Wednesday, November 28, 2007

bmw 1 series

Shanghai. November 22 ( - German luxury car maker BMW AG plans to introduce its 2008 BMW 1 series to China, but not timetable was offered.

Lu Yi, vice president of BMW China, announced the plan without elaborating on details.

BMW has just unveiled its latest 1 Series at September's Frankfurt Motor Show, and two of BMW 1 series, the 128i and the 135i, will go on sale in North American early next spring. The 128i is equipped with the 230-horsepower, 200 pound-foot 3.0-liter with Valvetronic, and the 135i gets the twin-turbo 3.0 of course, good for 300 horsepower.

BMW 1 series will be priced somewhere between Mini Cooper and BMW 3 Series. In North America market, the 128i model is sold at around $26,000, and the 135i model is sold at about $5,000.

Earlier this week, BMW unveiled plans to add its new 6-Series to China portfolio and will sell the model at 1.07 million yuan ($144,670) in Chinese market
BMW 1 Series
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BMW 1 Series

Manufacturer BMW
Production 2004�present
Predecessor BMW Compact
Class Small-luxury car / small family car
Body style(s) 5-door "Hatch",
3-door "SportsHatch" hatchback or
2-door "Coupé"
Platform FR E81 (3-door hatchback)
E87 (5 door hatchback)
Engine(s) 1.6 L I4
2.0 L I4
2.0 L diesel I4
3.0 L I6
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed semi-automatic
Wheelbase 2660 mm (104.7 in)
Length 4227 mm (166.4 in)
Width 1751 mm (68.9 in)
Height 1430 mm (56.3 in)
Curb weight 1320�1450 kg (2904-3190 lbs)
The BMW 1 Series (code name E87) is a Small-luxury car / small family car produced by the German automaker BMW since 2004. Designed to compete against the Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf, Volvo C30, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Acura CSX, and Saab 9-1, the 1 Series is the only vehicle in its class featuring rear-wheel drive and a longitudinally-mounted engine.

1 Overview
2 2007 update
3 Engines
4 Production
5 Future versions
5.1 M version
5.2 Coupé
5.3 Convertible
6 Promotion
7 Racing
8 Notes
9 External links

[edit] Overview
The 1 Series was first offered to the market in 2004 as a 5-door hatchback and is the only rear wheel drive in its class. It replaced the BMW 3-series Compact range and is currently the smallest and most 'affordable' vehicle (depending on the engine model) in the BMW range. Unlike its predecessor, the new vehicle is built on its own platform (E87), however, it shares many components with the E90 3 Series. These include MacPherson struts in the front of the car, and a trapezoidal-link rear axle. BMW has stated that it shares over 60% of components with the current BMW 3-series E90.[1]

The 1 Series is built in Regensburg and Leipzig, Germany, with some of the engines coming from the Hams Hall plant in Birmingham, England.

During its first full year on the market in 2005, it became one of BMW's most successful products. 149,493 units were sold, coming in third place: only the 3- and 5 Series sold better.[1]

For the 2008 model year, the coupe (code named E82) and coupe convertible (code named E88) variant have been introduced by BMW. U.S. introduction is scheduled for 2nd quarter of 2008.

[edit] 2007 update
BMW upgraded the 1-Series for 2007 and introduced a 3-door sports hatch variant (code named E81). Changes to the model were minor headlight and tail-light revisions, new front & rear bumpers and minor revisions to the interior. The dashboard has been updated, and a recommended gear indicator is now present on models with manual transmissions.[2]

New technologies include an Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, an electric water pump, and a host of drivetrain modifications designed for fuel economy, increased performance, and lower emissions.[3] BMW marketing has named this combination of technologies "EfficientDynamics",[4] which will also be implemented in other BMW models.

The 1-Series is effectively the first in the world to have mild hybrid technology as standard equipment, although BMW is careful in its marketing not to label it as a hybrid vehicle.

2007 BMW 1 Series front - facelift (note the new bumpers and refreshed headlights)

2007 BMW 1 Series rear - facelift (note the new bumpers and restyled tail lamps)

[edit] Engines
The engines available for E81 and E87 are basically the same as found in the E90/E91, with exception for the 3.0 L inline-6, which is slightly modified to produce more power. For the 2008 model year, the 135i is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque from 1,400 rpm. For the 135i Coupe, acceleration from 0�62 mph (0�100 km/h) is 5.3 seconds (per BMW) and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). Fuel efficiency is increased to 30.7mpg (0.076 L/1 km), an increase of 18% compared to its predecessor. [2]

The engines below are preceded by their model year introduction.

In early 2006 the 5-speed manual transmission in the 116i and 118i, were phased out. Consequently, all models are equipped with the 6-speed by default.

