The new BMW 1 Series
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The all-new, second generation BMW 1 Series occupies a distinctive niche within its segment, offering a unique and rewarding combination of agile, precise handling, improved aesthetics and innovative technology. It remains the only rear-wheel drive car in its class and, with a range of advanced TwinPower petrol and diesel engines, offers a sporty but fuel-efficient proposition boosted by BMW’s EfficientDynamics technologies fitted as standard.
The previous generation BMW 1 Series has had enormous success selling more than 2.2 million units globally, as well as being the first car in the premium compact segment. The elegant and dynamic styling of the new BMW 1 Series clothes a car that’s 83mm longer, 14mm wider and 30mm longer in the wheelbase than its predecessor. These dimensions create a car with increased cabin dimensions and, thus, greater interior comfort.
The new BMW 1 Series goes on sale in the UK on 17 September 2011, with a choice of three diesel and two petrol engines. Prices start at £19,375 otr for a BMW 116i ES.
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Emma Cattle Silver Medal
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IPC European Swimming Championships
Team Luton swimmer, Emma Cattle brought back a Silver Medal from last week's International Paralympic Committee (IPC) European Swimming Championships in Berlin.
23 year old Emma (who swims in the S10 Classification) had a storming week as she set lifetime bests in the 100m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 50m Freestyle & 100m Backstroke also breaking her own British Record in the Backstroke & unexpectedly snatching the 50m Freestyle national record that had stood for 11 years
It was a week of intense competition & Emma summed up her performances by saying, "it is now about 6 months since I moved back to train with Team Luton & the hard work both I & Head Coach Pete Woodbridge have put in certainly came through in competition"
The Championships began last Sunday, 3rd July & Emma travelled to Manchester to join up with the rest of the Great Britain squad a week before for final preparations in the holding camp. As a competitive athlete Emma has found over her 5 years of competing internationally that she performs best with a full schedule thus competed in 5 events in Berlin.
The competition got off to a cracking start as she knocked almost 2 seconds off her lifetime best in the 100m Freestyle in a time of 1.06.21 & claim an unexpected 7th place in the final. The following day saw another big lifetime best in the 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2.43.36 & 5th place in the Final. Having said she felt "sluggish" in Wednesday morning's Heats of the 400 Freestyle by the time the evening's Final was swum she felt re-energised & clocked 5.02.65 to be within less than a second of her best time set earlier in the year in Sheffield & finish 7th.
On Thursday it was flat out sprinting in the 50m Freestyle with a lifetime best time in the Heats which she smashed again in the Finals to come so close to dipping under the 30 second mark in a time of 30.38 & saw her claim Sarah Bailey's 11 year British Record that had stood since the Sydney Paralympics. Overall Emma finished 6th in the Final
Friday's 100m Backstroke was a tense affair. In the Heats Emma bettered the previous European Record by all most 0.5 seconds in a time of 1.13.06 but couldn't quite match her Russian rival, Nina Ryabova's time of 1.13.01 from the previous Heat. The Final was nip & tuck but Ryabova pulled away at the turn & despite being closed down by Emma over the last 15m it ended with Silver for Emma in a time of 1.13.16 just over a second behind her rival
Team Luton Head Coach, Pete Woodbridge said "Emma had a fantastic Championships & turned in some really strong performances". There's no rest though for Emma as she heads for Sheffield & the ASA National Championships in Sheffield in just over 2 weeks with her eyes firmly fixed on trying to break the 1.12 mark in the Backstroke & also the 30 second barrier in the 50m Freestyle. Then she's looking forward to a short holiday before an intense 6 months of training in preparation for next Spring's London 2012 qualifying that will be the inaugural competition at the new Olympic Pool in Stratford
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London 2012 Regional Hopeful
Specialist Cars are very proud to support local athlete and Paralympic swimmer Emma Cattle. Emma is a promising young athlete with dreams of winning a medal at the London 2012 games. Here’s a little bit more about Emma:
Emma started her swimming career at Team Luton aged 7 & represented the club in various events over the years. She began competing in Disability Swimming aged 12. Emma holds the following International Classifications: IPC Disability categories S10, SB9 & SM10. The medical diagnosis she has is Cerebral Palsy & is a left sided hemi which means that her left side is much weaker than her right.
