Frankfurt 2009: BMW Officially Unveils X1 Crossover

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

BMW has just unveiled its smallest SUV, the X1, and now for the first time we know what model North America will get. AutoGuide was invited to test drive an X1 prototype several months back and while we were impressed, the 23d diesel model was not headed for our shores.

What we will get will be called the X1 xDrive 28i, which will be powered by a 2.8-liter straight-six engine making 258hp and 229 ft-lbs of torque. Power will be put to the ground through a standard six-speed automatic transmission with BMW xDrive AWD technology. Stability control will also be standard.

The X1 xDrive 28i will be able to hit 62 mph in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 127 mph. The crossover will get an average rating of 25 mpg and fit up to 47.3 cubic feet of luggage, or 14.7 cubic feet behind the third row.


Read more on the BMW X1 after the jump

Spontaneous Joy of Motoring:
The BMW X1.

For the fi rst time the features and qualities so typical of a BMW X model are also
available in a premium vehicle in the compact segment. Indeed, the BMW X1 is
entering the market with the assignment to offer the Sheer Driving Pleasure so
characteristic of BMW with a new standard of quality also in this segment of the
market. The latest member in the family of BMW X models therefore stands
for versatile, sporting performance and supreme agility in an urban environment
and beyond. In its style and appearance, the BMW X1 is the epitome of selfconfi
dent elegance, sophisticated function, and stylish, modern character.
With its superior drivetrain technology also comprising BMW’s intelligent xDrive
all-wheel-drive system and its both modern and variable interior, the BMW X1
offers ideal qualities for truly versatile mobility ensuring a genuine driving
The elevated seating position and the driver-oriented design of the cockpit
enhance the emotional driving experience. Sophisticated materials, strikingly
contoured surfaces and BMW iDrive fi tted in conjunction with one of
the optional navigation systems accentuate the premium character of the
BMW X1 right from the start.
At the rear, the spacious compartment offers three full-sized seats. Folding
down the rear-seat backrest split into three sections and adjustable also for
angle, the driver and passengers are able to increase luggage compartment
capacity from 420 litres or 14.7 cubic feet all the way to 1,350 litres or 47.3 cu ft.
Numerous storage facilities and boxes add even greater function and practical
value, while the optional Panorama glass roof ensures an even more generous
feeling of space.
The BMW X1 sets new standards for driving pleasure in the premium compact
segment. Benefi ting from BMW Effi cientDynamics, it also offers the most
favourable balance of performance and fuel economy within the segment of
BMW X models.
The BMW X1 is entering the market with a choice of one six-cylinder gasoline
engine and three four-cylinder diesels. The straight-six gasoline power unit
featured in the BMW X1 xDrive28i boasts a composite magnesium/aluminium
crankcase, VALVETRONIC valve management and dual-VANOS, and delivers
maximum output of 190 kW/258 hp. The BMW X1 xDrive23d comes with
a 150 kW/204 hp diesel featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo and common-rail
fuel injection. The diesel engines in the BMW X1 xDrive20d delivering
130 kW/177 hp and in the BMW X1 xDrive 18d with 105 kW/143 hp, fi nally, also
come with common-rail fuel injection as well as a turbocharger with variable
intake geometry. These engines are also featured in the BMW X1 sDrive20d
and the BMW X1 sDrive18d with the latter, equipped with rear-wheel drive,
offering average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of only 5.2 litres/100 kilometres
(54.3 mpg) and a CO2 rating of 136 grams per kilometre as the most
effi cient and economical option for spontaneous driving pleasure.
Body design: versatile sportiness, self-confi dent elegance.
The driving characteristics of the BMW X1 combine superior agility with
versatile sportiness – and precisely these features also come out in the design
of the new model. At the same time the self-confi dent elegance so typical of
the BMW X1 forms a perfect match with modern function all round. The front
end, the side and the rear end fl ow smoothly into one another, striking and
powerful lines creating a sleek and stylish connection between the various body
Measuring 4.45 metres or 175.2″ in length, this unique fi ve-door stands out
clearly from every angle as a fully-fl edged BMW X model, despite its body
dimensions smaller than on the BMW X6, the BMW X5, and the BMW X3.
Square-contoured wheel arches, greater ground clearance, the slender
protection cover on the lower part and the upright BMW kidney grille clearly
symbolise the robust qualities of the new model, while long wheelbase
of 2.76 metres/108.7″ and the low-slung rear window create sleek and
stretched proportions testifying to the sporting character of the BMW X1. This
sporting character is also borne out by the excellent aerodynamic qualities
of the new model resulting, not least, in a drag coeffi cient of 0.32 on the
BMW X1 sDrive20d, the BMW X1 xDrive18d, and the BMW X1 sDrive18d.
Through its strong and muscular bumper and the BMW kidney grille merging
smoothly with all surrounding elements, the front end spells out powerful
presence right from the start. The widely fl ared wheel arches and the strongly
contoured engine lid with its contour lines stretching towards the kidney grille
give the BMW X1 a particularly powerful and muscular appearance.
Cut off sharply at the top, the dual round headlights again so typical of BMW,
together with the lights band emphasising the sheer width of the vehicle, create
a particularly powerful and focused look. A three-dimensional surround serves
to additionally emphasise the contours of the headlights.

