April Fools' Day wrap:: the best pranks of 2015

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April Fools' Day wrap: the best pranks of 2015

The punktastic pranks of April 1 are an annual source of chuckles. A favourite of automotive fans and journalists alike, this year's April Fools' Day has seen a solid mix of faux news ranging from the slightly odd to the ridiculously unlikely...

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BMW now highest value car exporter in USA: Celebrating three million vehicles built
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BMW now highest value car exporter in USA: Celebrating three million vehicles built

This week, German manufacturer BMW celebrated a production milestone – three million vehicles produced... in the USA. The BMW Assembly Plant in Spartanburg South Carolina was opened in 1994 and now produces approximately 300,000 vehicles a year. In 2014, over 250,000 of these were destined for other markets, and with a value of almost $12-billion (US$9...


2015 BMW 5 Series gains new options packages; 550i variant discontinued
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2015 BMW 5 Series gains new options packages; 550i variant discontinued

BMW Australia has introduced two new options packages for the 2015 BMW 5 Series range. Available from March production, the new Professional and Exclusive packages bundle together a host of comfort and driver assist systems to enhance the BMW 5 Series sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo models...


2015 BMW 318d Touring Review
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2015 BMW 318d Touring Review

Combining sharp looks with excellent practicality, for 2015, the BMW 318d Touring is now even better value...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer v Mercedes-Benz B-Class v Citroen C4 Picasso : Comparison review
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer v Mercedes-Benz B-Class v Citroen C4 Picasso : Comparison review

Names can be deliberately suggestive. Out of nowhere the other day – actually not quite, as it was published in the newspaper that day ahead of, say, conflict in Syria – my better half decided to send me a list titled ‘most attractive baby names of 2015’. Topping the list were Alessandro for blokes and Scarlett for girls, as voted by people on a website somewhere (it was that kinda poll)...


BMW gets half its power needs from renewable sources
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BMW gets half its power needs from renewable sources

It’s an oft-used counter-argument to green vehicle production — the fact that that things aren’t always green right up the supply chain. After all, in many contexts, an electric car may be produced in plants powered — or charged through a grid fed — by fossil fuels...


BMW X5 plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2016 Australian launch
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BMW X5 plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2016 Australian launch

BMW will launch its first plug-in hybrid model (beyond its niche ‘i’ sub-brand) into Australian showrooms from 2016. Earlier this week, the Bavarian brand premiered the X5 xDrive40e, a petrol-electric version of its top-selling large SUV that looks just like the regular 30d version you see in school zones everywhere...


BMW celebrates 40th anniversary Sebring win with CSL inspired Z4 GTLM
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BMW celebrates 40th anniversary Sebring win with CSL inspired Z4 GTLM

A BMW Z4 GTLM will tackle this year's Sebring 12 Hour sporting classic tri-colour livery, celebrating the marque's first-ever victory at the US endurance race in 1975. Featuring the same blue, purple and red livery as was used on the famous 3.0 CSL 'Batmobile', the 2015 BMW Z4 GTLM features a 365kW/480Nm 4.4-litre V8 engine - a big change from the classic BMW E9's 3...


2015 BMW X1 spied with less camouflage on Nurburgring, and in Scandinavia
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2015 BMW X1 spied with less camouflage on Nurburgring, and in Scandinavia

On the same day, our spy photographers spotted the next-generation BMW X1 out testing on both the Nurburgring and in snow-covered Scandinavia. The next-gen X1 will bear the model code F48, and will be based on the same UKL1 front- and all-wheel drive architecture that underpins the latest generation Mini range, as well as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV...


BMW mulling target segment for third 'i' model due beyond 2020:: report
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BMW mulling target segment for third 'i' model due beyond 2020: report

BMW is set to expand its environmentally focused 'i' range moving beyond 2020, but is yet to decide what segment the future model will stem from. According to a report from industry journal Automotive News Europe, BMW's research and development head says the model expansion project is still very much in the 'brainstorming' phase...


BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid revealed
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BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid revealed

The BMW X5 xDrive40e formally revealed today is the Bavarian company’s first plug-in hybrid model from its “core brand” — those not part of its ‘i’ family. It joins a growing movement in PHEV technology from luxury brands, with rivals to include the diesel-electric Audi Q7 e-tron and forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE (nee ML-Class) PHEV...


BMW Z4 : Chief engineer hopeful of successor before 2020
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BMW Z4 : Chief engineer hopeful of successor before 2020

BMW’s chief engineer is hopeful of launching a successor to the BMW Z4 before 2020 despite global demand for two-seat sports cars declining. Asked at last week’s Geneva motor show about the timing of the replacement of the almost-seven-year-old, second-generation Z4, BMW development boss Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News Europe he would “like to see a Z4 successor in this decade”...


Lexus RC F v BMW M4 : Comparison review
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Lexus RC F v BMW M4 : Comparison review

It is quite literally a fork in the road moment. Just after the long, sweeping hairpin on Jenolan Caves Road, on the western side of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, the BMW M4 and Lexus RC F are parked on a little side road. The duo of two-door coupes are tinking away, heat pouring from their wheelarches after up-and-back runs of the main road and then the side road...


2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Review
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2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Review

BMW chops the top off its coupe 2 Series; creates a convertible that slices up country roads brilliantly...


New Volvo XC90 a ‘genuine competitor’ against German rivals
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New Volvo XC90 a ‘genuine competitor’ against German rivals

Volvo says the introduction of the all-new XC90 shows that it has a genuine product that competes directly with the German luxury trio — BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Volvo XC90 in Spain, Volvo Australia’s marketing and communications director, Oliver Peagam, reaffirmed the Swedish brand's view that it now has a product on par with its traditionally more expensive rivals...


2015 BMW 228i:: Week with Review
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2015 BMW 228i: Week with Review

CarAdvice's resident shooter Tom Fraser spends a week getting intimate with the BMW 228i...


BMW M4 MotoGP safety car features engine with water injection system
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BMW M4 MotoGP safety car features engine with water injection system

The BMW M4 MotoGP safety car that will be used during the 2015 season will feature an engine that's equipped with a novel water injection system. Aside from the eye-catching livery and its complement of flashing lights, the BMW M4 that will be used as a safety car during the 2015 MotoGP season has one extra trick hidden up its sleeve, or under its bonnet to be more precise: a water injection system that is said to improve performance and cut fuel consumption by reducing combustion temperatures...


BMW PHEV sedan coming in 2018, priced against Tesla Model S - report
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BMW PHEV sedan coming in 2018, priced against Tesla Model S - report

BMW is reportedly working on a plug-in hybrid sedan, which could be based on the next-generation version of the long-wheelbase 5 Series. According to a report in Car, BMW is preparing a new uniquely styled plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Mooted names for this vehicle include i5 and i7, but branding has yet to be settled on...


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 M5 AWD variant a possibility
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BMW M5 AWD variant a possibility

BMW's head of product management says there’s potential for all-wheel-drive versions of core performance models in the future if the brand can maintain its focus on balancing the power to weight ratio. CarAdvice sat down with head of product management at BMW's M Division, Carsten Pries, at the international launch of the BMW X6 M in Texas, United States to discuss the viability of all-wheel-drive on other performance models...