Emma was selected for the Disability Swimming World Class Start programme in 2005 and subsequently promoted onto the World Class Pathway Programme in 2006. She moved to Manchester in 2007 to train full time at the High Performance Centre & moved up onto the World Class Podium Programme
Having represented Great Britain since 2006, Emma’s first major championships were the World Championships in South Africa in 2006. This was her international break through year as she also swam for GB at the German & Danish Opens. In 2007, Emma again competed at the German Open & in the Visa Paralympic World Cup in 2007 & 2008. Emma Competed in Paralympics in Beijing 2008 & European Championships in Reykjavik in 2009.
2010 was a tough year due to injury and Emma missed out on qualification for the World Championships by less than 0.5 seconds & unfortunately lost her UK Sport Lottery Funding. She then decided to change her Coach & relocated back to Luton.
In 2011, Emma has qualified for European Championships to be held at the beginning of July & she is currently ranked No 1 in Europe.
Here are some of Emma’s career highlights so far:
International Performance Highlights
- 2008 Paralympics, Beijing – 6th in Final. Broke European Record in Heats
- 2009 European Championships, Reykjavik – Silver Medal 100m Backstroke (Broke European Record in Heats)
- 2009 European Championships, Reykjavik – Bronze Medal 400m Freestyle
- 2006 World Championships, Durban - 4th 200m Individual Medley
- 5th 100m Butterfly
- 6th 100m Backstroke
British Titles / Records
Previous European Records Held
- 100m Backstroke (both Long Course & Short Course)
- 50m Backstroke (both Long Course & Short Course)
Previous Britsh Records Held
- 100m Backstroke (Long Course) set Beijing 2008
- 100m Backstroke (Long Course) set Reykjavik 2009
10 quick fire questions we asked Emma:
First sporting success:
- 50m Butterfly (British Long Course record) set Coventry 2005
- 50m Butterfly (British Short Course record) set Sheffield 2005
- 100m Butterfly (British Long Course record) set Durban, South Africa 2006
- 200m Butterfly (European Long Course Record) set Coventry 2005
The first time I was picked to represent my swimming club
Finest sporting moment: Making the Paralympic Final in Beijing 2008 & breaking the European Record in the Heats
Tip for the top:
Always work hard & never give in when the going gets tough
Most prized possession:
Biggest influence on career:
Family and friends
Biggest passion away from swimming:
3 words that best describe me:
committed, determined, quiet
Favourite venue and why:
Ponds Forge, Sheffield because it's a fast pool
Tips to relax:
Listening to music
To go to the London 2012 Paralympic Games & medal
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GET AN EXTRA YEAR'S WARRANTY OR UP TO 5 YEARS' SERVICING
THE BMW APPROVED USED CAR EVENT
For just five days, between 7-11 July, you'll be able to choose between an additional year's unlimited mileage warranty*, which includes 24 months' MOT cover and BMW Roadside Assistance, and five years' complimentary servicing^ when you buy a BMW Approved Used Car at one of our participating dealerships. Either way, you'll enjoy extra peace of mind well into the future. Whichever offer you opt for, you'll benefit from an immaculately-prepared car that has undergone more than 120 rigorous checks by BMW-trained technicians, a full road test and an independent vehicle mileage and history check.
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Ride & Drive Event
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Business Partnership Ride & Drive Event
On Wednesday 15th June, Specialist Cars held a Business Partnership Ride & Drive event at the Luton Hoo hotel. Guests were invited to experience the fantastic range of BMW’s and MINI’s available to members of the Business Partnership.
The Business Partnership
If you manage a fleet of fewer than 50 company cars, the BMW/MINI Business Partnership has been designed specifically for you. As a member, your business can benefit from attractive contract hire rates, a range of exclusive product offerings and a dedicated Business Manager to advise you on the most effective ways to run your business cars. Membership also brings you complimentary optional equipment upgrades on all vehicles, exclusive previews of new models ahead of the public launch and the reassurance that comes from using authorised BMW and MINI Dealers.
HOW TO JOIN.
- Compelling contract hire rates
- Complimentary specification upgrades
- Dedicated local business manager
- Opportunity to attend exclusive events and previews
- Membership is free
For more information visit www.bmwbusinesspartnership.co.uk or contact our local business managers at your local Specialist Cars dealership.
