Recharged and electrifying: the classic Mini launches into the future.

BMW:Recharged and electrifying: the classic Mini launches into the future.

Munich. If Alec Issigonis could design the classic
Mini again today, the iconic small car would have an electric motor.
After all, the original launched in 1959 was created during an oil
crisis and based on the idea of saving fuel and transporting four
occupants and their luggage in the smallest possible footprint. To
this day, MINI remains linked to the principles of designer Issigonis
with its creative use of space and driving fun. The MINI Recharged
project is an opportunity to continue telling the story of the classic
Mini in the 21st century, in a sustainable way.

The conversion of classic Minis to an electric drive combines
traditional values with future-oriented technology. The idea was born
even before the British premium manufacturer had a fully electric car
on offer with the MINI Cooper SE (electricity consumption
combined:17.6 – 15.2 kWh/100 km according to WLTP; CO2 emissions
combined: 0 g/km.). As a one-off, a classic Mini Electric was built in
2018 and presented at the New York Auto Show. The reactions were so
positive that a dedicated team from MINI Plant Oxford set to work and
developed the plan to make a corresponding offer available to
customers who own a classic Mini.

To experience traditional go-kart handling with an emission-free
drivetrain, the original petrol engine of the classic Mini is replaced
by a modern electric drive. Only reversible changes are made to the
substance of the vehicle during the conversion as part of MINI
Recharged. Careful handling of the historical heritage is an important
part of the concept. This makes it possible to restore the classic
Mini to its original condition at a later date. During the conversion,
the original engine of each vehicle is marked and stored so it can be
reused in the event of a future retrofit of the classic Mini.

“What the project team are developing preserves the character of
the classic Mini and enables its fans to enjoy all-electric
performance. With MINI Recharged, we are connecting the past with the
future of the brand,” says Bernd Körber, Head of the MINI Brand.

The MINI Recharged project means a vehicle’s life can be extended in
a sustainable way. A classic Mini can now be given a new lease of
life, accompanying its owner into the future, whilst maintaining its
much-loved heritage. The drive is a modern electric motor that
generates a continuous output of up to 90 kW and accelerates the
electrified classic Mini from zero to 100 km/h in approximately nine
seconds. The energy is supplied by a high-voltage battery, which can
be charged with an output of up to 6.6 kW and enables a predicted
range of around 160 kilometers. In addition, every electrified classic
Mini from MINI Recharged receives the characteristic central
instrument cluster, familiar since the early days of the classic,
which now displays the drive temperature, the selected gear, range and speed.

MINI Recharged fans gain a whole new driving experience; a silent
drivetrain with instant acceleration and the ability to enter the
electric or low-emission driving zones of many large cities, otherwise
inaccessible with a combustion engine. For example, the electric
classic Mini can drive in Oxford Street or Piccadilly Circus in
London, and once again be part of the cityscape, without the driver
having to pay an environmental tax (congestion charge) beforehand. In
addition, the electric classic conversion does not need a new registration.

MINI Recharged fits seamlessly into the brand’s future strategy,
which also includes the aspect of circular economy. For this project,
no new vehicles are being produced, instead they are being created
from much-loved, existing cars. It allows a classic Mini to begin a
second, more sustainable life. Today, one in five new MINI models has
an electrified drive and now the MINI Recharged project will allow the
love of the brand’s classic vehicles to become an experience combining
the past and the future.

The bespoke upcycling of the classic Mini is carried out exclusively
in the United Kingdom. Each converted vehicle is given an individual
number, making it unique. “Individuality also plays an important
role with MINI Recharged,” says Sebastian Beuchel, Head of MINI
Global Brand Management. “Unique classic Mini models have always
been created, including true works of art on wheels. That’s why future
collaborations are also planned as part of the MINI Recharged
programme, allowing well-known artists to express their creativity
with specially designed classic Mini models.”

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072
E-mail: julian.kisch@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-23662
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

 

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the
BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles
and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility
services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production
and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global
sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles
and more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax
in the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting
to € 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction,
from the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase
of all products.

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In 2021 BMW Motorrad achieves the best sales result in its history with an increase of 14.8 percent.

BMW:In 2021 BMW Motorrad achieves the best sales result in its history with an increase of 14.8 percent.

Munich. BMW Motorrad finished the year with a record
sales result despite major challenges. With 194,261 units (+14.8%),
2021 was the best year since BMW Motorrad was founded (previous year: 169,272).

Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “The fact that we
still managed to finish 2021 with this fantastic result for BMW
Motorrad not only makes me happy, but also incredibly proud. It’s
precisely in times of crisis where you can see how well a team sticks
together. This year, I would therefore like to express my special
thanks to all employees as well as to the BMW Motorrad business
partners, who made this success possible thanks to their personal
commitment and flexibility. My sincere thanks also goes to our
customers for their loyalty, trust and support.”

Strong sales growth in Europe and Asia.

Europe showed strong sales growth in 2021. Italy (16,034 units /
+15.2 %), Spain (12,616 units / +14.4 %) and France (19,887 units /
+13.4 %) were the most important growth drivers and able to
continuously increase their sales figures. In total, 9,100 more
vehicles were delivered in Europe, including Germany, than in the
previous year. The Asian market is also continuing to expand. China
(14,309 units / +21.4%) is also one of the strongest growth and volume
markets in Asia with double-digit growth. India continues to develop
strongly, posting an absolute top result with a growth of 102.5% and a
remarkable 5,191 units.

Stable sales in Germany at a slight minus.

Germany remains by far the largest single market for BMW Motorrad.
With 25,972 units sold, BMW Motorrad will again defend its position as
the most successful motorcycle manufacturer in the German market in 2021. 

Encouraging developments in the USA and Brazil.

The market in the USA also developed very positively for BMW Motorrad
in 2021. With 16,030 motorcycles and scooters sold (previous year:
12,135 units), BMW Motorrad achieved an impressive +32.1% growth in
the USA. Sales in Brazil are not growing quite as fast, but they are
increasing steadily. With 11,150 vehicles sold (previous year: 10.707
units) and a growth of +4.1%, the South American market is among the
top 7 BMW Motorrad markets in 2021.

Brexit has no noticeable impact on motorcycle sales.

