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BMW was founded by Franz Joseph Popp in 1916 in Germany, however the first BMW car didn’t go on sale until 1929 as it originally produced aircraft engines and motorcycles. BMW currently has a range of nine different passenger vehicles including the 3 Series, 5 Series, & 7 Series and 4WD/SUV models such as X1, X3, X5, & X6 available in Australia. BMW is today highly regarded for performance and luxury. Creating some of the most exciting sports cars in the world as well as exploring and creating new niche segments.
"Extremely confusing" four-star ANCAP score for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

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"Extremely confusing" four-star ANCAP score for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Safety testing organisation ANCAP has awarded the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer a sub-par four stars out of five, a result BMW Australia has described as "extremely confusing".  Sister organisation Euro NCAP awarded the same car the full five stars in 2014...

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Premium sales to keep booming, but we can't go too far downmarket - BMW Australia boss
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Premium sales to keep booming, but we can't go too far downmarket - BMW Australia boss

BMW Australia managing director Marc-Heinrich Werner believes that sales of premium vehicles will continue to grow at a rate that outpaces the rest of the market. However, he also believes his brand must retain balance and avoid moving too far downmarket. This would happen by focusing too heavily on the growth areas at the lower ‘conquest’ end of its range, embodied by the likes of the 1 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer...


BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss
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BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss

The head of design at BMW has admitted the company’s trademark iDrive infotainment system controller will make way for touchscreen technology in the future. BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk told Autocar recently that touchscreens were one of a number of technology formats the car maker will use to allow drivers and passengers to interact with its next-generation vehicles...


2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Review

The monstrous BMW X5 M and X6 M twins-under-the-skin defy convention in the best kind of way

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$185,900 - $194,700

BMW X5 twin test - upgrading from E70 to F15
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BMW X5 twin test - upgrading from E70 to F15

For many Australians, selling your car before its warranty period ends – say every three or four years – is pretty standard practice.

And if your ownership experience has been good, then the first place you’re likely look for your next car, is the new version of the one you have.

So today, I’m upgrading from my own BMW X5 to the new BMW X5...


BMW X3 xDrive28i v Lexus NX200t Sports Luxury – prestige SUV comparison test
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BMW X3 xDrive28i v Lexus NX200t Sports Luxury – prestige SUV comparison test

“Should I buy a sporty SUV? Or one that’s focused more on luxury?” Great hypothetical question, invisible questioner! We’ve assembled two prestige SUVs that appear to be trying to offer you two cars in one – sporty, and luxurious. Our two competitors are the BMW X3 xDrive28i and the Lexus NX200t Sports Luxury...


BMW X5 M and X6 M launched: Pricing, specifications and sales
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BMW X5 M and X6 M launched: Pricing, specifications and sales

The equal most powerful and single most torque-rich regular production BMWs that money can buy launched in Australia this week. The second-generation X5 M and X6 M have touched down, priced from (a few grand higher than before) $185,900 and $194,700 plus on-road costs starting prices respectively...


BMW X5 Old v New comparison: Second-generation E70 v third-generation F15
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BMW X5 Old v New comparison: Second-generation E70 v third-generation F15

When looking for a new car, particularly if you have had a positive ownership experience, the first place many of us turn is the new version of the car we already have. In my case, I’ve owned my second-generation E70 BMW X5 for three years now, and with the end of the warranty period approaching, the logical ‘next car’ path is the new third-generation F15 X5...


BMW 318d Touring : do you need an SUV?
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BMW 318d Touring : do you need an SUV?

With a 495-litre boot capacity, the BMW 3 Series Touring has a larger boot than the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But its practicality doesn’t end there…
With the seats up, there is already plenty of space. But what if you need more?
The cargo blind and load barrier can separate and the blind can be stored in a handy compartment under the floor...


BMW now highest value car exporter in USA: Celebrating three million vehicles built
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BMW now highest value car exporter in USA: Celebrating three million vehicles built

This week, German manufacturer BMW celebrated a production milestone – three million vehicles produced... in the USA. The BMW Assembly Plant in Spartanburg South Carolina was opened in 1994 and now produces approximately 300,000 vehicles a year. In 2014, over 250,000 of these were destined for other markets, and with a value of almost $12-billion (US$9...


2015 BMW 5 Series gains new options packages; 550i variant discontinued
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2015 BMW 5 Series gains new options packages; 550i variant discontinued

BMW Australia has introduced two new options packages for the 2015 BMW 5 Series range. Available from March production, the new Professional and Exclusive packages bundle together a host of comfort and driver assist systems to enhance the BMW 5 Series sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo models...


2015 BMW 318d Touring Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 BMW 318d Touring Review

Combining sharp looks with excellent practicality, for 2015, the BMW 318d Touring is now even better value...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer v Mercedes-Benz B-Class v Citroen C4 Picasso : Comparison review
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer v Mercedes-Benz B-Class v Citroen C4 Picasso : Comparison review

Names can be deliberately suggestive. Out of nowhere the other day – actually not quite, as it was published in the newspaper that day ahead of, say, conflict in Syria – my better half decided to send me a list titled ‘most attractive baby names of 2015’. Topping the list were Alessandro for blokes and Scarlett for girls, as voted by people on a website somewhere (it was that kinda poll)...


BMW gets half its power needs from renewable sources
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BMW gets half its power needs from renewable sources

It’s an oft-used counter-argument to green vehicle production — the fact that that things aren’t always green right up the supply chain. After all, in many contexts, an electric car may be produced in plants powered — or charged through a grid fed — by fossil fuels...


