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May 21, 2015

BMW X2 confirmed, coupe-like crossover expected to arrive in 2017

2017 BMW X2 Rendering

BMW has reportedly approved the launch of another crossover - a coupe-like crossover called the X2. The X2 will borrow styling cues from the larger X4 and X6 crossovers according to a report from Autocar.

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May 20, 2015

2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe revealed, production limited to 100 units

2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe

BMW has unveiled the new special edition 435i ZHP Coupe, which pays tribute to the original ZHP Performance Package that was offered on the 2003-2006 3 Series. The 435i ZHP Coupe not only gets improved styling and aerodynamic upgrades, but its also quicker with more precise handling.

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May 13, 2015

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage concept teased

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept

BMW has released a teaser photo of the new 3.0 CSL Hommage concept that is going to debut on May 22 at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. The concept is a tribute to the BMW 3.0 CSL coupe from the 1970s.

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May 7, 2015

Restyled 2016 BMW 3 Series revealed: 340i and 330e models debut

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BMW has revealed the restyled 2016 3 Series sedan and wagon. The updated 3 Series lineup gets some styling updates, but the bigger updates will improve the driving dynamics, since it gets new front struts, new rear damper technology and redesigned electric power steering.

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April 27, 2015

2016 BMW 7 Series teased ahead of its debut in Frankfurt

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BMW is expected to reveal the all-new 2016 7 Series later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but BMW has decided to give us a preview of the new 7 Series now.

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April 22, 2015

BMW i5 will be based on the 5 Series?

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It's being reported that BMW is indeed working on a third model for its i sub-brand called the i5 and that it will be based on the 5 Series. The i5 will be a plug-in hybrid that is based on the long wheelbase version of the 5 Series that is currently only available in China.

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March 30, 2015

BMW i3 vs. Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: Which luxury EV is better? [REVIEW]

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It seems like every automaker is finally jumping on the electric bandwagon, which will give buyers other options besides the best-selling Nissan Leaf. Luxury automakers are even throwing their hat in the ring, with BMW and Mercedes-Benz being the two latest luxury brands to enter the segment with the BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. Both the i3 and B-Class Electric Drive have similar prices and even driving ranges that are close (if you don't buy the i3 with the range extender). Which one is better?

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March 19, 2015

BMW exec says small MINI Minor unlikely

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There have been off and on again rumors about the possibility of MINI adding a new smaller model to its lineup. Ever since MINI revealed the Rocketman concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, there have been reports that MINI could introduce a smaller model called the Minor.

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March 17, 2015

Mercedes-Benz looks at an Audi TT rival

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It's being reported that Mercedes-Benz is looking at adding an Audi TT rival to its lineup. The plan is in the early stages, but Autobild is reporting that the TT rival could be based on the next-generation A-Class.

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BMW contemplates next i model, but it won't arrive until after 2020

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BMW is currently deciding what its next "i" model will be, following the launch of the i3 and i8 models last year. There have been rumors about a Tesla-fighting i5 model, but a BMW source has revealed that the automaker is still contemplating its next model.

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MINI Superleggera Vision concept approved for production?

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It's being reported that the MINI Superleggera Vision concept has been approved for production. Now that some models like the Coupe and Roadster models are about to disappear, MINI is reportedly looking at adding a new halo model to the lineup.

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March 15, 2015

BMW X5 eDrive40e plug-in hybrid unveiled

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BMW has unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of the X5 - called the X5 eDrive40e. The plug-in hybrid SUV was originally previewed almost two years ago and its now officially BMW's first non-i badged plug-in hybrid model.

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March 13, 2015

BMW i3 gets a much needed software update to fix acceleration issue

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BMW is giving the i3 models equipped with a range-extender a much needed software update. The i3 with the two-cylinder range extender currently suffers from an acceleration issue, which was first reported by Consumer Reports.

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March 11, 2015

BMW kills plans to bring the 2-Series Active Tourer to the U.S.

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BMW has reportedly decided against bringing its new 2-Series Gran Tourer to the United States, since it has deemed it too small for the U.S. market.

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March 5, 2015

2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is the fastest BMW you can buy

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BMW has announced that the 2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is going to debut next month at the New York Auto Show. When it arrives it will be the fastest BMW you can buy with a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 200 mph.

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February 27, 2015

MINI Clubman Vision Gran Turismo Concept previews the next Clubman

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MINI is going to reveal the next-generation Clubman soon, but we're now getting an early preview of it thanks to the Clubman Vision Gran Turismo concept. The concept joins the list of Vision Gran Turismo concepts for the Gran Turismo 6 video game.

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February 6, 2015

MINI unveils new Sport Pack that adds the JCW style to the 2 and 4-door models

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If the MINI John Cooper Works model is a bit too much for you, MINI has just unveiled a new Sport Pack that adds a more "athletic appearance" to the standard Cooper two and four-door models.

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January 30, 2015

BMW releases M Performance Parts for the X5 M and X6 M

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If you want to dial up the style and sportiness of BMW's high-performance SUVs, BMW has announced the availability of its new M Performance Parts for the 2015 X5 M and X6 M. The parts bin includes features like M sport stripes,a blacked out grille and carbon fiber mirror caps.

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January 28, 2015

Next-gen BMW X1 caught undisguised

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Two photos of the next-generation BMW X1 have shown up on the internet. These two photos, which come courtesy of China's AutoHome, show an undisguised X1.

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January 26, 2015

BMW's i3 Super Bowl spot features Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel [VIDEO]

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BMW has revealed its 60-second spot for the BMW i3 that will air during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. After taking four years off, BMW will return to the game with "Newfangled Idea," featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel.

