Hugo Becker

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Analysis: The N55B30 engine

The BMW N55B30 represents the current workable technical edge of gasoline engine performance and economy. It is a state-of-the-art powerplant available in the 535i GT and soon the 535i from BMW. It is possible, that…

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Interview: Dr. Oetker Speaks of Joy

  I bumped into Dr. Oetker in the frozen food aisle of our local super market. BB: Hello Dr. Oetker, fancy running into you here! DO: Where else would you expect to see me? What’s…

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Column: The Zaftig GT

There seem to be multiple definitions of the term, Gran Tourismo Turismo . How else could such disparate vehicles like a Mustang GT, Bentley Continental GT, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 599 GTB, Pontiac GTO and the…

Interview: Dr. Oetker and the BMW M3/335is Dilemma

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Analysis: BMW 1 Series Coupe Styling

The Amish are renowned for their restrained appearance, and a well crafted simplicity. Loath to emulate what they view as the discordant modern world, they have shunned any affect of modernity. Amish building and furniture…

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Origins of the BMW Roundel

A recent story in the New York Times dispels the ‘spinning propeller’ myth of the BMW roundel. Much to the dismay of many, the article is 100% correct, the origins of the blue and white…

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The Origins of DesignworksUSA’s Heritage

DesignworksUSA is a design ‘skunk works’, a hotbed of automotive styling located in southern California. But it wasn’t always in BMW’s hands. It was purchased from Chuck Pelly by BMW. So who is Chuck Pelly…

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Editorial: Bangle’s Legacy

Regardless of popular sentiment, from either pole, Chris Bangle has had a significant impact on BMW. His retirement in March of 2009 marked the end of a decade and a half of service designing automobiles…

Column: When a Supplier Is More Than a Supplier

Floating below the surface of the news that Magna International is in negotiations to purchase Opel is Magna’s future relationship as a Tier 1 supplier to other auto manufacturers. If Magna was strictly a parts…

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today . . .

In the late fall of 1959, BMW was on the ropes. The demand for motorcycles was soft, they had cars at two market extremes, luxury and economy, and there was no middle ground. In addition…