Herald Sun - Motoring - - PRESTIGE - Paul Gover

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.

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