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23rd February, 2006

The BMW Group is once again celebrating a premiere at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in launching the BMW Z4 M Coupé and the BMW Z4 Coupé 3.0si. BMW is presenting the two cars to the public for the first time at the 76th Geneva Show. At the same time this special event, so rich in tradition, is again setting the stage for the BMW Z4 Roadster and the BMW Z4 M Roadster following their world debut just a short time ago at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

 The third world premiere is the presentation of the BMW 320si coming in a special limited edition and serving as the base car for the racing model to be entered in the 2006 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

The first major European car show in the year also marks the presentation of numerous innovations in technology: From 2nd–12th March 2006, visitors from all over the world will be able to see how BMW can successfully overcome and eliminate the apparent contradiction in terms between dynamic performance and superior fuel economy. For apart from efficient petrol and diesel engines already built in series production, BMW is also presenting some brand-new, cutting-edge developments in engine technology in Geneva.

Indeed, one of BMW’s world debuts at this year’s Geneva Show is the first straight-six power unit with biturbo technology, high-precision direct gasoline injection, and an all-aluminium crankcase. This highly innovative power unit combines exceptional power and performance with a standard of economy never seen before on an engine of this calibre and with this technology, making the new power unit a par­tic­ularly fascinating example of efficient dynamics.

The new turbocharged engine once again extends and broadens BMW’s range of outstanding drive units which, through its diversity and supreme technical standard, has fascinated both customers and experts alike time and again.

BMW is also presenting the latest engines in all of the Company’s power and performance classes in Geneva, among them several power units lauded only recently by the “Engine of the Year Award”.

The Highlights at a Glance.

World debut: the new BMW Z4 M Coupé.
Particularly this uncompromising Sports Coupé from BMW M GmbH will appeal to the really sporting, ambitious driver. Through its 3.2-litre straight-six power unit alone (252 kW, 365 Nm), this new model guarantees exceptional per­formance and supreme driving pleasure all in one. Accelerating to a maximum speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph, this supreme sports car with its high-performance chassis and suspension completes the sprint from 0–100 km/h in 5.0 seconds.

World debut: the new BMW Z4 Coupé 3.0si.
This two-seater with its classic coupé silhouette and 195 kW straight-six power unit combined with a truly supreme chassis and suspension offers dynamism and agility of the highest standard. And despite its sporting qualities (0–100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, top speed 250 km/h), the BMW Z4 Coupé 3.0si requires just 8.6 litres/100 km in the composite EU cycle.

BMW Z4 M Roadster:
The 3.2-litre straight-six (252 kW, 365 Nm) rock­eting this two-seater to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds guarantees open-air driving pleasure of the highest calibre. And at the same time the BMW Z4 M Roadster gives the driver truly unique handl­ing in every respect. From the outside this outstanding model is clearly distinguishable above all by its front air dam with huge air intake scoops and bi-xenon headlights, the individual design of its 18-inch wheels, and the rear end in typical BMW M style with four tailpipes.

BMW Z4 Roadster:
The BMW Z4 Roadster featured in Geneva comes with discreet refinements in its design and looks as well as innovative en­gines covering the entire range from 110 kW (BMW Z4 Roadster 2.0i) to 195 kW (BMW Z4 Roadster 3.0si) as new highlights in the 2006 open-air season.

World debut: the new BMW 320si.
Available in a Limited Edition of just 2,600 units, this special ver­sion of the BMW 3 Series Sedan features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder power unit developing maximum output of 127 kW at 7,000 rpm. Further special features are the M Sports Package and 18-inch wheels in the design of the WTCC racing version. Top speed is 225 km/h, with acceleration to 100 km/h in this motor­sport-based Sports Sedan coming in just 8.1 seconds. The BMW 320si is the base car for the competition model to be raced in the 2006 WTCC Series.

World debut: the new straight-six turbo engine.
Even more dynamic, even more efficient: BMW is presenting the first straight-six power unit with bi-turbo technology, high-pre­cision fuel injection, and an all-aluminium crankcase. This inno­vative engine with maximum output of 225 kW and peak torque of 400 Nm combines supreme power and performance with all-round up-to-date economy and leaves the former weaknesses of turbocharger technology far behind. Already developed to pro­duction standard, this new power unit is being presented to the world public in Geneva for the first time.

