We have got some new details about the next-generation BMW M3, information coming from a BMW insider which confirmed few changes in the model’s engine range along other interesting details. To being with, it seems that the new M3 will adopt a new six-cylinder engine able to return a better fuel economy while dropping the current 4.0-liter V8 engine unit. We talk about a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine which is currently under development.
BMW 1 Series was born in late 2004 and is the second most successful model for BMW.
BMW 1 Series is manufactured in three versions, namely the BMW 1 Series hatchback since 2004 (5 door – codenamed E87, 3 door – E81), 2 door coupe (E82) since 2007, respectively 2 door convertible (E88) since 2008. BMW offers the following engines for BMW 1 Series: 1.6 liter (116i, 118i), 2 liter (116d, 116i, 118d, 118i, 120d, 120i), 2 liter twin-turbo (123d), 3.0 liter single turbo (125i, 128i, 130i), 3 liter twin-turbo (135i).
Here we have a spy video with the upcoming BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, a model scheduled to enter the market somewhere in 2013. The four-door coupe model has been previewed by the Concept Gran Coupe, a model unveiled last year at the Beijing Auto Show. The upcoming German model has been caught on tape while undergoing tests on the streets of Germany. Most likely, the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe uses the same platform with the current 5 Series Sedan/GT and 7 Series.
The new BMW 3 Series sedan is undoubtedly very close to debut in front of the audience, new photos with the German model surfacing, this time, without any camouflage layers. Actually, the new BMW 3 Series (F30) is scheduled to enter production somewhere in November this year while it should see the model on streets next year. In terms of appearance, the new 3 Series generation showcases an evolved design with influences from the new 5 Series F10 generation.
The model pictured in this article is painted in Mineral Gray while the interior features a beige finish. These photos are not the official ones of course, but they help us to get an idea on the next-generation 3 Series.
The Germans from BMW decided to create a new software program for their customers, this information coming shortly after the company released the “Ultimate Drive” mobile application which lets the drivers to share their favorite routes or roads in over 50 countries. The application is now available for free in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market, more details on this subject being available at this link.
BMW Group Financial Services recently revealed “The Ultimate Drive” mobile application which allows the drivers to share the best roads to drive and their favorite routes in over 50 countries, the application being sharing-friendly with networks such as Facebook or email. “As a company, we pride ourselves on our ongoing uses of technology to build stronger relationships with our customers,” said Ed Robinson, President and CEO for BMW Group Financial Services.
The new app for the BMW owners is available for both iPhone and Android devices and as mentioned above, it is presented by BMW Group Financial Services, the development process the job of the San Francisco-based company, SocialNav.
About two months ago, BMW faced some issues with 68 union workers from the parts distribution center in Ontario, California. At that time, Senator Barbara Boxer, the chairwoman of the Ethics Committee said that BMW is looking forward to fire these experienced workers in order to hire a cheaper workforce which is unfair, in her opinion. The contract of the 65 workers which are part of Teamsters Union Local 495 expired on August 31, BMW refusing to renew their contracts which led to a protest.
Tim Kitchens, one of the 68 Ontario workers said: “I need this job and the health insurance to take care of my family. Many of us have worked here for decades and have helped make BMW the most profitable luxury car company in America.”
Last month, the Germans from BMW officially revealed the first two members of the new i family, the new i3 and i8 to be more precise. However, the models were bearing the “Concept” badge which means that the production version of the models in question could suffer some modifications over the vehicles presented at the press conference in Germany. Even so, the German company took out the two eco-friendly vehicles out for a photo shooting somewhere in Chicago, a perfect opportunity to see some real footage with the futuristic looking models.
It seems that BMW faces a possible recall these days as the flagship 7 Series (E65/E66) received some complaints, the customers complaining about the safety of the model as there are some issues with the Park shift. The customers reported rollaway incidents after parking and exiting the car, a serious problem which required the attention of NHTSA (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Fortunately, there were no injuries or deaths due to this issue certain versions of the BMW 7 Series.
According to the official information, around 120,000 units are under investigation as there are more than few complaints regarding rollaway incidents after parking. The models concerned are all the 7 Series units manufactured between 2002 and 2008, vehicles equipped with the Comfort Access system.
Once again, BMW Group has some good reasons to celebrate as the German company reported increased sales for the previous month. Few weeks ago, the Bavarian company released sales figures for the first six months of 2011, announcing an all-time record of 833,366 units, an increase of 19,7% comparing to the same period of the last year. Today, we find out that July is also continuing the ascending trend in terms of sales with an increase of 7.6% for BMW Group.
Ian Robertson, responsible for Sales and Marketing claimed that the current attractive line-up currently available along the good sales figures reported each month will lead to the estimated sales of 1,6 million vehicles for 2011.