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BMW Connected Australian rollout confirmed, timing to be announced
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BMW Connected Australian rollout confirmed, timing to be announced

BMW Australia has confirmed the local rollout of the company's app-based BMW Connected system, giving owners expanded access to online services. Building on the ConnectedDrive functions already available to most BMW models, the more simply named BMW Connected learns your daily routine journeys and import appointments and destinations from other apps like your calendar or Yelp...


Mercedes-Benz about to overtake BMW as world's biggest luxury car brand
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Mercedes-Benz about to overtake BMW as world's biggest luxury car brand

Mercedes-Benz is on track to be the world’s biggest-selling luxury car brand in 2016, according to Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche — four years ahead of schedule. Mercedes-Benz reported 182,602 worldwide car and SUV sales for November excluding Smart (up 12 per cent), taking its annual tally to 1.89 million units...


Ferrari SP275 RW Competizione one-off special revealed
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Ferrari SP275 RW Competizione one-off special revealed

Images of the one-off Ferrari SP275 RW Competizione have surfaced online, with the F12-based special believed to be inspired by the 275 GTB/C Speciale from the 1960s. Technical details of the bright yellow F12-based coupe are yet to be confirmed, though we do know it was created as a one-off by the Ferrari Special Program division and the Ferrari Styling Centre...


BMW's standalone driverless team working on autonomous vehicle for 2021 launch
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BMW's standalone driverless team working on autonomous vehicle for 2021 launch

BMW will introduce a fully autonomous vehicle in 2021, building on the technologies of the current 7 and 5 Series vehicles that now offer semi-autonomous driving features. Speaking to CarAdvice at the international launch of the new 5 Series, the head of the model's project, Jochan Kistler, admitted that the current cars on offer do not have the capacity to offer fully autonomous driving, with the bottleneck being the mapping data and software development...


Suzuki Jimny sales to be cut to 100 units per year as replacement looms
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Suzuki Jimny sales to be cut to 100 units per year as replacement looms

The current-generation Suzuki Jimny has had its final year on sale in Australia at full capacity, with the Japanese brand set to cut back sales in 2017 ahead of an all-new model hitting showrooms in the near future. It's a move that will see Suzuki comply with a Voluntary Code of Practice from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries that requires the Japanese maker to limit the number of vehicles it sells without side airbag protection to 100 units...


2017 BMW 5 Series pricing and specs: More kit and price hikes for big new sedan
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2017 BMW 5 Series pricing and specs: More kit and price hikes for big new sedan

The new seventh-generation 2017 BMW 5 Series will touch down in Australia in March, the company has confirmed, with four models available from launch. This time around, BMW Australia has gone for a higher-specification line-up, adding more standard kit while bringing price increases with it...


2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe teased ahead of debut this week
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe teased ahead of debut this week

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe has been revealed, at least in part, in a teaser video ahead of its official debut on December 14 (European time). Shown in the above video, along with earlier spy photos, the new E-Class coupe looks set to feature all of the same styling cues already seen on the C-Class and S-Class coupes, including lozenge-shape headlights, thin tail-lights, and a familiar side profile...


Jeep Grand Wagoneer could be delayed by cash, factory problems - report
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Jeep Grand Wagoneer could be delayed by cash, factory problems - report

Development of the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer has reportedly stalled, with the company said to be refocusing its efforts on more important models. Supplier sources have told Automotive News' Fiat Chrysler (FCA) correspondent that development Grand Wagoneer has been put on hold. Many believe that the new Grand Wagoneer, as currently envisioned, will share its platform with the next-generation Grand Cherokee...


Holden plant flagged as site for medical marijuana crop
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Holden plant flagged as site for medical marijuana crop

A group lobbying for medical marijuana to be legalised in South Australia has suggested the Holden car plant there be established as the location for a proposed large-scale medical cannabis plantation when it shutters in late 2017...


Victorian govt confirms North East Link: Ringwood to Tullamarine non-stop
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Victorian govt confirms North East Link: Ringwood to Tullamarine non-stop

Victoria will get a new $10 billion North East Link to bridge the gap between the Greensborough end of the Metropolitan Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway, the Andrews government has confirmed. Announcing the plan today, Premier Daniel Andrews said it will initiate a $35 million business case study in 2017, with consultation and route selection to be completed by 2018...


Alpine 'A120' now available for order in Europe
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Alpine 'A120' now available for order in Europe

Orders for the first Alpine 'A120' coupes are now being taken by the revived sports car brand. Overnight, Alpine announced that it had begun taking orders, via a smartphone app available on both major platforms, for a limited run of 1,995 Premiere Edition models of its new mid-engine sports car...


2018 Renault Megane RS mule spied with flares
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2018 Renault Megane RS mule spied with flares

A development mule that we believe is the next Renault Megane RS has been spied at a pretrol station in Sweden accompanied by a Golf R hatchback. The vehicle seen here uses the body shell of the new Renault Megane GT hatch, but has a few clear signs of its sporting intent. Unlike an earlier development vehicle spotted in July, this latest car has boasts temporary wheel arch extensions...


Honda Australia fixing 7000 Takata airbag inflators a week, still going
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Honda Australia fixing 7000 Takata airbag inflators a week, still going

Honda Australia’s service department is working overtime to replace 600,000 of its potentially faulty airbag inflators made by external supplier Takata, but still has the best part of a year to go before all relevant vehicles get new components...


BMW Individual brings high-end style and colour personalisation within reach
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BMW Individual brings high-end style and colour personalisation within reach

We’ve all heard the stories, one-off special build cars made for Sheiks, Sultans and Rock Stars. Unobtainable personalisation for those who yield unobtainable wealth. But did you know that you could have your very own, one-of-one build, without extending too far from the brochure list price? BMW Individual is a program that allows an expanded array of paint and trim options to be applied to a number of models within the BMW range...


CarAdvice podcast 33: November car sales, CEO of Jet Charge, Mercedes AMG-E63 review and Sydney to Melbourne in the Audi S1!
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CarAdvice podcast 33: November car sales, CEO of Jet Charge, Mercedes AMG-E63 review and Sydney to Melbourne in the Audi S1!

While Paul is driving Bentleys in Spain, Mike Costello and James Wong join Mandy for this week's show. We bring you the latest in car news, including the 2018 Holden Commodore reveal, Honda Civic sedan sells up a storm, Volkswagen Group Australia announces voluntary recall of 61,000 vehicles for diesel software fix, Opel Insignia Grand Sport is revealed for Europe, Mercedes-AMG sales at record levels, and Mazda is not working on a larger sports car...