Purists may scoff at the 4-door MINI Countryman and its betrayal of “brand values”, but BMW’s bean counters are laughing all the way to the bank as the company credits the newest MINI with helping profits surge 15-fold in 2010. BMW’s net income was recorded at 3.23 billion euros in 2010, up from 210 million… Continue Reading...
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The thought of a front-drive BMW was inconceivable less than 5 years ago, but the Bavarian luxury car maker appears to be planning an onslaught of front-drive models for launch by 2016, including a couple crossovers, a sports car and a new compact. The first front-driver will be a 1 Series GT, another pointless crossover, but one… Continue Reading...
BMW has always been known for their trademark inline-6 engines, but the recent industry-wide trend of downsizing has led to BMW adopting turbocharged four-cylinder engines as an alternative to smaller, naturally aspirated I6 engines in the name of efficiency. First to get the turbo-4 treatment is the X1 small crossover, although Jim O’Donnell, head of… Continue Reading...
BMW has just announced a new turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant that will first appear in the BMW X1. Replacing the current 3.0-liter straight-six overseas, it will be found under the hood when the X1 hits dealers in North America. The new TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine displaces just 2.0-liter but makes 245-hp at 5000 rpm and 258… Continue Reading...
BMW‘s upcoming X1 crossover will be delayed by almost a year, due to extreme demand in the European market. BMW’s Leipzig, Germany plant can barely produce enough vehicles for Europe, and BMW USA has decided to delay the small crossover’s American launch until at least the fall of 2011. Canada will be getting the X1… Continue Reading...
Good news for the economy, not-so-great news for BMW and Mercedes-Benz factory workers who had travel plans over the holiday season. In order to meet the growing demand for new models, these two automakers have decided to shorten Christmas breaks this year. This shortened vacation policy applies to BMW’s German plants in Dingolfing and Leipzig,… Continue Reading...
Little-known but well-respected BMW-tuner Hartge has done a surprisingly good job at styling up BMW‘s X1 and has even thrown some horsepower gains to the mix. The X1 18d motor can receive a 36-hp boost (to 179-hp) with 258 ft-lbs of torque to play with. The xDrive20d will get a 32-hp boost with 306 ft-lbs… Continue Reading...
Audi is reportedly hard at work with their new Q1 crossover, to compete with the BMW X1. With a higher ground clearance, as well as a more muscular appearance and a possible 5-door layout. Quattro all-wheel drive will be standard, unlike the front-drive A1, while the engines offered will be the 1.4TFSI and a 2.0TDI…. Continue Reading...
There’s been some buzz brewing on Alfa Romeo’s return to the North American market with an SUV and convertible entry, with their SUV targeting the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 market. But this is probably the last thing we expected when we finally set eyes on an SUV with Alfa Romeo branding. Spotted at Alfa… Continue Reading...
In the automotive schoolyard, the Acura ZDX would be the kid who invites everyone to their birthday party, only to have nobody show up. The much maligned crossover was the only vehicle to actually lose Facebook fans, according to data supplied by Chris Baccus, a marketing professional who operates The Auto Marketing Blog. From a… Continue Reading...
To call Jeremy Clarkson an automotive gadfly would be incorrect. Quite possibly the most influential automotive journalist in the world, when Clarkson speaks, people listen, and this will not bode well for BMW‘s new X1 crossover. The new mini-ute from the Bavarian automaker is an important product, but Clarkson was suitably unimpressed, saying its looks… Continue Reading...