Fortunately, the UK’s exit from the EU had no significant impact on
the fun of riding on two wheels. With an increase of 26.6% and sales
of 9,263 units in Great Britain/Ireland (previous year 7,315 units),
the British market is proving to be stronger than ever before.

Boxer models remain the driving force.

A total of over 60,000 units of the two touring enduros R 1250 GS and
GS Adventure alone, were delivered to customers in 2021. Sales of the
traditionally strong R Series increased significantly overall. Thanks
to the new top-of-the-line R 1250 RT tourer and the four emotional BMW
cruisers from the R18 model family, sales figures in the flat-twin
boxer segment once again grew strongly, accounting for around half of
the total 194,261 vehicles sold.

First M motorcycle sets sporty and technological standards.

The BMW M 1000 RR was the first true M motorcycle from BMW Motorrad
to enter the market in 2021. With 1,070 units sold and numerous
sporting successes on the racetracks of this world, this powerful
sports motorbike once again underlines the high innovative strength
and passion of BMW Motorrad. A clear commitment to the sporty
four-cylinder is demonstrated not only by the S 1000 RR and S 1000 XR,
but also by the S 1000 R, which was launched in 2021 and which
achieved an excellent result with 4,796 units sold following its
comprehensive update.

Looking ahead at 2022.

Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “I look forward to 2022
with great confidence as we start the year with what is sure to be the
strongest product offering ever. Our four cruiser models from the BMW
R 18 model family are entering their first full year of sales
together. In addition, in the first few months of 2022 alone, the
market launches of the all-electric BMW CE 04 and our four superior
6-cylinder models K 1600 GT/GTL/B and Grand America, which have been
further improved in all respects, are absolute highlights in our range
and will generate a further sales drive in the first half of the year.
We also have a lot planned for the second half of 2022, so our
customers and fans are in store for a number of surprises.” 

You will find further press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW
Motorrad rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub atwww.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries please contact:

Gerhard Lindner, BMW Motorrad Communication
Telephone:
+49-151-601-53472, gerhard.la.lindner@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communication BMW Motorrad
Tel.:
+49-151-601-57505, tim.diehl-thiele@bmw.de

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW
Motorrad
Tel.: +49-151-601-35108, jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

Internet: www.press.bmw.de
E-mail: presse@bmw.de

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles
and more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

www.bmwgroup.com

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Management change at BMW Group Plant Eisenach

BMW:Management change at BMW Group Plant Eisenach

Eisenach. On 1 March Robert Frittrang will take over
as the new Director of BMW Group Plant Eisenach. Currently head of
Production Control, Systems Engineering, Maintenance, Production
Improvement at Plant Munich, he will succeed  Alexander Eras as
Managing Director of the BMW Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH facility. Alexander
Eras, Director of the plant since July 2018, will take over as Head of
Painted Bodies at BMW Group Plant Leipzig. In his role as Director in
Eisenach, Alexander Eras oversaw the largest plant expansion since its
establishment, in 1992. Over the years, the BMW Group has invested
€200 million in the site.

BMW Group Plant Eisenach produces large press tools and body panels,
most notably for high-quality, small-scale production runs. BMW
Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH is a partner of all BMW Group vehicle plants. Its
latest-generation laser cutting technology gives the side walls, roof
panels and bonnets of every BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce their
characteristic form.

Familiar with the skill and precision at Plant Eisenach from various
previous roles, Robert Frittrang is perfectly equipped for his new
position as Plant Director. “It will be a pleasure and an honour to
manage this plant. Its innovative, efficient to tool-making operations
give it a very special place in the BMW Group’s global production
network,” he commented. With a wealth of expertise in process and
structure planning, Robert Frittrang looks forward to supporting the
future development of Plant Eisenach and further strengthening its
role as the BMW Group’s foremost tool-making facility.

Robert Frittrang holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Since joining the BMW Group in 1995, he has held several roles in
various plants, including three years as Director of BMW Group Plant
Chennai, in southern India.

Plant Eisenach is also of particular historical importance to the BMW
Group. Purchased by BMW in 1928, it became the company’s gateway to
car manufacturing and produced all of its BMW vehicles until after
World War II. Later, the inauguration of BMW Group Plant Eisenach, in
1992, marked a home-coming for the company. This year BMW Group Plant
Eisenach, which currently employs more than 300 people, will celebrate
its 30th anniversary.

Original Press Release

BMW M Motorsport is approaching the 2022 season with a strong set of drivers.

BMW:BMW M Motorsport is approaching the 2022 season with a strong set of drivers.

Munich. BMW M Motorsport is counting on continuity in the
driver line-up for the 2022 season. In the coming months, 19 BMW M
works drivers will be competing around the world in the new BMW M4
GT3 for a range of BMW M Motorsport teams, and will also play a key
role in the testing phase for the new BMW M LMDh. All 19 drivers are
already familiar faces from previous years in the BMW M Motorsport
family. Their experience and class are particularly crucial for the
many new challenges that BMW M Motorsport is facing.

 

“2022 is a year of numerous new challenges for BMW M Motorsport – so
it was all the more important for us to count on experience, class and
continuity when selecting the BMW M works drivers,” said Franciscus
van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “In the season ahead, the new BMW M4 GT3
will go up against top-quality opposition in the world’s greatest GT
races for the first time. Development and testing of our BMW M LMDh is
proceeding apace, with the aim of battling for overall wins at the
major classic races in the IMSA series from 2023. For this important
project, we need drivers who really know BMW M Motorsport, the cars,
the engineers, the race series and circuits, and who can concentrate
fully on regularly squeezing the best possible performance from the
overall package. We are convinced that we are ready for the 2022
season with our line-up.”

Details about the driver allocations for the relevant BMW M
Motorsport teams and race series will be announced at a later date.

The BMW M Motorsport driver line-up no longer includes Martin Tomczyk
and Maximilian Günther (both GER). Tomczyk has called time on his
racing career and is pursuing new professional challenges, while
Günther is competing for Nissan in the ABB FIA Formula E World
Championship. BMW M Motorsport would like to thank both drivers for
the time spent together.

