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BMW reports sales increase of 17% in March, best month ever for the Germans

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.

BMW

BMW

The new BMW 5 Series F10 is the best selling model in 2011 with 30,954 units while a total of over 200,000 units have been delivered since the model’s debut.

BMW Brilliance New Energy Vehicle arrives at Shanghai

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.

BMW Brilliance New Energy Vehicle

BMW Brilliance New Energy Vehicle

However, using the model as a plug-in hybrid, the petrol engine increases the driving range to more than 400 kilometers, quite enough considering the average distance that a driver travels every day.

The Bavarians introduce the 2011 BMW Z4 GT3

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.

2011 BMW Z4 GT3

2011 BMW Z4 GT3

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.

The BMW M3 E90 GTS Concept gets spied

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.

BMW M3 E90 GTS Concept spied

BMW M3 E90 GTS Concept spied

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.

BMW releases details on the M3 E90 GTS Concept, live photos available

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.

BMW M3 E90 GTS Concept

BMW M3 E90 GTS Concept

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 to use internal combustion engines for extended driving range for the i models

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.

BMW i3 and BMW i8

BMW i3 and BMW i8

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.

The current BMW M GmbH director, Kay Segler, to take the lead of MINI brand

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.

Friedrich Nitschke

Friedrich Nitschke

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.

VIDEO: BMW M5 F10 concept officially revealed

The premature leak of the new BMW M5 F10 forced the Germans to officially introduce the new M model based on the current 5 Series generation. Scheduled to debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, the appearance of the new M5 F10 gets revealed through the photo gallery while some of the important details are still unknown.

BMW M5 F10 concept

BMW M5 F10 concept

We know that the new M5 generation will pack the 4.4-liter unit that benefits from the TwinPower Turbo technology and comes together with a seven-speed DCT gearbox. Don’t bother too much as we will get all these details on April 19 when the Bavarians will introduce the model at Shanghai.

The new BMW M5 Concept leaked ahead the Shanghai Auto Show

After the latest information on the new BMW M5 F10, which was a half an hour raw footage while the model was tested in Sweden, the German M model gets leaked in the following photos shot at a private event in Munich.

2012 BMW M5 Concept

2012 BMW M5 Concept

Unfortunately for the Germans, the new BMW M5 F10 got leaked ahead of its official debut at the Shanghai Auto Show. The journalists selected to participate at the event decided to give us some photos with the new M5, more exactly with a concept version that most likely will be exactly the same with the series version.

Further details on the M Sport package and diesel units for the new BMW 6 Series Coupe (F12)

BMW released new details on the M Sport package that will be available for the German Coupe. Actually, a prototype wearing the M clothes has been spotted recently in Germany, a model coming with few aesthetic improvements such as new front and rear bumpers and side skirts.

BMW 650i (F12)

BMW 650i (F12)

At that time we didn’t knew for sure when the M Sport package will be available but we assumed that it will debut somewhere next year. Well, BMW stated that from the first day you can opt for the M package, the BMW 6 Series Coupe being scheduled to enter the market in September.

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