BMW overtakes Mercedes for US luxury car crown

Update: BMW announced January 5 that US sales totaled 247,907 throughout 2011, beating Mercedes-Benz to the top spot by just 2,715 vehicles. In a first, two German manufacturers — Mercedes-Benz and BMW — are dueling for the honor of being the top luxury brand sold in the United States. Right now, BMW holds a slight lead, but … Continued

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

BMW has unveiled the 6-Series Gran Coupe. Designed to battle the Mercedes CLS, the sedan measures 4.4 inches (111 mm) longer than the 6-Series Coupe. The exterior styling is instantly recognizable but highlights include xenon headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels. The car will hit USA showrooms with three models: a 3.0L 315 hp Twin Turbo … Continued

BMW To Replace LED Lights With Laser Headlights

BMW will introduce the next generation of head lights – laser lighting on its BMW i8 – that could cut energy use in half compared to LED lights. The laser beam headlights will be twice as efficient as LEDs, and can be up to 1,000 times stronger. BMW will use miniscule 10-micron long laser diodes, … Continued

BMW reveals i3 and i8 concept vehicles

BMW has given out the first details and images of its i3 and i8 models before the concepts are shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show One of the most notable features of the new design is a bodywork largely made of carbon fibre, described by BMW as a “revolution in automotive design.” The new material, … Continued

The new BMW M5

BMW has officially unveiled its new M5, the fifth generation of its popular performance sports saloon. Sporting a newly-developed high-performance M-series engine, the M5 has been eagerly awaited since a pre-production model appeared earlier this year. The high-revving 4.4-liter engine has “typical M car thrust,” says BMW, with a power rating of 412kW (552hp) from … Continued

Fairmont rolls out BMW bike scheme globally

Luxury hotel chain Fairmont is to roll out BMW bikes to all of its worldwide hotels, it confirmed this week. The bikes program, which was introduced last year at some of the chain’s North American hotels, appears to have proved so popular that it will now be rolled out around the world in time for … Continued

BMW i3 set for September debut

BMW is gearing up to unveil its first electric car under the new BMW i brand, according to reports from Germany. The Munich-based automaker is set to unveil the i3, the first of two initial all-electric models, this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model will feature a 100 kW electric motor and … Continued

BMW 328 Hommage

BMW revealed the 328 Hommage concept just before its show debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este near Lake Como, Italy last weekend. Based on the Vision Connected Drive Concept revealed in Geneva, the 328 Hommage is a modern interpretation of the classic sports car from the 1930s. Bathed in that distinctive diagonal carbon fiber … Continued

Mercedes-Benz launches Concept A-Class

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a radical overhaul of its A-Class compact at Auto Shanghai. The German automaker said that the new Concept A-Class was “the first heartbeat of a new generation.” It signals a major departure from the boxy outline of the current A-Class, popular in cities because of its small size, in favor of a … Continued

TOP 10 Best Vehicle Interiors

While most people are worried about what the exterior of a car looks like, it makes sense as a driver to pay at least a little attention to the interior. Ten cars were honored last week in the prestigious “10 Best Interiors” list from US publication Ward’s Auto, ahead of the magazine’s Interiors Conference next … Continued

BMW Concept M5 set for Shanghai debut

BMW is to show off a concept version of an M5 sedan at next month’s Auto Shanghai show, it confirmed April 4. The latest designs for the four-door performance sedan will be showcased at the Chinese show and are expected to hint strongly at a production model slated for later this year, to be the … Continued

Plug-in hybrid BMW to be unveiled in China

BMW is to launch a plug-in hybrid model in China next month, designed specifically for the Chinese market, it has emerged. The company’s boss Norbert Reithofer said recently that the new “new energy vehicle” model would be based on the 5-Series and unveiled at Auto Shanghai, describing it as “our e-car from China for China.” … Continued

The BMW New 6 Series Coupe Unveiled

BMW has unveiled the production version of the 6 Series coupe ahead of the car’s debut at Auto Shanghai 2011. To be released in 2012, this car has a 4.4 litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine. It goes from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Designed to be the ultimate “dream car,” the coupe features a “shark … Continued

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo by Trussardi

Italian fashion house Trussardi celebrates its 100th anniversary, and to mark the occasion has teamed up with BMW for a special edition 5 Series Gran Turismo. For the exterior look, the choice fell on an exclusive color – a characteristic warm metallic brown that has been named Heraldic Brown. The paintwork is executed in three … Continued

BMW confirms new EV brand coming 2013

BMW has unveiled a new brand for its electric vehicles, confirming the first models at a press conference February 21. BMW i was announced in BMW’s home town of Munich with the promise that the first two models would be launched from 2013, with the names i3 and i8. The i3 concept was previously referred … Continued

Intermarine 55 by BMW DesignworksUSA

Brazilian yacht maker Intermarine has collaborated with BMW DesignworksUSA to develop an ultra luxury yacht that has been dubbed Intermarine 55. Intermarine 55 is inspired by modern architecture and automotive surfacing, such as the BMW X6, and is scheduled to go on sale this July. Highlights of the new yacht include two head compartments along … Continued

Steinway & Sons BMW 7 Series Composition

BMW has teamed up with piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons to create the Individual 7-Series Composition. Deliberately reminiscent of the piano keyboard, the colour schemes reflect the contrast between black and white. The Composition features a hand polished paint job with three-stage clear coat, high-gloss Shadow Line trim, a gold coachline and 20-inch alloy wheels.

MINI and Smart unveil Paris scooter concepts

German automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz have released details on the electric scooter concepts they plan to unveil at the Paris Motor Show next week. The scooters, which will be presented by BMW and Mercedes-Benz under the MINI and Smart brands respectively, are hints at the direction both companies could take with electric mobility in the … Continued

BMW 6 Series Coupe Concept Released

BMW has just released the 6 Series Coupe Concept, a model that is scheduled to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show and is believed to enter production in 2011. Honoring its coupe tradition, BMW took its current 6 Series and gave it a newly sculpted body. The 6 Series concept evokes the image of … Continued

BMW Launches Lifestyle Collection for Christmas

BMW has launched the 2010 BMW Lifestyle Collection that includes gift ideas for the upcoming holidays. There are surprises for adults and children alike – from Snow Racer sleds to USB sticks, from watches to back packs. The BMW Lifestyle Collection is available online and at selected BMW dealerships. The whole list of products is … Continued