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2020 BMW M340i xDrive Touring launches in Europe, still not for Oz

The BMW M340i xDrive Touring has gone on sale in Europe, sporting the same 275kW/500Nm turbocharged inline six as its sedan equivalent – but don't expect it in Australia anytime soon. Compared to its three-box twin (which is now on sale Down Under from $99,900), the M340i xDrive Touring claims to hit 100km/h from a standstill in 4.5 seconds (0...

Korando, 3 Series, S60/V60 get 5-star ANCAP ratings

ANCAP has released its latest round of safety ratings, including five-star scores for the new BMW 3 Series, SsangYong Korando, and Volvo S60/V60. The independent crash-testing firm was quick to highlight the all-new Korando's results, given it's the first time SsangYong has achieved a five-star safety rating...

Six cars that should be sold in Australia

Australia hosts more than 50 companies selling new cars, SUVs and light commercials through official dealerships. Between them they offer about 350 separate models made in 24 countries. Given the total annual sales are a tick over 1.1 million units once you strip out heavy trucks, that’s a relatively small pie chopped up into a lot of pieces...

2019 BMW 330i Touring confirmed for Australia

BMW will launch the 3 Series Touring with a single engine in Australia, revealing pricing and specs for the 330i Touring ahead of its arrival in October. Where the sedan is available in four-cylinder diesel 320d guise (soon to be joined by plug-in hybrid and six-cylinder variants in September) the more practical (but lower-volume) wagon will only be offered with the most popular 3 Series engine...

BMW 3 Series Touring, 8 Series Gran Coupe get M Performance Parts

BMW has revealed a new range of M Performance Parts for the all-new 3 Series Touring and 8 Series Gran Coupe, following a slew of performance-themed accessories for the company’s latest releases. The 8 Series Gran Coupe is available with a carbon-fibre front grille and side mirrors, along with the side gills...

BMW 320i, 330e & M340i here in September

BMW Australia has confirmed three new variants for the new-generation 3 Series line-up, with the 320i, 330e iPerformance and M340i xDrive all headed to local showrooms later this year. The announcement adds a new entry point, a new flagship, and a new electrified option to the 3er family, with pricing to start at $64,900 for the 320i and climbing to $99,900 for the M340i xDrive...

CarAdvice podcast 157: Discussing the 2020 Holden Colorado

This week Mandy Turner joins Trent Nikolic and Josh Dowling in Sydney. In car news, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is sold out for months, Mazda will be launching an electric car in 2020, and BMW has revealed the 2019 3 Series Touring. Sam Purcell reviews the 2020 Holden Colorado after returning from the Victorian launch, and Tony Crawford was at the unveiling of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur...

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring revealed, here late 2019

BMW has unveiled its load-lugging 3 Series, the Touring, ahead of its arrival in Australia late this year. As with its sedan sibling, the 3 Series Touring represents a significant change from the car it replaces. It's 76mm longer, 16mm wider and 8mm taller, freeing up 5L more luggage space (500L) with the rear seats in place and 10L (1610L) more with them in place...

BMW 3 Series 'Li' headed to China in mid-2019

The long-wheelbase BMW 3 Series Li is slated to hit the Chinese market in the middle of 2019, following its production reveal at the Shanghai motor show. It's the second generation of the stretched 3 Series the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture has produced for China, which is claimed to meet "the needs of young, progressive customers" of the region...

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to be axed

BMW has confirmed it will drop the 3 Series Gran Turismo as part of its upcoming cost-cutting efforts, following a 7.9 per cent drop in operating profits in 2018. In a press release, the company outlined its 'strategic course' to tackle 'challenging conditions', with key issues identified including political uncertainty, a cooling global economy, rising production costs, exchange rates and rising raw materials prices...

2019 World Car Awards: Finalists announced

The countdown to the World Car Finals has begun this week, with a list of 10 finalists announced for the overall title, along with the contenders in five specialist categories. According to the firm, a jury of 86 "distinguished international automotive journalists" selected the finalists by secret ballot, based on their own assessment of the vehicle as part of their professional work...