February 6, 2013 |
You're too cool for a station wagon and no fan of SUVs. But you still want your German luxury wrapped in a practical package, so what do you do? BMW hopes you'll consider its new 3-Series Gran Turismo. Answering a question no one seems to have asked, this four-door hatchback is an all-new model for BMW and mimics the company's larger 5-Series GT version. It's almost eight inches longer than the forthcoming 3-Series wagon and sits a little more than three inches higher. Photos: 2014 3 Series GT hatchback announced This gives rear passengers more legroom than the 3-Series sedan or wagon and expands the cargo area by a cubic foot.
June 14, 2013 |
The BMW 3 Series coupe is dead. Long live the 4 Series. Looking to delineate the 3 Series sedan and its more upmarket two-door brethren, BMW officially unveiled the 4 Series coupe on Friday. It's the first time the German automaker has sold the coupe under the 4 Series name. By separating the two, BMW's move is similar to what the automaker did with its 6 Series coupe. That car is a more luxurious and sporty model based on the 5 Series sedan, and has spawned a convertible and four-door coupe variant.
May 31, 2013 |
After 1.3 million copies sold over two generations dating back to 1999, BMW has announced an all-new version of its X5 midsize SUV. Wait, check that, this is an SAV, if you're to believe the folks at BMW. Seeking some individuality in a crowded luxury SUV marketplace, the German automaker has long preferred to call the X5 a sports activity vehicle. Whatever you call it, it has been an immensely successful vehicle for the company, which is why this new 2014 model isn't a dramatic makeover.
April 4, 2014 |
Just in time for some high-speed topless cruising, BMW has announced details on its all-new M4 convertible ahead of its world debut at the New York Auto Show. The 2015 model is mechanically identical to BMW's M3 sedan and M4 coupe and features a folding hardtop roof like the one on the more average 435i convertible we drove in February . As with its sedan and coupe brethren, the M4 convertible has a new, high-revving, twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. With just 3.0-liters it pumps out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.
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April 23, 2013 |
Beverly Hills police were searching for a man who rammed his BMW into a bicyclist in a suspected road-rage incident, authorities said Tuesday afternoon. The April 3 crime was captured on surveillance video that shows the white vehicle striking the biker head-on in an alley. "The driver intentionally rammed the bicyclist with his vehicle pinning him to a metal rolling trash bin," the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement. The driver fled the scene, in an alley between Wetherly and Almont drives.
December 16, 2013 |
A federal safety agency announced Monday that two German automakers had issued voluntary vehicle recalls in November. BMW is recalling more than 76,000 sedans and SUVs to fix an issue with the passenger-side airbags, while Volkswagen is recalling about 66,000 vehicles to fix a pair of issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The BMW recall affects 3-Series and 5-Series models from 2006 and 2007 (325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi, 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i)
June 3, 2013 |
The Robb Report, a publication that identifies itself as "Your Global Luxury Resource," has graced three high-end motorcycles with its coveted "Best of the Best" designation - the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom, the BMW R 1200 GS, and the Ducati 1199 Panigale R. Photo gallery: Ten most expensive motorcycles The Moto Guzzi took Robb's top honors in the Cruiser category, as did the BMW in Adventure/Touring and the Ducati in Sportbike....
April 11, 2014 |
BMW will recall 156,000 sports sedans and sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the 6-cylinder engines in the vehicles. The move is part of a global action to call back nearly 500,000 vehicles, including 232,000 in China. BMW said it has received reports of the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit housing becoming loose and in some instances breaking. That triggers the “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light on the dashboard.
October 15, 2011 |
BMW will introduce a new version of its popular 3-series sports sedan that will weigh less but have bigger dimensions, giving rear-seat passengers more space. The 2012 model, which will appear at dealerships in February, is crucial to BMW's strategy in the United States and for its global sales, said Tim Urquhart, an analyst with IHS Automotive. "The BMW 3 series is in many ways the company's keynote model," Urquhart said. "It is the bestselling premium passenger car model in the world and has long set the agenda as being symbolic of BMW's wider corporate strategy at any given point.
December 5, 2012 |
What do you call the next coupe version of BMW's venerable 3 Series lineup? Hint: not a 3 Series. On Wednesday, the company released the first concept images of what will be the BMW 4 Series coupe when it comes to market in 2013. Though the car is entirely based on the latest generation 3 Series that we tested in early 2012 , BMW will now put the sportier coupe and convertible versions under the 4 Series banner. Thus you should expect a a base 428i to have the sedan's 2-liter, turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine making something in the neighborhood of 240 horsepower.