BMW X4 range expands with new xDrive35d

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  • New BMW X4 xDrive35d to arrive this month.
  • Priced from $89,900, including M Sport package as standard.
  • Features enhanced specification list over the model it replaces, the xDrive30d, including:
    • 20-inch M light alloy wheels
    • Comfort Access
    • DAB+ Digital Radio
    • Harman / Kardon Surround Sound
    • ConnectedDrive Freedom
    • Internet
  • Powered by 3.0 litre, six-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engine, generating 230kW and 630Nm of torque.
  • Charges from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds.

BMW Group Australia has announced the launch of a new flagship model for its BMW X4 range, the xDrive35d, arriving on showroom floors this month.
Priced from $89,900*, the latest addition to the BMW X4 range delivers increased levels of performance and specification, replicating the breadth of equipment in its petrol fuelled alternative.

The X4 xDrive35d is powered by a 3.0 litre, six cylinder engine, with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, adding significant output over the xDrive30d it replaces within the brand’s model line-up, while retaining its miserly levels of fuel economy.

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Introducing all-new BMW X1 sDrive models

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  • BMW X1 sDrive models arrive in Australia.
  • Available from $49,900* for the entry-level diesel model, the sDrive18d, while the sDrive20i is priced from $51,600*.
  • The all-new X1 sDrive18d and sDrive20i feature a broad range of standard specification over the first generation model, including:
    • Driving Assistant
    • Parking Assistant
    • xLine
    • Intelligent Emergency Call and Teleservices
    • ConnectedDrive Services, Remote Control Services and Real Time Traffic Information
    • Automated tailgate
    • Rear Seat Adjustment
    • LED headlights
  • Showcases the rugged proportions and athletic features which are the trademark of BMW X vehicles.
  • Second generation BMW X1 is 53mm taller, 23mm wider and 38mm shorter than original model.
  • Front-wheel drive architecture offers enhanced interior space and improved storage solutions, delivering greater driver and passenger comfort.
  • The BMW X1 sDrive20i features a 141kW, 280Nm, four-cylinder engine, paired to an eight-speed sports Steptronic transmission.
  • The diesel fuelled BMW X1 sDrive18d offers outstanding efficiency, consuming 4.3 litres of fuel per 100km, while generating 110kW and 330Nm from its two-litre, fourcylinder engine.
  • Nearly 8,000 X1 sDrive models have been sold in Australia since 2010.
  • Available in showrooms now.

BMW Group Australia has welcomed the final members of its all-new X1 family, with the sDrive18d and sDrive20i arriving to expand the brand’s range of premium compact SAVs to four.

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Introducing the 2016 BMW Individual Collection

  • BMW launches the exclusive BMW Individual Collection.
  • A selection of models showcasing the best in BMW craftsmanship, materials and design.
  • BMW Individual paint, upholstery and trim combinations developed by central design team in conjunction with leading overseas markets.
  • Available across 10 models:
    • 330i Touring
    • 428i Coupe/Convertible/Gran Coupe
    • 528i Sedan and 535i Sedan
    • 640i Coupe/Convertible/Gran Coupe
    • X5 xDrive30d
  • Only 147 vehicles available for Australia.
  • Available in dealerships now.

BMW Group Australia announces the introduction of the exclusive 2016 BMW Individual Collection, a selection of models from across the range chosen for their ability to showcase the very best in BMW craftsmanship, materials and design.

Available across 10 models, including the BMW 3 Series Touring, 4 and 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe, 5 Series Sedan and X5, each vehicle features BMW Individual paint, leather upholstery with Piano Black trim and M Sport package.

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BMW Group Australia announce M3 and M4 Competition range

  • Introducing the BMW M3 and M4 Competition range – M3 Competition Sedan, M4 Competition Coupe and M4 Competition Convertible.
  • Expands the number of vehicles in the BMW M3 and M4 family to six, joining the M3, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible.
  • BMW M3 and M4 Competition models feature increased power, improved performance and sharper dynamics.
  • The BMW M3 and M4 Competition vehicles receive the following additional features and equipment over standard models:
  • 20-inch star spoke alloy wheels
  • Power upgrade to 331kW (+14kW)
  • 0-100km/h time of 4.0 seconds (-0.1) with the M3 Competition and M4 Competition Coupe; 4.3 seconds (-0.1) with M4 Competition Convertible
  • Adaptive M Suspension with revised settings
  • New Dynamic Stability Control settings
  • Revised Active M Differential
  • Sports exhaust system with improved potent sound and tailpipes in black high-gloss
  • M seats with cut-out elements for driver and front passenger (M3 Competition Sedan and M4 Competition Coupe only)
  • Seat belts with stripes in M colours
  • BMW kidney grille, side gills and the model badge In black high-gloss

BMW Group Australia will introduce three new vehicles to the BMW M3 and M4 family, confirming the arrival of the M3 and M4 Competition range from the second half of the year.

