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BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype previews 2.0L/100km premium sedan

BMW has given the automotive world a sneak peek at its upcoming 3 Series plug-in hybrid sedan with an ultra-efficient prototype model that previews next year’s production car. The German luxury car maker’s mid-sized four-door plug-in prototype claims combined cycle fuel consumption of just 2...

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BMW 3 Series High-Line Special Editions announced: More standard equipment added as new C-Class arrives
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BMW 3 Series High-Line Special Editions announced: More standard equipment added as new C-Class arrives

The BMW 3 Series High-Line Special Editions have arrived in Australia just weeks ahead of the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class hitting showrooms. BMW Australia claims the new High-Line models offer "unrivalled standard specifications" across the 3 Series sedan and Touring wagon ranges, with the inclusion of any of the BMW Line packages (Sport, Modern or Luxury) that alter the exterior appearance of the car, and the Innovations Package which adds new safety equipment...


BMW 3 Series three-cylinder has potential, but questions remain over rollout
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BMW 3 Series three-cylinder has potential, but questions remain over rollout

Three-cylinder versions of the BMW 3 Series are technically plausible, but the company has “question marks” over whether such a driveline would be accepted by the market despite a wide range of potential benefits, according to company corporate communications manager and powertrain specialist Manfred Poschenrieder...


Audi A4 quattro range: Ambition and S line to boost already booming A4 quattro sales
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Audi A4 quattro range: Ambition and S line to boost already booming A4 quattro sales

Audi A4 quattro sales are already booming, but the German car-maker's local arm this week furthered its goal of getting even more AWD versions of its A4 sedan and Avant into Australian driveways by adding a range of Ambition and S line variants that cut the price of entry by some $8700...


BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected
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BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected

BMW Australia is recalling more than 2900 vehicles across eight of its model ranges due to an issue related to three of its turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engines. The fault stems from a lose connection on the housing of the Valvetronic variable valve timing unit on turbocharged 2.5- and 3.0-litre N51, N52 and N55 engines...


BMW 3 Series: mid-life facelift spied
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BMW 3 Series: mid-life facelift spied

A lightly camouflaged BMW 3 Series prototype has been spied out in public for the first time, suggesting development of an upcoming facelift for the three-year-old sedan is well under way. Snapped on the road in Germany by CarAdvice’s spy photographers, the dark blue BMW 3 Series sedan had its front end disguised and all badging removed...


BMW 3 Series : plug-in hybrid sedan spied camouflage free
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BMW 3 Series : plug-in hybrid sedan spied camouflage free

A prototype of the upcoming BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid has been spotted camouflage-free while undergoing winter testing ahead of its anticipated unveiling later this year. Sharing much of its exterior styling with the current conventionally-powered 3 Series, the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid is easily identifiable by the charging port flap clearly seen on the test car's front left quarter panel...


BMW: equipment upgrades coming mid 2014; new diesels not for Australia
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BMW: equipment upgrades coming mid 2014; new diesels not for Australia

BMW will add new diesel engines to its 2 Series and 4 Series coupe and 3 Series GT model lines and extend the availability of all-wheel drive to the 4 Series convertible in a wave of updates rolling out over the coming months. The majority of the upgrades apply to overseas markets, however, with vehicles headed for Australia to benefit from equipment enhancements only...


2014 BMW 3 Series Review: 316i M Sport
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2014 BMW 3 Series Review: 316i M Sport

New base BMW 3 Series lowers ownership entry, but needs options to perform at its best...


BMW 3 Series: Innovations Package adds up to 10 tech features
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BMW 3 Series: Innovations Package adds up to 10 tech features

A new Innovations Package for BMW 3 Series sedan and Touring variants will bundle together up to 10 high-demand options, offering customers claimed added value of up to $4300. The Innovations Package brings at least five features to all 3 Series sedans and wagons, including head-up display, surround view camera system, auto parking assistant, driving assistant (combining lane departure and collision warning systems), and lane change warning system...


