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BMW to show M Performance Accessories at the Paris Motor Show

BMW to show M Performance Accessories at the Paris Motor Show

BMW will be trooping to the 2012 Paris Motor Show with a presentation of their new add-on toys that are part of the M Performance Accessories. Comprised mostly of aesthetic and power kits, the accessories cover a whole range of BMW models, including the 1-Series hatch, the 3-Series Touring, and models that feature the automaker’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine.

The accessories kit comprises of various new components, including carbon finished exterior mirror caps, a choice of new wheels, diffuser inserts for the rear apron, and side sill foliations. The 1-Series 3-door hatchback and 3-Series Touring models also get a slew of new goodies in the suspension, drive, and aerodynamics departments.

As far as performance upgrades are concerned, the M Performance Accessories come with plenty of options for the 120d, the 320d, and the 520d. Likewise, the automaker’s aforementioned 2.0-liter diesel engine also gets a power upgrade from the standard 181 horsepower and 197 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 197 horsepower and 310 lb/ft of torque.

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2013 BMW Concept Active Tourer

2013 BMW Concept Active Tourer

The BMW Concept Active Tourer is set to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, which begins on September 29th and it will debut with some all-new BMW technology. BMW sees the Active Tourer as its way to fit in with the 5-percent annual mpg growth required by the recently passed CAFÉ extension through 2025. Believe it or not, this compact crossover actually shares a small amount of DNA with the upcoming i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, which we will get into later.

The Concept Active Tourer is just as its name alludes to, a concept. However, it is a great glimpse into the upcoming technologies that BMW plans to add to its line up in the coming years. One brand-new item the Concept Tourer bears is the eDrive system, which we’ll describe in more detail later. The second new technology is the first-ever appearance by the much-anticipated BMW 3-cylinder engine.

As with any concept car that we see, we have to ask a few questions. First, is this concept a reality or is it a pipe dream that will likely never see the light of day in its conception form (See: Pontiac Sunfire)? Secondly, can this concept even compete in its market in both price and performance?

Click past the jump to read all about the BMW Concept Active Tourer and get the answers to these questions.

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Spy Shots: BMW 3-Series GT Drops Flaws from the 5-Series GT

It looks like BMW hasn’t learned anything from the very unsuccessful 5-Series GT, as they are applying the same treatment to the 3-Series. The upcoming 3-Series GT has been caught testing again, this time wearing less camouflage than ever - the biggest sign that its official debut is getting closer. Rumors say that it will be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.

The upcoming 3-Series GT will drop the 5-Series GT’s twin-door hatch design and will adopt a normal one piece hatch in its place. This will make it about 15 inches longer than the standard 3-Series, but will also improve the interior headroom due to the shooting brake layout. The four-door coupe designed body will combine a set of raised, sliding rear seats with a high lifting tailgate that should make accessing the larger cargo area very trouble-free. This formula may ensure that the 3-Series GT a bit more successful than the 5-Series GT.

As for the engine line-up, expect to see the same options found in the standard 3-Series models. This means there will be a choice of four engines - two petrol and two diesel - with power ranging from 184 HP in the base diesel version up to 306 HP in the 335i version.

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2011 - 2013 BMW X3

2011 - 2013 BMW X3

BMW has unveiled the second generation X3 SUV in 2010 at the Paris Auto Show. The model has received a new exterior and interior, but also improved engines. And only after one year of production BMW has decided to add another two new models to the line-up: BMW X3 xDrive20i and the BMW X3 xDrive35d. The two new versions will be put on sale in the autumn of 2011.

On the exterior the second generation X3 has received a forward-slanting BMW kidney grille, a large headlight assembly, a powerful-looking front apron, and a bonnet boasting six contour lines sweeping down to meet at the kidney grill. The new X3 will also feature chromed trims on the sides, powerfully flared wheel arches, and taillights with a distinctive T shape. The interior is defined by a generous and variable spatial concept, high-grade materials, and a characteristic three-dimensional surface design.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011-2012 BMW X3.