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January 23, 2015

BMW and VW join forces to create an EV charging network

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BMW and VW are set to emulate Tesla by creating an electric vehicle charging network across both the East and West coast of the U.S. The two automakers have partnered with ChargePoint to add 100 DC fast chargers to ChargePoint's network of more than 20,000 charging spots in North America.

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BMW and Toyota are reportedly working on entry-level hatchback

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The partnership with BMW and Toyota is reportedly expanding to include the joint development of a new entry-level hatchback. It's being reported that BMW is working with Toyota on a new small hatchback platform that will give birth to a new MINI entry-level model that's tentatively called Minor.

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January 16, 2015

BMW returns to the Super Bowl with a spot for the i3

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After a four year hiatus, BMW has announced that it is going to air a commercial during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. The 60-second spot will feature the BMW i3.

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2015 BMW 1 Series gets a facelift

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BMW has revealed the updated 2015 BMW 1 Series hatchback that is sold in Europe and other global markets, besides the U.S. The mid-cycle update brings an updated exterior and new engines.

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January 14, 2015

BMW may build an X3 M and X4 M

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Building on the success of the BMW X5 M and X6 M SUVs BMW may soon release high-performance versions of the smaller X3 and X4 models. BMW M boss Frank van Meel recently spoke to Autocar at the Detroit Auto Show where he revealed that there may be more opportunities to expand the number of high-performance M models in the BMW lineup.

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January 6, 2015

BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights Debuts at CES

BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights

BMW has unveiled the M4 Concept Iconic Lights at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. BMW was the first automaker to produce a model (BMW i8) with laser lighting and now it's applied the technology to the M4.

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January 1, 2015

2016 BMW 7 Series Photos Reveal Undisguised Next-Gen

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A few photos of the all-new 2016 BMW 7 Series have surfaced online that reveal the undisguised flagship sedan. BMW has yet to reveal the new 7 Series, which is expected to arrive by next fall, but these grainy photos give you an early look.

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December 15, 2014

BMW i3 Prototype Debuts Fully-Automated Parking System

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BMW has announced that it has developed a fully-automated parking system for the i3, which will debt next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Unlike some other parking systems, the i3's system takes the technology to the next level, since the driver can completely exit the vehicle before it parks itself.

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December 14, 2014

BMW 2 Series Borrows its 3-Cyl Engine from MINI

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BMW has announced the introduction of the new BMW 218i, which will be powered by the same 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that powers in the MINI Cooper. The three-cylinder engine generates 136 hp and 162 lb-ft. of torque.

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December 11, 2014

2015 BMW 6 Series Gets Some Small Updates

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BMW has unveiled the slightly updated 2015 BMW 6 Series, which continues to be offered in three body styles: two-door Coupe, Convertible and the four-door Gran Coupe.

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December 10, 2014

2016 MINI John Cooper Works Leaked Ahead of its Debut in Detroit

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At the beginning of this year MINI previewed the new John Cooper Works model in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show and now a year later, MINI is set to unveil the production version.

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December 8, 2014

2015 BMW X6 M Performance Parts Revealed

2015 BMW X6 M Performance Parts

If the BMW X6 M is a bit too expensive or over the top for you, BMW has revealed the range of M performance parts for the 2015 BMW X6. The M Performance parts give owners the ability to enhance the design of the X6 on the inside and out.

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December 2, 2014

BMW Announces Plans to Release Plug-in Hybrid Versions of its Core Models

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BMW has announced plans to release plug-in hybrid versions of its core models and has previewed the technology in the 3 Series eDrive prototype. In Miramas, France, BMW has presented a BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype and a new generation of hybrid vehicle concepts that incorporate the electric technology already used in BMW's i3 and i8 models.

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November 25, 2014

MINI Coupe and Roadster Are Done, Production to End Next Year

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The MINI Coupe and Roadster models are about to go bye bye. MINI USA's Product Planning Manager Patrick McKenna recently confirmed that both models will go out of production at some point next year.

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November 18, 2014

BMW i5 to Borrow the Hydrogen Fuel-Cell System from the Toyota Mirai?

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Yesterday Toyota officially dropped all the details for the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle. Everyone is jumping on the fuel-cell bandwagon and now it's being reported that BMW may tap its current relationship with Toyota for a fuel-cell vehicle for the i-sub brand.

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October 29, 2014

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Revealed with 567-HP

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BMW has taken the wraps off the second-generation 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M models ahead of their world debut at the LA Auto Show next month. Both models are powered by a 567-hp 4.4L V8, which is enough power for a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds.

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October 24, 2014

BMW Teases the New X5 M and X6 M Ahead of Their LA Debut [VIDEO]

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BMW is going to unveil the new X5 M and X6 M high-performance SUVs next month at the LA Auto Show, which is still a month away. While we wait for the debut, BMW has released a teaser video of the X5 M and X6 M.

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October 23, 2014

BMW M2 to Arrive in 2015 With a Turbocharged 3.0L Six-Cyl

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Next year BMW will launch the hotter version of the 2-Series, the M2. BMW's Friedrich Nitschke recently revealed some of the details to Autocar about the M2, with the biggest update being that it will be powered by a 3.0L inline-six cylinder engine.

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October 21, 2014

2015 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced

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The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is just a month away and at the show Green Car Journal gives away its annual Green Car of the Year award. The 2015 contenders include the Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and VW Golf.

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October 16, 2014

BMW Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the X5

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This year BMW is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the launch of the original X crossover, the X5, which launched in 1999. The X5 is now in its third-generation and since its launch the X lineup has been increased to a total of five models. By the end of the decade that number will increase further with the arrival of the X2 and X7 models.

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