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EVEN though a rear-view camera is now standard equipment on a $15,000 hatchback, BMW Australia says it will be at least another two years before its entire range gets the basic safety item as standard equipment.
Honda recently set a new benchmark for the cheapest car with a rear view camera as standard with its $14,990 Jazz hatchback. The previous low was the Toyota Corolla sedan at $20,700.
Despite the technology becoming cheaper, BMW is still behind rivals. Lexus has a rear camera on all models and BMW’s rival Mercedes-Benz has cameras as standard on most of its line-up, including the coming C-Class sedan and wagon.
Within two years, BMW says, a reversing camera will be on every model sold in Australia .
“Eventually we will get there. We just have to time it into the model life cycles,” says marketing chief Toni Andreevski.