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BMW X2 crossover confirmed for Australia

The slick BMW X2 small crossover is a sure thing to come to Australia to rival the Audi Q2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, most likely in the first half of 2018.  Previewed last September as a concept car, the X2 will be based on BMW Group’s UKL platform, which currently underpins the Mini Cooper, BMW X1 and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer...

CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 17, 2017

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...

BMW i8 roadster spied for the first time

A prototype for the BMW i8 roadster has been spied for the first time undergoing testing in Europe, giving us a first look at the drop-top hybrid sports car. While the vehicle is covered in swirly black-and-white camouflage, the open-top sports car in the images is easily distinguishable as an i8, while the lack of a metal roof is fairly obvious as well...

BMW M2 upgrade spied in the snow

A BMW M2 prototype wearing pre-production bumpers and some swirly camouflage has been snapped during cold weather testing this week. The vehicle in the images features a new front bumper, headlights, grille, tail-lights and rear diffuser...

BMW X7 seven-seat SUV coming to Australia

The 2019 BMW X7, a rival to the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Range Rover, will come to Australia shortly after production kicks off in the US within a few years. The X7 will be the Bavarian brand's largest SUV, finally giving it a seven-seater to sit above its top-selling X5. Like the X5, it'll be made at BMW's Spartanburg plant in the US state of South Carolina, which is to receive a $1 billion upgrade...

BMW Australia will continue to charge for Apple CarPlay

BMW Australia says it will continue to offer Apple CarPlay as a cost option rather than providing it for free like many entry-grade brands do, because it feels the latest iDrive 5 and iDrive 6 systems render it unnecessary. The German premium brand’s local arm charges $479 for the software download from its ConnectedDrive store that you can upload yourself to iDrive version 5 and up — or $623 if you purchase it with the car from new, on account of luxury car tax...

BMW M140i Performance Edition confirmed

The ultra-exclusive BMW M140i Performance Edition hot hatch will be offered here in the second-quarter of the year. Only 60 units — 45 with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and 15 with a purist-friendly six-speed manual — will come, priced at $71,900 plus on-road costs, or $7000 more than the regular M140i...

2017 BMW 5 Series Touring revealed, confirmed for Australia - UPDATE

Update - BMW Australia has confirmed the 5 Series Touring will be offered locally in the second half of 2017. See bottom of article for details The 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring has been revealed, adding a more practical option to the 5er line-up when it arrives in European showrooms this June...

BMW demands Australian government end 'embarrassing silence' on EV support

BMW Australia managing director Marc-Heinrich Werner says the time for talk is over, and has demanded the federal government come to the table and create some policies to support the rollout of greener vehicles here, including a publicly-funded charging network to cover all brands...

BMW snags Veyron designer

The man responsible for the polarising design of the now legendary Bugatti Veyron, Jozef Kaban, will now head up design for the BMW brand. Reporting to BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk, the 44-year-old Slovakian designer will take the lead on styling all models that form part of the core BMW range, but not Mini or Rolls-Royce...

Beating Bathurst: Aussie motorsport legends reveal what it takes to win at Mount Panorama

Sitting in a small room of a guest house located not far from downtown Bathurst, CarAdvice is joined for a cosy round-table discussion by Australian motorsport legends Russell Ingall, Tony Longhurst, Steve Richards, Mark Skaife, and Mark Winterbottom...