BMW has reclaimed the top spot as the world’s most valuable car brand in the annual BrandZ Top 100 global survey. BMW reclaimed the top spot after its value raised nearly 10% over the past 12 months, after losing the title last year to Toyota.
Many researchers believe that the luxury brand’s success has come from strong demand in China and other markets. BMW could see its value increase even more in the coming year, as several new vehicles will be released worldwide, along with new vehicles coming to the United States.
Such vehicles that will be released in the coming year include the i8 and the X1, which will come to America to the first time later this year. The popularity of the M performance line of BMW vehicles as also increased over the past several years.
Have you ever dreamed of creating your very own BMW M5 Sedan? If you have, BMW has given its customers a unique tool to make this dream a reality. BMW has released the online configurator for the 2013 M5 Sedan.
Here, customers can select exterior colors, interior seating material and colors, as well as options and additional packages they would like to have on their online version of the high-performing sedan. The online configurator also provides exterior and interior representations of what the M5 will look like with the preferred options selected.
This is a fun way for BMW customers to create their own BMW vehicles. Check out the configurator here and let us know what your dream 2013 M5 looks like.
The latest addition to BMW’s 3 Series is a new Sports Wagon, set to debut in Europe sometime this year, and to come to the US in 2013. While not much has been concretely confirmed about this new model, the facts that have been released along with some educated guesses make the new wagon look polished and versatile.
One fact that has been confirmed so far by BMW is that the new 3 Series wagon will be available in 3 trim levels: Sport, Luxury, and Modern. Also providing an additional option will be the M-Sport Line, which will, as the name suggests, deliver an even sportier wagon.
In terms of convenience, the upcoming wagon will feature a roomier back seat, which will fold down at a 40:20:40 split. This, combined with the extra 10% of cargo area, will afford drivers the ability to transport both larger objects as well as more passengers. 4 tie-downs integrated into the cargo area and nets available on both sides will ensure that whatever loads the cargo area will not move.
Rumored to power the 3 Series wagon is a 328i 4-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine, delivering 240HP and 260 ft-lb of torque. Also said to be available is a 3.0 6-Cylinder that will bring 300HP and 300 ft-lb of torque.
BMW has announced that it will be redesigning its popular Z4 model to support a sportier driving experience, but fans of the Z4 can rest assured, as the reboot of the model will not cost the car its classic feel.
Putting the Porsche Boxster in its sights, BMW is upping the ante for luxury sports cars by shortening the hood, optimizing the weight distribution, and throwing in a new engine. Shortening the hood will allow drivers to more easily maneuver at higher speeds, while adjusting the weight distribution will help the car handle whatever the road throws at it while minimizing the roll felt around turns.
It seems counterintuitive that BMW is looking to make the Z4 sportier by switching to a smaller engine, but the 240HP inline 4-cylinder N20 from the Z4 sDrive 28i will do just that. The main difference comes from the weight of the engine itself, though the relative torque of the 4-cylinder gives drivers a much better “bang to buck ratio.”
All these together will make the redesigned Z4, planned to hit the market in 2015, more agile and fun to drive. Learn more about this year’s Z4 as well as future models by visiting Perillo BMW’s web site.
One of the most popular BMW models in Europe, the 2013 X1 has already been confirmed to come to the United States sometime this fall. Now more specifics on the luxury crossover have become available to the public.
The American version of the 2013 BMW X1 xDrive35i will come with an exclusive single-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that is currently available in the X3, 3 Series, and several other BMW vehicles. This engine will produce 300 horsepower, 21 combined miles per gallon, and will be able to go from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds.
Confirmed standard features of the 2013 BMW X1 include automatic climate control, heated mirrors, foglamps, LED taillights, a hi-fi sound system, and HD radio. Rain sensing wipers, a panoramic glass sunroof, and Adaptive Xenon Headlights lights are also available features on the X1. Other available features on the 2013 X1 include a premium Harmaon Kardon Surround sound system, BMW ConnectedDrive, and iPhone integration technologies.