The BMW M Motorsport works drivers 2022 in alphabetical order:

Nick Catsburg (NED)

Date of
birth

15
February 1988

Place of
birth

Amersfoort (NED)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2011

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Nürburgring 2020,
Intercontinental GT Champion 2020, victory at 24h
Spa-Francorchamps 2015

Jake Dennis (GBR)

Date of
birth

16
June 1995

Place of
birth

Nuneaton (GBR)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2021

Major
successes

3rd place in Formula E drivers’ championship
2021, 2nd place at Bathurst 12 Hour 2019

Connor De Phillippi (USA)

Date of
birth

25
December 1992

Place of
birth

San
Clemente (USA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2018

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Daytona 2019, victory at 24h
Nürburgring 2017, ADAC GT Masters Champion 2016

Stef Dusseldorp (NED)

Date of
birth

27
September 1989

Place of
birth

Winterswijk (NED)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2016

Major
successes

6th place 24h Nürburgring 2021,
5th place 24h Nürburgring 2019, 3rd 
place FIA GT1 World Championship 2012

John Edwards (USA)

Date of
birth

11
March 1991

Place of
birth

Louisville (USA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2013

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Daytona 2020, GTLM drivers’
title in IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup 2020

Philipp Eng (AUT)

Date of
birth

28
February 1990

Place of
birth

Salzburg (AUT)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2016

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Daytona 2019, victory at 24h
Spa-Francorchamps 2016 & 2018

Augusto Farfus (BRA)

Date of
birth

03
September 1983

Place of
birth

Curitiba (BRA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2007

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Daytona 2019 & 2020,
Intercontinental GT Champion 2020, victory at FIA GT World Cup
Macau 2018, victory at 24h Nürburgring 2010

Timo Glock (GER)

Date of
birth

18
March 1982

Place of
birth

Lindenfels (GER)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2013

Major
successes

GP2 Champion 2007, 5 DTM wins, 3 Formula 1 podiums

Daniel Harper (GBR) – BMW Junior Team

Date of
birth

08
December 2000

Place of
birth

Hillsborough (GBR)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2020

Major
successes

1
GT4 class win at 24h Nürburgring, 2 overall wins in
Nürburgring Endurance Series

Max Hesse (GER)
– BMW Junior Team

Date of
birth

23
July 2001

Place of
birth

Wernau (GER)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2020

Major
successes

1
GT4 class win at 24h Nürburgring, 2 overall wins in
Nürburgring Endurance Series

Erik Johansson (SWE)

Date of
birth

16
October 1996

Place of
birth

Växjö (SWE)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2019

Major
successes

2nd place in Italian GT Championship 2019, 1
win in ADAC GT Masters

Jens Klingmann (GER)

Date of
birth

16
July 1990

Place of
birth

Heidelberg (GER)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2014

Major
successes

Champion Formel BMW Deutschland 2007, 3rd
place at 24h Nürburgring 2020

Jesse Krohn (FIN)

Date of
birth

03
September 1990

Place of
birth

Nurmijärvi (FIN)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2014

Major
successes

GT Champion in Asian Le Mans Series 2017/18,
victory at 24h Daytona 2020, GTLM drivers’ title in IMSA
Michelin Endurance Cup 2020

Alexander Sims (GBR)

Date of
birth

15
March 1988

Place of
birth

London (GBR)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2014

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Nürburgring 2020, victory at
Petit Le Mans 2017, victory at 24h Spa-Francorchamps 2016

Bruno Spengler (CAN)

Date of
birth

23
August 1983

Place of
birth

Schiltigheim (FRA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2012

Major
successes

DTM Champion 2012, 2nd place at 24h Daytona
2015, 2nd place at 12h Sebring 2016, victory at 6h Road
Atlanta 2020

Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)

Date of
birth

13
May 1999

Place of
birth

Johannesburg (RSA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2019

Major
successes

Victory at 9h Kyalami 2020, 3rd place at 24h
Nürburgring 2020, 2nd place at 24h Nürburgring 2021

Neil Verhagen (USA) – BMW Junior Team

Date of
birth

18
February 2001

Place of
birth

Ridgefield (USA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2020

Major
successes

1
GT4 class win at 24h Nürburgring, 2 overall wins in
Nürburgring Endurance Series

Marco Wittmann (GER)

Date of
birth

24
November 1989

Place of
birth

Fürth (GER)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2012

Major
successes

DTM Champion 2014 & 2016, 2nd place at 24h
Nürburgring 2021, 3rd place at 24h Daytona 2021

Nick Yelloly (GBR)

Date of
birth

03
December 1990

Place of
birth

Stafford (GBR)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2019

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Nürburgring 2020, 2nd place at
8h Indianapolis 2020

Original Press Release

Sales figures for the MINI Electric almost doubled, MINI brand sales up 3.3 percent in 2021.

BMW:Sales figures for the MINI Electric almost doubled, MINI brand sales up 3.3 percent in 2021.

Munich. MINI is growing and electrifying. The British
premium car brand was able to increase worldwide vehicle sales by 3.3
percent to 302 144 units 2021. The MINI models with electrified drive
systems experienced a real boom in demand. Their sales figures climbed
by 64.3 percent to 53 243 vehicles – around 18% of total worldwide
sales in 2021. The winner of the year was the fully electric MINI
Cooper SE (electricity consumption combined: 17.6 – 15.2 kWh/100 km
according to WLTP, CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km). The MINI Electric
even managed to almost double its sales (plus 98.2 percent). It is now
already the most popular model variant in the entire MINI product range.

34 851 units of the MINI Cooper SE were sold worldwide last year.
This means that every third customer of a MINI 3-door opted for
locally emission-free driving fun. In addition, 18 392 units of the
MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 were sold (fuel consumption combined:
2.0 – 1.7 l/100 km, electricity consumption combined: 14.0 – 13.1
kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 45 – 40 g/km according to WLTP).
The plug-in hybrid model recorded a sales increase of 24.2 percent.
Almost every fourth newly registered MINI Countryman hit the road with
an electrified drivetrain.

“The excellent overall result and the fact that every tenth new
MINI is fully electric show that our strategy for the future is
setting the right priorities,” says Bernd Körber, Head of the
MINI Brand. “The MINI community is growing, and it is moving
towards electromobility with great strides.”

