BMW is increasing prices in mainland Europe by 1.8 per cent across its complete model line-up apart from the new UK-built Mini. However, apparently reflecting the competitive local market conditions, rising “parallel” (independent) imports and relatively recent adverse consumer reaction to perceived “rip-off” new car pricing, the company#;s UK subsidiary is restricting increases to the 3 series saloon, coupe, touring (wagon) and convertible models which will rise by an average of one per cent on 1 May.