Next BMW Z4: Green light for ‘pure driving pleasure’

‘Particularly important’ test stage at Miramas Next comes camouflage drives on autobahns Major focus is the new suspension system MUNICH, Germany – Long bonnet, short overhangs, low centre of gravity, soft top: despite the camouflage, the two-seater doing laps at the BMW test centre in Miramas in the south of France was instantly recognisable as…

BMW M3 CS comes 30 years on from E30 BMW M3 Evolution

Special edition, limited run, for M3 special Tuned sport exhaust blows through four tailpipes Road-legal, semi-slick, tyres can be specified MUNICH, Germany – BMW is presenting another exclusive, limited-run, special-edition model – a BMW M3 CS with accentuated sporting presence but continuing the now decades-long tradition of M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution….

‘Hey look, Ma! No hands!’ In fact, not even a rider

No rider needed! Hello, pizza parlours! BMW scooter mule for computer testing Full motorcycle performance no problem LONDON, England – A self-driving (riding??) motorcycle, co-developed by AB Dynamics in Britain, will allow autonomous cars to be tested under much more challenging and representative conditions. Unlike slow-moving pedestrians and cyclists, the combination of rapid acceleration and…

BMW iX3: Key role for future electric mobility

MUNICH, Germany – BMW Group is pushing ahead with vehicle electrification strategy by extending the reach to the company’s core brands and the BMW Concept iX3 – debuted Auto China 2018 show in Beijing – offers a look ahead to the expansion of the model line-up in this area. The first model from the BMW brand to be…

Saturday shops? Put a new Beemer in your shopping trolley

Arrange a test drive in-store from latest Beemers Buy on-line using an interactive display. Problem? A BMW Genius will be on call to help LONDON, England – BMW UK has announced the opening of its first UK-based Urban Store at the Bluewater shopping centre in southern England. Following the template of BMW Urban Stores around…

BMW marches on in Pretoria with X3 production

State-of-art plant aiming for 76 000 units a year R6.1bn investment – now cars rolling off the line Commitment to SA continues 45 years on MIDRAND, South Africa – A new chapter in South Africa’s automotive story has opened with BMW SA starting production  of the X3 SUV at its plant near Pretoria to emphasise…

BMW M5 voted 2018 Performance Car of the Year

MUNICH, Germany – BMW’s M5  sport sedan has been voted ‘World Performance Car 2018’… the announcement made at the 2018 New York auto show and taking to seven the number of ‘World Car  of the Year’ awards scored by brand. There were 11 vehicles in the category ”performance cars’ of which at least 2000 units must…

Three decades down the road, we present the new M5

Sixth generation M5 on the way from BMW Fresh, more powerful, version of 4.4-litre V8 New M xDrive drivetrain, selectable all-wheel drive. MUNICH, Germany – The BMW M5 is the original model that started the high performance super saloon genre. Now comes an all-new sixth generation of the BMW M5 sedan equipped with an enhanced V8…

Here comes another Baby Beemer: the X2 4×4

Wide model range: SE, Sport, M Sport and M Sport X …but only one engine for now – a two-litre diesel Still coming: sDrive20i, sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d MUNICH, Germany – The 2018 BMW X2, the automaker says, has ”an unmistakable design and sporty, urban feel”. More importantly, it’s said to have broken ground for…

BMW SA says ‘Goodbye 3 Series, Hello X3’ after 35 years

‘World’s best plant’ changing gear ‘New road’ on Rosslyn’s production path 35 years production, 1 191 604 vehicles ROSSLYN, South Africa – The last BMW 3 Series sedan has left the building – but it’s not the end of the Threes. The building, of course, being the BMW plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, which through 35 years…

25 record repair bills: See what one insurer paid out

Top warranty company reveals giant 2017 repair bills See how much work on a McLaren MP4-12C cost insurer Own a Lambo, Landy or Ferrari? Then be prepared! A CAPE TOWN acquaintance, owner of a VW that’s a tad old, wanted to keep his trusty sedan for a few more years so dropped off old faithful…

BMW 8 Series: Performance testing starts in Italy

BMW 8 Series on Italy’s Aprilia test track Collected data also for Endurance racing First race meeting for 8 Coupe this weekend MUNICH, Germany – A close-to-series BMW 8 Series Coupe prototype is undergoing intensive testing on a high-speed proving ground in Aprilia, Italy, to optimise the vehicle’s driving dynamics on high-friction surfaces. Audi regards it…