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VIDEO: The new BMW i models spotted in Chicago

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.

BMW i3 and BMW i8

BMW i3 and BMW i8

It is true that we already met the new i3 and i8 models last month as BMW offered a bunch of official photos alongside CGI videos but we never had the opportunity to see these models on the streets.

BMW 7 Series put under investigation by the NHTSA

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.

BMW 7 Series

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.

BMW reports increased sales figures for July 2011

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.

BMW

BMW

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.

BMW rumored to introduce M550d, a diesel version for the new M5 F10

We have some interesting news for all the BMW fans worldwide as the German company might introduce a diesel version of the current M5 F10. This would be a first for the Bavarian manufacturer as all the M models released until now were offered only with gasoline engines offering maximum power somehow regardless fuel consumption. The surprising information comes from a German publication who managed to get its hands on some documents which certifies that a diesel variant is very likely to be seen on the roads soon.

BMW M550dX

BMW M550dX

The journalists from Motor-Talk managed to get this document where besides the usual versions, a new M550dX variant was listed. Of course, is still early to know if there undoubtedly will be a diesel M5 but the Germans have quite enough reasons to extend the offering.

BMW announced results for the Mini E trial program

BMW Group decided to release the results of the trial program launched in the UK in December 2009. This project involved 40 Mini E electric vehicles and lasted for 12 months, until March 2011. The Oxford Brookes University analyzed the results and did the research, the final figures being more than satisfying for BMW’s sub-brand. A total of 40 MINI E vehicles were given to 76 pool users and 62 citizens in a project conducted in two stages.

Mini E

Mini E

Kulveer Ranger, Mayor of London’s environment director, said: “Electric driving technology is coming on leaps and bounds, but people naturally still have questions and concerns. Research such as this by BMW Group into real life experiences is invaluable as it debunks some common myths and underscores why electric vehicles are perfect for urban driving.”

The new BMW X3 gets two new turbocharged engines

The Germans from BMW announced their intentions to extend the engine range of the current BMW X3 generation, internally known as the F25. Therefore, the plan to introduce a number of two new turbocharged units which will be available starting this fall. The first unit is going to be the new entry level engine while the second one will be the most powerful unit available for the German compact crossover, but as mentioned above, they will be available only later this year.

BMW X3

BMW X3

“From its inception, the new BMW X3 has occupied the top slot among the competition by virtue of its compelling driving pleasure, convincing versatility and commanding presence anchored in high-calibre design and no-compromise premium quality. Now this successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is about to extend its lead even further on the efficiency front,” says BMW.

RevoZport unveils the BMW 1 Series M Coupe Raze P450

It seems that the newest member of the M family gets more and more attention from tuners, a new package being revealed today by Asian specialists from RevoZport. The good news is that the 1M Raze P450 brings both aesthetic and performance improvements, the latter upgrade being something really interesting considering that the German model already has a big potential on the circuit as we have seen in this video where a BMW enthusiast raced against a BMW M3 CSL on the Nurburgring.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe by RevoZport

BMW 1 Series M Coupe by RevoZport

RevoZport focused on reducing weight and adding extra horsepower by operating some basic tweaks for a tuning house. To be more precise, the tuning house revised the ECU unit, added a titanium exhaust system along high-flow air filters and a new intercooler.

The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe against E46 M3 CSL on Nurburgring

Here we have a very interesting race against the freshly revealed BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the older but more powerful BMW E45 M3 CSL. Another important thing to know is that behind the steering wheel are not professional drivers but BMW enthusiasts. However, the result is pretty impressive and we can clearly see that the new 1M Coupe is a quite decent racing car even compared with a renowned model such the previous-generation M3 CSL.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs. BMW M3 CSL

BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs. BMW M3 CSL

The race has been held at the Nurburgring circuit, the gap between the two German models being somewhere around 25 seconds. To be more precise, the BMW M3 CSL lapped the famous German circuit in 7:50 while the smaller 1M Coupe in 8:15.

VIDEO: BMW reveals the new i3 and i8 Concepts in depth

As you probably know, the Bavarians from BMW already revealed the new i3 and i8 models at a press conference held few days ago. For now, they presented just the concept version of the models in question but in fact they are pre-production vehicles which will suffer only minor modifications as mass production models. The fully electric BMW i3 is scheduled to hit the dealerships in 2013 while the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car will be available later that year or starting 2014.

BMW i3 Concept

BMW i3 Concept

Today, we will discuss on all the important information we got from BMW since now while in the end of the article we will watch some videos where the Germans both presented and explained the first two models bearing the new i badge.

The new BMW 1 Series hatchback priced from £19,375 in the UK

The new BMW 1 Series hatchback is scheduled to enter the British showrooms in mid-September after its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the same period. Therefore, the Germans from BMW released the UK pricing of the second generation 1 Series, a model which comes with a starting price of £19,375. The British department of BMW claimed that 2012 should bring sales figures of around 20,000 units for the new 1 Series, but not only for the current variant as the Germans plan to introduce up to six different body styles for the model in question.

BMW 1 Series hatchback

BMW 1 Series hatchback

“The all-new, second generation BMW 1 Series occupies a distinctive niche within its segment, offering a unique and rewarding combination of agile, precise handling, improved aesthetics and innovative technology,” this is how the Germans describe in few words the new model.

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