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Review: 2010 BMW 550i Gran Turismo is the Ultimate Passenger Machine

BMW recently launched a new marketing campaign titled "BMW is Joy." The new tag line is explained as, "Part of a big-media strategy the company is doing to raise its profile worldwide with a more emotional, optimistic voice." Raising a company's profile is never a bad thing, however, we question if anything is more high-minded than "The Ultimate Driving Machine," one of the very best auto-related taglines ever concocted. BMW says it isn't moving away from its TUDM slogan, but we can't help but wonder, is BMW is trying to tell us something? What if instead of appealing to those who actually... Read More

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    Recalls: BMW broadens engine bolt recall to nearly half-million cars worldwide
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    Almost one month ago, we reported on a BMW investigation into a potentially defective bolt that lived in the company's VANOS variable valve timing system. At that point, the potential recall was seemingly limited to Chinese-market cars; the company was filing a recall application with Chinese officials. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that the engine bolt ...

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    Official: 2014 BMW 5 Series starts at $50,425* and gets a new diesel, 5 Series GT starts at $60,925* [w/video]
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    BMW itself says it is making "Precise modifications to the design" of the facelifted, sixth-generation 5 Series, and this is the result. The 2014 5 Series will come in four flavors – sedan, Touring, Gran Turismo and ActiveHybrid 5 – the biggest news probably the addition of a diesel engine for the US market. When they go on sale in August, ...

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    Spy Shots: BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo refresh spotted
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    Although there have been plenty of rumors about the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo being canceled, it looks like BMW might be planning some visual tweaks to the odd hatchback as a possible last-ditch effort to improve sales. Judging by these spy shots, BMW is updating the front and rear fascias of the 5 Series GT, but the camouflage does a good job of ...

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    Recalls: BMW, Rolls-Royce issue recall over smoldering circuit boards
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    Drivers of 2010-2011 Rolls Royce Ghost models and several BMW models with turbocharged engines need to get their vehicles to their dealers. The cars are being recalled for a potentially hazardous defect that could turn their high-end autos into smoldering hunks of less luxurious melted plastic and steel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...

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    Recalls: BMW recalls over 32,000 cars and CUVs over fire risk
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    BMW has issued a recall of five different model lines covering the years 2008-2011 due to a fire risk. Turbocharged eight- and twelve-cylinder engines in the 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo, 7 Series, X5 and X6 could suffer from overheating circuit boards that control the electric auxiliary water pump. The overheating board could cause the pump to ...

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    Exclusive: BMW considering bringing 5 Series Touring back to U.S., V12 to soldier on with hybrid
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    The 5 Series Gran Turismo hasn't met its lofty sales expectations in the United States, so BMW is considering bringing the 5 Series Touring back to our shores. Although nothing is set in stone, Autoblog has learned that the possibility of the wagon making a reappearance on U.S. soil is back on the table. While sales of the 5 Series GT haven't been ...

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    Spy Shots: BMW to dress up 5 Series Gran Turismo with M Sport package?
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    You may think that adding an M Sport pack to the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig, but let's be honest: BMW has to do something to broaden the 5GT's appeal and try to boost sales. BMW had projected that it would sell between 4,000 and 8,000 of its Gran Turismo range annually in the United States. Yet in 2010, the ...

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    Report: BMW 5GT sales disappointing, has execs rethinking 5 Series wagon
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    Automotive News is reporting that the BMW 5 Series GT has been having some unintended and rather unfortunate sales consequences for the German automaker. While the company originally believed that buyers of the old 5 Series Touring would be drawn to the oddball crossover, the truth is that those customers have fled to rival Mercedes-Benz for their wagon ...

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    BMW Italy teams up with Trussardi for special edition 5 Series Gran Turismo
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    Typically when a fashion house and an automaker team up on a collaborative effort, the result comes in the form of a premium hatchback. The Fiat 500 by Gucci unveiled recently in Geneva serves as one example, the Diesel edition that preceded it, another. Yves St Laurent and Kenzo have each applied their talents to the Citröen DS3, and countless ...

