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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.
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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage unveiled

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the Bavarian company has revealed its BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. As its name implies, this concept car is a tribute to the 3.0 CSL coupe from the 1970s. The car unveiled on the shores of Lake Como in Italy features wide wheel arches and a tall rear spoiler...

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Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know - UPDATE
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Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know - UPDATE

The Takata airbag recall has become the largest automotive recall in history, affecting more than 53 million vehicles and more than a dozen car makers around the world. Among those are more than half a million vehicles in Australia, including more than 410,000 recalled by Honda, Nissan and Toyota over the past week...


BMW M3 Touring in the works for 2015 Frankfurt motor show
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BMW M3 Touring in the works for 2015 Frankfurt motor show

BMW is reportedly developing a wagon/estate variant of the M3 sedan to be revealed at this year's Frankfurt Motorshow in September. According to Slovenian publication, Avto Magazin, the M3 Touring is on track to be unveiled in near production-ready form - similar to the way the F10 M5 Concept and F82 M4 Concept models were...


BMW X2 prototypes ready to hit the road - report
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BMW X2 prototypes ready to hit the road - report

Top-secret BMW X2 test cars will hit the road within days, according to a company insider, as the German brand works towards plugging the last hole in its SUV line-up. According to Autocar, engineers at BMW’s prototype workshop have revealed test versions of the sporty X1-based compact SUV are just days away from hitting the road...


BMW M6 Competition Package updated with more power
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BMW M6 Competition Package updated with more power

The BMW M6 Competition Package has been updated and gives BMW's largest performance car an extra shot of power. Headlining the new Competition Package for the M6 is a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that's been tuned to develop 441kW of power and 700Nm of torque. This is the same engine that powered last year's limited edition 30 Jahre (30th Anniversary) M6...


BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage to pay tribute to 1970s 'Batmobile'
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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage to pay tribute to 1970s 'Batmobile'

BMW will celebrate the godfather of its current performance car range next week when it unveils the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage design concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. The image above is an artist’s impression, teasing the rear corner of the 3.0 CSL Hommage and confirming it will indeed be a modern interpretation of the iconic 1970s BMW 3...


2016 BMW 3 Series to arrive in Australia around October
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2016 BMW 3 Series to arrive in Australia around October

The updated, 2016 BMW 3 Series sedan and wagon will launch in Australia around October, tasked with narrowing the sales gap to the big-selling Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Revealed in Europe overnight — see more details here — the upgraded iteration of BMW’s most important model additionally premieres a few months before Audi stages the world debut of the new A4...


BMW 3 Series update revealed with new three-cylinder petrol and plug-in hybrid options
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BMW 3 Series update revealed with new three-cylinder petrol and plug-in hybrid options

As the current-generation car heads into its mid-life phase, the BMW 3 Series has been given a light makeover and a selection of new engines and drivetrains. Visually, the 3 Series update features revised front and rear bumpers, which have been tweaked to emphasise the car's width. The company has played with the headlights' internals, and buyers can now opt for full LED lighting, if they so desire...


Audi A3 Cabriolet v BMW 2 Series Convertible : Comparison review
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Audi A3 Cabriolet v BMW 2 Series Convertible : Comparison review

With the sunlight hours diminishing by the day, the Audi A3 Cabriolet and the BMW 2 Series Convertible may not be at the top of your automotive wish list. Ironically, however, as we’re busy digging out our trackies and Uggs in preparation for circa-20-degree days, our friends in parts of Europe are doing the same – though they’re stripping off snow jackets and boots (in place of our footy shorts and thongs) in anticipation of what they depressingly label ‘summer’...


Porsche and BMW among first to offer Apple Watch apps
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Porsche and BMW among first to offer Apple Watch apps

The much anticipated Apple Watch doesn't hit buyers' wrists until June, but that hasn't stopped German luxury manufacturers Porsche and BMW rolling out updates to their smartphone apps to support the new tech gadget. Apple's smartwatch isn't a standalone device, and essentially acts as a remote interface to your phone...


Next-generation BMW 5 Series spied on the Nurburgring
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Next-generation BMW 5 Series spied on the Nurburgring

The next-generation BMW 5 Series has been snapped on the Nurburgring by our spy photographers. Car Advice's spy snappers first caught the new 5 Series out and about in late 2013. Since then they've spotted several more prototypes, including a plug-in hybrid version, but the rate of camouflage shedding has been slow...


Car technology: driving on a flat run flat tyre
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Car technology: driving on a flat run flat tyre

What are run flat tyres? Essentially an RFT is a self-supporting tyre with a very different construction to that of a conventional pneumatic tyre.

The sidewall is made of thicker rubber and has been reinforced to make it stiffer. It's this section that will bear the weight once the air pressure is gone...


2016 BMW 7 Series: First details
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2016 BMW 7 Series: First details

The all-new 2016 BMW 7 Series flagship will make its world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show in September, but the Bavarian brand has taken the unusual step of revealing a large chunk of information well ahead of time...


"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. It was one of a pair of four-star results for the Bavarian BMW Group announced overnight, given the Mini Cooper also netted only four out of five...


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...