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BMW laser light

BMW To Replace LED Lights With Laser Headlights

BMW laser light

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, which is 100 times smaller than LED units, in the vehicle.
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BMW i3 i8

BMW reveals i3 and i8 concept vehicles

BMW i3 i8

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, which has never been used for a car body on a volume-production scale before, offers a weight reduction of between 250 and 350 kilograms, which should considerably lengthen the range and speed of the electric vehicles.
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BMW M5

The new BMW M5

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 the twin-turbo V8 engine.
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Fairmont BMW Bike photo

Fairmont rolls out BMW bike scheme globally

Fairmont BMW Bike photo

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 summer.

The BMW Cruise Bikes, which feature Suntour suspension and a brake routing system, retail at over €800 but are available for Fairmont’s guests to use on a complimentary basis, complete with locks and helmets.
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Vehicles from BMW i

BMW i3 set for September debut

Vehicles from BMW i

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 a range of 160 kilometers with an expected market launch in 2013.

The BMW i sub-brand was launched earlier this year by the German manufacturer, promising to put two electric vehicles on the road in the shape of the i3 and the i8.
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BMW 328 Hommage

BMW 328 Hommage concept photo

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 weave, the 328 Hommage focuses on lightweight construction through carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).
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Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class

Mercedes-Benz launches Concept A-Class

Mercedes-Benz 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 long hood, low silhouette and more sporty appearance.

Mercedes-Benz design chief Gorden Wagener said that the new look was inspired by “the wind and waves, as well as aviation engineering, resulting in this ‘cool’ look.”
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Audi A8 interior

TOP 10 Best Vehicle Interiors

Audi A8 interior

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 month.

Those selected for recognition were an eclectic mix, with economy vehicles sitting alongside luxury models from the likes of Audi and BMW.

The lesson for automakers seems to be that while a good interior needn’t be hand-stitched leather, it should be well thought out, functional and comfortable.

audi a8 interior photo

“The Cruze illustrates clearly how the growing market for economy cars has convinced automakers that cutting corners in the passenger compartment no longer works,” Ward’s said in a statement.

Ward’s received 51 entries for the awards, and gave scores based on materials, ergonomics, safety, the human-machine interface, comfort, fit and finish, overall value and aesthetics.

For consumers who want to get an idea of what makes an industry-leading interior, Ward’s has uploaded the video reviews to its website.

BMW X3 xDrive35i Interior

Ward’s 10 Best Interiors of 2011

Audi A8
BMW X3 xDrive35i
Chevy Cruze 2LT RS
Dodge Charger Rallye Plus
Ford Focus Titanium
Honda Odyssey Elite
Hyundai Elantra Limited
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit
Kia Optima EX
Volvo S60

BMW X3 xDrive35i Interior photo

BMW Concept M5

BMW Concept M5 set for Shanghai debut

BMW Concept M5

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 fifth iteration of the iconic car.

The M5 is a reintegration of the M series’ traditional blend of business sedan and performance sports car, with “expressive and unmistakeable design features.”
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535Li

Plug-in hybrid BMW to be unveiled in China

535Li

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.”

It is squarely aimed at China’s rapidly-growing luxury market and is set to feature the same long wheel base as its Chinese-only predecessor, the 535Li, which was designed to add more comfort to those wishing to be chauffeur-driven.
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BMW 6 Series Coupe

The BMW New 6 Series Coupe Unveiled

BMW 6 Series Coupe

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 nose” front-end with bi-xenon headlights and a forward-slanting grille.
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bmw 5 series gt trussardi

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo by Trussardi

bmw 5 series gt 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 layers and the color of the body changes gradation with varying exposition to light.
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BMW i launch in Munich

BMW confirms new EV brand coming 2013

BMW i launch in Munich

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 to as the Mega City Vehicle and has been designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, according to BMW, making use of an aluminium chassis and lightweight carbon-fiber reinforced plastic.
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Intermarine 55 yacht

Intermarine 55 by BMW DesignworksUSA

Intermarine 55 yacht

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 with a master suite having queen sized bed and an enclosed shower.
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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.
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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 future.

MINI’s Scooter E effort is based on the current production MINI cars, with 11-inch wheels and a “powerful and robust appearance,” which, combined with the large, round front light and radiator grill, evokes the MINI four wheelers.
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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 the Gran Coupe presented at the Beijing auto show earlier this year but with less two doors.
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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 detailed in the press release after the jump.
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India’s luxury car boom

Sales of luxury cars produced by German marque Mercedes-Benz surged by 69 percent in India during the first six months of 2010.

The figures are a sign of the growing market for luxury car brands in India, where overall passenger sales are expected to grow by 12-13 percent this year by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.

The luxury market, although only accounting for a tiny proportion of overall sales, is rapidly gaining traction with Indians seeing a rise in income levels, thanks in part to foreign automakers making more vehicles easily accessible in the country.
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BMW Art Car by Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons has unveiled his Art Car at the Centre Pompidou in Paris ahead of its participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France on June 12-13, 2010.

On June 1, Koons unveiled and signed his BMW M3 GT2, making him the 17th BMW Art Car artist, following in the footsteps of Warhol, Lichtenstein and Stella.

Three hundred VIP guests watched him unveil the design in the exact same spot that Roy Lichtenstein presented and signed his Art Car back in 1977.
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