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2019 Genesis G80 pricing and specs

Genesis Australia has finally confirmed pricing and specifications for the G80 sedan, following a two-year hiatus in Australia (when it was badged the Hyundai Genesis)...

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


BMW Australia initiates second phase of Takata recall - UPDATE
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BMW Australia initiates second phase of Takata recall - UPDATE

BMW Australia has announced it will be commencing the next phase of its Takata airbag recall work this month, detailing a staggered repair schedule over the coming year. UPDATE, 6/12/18: The contents of the table originally provided were inaccurate. We have updated the initiation schedule below...


BMW recalls 1.6 million diesels globally over fire risk
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BMW recalls 1.6 million diesels globally over fire risk

BMW has extended a safety recall for diesel vehicles across various model lines over a potential fire risk – now affecting around 268,000 units in the UK and 1.6 million globally. According to the Bavarian marque, the fault could see the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler can leak glycol liquid, which could result in "smoldering particles" when combined with high temperatures in the EGR modules and "typical soot particles"...


2019 BMW M5 Competition pricing and specs
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2019 BMW M5 Competition pricing and specs

BMW Australia has detailed pricing and specifications for the new M5 Competition, set to start at $229,900 before on-road costs when it arrives in local showrooms in October. As we already knew when it was revealed in May, the M5 Competition gets a more powerful version of the 4...


Semi-autonomous systems 'aren't robust substitutes for human drivers' - study
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Semi-autonomous systems 'aren't robust substitutes for human drivers' - study

The current crop of semi-autonomous driver assists aren't proper substitutes for hands-on attention, according to a new study from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). According to the non-profit's research, current semi-autonomous systems like lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control displayed behaviours ranging from "the irksome, such as too-cautious braking, to the dangerous"...


2018 BMW M5 v Mercedes-AMG E63 S comparison
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2018 BMW M5 v Mercedes-AMG E63 S comparison

It’s a great Did You Know factoid that AMG wasn’t involved in the first express-spec E-Class. When Mercedes decided five years was long enough for the original (1985) M5 to have had its own way in the mid-range sports sedan arena – longer if you count the M535i – the Stuttgart brand sought the help of close-neighbour Porsche to create a muscled-up, V8-powered version of the W124 sedan...


BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, Porsche Panamera head-to-head - video
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BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, Porsche Panamera head-to-head - video

Everyone loves a good drag race, especially when there are three big sedans – okay, two sedans and one 'four-door coupe' – involved. Over in the UK, Autocar has sent the BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S and Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid into battle, to find out which ultra-exec is quickest off the line...


2017-18 BMW M5 recalled
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2017-18 BMW M5 recalled

BMW Australia has issued a recall for the 2017-18 'F90' M5 sedan over concerns about a faulty fuel pump. The manufacturer reports a software fault is to blame for the issue, which could cause the pump to "stop working while the car is in motion". If the condition occurs, the vehicle could lose power, posing an accident risk...


Chrysler 300 SRT Core joins NSW Police fleet
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Chrysler 300 SRT Core joins NSW Police fleet

The Chrylser 300 SRT Core has been announced as the newest member of the New South Wales Police Highway Patrol fleet, joining the BMW 530d. It's likely the V8-powered Chrysler 300 patrol vehicles will replace the outgoing V8 Holden Commodores, while the BMW serves the role previously occupied by six-cylinder Commodore police cars...


BMW 530d becomes NSW Highway Patrol vehicle
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BMW 530d becomes NSW Highway Patrol vehicle

The New South Wales Police Force has confirmed it will use the BMW 530d as Highway Patrol cars, becoming the second Australian authority to use the German sedan. "We are honoured by our association with the New South Wales Police Force and delighted that our officers will be driving BMW’s safe, efficient and dynamically superior vehicles," said Marc Werner, BMW Group Australia's CEO...


DS preparing 5 Series, E-Class rival - report
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DS preparing 5 Series, E-Class rival - report

Citroen is preparing a DS flagship to face-off with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, based on the PSA Group EMP2 platform. According to reports from Auto Express in the UK, the flagship sedan-cum-fastback will launch in 2020 to mark 65 years since the first Citroen DS was launched...


2018 BMW 530i Touring review
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2018 BMW 530i Touring review

Traditional large luxury wagons are thin on the ground these days, but BMW’s extra-practical 5 Series variant is a persuasive alternative to a posh SUV.


Alpina B5: Price slashed ahead of March launch
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Alpina B5: Price slashed ahead of March launch

Alpina Automobiles has taken a knife to the price of the B5 BiTurbo sedan, slashing nearly $30,000 off the price announced in October last year. Originally listed at $239,900 before on-road costs, the company's local arm has confirmed it has repositioned the 5 Series-based sports luxury model to better compete with its competitors...


BMW autonomous vehicles coming in 2021
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BMW autonomous vehicles coming in 2021

BMW says it will release Level 3, 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles from 2021, accounting for market needs, demands and legislation around the world. Speaking at a special event in Munich, outgoing member of the BMW board of management, Dr. Ian Robertson, said the company wants to lead autonomous driving, having teamed with the likes of Intel, MobileEye, Fiat Chrysler Automotive and, to a lesser extent, Mercedes-Benz and Audi through a partnership with HERE...


2018 Alpina B5 BiTurbo pricing and specs - UPDATE
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2018 Alpina B5 BiTurbo pricing and specs - UPDATE

Update (7/2/18): Alpina's local division has re-priced the B5 sedan, which now starts from $210,000 before on-road costs. Australian pricing and specifications for the new Alpina B5 BiTurbo have been announced, with the luxury super sedan to kick off at $210,000 before on-road costs...


BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo pricing and specs
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BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo pricing and specs

The ultra-niche BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (GT) will hit Australia in November this year, to complement the shorter 5 Series sedan and wagon range. BMW's undoubtedly slicker successor to the polarising and moderately taller 5 Series GT retains the signature higher hip point, hatchback tailgate and stretched wheelbase (3070mm) to grow rear legroom - a key to doing well in China, its main market...


BMW 530d joins Victorian highway patrol fleet
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BMW 530d joins Victorian highway patrol fleet

The 2017 BMW 530d will report for duty as a highway patrol car "by early-2018", as part of the Bavarian manufacturer's new vehicle supply partnership with Victoria Police. Up to 80 of the diesel-powered sedans will be patrolling Victorian roads within the next 12-15 months, largely due to the end of local vehicle manufacturing - spelling the demise of the current police crop of Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores...


2017 BMW 530i vs Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan comparison
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2017 BMW 530i vs Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan comparison

While Bill Murray began every Groundhog Day at 6AM back in the early ’90s, the perpetual time warp I’m currently finding myself in starts with ‘5’ and ends with ‘Series sedan from BMW’. Since the all-new seventh-generation 2017 BMW 5 Series range lobbed locally in March, I've sampled both petrol 530i fours and 540i sixes, spent a week with diesel six-cylinder 530d in May, and attended the 530e iPerformance PHEV’s local launch in June...


2017 BMW 520i here in September from $92,200
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2017 BMW 520i here in September from $92,200

The local 2017 BMW 5 Series range has been expanded this week with the introduction of a new entry-level 520i variant, hitting showrooms in September. Starting at $92,900 plus on-road costs, the 520i comes equipped with the Luxury Line styling pack with chrome exterior highlights, 18-inch light alloy wheels, LED headlights and fog-lights, keyless entry and start, 'Dakota' leather upholstery, electric front seat adjustment, Navigation Professional with 10...