Almost every third new MINI in Germany
electrified.
The world’s most important market for the
MINI Cooper SE in 2021 was again Germany, where more than 10,000 units
of the fully electric model variant were sold. Added to this were 3
473 units of the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4, so that in Germany
around 31 percent of all newly registered MINIs in 2021 are electrified.

A higher proportion is only achieved in a few countries worldwide,
including Norway, where around 96 percent of all new MINIs delivered
to customers last year had a purely electric or plug-in hybrid
drivetrain. This rate is only surpassed by Iceland. There, exclusively
electrified MINI were sold for the first time in 2021. The MINI Cooper
SE accounted for 62 percent of sales and the MINI Cooper SE Countryman
ALL4 for 38 percent.

Record sales for the John Cooper Works
brand.
MINI achieved new records not only in the field
of electromobility. The John Cooper Works brand also posted new record
sales in 2021. Worldwide, customers chose the top athlete of the
respective model series in 21 132 cases. This represents an increase
of 2.4 percent compared to the previous year. The enthusiasm for pure
racing feeling has an enormously high value in the MINI community. 7.0
percent of all newly registered MINI models in the past year bear the
John Cooper Works logo.

Almost 45 percent (9 389 units) of all newly registered top sports
cars are based on the MINI 3-door.
The MINI John Cooper Works
Countryman (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 – 7.6 l/100 km, CO2
emissions combined: 188 – 173 g/km according to WLTP) accounted for 4
317 new vehicles, the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman (fuel consumption
combined: 7.9 – 7.4 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 180 – 168 g/km
according to WLTP) accounted for 3 945 units and the MINI John Cooper
Works Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 7.4 – 7.1 l/100 km, CO2
emissions combined: 168 – 161 g/km according to WLTP) for 3 481 new registrations.

MINI 3-door up 10.1 percent, MINI Convertible particularly
popular in Germany.
Overall, the MINI 3-door led the
brand’s internal sales statistics again in 2021 with 105,511 new
registrations. The premium small car in the classic body variant
achieved a sales increase of 10.1 percent. The MINI Countryman
increased its sales figures by 6.0 percent to 82 362 units.

Demand for open-air driving fun also developed positively. The number
of MINI Convertibles sold worldwide increased to 25 121 units last
year. Almost 7 500 of these were delivered in Germany, significantly
more than in the brand’s British home market (3 580 units), in the USA
(3 380 units) or in sunny countries such as France, Spain or Italy.

British home also frequent sales market for MINI in
2021.
Premium automobiles of the MINI brand are now
available in 109 countries around the world. Also in 2021, the highest
sales figures were recorded in the home country of Great Britain,
where 46,211 vehicles of the brand were delivered. The second most
important sales market was Germany with another 43,004 units. It was
followed by China (30,546 units, up 5.2 percent) and the USA (29,930
units, up 6.3 percent).

The growing enthusiasm for driving fun in the style of MINI was a
global phenomenon in 2021 as well. Record results and particularly
high growth rates were recorded in individual markets in all sales
regions. In Europe, Romania in particular stood out with an increase
in sales of 28.9 percent, France with an increase of 16.3 percent and
Italy with growth of 9.5 percent. In addition, MINI was able to
achieve the highest number of new registrations in Greece, Finland,
Poland, Hungary and Malta since the brand was launched in the
respective countries.

In Israel, a sales increase of 20.0 percent was achieved in 2021, in
Dubai the increase was 27.1 percent and in Morocco even 50.4 percent.
Growth in Brazil (up 14.3 percent) and Australia (22.9 percent) was
also impressive. MINI also set new sales records in the markets of New
Zealand, Thailand, Qatar and the island states of Mauritius and Jamaica.

In case of queries, please contact:


Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product Communications MINI

Tel.: +49-89-382-38072

E-mail: julian.kisch@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI

Tel.: +49-89-382-23662

E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com



Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and
BMW Motorrad


Tel.: +49-89-382-35108

E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com


 


The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the
BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles
and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility
services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production
and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global
sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles
and more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax
in the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting
to € 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction,
from the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase
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24H Dubai: new BMW M4 GT3 passes endurance test at first official race appearance.

BMW:24H Dubai: new BMW M4 GT3 passes endurance test at first official race appearance.

Dubai. The new flagship from BMW M Motorsport has passed the
endurance test in the desert. Following test races last season and
successful FIA homologation, the 24H Dubai (UAE) from Friday to
Saturday marked the first race appearance for the new BMW M4 GT3 in
the hands of BMW M Motorsport teams. ST Racing and Schubert
Motorsport competed with a total of three BMW M4 GT3s at the
season-opener in the 24H Series. After 24 hours of racing featuring
numerous Code 60 periods and a sandstorm on Saturday morning, all
three cars reached the finish line on their racing debut.

 

ST Racing secured ninth place with the #28 BMW M4 GT3 in the top
category, the GT3 class. The car was driven by Jon Miller (USA), Nick
Wittmer (CAN), Louis-Philippe Montour (CAN) and Chandler Hull (USA).
Schubert Motorsport suffered a setback early in the race when the #30
BMW M4 GT3 was damaged after contact from another competitor. The
subsequent long repair break saw the #30 fall way back. After 24
hours, BMW M works driver Nick Yelloly (GBR), Jordan Witt (GBR),
Marcel Lenerz (GER) and Jens Liebhauser (GER) crossed the line tenth
in the GT3 class.

The #1 car from ST Racing, competing in the Pro-Am class, was the
best-placed BMW M4 GT3 in the field for a large part of the race and
was on course for a podium in its class. However, a technical problem
then cost the car positions, although it was possible to carry out
repairs. The #1, driven by Samantha Tan (CAN), Bryson Morris, Anthony
Lazzaro, Harry Gottsacker and Tyler Maxson (all USA), then finished
fifth in the Pro-Am class.

The next highlight for the BMW M4 GT3 is scheduled to take place in
two weeks in North America. At the season-opener in the IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA series), the legendary 24
Hours of Daytona (USA), BMW M Team RLL and Turner Motorsport will be
competing with the new GT car.

