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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...

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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
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2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review

As far as paradigm shifts go, a front-wheel-drive BMW MPV has got to be up there. The 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Bavarian brand, and while it may get some purists’ noses out of joint, it is in fact the answer to a question a lot of people have asked...

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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...


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...


BMW willing to share lithium-ion battery tech with other automakers
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BMW willing to share lithium-ion battery tech with other automakers

BMW has said that it's willing to share its lithium-ion battery technology with other car manufacturers. For its i3 hatchback and i8 plug-in hybrid supercar, BMW uses lithium-ion batteries that it co-developed with Samsung SDI. With 5396 i3 hatches sold worldwide in the first half of 2014 and plans to increase daily production from 100 cars per day to 140 by the end of he year, BMW and Samsung are preparing to increase battery production...


BMW and Daimler work together on inductive charging for electric cars
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BMW and Daimler work together on inductive charging for electric cars

BMW and Daimler have announced a collaboration to develop an inductive charging system that will work with both companies' electrified cars. The standardised system to be developed by the two German luxury car makers will be able to charge full electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles without the need for those cars to be physically plugged into a power source...


BMW i8 laser headlights still awaiting approval for Australia
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BMW i8 laser headlights still awaiting approval for Australia

The groundbreaking laser headlights that will are touted to be available on the BMW i8 are still awaiting regulatory approval for Australian sale. BMW Australia director of finance Peter Buchauer told CarAdvice at this week's launch of the BMW M3 and M4 performance models in New Zealand that the new headlight technology is still not locked in to be offered locally...


BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected
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BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected

BMW Australia is recalling more than 2900 vehicles across eight of its model ranges due to an issue related to three of its turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engines. The fault stems from a lose connection on the housing of the Valvetronic variable valve timing unit on turbocharged 2.5- and 3.0-litre N51, N52 and N55 engines...


BMW Connected-Drive Review
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BMW Connected-Drive Review

BMW is rolling out its innovative ConnectedDrive in-car services system across its range from March and April production, meaning the first versions are now in Australia. Essentially, the idea according to BMW is that this technology will make drivers more efficient and, crucially, more mobile. BMW ConnectedDrive is based around and powered by a fully integrated and fixed on-board SIM card...


BMW and Mini introduce integrated GoPro app
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BMW and Mini introduce integrated GoPro app

BMW and Mini owners will soon be able to operate a GoPro camera through their car’s infotainment system. The integration technology – available from July in 2012 model year and newer vehicles – is the result of a new partnership between the German car maker and the American portable camera manufacturer...


BMW M Division: Four-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive a possibility
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BMW M Division: Four-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive a possibility

BMW M is not ruling out future models with four-cylinder engines so long as they meet the performance division's strict requirements. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the BMW M3 and M4 in Portugal this week, the head of BMW’s M Division, Friedrich Nitschke, said it’s not a matter of engine size or cylinder count, but about the philosophy of an M engine...


BMW Vision Future Luxury concept revealed
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BMW Vision Future Luxury concept revealed

The BMW Vision Future Luxury concept may have a long name now, but a production version of this sleek four-door coupe-style limousine is expected to be brandished with the 9 Series badge prior to 2017. The new BMW super limo has been revealed at the 2014 Beijing auto show, and is said to “furnish a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the BMW brand”...


BMW 9 Series rumoured to debut at Beijing auto show
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BMW 9 Series rumoured to debut at Beijing auto show

Rumour has it that a big automotive player is about to show off a huge new model at the 2014 Beijing auto show: get set for the BMW 9 Series concept. German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport claims the Bavarian brand will reveal the new model as a design study at the Chinese show later this month, and that the car will be built upon the next-generation 7 Series underpinnings...


BMW X7 large SUV coming, report claims
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BMW X7 large SUV coming, report claims

The Wall Street Journal claims a new BMW X7 large SUV will be built at the company's Spartanburg plant in North Carolina. The new model, which will (obviously) be a size bigger than the BMW X5 and aimed at rival cars such as the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, is likely to be a permanent seven- or eight-seater, whereas the X5 is currently sold as a five-seat model with the option of a third row...


