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2013 BMW X1 to Start at $31,545

The 2013 BMW X1 made its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday. Last week, we told you about the new compact crossover, which will slot below the X3, and compete with luxury compact SUVs like the Acura RDX and Audi Q5. Full specs on the X1 haven’t been released, but BMW has announced pricing and trim levels for the new small SUV. Car and Driver writes that “the entry-level model will be the ... continue reading»

Tags: Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, BMW X1, BMW, Luxury Compact SUVs, Model News, Mini Cooper Countryman

BMW X1 to Make US Debut at New York Auto Show

An all-new entry level BMW SUV will make its U.S. debut next week at the New York Auto Show. Called the X1, BMW says in a press release that the new luxury compact SUV will be on sale stateside this summer. While BMW hasn’t yet announced pricing or where the SUV will slot in the automaker’s U.S. vehicle lineup, BMW’s United Kingdom website indicates that the X1 slots below the X3 in both size and ... continue reading»

Tags: BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW X3, BMW X1, BMW, Model News

Increasing Number of Car Shoppers Buying American

More car shoppers are buying or are more strongly considering buying American brand cars, according to the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Avoider Study. This study “examines the reasons consumers fail to consider—or avoid—particular models when shopping for a new vehicle,” according to J.D. Power. The study finds that “the percentage of buyers who avoided import models because of their origin has increased to 14 percent in 2012—the highest level since the inception of the ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, Sales Trends, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Volkswagen, GM

BMW to Introduce New M Performance Line

BMW announced Thursday that it will introduce an M Performance trim of many of its vehicles starting in spring 2012. In a press release, the automaker said the new line, which slots between the 3-Series and the M3, for example, will offer BMW drivers practicality and performance. According to BMW M GmbH President Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, the new product lineup would include “both petrol and diesel-engined variants” and possibly all-wheel drive. BMW M vehicles use strictly gas engines and most ... continue reading»

Tags: BMW 3 Series, BMW M3, BMW

BMW Introduces ActiveHybrid 5

BMW announced Thursday it will sell a hybrid version of its 5-Series. The 2012 ActiveHybrid 5 is based on the gas-only 535i and is expected to hit U.S. dealerships in March 2012. BMW’s introduction of the ActiveHybrid 5 comes just a week after the automaker announced it is discontinuing the ActiveHybrid X6 SUV. Automotive journalists speculated that the ActiveHybrid X6’s high price and low fuel economy estimates may be the main reasons why BMW decided to pull ... continue reading»

Tags: BMW 5 Series, BMW, Hybrids, Model News, BMW ActiveHybrid 5

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