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Standard Sport Innovations Package introduced to BMW X3

  • Sport Innovations Package now available as standard across BMW X3 range.
  • Includes the most popular Line and equipment offerings in the BMW X range.
  • The BMW X3 xDrive20i and xDrive20d receive over $8,000 of additional value:
  • M Sport package
  • 19-inch light-alloy double spoke wheels
  • M Aerodynamics Package
  • M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles
  • Nevada leather upholstery
  • Performance Control
  • Sport Suspension settings
  • Comfort Access (keyless entry)
  • Exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle function and fold-in function
  • Surround View with 360 degree camera
  • 8.8 inch Professional Navigation
  • The BMW xDrive28i and xDrive30d benefit from nearly $4,000 of included value (other features already standard):
  • M Sport package
  • 19-inch light-alloy double spoke wheels
  • M Aerodynamics Package
  • M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles
  • Nevada leather upholstery
  • Performance Control
  • Sport Suspension settings
  • Comfort Access (keyless entry)
  • The Sport Innovations Package is available on all BMW X3 models from 1st February 2016.

BMW Group Australia is delighted to announce the introduction of the Sport Innovations Package as standard on the BMW X3.
Highlighted by the inclusion of M Sport package as a no-cost offering across the range – xDrive20i, xDrive20d, xDrive28i and xDrive30d – the Sport Innovations Package delivers heightened visual appeal and trademark BMW technology from the showroom floor.
Shawn Ticehurst, Head of Product and Market Planning for BMW Group Australia, said the Sport Innovations Package was formulated to include leading equipment options previously available across the range.

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F1 comes to 2016 Phillip Island Classic FOM

  • Famous ex-Graham Hill/Jackie Stewart F1 BRM
  • Ex-Alan Jones Williams FW06 in first Australian race
  • Up to 30 Formula 5000s competing

Two famous Formula 1 cars with unique Australian connections will be coming ‘home’ from the UK for the 2016 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport from March 11-13 – thanks to their current enthusiastic UK owners, Andrew and Margaret Wareing.
From the 1960s comes the works 1.5 litre BRM P261-5 that was raced by Graham Hill, Ritchie Ginther and Jackie Stewart in Formula 1 from 1964.
Later, factory-fitted with a larger 2.0-litre V8 engine, the same car contested the 1965, 1966 and 1967 Tasman Championship in Australia and New Zealand with Stewart and Richard Attwood.
Driven by Graham Hill, the car’s best F1 result was second in the 1964 French Grand Prix, while in 1966 it scored five race victories in the 1966 Tasman Series, with Stewart taking four of its race wins to clinch the eight-race Australian-New Zealand Championship.
Following its F1 era, P261-5 was fitted with a 3.0-litre BRM V12 engine and driven in non-Championship races in 1968/69 by David Hobbs, Tony Dean and Charles Lucas.

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The New 200MPH Jaguar F-TYPE SVR to make Global Debut at Geneva

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27 January 2016: The new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale in summer 2016.

Capable of 200mph, the new F-TYPE SVR is the first Jaguar SVR and is developed to exploit the two-seat aluminium sports car’s full potential while retaining its day-to-day usability.

Lighter, faster and more powerful, the new F-TYPE SVR takes performance, dynamics and driver involvement to a new level yet retains the comfort and duality of character inherent to all Jaguar cars.

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Volkswagen brand repositions its vehicle development organisation

Pooling responsibility for technology, quality, profitability and deadlines

Wolfsburg, January, 2016: The Volkswagen brand repositioned its organisation for vehicle development at the beginning of the year. Chairman of the Board of Management Dr Herbert Diess emphazises, “We have to ensure that the corporate responsibility for each vehicle project is clearly assigned. We expect these changes to yield an acceleration boost in development. This step represents a core element of ‘New Volkswagen’, the new strategic direction of our brand.”

Cross-functional collaboration will be strengthened as a result: from the concept to the end of the life-cycle for any given model, the responsibility for technology, quality, cost and deadline compliance, and the responsibility for cost-effectiveness, now clearly lie in one hand for the first time. Until now, these responsibilities were distributed across different divisions and differentiated into individual models groups as well.

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More driving fun, more fresh air, more diversity: the new MINI Convertible

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Market launch on March 5th 2016 – new generation of the open-top 4- seater available in five engine variants – and also: market launch of the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible.

Munich. Open-top driving fun in the world’s only premium convertible in the small car segment advances to the next stage. The new MINI Convertible is raring to go and ready to greet the upcoming spring season. The open-top 4-seater goes out to dealerships on March 5th 2016
– with elegantly stretched lines, a noticeable increase in sporty flair, the matured product substance of the new MINI generation and available in five engine variants. At the same time, the market launch of the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible sees the start of extreme sporty driving fun under the open sky.

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Mercedes-Benz Provides Official Safety Car for 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

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Melbourne – Mercedes-Benz will proudly return to Mt Panorama from 4 – 7 February to provide the Official Safety Car for the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. The Safety Car, a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan, is expected to make several appearances on the iconic roads of Australia’s most revered and intimidating circuit.

“Mercedes-Benz has a proud heritage at Mount Panorama and we’re excited to bring a strong presence back to the Bathurst 12 Hour” said Horst von Sanden, CEO and Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific. “We’re thrilled to showcase the performance and safety of our vehicles at such an iconic event, and feel honoured to continue our provision of the Official Safety Car.”

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