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Video: BMW bares the 6 Series Coupe Concept

Video: BMW bares the 6 Series Coupe Concept

By this time, we’ve talked and gone over the BMW Concept 6-Series Coupe so many times that the only thing left to do is wait for the car to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

But as with any manufacturer that wants to keep all of us on our toes, BMW has given us more to talk about with the vehicle by releasing the first detailed look of the Concept 6-Series Coupe’s interior and exterior. Good for you, BMW!

Technically speaking, the 6-Series Coupe isn’t really a concept, contrary to what its name suggests. The production version of the car is already expected to hit dealerships sometime next year. Nonetheless, these two videos of the coupe’s interior and exterior gives us an idea of what to expect when the car officially hits production. Take note also that while most of what we’re looking at will be included in the production version, we should also at least expect a few tweaks and changes here and there.

So check out the video and acclimate yourself with the car as much as you can. You never know, if you like it enough, you might drive home with one in the future.

Video of the interior after the jump.

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BMW to bring three new versions of 5-Series Touring to Paris; cars still not headed to the US

BMW to bring three new versions of 5-Series Touring to Paris; cars still not headed to the US

We’ve already touched on this before, but its certainly worth saying again given that BMW will be readying three new versions of the 2011 BMW 5-Series Touring at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

For those of you who think that the station wagon version of the new 5-Series will be ready for US soil down the road, you’re terribly out of luck. We’re not trying to rub it in your faces; it’s just the cold hard truth straight from the mouth of BMW.

So when the Bavarian automaker unveils three new versions of the 5-Series Touring at the Paris Motor Show, including a 525d Touring that packs 204 horsepower, a 535d Touring with twin turbochargers that also produces 300 horsepower, and a 3.0-liter diesel with an in-line six cylinder, don’t expect it to come Stateside – at least for the time being.

We’re still holding up hope, though, that BMW will do an about-face on bringing the 5-Series Touring Stateside – or even Canada, for that matter – but for now, the closest we can come to the car is the Internet.

That is unless we all decide to move to Europe, in which case, dibs.

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2011 BMW Concept 6-Series Coupe

2011 BMW Concept 6-Series Coupe

BMW will preview the next generation 6-Series with a special concept car that will make its world debut at the Paris Auto Show at the end of September. The concept features a new design language that will be used in lots of future BMW models.

The 6-Series Concept is defined by stretched bonnet, the short front overhang, a passenger compartment set well to the rear, and a low silhouette incorporating a dynamically flowing roofline. There are also new LED headlights, which combine the typical BMW twin round headlight format with innovative lighting technology.

The interior is defined by functionality, elegance and exclusiveness. There is a new 10.2-inch iDrive Control Display in the centre of the instrument panel, Head-Up Display system and a hi-fi system designed specially for the concept.

BMW revealed no details on the concept’s specifications, but we presume we will get more details closer to the official unveil.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: BMW releases another "DontBlogAboutThis" teaser

Video: BMW releases another "DontBlogAboutThis" teaser

Here we go again.

BMW has released yet another teaser of the mysterious concept car that’s really gotten its fair share of attention from BMW enthusiasts all over the world. Given also that the company decided on using a little reverse psychology by emphatically telling everyone watching to “not blog about this”, we’re pretty sure that the attention their little Lost-looking website is getting has them grinning from ear to ear.

Nonetheless, this new teaser, similar to the other ones, doesn’t show a whole lot of the electric concept car. The only time we see a hint of it is when it’s being loaded into a truck – and headed for Paris, we assume – and a brief close-up of the car’s head lamp is given. And, if we’re not mistaken, they look a little like the headlights of a Chevrolet Camaro.

Either way, we expect to get all the answers to this peculiar vehicle in the coming weeks when the Paris Motor Show opens its doors on September 30.

