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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 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...

Audi S7 Sportback, BMW i8 to boost police profile

If you dig your cars and you've always thought of joining the police force, now's the time, as a brand-new Audi S7 Sportback and BMW i8 have just been added to the New South Wales Police fleet. With Lake Illawarra Local Area Command taking care of the $180,716 Audi S7 Sportback, the $298,955 BMW i8 has been hand-delivered to Rose Bay Local Area Command...

2018 BMW i8 roadster confirmed by CEO

The BMW i8 roadster has been confirmed by BMW's CEO, Harald Krueger, and will join the company's global lineup in 2018. According to Automotive News Europe, Krueger reportedly announced the timing of the i8 convertible at a press conference held in Santa Monica, California early last week. At this year's CES, Krueger confirmed that the i8 roadster had been given the green light for production...

BMW M performance brand open to electrification and autonomous driving

BMW says that as the electric vehicle and autonomous technology matures across its ‘i’ brand, it will seek to bring some of its learnings across its entire range, including the M performance brand, meaning future M models may have autonomous driving capability as well as electrification of their drivetrain in one way or another...

BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition revealed, five confirmed for Australia

If the 2016 BMW i8 hybrid sports car wasn’t already exclusive enough, the brand has just confirmed an ultra-exclusive Protonic Red Edition - and only five are coming Down Under. Starting at $299,000 plus on-road costs, the special i8 features the bespoke Protonic Red metallic with contrasting Frozen Grey metallic accents, riding on 20-inch W-spoke alloy wheels...

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 i8 EV under development - report

A pure electric version of the BMW i8 is reportedly being developed by the German automaker, and could one day be put into production. Sources have told Autocar that the company is working on a version of the i8 coupe that junks the current plug-in hybrid drivetrain in favour a three-motor electric layout...

2018 BMW i8 to bring more power, wireless charging, roadster variant - report

The updated 2018 BMW i8 is set to bring a comprehensive upgrade late next year, with more power, inductive charging and a new look - according to a new report out of Europe. The current model, which launched locally in March 2015, matches a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, producing a combined output of 266kW of power and 570Nm of torque...

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...