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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.

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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...


Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report
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Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report

A BMW i9 plug-in hybrid supercar will reportedly be built to celebrate the Bavarian company's centenary in 2016. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the company will make an "über-i8" that will be dubbed the i9; any hopes that BMW might have had for the i10 badge are nixed by the fact Hyundai already uses that nameplate for its entry-level hatch...


BMW i DC Fast Charger revealed : First-ever wall unit smaller, cheaper than rival systems
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BMW i DC Fast Charger revealed : First-ever wall unit smaller, cheaper than rival systems

BMW has introduced a new fast-charging system for plug-in and electric vehicles that is significantly smaller, cheaper and more versatile than existing products. Developed in collaboration with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, the new BMW i DC Fast Charger claims to be the first of its kind that is small enough and light enough to be mounted to a wall...


BMW Australia to become even more SUV-focused
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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...


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...