- Stevenage – Adam Zieba email@example.com
- Luton – Michael Chalmers firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tring – Alex Gray email@example.com
The fantastic Luton Hoo was the location for the ride and drive event
Guests were invited to test drive the selection of BMW's and MINI's at the event
Alex and Paula ready to greet the guests
Business Partnership Ride & Drive Event
Guests had the chance to experience the new 6 series convertible
The Specialist Cars Business Partnership Ride & Drive Event
Tim and Lizzie co-ordinating the vehicles available to test drive
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MINI Cooper D Hatch and Cooper S Countryman
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The new BMW range.
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The new BMW range: more driver enjoyment with even greater efficiency
The new BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon
The arrival of the new BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon in September sets a new benchmark for efficiency and driving pleasure in its class.
With the all-important UK business market in mind, BMW engineers have created a car that is approximately 10 per cent more fuel-efficient than the best its rivals can muster, without reducing the 184hp or 380Nm of torque developed by the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. This equates to fuel economy of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km, which means a company car benefit-in-kind taxation band of only 13 per cent.
In addition to the standard Auto Start-Stop, Optimum Gearshift Indicator, Brake Energy Regeneration and Active Aerodynamics, the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon has a longer final drive ratio to reduce engine revs at highway speeds, and low rolling resistance tyres on Streamline-design alloy wheels. This all helps to accelerate the car from zero to 62mph in just 8.2 seconds.
The 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon also comes with BMW’s new ECO-PRO Mode. A driver-activated switch promotes economical and comfortable driving at low speeds by adjusting the engine mapping, throttle sensitivity, automatic gearshift points, where applicable, and the amount of power consumed by electrical ancillaries including climate control and heated seats.
The new model goes on sale in September priced from £30,435 OTR.
The BMW Z4: premiere for new four-cylinder engines
The BMW Z4 will build on its status as the sportiest roadster with a folding metal roof thanks to the introduction of two new engines. A new all-aluminium 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, featuring BMW’s acclaimed twin-turbo technology, debuts in two guises.
The new engines will appear in sDrive20i and sDrive28i versions of the Z4, replacing the former sDrive23i and sDrive30i models. For the sDrive20i, the new engine develops 184hp at 4800rpm and 270Nm of torque from only 1250rpm. Corresponding figures for the sDrive28i are 245hp from 5000rpm and 350Nm from 1250rpm. Both engines use BMW’s EfficientDynamics technologies to increase driver enjoyment while simultaneously lowering fuel consumption and emissions.
The BMW Z4 sDrive20i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i employ the twin-scroll turbocharger technology, high-precision direct fuel injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and double-VANOS camshaft control previously only seen in six-cylinder BMWs. This gives greater turbo boost pressure and improved operation of the fuel injection system.
Both are characterised by instant throttle response, linear power delivery and supreme flexibility across almost the entire rev range. Improved performance is therefore achieved with 20 per cent reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with both engines, but an eight-speed automatic is optionally available.
In addition to these revised engines, standard equipment will be enhanced across the entire Z4 range, with all models now receiving Bluetooth and USB audio interface. The new sDrive20i also benefits from Kansas leather upholstery and a rain sensor with automatic headlight activation as standard.
A new equipment package called Design Pure Balance, featuring extended Merino leather in Cohiba Brown and Black, Lotus White contrast stitching, anthracite wood and standard sports seats, becomes available with the revised Z4. Mineral White metallic paint is offered exclusively with this package, or buyers can choose from other colours within the Z4 range.
The new BMW X1 xDrive20d EfficientDynamics
The BMW X1 established a new class of car, the premium compact SUV, and it is still defining this new niche. From autumn the BMW X1 xDrive20d EfficientDynamics will become the cleanest and most economical BMW X product ever.
Powered by a 163bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with a combined fuel consumption of 62.8mpg, CO2 emissions drop below a crucial threshold to hit 119g/km. This means that it attracts a company car taxation band of only 13 per cent for business drivers.
The latest X1 takes the relationship between sporty performance, athletic agility and fuel efficiency to a new level. TwinPower Turbo technology, which combines a variable geometry turbocharger and high-pressure fuel injection, gives maximum power at 4000rpm, while peak torque of 380Nm comes in at 1750rpm and remains constant until 2750rpm. A centrifugal pendulum absorber in the dual-mass flywheel damps out vibrations at low engine speeds, while new insulation technology eliminates engine noise inside the cabin.
