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Configurator Challenge: 2019 BMW X5

Customisation is in vogue at the moment, but choice can be seriously confusing. In our configurator challenge, we let the CarAdvice team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal spec of a certain model. For this edition of the Configurator Challenge, we’re designing our perfect BMW X5 using the company's configurator...

BMW initiates Takata recall for 2000-03 5 Series, X5

BMW Australia has issued a recall notice for the 2000-2003 model-year 5 Series and X5 as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. The Bavarian marque reports 'some' of the 3391 affected units may have received an affected Takata inflator as part of a "steering wheel conversion during the life of the vehicle"...

CarAdvice podcast 140: Take a ride in the Jimny, and sporty wagons!

This week, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Mike Stevens. In car news, the Mitsubishi ASX, the BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition, and the Alpina B7 XDrive have been revealed. Plus, the Fiat 500C Spiaggina '58 has been confirmed for Australia, and the Liberal National Party has backed a proposal for manufacturers to share service data with independent repairers...

2019 BMW X3 M, X4 M Competition revealed

BMW M GmbH has revealed the first-ever X3 M and X4 M, complete with more powerful Competition variants, ahead of an Australian arrival during the second half of 2019. First up, power. The X3 M and X4 M twins both house a twin-turbo inline-six under the bonnet, making 353kW and 600Nm. Jumping to the M Competition – that's right, there's a Competition – boosts that power output to a whopping 375kW...

BMW M140i Finale Edition announced from $62,990

BMW Australia has confirmed a new 'Finale' package for the M140i hot hatch, scheduled to arrive in showrooms around March priced from $62,990 before on-road costs. Celebrating the last iteration of the rear-drive hatchback before it makes the switch to front- and all-wheel drive in the next generation, the M140i Finale Edition gets special badging, extra specification and unique design bits over the 'standard' M140i for $3000 extra...

BMW 9 Series is not required, says BMW exec

The BMW 9 Series probably won't be happening any time soon, so if you're hanging out for a bigger and more luxurious BMW sedan, it's time to start evaluating other options. Speaking with Autocar, Klaus Fröhlich, BMW's head of research and development, said: "I don’t think you need a 9 Series...

2021 BMW iNext testing begins

BMW has teased its upcoming pure-electric, autonomous crossover, the iNext, as it gears up to being production in 2021. That's right, 2021. The plug-in technology showcase was teased by a distinctive concept last year, with a suitably eye-catching exterior and a cabin inspired by a "modern, high-end living space"...

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...

2019 BMW X3, X4 M teased again

BMW has teased its upcoming pair of super-SUVs, sharing a video of the X3 M and X4 M twins on Facebook. First shown as prototypes at the DTM Nurburgring event last year, the hotted-up pairing is aimed squarely at the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 with its 4.0-litre turbocharged bent-eight engine...

BMW 8 Series M850i xDrive First Edition revealed, bound for Oz

BMW has unveiled a limited-run version of the M850i xDrive, dubbed the First Edition, with eight of the 400 cars being offered worldwide coming to Australia. Power comes from the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine offered in the 'standard' M850i xDrive, with 390kW and 750Nm put to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission...

2016 BMW M3, M4, M4 Convertible recalled

BMW has recalled a handful of 2016 M3 and M4 models, over concerns about a three-hole flange within the car's driveshaft. According to the company, the car's carbon-fibre driveshaft contains a three-hole flange and a pushing piece which isn't produced with 'sufficient long-term durability'. That means the 'pushing piece' could be pulled out of the driveshaft...