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The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe already crashed three times

It seems that a small 1 Series with 340 horsepower under the bonnet and a rear-wheel drive system is quite difficult to control as today we saw the third incident where the smallest M ever created by BMW performance division has been involved. The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe is also offered in a limited edition of around 1,000 units while its production is scheduled to end later this year, most probably in December. Therefore, we got all the reasons to feel bad for each vehicle which ends up in the railings.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe crashed

BMW 1 Series M Coupe crashed

The first accident with the new 1M Coupe has been reported in mid-July when a South Korean customer managed to crash his brand new vehicle after another vehicle did not respected the semaphore’s red color.

BMW reveals the new i8 Concept, a 349HP plug-in hybrid sports car

As promised, we are back with the fresh details on BMW’s fully electric i range from the press conference held on Friday. If yesterday we analyzed the BMW i3 Concept, today we will talk about the other model in the range, the i8 plug-in hybrid which follows to be available starting 2013 along the fully electric i3. The first obvious difference between the first i models is the powertrain, the new BMW i8 adopting a hybrid setup with an electric motor and a 1.5-liter gasoline unit.

BMW i8 Concept

BMW i8 Concept

The electric engine is placed on the front axle and delivers 129 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque, coupled to a twin-speed transmission which transfers the power to the front wheels. On the other hand, the 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline unit is able to produce 220 horses and 300 Nm of torque, the rear wheels receiving the power thanks to a dual clutch transmission.

BMW i3 Concept completely revealed with full photo gallery

This is the day all of us were waiting for many months, since BMW announced the new i sub-brand to be more precise. If we already knew how the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will look like mainly as it is based on the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, the new i3 electric model was somehow shrouded in mystery until now. As we previously announced, BMW held a press conference today revealing more details about the new range containing eco-friendly models.

BMW i3 Concept

BMW i3 Concept

Fortunately, they also displayed the first two models scheduled to enter the market in 2013. Since now, we got the opportunity to see the new i3 only in few renderings and spy photos but today we can clearly see how the new fully electric city car looks like.

BMW to reveal the i range this Friday at a press conference

The Bavarians from BMW recently announced that the first to models within the new i range will be previewed soon within a press conference scheduled for this Friday, on July 29th, 2011 to be more precise. The Germans considered that this is all we have to know for now about this event, therefore no additional details on what we will see there are available for now. However, they released the satellite details along the schedule of this conference, information which will be posted at the end of this article.

BMW i sub-brand

BMW i sub-brand

Until then, I think we shall recap what we already know about the new BMW sub-brand, the special range for electric vehicles created by the Munich-based manufacturer.

BMW DesignworksUSA to revise the BART in San Francisco

BMW recently announced that DesignworksUSA, the Californian design center, will take care of revising the San Francisco train system, one of the oldest in the country. The Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) is also on the fifth place in terms of dimensions with 44 stations, therefore, BMW’s American design team has a pretty difficult task. However, we have no reason to worry as BMW already redesigned the metro system of Warsaw, the capital of Poland, that time in partnership with Siemens.

BMW DesignworksUSA

BMW DesignworksUSA

“DesignworksUSA is invigorated to join BART in their continuing commitment to delivering a premium ridership experience,” says Laurenz Schaffer, President, BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “We are passionate about creating innovative solutions for mobility in increasingly dense urban centers such as the Bay Area, and we are excited as our collaborative partnership with BART gets underway,” Schaffer continues.

BMW rewarded with three prizes at the Automotive Brand Contest

Only few hours ago, BMW officially announced through a press release that the first edition of Automotive Brand Contest brought the Bavarian brand three prizes in “Architecture & Events”, “Concept & Study” and “Exterior” categories. Automotive Brand Contest is a competition presented by the German Design Council, the award ceremony following to be held this fall, on September 13th, at the Frankfurt Motor Show as part of Automotive Designers’ Night.

BMW 328 Hommage

BMW 328 Hommage

To begin with, BMW won the award of the “Architecture & Events” category with the SESTOSENSO light installation. This product is made in collaboration with Paul Cocksedge, a British light designed and FLOS.

The all new BMW 4 Series

BMW, as you might have heard by now, is set to unveil a new four-door coupe as a direct competitor to the Audi A5 Sportback.
It will, in effect, be a 3 Series GT, based on the meatier 5 Series GT, with a different badge: the 4 Series. BMW will give it a distinctive coupe-like look and place it between the smaller 3 Series and the larger 5 Series, making it a perfect middle ground car for commuters and families alike.

2013 BMW 3 Series GT (F34)
2013 BMW 3 Series GT (F34)

Customers will have the option of owning the four-door motor with either two or three seats in the rear and will get a two-stage tailgate at the boot of the car.
The 4 Series is being touted as an alternative to the high-end 6 Series coupe, but will reportedly still be sold at a premium price by BMW.

BMW rated as the third most popular brand in 2011

We have got some really interesting news for all the BMW fans as the German brand is the third most popular in the world this year, defeated only by Apple and Google. Therefore, BMW seems to be the most popular automotive brand in the world ranking third, a climb of six positions considering that BMW ranked ninth last year in the same standings published by RankingTheBrands, a marketing agency which prepares every year standings of the first 100 most popular brands.

BMW Group

BMW Group

Another interesting move in this ranking is between the first and the second place, Apple being able to defeat Google and take the lead with a RTB score of 202. The company from Mountain View managed to obtain 191 points while the German brand got 131 points, closely followed by Microsoft with 122, a decrease of one position to the fourth place.

BMW 135i to get the Performance Edition as well

The Germans from BMW recently announced that the new Performance Edition which initially was available only for the 335i is now going to enter the 1 Series range too. This new limited edition comes at a cost of $550 and mainly celebrates the production end of the current 3 Series range. The styling improvements brought by this package are few while the performance upgrades are also not very significant comparing to the high-sounding name of this limited edition.

BMW 135i

BMW 135i

“Performance breeds excitement and the BMW Performance Edition for the 2011 335i / xDrive Sedan ensures that new car buyers are in for that extra thrill beyond the outstanding performance that can already be realized with these exciting vehicles. Customers can now option their vehicles with a special BMW Performance Edition (option code ZMZ) that includes an all-new Power Kit, black kidney grilles and a “BMW Performance Edition” badge for only $550,” claims BMW.

Second half of the year to bring new sales growth in China

We’ve recently talked about BMW’s all-time sales record reported for the first six months of 2011. The last month was also the most profitable ever with 165,855 units sold, an increase of almost 16% comparing to the same period of the last year. The Asian market returned an increase of 47,3% in the first half of 2011 followed by the U.S. with 18,7% and Europe with 12,3%. Even these figures are nothing but great, BMW Group claims that the following six months should continue this increasing trend.

BMW

BMW

BMW’s Sales Chief Ian Robertson claimed that the second half of 2011 should bring a new increase in sales for the Chinese market, however not that significant as the increase of the first six months, which was somewhere around 60%.

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