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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar
25

BMW M Performance Power Kit Now Available for 2012 and Later BMW 335i Sedan

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – March 25, 2013… BMW today announced a new M Performance Power Kit for the 2012 model year and later BMW 335i Sedan and 335i xDrive Sedan models. The M Performance Power Kit joins the existing M Performance Parts line which includes chassis, aerodynamics, exhaust system components, and trim accessories. Developed through consultation by the engineers at BMW M GmbH, the M Performance Power Kit is immediately available through all Authorized BMW centers in the US, with MSRP starting at $1,100 (plus Installation) and retains BMW’s 4-Year / 50,000-Mile New Vehicle Warranty when purchased with a new vehicle.

More Power. More Dynamic. More Emotion.
Once the Power Kit is installed, the vehicle’s rated horsepower is increased from 300 to 320 on all models. Automatic transmission-equipped models enjoy a 32 lb-ft peak torque increase (to 332 lb-ft), while manual transmission-equipped models benefit from a 17 lb-ft peak torque increase (to 317 lb-ft). All models receive a re-mapped accelerator pedal calibration for more dynamic throttle response, and the Power Kit produces a signature, highly-emotional “exhaust burble” sound during engine overrun conditions. 0–60mph acceleration is improved 0.2 seconds compared to standard 335i models, while 50–75mph times drop by a full half-second.

The BMW M Performance Power Kit features comprehensive engine tuning via advanced software 335i and 335i xDrive Sedan models. The kit includes updated software or replacement engine DME (electronic control unit), high-capacity engine air intake system, signature BMW M Performance engine cover, and rocker panel decals. This gives the 335i Sedan or 335i xDrive Sedan a substantial power boost (+20 horsepower) while retaining the original 50-state legal emissions certification and fuel efficiency ratings.

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Mar
19

INSIDETRACK APRIL 2013

LUXURY PEAKS: THE ALL-NEW 2014 3 SERIES TURISMOWith the introduction of the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo model later this year, the 3 Series lineup gains a unique addition that combines the same performance and handling as its stablemates, but wit…

Mar
16

BMW Team RLL finishes fourth and seventh as BMW Z4 GTE makes first appearance

Sebring – March 16, 2013… For more than eight hours a top result was in reach for BMW Team RLL at the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season opener at the “Sebring International Raceway” (US). While in the end technical problems in the final third of the race denied Bobby Rahal’s (US) squad a shot at a possible podium finish, BMW Motorsport was able to draw a positive conclusion after the race debut of the newly developed BMW Z4 GTE. The two cars showed a promising pace, finishing fourth and seventh in the GT category after 12 hours.

Bill Auberlen (US), Maxime Martin (BE) and Jörg Müller (DE) were able to battle it out at the front of the field with the Frozen Black No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE for most of the endurance classic, before the trio lost time and positions due to an issue with the power steering. After 330 laps, final-stint driver Müller crossed the line in fourth. The No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE, driven by Dirk Müller (DE), Joey Hand (US) and John Edwards (US), delivered an equally strong race, even leading for several kilometers in the BMW Z4 GTE’s maiden ALMS race. However, a problem with the front left strut with three and a half hours to go made repair work necessary. Dirk Müller lost many positions, dropping down from second. Hand ultimately took the checkered flag in seventh. Corvette’s Oliver Gavin (GB), Tommy Milner (US) and Richard Westbrook (GB) claimed victory in the GT class.

Nevertheless, BMW Motorsport and BMW Team RLL had every reason to be satisfied with the first outing of the BMW Z4 GTE in race conditions — on one of North America’s most challenging circuits. All six drivers, including the series newcomers Martin and Edwards, were able to record competitive lap times with the new car and challenge the strong competition at the front of the GT pack. In addition, the engineers collected valuable insights over the course of the weekend, which will now be used for further development of the car and getting it prepared for the second ALMS race at Long Beach (US) on April 20.

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Mar
14

BMW to Debut New Models at the 2013 New York International Auto Show on March 27

BMW Concept Active Tourer and BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to Make North American Debuts; Diesel-Powered BMW 328d to Make U.S. Debut

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – March 14, 2013… Following BMW’s pioneering philosophy of sustainable mobility, BMW will introduce the Concept Active Tourer for the first time in North America at the 2013 New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, March 27th at the BMW stand from 11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan (655 W. 34th Street at 11th Avenue). The automaker will also feature two new additions to its award-winning 3 Series lineup, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and the diesel-powered BMW 328d.

Offering a glimpse of further innovations in store for the premium compact segment, BMW introduces the Concept Active Tourer — a new plug-in hybrid concept which combines comfort and functionality with dynamics and style while showcasing several innovative solutions. Featuring an elongated wedge-shaped silhouette, athletic proportions and typical BMW lines, this concept car features a 3-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor which allows for nearly 95 mpg. The Concept Active Tourer will also feature a “Cool Shade” composite glass roof which uses “Suspended Particle Device” technology allowing the driver to make the roof crystal clear or darken with the touch of a button.

