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2018 BMW Z4: New-generation roadster previewed for Pebble Beach show

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2018 BMW Z4: New-generation roadster previewed for Pebble Beach show

The BMW Concept Z4 has been revealed this week for the Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach, previewing the company's next-generation roadster. Seemingly confirming the Z4 name, the concept car previews the production version which will be revealed sometime over the next 12 months...

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


Audi S5 v BMW 440i v Infiniti Q60 Red Sport comparison
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Audi S5 v BMW 440i v Infiniti Q60 Red Sport comparison

"Middleweight" mightn't be the description a buyer might use for a prospective six-figure motoring purchase, but when shopping premium German brands that's the hard reality, be it size or stature. You've skipped past 'small' straight to 'medium', hurdled the $50k-something base car tip-in point, bound up the model range ladder past bare essentials into indulgence territory and – why not? – splurged extra on a two-door coupe rather than the more affordable and more practical sedan alternative...


BMW roadster teased again ahead of August 17 reveal
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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BMW i8 Protonic models confirmed for Australia

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2019 BMW 3 Series sedan spied with showroom-ready lights
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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
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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
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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...


Millions of German diesel vehicles to gain emissions cutting software upgrade
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Millions of German diesel vehicles to gain emissions cutting software upgrade

After an event billed as the National Diesel Forum, involving Germany's top political leaders, the Volkswagen Group, BMW, Opel and Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz) have agreed to upgrade millions of diesel vehicles to cut their pollution output...


2019 BMW X4 M spied
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2019 BMW X4 M spied

The new BMW X4 M has been spied leaving the company's American factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina. With four large exhaust tips out the back, and intercoolers lurking behind the front fascia's enlarged air intakes, we believe this vehicle is a full-on M car, not just a run-of-the-mill X4 variant wearing a body kit...


2018 BMW 3 Series pricing and specs: New equipment, price bumps
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2018 BMW 3 Series pricing and specs: New equipment, price bumps

Pricing and equipment for the updated 2018 BMW 3 Series range have been announced this week, before the refreshed line-up arrives in local showrooms from November. Headlining changes include the addition of a bright new Sunset Orange metallic exterior paint, along with updated alloy wheel designs and the standard fitment of BMW's iDrive 6 infotainment system across the range...


BMW X5, X6 recalled over Takata airbag fault: more than 21,000 SUVs affected locally
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BMW X5, X6 recalled over Takata airbag fault: more than 21,000 SUVs affected locally

More than 21,000 BMW X5 and BMW X6 SUVs have been recalled by BMW Australia, as the ongoing Takata airbag issue continues to expand. Affecting 21,649 second-generation E70 BMW X5s and first-generation E71 BMW X6s built between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2012, the recall relates to the possible malfunction of the driver's airbag...


BMW sketches new roadster for Pebble Beach Concours
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BMW sketches new roadster for Pebble Beach Concours

An early preview sketch for what could be our first look at the new 2018 BMW Z4 roadster has been handed down this week. The company has offered little else in the way of detail, and it remains to be seen if the topless Bimmer bound for August's Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance will serve any greater purpose than highlighting the company's styling chops...


2018 BMW 1 Series pricing and specs: Fresh look, more tech for baby Bimmer range
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2018 BMW 1 Series pricing and specs: Fresh look, more tech for baby Bimmer range

Australian pricing and specifications for the updated 2018 BMW 1 Series range have been revealed this week, ahead of the revised hatch's arrival in local showrooms in September. Kicking off at $39,990 before on-road costs for the entry-level 118i, the base price for the German hatchback is up by $2000, though the flagship M140i hot hatch is nearly $5000 more affordable at $59,990...


2018 BMW M4 CS pricing and specs: New hero model rounds out local range
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2018 BMW M4 CS pricing and specs: New hero model rounds out local range

A new hero has joined the local BMW M4 line-up, sitting atop the range - but at a more affordable point than the limited-edition GTS that preceded it. This one, the new BMW M4 CS, will join an already expanded group that includes the M4 Pure, the M4 and the M4 Competition. The CS badge makes its return after having last been seen in 2005 on the E46 M3 - for the UK only - and before that not since the '70s and '60s...