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BMW M chief hints at future with power caps and no manual shifters

New BMW M boss Frank van Meel has done little this week to offer purists any assurances on the future of their beloved manual transmissions. Talk of a manual-free M range has kept fans applying the Deep Heat to chilled spines for sometime now, with previous BMW M Friedrich Nitschke often advocating a switch to dual-clutch transmissions exclusively...

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The CarAdvice Garage — live interactive video stream 11:30AM AEST 06/07
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The CarAdvice Garage — live interactive video stream 11:30AM AEST 06/07

After the success of our Toyota HiLux worldwide reveal, where we ran a Periscope session allowing our readers — you guys — to watch and ask questions live, we are trialling a Periscope stream of the CarAdvice Garage. You can watch the video stream live from your computer or you can watch and discuss live using the Periscope application on your iOS or Android device...


BMW hydrogen fuel cell prototypes revealed
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BMW hydrogen fuel cell prototypes revealed

BMW has revealed two of its hydrogen fuel cell prototype vehicles at its Innovation Days event. One of the vehicles, a BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo would be almost indistinguishable from the version in showrooms across the world, were it not for the words "Hydrogen Fuel Cell" emblazoned down its sides. The 5 Series GT prototype's motivation comes courtesy of a 180kW electric motor...


More brands passing new Luxury Car Tax savings on to buyers
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More brands passing new Luxury Car Tax savings on to buyers

Buyers shopping at the premium end of the new car market will hang onto a little extra pocket money from this week, with BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus and Porsche all moving to pass new savings onto customers. Away from the prestige marques, overall market leader Toyota has announced that it too will treat its customers to the same benefits, available on a number of its large family cars...


2017 BMW M5 spy photos
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2017 BMW M5 spy photos

Our spy photographers have spotted the next-generation BMW M5 out and about during public road testing in Europe. Despite the presence of acres of swirly camouflage, there are a few tell tale signs that we're looking at the next version of the M5. At the front there's a larger air intake than on next-gen BMW 5 Series prototypes we've seen earlier, while at the rear this car has quad exhaust tips...


2015 BMW M6 pricing and specifications
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2015 BMW M6 pricing and specifications

The 2015 BMW M6 range will come standard with the performance-enhancing Competition Pack when it arrives in Australia later this month. The Competition Pack boosts power and torque from the M6’s 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 to 441kW and 700Nm – representing gains of 29kW and 20Nm over the pre-facelifted model...


BMW fuel cell vehicle on sale by 2020 - report
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BMW fuel cell vehicle on sale by 2020 - report

BMW will reportedly have a fuel cell vehicle on sale by around 2020. Sources have told AutoExpress that the Bavarian automaker is planning to have a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell stack on the market by 2020...


2015 BMW 1 Series Review
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2015 BMW 1 Series Review

The updated BMW 1 Series has a lot to offer, but is it enough to unsettle the Mercedes-Benz A-Class?


2016 BMW 7 Series unveiled - UPDATED
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2016 BMW 7 Series unveiled - UPDATED

After a series of online leaks, the sixth-generation BMW 7 Series has been unveiled and detailed. As before, the new 7 Series will be available in both standard and long wheelbase formats. The regular car measures 5098mm from nose to tail, is 1467mm tall and rides on a 3070mm wheelbase, while the LWB version is 5238mm long, 1479mm tall and has a 3210mm wheelbase...


BMW says "bring it on" to aspirational Audi
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BMW says "bring it on" to aspirational Audi

Renewed predictions from the boss of Audi Australia that his company will become the country’s top-selling premium brand by 2020 have been met with a “bring it on” by second-placed BMW and ambitions of continued growth from current leader Mercedes-Benz...


BMW working on street parking prediction software
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BMW working on street parking prediction software

BMW and its partner Inrix are working on software that will hopefully reduce the amount of time required to find a street parking spot. The two companies will present research and a prototype vehicle at the TU-Automotive Detroit, a conference for those specialising in telematics, autonomy and mobility, that's currently taking place in Motor City...