Prize-winning: BMW’s engine range.
BMW is presenting its entire range of engines at the Geneva Motor Show, thus clearly substantiating the Company’s inno­va­tive power also in the area of engine technology. Visitors will be able to admire both petrol and diesel engines in all classes.

Other BMW news: here.

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Land Rover G4 Challenge UK Finalists
20th January, 2006
Counting down to one of the world's toughest driving and multi-sport adventure challenges, Scotsman and 2003 Land Rover G4 Challenge veteran, Tim Pickering, last week visited the Land Rover Experience in Dunkeld, Perthshire to administer some gruelling training on the three 2006 UK finalists ..... more

Dodge Re-introduces Performance Nameplate
20th January, 2006
A pair of names familiar to many automotive enthusiasts are again part of the Dodge performance line-up with the return of the Super Bee nameplate for the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 and the "TorRed" exterior colour for the 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T ..... more

Learn To Drive The Maserati Way
20th January, 2006
Maserati has launched its 2006 Master GT driving course programme which provides a unique opportunity to hone existing driving ability and learn new skills under the tuition of an ex-Formula One driver whilst behind the wheel of a Maserati ..... more

New Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
19th January, 2006
Four years on from its launch, the successful Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has undergone a number of enhancements ..... more

Audi Unveils Dazzling Array of Firsts in Detroit
19th January, 2006
Audi treated visitors to the 2006 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit with its presentation of three world firsts ..... more

Europe's Mitsubishi Colt CZC coupé-cabriolet
19th January, 2006
Two years after the launch of the Colt hatchback and a year after the introduction of the Colt coupé, Mitsubishi will unveil the third variant of the European Colt family at the 76th Geneva Motor Show: the sporty Colt CZC coupé-cabriolet ..... more

Daewoo's New AWD To Debut At Geneva Motor Show
18th January, 2006
GM has issued the first details of its all-new compact SUV, the Chevrolet Captiva, which makes its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March ..... more

Ford Ready For WRC
18th January, 2006
The opening of the FIA World Rally Championship season on the Rallye Monte Carlo (19th - 22nd January) heralds a new era for Ford ..... more

Mazda to Add Second Vehicle Test Track in Japan
18th January, 2006
In early March 2006, Mazda Motor Corporation will establish its second vehicle test track in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, to complement its Miyoshi Proving Ground facility ..... more

More Go For Holden's Performance Heroes
17th January, 2006
The most powerful standard engine ever offered by Holden will be installed in all 2006 model year Holden V8 vehicles. A new 6.0-litre alloy engine will deliver 260kW ..... more

Porsche: Exchange of exhaust tailpipes
17th January, 2006
Porsche AG, is having the exhaust tailpipes exchanged worldwide on 18,627 units of the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S ..... more

The new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
17th January, 2006
Mercedes-Benz has shown its new entrant in the luxury Sports Utility Vehicle market segment at the 2006 Detroit Motor Show: the GL-Class ..... more

America's new Chrysler Aspen
17th January, 2006
“The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers customers guilt-free indulgence,” said a wishful thinking Jeff Bell, Vice President – Chrysler, Chrysler Group ..... more

Subaru Forester X Luxury
17th January, 2006
Celebrating its success as the best selling Compact Sports Utility Vehicle in 2005, Subaru has launched a special edition Forester X Luxury ..... more

25 new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars Arrive
16th January, 2006
Carrera Cup racing in Australia will shoot for a world record for the most number of brand new race cars of the same type ever to line up on a starting grid when 25 of the new 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars take to the track in Adelaide in March ..... more

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sport Edition + Expands
16th January, 2006
Following the success of the limited edition C 200 KOMPRESSOR Sport Edition, Mercedes-Benz announced today an enhanced version of the limited edition package can now be ordered across the entire C-Class Saloon and Estate model range ..... more

IIHS Ranks Volvo XC90 at Top in Whiplash Test
16th January, 2006
In an American test of whiplash protection systems in SUVs and light trucks (utes), the Volvo XC90 is one of few models to achieve the top rating ..... more

Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart’s Sixth Successive Dakar Rally Win
16th January, 2006
Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team driver Luc Alphand and co-driver Gilles Picard clinched victory in the 28th Dakar Rally yesterday (Sunday). The feat marked a record-breaking 11th win for the Japanese automotive manufacturer ..... more

Dodge Challenger Concept Flexes Some Muscle
15th January, 2006
In developing the new Dodge Challenger concept car the designers at Chrysler Group’s West Coast Pacifica Studio knew they had a rich heritage to draw upon ..... more