BMW 1, 3, 5 Series, X1, X3, Z4 recall: 2893 cars affected in Australia
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BMW 1, 3, 5 Series, X1, X3, Z4 recall: 2893 cars affected in Australia

BMW Australia is recalling 2893 vehicles across six model lines due to a fault that could affect the vehicles' braking performance. Part of a global recall of approximately 176,000 cars, the local recall affects 116 BMW 1 Series hatches; 1985 3 Series sedans, 91 Tourings and nine Gran Turismos; 105 5 Series sedans; 277 X1 models; 283 X3s; and 27 Z4s built between November 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013...


BMW 3 Series: specification and pricing revisions announced
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BMW 3 Series: specification and pricing revisions announced

The BMW 3 Series sedan and Touring line-up has been revised with enhanced standard specification and reduced option pricing, accompanied by small rises in vehicle prices. The Business Navigation system is now standard in the 316i, 318d, 320i and 320d models, while the 328i upgrades to the Professional Navigation system with internet functionality...


2013 NRMA used car safety ratings revealed
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2013 NRMA used car safety ratings revealed

The NRMA has revealed its annual used cars safety ratings list, including 57 vehicles that achieved the maximum five-star score for driver protection. The data was compiled from an analysis of over six million vehicles involved in police reported road crashes in Australia and New Zealand between 1987 and 2011, and covers 216 different models...


BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo pricing and specifications
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BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo pricing and specifications

The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has landed in Australia, expanding the German manufacturer's popular premium mid-sized range with new a niche that blurs the line between sedan and wagon. BMW Australia's 3 Series GT range comprises three grades – 320i GT, 320d GT and 328i GT – each one commanding a premium of slightly more than $10,000 over its 3 Series sedan equivalent...


BMW 3 Series GT: premium pricing for prestige mid-sized hatch
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BMW 3 Series GT: premium pricing for prestige mid-sized hatch

The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is now on sale in Australia, further diversifying the popular premium mid-sized range with a fifth body style. Mirroring the design of the 5 Series GT luxury hatchback, the BMW 3 Series GT offers buyers a new niche that blurs the line between sedan and wagon at a price that exceeds both...


2013 BMW 3 Series Touring launched: from $58,900
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2013 BMW 3 Series Touring launched: from $58,900

The all-new BMW 3 Series Touring range has launched in Australia with a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel variants priced from $58,900, before on-road costs. Based on the same platform as the rear-wheel drive 3 Series sedan, the latest 3 Series Touring comes to market lighter, yet bigger with a larger interior and increased carrying capacity...


BMW 316i: new $50,900 entry-level 3 Series coming
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BMW 316i: new $50,900 entry-level 3 Series coming

BMW Australia today announced it will launch a new entry-level 3 Series sedan in June, known as the BMW 316i. Priced from $50,900, the BMW 316i will feature the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine currently employed in the 116i and 118i hatchbacks. It’s the most popular engine in the BMW 1 Series hatch range and produces 100kW and 220Nm – enough to propel the car from 0-100km/h in 9...


BMW 1 Series, 3 Series High-line editions launched
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BMW 1 Series, 3 Series High-line editions launched

BMW Australia has introduced High-line editions of its 1 Series and 3 Series coupe and convertible models, enhancing the specification and value of its small- and mid-sized two-door line-ups. Fifty 1 Series coupes and convertibles will be offered – 25 of each body style – adding up to $4000 of value with a number of interior and exterior upgrades...


BMW recalls 750,000 vehicles worldwide; local cars affected
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BMW recalls 750,000 vehicles worldwide; local cars affected

BMW has been forced to recall about 750,000 vehicles around the world over a defect with the cars' battery cable connectors that can cause the engine to stall. The recall – the second-largest in the German car maker's history – affects BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, X1 and Z4 models manufactured between March 2007 and July 2011...


BMW 3 Series GT: premium mid-sized hatch revealed
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BMW 3 Series GT: premium mid-sized hatch revealed

The BMW 3 Series GT has been officially revealed ahead of the premium mid-sized hatchback's Geneva motor show debut next month. Stylistically, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo follows the lead of the larger 5 Series GT, offering a midway point between the sedan and Touring wagon derivatives, although size-wise, the new third variant in the sixth-generation BMW 3 Series range is the largest so far...