BMW X2 due 2017, second-generation Mini Countryman and Paceman confirmed: report
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BMW X2 due 2017, second-generation Mini Countryman and Paceman confirmed: report

There's already a BMW X6 and a new BMW X4 has been revealed too. But just when you thought the "Sports Activity Coupe" range couldn't get any broader, an all-new BMW X2 has allegedly been confirmed. A user on BMW forum Bimmerpost who is reportedly employed by the company posted that "BMW has confirmed the X2 for introduction in 2017", uploading the above image to the site...


BMW, Mercedes-Benz to simplify platforms for future models
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BMW, Mercedes-Benz to simplify platforms for future models

BMW and Mercedes-Benz will more than halve the number of vehicle architectures used to underpin their future model line-ups. Automotive News Europe reports all future BMW and Mini models (with the exception of BMW’s electric ‘i’ range) will be built from just two platforms: one front-wheel drive and one rear-wheel drive...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer : front-wheel-drive luxury compact MPV revealed
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer : front-wheel-drive luxury compact MPV revealed

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will become the luxury German car maker’s first-ever front-wheel-drive production model when it debuts at next month’s Geneva motor show. The 2 Series Active Tourer is also the brand’s first model to be powered by a three-cylinder engine and its first compact MPV – setting its sights firmly on stealing sales from Mercedes-Benz’s popular B-Class...


BMW to assess demand before developing third 'i' model
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BMW to assess demand before developing third 'i' model

BMW says it will not expand its range of i-badged plug-in vehicles until it is sure there is demand for a third model line. BMW production boss Harald Krueger told Reuters the German brand currently has no plans for a new model to join its i3 electric/plug-in hybrid city car that launched overseas in November and its i8 plug-in sports car that’s will debut in global markets in March...


BMW: equipment upgrades coming mid 2014; new diesels not for Australia
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BMW: equipment upgrades coming mid 2014; new diesels not for Australia

BMW will add new diesel engines to its 2 Series and 4 Series coupe and 3 Series GT model lines and extend the availability of all-wheel drive to the 4 Series convertible in a wave of updates rolling out over the coming months. The majority of the upgrades apply to overseas markets, however, with vehicles headed for Australia to benefit from equipment enhancements only...


BMW takes swipe at Audi's 'new' laserlight technology
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BMW takes swipe at Audi's 'new' laserlight technology

Any friendliness hanging over from the festive season is apparently well and truly over in Germany, with BMW taking a cheeky swipe at rival Audi and its 'new' laser-based light technology. The updated Audi Sport quattro concept debuted at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with 'laserlight' technology, which the car maker claims leaves “all previous systems in the dark”...


BMW previews hands-free performance driving system
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BMW previews hands-free performance driving system

BMW has previewed an automated driving system capable of controlling a car at its performance limits at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Able to safely control vehicles during demanding situations without any input from a driver, BMW says its M235i Coupe-based research prototype – built in-house by its research and technology experts – autonomously reacts to on-limit situations “with the precision of an expert driver”...


BMW: New Cars 2014
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BMW: New Cars 2014

Details of the new additions to BMW Australia's showroom in 2014. BMW 2 Series coupe (February/March), 2 Series convertible (late 2014) The BMW 2 Series coupe will arrive in Australia from February, marking the introduction of the German car maker’s all-new premium compact model line...


BMW's electric future a challenge for 'ultimate driving machine' philosophy
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BMW's electric future a challenge for 'ultimate driving machine' philosophy

A senior BMW product developer says the Bavarian car maker’s entire range will need to turn towards partial or full electrification in the future to meet Europe’s increasingly stringent emissions regulations...


BMW 2 Series Coupe: M Performance kits, accessories revealed
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BMW 2 Series Coupe: M Performance kits, accessories revealed

A range of performance parts and accessories for the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupe have been revealed by the brand's M Performance division, offering buyers drivetrain, suspension, aerodynamic and interior tweaks designed to boost dynamics and styling. Retrofit components developed exclusively for the recently unveiled BMW 2 Series Coupe, the upgrades include an M Performance power kit for the 2...


BMW i3 disappoints with four-star Euro NCAP safety rating
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BMW i3 disappoints with four-star Euro NCAP safety rating

The BMW i3 has scored a disappointing four-star crash test rating from independent safety assessor Euro NCAP. BMW's first electric car, expected to be awarded a five-star rating, was joined by the Ford EcoSport, Mercedes-Benz Citan, Nissan Note and Volkswagen Transporter in achieving just four stars in the latest round of testing, in which six other models earned the maximum rating...