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BMW mulling electric venture with Great Wall for China - UPDATE

Update (16 October 2017): Great Wall Motor Company has issued a statement in response to rumours of a potential tie-up with BMW. See bottom of article for details. German luxury marque BMW is looking into a business venture with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall to produce electric vehicles, according to a new report...

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2018 BMW X3 review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2018 BMW X3 review

The 2018 BMW X3 is a proper step up over its predecessor, having more in common with a 5 Series than the X1. Here we look at the petrol and diesel performance leaders, particularly the overdue 4.8sec 0-100km/h M Performance debutant, called M40i.


2018 BMW X2 spied with almost no disguise
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2018 BMW X2 spied with almost no disguise

The upcoming BMW X2 has been spied again this week, with almost no effort made to hide its key styling details. Finished in a metallic yellow similar to the shade used on the M3 and M4, the company's new coupe-like crossover certainly stands out, though the overall design is fairly true to form considering it looks almost exactly like the Concept X2...


2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo review

The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo makes a clean break from its frumpy predecessor. It's an ultra-niche product that does everything required to appeal to its target market. Not our cup of tea, but there's a place for it.

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$123,500 - $148,900

2018 Alpina B5 BiTurbo pricing and specs
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2018 Alpina B5 BiTurbo pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the new Alpina B5 BiTurbo have been announced, with the luxury super sedan to kick off at $239,900 before on-road costs. Based on the new-generation 'G30' BMW 5 Series, the Alpina B5 BiTurbo is the quickest-accelerating vehicle that the company has ever built - managing the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3...


2019 BMW X4 M spied again
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2019 BMW X4 M spied again

The next-generation BMW X4 M has been spied again, though this time the vehicle was spotted on the streets of Germany rather than in the US. Compared to the prototype we saw in August, not a lot has changed. However, there are different alloy wheels - albeit mismatched - that differ from the vehicle spied in the States a couple of months ago...


Mocking BMW's niche cars says more about you, than it
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Mocking BMW's niche cars says more about you, than it

Forget the aphorism about opinions being like arseholes. Not everyone has them, and many of those who do are bang on. Yet like clockwork, any yarn about a niche model, strange derivative, new body type, is met by derisive fervour - sourced from those clearly unaware of irony...


BMW X3 M40i coming to Australia soon
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BMW X3 M40i coming to Australia soon

BMW Australia will finally get its hands on a real rival to the Audi SQ5 and Mercedes-AMG GLC43 performance SUVs from mid-2018, priced to match the pair at around $100,000 and primed to beat them from 0-100km/h. This is because the third-generation BMW X3 range, which launches in 'regular' $68,900 20d, $75,900 30i and $83,900 30d forms in Australia in early November, also comes with a new range-topping M Performance variant called the X3 M40i...


BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo pricing and specs
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BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo pricing and specs

The ultra-niche BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (GT) will hit Australia in November this year, to complement the shorter 5 Series sedan and wagon range. BMW's undoubtedly slicker successor to the polarising and moderately taller 5 Series GT retains the signature higher hip point, hatchback tailgate and stretched wheelbase (3070mm) to grow rear legroom - a key to doing well in China, its main market...


BMW sales up 52 per cent over five years; 14 new models coming by 2020
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BMW sales up 52 per cent over five years; 14 new models coming by 2020

BMW Group Australia is kicking goals with local sales up 52 per cent over the past five years. In addition to sales success, the brand plans to launch 14 new models locally by 2020, further bolstering SUV sales and taking advantage of a surge in luxury car sales. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent BMW 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia CEO Marc Werner said he is excited about BMW's future product offering...


BMW 'surprised' by Mercedes-Benz ute, watching segment closely
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BMW 'surprised' by Mercedes-Benz ute, watching segment closely

With the Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X-Class just around the corner, BMW's local boss said he was 'surprised' with the Mercedes-Benz announcement. Speaking with CarAdvice at the recent 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia boss Marc Werner admitted the local arm was surprised with the announcement and the brand is watching the space closely...


2018 BMW X3: Aussie-influenced SUV here in November
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2018 BMW X3: Aussie-influenced SUV here in November

The 2018 BMW X3 is a huge product for BMW globally and perhaps even more so in Australia, where SUVs play a major part in the brand's sales strategy, accounting for over 55 per cent of sales. Indeed, the new 2018 X3 is so important that BMW's global headquarters has green-lighted Australia's involvement in the global market launch, which will take place simultaneously on November 11 in Australia, Europe and the USA...


2019 BMW Z4 won't drive anything like the Toyota Supra, BMW boss says
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2019 BMW Z4 won't drive anything like the Toyota Supra, BMW boss says

As BMW ramps up co-development of the next-generation BMW Z4 with Toyota, BMW's local boss wants to assure purists that the final Z4 product won't be anything like its Japanese counterpart. Speaking to CarAdvice at the recent 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia CEO Marc Werner said the new Z4 will still be "an ultimate driving machine"...


2018 BMW M2 LCI review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2018 BMW M2 LCI review

It's fat, fast and loud. The BMW M2 has built a cult following, but does the LCI update add or detract from the popular pocket rocket?

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$98,900

2019 BMW 7 Series facelift spied
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2019 BMW 7 Series facelift spied

The BMW 7 Series facelift has been spied undergoing testing on public roads in Germany. Although the latest 7 Series was only launched in 2015, all of its mainstream luxury competitors have been refreshed or renewed since then. The mid-cycle update, or life change impulse (LCI) if you speak fluent Bavarian, seems to include new headlamps, bumpers and grille, probably with a sportier design than today's car...


2018 BMW 230i LCI review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2018 BMW 230i LCI review

A two-door Beemer with performance credentials for under $70,000 – sounds like a good deal. But, is the 2018 BMW 230i the pick of the bunch or are you better off with the cheaper BMW M140i?

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$65,280

2018 BMW M140i LCI review
Rating: 910 /10
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2018 BMW M140i LCI review

Now starting at under $60,000, the BMW M140i represents a European performance bargain. How does it fare against some of the best roads in Oz? Paul Maric finds out.

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$59,990

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe spied
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2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe spied

The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has been spied undergoing testing in Germany. Given the car's proportions and the position of the front wheels in relation to the front doors, the 2 Series Gran Coupe looks as though its based on a front-wheel drive platform, most likely shared with the next-generation BMW 1 Series...


Toyota cosy on top of brand value list, Ferrari enters Top 100
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Toyota cosy on top of brand value list, Ferrari enters Top 100

Toyota has come out on top of all other automotive marques in the 2017 Interbrand Best Global Brands report, with luxury marques Mercedes-Benz and BMW rounding up the top three car manufacturers. While the Top 100 list is dominated by technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft, Japan's Toyota managed seventh in the overall rankings...


BMW 530d joins Victorian highway patrol fleet
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BMW 530d joins Victorian highway patrol fleet

The 2017 BMW 530d will report for duty as a highway patrol car "by early-2018", as part of the Bavarian manufacturer's new vehicle supply partnership with Victoria Police. Up to 80 of the diesel-powered sedans will be patrolling Victorian roads within the next 12-15 months, largely due to the end of local vehicle manufacturing - spelling the demise of the current police crop of Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores...