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The new BMW 1 Series generation to get up to six body styles

The Germans from BMW seem to have big plans for the second-generation 1 Series, a model officially introduced earlier this month in the five-door hatchback version. The official details of the new BMW 1 Series (F20) are available here while you can watch the first commercial of the German small family car here. Moreover, only two days away from the reveal, the Germans from BMW introduced the online configurator of the new 1 Series with the M Sport package.

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20)

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20)

Until now, nothing new, but some sources within BMW claim that the company has big plans with the new 1 Series generation planning to launch a total of six body styles of the model, variants scheduled to come gradually.

BMW Group reports the most successful May in terms of sales

According to Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing, May 2011 was the most successful in BMW’s history with increased sales by 22,1%. Comparing to the previous year’s May when 120,850 units were delivered, this year, a total of 147,563 BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce vehicles were delivered to their customers, an increase of 22,1% as mentioned above. This proved to be quite enough to set a new all-time sales high for the month of May.

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BMW Group released detailed information regarding the most important markets and models as well that helped the German company to achieve this new record. The most important market for the Bavarians proved to be Germany with 29,372 units sold last month, an increase of 27,7% over the 22,993 vehicle sold in the same period of 2010.

BMW M3 Frozen Black – a special edition designed for the U.S. market

The BMW M3 E92 is probably the model that received the most special editions from the Germans, yet another one being revealed these days. We talk about Frozen Black, a special edition dedicated, this time, to the U.S. customers as the last three (Carbon Edition, Matte Edition and Tiger Edition) were specially designed for the Chinese market. As you probably expected, all these editions are based on the current-generation BMW M3 Coupe, internally known as E92.

BMW M3 Frozen Black special edition

BMW M3 Frozen Black special edition

Of course, the German engineers fitted the BMW M3 Frozen Black with the same 4.0-liter V8 unit able to produce 414 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque.

BMW Group to invest £500 million in the UK plants

BMW Group announced yesterday within a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street that they plans to invest £500 million in the UK production network, an investment scheduled to gradually materialize over the next three years. The new £500 million investment will add to the existing money channeled to the UK production totalizing more than £1.5 billion. This decision of sending more money to the UK facilities wants to boost the production of the next generation MINI models.

BMW Group invests more in the UK production

BMW Group invests more in the UK production

According to BMW, a total of over 5,000 jobs will be safeguarded in the UK as the main purpose of this £500 million investment is to create new facilities and provide additional equipment for MINI’s Oxford plant. The Hams Hall engine plant near Birmingham as well as the pressings plant in Swindon will also provide a large number of new jobs due to this investment.

BMW M3 E90 takes over the task of being the Ring Taxi

The 20.8-kilometre Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit is undoubtedly a great piece of engineering with 73 corners and its special features able to make a single lap one of the most unforgettable memories. The German circuit really deserves the “Green Hell” moniker thanks to its unique characteristics, a large number of important German manufacturers, mainly the Bavarians from BMW, choosing to test their upcoming performance models on the challenging track. The BMW M3 E90 will be the new Ring Taxi with skilled drivers behind the steering wheel.

BMW M3 E90 Ring Taxi

BMW M3 E90 Ring Taxi

As you probably know, BMW lets you enjoy the German circuit by providing the Ring Taxi service. Until now, the Ring Taxi was a BMW M5 E60 with the famous Sabine Schmidt professional driver behind the steering wheel.

VIDEO: BMW promotes the new 1 Series F20 – One Origin. Two Originals.

You probably remember BMW’s campaign called “One Origin. Two Originals”, even a special webpage being created in order to promote the mysterious models with two different personalities but one origin that finally proved to be the new 1 Series generation. If you forgot in the mean time, BMW released a teaser in early May promoting two models, one of them having an artistic character while the second being dynamic.

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20)

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20)

The official photo gallery of the new BMW 1 Series F20 is showing two models in the same colors as that vehicles and this could made us think back at the teaser. If this has not happened, BMW clearly shows their idea of a model with two personalities keeping the same story line as in the beginning.

2012 BMW 1 Series M package – details and photos available

Only two days after the official reveal of the new BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20), the Germans from BMW published photos and details with the M Sport package designed for the new 1 Series generation. However, they did not issued a press release with plenty details but let all the clients to take a sneak peek on their German website. To be more precise, using the online configurator you can customize the German model that benefits from the M Sport package.

BMW 1 Series M Sport Package

BMW 1 Series M Sport Package

Of course, the key elements that reveal details on the new BMW 1 Series M Sport are the photos available in the online configurator, images which does not compromise the performance figures. Therefore, we can’t make an idea regarding the performance upgrades that will be brought by the M Sport package to the four-cylinder engine lineup.

Spy Photos: BMW FWD hatchback prototype surprised in action

It’s been already known that BMW is working on a new front-wheel drive model designed to enter the market most likely by the end of 2013. The new entry-level German model is a five-door hatchback and today we face the first spy photos of the model in question. BMW’s new front-wheel drive model which is under development already caused some modifications in the range as the Germans recently trademarked the “M2″ moniker both in Germany and the United States.

BMW front-wheel drive prototype

BMW front-wheel drive prototype

This decision has been taken in order to ensure that the future 1 Series generation will have a name, this is how the future 2 Series range will appear. Of course, the new front-wheel drive model will take the place of the current 1 Series range as its dimensions are slightly smaller than the 2012 BMW 1 Series, a model completely revealed yesterday.

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20) officially revealed after premature leak

Shortly after the premature leak of the new 1 Series generation, codenamed F20, the Germans from BMW decided to reveal new photos with the Bavarian small model that is scheduled to meet the audience at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Of course, the new photo gallery comes together with all the technical and performance details, the engine range of the model being revealed too. As expected, the Germans dropped the six-cylinder units and are now offering a total of five engine choices, four-cylinder units with TwinPower Turbo to be more precise.

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20)

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20)

Until then, we can note the increased dimensions, the new 1 Series F20 being 85 mm longer than the predecessor, the width being increased by 17 mm as well. A longer wheelbase is also available, a total increase of 30 mm providing more space for the passengers.

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20) full photo gallery surfaced

This is not our first contact with the upcoming 1 Series generation as the German model has been caught several times during tests but for sure this will be the most interesting post for the new small family car as, somehow, a large photo gallery with the new BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20) surfaced. The German model is revealed in a set of high resolution photos that most likely appeared on the Internet without BMW’s permission as they released no official details on this.

2012 BMW 1-Series hatchback (F20)

2012 BMW 1-Series hatchback (F20)

Even if we talk about leaked photos or not, we are extremely happy to get a full perspective of the design philosophy adopted by the Bavarians. Without doubt, the exterior of the new 1 Series hatchback received significant changes mainly if we are looking at the front and rear optical blocks.

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