BMW M Motorsport teams were also competing in Dubai with the BMW M4
GT4 and the BMW M2 CS Racing. They secured multiple podium finishes in
their categories. The RHC Jorgensen-Strom by Century team reached
third place on the rostrum with the #450 BMW M4 GT4 in the GT4 class.
The #429 of Century Motorsport and the #451 from Team AVIA Sorg
Rennsport were right behind in fourth and fifth positions. In the TCX
category, Cogemo/TLRT finished second with the #255 BMW M2 CS Racing,
ahead of Yeeti Racing with the #208 BMW M2 CS Racing in third
position. Schubert Motorsport claimed sixth place in the same class
with the #200 BMW M2 CS Racing.

Reactions to the 24H Dubai.

Achim Klein, BMW M Motorsport Project Lead BMW M4 GT3:
“Those were some exciting days for us here in Dubai. The
first official racing appearance for a new car is always something
special, and even though the turbulent events during the race meant
that the final results did not entirely meet our expectations, we can
draw some positive conclusions. Two of the three competing BMW M4 GT3s
were brought to Dubai straight from production, where they were
received by the BMW M Motorsport teams. We also gathered plenty of
valuable knowledge in Dubai, which will help us as we continue to work
on the new car in its debut season. ST Racing and Schubert Motorsport
provided crucial input for this. Now we are looking forward to the
next highlight with the new BMW M4 GT3, the 24 Hours of Daytona in two weeks.”

Kenneth Tan, ST Racing Team Principal: “The BMW M4
GT3 is potentially very competitive. We saw it in the early stages of
the race; we were in the top five for quite a while and in the first
half of the race we always were up in the overall top ten, so we know
that the BMW M4 GT3 has the potential. At the moment, our car is still
not there obviously. We just got the car straight from the factory and
started working with it here at the track. We have a long list of
things we want to do to develop it further for the next race at
Mugello and I am very excited about that because I know where we can
get this car to. The other part is of course our team. It has expanded
and we needed to work together in a GT3 setting and we did that. We
worked really well. We achieved the objectives we came here for. It
would have been nice to be on the podium but we always knew that it’s
a new car and that there are so many unknowns at the beginning. We
finished the race and that’s amazing. I am very happy.”

Torsten Schubert, Schubert Motorsport Team Principal:
“We knew that the first race would be a challenge. We began
testing on Tuesday here in Dubai. It was important for us to work with
the car under racing conditions. That is better than any rollout where
you are working alone out on the track. We have learned a lot.
Unfortunately, there was an accident when we were hit by a competitor.
A top ten finish in the overall standings would otherwise have been
possible, and I could hardly have wished for a better result than
that. The BMW M4 GT3 is a very balanced car. Apart from a few minor
issues, which you always get with a new car, we had no problems. I am
particularly pleased with our performance with our BMW M2 CS Racing.
This was the first time that I had driven in a 24-hour race with my
two sons as a three-driver line-up. We are happy that we made it
through to the finish with virtually no hiccups”

Nick Wittmer, #28 BMW M4 GT3, ST Racing: “This was my
first time driving a GT3 and for a team that wants to buy a GT3 this
car is very user-friendly. It did not take me much time to look around
at all the buttons. It is very easy to learn and I really like the
functions on the BMW M4 GT3. A lot of functions were new to me so they
were things I had to learn. Despite not having the GT3 experience it
was very fun and easy to drive the BMW M4 GT3 on track. For sure we
need to develop the set-ups and all that by tracks and learn more
about the car. I did a lot of track-time out there, I learnt a lot
throughout the week and improved a lot. Overall, we just need to
fine-tune a little bit and we will be up there for sure. We have a
very strong car.”

Samantha Tan, #1 BMW M4 GT3, ST Racing: “It was
incredible to be one of the first drivers to race this car officially
in the world. It was quite overwhelming to switch from the GT4 to the
GT3 but with the focus on us teams I feel that I adapted very quickly
to the BMW M4 GT3. The biggest difference for me was all the
technology, how much we could really fine-tune all the different
settings for the drivers. Obviously there were still a lot of things
that I needed to learn this weekend but overall it was great. I think
that I ran a very great pace throughout the night. The car has a lot
of potential. We just need to put in more work and more development on
our side and I will think we will have a great car for the next race
at Mugello.”

Nick Yelloly, #30 BMW M4 GT3, Schubert Motorsport:
“We take some positives with us moving to Daytona. We know
that the car can work very well; all the development and testing that
we did over the past 18 months paid off well so I am very happy about
that. Now it is just about fine-tuning everything with the new car and
I am sure that it will be a multiple race and championship winner in
the years to come. Even if the final result was a bit frustrating
considering the pace that we could show, especially at the end, I am
pretty happy. The team did a fantastic job. Only one small roll-out
and then straight away finishing a 24-hour race is a great achievement.”

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Andreas Roos takes over as new Head of BMW M Motorsport.

BMW:Andreas Roos takes over as new Head of BMW M Motorsport.

Munich. Change is afoot at the sharp end of BMW M Motorsport:
Andreas Roos will take over responsibility for the motor sport
activities of BMW M GmbH on 1 February. Roos brings with him two
decades of experience in motor racing and has headed up a variety of
projects over the course of his career. He succeeds Mike Krack as
Head of BMW M Motorsport. Krack is leaving the company at his own
request and moving to Formula 1.

 

“We would like to thank Mike Krack for his passion and dedication
across the motor sport portfolio of BMW and BMW M,” says Franciscus
van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “He has demonstrated his wholehearted
commitment to motor sport in various roles within our company. As Head
of BMW M Motorsport, he took some important decisions over the past
year aimed at securing a successful future for our motor sport
projects. He has now been given the chance to fulfil a career dream
and we do not want to stand in his way. We would like to wish Mike
every success in his future endeavours.”

“At the same time, we are delighted to welcome Andreas Roos as our
new Head of BMW M Motorsport,” continues van Meel. “He has also held
senior management positions in international motor sport for many
years and his vast experience makes him the ideal appointment at the
helm of our racing involvement. With Andreas on board we are in the
best possible shape to enjoy an exciting future pursuing ambitious
goals with our new BMW M4 GT3 and LMDh project. We are looking forward
to enjoying great success together.”

