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How BMW’s front kidney grill evolved during the years

BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) founded in 1916.
BMW became an automobile manufacturer in 1929 when it purchased Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach, which, at the time, built Austin Sevens under licence under the Dixi marque.

What makes BMW different is large front kidney grill which originates from a bodyshop in Bruchsal, Germany run by the Ihle brothers as it is said in many sources.

Later Franz Fiedler – an influential BMW designer adopted the Ihle grille design for the BMW 303 shown below.

bmw 303

BMW 303 debuted at Berlin Motor show in 1933


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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Launched (F45)

First BMW front wheel drive car launched. It is BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in F45 bodystyle.

bmw f45

Together with the long wheelbase of 2,670 millimetres and raised roofline, this configuration enables the room inside to be maximised, resulting in an unprecedented feeling of spaciousness.

This way both driver and passengers gets more space and a higher position which results in a better all-round view.

The cabin has a light and spacious feel to it, with all surfaces horizontally structured in a layered look. There is also the option of a large panoramic roof that lets light flood into the interior.

BMW Active TourerBMW 2 Active Tourer is launched with 3 engines and these are:

BMW 218i, 1.5 Litres petrol engine with 136 Hp

BMW 225i, 4 cylinder petrol engine with 231 Hp

BMW 218d, 4 cylinder diesel engine with 150 Hp

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer among front-wheel-drive cars.

BMW developed new chassis which includes a single-joint spring strut axle at the front and a multi-link rear axle which according to BMW combines agility and directional precision with excellent handling stability and suspension comfort.

bmw 2 series active tourer

In this car were used high-tensile and ultra-high-tensile multi-phase steels.

Once I heard the rumors that this car will be made by BMW I did not believe it 100% but now it is a reality, well it is still hard for me to believe that now BMW makes front wheel family cars. I am used to know BMW as a rear wheel drive cars more sport oriented.

Now it will be like Mercedes who makes everything, may be from financial point of view this makes sense and I am sure it makes but how about being unique and have your own niche related strongly to certain speciality of a car?

Tyre pressure indicator for each BMW

Available in future as a standard feature: Tyre pressure indicator for each individual tyre.

TPM - tyre pressure monitor on BMW M3

TPM – tyre pressure monitor on BMW M3 2009

If until now some BMW drivers were checking tyre pressure manually the new owners won’t have to do that.

Starting with spring of 2014 drivers of all new BMW’s will have tyre pressure indicator offered as a standard equipment with the exception of the BMW X6.

Sensors on all four tyres facilitate an exact and individual monitoring of the pressure in each individual tyre. The tyre pressure currently at hand will be shown in the Control Display or the instrument cluster, respectively, depending on the model and the equipment options customers have chosen.

The only thing is that I hope it won’t be annoying to the driver, if for example you are somewhere where you can’t pump wheels at this very moment.

What is your experience with BMW Tyre Pressure sensors?

Source: BMW Press Group

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