BMW first redefined the Gran Turismo segment with the BMW 5 Series GT by adding first-class seating for four with space for luggage — and now introduces the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. Based on the iconic BMW 3 Series, a car that has appeared on Car and Driver’s 10 Best list for 22 consecutive years, the 3 Series GT features a longer wheelbase, more rear seat room and flexible luggage space with an optional panoramic moonroof. The 3 Series GT will arrive in the U.S. this summer and will be available with either an award-winning TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder or inline 6-cylinder engine.

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Mar
12

BMW Z4 GTE race debut in Sebring – BMW Team RLL is ready for fifth ALMS season

Munich – March 12, 2013… The 2013 season of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is not the only thing kicking off at the 12 Hours of Sebring (US) this weekend. The race also marks the start of a new era in BMW Motorsport’s program in North America: This is the first time BMW Team RLL will line up against opposition in the GT class with the newly developed BMW Z4 GTE.

The BMW Z4 GTE debuts in the wake of an extremely successful Sebring scorecard for its predecessor, the BMW M3 GT. BMW Team RLL won the GT class at the endurance classic in Florida in both 2011 and 2012. This year, the 61st staging of the race at the “Sebring International Raceway” will serve as a marker to determine the strength of the new car. At the wheel of a sinister No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE finished in BMW’s Frozen Black will be Bill Auberlen (US), Maxime Martin (BE) and Jörg Müller (DE). The No. 56 car — in classic, Alpine White BMW Motorsport livery — will be driven by Dirk Müller (DE), Joey Hand (US) and John Edwards (US).


Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“After all the months of development and preparation with the new BMW Z4 GTE, we are obviously now looking forward to testing ourselves against the opposition for the first time in Sebring. We have been very successful at this 12-hour race in recent years. I am excited to see whether the BMW Z4 GTE will cope as well with the specific demands of this race as its predecessor the BMW M3 GT did. We would like to start the season with a good result. However, the priority is to capitalize on the potential of the new car. This will obviously take a while.”

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Mar
11

BMW Golf Cup International

World Final triumph for local heroes from Team South Africa at the sensational Fancourt Golf Resort

Munich – March 11, 2013… Standing ovations for Gary Player, jubilation for the victorious team from South Africa and huge joy among the Germans for an outstanding second place — the official gala evening to mark the end of the BMW Golf Cup International World Final, held at one of the country’s vineyards, proved a glittering highlight and fitting climax to a fantastic week of golf at South Africa’s Fancourt Golf Resort. Following the participation of around 100,000 players from all over the world in the qualifying rounds of the competition, BMW invited 137 players and their entourages from 47 countries to take part in the final of the world’s largest amateur golf series. Here in South Africa, however, all participants could consider themselves winners — just to have been part of the event was a reward in itself.

“This week and the entire BMW Golf Cup International have been a great success and an unforgettable experience for all involved,” said Eckhard Wannieck, Head of International Sponsoring, Cooperations and Product Placement at BMW. “The participants came from four different continents and from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. At times communication between them was difficult, but the one thing that united them was a passion for the game of golf and for the BMW brand. That’s a wonderful thing.”

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Mar
08

BMW to be Featured at Saratoga Automotive Museum

BMW History and Heritage on four wheels and two on display from May – November 2013

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – March 8, 2013… BMW’s rich heritage will be showcased at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in an exhibition called “BMW – The Ultimate Driving Machine®.” The exhibition, which will feature a retrospective of BMW cars and motorcycles, will run from May 6 – November 3, 2013. The array of BMW automobiles will include road cars and race cars, both from the modern era, as well as prewar. The exhibition will also celebrate 90 Years of BMW Motorcycles.

“This exhibition at the Saratoga Automotive Museum will provide visitors a great look at BMW’s long heritage and provide a sense of how the company has evolved to become the leading premium automobile and motorcycle manufacturer in the world,” said Ludwig Willisch – President and CEO of BMW of North America. “It will also show just how integral motorsports has been throughout the company’s history.”

“This exhibit looks to be one of the best we’ve ever had at the Museum,” said Museum Chairman Charlie Montano. “Working with BMW to create this one of a kind auto experience in upstate New York was thrilling,” continued Exhibit Committee Chair Alan Rosenblum. Exhibit Committee member Bob Bailey added “Both BMW of North America and our local dealer, Keeler Motor Car, have contributed hours of time, effort and resources to make this a reality.”

