April 1, 2008

Glacial shift?

My, my things have changed.... At first I had to double check the date and indeed it's not dated April 1: an official BMW press release touting an endorsement from a ....BLOG??
Manufacturers generally hate the internet and especially blogs, which get blamed usually, for having their own opinion about products.   So that BMW touts the endorsement of the 135i as the Autospies.com "Car of the Year" from a blog I know was referred to as "autolies.com" in the past, must surely signal a glacial shift!

So hats off to autospies and maybe also to those at big auto who are chipping away at the old! 

Axis of Oversteer BMW 135i mini review. from Axis on Vimeo.


Woodcliff Lake, NJ - March 31, 2008... The all-new BMW 135i was named today by AutoSpies.com -- one of the world's leading automotive news sources and auto enthusiast forums -- as the 2008 AutoSpies.com Car of the Year. The BMW 1 Series draws its inspiration from BMW's iconic 2002 models of some 40 years ago, representing the core BMW philosophies of pure performance and premium design.
"The new BMW 135i has smashed the traditional paradigm of premium small cars trading performance for a lower sticker price," said Donald Buffamanti, Founder of AutoSpies.com. "The sizzling 135i, in sleek coupe or convertible guise, is a no excuses pocket rocketship that does its spiritual brother, the beloved BMW 2002 proud."

The powerful 135i Coupe and Convertible feature BMW's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and an incredible 300 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1,400 rpm. With its direct piezo gasoline injectors, twin low-mass turbochargers and air-to-air intercooling, optimum performance and economy is achieved with no loss in engine response.

"BMW is honored to have the 135i named as the 2008 AutoSpies.com Car of the Year," said Tom Purves, President and CEO of BMWNA. "The feedback for the 1 Series has been positively tremendous and as 2008 is 'Year One of the One,' it is all-the-more special to be receiving this honor for the 135i right out of the gate."

In the eyes of AutoSpies.com editors, the BMW 135i sends everyone back to the drawing board and is a champion for its combination of styling, performance and bang for the buck. According to the editors, no other vehicle has the total package and cachet that the BMW 135i provides for the price in the premium automotive segment.

About AutoSpies.com
AutoSpies.com was founded by Donald Buffamanti, former SVP of MP3.com, and former technical advisor to the President of Apple Computer Canada; Chip Grueter, Internet Entrepreneur; and Greg Flores, co-founder of MP3.com. The spy chiefs have built a social network of thousands of industry employees, analysts, dealers and car fanatics who routinely leak information-spy photos, next generation product plans, unpublished rebates, and performance failures-to their news network.

Since 2001, the AutoSpies.com team has taken it from a vision to one of the largest and most respected car sites on the World Wide Web, getting visits and interaction from millions of readers per month. AutoSpies.com is one of the highest ranked auto information sites on Google, Yahoo, MSN and other major search engines. AutoSpies.com is also featured on a weekly television segment on FOX6 News in San Diego.

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