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Seven cars Australians should buy more of: 2016 mid-year report

You may have seen our hugely popular list of cars that Aussies should be buying, but aren’t. And while it hasn’t done anything to improve the fortunes of the Peugeot 308 – despite our vehement insistence that it is one of the cars that should get small car purchasers through the door – the response was excellent...

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2015 BMW 218d Active Tourer: Week with Review
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2015 BMW 218d Active Tourer: Week with Review

The team in Melbourne drive the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer...


BMW 225xe Active Tourer taking eDrive plug-in hybrid tech to Frankfurt
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BMW 225xe Active Tourer taking eDrive plug-in hybrid tech to Frankfurt

BMW will unveil another new model in its growing range of eDrive models at this month’s Frankfurt motor show, this time in the form of the 225xe Active Tourer hatch. Joining the previously revealed 330e medium and 740e large sedan, along with the X5 xDrive40e SUV and the extra-special ‘BMW i’ cars, the 225xe enters as the latest BMW to embrace plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technology...


BMW front-wheel drives models: won't negatively affect sales or perception, company claims
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BMW front-wheel drives models: won't negatively affect sales or perception, company claims

BMW believes the move to more front-wheel drive models will not negatively affect the brand’s overall sales or perception. Having launched the front-wheel drive BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in November last year, BMW Australia will in time introduce the new X1, which will see its sDrive variants now driven via the front wheels, rather than the rear wheels, as is the case with the current model...


Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre
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Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre

Run flat tyres cop a lot of flack, yet BMW continues to offer Run Flat Tyres (RFTs) as original equipment across most of its range and has done for decades, while among its European competitors, Mercedes-Benz has developed its own version in recent years and Audi is yet to come to the party...


"Extremely confusing" four-star ANCAP score for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
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"Extremely confusing" four-star ANCAP score for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Safety testing organisation ANCAP has awarded the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer a sub-par four stars out of five, a result BMW Australia has described as "extremely confusing".  Sister organisation Euro NCAP awarded the same car the full five stars in 2014. It was one of a pair of four-star results for the Bavarian BMW Group announced overnight, given the Mini Cooper also netted only four out of five...


BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer revealed
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BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer revealed

The all-new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer - the brand's first ever seven-seat mini van - has been revealed ahead of its debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show. The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is said to "carve out yet another new vehicle segment", with the European-focused small MPV-cum-wagon stretching the practicality on offer in the smaller 2 Series Active Tourer...


BMW 225i Active Tourer Review
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BMW 225i Active Tourer Review

Torque steer and front wheelspin... We test a BMW with a big difference.


BMW Australia upbeat about its front-wheel-drive future
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BMW Australia upbeat about its front-wheel-drive future

BMW Australia is continuing to forge ahead with its plan to offer a product to suit every driver, and the majority of its growth will involve its new front-wheel-drive UKL platform. At the recent launch of the 2 Series Active Tourer, the German car maker revealed there are already 20 products planned to be introduced next year - joining approximately 25 new arrivals this year and 20 the year before...


BMW Australia rules out 2 Series Active Tourer seven-seat and xDrive variants
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BMW Australia rules out 2 Series Active Tourer seven-seat and xDrive variants

BMW Australia says it will likely steer clear of expanding its front-drive 2 Series Active Tourer range with Euro-focused seven-seat or xDrive all-wheel-drive derivatives for the foreseeable future. The seven-seat baby MPV 'Gran Tourer' has been spotted out and about in disguise overseas, and is tipped to launch in Europe by the middle of 2015...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review

Australia welcomes the first front-wheel drive BMW, the 2 Series Active Tourer. Its compact size, smooth drive, and space and features could see it carve out a new niche.


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer : 216d, 220d, 220i, xDrive variants expand MPV range
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer : 216d, 220d, 220i, xDrive variants expand MPV range

UPDATE 16/03/2015: BMW has confirmed that the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will only be available in front-wheel drive guise for the Australian market. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer range has been expanded with the addition of three new turbocharged engines and the availability of all-wheel drive...


2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review
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2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review

BMW's new era of front-wheel-drive compact cars begins with the family-friendly and generally well-executed 2 Series Active Tourer.


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front-drive MPV priced from $44,400
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front-drive MPV priced from $44,400

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV will kick off from $44,400 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australian showrooms from November this year.  The local starting price, which reflects our report last week, means the first front-wheel-drive BMW sits $3500 over and above its Mercedes-Benz B-Class B180 arch rival, though the Bavarian brand makes up for it with specification and what it boldly claims to be a sportier drive...


BMW could in time offer as many as 12 front-drive cars, and Mini a further 10
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BMW could in time offer as many as 12 front-drive cars, and Mini a further 10

BMW says its front-wheel-drive UKL platform could underpin as many as 12 new compact models in coming years, including the next 1 Series and X1, as well as up to 10 spinoffs for its Mini sub-brand.  In time, the company claims front-wheel or all-wheel-drive models based on the UKL — BMW’s version of the Mercedes-Benz MFA or Volkswagen MQB modular architecture — will comprise as much as 40 per cent of the Group’s total global sales, though rear-drive remains its pillar...


Rear-drive made "no sense" for 2 Series Active Tourer, says once-skeptical BMW engineer
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Rear-drive made "no sense" for 2 Series Active Tourer, says once-skeptical BMW engineer

One of the chief chassis development managers for the controversial BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Martin Schuster, admits he felt a sense of skepticism at the prospect of pulling off a front-wheel drive BMW when he joined the project about five years ago.  But while a traditional (for BMW) rear-drive layout was considered for the car in 2009, it was swiftly binned because it “made no sense” in a family-friendly MPV, says Schuster...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to be pricier but better-equipped than Mercedes B-Class
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to be pricier but better-equipped than Mercedes B-Class

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will launch in Australia later this year with a higher price of entry than its Mercedes-Benz B-Class arch rival, but the Bavarian brand’s local arm says it will more than even the ledger with a substantial list of standard equipment from entry level...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer : Three in four buyers will be new to the brand, says car maker
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer : Three in four buyers will be new to the brand, says car maker

Three out of four buyers of the all-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will first-time BMW customers, according to the brand’s projections. Head of product management for BMW’s lower model range Frank Niederlander told Automotive News Europe the 2 Series Active Tourer compact MPV would predominantly attract people that had never owned a BMW before...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer: Company adamant there's space for new MPV despite segment sales slump
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer: Company adamant there's space for new MPV despite segment sales slump

The all-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is set to go on sale in Australia in November, but it appears the company may be facing an uphill battle to sell it to potential buyers in an SUV-crazed market. The new 2 Series Active Tourer is best considered as a small MPV - a category of vehicle that has never hit any great sales heights in the local market - which is slated to be aimed squarely at the Mercedes-Benz B-Class...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid caught testing
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid caught testing

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has been spotted testing with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. CarAdvice's spies in Germany spotted the prototype model leaving a BMW compound with the brand's i3 electric/hybrid city car in tow, with the otherwise standard looking 2 Series Active Tourer model given away by "Hybrid Test Vehicle" stickers around the car...