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  • Stephen James
    up or down The BMW 327 Coupé and Sports Convertible of the late Thirties and the BMW 503 Coupé and Convertible from the Fifties were ideal in this regard In more recent years the first BMW 6 Series Coupé of the Seventies and Eighties and the BMW 8 Series Coupé in the Nineties exemplified the genre For 2011 the new BMW 6 Series Convertible is a car that offers its drivers a unique blend of distinctive styling luxury and sporting performance Already an iconic statement in style the BMW 6 Series Convertible features an even more powerfully contoured roof while the sweeping bonnet set back passenger compartment with Hofmeister kink long wheelbase and flat waistline embody more than any other BMW the key design DNA of the marque Two exceptional BMW turbocharged petrol engines a newly developed chassis and a host of class leading driver assistance technology ensure the new BMW 6 Series Convertible isn t all show and no go as the following stats show Model Power Hp Torque Nm 0 62 seconds Top Speed Mph Combined mpg C02 Emmisions g km BMW 650i Convertible 407 600 5 0 155 26 4 249 BMW 6540I Convertible 320 450 5 7 155 35 8 185 A distinctive and exclusive exterior design The BMW 6 Series Convertible is instantly recognisable thanks to its long sweeping bonnet set back passenger compartment and the unique fins of the soft top Complementing the fins is the shark nose with a large forward slanted BMW kidney grille broad air intakes wide contoured bonnet and muscular wheel arches The feeling of surging forward through water continues throughout the fluid lines of the car the designers took their inspiration for the harmoniously curved surfaces of the body from the movement of waves sent out by the bow

    Original URL path: http://www.stephenjames.co.uk/blog/the-all-new-bmw-6-series-convertible/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Stephen James
    s interior As always the asymmetrical instrument panel and centre console are orientated towards the driver while the latest generation iDrive with 6 5 inch screen as standard ensures all infotainment capabilities are easily accessible The 8 8 inch high resolution screen of the navigation system in the Professional Multimedia package featured in the new BMW X3 is the largest on board monitor in its segment Throughout the cabin are a large number of storage compartments trays and cup holders The three rear seats offer outstanding comfort for travelling long distances and significantly more leg and elbow room compared to its predecessor With a volume of between 550 and 1 600 litres the luggage compartment of the new BMW X3 is also one of the best in its segment But it is not just about pure volume useable space is essential to the SAV customer and the new BMW X3 has an adaptable interior which can be changed to suit personal requirements The rear seat backrests can be split 60 40 as standard or as an option 40 20 40 where the three segments can be folded down either individually or together In this way it is possible to adapt the luggage compartment according to requirements The drivers Sports Activity Vehicle The first generation BMW X3 set the bar when it came to the driving dynamics of this type of vehicle and the second generation builds on that exceptional agility with newly conceived suspension technology electronically controlled driver assistance and advanced four wheel drive For drivers who want to personalise the feel of their BMW X3 Variable Damper Control is available for the first time on this model The electronically controlled dampers adapt to road surface conditions and the style of driving while the driver is able to influence the action of the dampers by means of the Drive Dynamic Control system This function enables the driver to choose between Normal Sport and Sport modes using a button on the centre console As well as damping behaviour it can adjust the character of the accelerator engine response power steering weight DSC response thresholds and depending on desired options the shifting dynamics of the automatic transmission Electric Power Steering is incorporated in the BMW X3 for the first time allowing precise handling and increased efficiency Variable sports steering is also available for the first time as an option and reduces the degree of steering movement necessary to turn the front wheels in various conditions including parking cornering and swerving manoeuvres As standard the new BMW X3 comes with xDrive permanent four wheel drive technology an electronically controlled system that ensures variable distribution of drive to the front and rear axles Linked to DSC Dynamic Stability Control xDrive can counteract oversteer or understeer at an extremely early stage and help to control the car through bends by sending increased drive to the rear wheels while if needed braking the inside rear wheel to increase the car s mid bend agility and traction