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Mar
08

BMW Group reports best February sales ever

• 133,630 vehicles delivered, an increase of 4.7%
• Year-to-date sales climb 7.1% to 256.929 vehicles
• Robertson: We intend to continue the positive development

Munich – March 8, 2013… With 133,630 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles delivered worldwide (+4.7% / prev. yr. 127,638), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever February sales result. A record number of 256,929 (prev. yr. 239,802) vehicles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year – an increase of +7.1% compared with the same period last year.

“In February the BMW Group achieved another healthy increase in sales and we intend to continue the positive development with exciting new models throughout the year,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. Robertson continued: “With the new BMW 3 Series GT, which premiered this week at the Geneva Auto Salon, we are expanding our highly successful 3 Series range with an innovative new model for our customers.”

A total of 114,908 BMW brand vehicles were sold worldwide in February, an increase of +7.0% (prev. yr. 107,362). Year-to-date, sales are +9.2% higher at 222,207 vehicles than for the same period last year (prev. yr. 203,546). In the first two months of the year there was particularly strong demand for the BMW X1 with 23,118 units sold, an increase of 40.1% over the previous year (16,505). The BMW 3 Series has also been one of the growth drivers worldwide in the first two months with a total of 63,103 vehicles delivered, an increase of 26.2% compared to the same period last year (49,997). Demand for the BMW 5 Series continued to be strong in the first two months, with sales climbing +7.4% to 47,157 vehicles (prev. yr. 43,893). The BMW 6 Series also achieved solid gains with 3,271 vehicles sold year to date, an increase of 36.1% over the previous year (2,404).

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Mar
05

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013: Classic Weekend on Lake Como

Munich – March 5, 2013… On the weekend of May 24 – 26, 2013, the spectacular grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba in Cernobbio on Lake Como will once again be transformed into a unique stage for the most beautiful automobiles and motorcycles from the past and the most extravagant concept cars of the present day. First held at the same location in 1929, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este today ranks as the most traditional show of its kind in the world. It lays on an extensive program throughout the weekend, maintaining an exclusive ambience for those involved but at the same time offering the wider public a chance to experience the “Classic Weekend” on Lake Como in the company of classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts. In addition to the automobile Concorso for invited guests in the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on the Saturday, the adjacent parkland of Villa Erba will open its gates to all car and motorcycle aficionados on Friday evening for an open-air cinema, and on Saturday and Sunday for the Public Days.

A multisensory experience: the Concorso di Motociclette
The Concorso di Motociclette, a successful addition to the automobile Concorso since 2011, will take place once again in 2013 in the grounds of Villa Erba, not far from the Cornt hotel in Cernobbio. The participants begin proceedings on Saturday with a parade from the Cornt hotel via Piazza Cavour in Cernobbio to the exhibition venue at Villa Erba. The local police escort and motorcycles piloted by riders in historic dress ensure this will be a memorable experience for the participants and crowds of spectators alike. The motorcycle Concorso itself will be conducted on Sunday afternoon – with the lively participation of the assembled public – on the central stage in the gardens of Villa Erba. The 30 or so entrants are divided into five different categories (according to era and design), from which the three class winners from the various categories are introduced to the public galleries and presented with their prizes. The overall winner (Best of Show) is chosen from the class winners by an international jury.

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Mar
01

BMW and MINI: Two brands – seven awards

BMW and MINI take four firsts in the “Good looks/style” category of the German Auto Bild readers’ survey “The best brands” and another three top slots in special categories

Munich – March 1, 2013… BMW and MINI recorded seven first places in the “The best brands in all classes” poll of just under 100,000 readers carried out by German motoring magazine Auto Bild. Three of these came courtesy of BMW in the “Good looks/style” category for mid-range, executive and luxury-class cars, while MINI came on top of the “Best design” rankings for small cars. BMW also led the way in the “Sporty engines,” “Advanced technology” and “Well-connected cars” categories.

A variety of design elements have come together over several decades to form the distinctive design DNA of BMW. Each new BMW offers a fresh take on these characteristic features and, in so doing, brings its own distinctive flavor to the fore. BMW has always been a standard-bearer of groundbreaking automotive design, using pioneering innovations to establish a constant stream of new landmarks. Auto Bild readers agreed: over 80 percent of those surveyed ranked BMW as the leading mid-range, executive and luxury car brand in the “Good looks/style” category.

MINI design is based on a clear design language and represents the evolutionary progression of the classic Mini born in 1959. Following in these small-car tire tracks, MINI wraps originality and intelligence in the smallest possible package. The consistent expansion of the MINI brand family reflects the success of MINI design in breathing new life into the brand’s underlying values – and using this as a springboard to develop authentic and fascinating perspectives for the future of the brand. This is a view shared by 87 percent of the readers questioned for the survey, who voted MINI the number-one small car in the “Good looks/style” category.

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