The BMW X1 xDrive20d EfficientDynamics has Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and an Optimum Shift Indicator adapted to suit the new engine’s characteristics. Electro-mechanical power steering, an air conditioning compressor, which can be disengaged, and tyres with reduced rolling resistance are fitted to Streamline-design light alloy wheels, all come as standard. The car also has a long final drive ratio to reduce engine revolutions at cruising speeds, but it still takes the car from zero to 62mph in just 8.3 seconds.
The most economical X product ever starts at £25,715 OTR when it goes on sale in September 2011.
The BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line roof rails are now an individual option, while the BMW ConnectedDrive package now includes the option of Real-Time Traffic Information.
BMW expands the 5 Series line-up
The 5 Series engine range grows to 11 derivatives with the arrival of the 520i and 528i models for September 2011. Both are powered by a new four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine employing twin-scroll turbocharger technology, high-precision direct fuel injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and double-VANOS camshaft control.
The 520i develops 184hp at 5,000rpm and 270Nm of torque in a broad spread from 1250 to 4500rpm, guaranteeing spontaneous response across almost the entire rev band. With the optional automatic gearbox, the average economy of the 520i saloon is 44.1mpg, while CO2 emissions dip below 150g/km. The BMW 520i SE Saloon costs from £31,190 OTR - £1,512 cheaper than the model it replaces – while the Touring is £33,615 OTR.
By increasing the amount of turbo boost and revising the operation of the fuel injection system, the same basic engine is able to produce 245hp from 5,000-6,500rpm and 350Nm across 1,250-4,800rpm for the 528i. Six-cylinder performance, zero to 62mph in just 6.2 seconds for the manual saloon, is therefore feasible with four-cylinder fuel efficiency: 43.5mpg and a CO2 output of 152g/km with automatic transmission. The BMW 328i SE Saloon cost from £33,610 OTR and the Touring is £36,165 OTR.
In the 525d, a new four-cylinder 2.0-litre twin-turbo engine replaces the single-turbo six-cylinder 3.0-litre unit. The new engine generates 218hp at 4,400rpm and 450Nm of torque from 1,500-2,500rpm, sufficient to improving acceleration while reducing fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent. The BMW 525d SE Saloon costs from £35,135 OTR and the Touring £37,560 OTR.
Extensive modifications to the six-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engines in the 530d and 535d, both featuring variable turbine geometry, have produced increases in power and torque while at the same time achieving greater fuel efficiency. The fuel consumption of the 530d is around 13 per cent better, while the 535d now has a power output of 313hp. These models are now priced from £38,780 OTR and £44,290 OTR respectively for the Saloon and £41,190 OTR and £46,600 OTR for the Touring.
The final 5 Series engine addition for September sees the 407hp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from the 550i flagship saloon and 550i GT become available in the Touring for the first time. A BMW 550i Touring starts at £54,680 OTR.
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Increased specification for the BMW 5 Series
The 5 Series in all its variants remains the ultimate drivers’ car in the executive sector. That position is strengthened with the introduction of Drive Performance Control as standard, which allows the driver to fine-tune the ride and handling selecting either Comfort, Sport or Sport+ settings. It will be fitted to all Saloon and Touring variants.
All four- and six-cylinder 5 Series models, have the addition of ECO PRO mode, which adjusts throttle sensitivity, engine response, the upshift points with the automatic gearbox, where fitted, and even the power consumed by ancillaries including climate control and heated mirrors.
Owners can now open the boot or – on the Touring – the rear window or tailgate through a simple foot movement at the rear of the car. Sensors in the rear bumper detect foot movement and if that person is carrying the correct key, messages are sent to the car’s onboard computer telling it to lift the boot lid, tailgate or rear glass hatch on the Touring.
In conjunction with the optional BMW Professional Navigation system, drivers are provided with accurate, instant details of traffic conditions through the Real-Time Traffic Information system, while the uprated Head-Up display now shows full-colour road-sign graphics. An extension of the BMW Night Vision system gives better visual and audible warnings of unseen pedestrians or cyclists.