The foglamps positioned high up and far to the outside are embedded deep
within the bumper. Beneath the large air intake, fi nally, a silver-coloured underfl
oor protection cover again confi rms that this is a genuine BMW X model in
every respect.
The side view of the BMW X1 is characterised by three striking lines. The
contour line on the level of the door openers rising sharply towards the rear end
interacts with the sill-line moving up only slightly to create a dynamic wedge
shape. In between, a highly expressive character line adds a special touch
through its progressive fl ow, fi rst moving down, then moving up slightly and
fi nally rising dynamically up front of the rear wheel arch.
This character line continues in the graphic surround of the “Hofmeister kick”
so typical of BMW on the base of the C-pillar, the character line and window
graphics thus forming one optical unit to give the BMW X1 a particularly agile
and compact look. Powerful wheel arches and horizontal lines emphasise the
width of the elaborately chiselled rear end. The individual surfaces and body
sections are characterised by smooth rounded edges, while the rear light
clusters in typical L-shape are re-interpreted by sharp, almost jagged lines. Like
the headlights at the front and the rear section of the side window graphics, the
rear light clusters boast a special surround at the outside adding further fl air to
their contours. And fi nally, a silver-coloured underfl oor protection plate bears
testimony to the robust character so typical of a BMW X model also at the rear.
The optional X Line available for the BMW X1 offers a particular touch of style
and class, featuring inserts in the front and rear bumpers fi nished in body colour,
similar inlays in the side-sills and a painted trim bar separating the lower air
intake in a horizontal line. Likewise available as an option, the roof railing comes
in this case in black matt or eloxy silver.
Interior design: sophisticated, modern, functional, generous.
Graphic elements full of powerful expression, generous trim surfaces and
dynamic lines give the interior of the BMW X1 a truly sporting and youthful
appearance. The instrument panel is subdivided by horizontal lines creating
a special structure continuing into the door panels which, by accentuating the
sheer width of the vehicle, heightens the generous feeling of space. The Control
Display on the optional iDrive control system is also fi nished in innovative style,
blending smoothly and harmoniously into the dashboard.

