Jim Richards on track for BMW birthday celebrations at 2016 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport

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Australia’s most versatile and most decorated racing driver – seven times Bathurst and eight time Targa Tasmania winner, former NASCAR, GT and TCM champion Jim Richards – will be Patron on the 27th Phillip Island Festival of Motorsport from 11-13 March 2016.
The popular expatriate New Zealander, who has called Australia ‘home’ for more than 40 years, will mark the occasion in company with the Team JPS BMWs that brought him the first two of his four Australian Touring Car Championships in 1985 and 1987.
Significantly, Richards’ Patronage coincides with BMW’s 100th Birthday celebrations worldwide, which will kick off in Australia at the Phillip Island Classic with a major display of old and new road and racing models by the BMW Car Club of Victoria.
Richards will race an ex-Team JPS BMW 635 coupe now owned by New Zealand enthusiast Peter Sturgeon in the Group C & A races at the Phillip Island Classic. The BMW has been painstakingly restored to the same Group C spec that Richards raced it in 1983 and 1984.
Richards will also bring his own ex-Team JPS BMW M3 to the meeting – a car he drove in the early rounds of the 1987 ATCC on his way to win his second title – while Shannons may also display the ex-Neville Crichton BMW 635 JPS Team car that Richards also owns, but never actually raced it in the period. Continue reading Jim Richards on track for BMW birthday celebrations at 2016 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport

Alfa Romeo’s Italian supermodel goes topless: The 4C Spider has arrived in Australia, delivering thrilling performance, stunning style and an exhilarating open-air experience

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  • The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider’s open-air cockpit and mid-engine proportions draw from more than 100 year­­s of ground-breaking Italian design and heritage
  • Unique carbonfibre windshield frame highlights the 4C Spider’s ultralight carbonfibre monocoque and aluminium chassis structures, which enable an incredible power-to-weight ratio and true supercar performance
  • Carbon-fibre monocoque ensures rigidity, meaning minimal structural differences between the 4C Spider and 4C Coupe.
  • Innovative technological solutions: all-aluminium 1750cc direct-injection, dual intercooled, advanced turbocharged engine with dual variable-valve timing paired to the lightning-fast Alfa TCT (twin-clutch transmission) and Alfa DNA selector with four adjustable drive modes
  • Stunning performance: 177kW, 350Nm and a 4.5sec 0-100km/h sprint
  • Handcrafted in Modena, Italy, Alfa Romeo 4C Spider combines the excellences of both Alfa Romeo and Maserati
  • The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is available now and is priced at just $99,000 (MSRP)

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has arrived in Australia, combining the race-inspired performance, advanced technology and stunning design of its hard-topped sibling, with the thrills and excitement of open-air motoring. Continue reading Alfa Romeo’s Italian supermodel goes topless: The 4C Spider has arrived in Australia, delivering thrilling performance, stunning style and an exhilarating open-air experience

Pricing and specification confirmed for the first ever BMW M2 range

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  • The BMW M2 Coupe will be available in two variants.
  • Price starts at $89,900 for the manual-only M2 Pure and $98,900 for the range leading M2, featuring 7-speed M Double-Clutch transmission.
  • Broad list of standard equipment on both models, including:
    • Active M differential, M compound brakes, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Driving Assistant, rear Park Distance Control, Rear View Camera, Carbon fibre interior trim and Dakota leather upholstery.
  • The headline M2 receives further equipment:
    • M Double Clutch transmission with Drivelogic, alarm system, Comfort Access System, adaptive headlights, BMW Selective Beam, electric lumbar support and seat adjustment, seat heating and harman/kardon surround sound system.
      The six-speed manual transmission is available as a no-cost option.
  • Powered by three litre, six-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo engine, the BMW M2 generates 272kW of power and 465Nm of torque.
  • Accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds with 7-speed M Double-Clutch transmission or 4.5 seconds with six-speed manual.
  • 7-speed M Double-Clutch transmission features Drivelogic and integrated Launch Control, including Stability Clutch Control, Creep on Demand and slight rear-wheel slip function.
  • Design evokes trademark BMW M aesthetics, with aerodynamic front apron, M double-spoke kidney grille and integrated rear diffuser, as well as quad exhausts.
  • The BMW M2 Coupe range is available from Q2 2016.