September also sees the introduction of M Sport specification to the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Featuring an enhanced standard specification M Sport includes 19-inch light alloy wheels, M aerodynamic body styling, M Sport suspension and other interior and exterior enhancements. Prices for the 5 Series Gran Turismo start at £46,590 OTR for a 530d GT rising to £57,620 OTR for a 550i GT.
The new BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible Sport Plus Editions
A new special edition offering enhanced standard equipment, alloy wheels and unique upholstery will be available on the BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible. Building on the existing M Sport trim level, this new edition features a package of styling and functional enhancements designed to highlight the dynamic qualities of the BMW 3 Series.
All models gain 19-inch double-spoke light alloy wheels, along with a new rear bumper with integrated body-coloured diffuser and Jet Black mirror casings. The Coupé also receives the rear lip spoiler, previously only available on the M3 Coupé.
Inside, the standard Sport seats in Black Dakota leather now feature M-piping and Royal Blue stitching, other leather colours remain available, matching the edging on the floor mats, whilst aluminium ‘Edition’ door sills distinguish these models from their regular M Sport counterparts.
BMW Business Advanced navigation, Bluetooth and USB audio interface are also included as standard, providing access to BMW ConnectedDrive, free-of-charge for three years. The BMW 3 Series Sport Plus Editions are priced at £1000 more than the standard 3 Series Coupé and Convertible M Sport models.
For an additional £750, an optional upgrade package is also available for the new Sport Plus Edition models, featuring an upgrade to BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation and an upgraded Harman Kardon speaker system.
The BMW 6 Series: now a coupe and a diesel
To coincide with the launch of the new BMW 6 Series Coupé this autumn, diesel power becomes available for BMW’s flagship two-door models. The world’s sportiest diesel engine is a 3.0-litre twin-turbo in-line six-cylinder unit producing 313hp at 4400rpm and 630Nm of torque from only 1500rpm with the help of variable geometry turbocharging.
BMW’s ECO PRO mode, fitted as standard on both the 640d Coupé and the 640d Convertible, provides even more economical performance when driving at low speeds or when cruising. In this instance it allows the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox to shift up earlier while altering throttle sensitivity, engine mapping and the power consumed by electronic auxiliary systems.
The BMW 6 Series Coupé and Convertible will now be available in M Sport trim. The M Sport package adds the M aerodynamic bodystyling package, 19-inch M light alloy wheels, dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim and black brake callipers. Inside Anthracite headlining, Aluminium Hexagon trim, Sport seats and M Sport multi-function leather rimmed steering wheel are fitted.
The BMW 640d Coupé costs from £62,080 OTR while the 640d Convertible starts at £68,210 OTR.
New equipment for the BMW 7 Series
BMW’s flagship saloons benefit from upgrades to comfort and safety features and infotainment systems for the new model year.
A new version of BMW Night Vision is available with pedestrian detection giving drivers stronger acoustic and visual alerts if an unseen pedestrian or cyclist strays into the path of the car. Additional features on BMW ConnectedDrive deliver Real-Time Traffic Information about delays, while the system can now accept apps that receive internet radio stations and allow the use of Facebook and Twitter.
ConnectedDrive now even more connected
BMW’s ConnectedDrive system has been enhanced for 2011 for even more intelligent networking between the driver and the outside world.
Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) is a superior system for warning drivers of hold-ups and calculating alternative routes to help avoid them. It is far quicker and more efficient than the Traffic Message Channel (TMC) currently used, transmitting data faster, and updating more frequently, via the SIM card integrated in the vehicle.
Courtesy of BMW Live, the driver’s mobile phone can serve as a modem to feed information to the car’s Control Display via Bluetooth. The system offers free RSS news feeds, weather information, Google Local Search, Google Panoramic and Street View. The RSS news feeds are read inside the car via BMW’s Text to Speech function. The facility will be available on the new BMW 1 Series in September, before being rolled out to other models.
The same camera system can also provide the driver more information through the new full-colour Head-up Display or the instrument panel. The Lane Departure Warning system can detect lane markings and sends a mild vibration through the steering wheel should the vehicle deviate from its lane without indicating. The Speed Limit Display reads both permanent and temporary speed limit signs and displays the current maximum permissible speed limit to the driver.
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