The elevated seating position so typical of the BMW X models ensures
comfortable and convenient access at all times. Optimised all-round visibility
of traffi c conditions around the car, in turn, gives the driver an even greater and
more convincing feeling of supremacy. This feeling is further enhanced by his
eyes looking down from above at the dashboard curved slightly to the front.
The special design of the centre console and the dashboard area around the
cockpit offers an appropriate reinterpretation of the driver orientation so typical
of a BMW. The fi rst point is that through its special look and confi guration, the
centre console clearly separates the driver’s and front passenger’s areas. The
controls for air conditioning and the audio system are inclined slightly towards
the driver, while a trim bar in contrasting colour fl owing out of the lower section
of the dashboard surrounds the instrument cluster including the binnacle at the
top to form one complete unit, safely and reliably guiding the driver’s eyes to the
road ahead.
The BMW X1 comes with a choice of seven body colours. The interior, in turn, is
fi nished in both powerful and natural colours, the wide range of colours available
giving the customer free rein in customising the car to his own individual style.
As an alternative to the seat upholstery fi nished as standard in Elektra cloth,
there is also Median cloth in sporting striped design as well as Nevada leather.
Then the customer also has the choice of no less than seven trim colours and
fi ve variants of trim bars giving the car either a particularly sporting, modern,
extroverted or elegant touch.
Yet a further special feature is the Cool Elegance Design Package available on
the BMW X1, incorporating highlights such as sports seats in Oyster-coloured
leather upholstery and black/yellow piping on the backrest as well as trim bars
in Bright Wave wood. In this case the lower section of the instrument panel and
the centre console likewise come in Oyster.
A wide range of open storage boxes, trays and cupholders on the centre
console as well as large open door compartments with integrated holders for
bottles underline the functional character of the BMW X1. Through its generous
dimensions, the rear-seat bench offers comfortable space for up to three
As a further advantage the interior of the BMW X1 may be re-confi gured easily
and quickly whenever required to meet all kinds of transport requirements.
Loading is easy and convenient through the large tailgate, the wide opening for
the luggage compartment and the low loading sill, even when taking along bulky
objects. The backrest angle at the rear may be adjusted in numerous stages by
up to 30o – and when the backrests are set to a vertical angle (Cargo Position),
luggage compartment capacity increases from 420 to 480 litres (14.7 to
16.8 cu ft).
Split at a ratio of 40/20/40, the rear backrest also offers many other options
and variable loading confi gurations: Folding down only the centre section, for
example, the driver and his passengers enjoy the benefi ts of a large throughloading
able to accommodate two 46-inch golf bags, four pairs of skis or two
snowboards. Folding down the rear-seat backrest completely, on the other
hand, luggage capacity increases to an enormous 1,350 litres or 47.3 cubic feet.
A further amenity is the separate storage compartment beneath the fl oor of
the luggage compartment as such. Folding down the centre rear-seat backrest
alone provides a generous through-loading facility interacting perfectly with
the transport bag available as an option. And last but certainly not least, a rear
luggage rack preparation kit is also available in addition to the roof railing.
The engines: unparalleled effi ciency and dynamics in their segment.
BMW X models offer a particular highlight in Sheer Driving Pleasure so typical
of the brand. The BMW X1, in turn, combines this experience with a level of
effi ciency quite unparalleled in its segment. The BMW X1 sDrive20d and the
BMW sDrive18d, for example, are the fi rst vehicles of their kind to emit less than
140 grams of CO2 per kilometre in the EU test cycle, and the other model variants
also stand out through an unusually good balance of driving pleasure and
fuel economy ensured by engines featuring the most effi cient technology and,
of course, by the wide range of BMW Effi cientDynamics using breakthroughs in
technology combined appropriately with one another on each model. Examples
in this context are Brake Energy Regeneration, optimised aerodynamics,
intelligent lightweight engineering, the fi nal drive with optimised warm-up
behaviour as well as ancillary units operating and controlled on demand such as
the electrical fuel pump and the detachable a/c compressor.

The manual models come with Auto Start Stop and a gearshift point
The BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system features a new power divider with
optimised effi ciency, and the engine of the BMW X1 xDrive28i also boasts a
map-controlled oil pump. Last but defi nitely not least, all variants of the BMW X1
fulfi l the EU5 emission standard.