Petrol (gasoline) engines:

2004- 116i: N45B16 1596 cc I4, 16 valves, 115 hp/85 kW, 150 N m
116i: 0-100 km/h: 10.1 s, top speed 196 km/h MT
116i: 0-100 km/h: 11.4 s, top speed 192 km/h AT
2005�2007 118i: N46B20 1995 cc I4, 16 valves, 129 hp/95 kW, 180 N m
2007- 118i: N46B20 1995 cc I4, 16 valves, 143 hp/105 kW, 190 N m
2004�2007 120i: N46B20 1995 cc I4, 16 valves, 150 hp/110 kW, 200 N m
120i: 0-100 km/h: 7.9 s, top speed 212 km/h MT
120i: 0-100 km/h: 9.3 s, top speed 208 km/h AT
2007- 120i: N46B20 1995 cc I4, 16 valves, 170 hp/125 kW, 210 N m
2006- 130i: N52B30 2996 cc I6, 24 valves, 265 hp/195 kW, 315 N m
Upcoming versions:

2008- 128i: N52B30 2996 cc I6, 24 valves, 230 hp, 271 N m (* Not yet available to order)
2008- 135i: N54B30 2979 cc I6, 24 valves, 306 hp/225 kW, 400 Nm (* Not yet available to order) [3]
Diesel engines:

2004�2007 118d: M47TU2D20 1995 cc I4, 16 valves, 122 hp/90 kW, 280 N m
2007- 118d: BMW N47 1995 cc I4, 16 valves, 143 hp/105 kW, 300 Nm
2004�2007 120d: M47TU2D20 1995 cc I4, 16 valves, 163 hp/120 kW, 340 N m
2007- 120d: BMW N47 1995 cc I4, 16 valves, 177 hp/130 kW, 350 N m
2007- 123d: BMW N47 1995 cc I4, 16 valves, 204 hp/152 kW, 400 N m

[edit] Production
Sales statistics according to BMW's annual reports.

2004: 39,247 (Launched in September)
2005: 149,493
2006: 151,918

[edit] Future versions
This article contains information about a scheduled or anticipated future automobile.
It may contain preliminary or speculative information, and may not reflect the final version of the vehicle.

[edit] M version
CAR Magazine has asserted that there will be an M version of the 1 series, although BMW denies that the M1 nameplate will be resurrected in respect for the M1 supercar of the late 1970s.[5] Instead, at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in October 2007, BMW announced plans to build the "M" version with the series designation "tii", a tribute to the famed vehicle of the 1970's.[6]

[edit] Coupé
Production 2007�present
Body style(s) 2-door coupe
Layout FR layout (Front engine, rear-wheel drive)
Platform BMW E82
Engine(s) 2.0 L 177, 204 hp diesel I4

3.0 L 230 hp I6

3.0 L 300 hp I6
Transmission(s) 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2660 mm (105 in)
Length 4360 mm (172 in)
Width 1748 mm (69 in)
Height Coupe: 1423 mm (56 in)
135i Coupe: 1408 mm (55 in)
BMW will be launching the latest addition to the 1 Series line-up, the 1 Series Coupé (E82), at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) 2007. It goes on sale on 24 November 2007. The flagship of the range will be the 135i with a 3-litre twin-turbo petrol engine, generating 225 kW/306 hp (DIN) with its six cylinders. This model also comes with a modified M sports package as standard. The 123d (150 kW/204 hp(DIN)) heads up the range of diesels and is the first ever 4-cylinder diesel engine to come with variable twin-turbo technology. In terms of fuel consumption, the 123d and 120d rate between 4.8 and 5.2 l/100 km.

On June 27, 2007, BMW released official information about the new upcoming 1-series Coupé[4]. In Europe, the Coupé would be available fall 2007 in 3 engine specifications: the known 120d and the new 204 hp 123d and 306 hp 135i, both biturbo engines.

On 30 June 2007, BMW of North America officially announced the 1-Series Coupe as a 2008 model (code named E82) and that will be the first 1 Series to go on sale in the USA. Two models are initially to be offered: the 128i and the 135i. The 128i will be powered by a 3.0 liter, 230 horsepower inline six cylinder engine. The 135i Coupe will be propelled by a 300 horsepower, twin turbocharged 3.0 liter inline six cylinder engine.[7] Both engines are shared with 3-series models 328i and 335i. Many auto enthusiasts have decried both the lack of a diesel option in the US, as well as the decision to offer only the coupe version.

