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  • Mandela BMW for sale
    Mandela BMW for sale Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:05 BST

    A BMW 3 Series signed by Nelson Mandela as one of 10 ‘Democracy Cars’ is up for sale in the UK and expected to fetch £5000 at auction. The unique piece of South African … More »Mandela BMW for sale

    Mandela BMW for sale

    A BMW 3 Series signed by Nelson Mandela as one of 10 ‘Democracy Cars’ is up for sale in the UK and expected to fetch £5000 at auction. The unique piece of South African history is for sale on 28 April at the RAF Museum in Hendon, London. Built in 2004, the silver BMW saloon was donated by employees at BMW’s factory in …

  • Lexus targets BMW X3 with new crossover
    Lexus targets BMW X3 with new cross … Fri, Apr 4, 2014 10:05 BST

    LEXUS is set to join the mid-size crossover fray when it launches the NX at the Beijing Motor Show later this month. The move could be a massive one for Lexus as it … More »Lexus targets BMW X3 with new cross …

    Lexus targets BMW X3 with new crossover

    LEXUS is set to join the mid-size crossover fray when it launches the NX at the Beijing Motor Show later this month. The move could be a massive one for Lexus as it tests the water in what has become one of the fastest-growing and fiercest-fought market sectors of them all. This teaser shot is all that Lexus is willing …

  • GOODBYE TO ALL THAT BMW 318d GT long-term test final report)
    GOODBYE TO ALL THAT BMW 318d GT long-term … Thu, Apr 3, 2014 13:05 BST

    Because BMW has for many decades now fashioned its position as a creator or fabulous saloons, estates and coupes there appears to be something of a mental block for anything … More »GOODBYE TO ALL THAT BMW 318d GT long-term …

    GOODBYE TO ALL THAT BMW 318d GT long-term test final report)

    Because BMW has for many decades now fashioned its position as a creator or fabulous saloons, estates and coupes there appears to be something of a mental block for anything that doesn’t fit into the template.

  • BMW Group unveils in-car G-force and tea-drinking engine
    BMW Group unveils in-car G-force and … Tue, Apr 1, 2014 10:05 BST

    BMW AND Mini have today unveiled pioneering new technologies that produce artificial G-force and even let an engine run on tea leaves.BMW has revealed plans for a system … More »BMW Group unveils in-car G-force and …

    BMW Group unveils in-car G-force and tea-drinking engine

    BMW AND Mini have today unveiled pioneering new technologies that produce artificial G-force and even let an engine run on tea leaves.BMW has revealed plans for a system called Force Injection Booster (FIB), which when activated fires artificial gravity at the driver and passenger through the air conditioning vents.But …

  • First Drive: BMW 435i M Sport Convertible
    First Drive: BMW 435i M Sport Conve … Mon, Mar 10, 2014 13:05 GMT

    What’s new?The lack of a fixed roof is, unsurprisingly, the most obvious change to this 4 Series model. In keeping with the old 3 Series Convertible, the 4 Series retains … More »First Drive: BMW 435i M Sport Conve …

    First Drive: BMW 435i M Sport Convertible

    What’s new?The lack of a fixed roof is, unsurprisingly, the most obvious change to this 4 Series model. In keeping with the old 3 Series Convertible, the 4 Series retains the metal folding hard top, too.Naturally you can expect the 4 Series drop-top to offer coupe-like driving thrills thanks to the work done by BMW engineers …

  • Geneva Show 2014: BMW goes front-wheel-drive with 2 Series
    Geneva Show 2014: BMW goes front-wheel-drive … Tue, Mar 4, 2014 15:05 GMT

    HISTORY has been made on the BMW stand at the Geneva Motor Show as it has revealed the production version of its first front-wheel-drive car. The 2 Series Active Tourer … More »Geneva Show 2014: BMW goes front-wheel-drive …

    Geneva Show 2014: BMW goes front-wheel-drive with 2 Series

    HISTORY has been made on the BMW stand at the Geneva Motor Show as it has revealed the production version of its first front-wheel-drive car. The 2 Series Active Tourer is a compact MPV, also a new segment for the firm, and under the distinctive exterior it uses the same chassis and clever three-cylinder engine as seen …

  • BMW i3 grabs new award
    BMW i3 grabs new award Fri, Feb 28, 2014 11:05 GMT

    THE REVOLUTIONARY BMW i3 electric car has been awarded the top prize in the first UK Car of the Year Awards.After grabbing the prize for Best Supermini the i3 won the … More »BMW i3 grabs new award

    BMW i3 grabs new award

    THE REVOLUTIONARY BMW i3 electric car has been awarded the top prize in the first UK Car of the Year Awards.After grabbing the prize for Best Supermini the i3 won the overall title in the new awards, as voted for by a group of 27 respected UK-based motoring journalists.In the overall vote, which featured the likes of the …