“This was not an easy decision for me,” says Krack. “I have spent a
large portion of my professional life at BMW, and have grown
incredibly fond of the brand and my colleagues over all these great
years. I would like to say thank you for everything we have achieved
together through the many different projects. However, it has always
been a dream of mine to return to Formula 1 one day – and now I have
been given the chance to do that. I would like to thank BMW M GmbH for
supporting me along this path and enabling a smooth handover to my
successor. I wish Andreas Roos luck and am in no doubt that BMW M
Motorsport will be successful under his leadership.”

Andreas Roos adds: “I’m very much looking forward to my new role and
thank BMW M GmbH for the trust they have shown in me. I have, of
course, followed BMW M in motor sport for many years, and it is
something very special for me to now be able to play a leading role in
the next chapter of the brand’s success story on the race track.”

BMW M GmbH, celebrating its 50th birthday this year, is involved in a
wide range of international motor sport. The new BMW M4 GT3 is
contesting its debut season in GT racing and will line up in numerous
race series. In addition, BMW M Motorsport teams around the world are
competing with a selection of other BMW M racing cars. Plus,
development is underway of the BMW M LMDh, with which the “most
powerful letter in the world” will be represented in the top category
of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – the newly created
LMDh class – from the 2023 season.

 

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BMW Motorrad reveals R 18 M and R 18 Aurora at the Verona Motor Bike Expo.

BMW:BMW Motorrad reveals R 18 M and R 18 Aurora at the Verona Motor Bike Expo.

Munich/Verona. The Verona Motor Bike Expo has been
the perfect stage to bring to the eyes of Italian and European
enthusiasts two exclusive motorcycle customization projects based on
the iconic BMW R 18.

These are the result of the collaboration of BMW Motorrad Italy
and its dealer network with some of the historical players of this
world.The R 18 M is a project developed by Italian Magazine LowRide
and created by American Dreams. The R 18 Aurora, was created by Garage
221 that was engaged by BMW Motorrad Roma.

BMW R 18 M.

M is the letter that distinguished the sport versions of BMW
four-wheeled models, and today it also includes two-wheeled vehicles.
The source of inspiration for the BMW R 18 M project by the editorial
staff of LowRide is the following: the idea is to give the BMW Cruiser
a more streamlined and sportier look, avoiding exaggerations and
especially without forgetting the reference to the BMW R 18 retro lines.

“Stability, long wheelbase and readiness of the 1800 cc big
boxer instigate lightning starts and deserve, in our opinion, a sporty
and retro look. In the R 18 M design, we find suggestions from BMW
Motorrad tradition and cues from the four-wheelers: M stands for
Motorsport” as Giuseppe Roncen, director of LowRide and a great expert
of the world of specials, described the BMW R 18 M project.

The work has focused on chassis, suspension set-up, bodywork,
and accessories, leaving mechanics and electronics unchanged as the
natural strengths of the R 18. Lightened and with a different riding
position, the BMW R 18 M promises to be even more fun to ride:
“We remain curious to experience its potential. Significantly
lightened, the bike should also be easy to handle due to its riding
position, which is more compact and forward loaded, without exaggeration.”

Built by many hands, from designers to experienced craftsmen.

The R 18 M project was made possible by BMW Italia and was born
in the wake of the emotions that this bike can give: a fun cruiser,
powerful and lively, with a big heart and an infinite torque. LowRide
has involved some of the best Italian craftsmanship and companies
specialized in the sector. The realization of the sketches was
entrusted to designer Oberdan Bezzi, already a partner of LowRide in
the past. He has managed to make it an exciting power cruiser without
upsetting the essence of the BMW R 18. American Dreams handled the
assembly and coordinated the work; Elaboratorio, specializing in
prototyping and modeling, created tail, tip and fiberglass windshield
from scratch. Carbon Italy handled the head covers, intake ducts, and
other carbon fiber details. The short exhaust pipe, designed to make
the line more compact and allow greater lean angles, bears the
signature of ER Exhaust Revolution. The short exhaust pipes also give
greater prominence to the splendid uncovered nickel-plated shaft, an
evocative detail that deserves to be highlighted. L.R. Leather covered
the saddle in leather, while the paintwork was entrusted to Dox Art
Factory. Rizoma provided mirrors, grips, and universal indicators for
the accessories, perfectly in line with the bike’s character.

BMW R 18 Aurora.

The idea and desire of Garage 221 to create a custom bike based
on the BMW R 18 found its origins a while ago, at the presentation of
the bike at EICMA 2019. The lines of the new BMW cruiser, innovative
and at the same time faithfully traditional, deserved
“complementary elements and an even more Heritage spirit,
starting from the soft lines of the tank to the characteristic shapes
of the boxer,” in the opinion of Pier Francesco Marchio of Garage 221.

The project initially focused on the study of the different
sections of the bike, keeping in mind the need to connect the new
elements in a unique harmony of lines, taking inspiration from the
cruisers of the 1970s, which have always particularly involved Pier
Francesco “for their impressive aesthetic fluidity.”
Distinctive elements of the
BMW R 18 Aurora by Garage 221 are
the wraparound fenders and adherent to the wheel, like the
“batwing”, to leave space and thus highlight the central
area of the bike.

A Custom with the BMW tradition at its core.

The modifications that led to the R 18 Aurora stem from Garage
221’s experience in the BMW world and indeed all used elements come
from other models of BMW Motorrad. The saddle was borrowed in its
entirety from a BMW 1200 C of 2005, the Batwing supports were made
using the supports for indicators of a BMW R 100 of 1982 and a part of
the rear frame of a BMW K 75 of 1991. Even for the color of the body,
the code of a 1983 BMW RT 100 was taken as a reference, customizing
the graphics in its shades and intensity. The front and rear fender
supports, saddle supports, and license plate holder arms are entirely handmade.

The exhaust pipes were made in collaboration with Leo Vince,
taking particular care of the sound, to make it even more full-bodied
and captivating. Their design has been specifically studied to give a
very personal and muscular line to the central part of
the R 18.
The R 18 Aurora’s oil cooler grille gives a classy natural touch,
inspired by the grille of BMW’s cars from the 1960s. “It was a
lot of hard work,” said Pier Francesco, “but the result is
truly stunning. The textured paintwork of the cylinder head covers,
the injection housings, the central crankcase and our oil cooler
grille make everything look homogeneous, creating a unique effect with
the cylinder block and the bevel gear.”

