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2012-2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe recalled due to faulty brake light

BMW Australia has issued a recall of 74 of its model-year 2012-2018 M6 Gran Coupe affected by faulty brake light fastening. Affected vehicles were sold between 9 August 2012 and 27 September 2018. Lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the defect related to the third (high) brake light fitted to the roof at the rear of the vehicle may loosen or detach from its fixture...

BMW reinvents the wheel for autonomous cars

German car maker BMW appears to be in the process of inventing a collapsible steering wheel for autonomous cars. Patent drawings obtained by a BMW owners forum show the steering wheel is designed to change from a perfect circle to the shape of a football. The idea, apparently, is that the more compact design gives those in the driver’s seat more knee room once the car takes over...

BMW Australia “still on track” to offer Android Auto by mid-2020

BMW Australia remains confident it will deliver on its promise of an Android Auto upgrade by mid-2020, despite concerns surrounding coronavirus COVID-19 and its negative effect on the automotive industry. In late-2019, the marque said it will integrate Android Auto into its iDrive operating software for the first time – and expand the system’s capacity to be updated with over-the-air (OTA) wireless technology – by mid-2020...

BMW 7 Series: Electric flagship now official

BMW has confirmed the next generation of its 7 Series will have an all-electric variant – and that it will be the most powerful version offered. The electric 7 Series will exist alongside petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid models and all powertrains will share the same architecture, according to BMW board chairman, Oliver Zipse...

BMW reaffirms electric initiative, will retire up to half of “traditional” drivetrains in preparation

BMW has released its 2019 industry figures, shedding light on the progress of an electric initiative that now includes axing up to 50 per cent of its “traditional” drivetrains from 2021 onwards. In preparations to offer 25 electrified models by 2023 – an initiative the report reaffirmed the brand’s commitment to – BMW’s spend on research development in 2019 totalled €5...

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...

Electric cars in Australia: Every model available (and some nearly here)

As Australian sales of electric cars continue to rise and industry bodies urge the Federal Government to make charging infrastructure a national priority, it appears EVs have progressed beyond buzzword status to present-day reality...

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's new logo designed to 'future-proof' the brand

BMW has debuted a new 'flat' logo it claims is "better-suited to the digital age", to be used in communications across the German manufacturer's BMW, BMW i and BMW M brands. The first update in over 20 years, BMW's new-look logo is a "pared-down and two-dimensional" version of its iconic blue-and-white circle design, swapping the signature black rim for a transparent border...

Report names the 10 'most valuable' car brands for 2020

Mercedes-Benz is the world's most valuable automotive brand, according to an annual report estimating the worth of the car industry's biggest names. The Automotive Industry report, published by independent consultancy firm Brand Finance, found Mercedes-Benz's value had increased 8 per cent to US$65 billion (AU$98...

2020 BMW i4 EV revealed in late-stage concept form

Electric vehicle (EV) pioneer BMW is jumping back into the fast lane with its Tesla-rivalling i4 four-door 'coupe', which will hit the market in 2021. To build anticipation, the Munich marque staged a digital reveal - in lieu of the cancelled Geneva motor show - of a near-production-ready Concept i4 tonight. The headline figures are a 0-100km/h time as low as 4...