BMW CCA NewsBrief
Jan. 24, 2012

Calling all 'electronauts' — BMW seeks ActiveE trial lessees
BMW CCA
What is an "electronaut" you may ask? "Electronauts," a term recently dubbed by BMW, are adventurers and explorers; they are front-runners of innovation and advocates for sustainability, but most importantly, they are key participants in the BMW ActiveE Field Trial.More

BMW recalls 90,000 Minis over fire risks
BMW CCA
BMW AG said it will recall nearly 90,000 Mini Cooper cars built since 2006 over fire risks linked to failing auxiliary water pumps. The German automaker said it will recall its 2007-2011 Mini Cooper S, 2008-2011 Mini Cooper S Clubman, 2009-2011 Mini Cooper S Convertible and several other versions built between Nov. 2006 and Jan. 2011.More

Socialize with BMW CCA
BMW CCA
Do you have a Facebook or Twitter account? Well, the BMW CCA does, and we'll be offering some exciting deals in the upcoming weeks. Make sure you "Like Us" on Facebook and "Follow Us" on Twitter to cash in on these great offers!More

The changing face of the BMW 3 Series
Eurotuner
During the course of more than 3.5 decades, the face of the BMW 3 Series has constantly evolved. The designers have managed to incorporate innovation and aesthetics into modern concepts, while attempting to preserve traditional values. As a result, each BMW 3 Series has retained its unmistakable identity and can be recognized as a BMW with just a glance. However, the roots of the 3 Series reach back as far as the 1960s.More

BMW challenges Google's self-driving car
NBC Bay Area
We've seen plenty of concepts for self-driving cars — mainly from Google — but now BMW has thrown their hat into the ring. Best of all, instead of showing off their car in the relative safety of a test track, they've gone for one of the most challenging driving environments in the world, the speed limit free German Autobahn.More

BMW ActiveE initial driving impressions
Motor Authority
Fresh from his drive of Rolls-Royce's 102EX electric Phantom prototype, High Gear Media's green car expert and editor of Green Car Reports John Voelcker has now driven the very first BMW ActiveE all-electric 1 Series to be delivered to a customer in North America.More

BMW launches full configurator for 2012 3 Series, loaded 328i rings up at $54,120
MotorTrend Magazine
BMW has launched the full online configurator for its 2012 3 Series sedan — and this time, there's pricing. Like so many other configurators, it's easy to get carried away with checking off the options boxes and racking up a huge as-built estimate.More

BMW unveils Mini Baker Street and Mini Bayswater
Sports Car Illustrated
With just months to go before the Olympic Games in London get under way, Mini introduces two new special edition models to spread contemporary London style around the world. The latest takes on the Mini, the Mini Baker Street and Mini Bayswater, will go on sale in spring 2012. The Mini Baker Street was designed to embody the "youthful, fresh and innovative trend-setting style of the brand," while the Mini Bayswater focuses primarily on the sporting verve and handling.More

German icons: 2012 BMW 328i
Automobile Magazine
The sixth generation of the BMW 3-series arrives February 2012 in the U.S. — in sedan form, at least — and it's safe to say that the biggest question on the mind of most enthusiasts is: Did BMW screw it up? That is the key question, in part because BMW has shown a penchant for messing with things that didn't need to be messed with.More

BMW hooks DTM up with new M3 safety car
Auto Blog
Choosing a safety car to pace a racing series is tricky business that almost invariably results in either a constant flux of vehicles called into duty or playing favorites between the manufacturers taking part in the series. NASCAR changes its pace cars about as quickly as it changes tires. Formula One sticks with Mercedes-Benz machinery, and nobody seems to complain very much. But DTM bridges the gap with a slightly different approach.More

BMW to sponsor the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge
The Race Site
BMW has partnered with Daytona International Speedway to sponsor the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race on Jan. 27. The agreement marks the first time BMW has sponsored a race at the "World Center of Racing." Financial terms were not disclosed.More