Luxury Sedan Comparison Final Round : Mercedes-Benz C-Class v BMW 3 Series v Volvo S60

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Luxury Sedan Comparison Final Round : Mercedes-Benz C-Class v BMW 3 Series v Volvo S60

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was Australia’s favourite luxury car in 2013. Perhaps a more impressive fact, however, is that Stuttgart’s mid-sized model outsold every mainstream medium car except the Camry and Mazda 6...

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BMW Z2 front-drive sports car coming in 2017 - report
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BMW Z2 front-drive sports car coming in 2017 - report

A BMW Z2 is due on sale by 2017, according to reports out of the UK. AutoExpress reports that the new baby BMW front-wheel-drive sports car - which has been rumoured since 2011, when we posted the above illustration - is coming within the next four years, built off the same modular underpinnings (UKL1) that forms the basis of the new, third-generation Mini line and the recently launched BMW 2 Series Active Tourer...


2015 BMW X6 M : New performance SUV drops camouflage
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2015 BMW X6 M : New performance SUV drops camouflage

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the most revealing images of the new BMW X6 M to date ahead of its anticipated unveiling later this year. The shots show the red X6 M prototype in seemingly production-ready form on public roads in Germany with only small sections of camouflage wrap disguising its front and rear bumpers, wing mirrors and side blades behind the front wheels...


2015 BMW X3 Review : xDrive30d
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2015 BMW X3 Review : xDrive30d

Fresh facelift for flagship BMW X3 refines an already impressive breed, Dan DeGasperi finds...


BMW 435i Gran Coupe Review: weekender
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BMW 435i Gran Coupe Review: weekender

The 435i is the range topper in BMW's interesting 4 Series Gran Coupe ensemble. Is it worth the stretch from the 428i Gran Coupe though?


BMW 420i Convertible added to local ranks as new entry model
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BMW 420i Convertible added to local ranks as new entry model

The BMW 4 Series Convertible line-up is set to gain a new entry-level model. The new BMW 420i Convertible will start proceedings for the drop-top mid-sizer, with pricing pegged at $87,000 plus on-road costs. That's $2300 less than the 420d version that currently kicks off the 4 Series Convertible range...


The blurred lines between premium and mainstream
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The blurred lines between premium and mainstream

The notion of blurred lines does not only apply to a certain morally ambiguous pop hit that took over the airwaves last year. No, it applies to Australia's new vehicle market as well. Specifically in the area of luxury cars, the definition of which is an arbitrary concept to even those who aspire to it...


2015 BMW 7 Series to debut new '35up' rear-wheel-drive platform - report
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2015 BMW 7 Series to debut new '35up' rear-wheel-drive platform - report

BMW’s all-new ‘35up’ large rear-wheel-drive platform will debut beneath the next-generation 7 Series in 2015 before rolling out across a host of models later this decade. Automotive News reports the new BMW 7 Series and its 35up lightweight scalable architecture will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show next September...


Toyota Supra: all-paw hybrid powetrain tipped for next-gen sports car
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Toyota Supra: all-paw hybrid powetrain tipped for next-gen sports car

The next-generation Toyota Supra is tipped to combine a BMW platform with an all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain and the Japanese car maker’s first dual-clutch transmission, according to the latest reports. UK publication Auto Express reports the reimagined Toyota Supra sports car will share much in common with the next-generation BMW Z4, including the use of technologies signed into in July 2012 as part of a memorandum of understanding...


BMW M4 v Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 : Comparison review
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BMW M4 v Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 : Comparison review

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 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 X4 M40i spied: New flagship performance SUV caught during testing
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BMW X4 M40i spied: New flagship performance SUV caught during testing

Our spy photographers have captured the BMW X4 M40i out and about during real world tests in Europe. As the BMW X4 made its way from concept car to production vehicle, speculation arose that there would be an M version of the X3's less practical, but more coupe-like brother...


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 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 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...