The top performer in its segment is of course the BMW X1 xDrive28i with
its straight-six gasoline engine delivering maximum output of 190 kW/258 hp
at 6,600 rpm. Peak torque from this 3.0-litre, in turn, is 310 Newton-metres or
228 lb-ft maintained consistently between 2,600 and 3,000 rpm.
Featuring a composite magnesium/aluminium crankcase, fully variable
VALVETRONIC valve control and infi nite dual-VANOS camshaft adjustment,
this power unit stands out through its low weight, the running smoothness
and fast-revving performance characteristic of a BMW six-cylinder, as well as
optimised performance at low engine speeds.
The BMW X1 xDrive28i accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds
and reaches a top speed of 205 km/h or 127 mph (230 km/h or 143 mph
with optional high-speed set-up). The effi ciency of the six-cylinder, together with
a wide range of technologies reducing both fuel consumption and emissions,
provides average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of just 9.4 litres/100 kilometres
(equal to 30.0 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 219 grams per kilometre.
The four-cylinder diesel with BMW TwinPower Turbo and fourth-generation
common-rail direct fuel injection in the BMW X1 xDrive23d combines truly
impressive torque and pulling force with superior effi ciency. Displacing 2.0 litres,
this all-aluminium power unit develops maximum output of 150 kW/204 hp at
an engine speed of 4,400 rpm and offers maximum torque of 400 Newtonmetres/
295 lb-ft between 2,000 and 2,250 rpm. Variable Twin Turbo technology
activating a small turbocharger right from the start when just slightly
“stroking” the gas pedal and a second, larger turbocharger cutting in under
higher load, ensures truly fascinating response and a smooth surge of power
whenever required. Piezo-injectors operating at a pressure of up to 2,000 bar
make the injection of fuel particularly precise.
The BMW X1 xDrive23d accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and reaches
a top speed of 205 km/h or 127 mph (223 km/h or 138 mph with its optional
high-speed set-up). This sporting performance comes together perfectly with
average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of only 6.3 litres/ 100 kilometres
(equal to 44.8 mpg imp) and a CO2 emission rating of 167 grams per kilometre.
A turbocharger with variable intake geometry and common-rail fuel injection
with piezo-injectors generating maximum pressure of 1,800 bar give the
second four-cylinder diesel engine featured in the BMW X1 maximum output
of 130 kW/177 hp at an engine speed of 4,000 rpm and peak torque of
350 Newton-metres/258 lb-ft maintained consistently between 1,750 and
3,000 rpm. Likewise displacing 2.0 litres, the all-aluminium diesel engine in the

BMW X1 xDrive20d ensures acceleration to 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds, with the
BMW X1 sDrive20d reaching the same mark in an even faster 8.1 seconds.
Top speed in each case is 205 km/h or 127 mph. On models featuring the
optional high-speed set-up, top speed increases to 213 km/h or 132 mph
on the BMW X1 xDrive20d and, respectively, 218 km/h or 135 mph on the
BMW X1 sDrive20d.
Fuel economy and emission management are truly outstanding on both models:
Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 5.8 litres/100 kilometres (equal
to 51.4 mpg imp) with the BMW X1 xDrive20d and an even more remarkable
5.3 litres/100 km (53.3 mpg imp) on the BMW X1 sDrive20d. The corresponding
CO2 ratings are 153 and, respectively, 139 grams per kilometre.
The 105 kW/143 hp version of the four-cylinder diesel in the BMW X1 xDrive18d
and the BMW X1 sDrive18d offers an even more economical entry into the
fascinating world of the BMW X models. Again, this power unit also comes with
common-rail direct fuel injection and a turbocharger with variable intake
geometry delivering peak torque of 320 Newton-metres or 236 lb-ft all the
way from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm and reaching its maximum output at an engine
speed of 4,000 rpm. The BMW X1 xDrive18d accelerates from a standstill to
100 km/h in 10.1 seconds, the BMW X1 sDrive18d completes the same exercise
in 9.6 seconds. Top speed, in turn, is 195 and, respectively, 200 km/h (121 and,
respectively, 124 mph).
The BMW X1 xDrive18d averages fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of
5.7 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 49.6 mpg imp) and has a CO2 emission
rating of 150 grams per kilometre. The BMW X1 sDrive18d, fi nally, marks the
record in terms of emission management, with average fuel consumption of
5.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 54.3 mpg imp) and a CO2 emission rating of
just 136 grams per kilometre.
Both the BMW X1 xDrive28i and the BMW X1 xDrive23d come as standard
with six-speed automatic transmission. This automatic power transmission
also available as an option on the BMW X1 xDrive20d instead of the six-speed
manual gearbox featured as standard not only promotes driving comfort, but
also enhances the agile driving behaviour of the most compact X model.
The sporting characteristics of the transmission are attributable in particular
to the direct connection with the engine closing the clutch immediately after
setting off. The transmission therefore follows even the slightest movement of
the gas pedal, with short reaction and gearshift times. Shifting back more than
one gear, in turn, does not take any longer than a direct gearshift to the next

