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Design Philosophy Believes Form Follows Function

All of the iconic design features that make a BMW instantly recognizable begin with a desire to deliver an improved driving performance. The classic kidney grill, part of the design since 1933, was originally implemented to reduce drag. The long, sloping hood helps distribute weight evenly to all four wheels. Four circular headlights are a relatively new design feature originally conceived to separate higher-end 3-series models from their lesser counterparts.

The familiar BMW logo, known as the “Roundel,” is based upon the colors in the Bavarian flag. It is considered a badge of honor that immediately distinguishes a BMW from its competition. Always looking to set fashion trends without become victim of a fad, BMW’s design engineers continue to look for ways to create beautiful cars with unmatched driveability. Find out why BMW drivers keep coming back for more with a test drive at your Phoenix BMW dealer, Chapman BMW on Camelback.

Engineering Continues to Push the Envelope

BMW engineers are never satisfied with the status quo. By continuing to look for better ways to increase performance and deliver a more exhilarating driving experience, they deliver innovations that make driving more fun while having a positive impact on the planet. BMW EfficientDynamics is a concerted effort to provide cleaner emissions through improved diesel and hybrid technology. Upcoming features like automatic start-stop turns off the engine when you aren’t moving, then fires it up immediately when you’re ready to go.

Advanced diesel technology is already delivering 45 miles per gallon in the 3-Series vehicles with a neck-snapping 280 foot-pounds of torque. The ActiveE program continues to evolve the all-electric vehicle into a high performance machine that produces zero emissions, paving the way for future generations of BMW drivers. Development of the ActiveHybrid has created the world’s fastest hybrid, capable of reaching 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in just 4.7 seconds.

Innovations Begin With a Dream

Ever been in a room with a painting where the eyes follow you around the room? That may have been the inspiration for the new BMW adaptive LED headlights, which turn with your car to light the way around corners. There are so many BMW innovations they are impossible to list in a short article. One innovative safety feature is the heads-up display, which shows pertinent vehicle and navigation information on the windshield so you can keep your eyes on the road. The surround view camera system incorporates cameras on all sides to give you a 360-degree look at what’s going on around your vehicle. Night vision shows obstacles in the dark up to 900 feet away and connected drive apps convert your vehicle into a working office on wheels. Experience all the innovation BMW has to offer with a visit to Chapman BMW on Camelback, your Phoenix BMW dealer.

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Consumers Pick Wagon in Edmunds Poll

Amassing more than a quarter of all the votes, the BMW 3-Series wagon was consumers’ choice for Best Car for Long Road Trips in a poll conducted by Edmunds, a popular auto resource for shoppers. Touted as a “highly desirable entry-level luxury car,” the 3-Series offers an outstanding ride and creature comforts that help turn a long, boring ride into a remarkable driving experience. The 3-Series almost doubled the vote of its two closest competitors, the Acura MDX and Volkswagen Passat TDI. Drive the 3-Series for yourself at Chapman BMW on Camelback.

Wagon Offers All-Wheel Drive as Standard Equipment

Standard all-wheel drive means the BMW 3-Series Wagon can handle the toughest road conditions through the most inclement weather. Powered by a 2.0-liter twin turbo 4-cylinder engine, the 3-Series Wagon produces 240 horsepower while delivering a delightful 33 miles per gallon on the highway. When paired with the 8-speed automatic transmission, the 3-Series seamlessly shifts down to deliver torque for climbing mountains, then relaxes into a cruising state for maximum efficiency on long, flat stretches of road. The ECO PRO mode allows you to decrease your fuel consumption by as much as 20 percent by utilizing the transmission’s coasting mode.

3-Series Wagon Combines Best of Comfort and Functionality

BMW technology takes functionality to another level by offering full speech recognition to compose emails and texts as well as map the best route to your next destination. A wave of the foot opens the rear hatch when your hands are otherwise occupied, and a well-planned layout allows you to maximize the car’s interior for people or cargo hauling. The leather-wrapped steering wheel contains all the controls for you need to maintain speed, change the radio station or use your phone without taking your eyes off the road.

Travel Safely With BMW Technology

In the unfortunate occasion where you are involved in an accident, BMW Assist eCall alerts emergency responders to your exact location. A rear-view camera, lane change assist and blind spot detection all serve to help avoid collisions while you maintain your focus on the road. Every BMW 3-Series car has traction control and airbags strategically placed in the front, at the side and around the driver’s and passenger’s knees. The advanced stability control system keeps the brakes dry and adjusted so they operate at maximum efficiency when you need them. If you’re planning a road trip this spring, you owe it to yourself to check out the 3-Series wagon at Chapman BMW on Camelback.

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Sporty Personality With Room to Spare

Now that the 1-Series convertible is kaput in the United States, the BMW 2-Series Convertible takes over as a modest-sized sports car with a sexy profile that’s at home in the middle of the city or out on the long, open road. The BMW design team has succeeded at creating a sports car that works perfectly well for a family while still making innocent bystanders stand up and take notice.  Although a hard top is available, the soft top provides more room in the cargo hold when stowed away. You can even raise or lower the roof at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. The smallest of BMW’s traditional convertible line, the 2-Series offers plenty of room up front for driver and passenger along with ample space in the rear for those who want to play along as you welcome the outdoors into your four-wheeled playpen.

