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BMW Australia to become even more SUV-focused

BMW Australia says it is entirely possible that a day could soon come when it sells more SUVs from its growing X range — which will expand to at least six models including the new X7 seven-seater from 2017 — than lower-riding passenger cars...

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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 M4 v Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507
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BMW M4 v Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507

BMW M Division is the master of toying with magic these days. Here is the brand new BMW M4 we’ve been driving for less than an hour, at 100km/h on Melbourne’s Monash freeway while the official launch is still happening in New Zealand, and the trip computer is reading 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres...


BMW willing to share lithium-ion battery tech with other automakers
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BMW willing to share lithium-ion battery tech with other automakers

BMW has said that it's willing to share its lithium-ion battery technology with other car manufacturers. For its i3 hatchback and i8 plug-in hybrid supercar, BMW uses lithium-ion batteries that it co-developed with Samsung SDI. With 5396 i3 hatches sold worldwide in the first half of 2014 and plans to increase daily production from 100 cars per day to 140 by the end of he year, BMW and Samsung are preparing to increase battery production...


BMW X1 Review : sDrive20i
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BMW X1 Review : sDrive20i

The world's first compact luxury SUV still holds appeal - especially in the way it drives...


2015 BMW 1 Series : First look at fresh-faced hatch
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2015 BMW 1 Series : First look at fresh-faced hatch

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the updated 2015 BMW 1 Series in Germany, revealing a number of styling tweaks for the premium compact hatchback. The facelifted 1 Series will debut in the European autumn, likely making its public debut at October’s Paris motor show, before reaching right-hand-drive markets such as the UK in the first quarter of 2015...


2015 BMW X1: Second-generation model spied in Europe
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2015 BMW X1: Second-generation model spied in Europe

The 2015 front-wheel-drive BMW X1 baby crossover will make its world premiere in the first half of next year, and here we have the latest round of spy images of the vehicle undergoing late-stage development.  The latest round of images from CarAdvice's European spies show the vehicle in lighter camouflage than before, with the headlights now at least partially visible...


BMW 1 Series Review : 116i
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BMW 1 Series Review : 116i

Dan DeGasperi finds the cheapest BMW available in Australia is also one of the best, but watch the options...


Audi, Mercedes-Benz narrow BMW's global luxury car sales lead
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Audi, Mercedes-Benz narrow BMW's global luxury car sales lead

Audi and Mercedes-Benz have narrowed BMW’s lead in the global luxury car sales race in the first half of 2014. Though BMW’s sales rose 10 per cent to 886,347 vehicles between January and June, Audi recorded an 11 per cent increase to 869,350 and Mercedes-Benz a 13 per cent rise to 783,520. The half-year results are records for all three manufacturers...


Australians flock to premium brands against the grain of a flat market
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Australians flock to premium brands against the grain of a flat market

Premium car manufacturers are continuing to go against the grain in Australia’s softening new vehicle market, with the overwhelming majority of luxury brands experiencing growth in the first half of 2014.  While the total market is tracking 2.4 per cent below the record-setting 2013 figure of 1...


BMW and Daimler work together on inductive charging for electric cars
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BMW and Daimler work together on inductive charging for electric cars

BMW and Daimler have announced a collaboration to develop an inductive charging system that will work with both companies' electrified cars. The standardised system to be developed by the two German luxury car makers will be able to charge full electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles without the need for those cars to be physically plugged into a power source...


Almost 40 per cent of luxury car owners would consider an EV - study
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Almost 40 per cent of luxury car owners would consider an EV - study

Almost 40 per cent of luxury car owners in the UK say they would buy, or seriously consider buying, an electric vehicle capable of driving 300 miles (483km) on a single charge from their brand. UK website WeLoveAnyCar asked 24,227 Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz owners if they would consider an electric car with a 300-mile range, all other factors (including price, style, options and performance) being equal, and found that four in 10 responded positively...


BMW M4 Gran Coupe ruled out over cost concerns
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BMW M4 Gran Coupe ruled out over cost concerns

There is a four-door BMW M3, and a two-door BMW M4 – but there won’t be a four-door M4. Confused? Read on. BMW has ruled out any plans to offer an M4 Gran Coupe model, which, were one to be created, would be based on the regular 4 Series Gran Coupe model. According to BMW M performance arm sales boss, Jörg Bartels, the car was considered and a business case developed, but it didn’t meet criteria to make it to production...


2014 BMW M3 Review: Track test, skid pan and more
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2014 BMW M3 Review: Track test, skid pan and more

The iconic BMW M3 has been reborn with a new character. Matt Campbell gets to know the turbocharged super sedan in New Zealand.


BMW X1 M: Brand won't rule out small performance SUV
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BMW X1 M: Brand won't rule out small performance SUV

A BMW X1 M performance SUV is on the table as a possible new model, with the brand refusing to rule out any such derivative of its smallest SUV. Any such BMW X1 M would be directly targeted at baby performance crossovers such as the Audi RS Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG. Those two cars are priced at $81,900 and $79,900 respectively, and offer power outputs of 228kW/420Nm and 265kW/450Nm respectively...


BMW M4: Pricing won't change despite discounted Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 507 Edition
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BMW M4: Pricing won't change despite discounted Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 507 Edition

The $166,900 price tag of the all-new BMW M4 won't be dropped despite an announcement that rival super coupe the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 507 Edition has received a discount. Mercedes-Benz today announced a new price of $159,507 plus on-road costs for the C63 AMG 507 Edition, while the all-new BMW M4 - which is being launched in New Zealand this week ahead of going on sale locally late in July - will cost buyers $7393 more before on-road costs...


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 i8 laser headlights still awaiting approval for Australia
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BMW i8 laser headlights still awaiting approval for Australia

The groundbreaking laser headlights that will are touted to be available on the BMW i8 are still awaiting regulatory approval for Australian sale. BMW Australia director of finance Peter Buchauer told CarAdvice at this week's launch of the BMW M3 and M4 performance models in New Zealand that the new headlight technology is still not locked in to be offered locally...


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 4 Series Gran Coupe Review
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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Review

BMW's new 4 Series Gran Coupe isn't a niche player according to the German marque. With extra space and practicality on offer, the company might be right.