Like the three and five-door BMW 1 Series models, the E82 also features various BMW EfficientDynamics components to reduce fuel consumption (see below). The Coupé is 133 mm longer than the hatch, creating 20 litres of extra boot space. It is 220 mm shorter than 3-series Coupé (E92). 120d, 123d and 135i Coupés' announced unladen weights (EU) are 1450, 1495, and 1560 kg, respectively (corresponding to approx. 3285 lb curb weight for the 135i - a 90 lb reduction from the 335i Coupé).

The 1 Series Coupé can be seen as a successor to the legendary BMW New Class with its long bonnet, slim cabin and short rear. Apart from slight modifications, it uses the same nose design as the rest of the 1 Series so as to ensure some visual consistency within the range.

It was just announced in July 2007 that BMW will be bringing the 128i and 135i Coupés to the United States in Spring 2008. It will be priced about $5,000 less than the 3 Series Coupé.

[edit] Convertible
The 1 Series convertible officially debuted on September 29, 2007. The new 1-Series Cabriolet offers four petrol models ranging from the 118i's 143 hp 2.0-litre unit to the 306 hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder 135i, while a 177 hp four-cylinder turbodiesel will also be available.

[edit] Promotion
The vehicle is currently promoted by Kermit from the Muppet Show. There is a commercial in which Kermit drives a BMW 1 Series around in a desert making figure eights, showcasing the car's agile nature and playful handling.

BMW is showing a 3-episode web movie [5] promo (filmed in Hamburg with a New York cast) that looks almost like a film noir and feels more like a mini�TV movie or film, with the main focus on the actors and more subtle appearances of the car itself. These episodes were made for viewing in Japanese movie theaters, but can be viewed via the internet.

[edit] Racing
In 1998, a BMW E36 320d had won the 24 Hours Nürburgring, being able to drive very long stints. In 2006, a BMW 120d modified with a BMW customer racing kit available for 95,000 Euros [6], entered by "Schubert Motors" [7] repeated a similar if not better result. It scored 5th [8] in a field of 220 cars, many of them (Porsche 911 GT3, BMW M3, Lamborghini Gallardo, Aston Martin, Maserati) much more powerful than the 245 PS of the 120d, thus a significantly stronger field of competitors than in 1998. The racing version of 120d is called BMW 120d Motorsport [9] and it weighs only 1135 kg/2500 lb with a driver. It includes a 100 liter/25 gallon diesel tank for endurance racing and has a maximum torque of 450 Nm at 3000 rpm - the maximum power, 245 bhp is at 4200 rpm and the redline is only at 5000 rpm.

than later, it will be flooded with all the latest models that ply the roads of Europe and America. Other than BMW and Mercedes, which already have manufacturing facilities here, manufacturers like Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, Volvo, Lamborghini, Porsche, Lexus and others are making a beeline for the lucrative luxury car market in India.

One of the most exciting cars to hit the Indian roads by January 2008 will be the awesome BMW M3. The decision to launch the M3 in India seems to have been taken after BMW India experienced a highly successful market entry.

Set up in March 2007, BMW India had set itself a target of selling 1,000 cars in its first year of production. By November 2007, it had managed to sell 1100 cars and that figure can very well touch 1,250 units by the time the year ends in March 2007.

BMW produces the 3 Series and the 5 Series diesel and petrol sedans at its Chennai plant and sells the 6 series, the 7 Series and the X3 as CBUs (completely built units). Priced at Rs 74 lakh, the M3 will also be sold as a CBU for the obvious reason that it will not be feasible to manufacture it here in India and it will be sold in limited numbers.

Let us begin by showing you what the new M3 is all about. From the statistics itself, any auto enthusiast can tell you it is an amazing car to drive.

Beauty with a purpose: The 2008 M3 looks like it is doing 100 kmph even at a standstill and it is all the better since the M3 is a direct competitor of the evergreen Porsche 911. In fact, BMW executives say if the M3 is good enough to outperform the 911 than it can beat anything.

The new M3 is loosely based on the standard 3 Series coupe, but 80 per cent of the parts are new. Most of all, it boasts of an all new 4.0 litre, V8 engine in place of the inline 6.

The only parts that have been carried over from the standard 3 Series coupe are the boot lid, the doors and lights. Weight reduction has been a major consideration and BMW has been able to shave off 15 kg by using light weight material in both the bumpers.

The use of carbon fiber in the roof has resulted in a weight loss of 5 kg. The new roof has also fractionally lowered its center of gravity.

The huge V8 needs a lot of air to keep it cool. There are three vents on the bonnet and side fenders that do the cooling duties to a large extent. The M3 looks sleek, athletic and every curve and dip in the body is there with a purpose. It has such a distinct style that very few will mistake the M3 with any other car and that serves the purpose to a large extent.


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