Disclaimer.
The vehicles shown may be modified
and fitted with third-party accessories and/or proprietary parts that
are not manufactured, distributed or tested by BMW. BMW accepts no
liability for the modifications (including the fitting,
characteristics and use of the accessories shown). NOTE: Modification
of series production vehicles (including the fitting and use of
third-party and self-made parts) can impair riding characteristics!
Riding our vehicles in modified condition is at your own risk.

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The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI,
Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading
premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides
premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production
network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15
countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles
and more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
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future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
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BMW i Ventures Invests in Y Combinator Alum HeyCharge to Amplify EV Charging Rollout at Residential Locations

BMW:BMW i Ventures Invests in Y Combinator Alum HeyCharge to Amplify EV Charging Rollout at Residential Locations

Munich/
Mountain View, Calif. BMW i Ventures announced today
a lead investment in HeyCharge, the German start-up democratizing
access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in apartment
complexes, office buildings and other infrastructure locations.
HeyCharge was in
Y Combinator’s Summer 2021 batch of start-ups.

“The rapid growth of the electric vehicle market in coming years will
necessitate greater infrastructure build-out of charging solutions
around the globe,” said Kasper Sage, Managing Partner, BMW i Ventures.
“HeyCharge is the first company to enable EV-charging without internet
connection, which is a key enabler to cover untapped white-spots. With
HeyCharge’s technology, it becomes attractive to install chargers in
locations that before would have not been commercially viable.”

Traditionally, EV chargers require an app or RFID card and a proper
internet connection to begin activation. Yet most underground garages
currently do not have an internet access point, or the ability to
install such boxes. Chris Cardé, Founder and CEO, HeyCharge,
recognized the problem with this traditional system and the
opportunity to solve it after bringing his first EV home to a Munich
apartment building. As the amount of EVs on the road increases – by
2040, virtually every new car sold globally will be electric – there
will be a large need for a scalable charging option that fits into
consumers’ everyday lives.

With 56% of Germany and 46% of Europe living in apartment
buildings, and 37% of renters in the US, this is an obvious next step
for the expansion of EV charging stations, but the current reliance on
internet connectivity is holding scalability back. That’s why
HeyCharge has made its mission to help get a cheap, commercial,
scalable solution to this section of the population.  

HeyCharge’s patent-pending technology, SecureCharge, eliminates the
need for an on-site internet connection, allowing the app and chargers
to communicate directly over bluetooth with the HeyCharge App or SDK.
This maximizes availability of the system while minimizing latency
between the phone and the charger. When combined with Access Point,
HeyCharge’s simple and effective hardware component, total costs can
be reduced up to 80% in buildings.

“In addition to our full wallbox, the HeyCharge Access Point is a
bring your own wallbox device that places the bare minimum
for access control and consumption invoicing on the building side,
allowing for a fast and easy installation that can be made by any
electrician in minutes,” said Chris Cardé, Founder and CEO, HeyCharge.
“We are excited to use this investment to scale our product globally
and bring low-cost charging options to consumers.” HeyCharge’s
solution makes EV charging not just scalable but also more
cost-effective and accessible so that easy EV charging is made
possible wherever you live or work, said Chris Cardé, Founder and CEO,
HeyCharge. “We are thrilled to be working with BMW i Ventures in this
round and look forward to using this investment to scale our product
globally and bring low-cost charging options to consumers.”

About BMW i Ventures

BMW i Ventures is BMW Group’s venture capital firm, investing money
and resources in startups in the fields of Transportation,
Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Sustainability. The firm has made many
successful investments over the years in companies such as Bright
Machines, Blackmore, Chargepoint, Graphcore, Urgent.ly, Proterra,
Solid Power, Tekion, Xometry and many more. BMW i Ventures invests in
all stages from seed to growth with a focus on Series A/B.

About HeyCharge

HeyCharge is a company making electric vehicle charging ubiquitous
and affordable, starting with retrofitting apartment buildings across
Europe. Founded in 2020, HeyCharge’s patent-pending SecureCharge
technology maximizes user satisfaction and optimizes unit economics
for customers and partners by removing the need for on-site internet connection.

The HeyCharge team is a unique international blend, with a founding
team that is 50% American and 50% German, along with the majority of
engineers based in Kyiv, Ukraine. The company is backed by BMW i
Ventures and startup accelerator Y Combinator.

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With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
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future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
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BMW M GmbH enters its anniversary year with a new sales high.

BMW:BMW M GmbH enters its anniversary year with a new sales high.

Munich. For the third time in a row, BMW M GmbH ended
the financial year as the global market leader in the performance and
high-performance car segment. Indeed, the company posted record sales
once again in 2021. A total of 163,542 BMW M cars were delivered to
customers worldwide last year, a 13 percent increase on 2020.

This growth was spread equally between the High-Performance sports
cars and Performance cars made by BMW M GmbH, with both product
categories raising their sales figures to a new level. “This success
is the perfect start to our anniversary year,” says Franciscus van
Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “M is in a stronger position than ever as it
celebrates its 50th birthday.”

New BMW M3 and new BMW M4 enjoy immediate success.

The biggest drivers of growth among the High-Performance sports cars
were the new BMW M3 and BMW M4 models introduced in spring 2021.
Fuelled by a vehicle concept focused squarely on emotionally charged
dynamism and unprecedented diversity in the model range, the new BMW
M3 Sedan (fuel consumption combined: 10.2 – 10.0 l/100 km [27.7 – 28.3
mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 231 – 227 g/km as per
WLTP), new BMW M4 Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 10.1 – 9.9 l/100
km [28.0 – 28.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined:
230 – 226 g/km as per WLTP) and new BMW M4 Convertible (fuel
consumption combined: 10.2 l/100 km [27.7 mpg imp]; CO2
emissions combined: 233 – 231 g/km as per WLTP) got off to an
extremely successful start. The latest model generation is the first
to offer customers two output levels topping out at 375 kW/510 hp, the
M xDrive all-wheel-drive system and a choice of either a six-speed
manual gearbox or the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.

“The response to the new generation of the BMW M3 and BMW M4 has been
simply overwhelming,” reports Timo Resch, Vice President Customer,
Brand and Sales at BMW M GmbH. “We can therefore expect demand for
these iconic sports cars to continue on an upward curve in 2022.”

