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Every car leaving the Australian market in 2020

Although we're only a few months into the year, 2020 has already seen the exit of Holden, the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show and Australian Grand Prix due to coronavirus, and the steady decline of new car sales. In a challenging climate, it's perhaps unsurprising that carmakers are reducing their ranges, discontinuing under-performers and replacing older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether...

BMW i8 production ending soon: 155 sold in Oz, a few left...

As BMW begins to roll out more electrified models as part of an ambitious electric strategy, it is also now preparing to say goodbye to one that helped start it all – the BMW i8. The i8 plug-in hybrid electric sports car premiered at the German International motor show in 2013 alongside the i3 as an exercise in design and function, in many ways blazing the trail for future electric models that would wear the BMW roundel...

BMW i8 production to end in April - report

Production of the BMW i8 will reportedly end in April this year as the company looks to focus on more mainstream electrified models, including the all-electric iX3 crossover, i4 fastback and iNext crossover. A company spokesperson has confirmed the impending demise of the i8 with Autocar...

BMW Vision M Next revealed

The BMW Vision M Next concept car has been revealed during a presentation outlining the Bavarian automaker's electrification plans. With simpler detailing and a similar profile to the hybrid i8 supercar, not to mention louvre-like rear windscreen and c-pillar vents, the Vision M Next has more than a touch of M1 about it...

GT C Roadster, R8 Spyder, i8 Roadster, 570S Spider drag race - video

In a new video clip posted on YouTube, Mat Watson from the UK's carwow pits four of Europe's fastest convertibles against each other in a drag race – the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster, Audi R8 Spyder, BMW i8 Roadster, and the McLaren 570S Spider...

CarAdvice podcast 124: LIVE from our editorial event where we drove our S1 blindfolded!

This week Mandy Turner is joined by Alborz Fallah and Curt Dupriez, live from our editorial off-site in Torquay, Victoria. Find out how the team went in a blindfolded motorkhana challenge in our Audi S1! Scott Collie and James Wong talk car news, with coverage of the European Parliament voting to cut emissions by 40 per cent by 2030...

BMW's i brand is where risks are taken

When you see the final result of years of engineering and testing, it's easy to overlook the perceived risks that a company undertakes any time it steps either outside its comfort zone, or into a new area of development. Australian journalists assembled for the Paris motor show asked two of the most obvious questions surrounding BMW's i brand – where was the Vision iNext concept, and how risky is it to put that much tech into a single vehicle? Dr...

2018 BMW i8 Roadster, Coupe pricing and specs

BMW Australia has revealed pricing and specs for the updated i8 Coupe and recently-launched i8 Roadster, which kick off from $318,900 and $348,900 before on-road costs respectively. Both the i8 Coupe and Roadster are powered by a three-cylinder hybrid powertrain, which combines 11.6kWh battery and 105kW/250Nm electric motor with a 1...

BMW i8 Roadster: Limited editions to future-proof sales

BMW will make a play for the hearts of enthusiasts and collectors with the i8 Roadster, once the initial surge of orders for the new model settles. At the international launch of the plug-in hybrid roadster, i8 product manager, Marcus Pluntke, revealed BMW’s long-term plan already includes special edition cars to keep sales buoyant and appeal to collectors once i8 Roadster demand settles...

BMW i8: No sportier variant coming

BMW’s flagship plug-in hybrid i8 looks set to continue with just one powertrain variant, although a next-generation model could raise the bar again in terms of performance, according to the brand’s executive team. At the launch of the new i8 Roadster in Mallorca, Marcus Pluntke, product manager for the i8 Roadster and Coupe revealed to CarAdvice customers, somewhat surprisingly, haven’t been requesting an even-more performance-skewed version of the car...

BMW i3 and i8 may not be renewed for second generation

BMW could kill its i3 and i8 electric cars after just one generation, according to new reports out of Europe. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe, Stefan Jurascheck, head of electric powertrains for BMW AG, described the oddball pair as "unique". "These two were not [developed] as a family that we can expand in different [ways], or maybe five or 10 derivatives," Jurascheck said...