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Porsche and BMW among first to offer Apple Watch apps

The much anticipated Apple Watch doesn't hit buyers' wrists until June, but that hasn't stopped German luxury manufacturers Porsche and BMW rolling out updates to their smartphone apps to support the new tech gadget...

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Next-generation BMW 5 Series spied on the Nurburgring
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Next-generation BMW 5 Series spied on the Nurburgring

The next-generation BMW 5 Series has been snapped on the Nurburgring by our spy photographers. Car Advice's spy snappers first caught the new 5 Series out and about in late 2013. Since then they've spotted several more prototypes, including a plug-in hybrid version, but the rate of camouflage shedding has been slow...


Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre
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Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre

Run flat tyres cop a lot of flack, yet BMW continues to offer Run Flat Tyres (RFTs) as original equipment across most of its range and has done for decades, while among its European competitors, Mercedes-Benz has developed its own version in recent years and Audi is yet to come to the party...


2016 BMW 7 Series: First details
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2016 BMW 7 Series: First details

The all-new 2016 BMW 7 Series flagship will make its world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show in September, but the Bavarian brand has taken the unusual step of revealing a large chunk of information well ahead of time...


"Extremely confusing" four-star ANCAP score for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
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"Extremely confusing" four-star ANCAP score for BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Safety testing organisation ANCAP has awarded the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer a sub-par four stars out of five, a result BMW Australia has described as "extremely confusing".  Sister organisation Euro NCAP awarded the same car the full five stars in 2014. It was one of a pair of four-star results for the Bavarian BMW Group announced overnight, given the Mini Cooper also netted only four out of five...


Premium sales to keep booming, but we can't go too far downmarket - BMW Australia boss
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Premium sales to keep booming, but we can't go too far downmarket - BMW Australia boss

BMW Australia managing director Marc-Heinrich Werner believes that sales of premium vehicles will continue to grow at a rate that outpaces the rest of the market. However, he also believes his brand must retain balance and avoid moving too far downmarket. This would happen by focusing too heavily on the growth areas at the lower ‘conquest’ end of its range, embodied by the likes of the 1 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer...


BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss
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BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss

The head of design at BMW has admitted the company’s trademark iDrive infotainment system controller will make way for touchscreen technology in the future. BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk told Autocar recently that touchscreens were one of a number of technology formats the car maker will use to allow drivers and passengers to interact with its next-generation vehicles...


2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Review
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2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Review

The monstrous BMW X5 M and X6 M twins-under-the-skin defy convention in the best kind of way...


Mini previews augmented reality glasses ahead of Shanghai show
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Mini previews augmented reality glasses ahead of Shanghai show

The British brand will debut its Mini Augmented Vision glasses concept at the upcoming Shanghai auto show, which starts later this month. Developed by Mini's parent, BMW, and automotive and electronics supplier Qualcomm, the thick-rimmed Augmented Vision glasses were styled by BMW's creative consultancy, Designworks...


BMW X3 xDrive28i v Lexus NX200t Sports Luxury – prestige SUV comparison test
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BMW X3 xDrive28i v Lexus NX200t Sports Luxury – prestige SUV comparison test

“Should I buy a sporty SUV? Or one that’s focused more on luxury?” Great hypothetical question, invisible questioner! We’ve assembled two prestige SUVs that appear to be trying to offer you two cars in one – sporty, and luxurious. Our two competitors are the BMW X3 xDrive28i and the Lexus NX200t Sports Luxury...


BMW X5 M and X6 M launched: Pricing, specifications and sales
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BMW X5 M and X6 M launched: Pricing, specifications and sales

The equal most powerful and single most torque-rich regular production BMWs that money can buy launched in Australia this week. The second-generation X5 M and X6 M have touched down, priced from (a few grand higher than before) $185,900 and $194,700 plus on-road costs starting prices respectively...


BMW X5 Old v New comparison: Second-generation E70 v third-generation F15
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BMW X5 Old v New comparison: Second-generation E70 v third-generation F15

When looking for a new car, particularly if you have had a positive ownership experience, the first place many of us turn is the new version of the car we already have. In my case, I’ve owned my second-generation E70 BMW X5 for three years now, and with the end of the warranty period approaching, the logical ‘next car’ path is the new third-generation F15 X5...


April Fools' Day wrap:: the best pranks of 2015
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April Fools' Day wrap: the best pranks of 2015

The punktastic pranks of April 1 are an annual source of chuckles. A favourite of automotive fans and journalists alike, this year's April Fools' Day has seen a solid mix of faux news ranging from the slightly odd to the ridiculously unlikely. From the wee hours of this morning, CarAdvice was already in a devious mood, publishing three ‘exclusive’ April Fools’ Day stories...


BMW now highest value car exporter in USA: Celebrating three million vehicles built
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BMW now highest value car exporter in USA: Celebrating three million vehicles built

This week, German manufacturer BMW celebrated a production milestone – three million vehicles produced... in the USA. The BMW Assembly Plant in Spartanburg South Carolina was opened in 1994 and now produces approximately 300,000 vehicles a year. In 2014, over 250,000 of these were destined for other markets, and with a value of almost $12-billion (US$9...


2015 BMW 5 Series gains new options packages; 550i variant discontinued
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2015 BMW 5 Series gains new options packages; 550i variant discontinued

BMW Australia has introduced two new options packages for the 2015 BMW 5 Series range. Available from March production, the new Professional and Exclusive packages bundle together a host of comfort and driver assist systems to enhance the BMW 5 Series sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo models...


2015 BMW 318d Touring Review
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2015 BMW 318d Touring Review

Combining sharp looks with excellent practicality, for 2015, the BMW 318d Touring is now even better value...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer v Mercedes-Benz B-Class v Citroen C4 Picasso : Comparison review
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer v Mercedes-Benz B-Class v Citroen C4 Picasso : Comparison review

Names can be deliberately suggestive. Out of nowhere the other day – actually not quite, as it was published in the newspaper that day ahead of, say, conflict in Syria – my better half decided to send me a list titled ‘most attractive baby names of 2015’. Topping the list were Alessandro for blokes and Scarlett for girls, as voted by people on a website somewhere (it was that kinda poll)...


BMW gets half its power needs from renewable sources
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BMW gets half its power needs from renewable sources

It’s an oft-used counter-argument to green vehicle production — the fact that that things aren’t always green right up the supply chain. After all, in many contexts, an electric car may be produced in plants powered — or charged through a grid fed — by fossil fuels...


BMW X5 plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2016 Australian launch
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BMW X5 plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2016 Australian launch

BMW will launch its first plug-in hybrid model (beyond its niche ‘i’ sub-brand) into Australian showrooms from 2016. Earlier this week, the Bavarian brand premiered the X5 xDrive40e, a petrol-electric version of its top-selling large SUV that looks just like the regular 30d version you see in school zones everywhere...


BMW celebrates 40th anniversary Sebring win with CSL inspired Z4 GTLM
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BMW celebrates 40th anniversary Sebring win with CSL inspired Z4 GTLM

A BMW Z4 GTLM will tackle this year's Sebring 12 Hour sporting classic tri-colour livery, celebrating the marque's first-ever victory at the US endurance race in 1975. Featuring the same blue, purple and red livery as was used on the famous 3.0 CSL 'Batmobile', the 2015 BMW Z4 GTLM features a 365kW/480Nm 4.4-litre V8 engine - a big change from the classic BMW E9's 3...