gear, thanks to the transmission directly moving into the right gear path. And
last but certainly not least, the Steptronic function of the automatic transmission
enables the driver to shift gears manually whenever he wishes.
BMW xDrive: intelligent all-wheel drive for the fi rst time in the
compact segment.
Offering variable distribution of drive power between the front and rear wheels,
BMW xDrive permanent all-wheel drive improves both the car’s agility and
superior traction on rough surfaces. Thanks to the supreme qualities of this
system, BMW is indeed the world’s most successful manufacturer of all-wheeldrive
vehicles in the premium segment. And now this intelligent all-wheel drive
is available for the fi rst time in a compact vehicle.
Working through a power divider with an electronically controlled multipleplate
clutch, xDrive distributes drive forces appropriately and in exactly the right
dose to the axle offering the best wheel grip on the road below.
All-wheel drive is naturally connected to DSC Dynamic Stability Control and the
engine management also on the BMW X1, with sensors on the wheels immediately
detecting even the slightest tendency to spin. Within fractions of a second,
therefore, the system is able to vary the ratio of power distribution even before
a wheel starts to spin, thus effectively countering even the slightest tendency to
over- or understeer in good time.
In bends more drive power is fed to the rear axle in order to make the vehicle
even more agile and again to avoid understeer. Then, when leaving the bend,
BMW xDrive immediately returns to the basic setting in the interest of optimum
torque and drive power.
Even under the most demanding conditions, the distribution of drive power
through xDrive always ensures optimum driving stability. Only when the appropriate
change in drive force distribution is no longer suffi cient will DSC Dynamic
Stability Control cut in to regain driving stability by intervening on the individual
wheel brakes and reducing engine power appropriately.
DSC Dynamic Stability Control in the BMW X1 comprises not only the ABS
anti-lock brake function, Dynamic Brake Control and CBC Cornering Brake
Control, but also DTC Dynamic Traction Control. This latter function raises the
stability control thresholds to a higher level, making it easier for the driver to set
off on snow and sand with the wheels allowed to spin slightly.

On the BMW X1 xDrive28i DSC comes additionally with Dry Braking in
the wet, Fading Compensation and a Start-Off Assistant.
Available as an option in conjunction with the sports set-up likewise coming as
an optional extra, Performance Control on the all-wheel-drive versions of the
BMW X1 allows even more precise dosage of the brakes and maintains a superior
balance of torque effectively countering even the slightest tendency to
understeer right from the start on slippery surfaces and in particularly dynamic
bends. As soon as the front wheels start to “push” out of a bend excessively,
the inner rear wheel is slowed down as required by the combination of electronic
xDrive and DSC control, any loss of drive power suffered in the process
being set off by an increase in the fl ow of power going to the wheels.
Supreme agility and all-round safety ensured by modern suspension
technology and the strong body structure.
Characterised by superior agility, precision and supremacy, the driving behaviour
and performance of the BMW X1 results directly from its high standard of
suspension technology as well as the particularly strong and stable body
structure. At the front the all-wheel-drive models come with a double-joint
spring-strut thrust bar axle, the BMW X1 sDrive20d and the BMW X1 sDrive18d
featuring an aluminium double-joint tiebar axle. In conjunction with the fi ve-arm
rear axle featured on all models, this ensures an optimum balance of sporting
performance and driving comfort at all times.
The hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering comes complete with ultra-precise
power assistance. Speed-related Servotronic available as an option on all the
all-wheel-drive models, in turn, allows an even higher standard of smooth and
effortless handling.
The extra-powerful brakes on the BMW X1 ensure outstanding brake
power and stopping forces under all conditions. Depending on the engine, the
disc brakes on all four wheels come in various dimensions and, in accordance
with the individual models, in swing-calliper or frame-calliper confi guration at
the front.
All versions of the BMW X1 come as standard on 17-inch wheels in either
steel or aluminium. Another standard feature is the Tyre Defect Indicator, while
runfl at tyres enabling the driver to continue to the nearest workshop even after
a complete loss of pressure come as an option.
The extremely stiff and torsionally rigid bodyshell of the BMW X1 is based on
BMW’s intelligent lightweight technology using, together with other materials,
high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel wherever appropriate. Both the

