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The first wave of BMW i3 units have come ashore here in the United State, with the first few i3 sales going to some prominent figures within the green community. BMW i3 No. one was delivered to Boston resident Charles Rabie who is also a Tufts University professor of practice, electric vehicle proponent, and current owner of a BMW ActiveE.

The i3 represents BMW’s first all-electric vehicle intended for mass consumption. It utilizes a hybrid-synchronous electric motor that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque powering the rear wheels with a range up to 100 miles. Power is stored in a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery that can be recharged in 30 minutes when connected to a fast-charge station or roughly eight hours with a conventional home charger.

What’s more, a range-extender model is available with a 650 cc, two-cylinder gasoline engine. The little engine only produces 34 horsepower, but pushes the i3’s total range to 180 miles of everyday driving. The engine works well for doubling the i3’s range, but it also increases the car’s overall cost by some $4,000. Then again, on a car costing over $46,000, an additional $4k isn’t a bad price for the ability to drive twice as far.

Also atop the list of folks getting an early i3 is Ashlan Gorse Cousteau. She is a former E! Entertainment correspondent and the wife of Philippe Cousteau, who happens to be the grandson of Jacques Cousteau, the famous French explorer. It surely is a small world.

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Holden is considered somewhat of an exotic brand, mostly because its vehicles aren’t made available in Europe or the United States. Save for a few exceptions, such as the VE Commodore -based Pontiac G8 and Chevy SS , Holdens mainly remained on Australian soil and a few surrounding countries.

And that has caused some frustration with U.S. enthusiasts, especially among those that were hoping for General Motors to revive the Chevy El Camino by importing the Holden Ute . That didn’t happen, but GM eventually brought the Commodore Stateside last year as the Chevrolet SS .

The Detroit giant also imported the Australian sedan to the United Kingdom for its Vauxhall brand, but, unlike North America, the Brits got the angrier, HSV -prepped version of the Commodore. Sold under the VXR8 GTS name, the high-performance sedan is being marketed as a competitor for the more popular BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG .

And judging by the numbers, the Vauxhall is an impressive machine, with 577 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque coming out of a supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine. That’s more than what the BMW M5 Competition Package gets under the hood, but is it enough for the rebadged Holden to take on one of Germany’s finest sedan ?

The folks over at Autocar embarked on a mission to find out and put both vehicles through handling and rolling start drag race tests with Steve Sutcliffe behind the wheel. Who won? Well, you’ll just have to hit the play button to find out.

The BMW i8 , by all accounts, is a pretty incredible ride. It looks sexy as hell; it’s got an advanced powertrain; and the technology used on the hybrid sports car is arguably second-to-none. All that being said, even the i8 is entitled to a bad day or two, and as this video painfully shows, one of those bad days reared its ugly head during a recent testing session at the Nurburgring.

At the start, the i8 looks to have been running smoothly, effortlessly stretching its legs while weaving around one of the world’s most famous race tracks. But during one run down a straight, the i8 slows down and drives into a patch of grass on the side.

We don’t know exactly what happened to the i8, but it doesn’t look like it was part of the testing script. Maybe it lost power, or there were some mechanical glitches in that weave of wiring inside the car. But something happened to the i8 because cars like this one don’t slow down on the side of the road for anything.

Every year, BMW brings a number of its vehicles to RETTmobil, considered as the best European expo for emergency vehicles. This year, the Bavarian automaker is doing it again with a handful of models that are built specifically for this occasion. One of these models is the BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle, which gives a whole new meaning to a luxury SUV ambulance.

The BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle isn’t your ordinary X5. It’s actually been fully equipped to serve a specific purpose. The exterior colors pretty much say it all, right? The white base of the X5 makes way for orange graphics throughout the body. Custom-issued emergency lights sit on top of the X5 and just under the kidney grilles, further showcasing the breadth of customization BMW undertook to turn this SUV into a full-fledged paramedic vehicle.

The interior of this X5 xDrive30d wasn’t shown in any of the photos, but to serve its purpose, we can surmise that BMW removed most of the accessories from a standard X5 and slapped on a host of life-saving equipment. It should also have tremendous amounts of space and an automatic tailgate that makes it more accessible in times of emergency.

Another important element of this paramedic vehicle is its engine. In this case, this X5 comes with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line diesel engine that produces 258 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, more than enough power to be of good use in emergency situations. It’s also been equipped with xDrive all-wheel drive, allowing it to successfully navigate through the toughest of terrain.

The BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle is one of seven vehicles BMW is bringing to ReTTmobil. But we’re guessing that lots of eyes will be on this one.

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The arrival of the BMW 2 Series not only gave BMW a more versatile lineup, but it also paved the way for a powerful M2 variant in the future. Back in 2011, when details first surfaced of a possible M2, nobody had any idea on when the car would arrive. It’s been three years and still the M2 hasn’t arrived. But according to the 2addicts forum, BMW has finally given a specific timetable for the M2, which apparently will now hit production late next year, with deliveries expected to begin in early 2016.

Say what you will about BMW slow-playing the arrival of the M2, but if there’s any truth to these rumors that BMW has finally green lit the M2, the wait is going to be worth it.

Apart from the vehicle’s schedule, 2addicts also indicated that the sports coupe will use the company’s N55, turbocharged, inline-six engine, a slightly more powerful version of what’s found in the M235i Coupe’s engine bay. Whereas the latter was capable of producing 320 horsepower, the M2’s engine is tipped to be around 380 horsepower.

That should provide a little room for both the M235i Coupe and the M2 in the company’s 2 Series lineup to without encroaching on the other one’s sales numbers. It looks like BMW is confident that both models can co-exist with one another, but the company chose not to dive into more details about the M2. Despite the lacking details, we bet that the M2 will also get a more premium feel than the M235i, and a suspension closer to that of the M3 and M4 ..

