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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.

Click past the jump to find out more about BMW plans to move 3 Series production to North America

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 .

Click past the jump to learn more about the BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept.

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.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 228i Coupe with Track Handling Package.

The brand-new BMW M3 is only one month away from going on sale in the United States, but it appears that the German manufacturer is still working on those final track adjustments. Late last month, no less than three BMW M3s were caught on film while being hooned on the iconic Nurburgring track and the footage has finally surfaced the Internet.

It isn’t clear whether or not BMW is still developing the car’s ability to stay glued to the asphalt, while taking both fast and slow turns, but this three-minute video is bound to keep potential customers on their toes. In fact, it doesn’t matter if the new M3 is on your list or not, this is a spectacle you can’t miss.

As a brief reminder, the 2014 BMW M3 will hit U.S. dealerships with a turbocharged 3.0-liter, inline-six engine under the hood. The sedan (the coupe is now sold as the M4 ) benefits from 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Two transmissions are available, a standard six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed automatic.

The vehicle starts from $62,000 and has enough boxes on the options list to take a well-equipped model into $70,000 territory.

The BMW M5 is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and as you can expect, the German automaker is pulling out all the stops to make the car’s anniversary a memorable one. As arguably the most popular model to come out of BMW’s M division , the M5 has been lauded over the years for expertly combining all the luxury traits of BMW with the kind of spitfire performance that can go toe-to-toe with a lot of other high-powered performance sedans in the business.

The fact that the M5 has been around this long clearly shows just how popular the model has become since it first made its debut in 1984 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. The company actually has a special edition 30th Anniversary Edition M5 lined up just to show how much the model has meant to a whole lot of people over the years.

On top of that, BMW also produced this cool video as another birthday present to the M5 . The tag line "30 years of sheer driving pleasure" pretty much says it all, although if you ask fans of the M5, a lot of them will probably tell you that 30 years isn’t enough to justifiably celebrate what the M5 has meant to them.

And in case you’ve forgotten, the current generation M5 is still a hellacious screamer, capable of hitting a top speed of 190 mph thanks to its 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of twist.

Happy 30 years, BMW M5, and here’s to more years of awesomeness down the road!

Hit the jump for a quick rundown on the M5’s history

Now here’s something you don’t see every day. A full carbon-fiber, widebody BMW M Coupe race car for sale on eBay. Built from a 2007 Z4 M Coupe by Fall-Line Motorsports, the track-ready vehicle replicates the official motor racing kit offered by BMW back in the day when the first-generation Z4 was still in production.

The factory racing package was priced at $300,000 in 2006, aimed at customer teams, and was eligible for the events like the Nurburgring 24-Hour race or the German Endurance Championship. With minor tweaks, it could even been entered into the American Le Mans Series.

The vehicle in question might be a replica, but don’t let that intimidate you, because it was developed by a team that has plenty of experience with the U.S. racing scene. In fact, the race-spec M Coupe has seen a great deal of track action before being serviced and listed for sale.

Of course, it can’t be used in any contemporary racing series, but it can provide loads of weekend fun on any of the tracks across the United States.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW M Coupe.

Source: eBay

The first-generation BMW 1 Series hatchback, be it a three-dour or a five-dour, wasn’t exactly appealing from the styling point of view. The 1 Series Coupe, on the other hand, was a completely different story. Marketed as a successor to the iconic 2002 model, which was built between 1968 and 1975, the 1 Series Coupe received a much-praised M Performance version that carried the 1M moniker. The coupe was discontinued last year, as BMW was readying its successor, the 2 Series Coupe .

Although production of the 1 Series was halted about eight months ago, the Coupe, as well as its high-performance 1M cousin, are still popular among BMW enthusiasts. Some have labeled it as the best vehicle Munich has made in the 21st century, while others have seen its launch as a sign that BMW wants to return to its roots.

As with most compact, ankle-biting BMWs, the 1 Series Coupe and the 1M Coupe have been quite popular with tuning companies like Leib Engineering , Sportec and Vorsteiner .

Each of them are cool in their own way, but none are as intriguing as the one developed by the folks over at TJ Fahreugdesign.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 1 Series M CSL By TJ Fahrzeugdesign.

Source: BimmerToday

With so many models on offer these days and more to come in the future, you’d think that BMW has nowhere to expand anymore. I mean, how many niches can you invent?

Besides Smart -like city cars and pickup trucks , the Munich-based company covered just about everything so far. While trucks are definitely a "no-no", we wouldn’t be surprised is BMW rolls out three-cylinder-engined city car sometime in the future.

Meanwhile, it appears that the Germans are looking to expand their lineup in the opposite direction. As we’ve previously reported, BMW is about to get bigger at the Beijing Auto Show , where a concept car is set to preview the company’s upcoming 9 Series sedan.

It might seem like a crazy idea for BMW to launch a direct competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost . However the 9 Series is likely to open new market opportunities for the manufacturer, who’s obviously looking to give the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman a run for its money using a less audacious marque.

Expected to arrive sometime in 2016, the 9 Series will be underpinned by BMW’s new, lightweight G11 modular platform, which was initially developed for the next-generation 7 Series . Stretching it a bit for that mandatory extra room in the back won’t be a problem, as the Germans have plenty of experience with their previous elongated 7 Series sedans.

Design-wise, the new flagship will receive a number of styling features seen on the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept, but a few cues borrowed from the 7 Series are also in the books.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW 9 Series.

BMW earlier announced that it will reveal the China-exclusive 7 Series Horse Edition at the Beijing Auto Show , and now it appears that the German automaker is set to use the Asian event to introduce yet another large sedan .The good news is that we won’t see yet another special edition based on the 7 Series, but a brand-new vehicle that will top BMW’s lineup in the future. Yes, we’re talking about something bigger than the aforementioned sedan. A limousine that’s rumored to come alive under the 9 Series moniker.

According to a recent report, the executive four-door will be shown as a concept car in Beijing, with the production model, which is expected to arrive sometime in 2016, to compete against the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman , Stuttgart’s spiritual successor to the Maybach.

The extra-long-wheelbase BMW will share underpinning with the upcoming 7 Series , meaning it will be bolted on BMW’s lightweight G11 modular platform. The 9 Series will borrow styling cues from the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe , also believed so serve as inspiration for an 8 Series revival.

Little else is known about the 9 Series, but if this report turns out to be true, BMW’s new flagship is likely to be positioned alongside the Rolls-Royce Ghost .

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe (pictured here).


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