of the new BMW 6 Series generation. If you missed it, I invite you to check out the spy shots where the new 6 Series Coupe (F12) gets revealed, surprisingly, without any camouflage.

2011 Shanghai Auto Show

2011 Shanghai Auto Show

Lately, the German model revealed its new panoramic glass roof which is borrowed somehow from the concept version but however is slightly smaller.

BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification, BMW and PSA collaboration

BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification, this is the name of the latest agreement between BMW and the French people from PSA. They decided to join their forces in order to create hybrid components, and why not, we can assume that the financial situation was also a decisive reason.

BMW PSA

BMW PSA

By building together the hybrid systems both BMW and PSA will reduce the costs and probably will be able to share their knowledge and achieve new innovations. The new hybrid system will debut somewhere in 2014 and will be available, of course, for the BMW, Peugeot and Citroen eco-friendly vehicles.

Kelleners upgrades the 5 Series F10 M for Geneva

The Germans from Kelleners decided to create a tuning kit for the current 5 Series generation, but not for the standard model, the 535i F10 fitted with the M sport package being picked. Regarding the exterior improvements, we can notice the 20-inch alloy wheels in various styles and colors, revised front bumper with new air intakes, a set of side sills and also a redesigned rear with carbon fiber air diffuser and a dual-pipe exhaust system.

BMW 525i M by Kelleners

BMW 525i M by Kelleners

On the other hand, a new sport suspension which lowers the ground clearance by 30 mm is also available together with some serious performance touches.

BMW temporarily quits the Egyptian market

In the last ten days we saw at every single news program footage from Cairo where hundreds of thousands of people intense protest. Of course, the chaos from Egypt which most probably will not end too early affected the automotive market and drew the attention of the biggest car manufacturers which already took drastic decisions.

BMW Headquarters

BMW Headquarters

The Germans from BMW, alongside other big companies such as Volkswagen, Nissan, Daimler and General Motors decided to quit the Egyptian market until the tensioned situation will disappear. As you are reading an automotive related post we will focus more on the decisions that BMW and the other manufacturers were forced to take.

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