Choose from Efficient 4-Cylinder or Peppy Inline Six

Although the turbo charged 4-cylinder engine provides plenty of pop for freeway merges and lane changing, you gain an extra 80 horsepower if you opt for the 6-cylinder. Move up to the M235i for additional pop and drop a second in your race to 60 miles per hour. The M Class is the only model that offers an optional 6-speed manual transmission. BMW technology provides an Eco Pro mode that unlinks the motor from the transmission when coasting at speeds ranging from 30 to more than 100 miles per hour. This improves fuel efficiency and saves engine wear. Test-drive the new BMW 2-Series Convertible at Chapman BMW on Camelback.

Comfort and Safety Adds to 2-Series Appeal

Slip into the 10-way power front seats and disappear into the lap of luxury. Adjustable side bolsters hold you in place as you fly around mountain corners, while thigh support provides comfort on those long stretches of highway. The driver’s seat has a memory function that allows you to restore your favorite settings at the touch of a button. A standard feature in all BMWs is the Assist eCall, which sends your location information to emergency services in the case of an accident or breakdown. A rear-view camera and Active Driving Assistant help you avoid collisions when backing up or driving in congested traffic. To see the new BMW in Phoenix, visit Chapman BMW on Camelback.

Exhilarating Sound at the Touch of a Screen

With an 8.8-inch display screen, the iDrive 4.2 operating system allows you to call up your favorite music or get directions by simply touching the screen. Real-time traffic information is just a reach away, making navigating those tough commutes a bit easier. A Harmon Kardon surround sound audio system bathes you in a concert hall-quality music experience through the use of a 360-watt amplifier and 12 superior-quality speakers. Experience the pure exhilaration of wrap-around sound when you test-drive the 2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible.

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Exterior Receives ‘M’agical Makeover

While past versions of BMW’s SUV series that were branded as part of the M Series received a warm welcome from buyers, the all-new BMW X6 M utilizes performance parts common to the series to enhance the both the ability and appearance of the X6 platform. Chrome grills are gone and replaced by the black M grille. Exterior mirror caps, performance stripes and rear fins not only add a splash of pizzazz, but also tie the car back to the M Series racing heritage. Check out the lineup of the new BMW X6 when it arrives at Chapman BMW on Camelback.

Already Luxurious Interior Goes Up a Notch

Open the door to the new X6 M Series and the brushed aluminum door panel with lighted M Performance letters immediately sets the stage for a new interior experience. Carbon interior trim and performance accents tell all who enter that this is a special X6. A performance steering wheel and leather-covered dash continue the luxurious treatment of the cockpit. Special contour seats and other accessories finish off the package, that, of course comes with a full suite of BMW infotainment and navigation technology. See it all on display at your Phoenix BMW dealer, Chapman BMW.

Powerful 4.4-Liter Turbo Releases the Hounds

Naturally, the new BMW X6 M isn’t all about style. There’s a lot of substance packed under the hood in the form of a mid-size V-8 engine that features double turbo chargers to pump up the horsepower. Step on the accelerator and feel the rush of 567 horses turned loose under the hood, generating 550 foot pounds of torque. A new eight-speed automatic links up with the engine to provide precise shifting as you power through the RPMs. The engine/transmission combo are not only powerful, but are engineered to produce a 20 percent savings in fuel economy.

Adjustments Improve Ride of This Large Vehicle

Although the M doesn’t actually stand for “massive,” the new BMW X6 M is a hulking vehicle that takes advantage of BMW suspension and technology to produce a superior ride. Engineers focused on reducing understeer, which results in improved handling on tightly wound corners. One would expect a large amount of body roll on such a large vehicle, but the combination of all-wheel drive and finely-tuned torque vectoring enable the X6 to negotiate curves without spilling everyone’s coffee. Test drive the new BMW X6 M at Chapman BMW on Camelback.

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i8 is Baddest Green Car on the Planet

It looks like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, with its aggressive front end, scissor doors and super car styling, but the iconic badge on the front of the hood gives the BMW i8 away. This is what happens when top German minds work together to create an environmentally friendly sports car that delivers both in terms of performance and phenomenal gas mileage.

Be Prepared for Gawking Bystanders

If you don’t enjoy people fawning over your sports car, perhaps the BMW i8 isn’t for you. The modernistic styling draws stares whether you’re stopped at a light or pull in for an ice cream cone. Open one of the scissor doors and prepare for the gasps of excitement as crowds gather around to take a peek at the futuristic interior and line up for selfies. Although it does have back seats, they are made for only for insurance rates and the smallest of toddlers. This is a two-seat sports car in the purest sense of the word. To look at an i8 up close, swing by Chapman BMW on Camelback.

Acceleration Leaves Other Hybrids Lacking

The BMW i8 is not your grandpa’s hybrid. Although it delivers a neck snapping time of 4.4 seconds from 0-60 miles per hour, the combination gas and electric powered drive system gets the equivalent of 76 miles per gallon. The light carbon fiber body increases the car’s performance, but the engineering marvel is how BMW gets 357 horsepower out of a three-cylinder engine.

i8 Hugs the Road in Sport Mode

Turn the dial to sport mode and the i8 converts from a fancy looking hybrid into beast mode. BMW wisely funnels some of the engine noise back through the audio system to increase the driving experience, but the suspension grips the road as if the car were on a string. Hairpin corners are no problem as a low center of gravity and even weight distribution stick the car to the pavement through the most harrowing mountain runs.

Interior Features Provide Luxury

As one might expect on a car with a price tag that begins north of $135,000, the interior of the BMW i8 provides all the luxurious features found in BMW’s other models. From the iRemote App and Navigation System to the concert quality surround sound system, driving the i8 is like sitting in a technological wonderland. Ambient light creates the right mood for a moonlit run through the mountains and BMW’s Concierge Service provides assistance at the touch of a button. Check out the BMW i8 at Chapman BMW on Camelback.