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2021 BMW 128ti price and specs: $56,900 for mid-tier hero 

2021 BMW 128ti coming to Australia from $56,900 before on-road costs Front-wheel drive flagship gets Torsen LSD and 80kg weight saving Less powerful than European version to 'better fit' local line-up spread, only a little slower Australian pricing has been announced today for the 2021 BMW 128ti hot hatch, ahead of a showroom debut set for the first quarter of 2021...

BMW raises prices for the second time in six months

Less than six months after prices increased by up to $5000 across the range, BMW has upped prices again. Buyers will need to dig deeper to purchase a 1 Series, 2 Series Gran Coupe, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X4, or X6. Smaller BMW models models see increases of $1000, while SUVs and 5 Series models have gone up by $2000...

2021 BMW 128ti hot hatch coming to Australia – UPDATE: in a detuned form

UPDATE, October 8: In an evolving storyline, the Australian-market 128ti has now been confirmed with a 180kW, 380Nm tune of the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that delivers 195kW and 400Nm in the European version revealed earlier this week. Speaking to CarAdvice today regarding the reduced outputs, a spokesperson would say only: "BMW Australia’s 128ti is especially configured for our market and its position in the segment"...

2021 BMW M135i xDrive Pure, M235i xDrive Pure announced at lower price

BMW has announced the addition of 2021 BMW M135i xDrive Pure and 2021 BMW M235i xDrive Pure models to its line-up. The new M Pure treatment gives buyers a bundle of standard equipment, but at a $5000 saving over the standard models. The BMW M135i xDrive Pure is priced at $63,990 plus on-road costs, while the BMW M235i xDrive Pure is priced at $67,990 plus on-road costs...

2020 BMW price rises: Every model listed

BMW Australia has updated pricing across its range for June, with price rises of up to $5000 on some of its most popular models. CarAdvice has been told there is no change to specification of the vehicles, and that the increases are due to "normal economic changes"...

Peugeot 208 named 2020 European Car of the Year

The new Peugeot 208 has beat out six other finalists to claim Europe's Car of the Year title for 2020. The French marque’s hatchback finished with 281 points, 39 ahead of the runner-up, Tesla’s Model 3, which claimed 242 points. The award was presented behind closed doors at the Palexpo convention centre in Geneva following the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show over concerns around the spread of coronavirus...

BMW Australia launches downloadable dashcam, auto high-beam

BMW owners in Australia can now download active high-beam headlight software, and a factory in-built dashcam, through its ConnectedDrive online store. These upgrades can be downloaded onto cars fitted with the latest BMW network capable iDrive 7.0 media system. It's one of the earlier examples of a new paradigm, replacing the ticking of options boxes at purchase...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Farewell to the Commodore

On this week's podcast are Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Scott Collie. We share our memories of the Holden Commodore, and listen to a commercial compilation of each Commodore model over its 41-year life. According to a study, Australian interest in electric vehicles is well below the global average, and we speak to Natasha Santha, principal at L...

Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

BMW 1 Series scores five stars in ANCAP testing

BMW's new entry-level car, the 1 Series hatchback, has scored top marks in ANCAP crash testing – but the new Peugeot Parter fell short, thanks to a missing piece of active safety technology. The Partner van's autonomous emergency braking system can't detect cyclists in testing, limiting its 'vulnerable road user detection' score – and its overall rating to four stars...

The hi-tech car key you can take surfing: BMW digital card now available on its cheapest model

Hiding your car key under a beach towel or in your shoes could soon be a thing of the past. Most modern car keys can’t be taken into the water and contain tiny hi-tech immobilisers and cost in excess of $200 to replace.  Surfers, beach-goers and bushwalkers have faced this dilemma for more than a decade as more vehicles adopted sensor keys, but an increasing number of car companies are coming up with innovative options...