BMW to Offer In-Car Advertising

[hr] Companies and governments always release negative news on a Friday afternoon. I know it’s early Friday in Germany, but it was just after 6pm here when I first saw this: In-car advertising coming to BMWs Australian car owners could soon have to contend with in-car advertisements during their daily commute. BMW is developing technology which will allow businesses to market their products through the German car maker’s built-in satellite navigation system. Yet another reason to always have at least one fully mechanical car? In a carefully-worded press release void of the term “advertising”, BMW claims the “location-based offers and […]

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Fantasy Friday – BMW 2002

Fantasy Friday is for cars that you might want to add to your dream garage, featuring a car that’s actually for sale right now. This week: the BMW 2002. BMW’s Neue Klasse started with the 1500, a compact 4-door sedan, in the early 1960’s. The range gathered steam quickly, changed its name from -00 to -02 and the BMW 2002 was the range-topping variation of the coupe released in 1968. The standard version had a single-carb, two-litre four cylinder engine producing around 100hp. A hotter ‘ti’ version had twin carbs and 120hp and was replaced by the ‘tii’ version with […]

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Contender: E46 BMW M3

The Alfa is now up for sale and (as anyone who knows me could have predicted) another car has popped up on my radar for use as our road-trip car later this year. Current contenders are the Porsche Boxster S and the Alfa Romeo Brera. I’ve got a few more to explore, too, but while I was trawling through brands in the Carsales.com.au classifieds yesterday, I decided to have a peek at the BMW M3 – and I liked what I saw. The model I’d be interested in is the E46 that was sold in Australia from 2001 to 2007. […]

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Classic Car Investments For Regular People

I was fascinated by a recent article I read on Classic Car Investment. Is it really possible to make a little bit of money on an expensive hobby like motoring? It isn’t easy. Some would go so far to say it isn’t likely. But it IS possible. If you actually select a somewhat exotic/unusual vehicle and then drive it, that could mean some serious maintenance costs. Think of those as rental fees for pleasure owning the car for a period and it makes the pill a little easier to swallow. Bottom line – pick the right car and it’s possible […]

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Car Factory Tour – See a BMW 3-series getting made

This video represents the basics of what I would have liked to do with Inside Saab. My mission, as I saw it, was to bring people inside the car company to see what it was like to develop and then build automobiles. We had a good start, but it wasn’t to be. I did various Saab factory articles over the years but I never got the OK to produce something like this – a start-to-finish car factory tour. There are a few bits missing here and there – e.g. you don’t see the powertrain at all until the ‘marriage point’. […]

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BMW 3-Series GT plays a familiar, catchy tune

BMW are famous for creating niches and then filling them, often answering questions that no-one’s asking. People seem to flock to showrooms and buy them whether they need them or not, almost as if they don’t know how they managed to survive before they had a 2-tonne faux-coupe-styled crossover that looks like a roller skate with 20-inch wheels and traction they’ll never need, let alone use. Hello X6. Following on from yesterday’s article on the Mercedes A250 Sport, here’s another new vehicle that should pique the interest of some Saab fans. Yes, it’s a BMW, but don’t let that throw […]

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