BMW Group Australia has confirmed pricing and specification for the first ever BMW M2 Coupe ahead of the launch of the eagerly anticipated model next year.
The latest offering from BMW’s high-performance M division, the BMW M2 Coupe is powered by a 272kW six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, and features specially tuned M Sport suspension.
The BMW M2 Coupe will be available in two variants, with prices starting from $89,900 for the base level M2 Pure, and $98,900 for the range leading M2, and features a broad list of standard specification across the range. Continue reading Pricing and specification confirmed for the first ever BMW M2 range

BMW Group Australia announces 2016 Australian GT Championship assault

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BMW Group Australia has confirmed the company will enter the Australian GT Championship in 2016, fielding its newly developed BMW M6 GT3 performance car in the prestigious series.
The racing version of the renowned BMW M6 coupe, the M6 GT3 was unveiled at the IAA Cars 2015 in September and has attracted interest from private teams in a host of championships and renowned race events around the world – and now it’s headed to Australia.
Marc Werner, CEO of BMW Group Australia, is the architect of the brand’s plan to return to the popular local GT Series.
“It’s a well known fact that Australians love performance vehicles, and the BMW Group designs and produces some of the world’s best performance vehicles – it’s in our DNA.
“Vehicles such as our remarkable BMW M6 GT3 are born to race, so why wouldn’t we go racing? It makes perfect sense – it’s part of our brand’s performance heritage,” Werner said.
“We definitely have an exciting 2016 motorsport season ahead of us. For one thing, BMW will be 100 years old, and that obviously gives us extra motivation to present the brand with as much success as possible to mark its anniversary. Plus, after many months of intense testing, we can’t wait to finally see the BMW M6 GT3s make their race debuts in Australia. Continue reading BMW Group Australia announces 2016 Australian GT Championship assault

The All-New Jaguar F-PACE Australian Pricing announced #FPACE

The all-new Jaguar F-PACE: a performance crossover from Jaguar for those who love driving

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  • Priced from $74,340 for the F-PACE 20d Prestige
  • Deliveries to commence from Q3, 2016
  • Unrivalled dynamics, matched with everyday usability.
    F-TYPE-inspired form that delivers on the promise of Jaguar’s breakthrough C-X17 concept,
  • Spacious handcrafted cabin and large 650-litre luggage compartment
  • Strong and stiff Lightweight Aluminium Architecture delivers agility, refinement and efficiency
  • InControl Touch Pro: the world’s most advanced infotainment system, to make every journey easier and more connected
  • 10.2-inch tablet-style touchscreen is intuitive to use and features superb quality graphics
  • World debut of Activity Key: waterproof, wearable technology for active lifestyles, allowing keys to be securely locked inside the vehicle
  • F-TYPE-derived chassis technologies including Torque Vectoring, Adaptive Dynamics and Configurable Dynamics to offer a rewarding, tuneable driving experience
  • Range of powertrains from the clean, responsive 132kW Ingenium diesel to the scintillating performance offered by the 280kW Supercharged V6 petrol.
  • All-wheel drive delivers reassuring levels of grip for all-weather confidence, further enhanced with segment-leading traction technologies including Adaptive Surface Response
  • Full suite of cutting-edge driver assistance, occupant and pedestrian safety systems

Continue reading The All-New Jaguar F-PACE Australian Pricing announced #FPACE

The future is HERE: Tomorrow’s mobility begins with real-time digital maps

  • AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG successfully conclude HERE acquisition
  • HERE as leading provider of technology for digitized world of mobility
  • Data from vehicle sensors to accelerate development of open location platform
  • HERE to expand business in all areas and win further customers beyond automotive
  • Shareholders open to other partners and investors from all industries