    Original URL path: http://www.stephenjames.co.uk/blog/the-all-new-bmw-x3/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Stephen James
    thinking and innovative automotive technology As Satellite Navigation and Bluetooth is becoming more common place in the automotive world BMW have gone a step further and created BMW Assist BMW Assist Help when you need it most supporting you in an emergency guiding you in unfamiliar territory and enabling you to avoid traffic jams BMW Assist provides reliable help in every situation bringing you safely and quickly to your destination BMW Assist was launched in 1999 and has provided convenient information and helpful services for BMW drivers when they need it most The ground breaking telematic service is a system integrated in to the cars onboard Navigation and Bluetooth system operated via the onboard I Drive control It allows drivers to login via the I Drive menu and connect through to BMW Service headquarters on which the operator has full details on the driver vehicle status and location This allows the driver to ask for specific points of interest Local Amenities or literally anything that they require i e Hotel and Restaurants on there destination Once the operator has located suitable destinations they then send a message to the vehicle containing telephone numbers and address details which can be selected by the Satellite Navigation as a Destination Allowing you as the driver to get you to your destination faster and more comfortably In the event of an Emergency the system sends an automatic signal to BMW Service immediately if the crash sensors in the airbags are activated so that the right help arrives on the scene faster In the event of a breakdown BMW Assist activates the BMW breakdown service connecting to Mobile Service and transmitting the relevant vehicle data Your BMW Emergency Service will be by your side as quickly as possible helping you get back onto the road

    Original URL path: http://www.stephenjames.co.uk/blog/bmw-assist/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Stephen James
    BMW 5 Series Saloon appeared in 1972 and every incarnation since then has raised the bar in terms of design engineering or technology The latest BMW 5 Series Saloon similarly sets new standards and is the first in its class to feature Auto Start Stop an eight speed automatic transmission and a double wishbone front suspension The latest BMW has the longest wheelbase in its class at 2 968mm creating a greater feeling of interior space Customers specifying the optional glass sunroof benefit from a larger roof panel that allows light to flood in highlighting the generous rear cabin Inside the cabin features many of the sporting but luxurious quality and comfort features found in the BMW 7 Series the asymmetrically designed centre console multifunctional steering wheel and the use of Black Panel technology Black Panel technology integrates the centre console into the trim of the car High resolution electronic displays are visible when needed but when not in use discreetly blend in to form an elegant black band across the interior The BMW 5 Series Saloon features the highest ever level of standard specification for the model All models coming with Dakota leather upholstery BMW Professional Radio and Bluetooth telephone preparation Buyers of the BMW 5 Series Saloon will be able to choose between three diesel powerplants 520d 525d and 530d and four petrol engines 523i 528i 535i 550i from launch The 520d for example has a 1 995cc four cylinder diesel featuring the latest generation common rail direct injection and turbocharger with variable turbine geometry which increases power and efficiency Producing 184hp at 4 000rpm the 520d accelerates from zero to 62mph in 8 1 seconds before going onto a top speed of 141mph Fuel economy is exceptional with a combined fuel consumption figure of 56 5mpg 54

    Original URL path: http://www.stephenjames.co.uk/blog/new-bmw-5-series-saloon/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Stephen James
    production BMW ever The new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics saloon is the world s first premium compact executive saloon to achieve a remarkable 68 9mpg on the combined cycle with only 109g km of CO2 emissions Why is 109g km such an important figure In an effort to encourage people to drive more fuel efficient cars the government first introduced Vehicle Excise Duty VED bands based on CO2 emissions in 2001 Falling under 110g km means that the new 320d ED now sits in VED band B as such owners pay just 35 a year in road tax Companies purchasing cars under 110g km CO2 outright can take advantage of a 100 per cent first year capital writedown allowance improving company cashflow while company car drivers pay just 13 per cent Benefit In Kind tax The result Significantly reduced running costs for business drivers How has BMW managed to achieve this The new BMW 320d ED has been developed using the very latest BMW EfficientDynamics technologies to reduce the amount of fuel required to power the car The four cylinder diesel engine has been intelligently modified to run more smoothly at lower revs working hand in hand with longer gearing to reduce fuel consumption Lowered suspension and aerodynamic alloy wheels also reduce drag Together this package of enhancements increases fuel efficiency resulting in lower CO2 emissions Does this mean that performance now suffers Not at all With BMW continually developing even greater EfficientDynamics technologies the 163hp 320d ED accelerates from standstill to 62mph in just 8 2 seconds and onto a top speed of 137mph Vehicles with similar CO2 emissions typically take at least two seconds longer to reach 62mph What features are available Specification is on a par with a BMW 320d SE and includes two zone air conditioning rear

