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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.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer : 216d, 220d, 220i, xDrive variants expand MPV range

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer : 216d, 220d, 220i, xDrive variants expand MPV range

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer range has been expanded with the addition of three new turbocharged engines and the availability of all-wheel drive...

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BMW 428i Gran Coupe Review : LT1
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW 428i Gran Coupe Review : LT1

Who better to test BMW's segment-straddling 428i Gran Coupe executive express than our resident chief executive?


2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible revealed
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2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible revealed

The wraps have been taken off the BMW 2 Series Convertible, which has been launched as a replacement for the outgoing 1 Series Convertible. The sporty small drop-top features an electric fabric soft top that is capable of opening or retracting in 20 seconds at speeds up to 50km/h, and BMW claims drivers will enjoy a sportier drive thanks to a 20 per cent increase in torsional rigidity in comparison to the outgoing 1 Series Convertible...


BMW 1 Series sedan caught for the first time
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BMW 1 Series sedan caught for the first time

An all-new BMW 1 Series sedan has been spotted undergoing testing by CarAdvice's spy photographers for the first time. The new 1 Series sedan, confirmed to be sold globally in the second part of this decade, was seen near the brand's German headquarters, and the significance of the car is not only that it's the first such bodystyle for the BMW small car range, but also its underpinnings...


Daredevil Drifting - BMW Alpine xDrive
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Daredevil Drifting - BMW Alpine xDrive

http://www.caradvice.com.au/306949 - Read the full article here. Snow is falling, the wind is howling and visibility is low. Perfect conditions to put BMW's xDrive system to the test on snow and ice at the BMW Alpine xDrive experience. CarAdvice heads to the Snow Farm, Wanaka, near Queenstown in New Zealand and Tegan Lawson gets behind the wheel of a number of X-series vehicles to get some tips on drifting, slalom and ice driving...


BMW M235i Weekend Review: Sorrento to Daylesford
Rating: 8.510 /10
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BMW M235i Weekend Review: Sorrento to Daylesford

Taking advantage of a long weekend, David Zalstein heads from Sorrento to Daylesford in the new BMW M235i...

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$79,900

Luxury Sedan Comparison Final Round : Mercedes-Benz C-Class v BMW 3 Series v Volvo S60
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Luxury Sedan Comparison Final Round : Mercedes-Benz C-Class v BMW 3 Series v Volvo S60

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was Australia’s favourite luxury car in 2013. Perhaps a more impressive fact, however, is that Stuttgart’s mid-sized model outsold every mainstream medium car except the Camry and Mazda 6. It’s fair, then, to call this a significant volume car – as is its decades-old arch enemy, the BMW 3 Series, which matched that last feat...


BMW Z2 front-drive sports car coming in 2017 - report
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BMW Z2 front-drive sports car coming in 2017 - report

A BMW Z2 is due on sale by 2017, according to reports out of the UK. AutoExpress reports that the new baby BMW front-wheel-drive sports car - which has been rumoured since 2011, when we posted the above illustration - is coming within the next four years, built off the same modular underpinnings (UKL1) that forms the basis of the new, third-generation Mini line and the recently launched BMW 2 Series Active Tourer...


2015 BMW X6 M : New performance SUV drops camouflage
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2015 BMW X6 M : New performance SUV drops camouflage

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the most revealing images of the new BMW X6 M to date ahead of its anticipated unveiling later this year. The shots show the red X6 M prototype in seemingly production-ready form on public roads in Germany with only small sections of camouflage wrap disguising its front and rear bumpers, wing mirrors and side blades behind the front wheels...


Luxury Sedan Comparison Round One : Audi A4 v BMW 3 Series
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Luxury Sedan Comparison Round One : Audi A4 v BMW 3 Series

It’s untrue to say more Australians are buying premium cars than ever before, at least when talking about the traditional compact sedan segment that consists of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus IS and Volvo S60. Comparing July 2004 with July 2014 year-to-date sales, those models are up 18 per cent in a new car market that is up by exactly the same number...


2015 BMW X3 Review : xDrive30d
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 BMW X3 Review : xDrive30d

Fresh facelift for flagship BMW X3 refines an already impressive breed, Dan DeGasperi finds

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$77,400

BMW 435i Gran Coupe Review: weekender
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW 435i Gran Coupe Review: weekender

The 435i is the range topper in BMW's interesting 4 Series Gran Coupe ensemble. Is it worth the stretch from the 428i Gran Coupe though?


Porsche Macan v BMW X4 : Comparison review
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Porsche Macan v BMW X4 : Comparison review

Who will it be, the all-new Porsche Macan, or the BMW X4 for the title of best sporty SUV under 100k


Porsche Macan v BMW X4 Review: Potent Petrol SUVs under $100k
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Porsche Macan v BMW X4 Review: Potent Petrol SUVs under $100k

Spending $100,000 on an SUV is becoming an increasingly common occurrence in Australia, but never before has there been so much choice, particularly if the ‘S’ in SUV means anything to you. The new Porsche Macan and BMW X4 to take on the existing Range Rover Evoque and Audi SQ5. All four SUVs are all-wheel drive and showcase just how good an SUV can be for the driving enthusiast in all of us...


BMW 420i Convertible added to local ranks as new entry model
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BMW 420i Convertible added to local ranks as new entry model

The BMW 4 Series Convertible line-up is set to gain a new entry-level model. The new BMW 420i Convertible will start proceedings for the drop-top mid-sizer, with pricing pegged at $87,000 plus on-road costs. That's $2300 less than the 420d version that currently kicks off the 4 Series Convertible range...


