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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye's autonomous car development program

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding to join the autonomous vehicle development program led by the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye. The Italian-American car company says it will contribute engineering and other technical resources to the development of the new self-driving car platform, as well as large sales volumes and a significant presence in the North American market...

BMW roadster teased again ahead of August 17 reveal

The BMW roadster bound for this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has been teased again this week ahead of its official reveal on August 17. Believed to be a preview for the successor to the discontinued Z4 sports car, this latest image - shared on the company's Facebook page - shows an aggressive-looking convertible complete with a low and wide nose, sharp character lines through the sides, and large alloy wheels in a star-spoke design...

2018 BMW M5 teased ahead of August 21 debut

The upcoming 2018 BMW M5 super sedan has been teased again, this time undisguised in a short clip posted on the company's Facebook page this week. Scheduled to be unveiled on August 21 - according to Carscoops - the new 5 Series flagship is briefly visible during the 10-second video, which also hints at a special 'First Edition' model that will likely be available at launch...

BMW M3, M4 to get new driveshaft due to emissions requirements

BMW has announced some running changes to the driveshafts in the M3 and M4 performance cars in preparation for new emissions regulations. Starting from November 2017 production, the Bavarian company will replace the current carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) unit currently used in the M3 and M4 with a new M-specific high-performance driveshaft made of steel...

Victoria kicks off driverless vehicle technology trials

The Victorian government has started its autonomous driving technology trials, first announced in December last year. Launched to "help Victoria prepare for the future of driverless vehicles", the trial is being carried out in cooperation with roads company Transurban, along with VicRoads and RACV. Manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo are also involved...

BMW 1 Series sedan may come to Australia

Following news out of the US that the BMW 1 Series sedan may well be sold outside of its primary market, China, after all - it seems Australia could follow suit. A report from US industry journal Automotive News earlier this week suggested the 1 Series sedan could be sold in that country by 2019, going against the indication given by the German company when it unveiled the front-wheel-drive sedan, a model that was designed to be built in China, for Chinese buyers...

2018 BMW X2 teased again

The upcoming 2018 BMW X2 has been teased in a new set of camouflaged photos handed down this week. Lifestyle blog Highsnobiety had first dibs on the new small SUV, this time wrapped in an army-style black/orange/yellow disguise. This is our best look yet at a physical example of the production-spec X2, after patent renderings were leaked just over a month ago...

BMW i8 Protonic models confirmed for Australia

Just a handful of BMW i8 Protonic special edition models will be sold in Australia, at a cost of $303,300 plus on-road costs. The Protonic versions of the BMW i8 will be sold in extremely limited numbers. Only five will be available in Frozen Black (available to order now) while a single version in Frozen Yellow will be arrive in November...

2019 BMW 3 Series sedan spied with showroom-ready lights

The next-generation BMW 3 Series sedan has been photographed wearing production-ready LED head- and tail-lights. It's been over half a year since the last 3 Series prototypes were spied undergoing testing. This latest prototype does away with the placeholder parts used on earlier cars. There's also less disguise up front, fleshed out side sills, a fuel cap, and exhaust tip finishers...

2018 BMW 2 Series LCI pricing and specs

  The upgraded BMW 2 Series LCI coupe and convertible family will lob in Australia during September bringing some design and tech upgrades. But in exchange, prices have also been upped across the range. The BMW 2 Series LCI announcement comes shortly after the company detailed the related, upgraded 1 Series hatch family - headlined by price hikes at the low end but also inclusive of a circa $5000 cut to the M140i that doesn't carry over to the M240i...

BMW X7 fuel-cell concept to debut in Frankfurt - report

The upcoming BMW X7 SUV flagship is set to be previewed by a concept version at this year's Frankfurt motor show in September, complete with a fuel-cell powertrain - according to a new report. BMW Blog claims the 'Concept X7' fuel-cell will make its debut at the event, and if the company's previous concept cars are anything to go by - see X2 and 8 Series - it will very likely be close to production ready...