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Your New BMW: Available By the Hour?

July 23rd, 2012

2012 BMW 328i Convertible

Luxury car dealers should rent cars.

Imagine the new revenue source for dealers if they had a fleet of popular vehicles available to rent by the hour, day or week. I’ve been thinking about this for the last two weeks or so as I’ve planned a 15th wedding anniversary celebration. Guys like me may not want to parade our wives around town in our ’94 Tercels on an anniversary night. Maybe the dumpy car is fine on a normal everyday trip to the Hobby Lobby, but when visiting a fancy restaurant on a special night, there’s a need for something more.

Some cities have exotic rentals, but that may be overkill on the budget. Wouldn’t it be great if guys like us could call up the local BMW or Porsche dealer and request a nice new 3 Series or Boxster to shuttle our brides for the evening?

At some BMW dealers, such a program is in the works.

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Cars Coming Soon: Gas Beats Diesel in New BMW 328i

February 2nd, 2012

BMW 328i

Does engineering know no limits?

The draw of diesel-powered cars, for many people, is the increased fuel economy they offer. In some cases, diesel cars compete with hybrids in terms of the number of miles a car can be driven on a single gallon of fuel.

Auto writers routinely sing the praises of oil-burning engines because we love the performance, reliability and fuel economy they offer. One of the best is the BMW 335d. If I had purchased a new car this morning, there’s a good chance it would have been the 335d. Today, though, I heard about a new BMW that might be even better. And it’s powered by… gasoline.

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Cars Coming Soon: 2012 BMW 3 Series (Including New M3!)

October 20th, 2011

Instead of waiting for the next major auto show like a good little carmaker, BMW has decided an independent reveal (on its Facebook page, no less) would be the best way to handle the introduction of the all-new 2012 3 Series.

Is the new car worthy of the spotlight-hogging attention ploy?

By all indications, absolutely.

The newest 3 Series receives new cabin technology and boasts a new engine option, but lacks a diesel version for U.S. consumption. Instead, BMW announced a hybrid version on the way. Man, I hate to see that…

Otherwise, the new 3 Series should be about as close to perfection as cars get these days. As often happens with model updates, the 3 Series gets larger, increasing length by 3.6 inches. At the same time, though, overall weight was brought down by 88 pounds to keep the traditional 50/50 weight distribution.

Keep reading for a quick look at the latest goodies and performance numbers of the 6th generation 3 Series.

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