Ford Transit Gets Better
14th January, 2006
The most successful commercial vehicle range in Europe – the Ford Transit – enters a new era in its long and successful life, with a series of extensive improvements to keep it modern and relevant ..... more

Alfa 159 Awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP Rating
14th January, 2006
Alfa's 159 has been awarded a five-star rating from Euro NCAP. It is an important achievement, which underlines the attention that Fiat Auto pays to the protection of its drivers and passengers ..... more

Peugeot 207 – The Next Generation
13th January, 2006
Peugeot announces the Peugeot 207, the newest member of the legendary 2 series dynasty. When the Peugeot 206 replaced the legendary Peugeot 205, nobody could have known what a success it was going to be. With over 5.4 million Peugeot 206s produced, it has become the best selling Peugeot ever ..... more

Ford Shelby GT500: Most Powerful Mustang Ever
13th January, 2006
After 40 years, racing legend Carroll Shelby and the Ford Mustang are back together with the introduction of America's 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 ..... more

2005: 10th Successive Record Year for Audi
13th January, 2006
Audi was able to set a new record for vehicle sales in 2005 for the tenth year in succession: 829,100 vehicles (2004: 779,441)* were handed over to customers worldwide ..... more

Chevrolet Camaro Concept Car
13th January, 2006
Combining dramatic design and exciting performance, the Chevrolet Camaro Concept recaptures the spirit of one of the most popular sport coupes of all time and redefines the Camaro for new generations of fans ..... more

Passat "Individual" – Enhanced aesthetics edition
12th January, 2006
Europe's Volkswagen Passat "Individual" combines outstanding design and an exclusive equipment specification. From the outside the special edition already catches the eye with luxury chrome trim and 18-inch alloy wheels ..... more

Liberty 2.0R Limited Edition Sparks Interest
12th January, 2006
A limited edition Double Overhead Camshaft 2.0 litre Subaru Liberty is now on sale in Australia, sporting a unique spark yellow colour scheme ..... more

Another Record Year For Citroen
12th January, 2006
Citroen set another record in 2005 with over 1.3 million products finding new owners, boosting Citroen's European market share to 6.7 per cent ..... more

Mitsubishi Concept CT at NAIAS
12th January, 2006
Mitsubishi has unveiled, at the Detroit Motor Show, the Concept-CT, a groundbreaking concept for a hybrid-powered small car that may influence development of future “Driven to Thrill” Mitsubishi models ..... more

Dodge Caliber For Global Markets
12th January, 2006
Dodge has revealed a production version of the Dodge Caliber at the Detroit Motor Show, the vehicle that will launch the brand in Australia in the third quarter of 2006 ..... more

Audi Hits All-Time Record in Australia
12th January, 2006
Audi has recorded an impressive 30 percent growth in sales during 2005, selling more than 4,800 units in Australia ..... more

Jaguar Posts Strong Finish to 2005
11th January, 2006
Jaguar Australia's December sales result was the strongest for three years. According to VFACTS, Jaguar delivered 104 vehicles in December 2005, thus putting a positive spin on the year's sales results ..... more

Chrysler Imperial Concept
11th January, 2006
Attractive or unattractive? You decide! But the Editor asserts this is one of the most unattractive cars at the 2006 Detroit Motor Show ..... more

Mini's Growth Prompts Bigger Model Range
11th January, 2006
Mini brand will grow to three distinct models within three years as the Mini Concept Detroit is confirmed for future production ..... more

Volvo C30 Concept At Detroit Motor Show
11th January, 2006
Volvo has revealed a two-door concept car at the Detroit Motor Show, which gives a strong indication of the design of a new smaller Volvo C30 model which will be launched later this year ..... more

Jeep Reveals Two New Vehicles For Australia
11th January, 2006
Jeep has unveiled two brand new production cars at the Detroit Motor Show aimed at younger customers, the Jeep Compass and Jeep Wrangler – and both will be coming to Australia within the next 18 months ..... more

Morgan 4-seater To Return
11th January, 2006
The Morgan 4-seater is coming back! The new model is due to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006. The new and significantly revised 4-seater ..... more

Aston Martin Rapide Concept Car
10th January, 2006
The Aston Martin Rapide concept is a four-door, high performance coupé of remarkable grace and poise. Based on Aston Martin's unique VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture, the Rapide combines the company's commitment to power, beauty and soul with space and practicality for every eventuality ..... more

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