choice of materials and the arrangement and geometry of the various support
bars, load-bearing elements and reinforcements serve from the start to ensure
maximum safety in a collision together with minimum weight and the highest
possible standard of agility on the road. Forces acting on the bodyshell in the
event of an accident are diverted through the engine supports and the suspension
along several load paths in order to avoid extreme loads acting on individual
structural elements and a possible impairment of the stable passenger cell.
Within the BMW X1 not only frontal and side airbags, but also curtain head
airbags at the side offer superior safety on both the front and rear seats. At the
same time the BMW X1 comes with three-point inertia-reel seat belts all round,
featuring belt force limiters and belt latch tensioners at the front. ISOFIX child
seat fastenings on the rear seats come as standard. All restraint systems are
masterminded by a central electronic safety unit.
Daytime driving lights featured as standard,
bi-xenon headlights coming as an option.
Featured as standard on the BMW X1, the dual round headlights also come
with a daytime lights function. Bi-xenon headlights including positioning and
daytime driving lights featuring the corona rings so typical of BMW are available
as an option combined with LED light conductors on the rear lights providing
a particularly powerful impression of the L-design rear light clusters.
Apart from a High-Beam Assistant and a rain sensor, the BMW X1 is also available
as an option with Adaptive Headlights illuminating the road ahead in the
appropriate angle, following the steering and the position of the front wheels.
Adaptive Brake Lights, in turn, give motorists following from behind a particularly
clear warning when applying the brakes in an emergency.
Optional extras: functional, innovative, sophisticated.
The everyday driving qualities, driving pleasure and travel comfort offered by the
BMW X1 may be further enhanced by sophisticated optional extras of the highest
standard. The roof railing, a special storage package and a towing unit with
a removable ball head offer additional transport capacities. Maximum trailer load
of the BMW X1 is 2,000 kg or 4,410 lb (BMW X1 sDrive20d, BMW X1 xDrive
18d, and BMW X1 sDrive18d: 1,800 kg/3,969 lb).
Features such as sports seats, seat heating, automatic air conditioning, a lights
package and the large Panorama glass roof offer optimum qualities for customising
the interior and creating a unique, highly individual ambience. The audio
system featured as standard, in turn, comes not only with six loudspeakers and
a CD player, but also with an AUX-In port for connecting external sources of
music, with the option to integrate an MP3 player and other data media through
a USB interface into the car’s entertainment system. Supreme sound quality,
fi nally, is provided by the harman/kardon Surround Sound System.
In conjunction with the Business and, respectively, Professional navigation
system, the BMW X1 comes with the latest generation of BMW iDrive including
a Controller and direct selection buttons on the centre console, favourite
buttons beneath the radio control unit, and a Control Display measuring
either 6.5 or 8.8 inches. This Display also presents images from the back-up
camera available as an option and serving, in addition to the likewise optional
Park Distance Control with its precise sensors, to facilitate parking and similar
manoeuvres in the BMW X1.
Drivers of a BMW X1 equipped with a navigation system also have the option to
use voice entry and a Bluetooth interface for mobile phones or for the enhanced
connection of Smartphones with their music and communication functions.
Yet another option is to use the wide range of BMW ConnectedDrive services
comprising features such as BMW Assist, BMW Online, and unrestricted use of
the internet in the car.
Unique driving experience, unparalleled effi ciency.
The BMW X1 is the fi rst premium vehicle of its kind in the compact segment. In
a unique manner, the concept of the BMW X1 combines the many requirements
made of a modern compact car in terms of superior function with the benefi ts of
outstanding quality and the pleasure of an emotional driving experience.
Once again, therefore, BMW, through strong innovative power and a good
feeling for all kinds of customer wishes, is taking on a leading role in the market.
“Like every BMW X model, the BMW X1 again marks the breakthrough into
a new, clearly defi ned market segment”, states Dr. Klaus Draeger, Board Member
Development of BMW AG. “Throughout the entire development process,
our ultimate objective with the BMW X1 was to offer a unique driving experience
in the compact class and unparalleled effi ciency throughout the entire segment
of BMW X models.”
The BMW X1 is built at BMW Plant Leipzig where the new X model is produced
on the same line as the three-door Sedan, the Coupé and the Convertible
versions of the BMW 1 Series. This ultra-modern plant which also builds
the BMW 3 Series Sedan stands out in particular through superior fl exibility,
innovative methods of quality assurance and environmentally friendly production

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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