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BMW All About Motorsport Heritage at The NY Auto Show


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BMW took to New York in order to celebrate their first US motorsports win at the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring, as well as Alpina's 50th anniversary by debuting the 2016 Alpina B6 Gran Coupe.

BMW's South Carolina Plant Built its 3 Millionth Vehicle since 1994


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It’s been more than 20 years since BMW opened its first assembly plant in North America, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Now, the automaker has celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll of the line at the facility.

The milestone vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was driven off the line by Dawn Burgess, an employee hired in 1994. Burgess presented the keys to the car to Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. The three millionth BMW will be shipped to a customer in Kristianstad, Sweden.

“The growth of this plant has been quite extraordinary. Today, as we witness another historic moment, I am delighted to announce that BMW’s profound impact in South Carolina continues,” said Erlacher.

In addition to the three millionth vehicle, BMW presented three other milestone cars for the Spartanburg plant: the first vehicle produced, an Alpine White 318i (September 1994), the one millionth vehicle, an Interlagos Blue Z4 M (February 2006) and the two millionth vehicle, a Vermillion Red X3 (January 2012).

BMW is the largest U.S. automotive exporter of passenger vehicles by value. With an annual value totaling $9.2 billion, BMW’s single plant in South Carolina exceeded exports from Michigan, Alabama and California. Last year, BMW exported nearly 250,000 vehicles from its South Carolina plant, over 70 percent of the plant’s total volume.

The Spartanburg plant currently produces more than 1,200 vehicles a day and is the exclusive producer of all BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 vehicles, which are exported to more than 140 global markets.

With the addition of the X7 and other models, BMW will increase the plant’s capacity to 450,000 vehicles, making it the largest BMW plant in the world.

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BMW's X5 xDrive40e Gets Extended Video Presentation


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After finally being unveiled in production form, BMW's first ever plug-in hybrid SUV is set to take the world by storm, especially since this is clearly the direction in which the luxury SUV segment is going.

G-Power BMW M550d Goes Official With 435 HP


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The BMW M550d is one heck of a long distance cruiser. However, what surprises you about it most is its monster torque output and M-like agility. And yet, it has nothing on this 'Hurricane'.

BMW Debuts M4 Safety Car With Water Injection Tech At MotoGP Opener


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We have a reasonable suspicion to believe that there's a lot more to the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car that made its debut in opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar than what we're being officially told.

BMW Doubled i8 Production to Keep Up with Demand, Waiting Time Exceeds Four Months


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It may start from $136,500 in the United States and €130,000 in Germany, but apparently the BMW i8 is in such high demand that the automaker has recently doubled production.

BMW CEO Pushes German Government To "Pick Up Pace" in Support of EVs


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BMW Group CEO Norbert Reithofer thinks politics can greatly influence sales of their i3 model and urges Germany to catch up to Northern Europe and California in terms of EV infrastructure.

Cadillac ATS-V and BMW M4 COTA Lap Comparison


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Cadillac has just released the performance specs for its new and very potent ATS-V sedan and coupe. On paper it’s just as brisk as the BMW M3 and M4 equivalents, but how do the two compare on the track?

BMW's Facelifted 1-Series Shows Its Face in New Gallery [106 HD Pics]


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One of the most welcome facelifts happened a few months ago to the BMW 1-Series. The updated model gained a much sleeker appearance, thanks to targeted cosmetic changes to the areas that generated criticisms.

Check Out the Smarter-Looking 2015 BMW M135i In 77 Fresh Photos


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One of the biggest criticisms on the world’s only RWD hot-hatch was the way it looked. The M135i wasn’t the prettiest child of the Germans but BMW addressed the issue with its latest facelift.

BMW Drops More Photos of the Updated 6-Series [216 HD Pics]


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BMW released a huge gallery of the updated 6 Series model. The Bavarians have slightly tweaked their big cruiser to keep it fresh for the remaining of its career.

BMW 3-Series GT Goes Big in Japan With Luxury Lounge Edition


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In a way, BMW's awesome 3 Series Gran Turismo is one of the automotive world's best kept secrets. It's both spacious and efficient, and is now available in Japan in Luxury Lounge trim, as a limited edition.

BMW Marketing Material Confirms New M4 GTS and M2 Coupe


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A snapshot of a schedule from a BMW Internet Market Workshop confirmed something we already knew – the upcoming M2 Coupe, and something we were suspecting – the M4 GTS.

BMW i8 Faces Off Against Porsche 911 GTS


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With its comparably skinny low-rolling resistance tires, the BMW i8 cannot keep up with a Porsche 911 GTS on track, but it’s not bad at it, and a more potent version with some tweaks could change the situation considerably.

BMW Shows Off Predictive Gear Shift Technology in Latest 1-Series Spot


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Just as we're starting to warm up to the BMW 1 Series, with it doing a little better in the looks department, BMW is making sure we don't overlook any of its advanced optional extras.

BMW X6M Claws Its Way around COTA in Short Review


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We knew Bob Flavin had driven the new BMW X6M on the Circuit of the Americas, but it’s taken over a month for the result of the drive to finally make it onto the web, in video review form.

Check Out the BMW-Heavy Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Teaser


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If you remember the last installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, BMW placed some serious product mainly with the likes of the i8 concept and the 6 Series Convertible. Now, they're at it again.

BMW X7 Will Reportedly Get V12 Engine, Base Model To Be Priced From €130,000


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A new report from Spain brings new information about BMW’s upcoming X7 seven-seat SUV, expected to launch in late 2017 or early 2018. Motor.es claims to have exclusive information about the behemoth SUV, which will be available with 6-, 8- and even 12-cylinder engines.

Audi Isn't Planning To Build BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Rival


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Remember the dreadful Audi A2? Apparently its popularity as a used cars in some markets has made some people question whether or not Audi should get back in the 'MPV' game.

How Does Lexus' NX 300h Hybrid Fare Against BMW's X3 xDrive 28d Diesel?


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North American buyers see diesel vehicles the way they do hybrids – an unusual and contrived way to save fuel which has advantages and disadvantages. However, modern diesels are so good, that hybrids look ridiculous in being as complicated (and heavy) as they are.