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2019 BMW M2 Competition has $58,900 starting price, sales kick off in July

Alexander Schmuck, BMW spokesperson, recently confirmed that the 2019 BMW M2 Competition will finally go on sale in July, with a starting price of $58,900.

BMW also revealed its options range for the brand’s newest high performance model. For instance, getting a metallic paint would cost $550, while a moonroof is priced at $1,050, and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be priced at $2,900.

There will also be an M Driver’s Package for $2,500 that will boost the speed limiter to 174 miles per hour (280 kilometers per hour) from the original max speed of 155 miles per hour (249 kilometers per hour). Customers will also be required to join a one-day driving school at the BMW Performance Center. There will also be an $850 Executive Package that includes a heated steering wheel, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, wireless device charging, and speed limit monitor.

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Starting price of $163,300 on BMW i8 Roadster makes it the highest priced model now

For those of you who are interested to own one of the BMW i8 Roadsters, be ready to spend some serious cash as the convertible that made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year will finally arrive in March. And the good news is that this will come with a handful of new features including the E-Copper leather, 20 inch wheels, a head-up display, and heated front seats, and of course, an inflated price tag.

If BMWBlog sources are valid, the BMW i8 Roadster will have a starting price of $163,300, which does not include the $995 destination fee yet. If the automaker ends up selling it for that price, then it will be the most expensive BMW on the market right now. In fact, that makes it $19,900 more expensive than the current i8 coupe that has a price tag of $143,400.

As usual, if you add all the optional features that the automaker can add to it, this model will dig even deeper into your wallets but it also gets much cooler. For instance, adding a set of laser lights for the i8 Roadster will cost you $6,300.

Read the entire article Starting price of $163,300 on BMW i8 Roadster makes it the highest priced model now

2018 BMW X2 xDrive28i will arrive in the US next spring with base price of $39,395

Ever since BMW unveiled the first-ever BMW X2 sports activity coupe, the German premium carmaker has already gained the interest of luxury customers in the United States willing to wait until spring 2018 before they could get behind its wheel.

While BMW said that it would announce the pricing of the 2018 X2 near its market launch, order guides gathered by CarsDirect, showed that the sharply styled SAV would have a price that starts at just below $40,000 – or $39,395 including the $995 destination charge. This price applies to base model of this SAV, the 2018 X2 xDrive28i and represents a premium of $2,500 over the X1 xDrive28i at $36,895.

At a few hundred dollars below $40,000, the X2 xDrive28i is powered by the latest generation 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine with a twin-tailpipe design. Employing TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift, this engine is able to 228 hp of max output between 5,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque available between 1,450 rpm and 4,500 rpm. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight -speed Steptronic automatic transmission, with distribution managed by the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. The X2 xDrive28i is estimated to be able to accelerate from nil to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.

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2018 BMW M5 (F90) has a base price of $102,600 in the US, deliveries start in spring

There is no question that the new BMW M5 (F90) high performance sports sedan is more powerful, faster and more enticing than the previous model. But for interested customers in the United States, the question would be how much they need to shell out to get behind the wheel of the new BMW M5.

US customers could now pre-order the new BMW M5, and are expected to take deliveries of the new performance sports sedan in spring of 2018. While the previous BMW M5 could be availed at a starting price of $94,100, the next generation of the sports sedan comes with a base suggested retail price of $102,600 in the US. This was revealed by one of the account users in the Bimmerpost forum.

According to this forum member – who goes by the username Dinan-M – he pre-ordered a new BMW M5 and got a 10-percent military discount. It would be safe to assume that this Bimmerpost user was a member of the US military, and thanks to that, he only has to shell out $92,000 for his new BMW M5.

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With three more months to go before the year ends, three premium auto companies are jousting their way up to see which of them could claim the crown as the best-selling luxury carmaker in the United States for 2017 – Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.

Mercedes-Benz managed to hold on to the US No. 1 spot after nine months of sales. From January to September, Mercedes delivered 242,250 luxury vehicles, excluding its vans and smart-branded models. This figure represents a 2.8-percent year-on-year drop in sales compared to the first nine months of 2016, when Mercedes delivered 249,204 premium units in the US.

Mercedes-Benz continued to lead the US luxury race even after posting dismal sales in September 2017. The carmaker suffered a sales decline in the month – by 1.7 percent – making it the only luxury brand that didn’t registered a surge in September 2017. Figure-wise, Mercedes delivered 29,008 units in September 2017 in the US, compared to 29,500 luxury vehicles sold in the same month in 2016.