2015 BMW 1 Series pricing and specifications
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2015 BMW 1 Series pricing and specifications

Fresh styling, added equipment and sharper prices headline the upgrades to the 2015 BMW 1 Series that arrives in Australian showrooms next week. BMW Australia today confirmed price cuts of up to $2700 for its updated 1 Series hatchback, as well as a $2030 reduction for the flagship M135i hot hatch, which now tops the range at $62,900 plus on-road costs...


2016 BMW X1 revealed
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2016 BMW X1 revealed

The covers are off the 2016 BMW X1 – the German brand’s second-generation compact SUV that’s new from the ground up and mechanically overhauled from the 2009 original. The new X1 becomes the BMW Group’s third model based on its new front-/all-wheel-drive and transverse engine-aligned UKL architecture, following the third-gen Mini Cooper city car and the 2 Series Active Tourer MPV, and replacing the rear-/all-wheel-drive and longitudinal layout of the first-gen model...


2016 BMW X1 leaked online
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2016 BMW X1 leaked online

The second-generation BMW X1 has been leaked online just hours ahead of its official debut. This dynamic front-end shot of the new X1 was posted by user Enl on the German Car Forum website. More brochure and press photos have since been published online by WorldCarFans...


2016 BMW 7 Series teased, full reveal on June 10
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2016 BMW 7 Series teased, full reveal on June 10

The “game-changing” all-new BMW 7 Series will be unveiled on June 10, and the Bavarian brand has boldly predicted it will represent “the future of luxury”. To tide us over, it has uploaded a rather cinematic teaser video highlighting some elements of the design, and some technological additions such as Laserlight headlights and a carbon-fibre core — both of which have been pinched from the i8 plug-in supercar...


BMW M3 wagon rumours scotched
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BMW M3 wagon rumours scotched

Those rumours of an impending BMW M3 wagon for the Frankfurt motor show in September might be exaggerated. BMW M product management Carsten Pries this week appears to have told Dutch site Autovisie in Geneva that a load-lugging M3 was not on the table. Why? Not enough global interest...


2015 BMW X5 M v Porsche Cayenne Turbo : Comparison Review
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2015 BMW X5 M v Porsche Cayenne Turbo : Comparison Review

Traditionally, the sportscar concept embraced lightness and simplicity – a less is more approach. Increasingly, though, the makers of the BMW X5 M from Munich and Porsche Cayenne Turbo from Stuttgart – together with Affalterbach arch rival Mercedes-AMG – threaten to burst the conventional ‘sportiness’ pigeonhole at the seams plying extensive feature lists, excess in luxury and extremes of high performance in formulating their range-leading Sport Utility Vehicles...


Next BMW 2 Series could retain rear-wheel drive, add Gran Coupe model - report
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Next BMW 2 Series could retain rear-wheel drive, add Gran Coupe model - report

A faction within BMW's engineering division is reportedly pushing for the next-generation of BMW 2 Series models to be rear-wheel drive, including a new four-door Gran Coupe variant. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the engineering team lead by Klaus Froehlich, BMW's chief development officer, is advocating for the next iteration of the 2 Series sports models to be built on the company's next-generation rear-wheel drive architecture...


2015 BMW 6 Series pricing and specifications
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2015 BMW 6 Series pricing and specifications

The updated BMW 6 Series range arrives in Australia next month, seven months after its world premiere, with a long list of extra standard equipment accompanied by some minor price rises. Once again, BMW will offer the 6 Series in three body-styles: coupe, convertible and sedan, the latter of which it calls the Gran Coupe and markets as a racier alternative to the 5 Series...


BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage unveiled
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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage unveiled

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the Bavarian company has revealed its BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. As its name implies, this concept car is a tribute to the 3.0 CSL coupe from the 1970s. The car unveiled on the shores of Lake Como in Italy features wide wheel arches and a tall rear spoiler. Although the new car sports softer lines than the original, it does wear the shade of yellow...