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2012 BMW 3 Series (F30) undisguised

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.

2012 BMW 3 Series

2012 BMW 3 Series

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.

BMW to offer real-time traffic information

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 Real-Time Traffic Information

BMW Real-Time Traffic Information

Today, the German manufacturer announced that all the BMW owners will benefit from a new software program able to provide real-time traffic information right on their computers.

BMW reveals the The Ultimate Drive mobile application

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 Ultimate Drive app

The Ultimate Drive app

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.

BMW to extend the contracts for Ontario Workers

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.

Teamsters Union

Teamsters Union

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.”

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.

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