BMW Recalling 200,000 Vehicles Due To Airbag Non-Deployment Issues

BMW announced today that it was recalling approximately 200,000 vehicles because a sensor issue might stop the front passenger airbag from deploying. The issue comes from small cracks that could develop within a seat detection mat, causing the airbag to be deactivated. Affected are MY 2006 3-series and MY 2004-2006… » 8/13/08 3:00pm 8/13/08 3:00pm

Autobild Speculates On Upcoming BMW X3, X1

Autobild, our favorite German tabloid of a car rag, has gone on another speculation spree, and this time it's related to the new 2009 BMW X3 and first 2010 BMW X1. The pending refresh of the compact SUV will come just in time to duke it out with new offerings in the form of the Mercedes Benz GLK and Audi Q5. But what… » 6/05/08 11:20am 6/05/08 11:20am

BMW X3 Powetrain Mule Probably Cooler Than BMW X3

What can be said about the BMW X3 that we haven't already been through? It's a compact SUV which would be better off as a four-by-four station wagon, just as AMC showed us. Funny thing though when you're developing a new X3 to come out sometime before 2011, you may need to wrap the test power train in something other… » 5/06/08 3:20pm 5/06/08 3:20pm

DIY BMW SUV Spotted Down On The Beijing Street

Think you'd already seen all the automotive counterfeits outside-design-influenced flatteries China has to offer during our Beijing Motor Show coverage? Well, think again. We've just found an SUV that's a perfect example of how to take a car that's merely a vague rip-off and turn it into a blatant copy. It's like… » 4/30/08 1:20pm 4/30/08 1:20pm

Precision Is Expensive: Welcome To The BMW Experience

I've come to the conclusion that BMW spends more money on sending promotional materials to their customers than any other automaker. Let's use my mom as an example. Momma Wert just bought BMW's new mini-UV, the X3. Since she bought the new car four months ago, she's received a "welcome letter" and "an exclusive… » 2/01/07 10:31am 2/01/07 10:31am

Be the SUV: Bruce Lee Shills for BMW in Spain, Unbeknownst to Him


None but the most rabid of TV geeks remember the early 1970s show "Longstreet." It was about a blind insurance investigator whose life coach was an antique dealer and martial arts instructor, played by the late Bruce Lee. "Be formless, like water" was one of the instructor's tenets, as was "don't get run over"… » 10/03/06 4:01pm 10/03/06 4:01pm

BMW Drops The New 2007 X3 On An Unsuspecting UK; US Version To Follow


Ooh, those spy shots from this morning sure were prescient, weren't they? BMW is capitalizing on the PR two-fer today — spy shots in the AM, real shots in the late AM — and talking up the two-fer in changes to the new-for-2007 Beemer SUV. The big story's the engine on the 3.0sd. It's a twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel… » 6/27/06 12:05pm 6/27/06 12:05pm

BMW Bringing X3 Hybrid Concept to Frankfurt, Uses New System of Super…

In addition to a new M Coupe, BMW will show a new, hybrid-drive X3 concept at the Frankfurt show. The hyboo prototype will be powered by BMW's (formerly) super-secret system of super capacitors we reported on two months ago. The system's specially designed capacitors, called Syncaps, are charged by regenerative… » 8/23/05 3:48pm 8/23/05 3:48pm