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2706bmw m235i coupe 11 1 BMW 2 Series to wear 230i, M240i nameplates

BMW might not be done tweaking its naming scheme quite yet. Of course, at this point, the jumble of numbers on the back of the Bavarian models has no connection to what’s under the hood. So there’s not much reason to stop changing the monikers now.

As BMW Top News reported a few months ago, BMW is slotting upgraded, turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines called the B48 and B58, respectively, into the 3 and 4 Series. If this happens, the 328i/428i would become the 330i/430i, and the 335i/435i would turn into the 340i/440i.

Obviously, this change hasn’t happened yet, but the same member of 2Addicts, a portion of the larger Bimmerpost community has now claimed that the 228i and M235i would get the same treatment. They would become the 230i and M240i, respectively, with the new engines.

The exact source of this information isn’t entirely clear. The user claimed to have access an inside source of future BMW model data. In one update to the thread, the person warned that the info isn’t for certain but considered it “BMW’s best laid plans.”

The decision to alter model names with the introduction of new engines would seem to make at least some sense. We wish the numbers didn’t seem plucked out of the air, though.

BMW 2 Series to wear 230i, M240i nameplates originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Europe, Hatchback, BMW, Technology

b6ff01 2014 bmw i3 fd 1 BMW i5 could get Toyota sourced hydrogen power

It’s starting to feel like the automotive landscape is right on the cusp of a boom in hydrogen-fueled vehicles. After all, the Toyota FCV is nearly ready, Volkswagen is readying a fuel cell concept for this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show and Hyundai already sells its Tucson Fuel Cell. The next big name to add to that list might be ‚ÄčBMW, as the company’s co-development deal with Toyota starts to bear fruit.

According to Autocar, BMW may use a version of the fuel cell system from the Toyota FCV in the future i5. As part of its eco-oriented i sub-brand, the i5 is expected to be a stretched version of the i3 (pictured above) with extra rear legroom and cargo space. It’s unclear at the moment whether a battery-powered pure electric powertrain will also be available. If accurate, then the rumor could give the Bavarian brand a counterattack against Mercedes-Benz‘ planned fuel cell vehicle in 2017.

BMW and Toyota first signed the memorandum of understanding to co-develop fuel cells, lightweight technology and a sports car back in 2012, and they made the arrangement official in late 2013. So far, few details on the progress of the work have been disclosed, but the performance model has been rumored to use a front-engine, all-wheel drive layout with supercapacitors.

BMW i5 could get Toyota-sourced hydrogen power originally appeared on BMW Top News on Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Performance, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen, Luxury, Design/Style, Earnings/Financials

e128a4231a2847484704b6169dcb7fc0d08d.jpeg Car companies may need to start curbing model proliferation

Looking at the current automotive landscape, especially from German makers, you quickly get the impression that less definitely isn’t more. BMW alone offers its 3 Series platform in practically every segment possible, including the regular sedan and 4 Series Gran Coupe, which would seem to be direct competitors. Porsche might be the winner, though, with 20 different variants of the 911 listed for sale on its US website. However, some of this model madness might be reaching an end as companies begin cutting back spending or shifting money to other priorities.

According to Yahoo Finance, the offerings from the German automakers are up 25 percent over the past three years to over 200 models in Europe. The peak is expected to come around 2018 at 230 separate vehicles, according to consulting company PwC.

Amazingly, BMW, which is among the poster children for this model explosion, might be changing its tune. “I’m sure there will be points in the future where we look at certain cars and say, ‘Maybe we need to think differently now,'” said head of sales Ian Robertson in an interview, according to Yahoo Finance. The statement certainly sounds shocking coming from a company rumored to have 23 front-wheel-drive vehicles all using a single platform on the way.

The shift in thinking might not be a question of whether automakers can build all of these distinct models, but rather if it’s the best way to invest their money. The small footprint of European dealers makes it difficult to show all of these vehicles off. Also, even if platforms and drivetrains are shared, there’s still the extra expense in marketing each one. Finally, “every single variant increases development and logistics expenditure,” said Porsche spokesperson Achim Schneider to Yahoo Finance.

So what do the German automakers do with the extra funds from not exploiting every possible niche? Volkswagen is reportedly working on cutting costs, and BMW is too. Also, Porsche is trying to grow overall sales. If this actually happens, maybe picking the perfect 911 will be a bit less complicated in just a few years.

Car companies may need to start curbing model proliferation originally appeared on BMW Top News on Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Convertible, Performance, BMW, Earnings/Financials

698d001 2014 bmw z4 quick spin BMW says SUVs killed the sports car market

In many ways, we’re living in a golden age of automotive performance. After all, it’s possible to show up at a Dodge dealer, hand over about $60,000 and storm away with a 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat. Or for those who prefer a touch more luxury, the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C63 and latest Cadillac ATS-V offer between 425 and 503 horsepower, depending on your pick, with a bit more poshness. However, none of these powerful vehicles fit the classic definition of a two-place, droptop sports car, and according BMW head of sales Ian Robertson, that’s because the segment is very much in the doldrums.

According to Robertson, two factors seriously wounded the classic sports car market. First, the global economic crisis of a few years ago put a serious hurt on sales, according to Bloomberg. Further worsening the situation, the boom in popularity of luxury SUVs and crossovers in the past few years hasn’t allowed for much recovery. Even car-hungry China hasn’t helped much because of the smog in many cities and preference among some of the very rich there to be chauffeured.

Combined, Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK sales peaked around 114,000 units a year in 2007, but they are only expected to reach 72,000 annually by the end of the decade. Robertson is pretty pessimistic about the market’s comeback too. “Post-2008, it just collapsed. I’m not so sure it’ll ever fully recover,” he said to Bloomberg.

Despite the downturn, there’s no reason to start eulogizing the sports car. The ones that are available or are coming make for some fantastic offerings. They range from the V8 power of the Chevy Corvette to the more lithe styling of the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Plus, a new Audi TT droptop is on the way. There’s no reason to write the segment off yet.

BMW says SUVs killed the sports car market originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: SEMA Show, Coupe, Performance, BMW

1f0avorsteiner bmw m4 sema Vorsteiner BMW M4 GTRS4 shows how to do a widebody at SEMA

Part of the joy of the SEMA Show is that all of the best tuners in the world are competing to show off their wares, and the challenge often pushes the companies into some absolutely insane directions. Case in point: Vorsteiner and its ludicrous GTRS4 wide body kit with the BMW M4.

According to Auto Evolution, the kit reportedly adds 4 inches in the front to fit 10.5-inch-wide wheels and a massive 7-inches more in the rear to snug in 13.5-inch-wide wheels, but spinning around the BMW in these images makes the changes look even more extreme. Beyond just the extra room in the fenders, the lower air intakes are ready to suck in huge volumes of cool air, and there’s a front splitter to keep things planted. The front and rear extensions are joined by side sills that grow the farther back they go. Finally, at the rear, the M4 gets a reworked diffuser with mesh inserts.

This is just the type of automotive craziness that makes SEMA interesting. Take a lot at it for yourself in the gallery.

Vorsteiner BMW M4 GTRS4 shows how to do a widebody at SEMA originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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