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BMW Group: Vikram Pawah announced as Australian CEO

BMW Group has announced Vikram Pawah will take over from Marc Werner as Australia/New Zealand CEO on August 1. He'll be moving on from his role as BMW India's president, having joined the BMW Group in January 2017. His career in the auto industry spans more than 25 years...

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BMW 530d becomes NSW Highway Patrol vehicle

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