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BMW works on a Shooting Brake version for the next 6-Series

BMW works on a Shooting Brake version for the next 6-Series

If anyone ever has a really good secret, then an automaker wouldn’t be the best person to tell it to. Seriously, these guys are useless for keeping secrets and we love every minute of it! BMW will be bringing the new generation 6-Series to the Paris Motor Show in October, but that model won’t be alone. BMW! Product development chief Dr Klaus Draeger has let his tongue flap and in doing so, let all of us know that they are also considering a Shooting Brake version of the 6-series. The first concept version is believed to be unveiled this year at the Paris Auto Show possibly using the "Gran Turismo" name. A final decision on whether or not the Shooting Brake will go to production will depend on the reaction of the concept from the public.

If the Shooting Brake does go into production, it will definitely be after the two-door coupe and the convertible that are set to come out early next year. It will also have to stand behind a Gran Coupe version that will compete with the Mercedes CLS. The Gran Coupe will arrive in 2012 and will feature a standard saloon body style, and not a hatchback tailgate like the Audi A7 or the Porsche Panamera. It will be powered by the same engines as the next 6-Series, including a 3.0-liter six-cylinder petrol and diesel units, as well as a range-topping 4.4-liter V8. "Since we use the same drive architecture as the 5, 6, and 7-Series, we are [also] able to bring a hybrid version," Draeger added.

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2011 BMW X3

2011 BMW X3

Today, BMW revealed the first official details of the second generation X3 prior to its debut in Paris. Let’s just hope it looks better than the old one did.

Prices for the new model will be around the same as the outgoing model, as the new X3 has been completely redesigned and re-engineered. BMW hopes that the changes will help the second generation X3 sell as well as the first generation did. Chances are it will, as the BMW badge is worth its weight in gold these days. In fact, the old X3, despite being ugly as sin, has sold over 600,000 models since 2003.

The pictures of the pre-production prototype show the new X3 better than ever. It appears that the new X3 will retain the two-box silhouette and the hard edged styling that graced the old X3.

UPDATE 07/14/2010: BMW will reveal the 2011 X3 tomorrow, but today we have received the first leaked images thanks to a leaked brochure! Check them out after the jump!

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2009 BMW 7-Series

2009 BMW 7-Series

BMW 7-Series made its world debut at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. In USA it went on sale this spring with the following prices:750i is $81,125 and the 750Li is $85,025.

The new BMW 7 Series is entering the market with a V8 and a straight-six gasoline engine both featuring Twin Turbo technology and direct fuel injection (High Precision Injection) as well as the first representative of a new generation of six-cylinder diesel engines.

The eight-cylinder developing maximum output of 407 hp between 5,500 and 6,400 rpm in the BMW 750i, for example, is the most efficient engine in its performance class and the only engine of its kind worldwide with the turbochargers fitted in the V-space between the two rows of cylinders.

For the BMW 740i, output of the six-cylinder Twin Turbo has been raised to 240 kW/326 hp at 5,800 rpm. The newly developed six-cylinder diesel in the BMW 730d, in turn, develops maximum output of 180 kW/ 245 hp at 4,000 rpm. And it goes without saying that all engines comply in full with the strict EU 5 emission standard.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 BMW X1

2009 BMW X1

BMW officially unveiled today the X1 Concept -the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle in the premium compact segment - that is set to be revealed at the Paris Auto Show.

Measuring 4,457 millimetres or 175.5" in length, the BMW Concept X1 is 108 millimetres or almost 4.3" shorter than the BMW X3. The wheelbase of the BMW Concept X1, in turn, measures 2,760 mm or 104.4".

Design features typical of the brand additionally emphasise the unmistakable look and impact of the vehicle, the upright BMW kidney grille, dual round headlights cut off at the top, the large, almost square wheel cutouts, the black band stretching around the lower section of the vehicle, the distinctive contour line along the side and the horizontal lines at the rear again clearly confirming that this concept car is a genuine X model from BMW.

The BMW Concept X1 comes on 19-inch light-alloy rims in high-quality innovative ten-spoke design again characteristic of BMW’s X models. The newly designed, twin-colour wheels add a special touch of urban sportiness and agility in particularly elegant style. The narrow spokes on the rims, in turn, are twisted slightly to the outside, while the rim bars are cut off at the front, proudly presenting the bright silver colour of polished aluminium.

Press release after the jump.

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