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Goodbye to the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and say hello to the all-new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. BMW has finally announced the impending arrival of the new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, its highly distinctive and highly luxurious four-seater with coupe-inspired aerodynamic design.

The Bavarian manufacturer will have the all-new 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo available in the US this fall exclusively as a BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo model.

According to BMW, the all-new 2018 6-Series Gran Turismo (GT) has a starting price of $69,700 plus $995 in Destination and Handling charges.

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Customers like us always want to have options. In fact, the more options, the better. BMW offers a range of vehicles that can provide for everybody’s needs, from sedans, coupes, hatchbacks to convertibles. Although this is a good thing (providing more choices), there is also a downside to this. By having many options, some of your models may do really well while the others may not - especially the ones in between.

Just last month, reports say that the 4 Series Gran Coupe sedan is one of the company’s bestselling cars. Same with the 6 Series, the Gran Coupe makes up over 50 percent of BMW’s total sales, while the Cabrio comes second and the Coupe seems to be the last one that sells. So believe it or not, BMW just put a stop on the production of their 6 Series Coupe. And did you know that they have already stopped production back in February, except the information was not disclosed until now.

According to Road and Track, a BMW spokesperson confirmed that production has ended for the coupe. However, if anyone is interested in this model, it is still available to order in some markets, but not in the United States.

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BMW Blog recently announced on its site that the new X3 will hopefully be unveiled this year in June, and the next-gen automobiles will be rolling out to the public shortly afterwards. The high-performing 2018 BMW X3 (G01) M40i variant will also be available at U.S. dealerships around October this year.

Cruising on the ever dynamic CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform, the third-gen of the highly popular X3 Sports Activity Vehicle, X3 codenamed "G01" is made bigger, lighter and more solid compared to the recent model. The interior and trunk space are also upgraded with increased capacity and area and 220 lbs (100 kilograms) lesser curb density compared to the current X3. A redesigned seating system is also offered to assure higher variability paired with increased comfort. Although the interior and exterior design will involve a metamorphic approach, under the hood is where the magic happens.

A wide array of diesel and gasoline choices will be made accessible but it depends on the market, not to mention the M40i and M40d options. The gas-fueled automobile will be sold in the United States around the latter part of the year, particularly around October. But so far, BMW hasn’t released pricing details. The BMW X3 M40i will be powered with a tweaked version of BMW's 3.0 liter turbocharged variant.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW X3 (G01) M40i will arrive on US shores in October

BMW’s 550i xDrive has long been considered as one of the most successful business sedans in the world. For the brand, this may not be enough as it has officially revealed that it is coming out with the M Performance version of this model. Dubbed as the BMW M550i xDrive, the brand hopes this will take the lead for its 5 Series range.

Prior to the addition of this model, the brand’s M Performance range consisted of the BM240i Convertible, BMW M240i xDrive Convertible, M240i Coupe, M240i xDrive Coupe, BMW X4 M40i xDrive and the BMW M760i xDrive.

Another first for the 2018 M550i xDrive is that this will be the lone model from the M Performance range to have an engine specifically modified for it. This is the M Performance Turbo 8-cylinder TwinPower 4.4-liter engine. The engine not only has a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers; it also has a High Precision Injection system. It even has the variable camshaft Double-VANOS timing control and the fully variable Valvetronic valve lift. With this, the 2018 M550i xDrive is able to deliver output at 456 hp available at 5,550 rpm. Maximum torque is 480 lb.-ft., and possible at 1,800 rpm. As a result, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is possible in barely 4.0 speeds with top speed, electronically limited, at 155 mph.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M550i xDrive: everything you should know

BMW tumbled to the third spot in the luxury vehicle sales race last month as Mercedes-Benz is getting closer to unseat Audi from its glorious throne in the industry. BMW's global sales jumped only 7.50 percent to 133,883 units last month, totally lagging behind Mercedes-Benz.

The latter's global sales in January rose 20 percent to 150,184 units. While Audi reported the slowest growth among the three luxury car brands with a four percent increase, it still topped BMW with a total of 143,150 units. The reports indicate the shifting of fortune among the three brands.

After lagging behind the competition for a few years, Mercedes-Benz is back in the game after parent company Daimler overhauled its roster. Moreover, all-new SUVs such as the GLE are helping the brand re-establish its glory and offset the losses that may result from the economic woes in China, the world's largest consumer of automobiles.

