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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

2018 BMW i3 facelift to bring sporty 'S' variant - report

The refreshed 2018 BMW i3 range will bring a new look, more range and a sporty new performance model, according to a new report out of Europe. Britain's Autocar claims the updated electric car will make its debut at next year's Frankfurt motor show in September, headlined by a new 'i3S' electric hot hatch which will become the new flagship...

BMW i3 successor a question of when, not if - report

The BMW i3 hasn't been much of a sales success globally, but the electric vehicle's project manager strongly believes a second generation will launch. He would not confirm a launch window, however. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News, Heinrich Schwackhoefer said despite slow sales compared to rivals like Tesla, he expects the BMW i-range will live on...

BMW electric future in the balance as board debates direction - report

BMW's eight top managers will take the unusual step of skipping next month's Paris motor show to discuss the future of its electric vehicles program, a new report suggests. Like most car makers, BMW's top executives will usually make themselves available to media and partners in the opening days of the world's biggest motor shows...

2017 BMW i3 pricing and specifications: EV range increased to 200km

The radical BMW i3 electric car has scored an upgrade, giving it a greater driving range in exchange for a small price increase. The rather clumsily-named new 2017 BMW i3 94Ah contains a battery with denser lithium-ion cells, yielding greater energy. The range in real-world driving increases to 200km on the pure EV (up from 160km) and grows to 320km for the plug-in hybrid...

Next BMW i8 could have 560kW, autonomous EV coming - report

The next-generation BMW i8 hybrid supercar could produce as much as 560kW and drive all four wheels, while a new BMW i-model will debut the company's most advanced autonomous driving systems at the turn of the decade, according to a new report out of America...

BMW i3 loan car program axed

Owners of the BMW i3 will no longer be offered the option to access BMW loan cars if they decide to go for a long-distance road trip. At the time of the electric city car's launch in 2014, BMW announced a loan-car program for buyers of the i3 that would see those customers able to take advantage of a loan car when they planned to take a longer trip...

2017 BMW i3 revealed with bigger battery, greater range

New i3 variant gets extended driving range with meatier battery Faster charging available with three-phase upgrade Australian debut due late 2016 A new variant in BMW’s electric vehicle family has been revealed this week, in the form of the 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah). The parentheses aren’t our doing, either: the model’s official name in Europe is indeed “i3 (94 Ah)”...

BMW 'i' brand: initial Australian response 'almost overwhelming'

The response by Australian buyers to the BMW ‘i’ sub-brand has been profoundly positive, with the German brand's local head revealing it all but underestimated local demand. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new BMW M2 at Targa Tasmania this week, BMW Australia CEO Mark Werner said the response to BMW’s first foray into a standalone electrified sub-brand has been a local and global sales success...

BMW i3 upgrade, i8 Roadster, Mini plug-in hybrid confirmed

At a press conference today, Harald Krueger, the CEO of BMW, laid out the broad brushstrokes of its near-term plan, dubbed "Strategy Number One > Next", including details on a few new models. Before 2016 is up, BMW will unveil an upgraded version of its i3 hatch with "increased battery capacity and additional range"...

BMW Australia to double electric footprint

BMW will greatly expand its presence in Australia's fledgling electrified vehicle space during 2016, with plans to add two plug-in hybrid models and double its network of registered ‘BMW i’ dealers. BMW Australia currently has six dedicated dealers selling the i3 and i8, in all states and territories with the exception of NT and Tasmania...