    Original URL path: http://www.stephenjames.co.uk/blog/the-world-s-first-sub-110g-km-compact-executive-car/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Stephen James
    enhanced performance over their predecessors but also unrivalled fuel efficiency and significantly reduced running costs M3 performance 99g km CO2emissions The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show looks set to raise the bar higher still Showcasing new advanced hybrid drive technology BMW s trademark lightweight body construction and an ultra aerodynamic design the Vision EfficientDynamics concept delivers M3 rivalling performance with the fuel economy and the low running costs of a small car BMW s latest concept is powered by a new diesel electric hybrid system A 1 5 litre turbodiesel engine which will debut in the next generation BMW 1 Series works in tandem with two electric motors one at the front of the car and one at the rear This unique combination allows the Vision EfficientDynamics to accelerate to 60mph in just 4 8 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155mph all this while returning a combined consumption of 75 1mpg and emitting a mere 99 grams of CO2 per kilometre just a third of the emissions of the current M3 Combined power Capable of running on either the electric motors for up to 31 miles or the diesel engine for 400 miles the Vision EfficientDynamics concept car is also capable of combining both power sources The onboard management system can utilise the power from all three sources when short bursts of speed are required such as when overtaking or accelerating from junctions The car s performance is further enhanced by design details borrowed from the BMW F1 Sauber team For example the A pillars not only support the roof they also channel airflow cleanly along the side of the car while a flat under tray improves high speed stability and further lowers drag Spacecraft technology The resultant design

    Original URL path: http://www.stephenjames.co.uk/blog/bmw-unveils-new-supercar-concept/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Stephen James
    advice from true MINI fans visit us today and enjoy the full MINI experience Stephen James BMW As an Authorised BMW Dealer Stephen James offer the highest levels of service and expertise whether you are looking to buy a new car or maintain your current car Our dealerships showcase the latest new models plus a wide choice of Approved Used BMWs Sausages Sponsorship and Salad 19 May 2010 Beyond Ourselves the charity which was born out of Stephen James desire to use its time skill and money to help at home and abroad launched its child sponsorship programme on Sunday There was a BBQ to mark the occasion and to celebrate making it this far on the charity s journey The food is definitely worth a mention it was superb This was the first phase of a sponsorship programme that will see over 1000 Zambian children receiving school uniforms qualified teaching one nutritious hot meal every school day and weekly medical care by the end of 2010 The cost to the sponsor is only 12 50 a month the benefit to the children is extremely significant If you are interested in knowing more or to sponsor a child feel free

    Original URL path: http://www.stephenjames.co.uk/blog/sausages-sponsorship-and-salad/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Stephen James
    models plus a wide choice of Approved Used BMWs Allowing to Germinate 26 Apr 2010 Almost 3 months on from our Vision and Values week I am beginning to feel very uncomfortable I am realising through listening to others wisdom by my own experience and some extra reading that my role in this isn t what I thought I had signed up for You see I thought that forever and a day I would champion the values and deliver motivational talks on where they ll take us as a company A sort of Superman meets Dale Winton type figure For sure there will be some of that along the way However the real successes happen if the people that are Stephen James really own the values for themselves The values will come alive only if individuals put their own cut on the values and begin to create their own value centred stories So what do I do I must provide space and the environment to see these ideas germinate I must encourage individual expressions of our 5 values not some corporate mantra that we chant in unison I must ride the range and get round the dealerships and encourage the

    Original URL path: http://www.stephenjames.co.uk/blog/allowing-to-germinate/ (2016-02-10)
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