Berlin – December 7, 2015. Intelligent real-time maps, location-based services and highly-automated driving: the future of mobility lies in a digitized world – one that can be reached through the products and services of HERE. First-rate maps and a new understanding of location-based services are the foundation for HERE to continue on its successful growth course – as an open, independent and value creating company. This is to the benefit of the many hundreds of HERE customers from multiple industries. Continue reading The future is HERE: Tomorrow’s mobility begins with real-time digital maps

The new Mercedes-Benz GLS: GL meets S

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Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific has announced pricing and specification for the new Mercedes-Benz GLS which arrives in April 2016. Like the GL before it,the GLS sets new standards in the world of the SUV. Boasting outstanding spaciousness, the GLS combines luxury and comfort, with agile dynamics and best-in-class safety.

The revised exterior and luxurious interior clearly underscore the impressive character of the GLS. Outside, the focus has been placed on a redesign of the front, while the rear has been modernised primarily in the area of the bumper and tail lights. Eye-catching highlights in the interior include: the newly designed instrument panel with semi-integrated Media Display, the new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, and the modified centre console with the innovative touchpad. Once again the dimensions of the GLS bear witness to its full-size format, and form the best possible basis for providing its seven passengers with a generous amount of space:

Length: 5130 mm

Width: 1934 mm

Height: 1850 mm

Wheelbase: 3075 mm Continue reading The new Mercedes-Benz GLS: GL meets S

The New Generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Pricing and Specification announced

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Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced pricing and specification for the new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class which goes on sale in January 2016. Combining benchmark driving dynamics and safety technologies with enhanced design and connectivity features, the new A-Class is sportier than ever, and ready for a new generation.

“The progressive new A-Class continues the success story of our compact car range” said Horst von Sanden, CEO and Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific. “Since 2013, the A-Class model range has enhanced the youthful appeal of our brand, and been one of the real highlights in our product offensive. This latest generation delivers even greater comfort and value to our customers.”

The model range

The new generation A-Class model range provides exceptional value right from the entry level A 180. Consuming just 5.8 L/100km from a 1.6 L turbocharged engine, the A 180 includes 17” wheels, Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation, Blind Spot Assist, reversing camera, KEYLESS Start, DYNAMIC SELECT and a Diamond Grille in black as standard. Continue reading The New Generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Pricing and Specification announced

The Italian Icon, Evolved: Introducing the All-New Fiat 500X

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  • The all-new Fiat 500X has arrived, delivering contemporary Italian design with iconic Cinquecento features
  • Equipped with powerful-but-efficient petrol engines, three transmission options – manual, dual-clutch automatic or nine-speed ZF automatic – and with front-wheel or all-wheel-drive configurations
  • Combined outputs make the 500X among the most powerful vehicles in its class: 103kW/230Nm or 125kW/250Nm
  • More than 60 available safety and security features, including seven airbags and reverse camera as standard across the range
  • Available in four well-equipped trim levels: Pop, Pop Star, Lounge and Cross Plus
  • Easily personalised design: Pop, Pop Star and Lounge designed to feel urban, while Cross Plus alters appearance for more adventurous look
  • ‘Beats by Dre’ audio system standard on Lounge and Cross Plus
  • The Fiat 500X is priced from $28,000 (MSRP) and is available in Fiat dealerships now

The Fiat 500 family has welcomed its newest member, the 500X – the new compact crossover that marks the latest evolution of iconic 500 brand.

With comfortable seating for five, world-class craftsmanship, and superior ride and handling, the Fiat 500X delivers driving excitement, technology, safety and functionality to the rapidly growing small crossover segment. Continue reading The Italian Icon, Evolved: Introducing the All-New Fiat 500X