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    Report: Slow early sales have BMW thinking 5GT should've launched with six-cylinder
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    It appears that BMW may have overestimated the U.S. market appeal for high-end versions of the 550i Gran Turismo, and executives now acknowledge that the six-cylinder 535i probably should have been available at launch. It's not unusual for an automaker to launch an all-new model by shipping mostly loaded, top-level versions in order to absorb the ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #177 - What's up with the AB Podcast in iTunes?
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    Before we get to this week's show, we wanted to explain what's up with The Autoblog Podcast in iTunes. The short story is that TV Squad, one of our sister sites in the AOL Network, recently received an update that went awry. The result was all of our RSS feeds being replaced with the TV Squad RSS feed. The issue was quickly fixed, but for some reason ...

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    Review: 2010 BMW 550i Gran Turismo is the Ultimate Passenger Machine
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    BMW recently launched a new marketing campaign titled "BMW is Joy." The new tag line is explained as, "Part of a big-media strategy the company is doing to raise its profile worldwide with a more emotional, optimistic voice." Raising a company's profile is never a bad thing, however, we question if anything is more high-minded than "The Ultimate Driving ...

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    Beijing Preview: BMW adding all-wheel drive to Gran Turismo line
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    BMW has just announced that its 5-Series Gran Turismo will soon be available with the company's xDrive all-wheel drive system. The Bavarian automaker plans to show off the new running gear at the Beijing Motor Show at the end of this month. Eventually, you'll be able to order the xDrive option with any engine combination your heart so desires. Starting ...

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    Lexus, Infiniti reportedly not interested in taking on BMW's 5 Series Gran Turismo
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    Depending on who you ask, BMW is either at the forefront of an exciting new automotive genre with the 5 Series Gran Turismo, or is inventing market segments with no real purpose other than to grab several thousand new sales from those who simply must be seen in the latest trendy niche. In other words, the 5 Series GT is nothing if not polarizing. For ...

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    Officially Official: 2011 BMW 5 Series Touring [w/video]
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    Just as the new sixth-generation BMW 5 Series sedan goes on sale in Europe, a new station wagon variant has been unveiled. Like past editions of the 5 Series Touring, this one is essentially the same as the sedan, only with the roof extending straight back to enclose a substantially larger cargo area. All of the fancy new technology that we've already ...

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    Geneva 2010: BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid Concept
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    The dispersion of BMW's ActiveHybrid – and conjoined word – initiative continues with the 5 Series ActiveHybrid Concept. Billed as a "future-oriented full-hybrid model in the upper midrange segment" it boils down to the turbocharged inline-six you love and along with a 53-horsepower electric motor you will learn to love working through an ...

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    BMW 5 Series GT
    Geneva 2010: BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid Concept
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    The dispersion of BMW's ActiveHybrid – and conjoined word – initiative continues with the 5 Series ActiveHybrid Concept. Billed as a "future-oriented full-hybrid model in the upper midrange segment" it boils down to the turbocharged inline-six you love and along with a 53-horsepower electric motor you will learn to love working through an ...

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    AC Schnitzer decks out the BMW 5 Series GT
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    Autoblog Podcast #167 - Excitement builds for Geneva
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    Episode #167 of the Autoblog Podcast is a fine quartet of Chris Shunk, Sam Abuelsamid, Chris Paukert and Dan Roth. We breeze through the Autoblog Garage, filled with a snow-tired Camaro, a pair of Audi cabrios and a Kia Forte Koup, before hitting the news. Audi's updated RS5, with a clear-voiced 4.2-liter V8 is up first, followed by the want-it-now BMW ...

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    BMW confirms 5 Series Touring reveal for Leipzig
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    BMW has announced the debut of the company's latest generation 5 Series Touring, so rumors of the Touring's demise may have been exaggerated. To be fair, the BMW 5 Series Touring was never going to go away altogether – not when it sells in big numbers in European markets. That said, BMW foresees its new double-hinged hatchback 5 Series Gran Turismo ...

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