The X-Factor Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• With a starting price of $31,545, BMW will begin sales of its X1 compact crossover this fall. Produced at the automaker’s plant in Leipzig, Germany, the X1 will be offered initially with BMW’s 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, producing 240 horsepower, or the 3-liter in-line 6, generating 300 horsepower. In its most highly optioned form, the X1 xDrive35i will be priced from $39,345. The crossover will make its public debut this week at the New York auto show. (BMW, via Car and Driver)

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Spy Shots: 2012 Audi A4

After launching the 2011 Audi A6 lightweight in India earlier today, Audi has been spotted preparing for their next launch elsewhere in Germany. You guessed it right, we are talking about the next gen 2012 Audi A4 which was caught on camera by spy photographers from Worldcarfans earlier today.

Thanks to the fully camouflaged exterior of the 2012 Audi A4, we find it difficult to notice the minute cosmetic changes applied on the exterior, but overall, the new Audi sedan looks much sleeker, aerodynamic, and much longer than the current variants. Do you too think that the A4 in the picture here is longer than the current variant or is it just because of the way it has been shot? Please leave your suggestions below.
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Redesigned BMW 650i Coupe Unveiled

Following its convertible sibling, which was first shown at the Detroit auto show in January, the BMW 650i coupe broke cover on the Web on Saturday.

Like the convertible, the coupe is about three inches longer than its predecessor, and its track is 1.5 inches wider. The 650i inherits the platform of the 7 Series sedan, which in shortened form is also shared by the 5 Series midsize sedan. All three cars are built at BMW’s factory in Dingolfing, Germany.
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Audi A8 wins the Euro Car Body Award

Audi has once again raised the bar with regard to body manufacturing. In the scope of the 12th International Car-Body Benchmarking Conference, the Audi A8 surged ahead to win the Euro Car Body Award – the world’s most distinguished award for innovations in body manufacturing. Over 500 experts and a jury of specialists gave top scores to Audi’s top-of-the-range model.

Leading body-manufacturing experts convene once a year in Bad Nauheim, Germany. Here they discuss trends as well as scrutinize numerous body shells and series-production vehicles prior to the conference highlight: selecting the world’s most innovative series-built body. In late October, 520 specialists from 22 countries attended this year’s event, organized by the Automotive Circle International. Along with a jury of specialists, they evaluated 14 of the latest series-production vehicles. The result? The Audi A8 was not only victorious, but also set a new record by earning 41.11 out of a possible 50 points to secure first place with ease.
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BMW to Build Megacity Electric Car in Leipzig

“When you get your drivers licenses in 10 years you will drive an electric BMW,” Norbert Reithofer, chief executive of BMW, said to the children of workers at the automaker’s factory in Leipzig, Germany, on Friday.

BMW is spending $568 million to expand its plant there — and creating around 800 jobs — for the serial production of its new Megacity electric car line, reports Jack Ewing of The New York Times.
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