  • First Drive: BMW X5 xDrive M50d
    First Drive: BMW X5 xDrive M50d Wed, Jan 8, 2014 17:05 GMT

    BMW’s X5 has been diverting people out of rival 4x4s since 2009, and the third generation model is an impressive step forward in every direction. But that’s not enough … More »First Drive: BMW X5 xDrive M50d

    First Drive: BMW X5 xDrive M50d

    BMW’s X5 has been diverting people out of rival 4x4s since 2009, and the third generation model is an impressive step forward in every direction. But that’s not enough for some people, and BMW’s relentless pursuit of new niches means there’s an X5 with a very different flavour. The M50d gets to wear the coveted ‘M’ badge …

  • The London i (BMW i3 Range Extender)
    The London i (BMW i3 Range Extender … Thu, Dec 5, 2013 13:05 GMT

    BMW’S i3 SHOULD be a vitally important car in the future history of electric vehicles. BMW is the first premium manufacturer to wade into this sector of the market with … More »The London i (BMW i3 Range Extender …

    The London i (BMW i3 Range Extender)

    BMW’S i3 SHOULD be a vitally important car in the future history of electric vehicles. BMW is the first premium manufacturer to wade into this sector of the market with a car so small, and what’s more, the marketing comes dangerously close to making you want one. But great advertising should always be tempered by a bit …

  • Hard Day's Night (BMW 318d Gran Turismo long-term test - three months)
    Hard Day's Night (BMW 318d Gran Turismo … Fri, Nov 29, 2013 13:05 GMT

    And like any good BMW should, you can switch all the stability systems off and feel the 3GT moving around at your bidding – there’s still a sports saloon under that body. … More »Hard Day's Night (BMW 318d Gran Turismo …

    Hard Day's Night (BMW 318d Gran Turismo long-term test - three months)

    And like any good BMW should, you can switch all the stability systems off and feel the 3GT moving around at your bidding – there’s still a sports saloon under that body. I’ve done my best to defend BMW’s concept of the Gran Turismo but to be perfectly honest when it comes to a pub discussion it’s hard to deny that it’s …

  • First Drive: BMW i3
    First Drive: BMW i3 Mon, Oct 28, 2013 15:05 GMT

    THE i3 is a big deal, not just for BMW but also for the electric car industry. Boasting an innovative approach to design, construction and its underlying technology, … More »First Drive: BMW i3

    First Drive: BMW i3

    THE i3 is a big deal, not just for BMW but also for the electric car industry. Boasting an innovative approach to design, construction and its underlying technology, this could be the car that gives the electric car market the shot in the arm it needs if it’s to make the move from niche to mainstream status.To date early …

  • Breaking The Mould (BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Long Term Test - New Arrival)
    Breaking The Mould (BMW 3 Series Gran … Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:05 BST

    IT’S A FORMULA that’s been working extremely well for decades. BMW has offered a compact sporting saloon almost as long as it’s been making cars; arguably the first of … More »Breaking The Mould (BMW 3 Series Gran …

    Breaking The Mould (BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Long Term Test - New Arrival)

    IT’S A FORMULA that’s been working extremely well for decades. BMW has offered a compact sporting saloon almost as long as it’s been making cars; arguably the first of the breed was the 1500 which dates back to 1962, and ever since it’s been gaining in popularity. The combination of handsome looks, a sharp driving experience …

  • First Drive: BMW X5
    First Drive: BMW X5 Tue, Sep 17, 2013 19:05 BST

    AN SUV that drove like a car might have seemed like a fancy idea back in the ‘90s but the BMW X5 changed the rules. Here was a car that had the tough (but stylish) looks … More »First Drive: BMW X5

    First Drive: BMW X5

    AN SUV that drove like a car might have seemed like a fancy idea back in the ‘90s but the BMW X5 changed the rules. Here was a car that had the tough (but stylish) looks of a proper 4x4 and as much off-road ability as all but the hardcore could require. And yet it was comfortable, fast and handled well; chiefly because …

  • First Drive: BMW 4 Series
    First Drive: BMW 4 Series Thu, Aug 15, 2013 18:05 BST

    GOOD NEWS comes in threes, but BMW would have you believe that it comes in fours too. The German firm’s 3 Series is arguably its most important car; it regularly features … More »First Drive: BMW 4 Series

    First Drive: BMW 4 Series

    GOOD NEWS comes in threes, but BMW would have you believe that it comes in fours too. The German firm’s 3 Series is arguably its most important car; it regularly features in the list of top ten sellers in the UK, manages that difficult feat of being popular with private buyers as well as fleets and even manages to transform …