BMW X5 plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2016 Australian launch
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BMW X5 plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2016 Australian launch

BMW will launch its first plug-in hybrid model (beyond its niche ‘i’ sub-brand) into Australian showrooms from 2016. Earlier this week, the Bavarian brand premiered the X5 xDrive40e, a petrol-electric version of its top-selling large SUV that looks just like the regular 30d version you see in school zones everywhere...


BMW celebrates 40th anniversary Sebring win with CSL inspired Z4 GTLM
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BMW celebrates 40th anniversary Sebring win with CSL inspired Z4 GTLM

A BMW Z4 GTLM will tackle this year's Sebring 12 Hour sporting classic tri-colour livery, celebrating the marque's first-ever victory at the US endurance race in 1975. Featuring the same blue, purple and red livery as was used on the famous 3.0 CSL 'Batmobile', the 2015 BMW Z4 GTLM features a 365kW/480Nm 4.4-litre V8 engine - a big change from the classic BMW E9's 3...


2015 BMW X1 spied with less camouflage on Nurburgring, and in Scandinavia
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2015 BMW X1 spied with less camouflage on Nurburgring, and in Scandinavia

On the same day, our spy photographers spotted the next-generation BMW X1 out testing on both the Nurburgring and in snow-covered Scandinavia. The next-gen X1 will bear the model code F48, and will be based on the same UKL1 front- and all-wheel drive architecture that underpins the latest generation Mini range, as well as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV...


BMW mulling target segment for third 'i' model due beyond 2020:: report
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BMW mulling target segment for third 'i' model due beyond 2020: report

BMW is set to expand its environmentally focused 'i' range moving beyond 2020, but is yet to decide what segment the future model will stem from. According to a report from industry journal Automotive News Europe, BMW's research and development head says the model expansion project is still very much in the 'brainstorming' phase...


BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid revealed
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BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid revealed

The BMW X5 xDrive40e formally revealed today is the Bavarian company’s first plug-in hybrid model from its “core brand” — those not part of its ‘i’ family. It joins a growing movement in PHEV technology from luxury brands, with rivals to include the diesel-electric Audi Q7 e-tron and forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE (nee ML-Class) PHEV...


BMW Z4 : Chief engineer hopeful of successor before 2020
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BMW Z4 : Chief engineer hopeful of successor before 2020

BMW’s chief engineer is hopeful of launching a successor to the BMW Z4 before 2020 despite global demand for two-seat sports cars declining. Asked at last week’s Geneva motor show about the timing of the replacement of the almost-seven-year-old, second-generation Z4, BMW development boss Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News Europe he would “like to see a Z4 successor in this decade”...


Lexus RC F v BMW M4 : Comparison review
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Lexus RC F v BMW M4 : Comparison review

It is quite literally a fork in the road moment. Just after the long, sweeping hairpin on Jenolan Caves Road, on the western side of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, the BMW M4 and Lexus RC F are parked on a little side road. The duo of two-door coupes are tinking away, heat pouring from their wheelarches after up-and-back runs of the main road and then the side road...


2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Review

BMW chops the top off its coupe 2 Series; creates a convertible that slices up country roads brilliantly

Priced At
$54,900 - $68,900

BMW Touch Sensitive Radio Preset Buttons
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BMW Touch Sensitive Radio Preset Buttons

Did you know that running your fingers along the radio preset buttons in a BMW displays where it leads on the iDrive screen? Dave Zalstein shows you what we mean.


2015 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M pricing and specifications
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2015 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M pricing and specifications

Pricing and specification details have been announced for the 2015 BMW X5 M and its coupe-styled sibling, the 2015 BMW X6 M. The range-topping versions of the X5 and X6 will arrive in the second quarter of 2015, with the high-performance duo claimed to "set the benchmark" for dynamic ability and agility...


2015 BMW 228i:: Week with Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 BMW 228i: Week with Review

CarAdvice's resident shooter Tom Fraser spends a week getting intimate with the BMW 228i...

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$64,400

Rinspeed Budii reimagines the BMW i3 as an autonomous vehicle
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Rinspeed Budii reimagines the BMW i3 as an autonomous vehicle

The Rinspeed Budii concept will take pride of place on the Swiss company's stand at this year's Geneva motor show. Rinspeed has given the BMW i3 a wide-body restyling and a host of new technology to turn the hatchback into a glimpse of what an autonomous vehicle might look like in the showroom. The thoroughly reworked interior features a steering wheel mounted to a robotic arm...


BMW M4 MotoGP safety car features engine with water injection system
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BMW M4 MotoGP safety car features engine with water injection system

The BMW M4 MotoGP safety car that will be used during the 2015 season will feature an engine that's equipped with a novel water injection system. Aside from the eye-catching livery and its complement of flashing lights, the BMW M4 that will be used as a safety car during the 2015 MotoGP season has one extra trick hidden up its sleeve, or under its bonnet to be more precise: a water injection system that is said to improve performance and cut fuel consumption by reducing combustion temperatures...


2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Review

The 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible is perhaps the only real option for an open-air sporty German cruiser on a budget, but is that reason enough to buy one?

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$54,900 - $85,000

BMW PHEV sedan coming in 2018, priced against Tesla Model S - report
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BMW PHEV sedan coming in 2018, priced against Tesla Model S - report

BMW is reportedly working on a plug-in hybrid sedan, which could be based on the next-generation version of the long-wheelbase 5 Series. According to a report in Car, BMW is preparing a new uniquely styled plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Mooted names for this vehicle include i5 and i7, but branding has yet to be settled on...


BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer revealed
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BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer revealed

The all-new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer - the brand's first ever seven-seat mini van - has been revealed ahead of its debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show. The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is said to "carve out yet another new vehicle segment", with the European-focused small MPV-cum-wagon stretching the practicality on offer in the smaller 2 Series Active Tourer...