Rocketman – the mini, Mini Concept

“Bigger is better,” may have been an automotive refrain of the last couple of decades, but with the price of gas soaring and the growth of the green movement it appears that may have changed to “better — smaller.” Since BMW purchased the iconic Mini brand in 1994 and produced the first of the new…

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The return of the BMW Four-Cylinder Engines

New 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder offers performance of a six Further enhancing their move away from larger displacement to smaller turbocharged power plants, BMW is bringing back the four-cylinder to U.S. market for the first time since 1999. Like the company’s latest 3.0-liter turbo inline six, the new 2.0-liter engine will combine twin-scroll turbocharging with high-pressure…

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Third Go-Around for the BMW 6 Series

New BMW 6 Series is Loaded wtih Innovations Arriving in the fall of 2011, BMW’s third generation 6 Series again elevates the level of the world market of 2+2 coupes with its long sweeping hood, short front overhang and set-back passenger compartment.  The new 6 gets stretched from the previous iteration by nearly three inches…

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Watch your Custom BMW X3 Being Built

A Record of the Birth of an X3 With a new BMW service, it’s now possible to go on line and watch your customized BMW X3 being built in the Spartanburg, SC manufacturing facility. “Customization is essential to the new BMW X3. With more than 10 million distinct configurations available, we wanted to get customers…

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BMW Shows New Design Direction with 6-Series Coupe

The Paris Auto Show brought out big design changes for the Bavarian Motor Works top coupe that may redefine the brand’s future styling direction. The BMW Concept 6-Series coupe took on a more traditional-look with a sexy design language moving away from the so-called Bangle-era look that dominated the brand’s cars for the last decade. …

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ZF 8-Speed Transmission has Far-Reaching Applications

Chrysler Group has arranged to build a new eight-speed automatic transmission (the HP8) under license from the ZF Group of Germany.  According to Automotive News, the automaker plans to spend $300 million for the installation of tooling and equipment at the Transmission Plant 1 and Kokomo Casting Plant in Indiana.  They will be the first…

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Test Drive: 2010 BMW 750iX

We drive about a 175 different cars each year, and of those, BMW always stands out as their age-old slogan proclaims, as “the Ultimate Driving Machine.”  This doesn’t mean all the BMWs are the best vehicles we drive, or even our favorites, they simply set the standard for how a car should drive. BMW pulled…

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