That should be in the cards if Bimmer wants its customers to appreciate the M2 as its own model. Moving forward, all of us can keep an eye out on the development of the M2, which according to 2addicts, will carry the codename "pyrat2," succeeding the "pyrat" nickname given to the 1M Coupe.

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Source: 2addicts

BMW’s personalization group, BMW Individual, is up to its old tricks again. Fresh off of revealing its take on the 4 Series Gran Coupe , BMW Individual has announced its latest piece of work, a customized BMW M6 Gran Coupe that has been finely dressed in a Frozen Red metallic paint finish.

Proving that subtle changes often make the best impact, this finely crafted 6 Series Gran Coupe not only gets a new fancy color, its door handles were also detailed in dark chrome to provide a nice complement to the fancy red look of the car. A BMW Individual Manufaktur signet in the Hofmeister kink was also added to ensure that the car retains its true personalized character.

Inside, the upgrades are fancier and more noticeable, beginning with an Opal White, full fine-grain Merino leather on the seats, contrasted by Sakhir Orange stitching. More interior trims include a Piano Black finish with accents in Frozen Red on numerous sections of the interior, as well as a new doorsill finisher with the BMW Individual Manufaktur signet and Opal White floor mats to match the color of the upholstery. Even minor areas, like the cup holders, now have a Piano Black trim. Another subtle addition it the embossed signet of the BMW Individual Manufaktur in teach headrest.

Overall, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe in Frozen Red Metallic is a nice take on what a fancy customization of the luxury sports coupe should look like. Hopefully, this package goes to market soon because you can bet that a lot of customers will be interested in it.

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Source: BMW Facebook

MotorTrend has gotten very good at head to head video reviews, and their latest one is no exception. This time, the new BMW M235i goes up against the Mercedes CLA45 AMG. Both cars represent the smaller, more nimble side of each automaker’s lineup, but still pack a punch under the hood. Check out the video above to see who Motor Trend crowns the victor. The winner just might surprise you.

Staffer Jonny Lieberman starts out carving canyon roads in both cars. Turns out, he’s quite fond of the BMW’s power output from the 3.0-liter, inline-six and its eight-speed automatic. As a whole, the car looks better than the old 1 Series, as Jonny heralds it as having the best looking BMW front end in a long time. The BMW seems to have only one major drawback: its brakes. Though the do stop a few feet shorter than the CLA45 AMG’s, they tend to fade and have inconsistent pedal feel. Otherwise, the M235i appears to be a hoot to drive with its drift-happy rear end.

Conversely, the CLA45 AMG produces more power from its 2.0-liter, turbocharged, inline four-cylinder, coming in at 360 horses and 331 pound-feet. Adding to its bag of tricks are its superb brakes with good pedal feel and fade-free stopping power. The car’s biggest downfall — dynamics-wise — is its understeer. Though its minimal compared to a regular sedan , the Mercedes just doesn’t grip the road in the same manner as the BMW. On a more subjective side, Jonny shares his distaste for the CLA’s coupe-like sloping roofline and stubby rear end.

Which one is crowned the winner? Click past the jump to find out.

BMW is continuing to enjoy great success in the United States. But as growing sales and local prosperity always come with high demand, the Germans need to find ways to boost North American production, especially when it comes to their best-selling 3 Series sedan .

BMW already has a facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The plant assembles X5 and X6 SUVs and is about to have its production capacity increased by 50 percent when it welcomes a brand new vehicle, the larger X7 .

Since squeezing 3 Series production in South Carolina is out of the question, BMW is planning on building a second factory in North America, Bloomberg reports, adding that the manufacturer has narrowed the list of locations within the United States and Mexico, with at least two sites south of the border still being considered.

There’s no indication as to where BMW might decide to assemble the 3 Series in North America, but Mexico sounds more likely due to a number financial considerations that also include less expensive workforce.

A timetable for this decision is not available at the time of this writing, but stay tuned to TopSpeed for further information.

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Source: Bloomberg

With a market that grows larger by the year, China is one of the most important automobile battlefields nowadays, and it’s no surprise that the 2014 Beijing Auto Show hosted so many important debuts, including Mercedes’ upcoming BMW X6 fighter , the Lexus NX or Lincoln’s MKX Concept crossover.

Likewise, BMW went to Beijing to showcase an array of vehicles, hoping to gain more leverage over its luxury competitors. But besides introducing already launched cars and a couple of special models, including the 7 Series Horse Edition , the Germans also debuted the Vision Future Luxury concept , which hints at the manufacturer’s next step in regard to large sedans .

As with most of its concepts , BMW declined to offer any information as to what to what kind of production model the Vision Future Luxury will spawn, but it makes a lot of sense for us to think about the next-generation 7 Series . Additionally, and based on previous reports, this study is also a forerunner for the upcoming 9 Series — the BMW-badged executive that will take on the Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman .

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Only a couple of months have passed since the brand new BMW 2 Series Coupe has reached U.S. dealerships, and the German manufacturer has already announced an update for the 2015 model year. And before you ask, we’re not talking about visual enhancements or power upgrades. The 2 Series just got a Track Handling Package.

Basically slotted between the standard 228i and the M235i coupes , the 2 Series with Track Handling Package comes with a number of M Performance parts and larger, unique wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The package can be added on any BMW 228i Coupe, fitted with either the six-speed manual gearbox or the eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission, built starting July 2014. Pricing for the Track Handling Package is not available yet, but the bundle should cost less than all four options ordered separately (about $2,500). Therefore, expect the 228i with Track Handling Package to start right below the $34,000 mark.

The new package will improve the vehicle’s handling, suspension and grip, making it suitable for sporty driving on twisty roads and ready for that weekend track fun some drivers like to enjoy.

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