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BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition debuts this fall

BMW officially announced the X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition set to debut this fall. The new version of the current-generation BMW X1 (E84) will be available with the EfficientDynamics package able to significantly improve the fuel-economy. Besides the diesel engine which fits the new eco-friendly version of the current BMW X1, the Germans prepared a new TwinPower petrol unit for the compact model. For the beginning, the new BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition gets improved figures thanks to a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo unit.

BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition

BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition

The new four-cylinder diesel engine is able to produce 163 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque. If the horsepower amount is not impressive, you may want to know that the fuel-optimized German model is able to return a fuel consumption of only 4,5 liters/100 km and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km.

VIDEO: 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe reviewed by Jeremy Clarkson

The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe is once again in the center of attention, making the fans even more disappointed that the smallest M will be also the rarest series production M model. As you know, the new 1M Coupe will be manufactured in less than 1,000 units while the German sport car is scheduled to quit the production in December this year. You can read more about the production and availability of the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe here.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe review

BMW 1 Series M Coupe review

We’ve seen a lot of opinions from several magazines and publications but this latest review come from the people behind the best show of the decade, Top Gear.

BMW faces troubles in firing 65 employees at the Ontario distribution center

It seems that the Germans from BMW are having a hard time firing 65 employees at the parts distribution facility in Ontario, California. Senator Barbara Boxer, the chairwoman of the Ethics Committee wrote a letter to BMW North America CEO Jim O’Donnell telling him that replacing the loyal and experienced workers from the Ontario facility would be an unfair decision mainly considering that the Germans are looking forward for cheaper workforce, this being the main reason for this decision, according to the American Senator.

Teamsters Union Local 495

Teamsters Union Local 495

The 65 workers are part of the Teamsters Union Local 495, their contract with the German company expiring on August 31. To be more precise, we are not talking about firing but BMW said it will not renew the contract but will look forward to cheaper employees.

VIDEO: More about the BMW M3 CRT (E90) special edition

Here are some extra details about the newest special edition dedicated to the current-generation BMW M3. We previously talked on this subject but today we will get deeper into the details as the new “Carbon Racing Technology” package brings a little bit more than the previous special editions revealed by BMW, mainly for the Chinese market. Another interesting decision was to bring these advanced improvements to the Sedan version of the current M3, a right move if we consider the feedback of the fans.

BMW M3 CRT

BMW M3 CRT

As you probably remember from the first post, the new BMW M3 CRT comes with a reworked version of the 4.4-liter V8 unit able to deliver 450 horsepower, an increase of 30 horses over the standard M3. The transmission is the seven-speed M Dual Clutch (M-DCT), the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h being now possible in 4,4 seconds while the top speed is 290 km/h.

BMW M3 CRT special edition revealed

The Germans from BMW revealed yet another special edition of the current M3 generation. If the previous special models were based on the Coupe variant, this time the Bavarians decided to bring some improvements to the Sedan version and it seems to be a good decision. The current BMW M3 E90 received some styling updates but also some additional power under the bonnet, somehow unexpectedly as the previous editions earlier revealed were not benefiting from extra horsepower.

BMW M3 CRT (E90)

BMW M3 CRT (E90)

Called CRT, which stands for Carbon Racing Technology, the special edition of the M3 Sedan comes with a lightweight structure that weighs 1580 kg, around 45 kg being removed from the total mass.

2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe laps the Nurburgring in 8:15

It seems that the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe is once again put to performance tests by the German people from Sport Auto, the smallest M obtaining a new noteworthy result. If few months ago the same German magazine tested the new 1M Coupe at the Hockenheim circuit and obtained an amazing 1:14.1 lap time beating models such as the BMW E92 M3 ZCP DCT. This time, Sport Auto announces that the well-known circuit from Nurburgring has been completed by the new 1M Coupe in 8:15.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Packing a 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbocharged unit producing 335 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4,9 seconds. Its total mass of less than 1450 kg also contributes to the good performance, models such as Porsche 987.5 Cayman S, BMW E46 M3 Coupe and Audi RS3 Sportback being seriously topped.

Spy Photos: 2013 BMW 7 Series facelift (F01) caught on the German streets

Here are some very first photos with the facelift version designed for the current BMW 7 Series (F01). The restyled variant of the fifth-generation 7 Series is expected to debut somewhere in 2012, the German flagship following to receive some minor exterior and interior improvements while the engine range is expected to get some updated as well. The Germans from BMW are trying to speed up the development process of the new BMW 7 Series in order to provide a competitive alternative to other rival models in this segment.

2013 BMW 7 Series facelift

2013 BMW 7 Series facelift

It’s good to know that BMW is currently testing a revised version of the current-generation 7 Series, a model which is marketed for around three years, an update being undoubtedly needed.

Video: 2012 BMW M5 F10 first driving footage

The Germans from BMW decided to reveal the first video of the new BMW M5 (F10), a footage which shows the German M model revving its engine at the Ascari Race Resort in southern Spain. We already discussed all the important facts and figures of the high performance model based on the current 5 Series generation but if you missed it you can read more here. The new M5 will debut this fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show but also later this week at the M Festival.

2012 BMW M5 F10

2012 BMW M5 F10

The pure M character of the German model is underlined in this video, the new M5 eating the tarmac and showing its special features worthy of an M model.

2012 BMW M5 F10 to be revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK

The British department of BMW Group announced that the all-new BMW M5 F10 will be fully revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an event which takes place in the UK between 1 and 3 July 2011. BMW UK released plenty details about what will happen at the event which starts early July, models such as the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe but also a 1936 BMW 328 roadster and 1972 BMW M1 Turbo Concept being ready to be revealed.

2012 BMW M5 F10

2012 BMW M5 F10

Moreover, few models within BMW’s range such as the M3 GTS and Z4 GT3 powered by a V8 unit will compete in the Goodwood hill climb.

The new BMW i3 and i8 to be revealed ahead of Frankfurt Auto Show

It seems that the Germans from BMW are planning to reveal the first two models of the new i sub-brand ahead the Frankfurt Auto Show which starts in September this year. First time when we came in contact with the new fully electric BMW i3 happened few months ago when the spy photographers caught the new electric model from BMW being tested in some frozen lands, most probably in Sweden. Lately, we got some information that the new i3 will come with a starting price of $35,000 while the availability is set for 2013.

BMW i3 and BMW i8

BMW i3 and BMW i8

The new BMW i8 is a hybrid supercar based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, a large number of features adopted by the concept version following to be found on the production model.

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