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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...

Euro NCAP releases safety ratings for 1 Series, 208, Cherokee

European crash-testing authority Euro NCAP has released its latest round of safety ratings for a slew of new models, including the BMW 1 Series, Jeep Cherokee and Peugeot 208. The third-generation 1 Series's switch to a front-wheel drive architecture didn't affect its ability to maintain a five-star rating against the latest criteria, managing 83 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 87 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, 76 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection, and 72 per cent for Safety Assist...

BMW i1: 1 Series EV coming in 2021 - report

The new-generation BMW 1 Series range looks set to be joined by an all-electric i1 next decade, according to a report out of the UK. Auto Express claims "BMW bosses have exclusively revealed" the company is planning to introduce an entry-level electric hatchback, which could launch as early as 2021...

2020 BMW 1 Series pricing and specs

BMW has revealed pricing and specs for its new front-drive 1 Series, which will kick off at $42,990 before on-road costs when it arrives before the end of 2019. A pair of 1 Series models will be offered at launch starting with the 118i, priced from $42,990 before on-road costs...

CarAdvice podcast 162: Take a ride in the 2019 Lexus LC500h

Joining Mandy Turner this week are Mike Stevens and James Wong. In car news, the 2020 Skoda Kodiaq RS will be coming to Australia, the Ford and Volkswagen alliance is expanding to electric and autonomous tech, the Lotus Evija has been unveiled, and the 2019 Ford Everest is getting AEB across the range. Sam Purcell reviews the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg and takes it off-roading...

BMW rules out Mercedes-AMG A45, Audi RS3 mega hatch rival

BMW has opted not to make a version of its radically different 1 Series hatchback to tackle extra-hardcore hot hatches like the Mercedes-AMG A45 or Audi RS3. Instead, the new M135i xDrive flagship — which migrates to the company’s UKL transverse, all-wheel drive architecture to maximise cabin space — is built to battle next-tier rivals such as the A35 AMG, Audi S3, Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf R...

2019 BMW 1 Series gets M Performance Parts

It may have only just been revealed yesterday, but the all-new BMW 1 Series has already received the M Performance Parts treatment from the company's motorsport division, with the range of performance accessories already available in Europe. Various components can be specified for the exterior and interior, optimising aerodynamics and enhancing aesthetics...