Read the entire article BMW falls to third place in luxury-car sales in January, Mercedes-Benz outpaces Audi

BMW of North America is introducing the new 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive, which will be sold starting September 2016 at selected dealerships. The new 2017 BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive represents the third generation of ALPINA vehicles derived from the BMW 7 Series and is the latest embodiment of luxurious comfort, precise dynamics and outstanding performance.

The BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive features a two-axle air suspension system combined with Dynamic Damper Control and Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview – all ensuring top-notch driving comfort at all times. Interestingly, the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive offers a dynamic performance and light-footed handling usually exhibited by sports cars, thanks to rear wheel steering of the Integral Active Steering system. Additionally, this model has Active Roll Stabilization, which works to minimize body roll when tackling a corner.

On the other hand, the BMW ALPINA B7 xDrive is provided with the Driving Dynamics Control switch, which allows the driver to choose certain system parameters that influence the car's driving dynamics.

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Lexus, Toyota Motor Corporation’s luxury vehicle arm, had a great year despite not succeeding at reclaiming the US luxury sales title. The division posted record figures in almost every area of growth. Lexus reported an all-time high volume of 652,000 vehicles for the year, beating its preceding high in 2014 by a whopping 12 percent gain.

Record-breaking sales were also seen in the US, Europe, China, Japan, North America, Oceanic-East Asia, and Middle East. Furthermore, Lexus also anticipates another global record this year. It gave a guidance of 4.30 percent rise in sales to 680,000 models.

As Lexus Executive Vice President (EVP) Mark Templin puts it, “2015 was an amazing year for Lexus International.” According to Templin, the innovative styling and the pre-cash auto-braking safety systems helped attract customers.

Read the entire article Lexus fails to nab top US luxury sales spot from BMW in 2015

At last, the all-new 2016 BMW 7-Series was officially unveiled today and as expected, the flagship sedan from the German manufacturer is full of high-end technology. First of all, we find the groundbreaking Carbon Core passenger cell, world’s first Gesture Control, Active Kidney Grille and Air Breather, an optional 7-inch Touch Command Tablet, all-new Display Key as a standalone option, Wireless Charging and WiFi Hotspot, the new iDrive 5.0 with touch screen technology, the largest Head-up Display in the industry, as well as Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, Ambiance Lightning and LED Light Carpet.

The Carbon Core reduces the weight by up to 190 pounds is borrowed from the i sub-brand and uses a mix of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) as well as ultra-high-tensile steels and aluminum. Moreover, the vehicle’s center of gravity was lowered. While the weight distribution remains 50:50 between the two axles.

Inside, we find slim paddle shifters on the steering wheel, Driving Dynamics Control buttons to the instrument cluster and Control Display graphics, as well as fine wood or aluminum surfaces.

Read the entire article 2016 BMW 7-Series breaks cover, priced from $81,400 in the United States

Audi was the top seller of luxury cars in April 2015 around the world, outselling BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Last month, Audi’s deliveries increased by 2.5% to 152,850 cars, aided by the demand in the U.S. for the Audi Q5 and Q7 sport utility vehicles. In comparison, BMW sold 148,896 vehicles (a 5.6% increase). Mercedes-Benz reported sales of 148,072 cars (an 11% hike).

Last Tuesday, Audi presented the revamped Q7 sport utility vehicle in Verbier, Switzerland. At this event, Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler said that the automaker had a “very decent first quarter” and that its growth is at a “good pace.”

BMW has made a promise to keep its lead when it comes to annual sales in the global premium car business even when its key models like the 7-Series sedan are already dated. All three Germany luxury makers are launching new models to broaden their appeal and be more competitive.

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Luxury brands have been attracting consumers away from mainstream brands. The luxury segment is expected to grow 7-8% this year, doing better than the 5% increase predicted for total auto sales, according to Larry Dominique, president of ALG Inc., which establishes auto resale values.

A 13% increase in April 2015 was noted in deliveries for Daimler AG’s Mercedes with 29,188 units shipped – setting a record for the highest in April. BMW also set record-breaking sales of 26,952 units (a 6% increase).

Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota Motor, posted a 12% gain with 25,876 units sold – 50 more and it would have exceeded its best-ever sales for the month.

