After a series of renderings and speculations on the new BMW 3 Series GT, codenamed F34, today we get the first touch with the new Bavarian model scheduled to enter the market somewhere in 2013. The prototype caught in testing has its camouflage wear but however we can make an idea in terms of dimensions and shape.
BMWUSA released a new video starring the new generation BMW 5 Series but also its interior designer Oliver Heilmer, the man who thought the interior appearance of the model in question. More exactly, we talk about the interior design of the new 5 Series F10 which is influenced by the movement but also his passion for vintage watches could have been influenced the cabin.
If Frank Weber sounds not very common to you, maybe Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid is the keyword. Frank Weber was the lead engineer of the Americans from General Motors. He took care of the development process for the well-known Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.
Earlier this month, General Motors announced that Weber quitted the company as he received few proposals from another big manufacturer. At that time, there weren’t any details but today BMW confirms that Frank Weber will join the team and will take care of the i range.
BMW proudly announces that March 2011 has been the best month in terms of sales in the history of the brand. Comparing to March 2010, the overall sales of the BMW Group which also include Rolls Royce and Mini sales raised by 17%, a total of 165,842 unit being sold in just 31 days. This means that the old record of 152,271 units set in 2007 is no longer available.
The Germans from BMW alongside their Chinese folks from Brilliance will reveal at Shanghai a special hybrid version of the current 5 Series generation, a model dedicated to the Chinese market. The BMW Brilliance New Energy Vehicle as they called the model, comes with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo developing 215 horsepower but also with a 93-horsepower electric engine that offers a full-electric driving range of 75 kilometers.
With a price of €315,000 including VAT, the new BMW Z4 GT3 is already available for orders and gets revealed in depth today. The German race model features components made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) such as the bonnet, fenders and wings, a safety cell made of steel tubing and other aerodynamic components able to improve the performance.
Under the hood you get a 4.4-liter V8 unit coupled to a six-speed sequential transmission, gearshift paddles being available. For now, BMW decided to keep the mystery on the performance developed by the new V8 engine that fits the Z4 GT3. BMW claims that the new model managed to impose by winning the Dubai 24 Hours for Team Schubert earlier this year.
We recently talked about the new BMW M3 GTS Sedan Concept bringing also some live photos from a private event held in Munich this month, an event where the M3 pickup and the M5 F10 Concept had been revealed too.
Today, we got some spy photos with the M3 GTS Concept spotted somewhere near Nurburgring, a prototype which however is not the final model, some aesthetic components missing at the moment. Under the bonnet we expect to see a 4.4-liter V8 unit developing around 444 horsepower.
Earlier this month, BMW unveiled the M3 pickup, a very unexpected model that finally proved to be just an April Fools joke but also few photos with the BMW M5 F10 Concept, a model scheduled to debut at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show.
At the same event in Germany, BMW released the first details on the M3 E90 GTS Concept, the sedan version, as you probably guessed from the codename, a model that is likely to enter the production soon. From the start, the Bavarians told us that the prototype in the photos is not fitted with the complete package.
BMW released further details on the new models within the i range, a press release issued today telling us that the models would get an additional internal combustion engine. These statements were also made at the Innovation Day held in Munich, today.
The additional internal combustion engines that follows to fit the i models will play the role to provide an extended driving range, the first models to benefit from this feature following to be the i3 and i8.
BMW officially announces that Kay Segler, the current director of the BMW M division will leave the Germans in order to take the lead of the British brand MINI. As long as MINI is a sub-brand of the BMW Group, nothing wrong happened there and considering that Segler is not at the first contact with the British brand, this decision seems to be the best.
Since 1988 when Kay Segler joined the BMW Group, four years, between 2004 and 2008 were spent at the lead of MINI. Segler’s place at the lead of the M division will be taken by Friedrich Nitschke, the man who currently takes care about the British brand.