The Truth About Cars » 1 Series The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:42:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » 1 Series BMW Mexico Plant To Build 150,000 Annually Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:00:06 +0000 2015-MINI-Countryman-Cooper-S-8

Though BMW may announce Thursday where in Mexico it will build its second North American plant, sources close to the matter said the plant will pump 150,000 units annually into auto trains bound for the United States.

Automotive News Europe also reports a Mexican government official claimed the new plant would come with a €1 billion ($1.36 billion USD) investment, and may either be located in the state of Hidalgo just north of Mexico City, or in San Luis Potosi in central Mexico.

The plant — following on the heels of a new Daimler-Nissan small-car factory to be built in Aguacalientes, as well as an Audi factory in San Jose Chiapa — will likely be used to build MINIs and the FWD 1 Series, with localized 3 Series assembly also speculated based on the automaker’s potential need to better compete against the U.S.-assembled Mercedes C-Class on price.

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BMW 2 Series to Debut in 2014 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:16:41 +0000 BMW M235i HR 01

Yesterday, we brought to you a few leaked shots of the high-performance BMW M235i. Today, we have a plethora of official photos, plus more information about the 2 Series set to make its debut during the 2014 North American International Auto Show prior to going on sale in the first quarter of the new year.

As noted by Automotive News, the 2 Series — consisting of the aforementioned M235i and the 228i (no 220i or 220d — for diesel — for the U.S. market) — will take the place of the 1 Series coupe that first turned up on lots in 2008. While both come turbocharged, don’t let the M badge of the former fool you: it’s an M Performance model, with almost all of the goodies that make for a high-performance BMW minus the rest of the ingredients that would otherwise make it an M2.

Speaking of performance, the M235i is set to send 322 thoroughbreds around the final turn through a 3-liter I6, while the 228i does the same with 240 horses through an 2-liter I4.

The price of admission: $44,025 for the M235i, $33,025 for the 228i.

The nomenclature given by BMW follows a new trend for the German automaker, where coupes and convertibles take the even numbers — such as the upcoming 4 Series coupe and convertible — while sedans take the odd numbers; don’t ask where the Z4M or X Series fits into any of this.

Regarding the 1 Series, a front-wheel drive sedan is expected to arrive in 2017, based upon the architecture that will pull together the upcoming Mini set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

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Next-Gen BMW 1 Series Debuts In Five-Door Euro Spec Thu, 09 Jun 2011 23:21:55 +0000
If we learn from history, we won’t expect this funky-fresh five-door to ever come to the US. Though we may get a sedan version of this generation of Einser, chances are we will probably still just get the coupe again. And because the new 1er is longer (by 8.5 cm) than its predecessor and heavier (by between 5kg and 35kg) in all but 118d trim (where it remains the same weight), it’s also more practical, with a few more centimeters of rear legroom and 30 liters more storage. Which is all the more reason to bring these workhorse versions to the US (with manual transmission and diesel options, natch) rather than limiting our choices to a now-even-heavier coupe. Especially now that the 1 Series is apparently a four-cylinder-only affair (specs here). If you’re already a devotee of the Einser hatches be sure to surf over to Auto Motor und Sport, where even more photos of the next-gen five-door await your perusal… 20121er25 20121er 1er specs (Germany, via Autobild) 20121er10 20121er11 20121er23 20121er18 20121er19 20121er17 20121er4 Wie gehts? 20121er12 20121er14 20121er13 20121er9 20121er6 20121er3 20121er5 20121er20 20121er16 Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail 20121er15 20121er26 20121er8 20121er24 Wie gehts? 20121er7 20121er1


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Do 80 Percent of BMW 1 Series Drivers Really Think Their Cars Is FWD? Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:20:54 +0000

Debates over the relative values of front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive have raged for as long as automotive enthusiasm has existed, and after decades of argument, the only thing that anyone seems to agree on is that the the drive wheels matter. But do they? According to Automotive News Europe [sub]‘s Luca Ciferri,

More proof that customers don’t care about the difference between rwd and fwd came last week when BMW revealed that 80 percent of its 1-series owners believe the car is fwd

Ciferri wrote this in the “blog” section of the Automotive News [sub] website, and didn’t link to any sources to back his claim up. Meanwhile, a search of German news sources has failed to pull up stories that link to a source other than Ciferri’s blog post. Though Ciferri is a respected auto journalist, and we hesitate to accuse him of making this stuff up, there’s a definite chance that this study isn’t all that it seems. After all, Ciferri cites BMW’s research at a time when the Bavarians are developing the first ever FWD car to carry the famed BMW roundel. Though we don’t doubt that many BMW 1-series buyers might not know which wheels drive their cars, the 80 percent number seems suspiciously high. Furthermore, Ciferri doesn’t indicate whether that statistic reflects global customers, European buyers, or the American market. Combined with BMW’s obvious incentives to de-stigmatize front wheel drive, these problems leave us little choice but to take Ciferri’s statistics with a hefty grain of salt.

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Wild Ass Rumor Of The Day: Meet the 1 Series-based Roadster Thu, 12 Nov 2009 23:20:27 +0000 Z2 rendering

Think the new Z4 is a bloated boulevard cruiser unworthy of the roadster-implying Z badge? We’d tend to agree. Which is why we were chuffed to see renderings of a possible BMW 1 Series-based Z2 roadster in the most recent Auto Motor und Sport (print edition). Several Einser engines will be available say AM und S, up to and including the 306 hp 135i engine. BMW M division boss Kay Segler even hints that an M car based on the 1 series is in the works. This roadster seems like as good a variant as any for the treatment.

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