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The BMW brand dominated the luxury vehicle market in the United States in March, thanks to strong demand for its 3- and 4-series sedans. The 3- and 4-series surged 47 percent in the month to 14,835 vehicles, pushing BMW to jump 6.9 percent to 34,310 vehicles. The BMW 1- and 2-series posted a 124-percent climb in deliveries in March to 1,249. BMW’s X5 also posted an increase, gaining 7.2 percent to 4,388 units.

Ludwig Willisch, chief executive of BMW of North America, said in a statement that the carmaker is seeing a growing confidence and optimism among consumers across the US, leading to record sales for the German carmaker in the first quarter of the year.

At close second is Lexus, which surged 8.6 percent in March to 31,054, thanks to good sales performance from the new NX crossover and RC coupe. Its March gains were driven almost entirely by the two new vehicles.

Read the entire article BMW still leads US sales in March and first 3 months of 2015

For this year, BMW has increased the number of i8 plug-in hybrids produced for the United States by 50 percent or more than 1,000 cars, but that won’t still be enough to cover all orders for the $137,450 vehicle.

According to Ludwig Willisch, chief executive of BMW of North America, the i8 has become the carmaker’s halo car and has been attracting customers to the brand. He called the sports car as “a brand shaper" as it "stands for all of the technology BMW has to offer” and features a 72-mpg mileage.

To hike output of the i8, BMW said it will build fewer i3 electric vehicles this year. Both cars would not be delivered to US customers until October. BMW started selling the i3 last spring and i8 sales in August 2014.

Read the entire article BMW increases i8 supply for the United States by 50%

BMW outsold Mercedes-Benz in the United States in 2014. But behind that, BMW also outspent Mercedes in the US in terms of incentives. In fact, while both German luxury carmakers increase their incentive spending, BMW was shelling out over $670 per vehicle more than Mercedes. Both carmakers also managed to break their previous sales records in the US.

BMW's average incentive spending per sale jumped 32 percent or $1,198 last year to $4,910, according to Autodata. On the other hand, average incentive spending per sale at Mercedes, excluding Sprinter, climbed 11 percent or $433 to $4,237. The incentive gap between BMW and Mercedes also widened from 2013, when the former was spending an average of $3,712 and the latter an average of $3,804.

The reversal in the average incentive spending also translated to a reversal in the No. 1 and No. 2 posts. Jesse Toprak, chief analyst for Cars.com, remarked that BMW’s extra boost of incentive spending in December allowed it to sell enough volume to surpass Mercedes for the full year.

Read the entire article BMW outguns Mercedes-Benz both in sales and incentives in the US in 2014

BMW regained its crown as the best-selling luxury carmaker in the United States after posting a 10-percent jump in sales in 2014 to 339,738 units. The 2013 leader, Mercedes-Benz, only surged 6 percent in 2014 to 330,391. Their performances in the last month of 2014 proved to be the difference as BMW logged an 11-percent gain in December to 41,526 deliveries, while Mercedes only posted a 3-percent leap to 34,009 vehicles.

Mercedes had a slow start in 2014 no thanks to a limited supply for its best-selling CLA sedan. Around 75 percent of CLA buyers were first-time Mercedes buyers before and were attracted by its relatively low price. Mercedes, however, hiked the sedan’s starting price in December from $29,900 to $31,500.

On the other hand, Lexus logged a 14-percent in US deliveries in 2014 to 311,389 units, after selling 15 percent more vehicles in December at 39,879 vehicles. Lexus’ continued surge in US sales comes even after it decided not to match the sub-$30,000 prices of Audi and Mercedes for entry-level cars.

Read the entire article BMW wins US luxury vehicles sales crown in 2014

BMW managed to post a new November sales record, after surging 6 percent to 158,953 cars and SUVs, as boosted strong demand in core European markets and China. Despite that, growths at closest rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz were higher and were more than enough to chip BMW’s overall lead with a month to go before 2014 ends.

Audi posted an 11-percent jump in deliveries in November to 146,250 units, while Mercedes logged a 13-percent climb to 150,742 vehicles. This marked the second month this year that Mercedes outsold Audi.

After 11 months of deliveries, BMW sold 1.63 million vehicles; Audi delivered 1.59 million; while Mercedes posted a volume of 1.49 million units. BMW’s lead over Audi has dropped to 43,000 cars, compared with 54,000 units a year ago. Mercedes, meanwhile, has trimmed BMW’s lead by 17 percent to 147,000 cars, compared with 177,000 a year ago.

Read the entire article BMW outsells Audi and Mercedes-Benz in November 2014, race gets tougher