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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 24, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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BMW confirms Formula E racing project
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BMW confirms Formula E racing project

BMW Motorsport has announced its plans for a potential team entry into the fifth season of the all-electric Formula E championship. Currently in its third season, the FIA Formula E championship has already seen the likes of Citroen, Jaguar and Renault make manufacturer's entries, with BMW the latest major automaker to join the electric racing series...


BMW, Mercedes-Benz may cut some coupes, cabrios to trim model ranges
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BMW, Mercedes-Benz may cut some coupes, cabrios to trim model ranges

Executives from both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have admitted that their model ranges suffer from too many models, and they may need to do some pruning in future years. Ian Robertson, head of sales and marketing at BMW, told Car and Driver at the recent Geneva motor show, "The checkerboard of body styles and segments is rather full"...


2014-16 BMW i3 REx recalled for fuel leak fix
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2014-16 BMW i3 REx recalled for fuel leak fix

BMW has issued a recall for its i3 REx (range extender hybrid) built between 2014 and 2016 over concerns the fuel tank ventilation line could be faulty and leak fuel vapour. The Bavarian company reports the fuel tank ventilation line may not be correctly located, and could wear through if it rubs against the body of the vehicle...


2018 BMW M5 to come with AWD and automatic only - report
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2018 BMW M5 to come with AWD and automatic only - report

The next-generation BMW M5 will reportedly be exclusively available with an eight-speed automatic paired to an advanced all-wheel drive setup. Sources have told Autocar that the new M5 will use the existing 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, although improvements will see power rise to around 440kW...


2018 BMW X3 teased during winter testing
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2018 BMW X3 teased during winter testing

BMW has previewed its next-generation X3 SUV in a series of images, showing a heavily-disguised prototype tearing up the white powder in North Sweden. With the current model now in its seventh year, the new X3 is expected to be revealed sometime later this year - though BMW is remaining tight-lipped as to when its all-new crossover will make its debut...


BMW i8 roadster spied again
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BMW i8 roadster spied again

The upcoming BMW i8 roadster has been spied again, this time during cold weather testing on the snowy roads of Sweden. For the first time we get a proper look at the drop-top hybrid performance coupe, though the likeness to the coupe doesn't present any major surprises despite the heavy disguise...


2000-2004 BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X5 recalled for faulty airbags
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2000-2004 BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X5 recalled for faulty airbags

BMW has issued a recall for its old-generation 'E46' 3 Series, 'E39' 5 Series and 'E53' X5 lines built between 2000 and 2004 over concerns the vehicles could be fitted with faulty Takata airbags. Unlike previous Takata recalls, the Bavarian automaker says the affected vehicles may have had their original airbags replaced with faulty inflators during their service life, or as part of the recent Takata airbag recall...


2017 BMW 5 Series review
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2017 BMW 5 Series review

The all-new BMW 5 Series blends classic styling, smart engineering and lashings of new-school technology. How does it fare in local conditions now it's landed in Australia?


BMW M4 Competition v Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe track comparison
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BMW M4 Competition v Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe track comparison

The battle of BMW’s M division against Mercedes-AMG has been raging for decades. The Bavarians have never gone for a power war with the folks from Affalterbach, preferring instead to focus on a power-to-weight ratio formula that sees them maintain the purists' status amongst the hooligan nature of old AMGs...


Takata pleads guilty over deadly airbag inflators, will pay $1.3 billion settlement
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Takata pleads guilty over deadly airbag inflators, will pay $1.3 billion settlement

Japanese automotive parts maker Takata has pleaded guilty in a US court, and has agreed to pay US$1 billion ($1.3 billion) in fines and compensation. The plea was made earlier this week at the US federal court in Detroit. According to the Associated Press and Reuters, Takata admitted that it had hid evidence that its airbag inflator could explode too forcefully, projecting deadly shrapnel towards those inside the vehicle...


BMW 1 Series sedan detailed for China, not for Australia
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BMW 1 Series sedan detailed for China, not for Australia

The new front-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series sedan has been detailed and launched this week for the Chinese market, nearly eight months after its initial reveal. Built on the UKL platform that underpins the new X1, 2 Series Active Tourer and the Mini range, the 1 Series sedan measures 4456mm long, 1803mm wide and 1446mm tall...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 24, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 24, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


CarAdvice podcast 41: A lap in the Jaguar F-Type and special guest, John Deeks!
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CarAdvice podcast 41: A lap in the Jaguar F-Type and special guest, John Deeks!

Join Mandy and James Ward as they give you the latest car news, like the Range Rover Velar teased and plus the brand could stretch to passenger cars. Also the pricing and specs of the 2017 Skoda Superb Sportline have been released, CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code, BMW voted world’s most admired car company, PSA's plan to buy Opel is advancing, Geely and PSA to bid for Proton and Lotus takeover this week...


2018 BMW Z5 spied top down alongside Toyota Supra coupe
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2018 BMW Z5 spied top down alongside Toyota Supra coupe

The BMW Z5 and the Toyota Supra have been spied together going through cold weather testing in northern Europe. Despite the fact that it was -14 degrees Celcius, the BMW's test driver decided to take the new convertible out for a spin with its top down. While both cars have been spied several times already, this is the first time that they've been photographed together...


BMW voted world's most admired car company, pips Toyota
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BMW voted world's most admired car company, pips Toyota

BMW has been named the world's most admired automotive company by business magazine Fortune, one of only two car makers to make the top 50. Topping the rankings were Apple, Amazon.com and Starbucks, while BMW managed 21st, and Toyota came in at number 34. Other companies making the top 50 included Facebook and Microsoft (joint 9th), Coca-Cola (16th), Boeing (30th), Intel (46th), and McDonald's (48th)...


BMW M4 GTS v M3 CSL: The latest and greatest at the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour
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BMW M4 GTS v M3 CSL: The latest and greatest at the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour

In and of itself, this year's 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour truly was an epic affair – just read Rob Margeit's race-day recap or Tom Fraser's BMW M6 GT3 behind the scenes special. The folks at BMW Australia invited CarAdvice along to the monster Bathurst 12 Hour race weekend held at the iconic Mount Panorama Circuit, and they also surprised by giving us limited access to two very special vehicles: the 2017 BMW M4 GTS and the 2003 BMW M3 CSL...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 17, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 17, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


BMW i8 roadster spied for the first time
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BMW i8 roadster spied for the first time

A prototype for the BMW i8 roadster has been spied for the first time undergoing testing in Europe, giving us a first look at the drop-top hybrid sports car. While the vehicle is covered in swirly black-and-white camouflage, the open-top sports car in the images is easily distinguishable as an i8, while the lack of a metal roof is fairly obvious as well...


BMW M2 upgrade spied in the snow
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BMW M2 upgrade spied in the snow

A BMW M2 prototype wearing pre-production bumpers and some swirly camouflage has been snapped during cold weather testing this week. The vehicle in the images features a new front bumper, headlights, grille, tail-lights and rear diffuser...