2015 BMW 7 Series to debut new '35up' rear-wheel-drive platform - report
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2015 BMW 7 Series to debut new '35up' rear-wheel-drive platform - report

BMW’s all-new ‘35up’ large rear-wheel-drive platform will debut beneath the next-generation 7 Series in 2015 before rolling out across a host of models later this decade. Automotive News reports the new BMW 7 Series and its 35up lightweight scalable architecture will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show next September...


BMW M4 v Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 : Comparison review
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BMW M4 v Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 : Comparison review

BMW M Division is the master of toying with magic these days. Here is the brand new BMW M4 we’ve been driving for less than an hour, at 100km/h on Melbourne’s Monash freeway while the official launch is still happening in New Zealand, and the trip computer is reading 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres...


BMW 3 Series High-Line Special Editions announced: More standard equipment added as new C-Class arrives
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BMW 3 Series High-Line Special Editions announced: More standard equipment added as new C-Class arrives

The BMW 3 Series High-Line Special Editions have arrived in Australia just weeks ahead of the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class hitting showrooms. BMW Australia claims the new High-Line models offer "unrivalled standard specifications" across the 3 Series sedan and Touring wagon ranges, with the inclusion of any of the BMW Line packages (Sport, Modern or Luxury) that alter the exterior appearance of the car, and the Innovations Package which adds new safety equipment...


BMW X4 M40i spied: New flagship performance SUV caught during testing
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BMW X4 M40i spied: New flagship performance SUV caught during testing

Our spy photographers have captured the BMW X4 M40i out and about during real world tests in Europe. As the BMW X4 made its way from concept car to production vehicle, speculation arose that there would be an M version of the X3's less practical, but more coupe-like brother...


2015 BMW X1 to go front-drive and spawn a new X2 'coupe' derivative
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2015 BMW X1 to go front-drive and spawn a new X2 'coupe' derivative

The next-generation 2015 BMW X1 compact SUV will be joined by a new coupe-like X2 derivation in 2016/17, both of which will be spun off the same front- and all-wheel-drive UKL architecture as the new 2 Series Active Tourer and the Mini...


BMW 3 Series three-cylinder has potential, but questions remain over rollout
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BMW 3 Series three-cylinder has potential, but questions remain over rollout

Three-cylinder versions of the BMW 3 Series are technically plausible, but the company has “question marks” over whether such a driveline would be accepted by the market despite a wide range of potential benefits, according to company corporate communications manager and powertrain specialist Manfred Poschenrieder...


2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review

BMW's new era of front-wheel-drive compact cars begins with the family-friendly and generally well-executed 2 Series Active Tourer.

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$44,400 to $54,900

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front-drive MPV priced from $44,400
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front-drive MPV priced from $44,400

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV will kick off from $44,400 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australian showrooms from November this year.  The local starting price, which reflects our report last week, means the first front-wheel-drive BMW sits $3500 over and above its Mercedes-Benz B-Class B180 arch rival, though the Bavarian brand makes up for it with specification and what it boldly claims to be a sportier drive...


BMW could in time offer as many as 12 front-drive cars, and Mini a further 10
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BMW could in time offer as many as 12 front-drive cars, and Mini a further 10

BMW says its front-wheel-drive UKL platform could underpin as many as 12 new compact models in coming years, including the next 1 Series and X1, as well as up to 10 spinoffs for its Mini sub-brand.  In time, the company claims front-wheel or all-wheel-drive models based on the UKL — BMW’s version of the Mercedes-Benz MFA or Volkswagen MQB modular architecture — will comprise as much as 40 per cent of the Group’s total global sales, though rear-drive remains its pillar...


Rear-drive made "no sense" for 2 Series Active Tourer, says once-skeptical BMW engineer
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Rear-drive made "no sense" for 2 Series Active Tourer, says once-skeptical BMW engineer

One of the chief chassis development managers for the controversial BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Martin Schuster, admits he felt a sense of skepticism at the prospect of pulling off a front-wheel drive BMW when he joined the project about five years ago.  But while a traditional (for BMW) rear-drive layout was considered for the car in 2009, it was swiftly binned because it “made no sense” in a family-friendly MPV, says Schuster...


Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report
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Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report

A BMW i9 plug-in hybrid supercar will reportedly be built to celebrate the Bavarian company's centenary in 2016. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the company will make an "über-i8" that will be dubbed the i9; any hopes that BMW might have had for the i10 badge are nixed by the fact Hyundai already uses that nameplate for its entry-level hatch...


BMW i DC Fast Charger revealed : First-ever wall unit smaller, cheaper than rival systems
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BMW i DC Fast Charger revealed : First-ever wall unit smaller, cheaper than rival systems

BMW has introduced a new fast-charging system for plug-in and electric vehicles that is significantly smaller, cheaper and more versatile than existing products. Developed in collaboration with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, the new BMW i DC Fast Charger claims to be the first of its kind that is small enough and light enough to be mounted to a wall...


How to fit snow chains
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How to fit snow chains

With record snowfalls this year, it has never been more tempting to pack the car and head for the mountains. As the weather can be unpredictable, you may need to fit your snow chains. James Ward runs through the steps to ensure you stay safe in snow and icy conditions.


2014 BMW X4 Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2014 BMW X4 Review

Looks are subjective, but the BMW X4's sharp on-road manners are not.

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BMW Australia to become even more SUV-focused
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BMW Australia to become even more SUV-focused

BMW Australia says it is entirely possible that a day could soon come when it sells more SUVs from its growing X range — which will expand to at least six models including the new X7 seven-seater from 2017 — than lower-riding passenger cars...