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Driven: BMW’s 2011 X3 xDrive20d SE

It seems fortuitous that BMW chose a snowy Austria for the UK launch of its new 2011 X3, in fact the timing couldn’t have been any more perfect. As I write this, much of the UK is gripped by the most wintry November conditions in recent memory, Ideal for the four-wheel-drive SUV sector that BMW has targeted with its X3. But of course four-wheel-drive is only as useful as the traction available to a car’s tyres, so BMW also chose last week’s X3 launch to reveal its new range of winter-tyre packages available on all BMW and MINI models.

Saab premieres new 9-4X soft-roader

The new 9-4X brings unique Saab design and engineering to the growing mid-size crossover segment. With its distinctive Scandinavian looks, Saab are claiming class-leading ride and car-like handling.

Making its world premiere at next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the 9-4X expands Saab’s product portfolio to three car lines and will provide a fresh, alternative choice for independently-minded crossover buyers. It is an important next-step in the Swedish brand’s renaissance as an independent premium car manufacturer.

BMW’s 1 Series M Coupe visits Paris

If you’re around and about in the UK during the next few weeks, then you might possibly spot BMW’s 1 Series M Coupé on the roads near BMW’s Bracknell HQ. If not then stay tuned during the next few days for first glimpses of the undisguised new baby M-car, showing off its unique burnt orange paintwork regarding which Dr. Kay Segler, CEO of BMW M GmbH, stated last month “This paint will make history”.

BMW launches X6 M and X5 M

The new X6M and X5M represent a series of firsts for BMW’s M division, but as controversial as they may be, they also showcase M divisions new strategy of fitting turbocharged engines to its cars.

BMW X5 Le Mans

Take one McLaren F1 V12 engine, shoehorn it into the front of an X5, give it to racing legend Hans Stuck and tell him to wring its neck. Then stand well back.

BMW X5 M official video released

BMW have released a promotional video of the X5 M providing official confirmation of the next models to be launched by M GmbH.

We’ve already seen spy-pictures of a pre-production X6 M and German magazine AutoBild were invited last week to drive the X6 M at the Nurburgring, so production isn’t far away.