  • First Drive: BMW Z4
    First Drive: BMW Z4 Fri, Aug 9, 2013 10:05 BST

    NOTED for its departure from the simple fabric roof format of old, BMW’s current Z4 roadster has become a popular choice among buyers seeking the security of a tin-top … More »First Drive: BMW Z4

    First Drive: BMW Z4

    NOTED for its departure from the simple fabric roof format of old, BMW’s current Z4 roadster has become a popular choice among buyers seeking the security of a tin-top fixture and the benefits of roof-down motoring in one neat package.You better make that one neat and rakishly styled package, as the current generation Z4 …

  • First Drive: BMW 5 Series
    First Drive: BMW 5 Series Tue, Jul 2, 2013 15:05 BST

    THIS MIGHT not be an all-new model, but there’s no such thing as a minor refresh as far as the BMW 5 Series goes. It’s the Munich-based firm’s biggest seller globally, … More »First Drive: BMW 5 Series

    First Drive: BMW 5 Series

    THIS MIGHT not be an all-new model, but there’s no such thing as a minor refresh as far as the BMW 5 Series goes. It’s the Munich-based firm’s biggest seller globally, making it the most important car to come out of its factories.The biggest news for the newest model is on the inside, with an unbelievable array of gadgets …

  • First Drive: BMW M6 Gran Coupe
    First Drive: BMW M6 Gran Coupe Tue, Apr 23, 2013 17:47 BST

    PURISTS might wince at BMW's decision to focus as much of its attention on luxury as it does performance, but this slight change in direction is also a realisation that … More »First Drive: BMW M6 Gran Coupe

    First Drive: BMW M6 Gran Coupe

    PURISTS might wince at BMW's decision to focus as much of its attention on luxury as it does performance, but this slight change in direction is also a realisation that an increasing number of buyers are seeking high levels of refinement to match their car's outright performance.As such, cue BMW executives promoting its …

  • First Drive: BMW 320i xDrive
    First Drive: BMW 320i xDrive Thu, Apr 18, 2013 11:05 BST

    BMW’s 3 Series has always been a car for all circumstances – fun to drive but practical and comfortable too, and over the years the range has expanded to widen the net … More »First Drive: BMW 320i xDrive

    First Drive: BMW 320i xDrive

    BMW’s 3 Series has always been a car for all circumstances – fun to drive but practical and comfortable too, and over the years the range has expanded to widen the net still further. The estate Touring, the M3 and the ever-increasing range of diesel offerings meant there has always been a version to suit.Now there’s another …

  • Sensible Money Premium Holdall (BMW 3 Series Touring 2005-2012)
    Sensible Money Premium Holdall (BMW … Sun, Apr 14, 2013 18:25 BST

    ENGINES – Far from being starved of choice, BMW endowed the E90 3 Series range with a wide variety of both petrol and diesel engines. Mile-munchers will love the smooth, … More »Sensible Money Premium Holdall (BMW …

    Sensible Money Premium Holdall (BMW 3 Series Touring 2005-2012)

    ENGINES – Far from being starved of choice, BMW endowed the E90 3 Series range with a wide variety of both petrol and diesel engines. Mile-munchers will love the smooth, economical diesels while town dwellers will appreciate the quiet yet eager petrol motors. The six-pot engines might be automotive gems but don’t discount …

  • First Drive: BMW 3 Series GT
    First Drive: BMW 3 Series GT Tue, Mar 19, 2013 11:05 GMT

    Following in the footsteps of its big brother the 5 Series GT, the 3 Series GT has added a third body style option to a compact executive car range that until now has … More »First Drive: BMW 3 Series GT

    First Drive: BMW 3 Series GT

    Following in the footsteps of its big brother the 5 Series GT, the 3 Series GT has added a third body style option to a compact executive car range that until now has only comprised a saloon and an estate, or Touring model.If you get a tape measure out you’ll find that the new GT is 200mm longer even than the 3 Series Touring, …

 

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  • First Drive: McLaren 650S Spider
    First Drive: McLaren 650S Spider

    McLaren 650S What’s new?The 650S is essentially an evolution of the 12C, but with such a comprehensive spectrum of upgrades that symbolically it’s more like a brand new … More »First Drive: McLaren 650S Spider

    First Drive: McLaren 650S Spider

    McLaren 650S What’s new?The 650S is essentially an evolution of the 12C, but with such a comprehensive spectrum of upgrades that symbolically it’s more like a brand new car. Its mighty turbocharged V8 engine now has the sort of power you only used to get in unobtanium-rare hypercars, and the fact that the 650S is half a …

  • First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLA
    First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLA

    This is the smallest Mercedes-Benz with any kind of off-road leanings, and arguably it’s also the first proper crossover from the German firm. More »First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLA

    First Drive: Mercedes-Benz GLA

    This is the smallest Mercedes-Benz with any kind of off-road leanings, and arguably it’s also the first proper crossover from the German firm.