Also making a powerful contribution to the latest rise in
High-Performance model sales at BMW M GmbH were the BMW X5 M
Competition (fuel consumption combined: 13.6 – 13.3 l/100 km [20.8
– 21,2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 308 – 303 g/km as
per WLTP) and BMW X6 M Competition (fuel consumption combined:
13.4 – 13.1 l/100 km [21.1 – 21.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
combined: 305 – 299 g/km as per WLTP). Following the successful market
launch of the latest model generation the previous year, the
charismatic High-Performance sports cars in the Sports Activity
Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupé segment – both powered by a 460
kW/625 hp V8 engine – increased their sales figures once again in 2021.

Alluring and in demand: the BMW M models in the BMW 4 Series range.

The dynamic excellence, agility and precision for which M is renowned
also enabled the brand’s Performance models to delight and excite a
wide range of customers over the past year. Credit for the latest
boost to sales goes above all to the M models based on the new BMW 4
Series. Particularly popular were the variants of the new BMW 4 Series
Coupé, whose line-up consists of the BMW M440i Coupé (fuel consumption
combined: 8.1 – 7.4 l/100 km [34.8 – 38.2 mpg imp]; CO2
emissions combined: 184 – 167 g/km as per WLTP) and BMW
M440i xDrive Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 8.2 – 7.5 l/100 km
[34.5 – 37.7 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined:
186 – 170 g/km as per WLTP) powered by a 275 kW/374 hp six-cylinder
in-line petrol engine, and the BMW M440d xDrive Coupé (fuel
consumption combined: 6.3 – 5.7 l/100 km [44.8 – 49.6 mpg imp];
CO2 emissions combined: 165 – 150 g/km as per WLTP), whose
six-cylinder in-line diesel unit produces 250 kW/340 hp.

The latest BMW X models within the ranks of M’s Performance cars also
proved extremely desirable. Indeed, the BMW X3 M40i powered by a
six-cylinder in-line engine with 265 kW/360 hp (fuel consumption
combined: 9.5 – 8.8 l/100 km [29.7 – 32.1 mpg imp]; CO2
emissions combined: 216 – 199 g/km as per WLTP) and the BMW X7 M50i
(fuel consumption combined: 12.8 – 12.3 l/100 km [22.1 – 23.0 mpg
imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 292 – 280 g/km as per WLTP)
with its 390 kW/530 hp V8 unit both posted an increase in new registrations.

Looking ahead to an anniversary year brimming with highlights.

BMW M GmbH will continue its product offensive in this anniversary
year with the addition of new High-Performance and Performance models.
Highlights include the new BMW M240i xDrive Coupé (fuel consumption
combined: 8.8 – 8.1 l/100 km [32.1 – 34.9 mpg imp]; CO2
emissions combined: 200 – 185 g/km as per WLTP) and the arrival later
in the year of the first BMW M3 Touring and an exclusive
special-edition model based on the new BMW M4 Coupé.

In addition, the BMW Group subsidiary – which was founded as BMW
Motorsport GmbH in May 1972 and enjoys the status of an independent
manufacturer – will also drive the transformation to electric
mobility. Following in the tyre tracks of the BMW i4 M50 (electric
power consumption combined: 22.5 – 18.0 kWh/100 km as per WLTP;
CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) in the first half of 2022
will be the likewise fully electric BMW iX M60 (projected electric
power consumption combined: 24.7 – 21.7 kWh/100 km as per WLTP;
CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km).

The most powerful BMW M model ever made points the way to the
future of the brand.

The anniversary year will be crowned by the start of production of
the BMW XM. The most powerful BMW M car ever to go into series
production is also the brand’s first High-Performance model to employ
a plug-in hybrid drive system. Its newly developed M Hybrid technology
brings together a V8 engine and a high-performance electric motor to
develop maximum output of 550 kW/750 hp and peak torque of 1,000 Nm
(737 lb-ft). The design of the BMW XM majors on presence and extrovert
appeal and in so doing sends out a clear statement in the luxury segment.

“Our first standalone model since the legendary BMW M1 represents a
complete re-imagining of the high-performance car segment,” says van
Meel. “The BMW XM blends expressive design and progressive interior
luxury with an incomparable driving experience that serves up both
sublime performance and the ability to glide along in near silence in
all-electric mode. In so doing, it provides an inimitable expression
of poise and assurance, and at the same time points the way to the
future of our brand.”

BMW M3 Competition Limousine Fuel consumption
combined:  9.8 – 9.6 l/100 km gemäß WLTP; CO2 emissions
combined : 224 – 219 g/km gemäß WLTP

BMW M3 Limousine Fuel consumption combined: 10.2 –
10.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined : 231 – 227 g/km
gemäß WLTP

BMW M4 Competition Coupé Fuel consumption combined:
 9.8 – 9.6 l/100 km gemäß WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 
224 – 219 g/km gemäß WLTP

BMW M4 Coupé Fuel consumption combined: 10.1 – 9.9
l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined : 230 – 226 g/km gemäß WLTP

BMW M4 Cabrio Fuel consumption combined: 10.2 l/100
km; CO2 emissions combined : 233 – 231 g/km gemäß WLTP

BMW M440i Coupé Fuel consumption combined: 8.1 – 7.4
l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined : 184 – 167 g/km gemäß WLTP 

BMW M440i xDrive Coupé Fuel consumption combined: 8.2
– 7.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined : 186 – 170 g/km
gemäß WLTP

BMW M440d xDrive Coupé Fuel consumption combined: 6.3
– 5.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined : 165 – 150 g/km
gemäß WLTP

BMW X3 M40i Fuel consumption combined: 9.5 – 8.8
l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 216 – 199 g/km gemäß WLTP

BMW X5 M Competition Fuel consumption combined: 13.6
– 13.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined : 308 – 303 g/km
gemäß WLTP 

BMW X6 M Competition Fuel consumption combined: 13.4
– 13.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined : 305 – 299 g/km
gemäß WLTP 

BMW X7 M50i Fuel consumption combined: : 12.8 – 12.3
l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined : 292 – 280 g/km gemäß WLTP

BMW M240i xDrive Coupé Fuel consumption combined: :
8.8 – 8.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined : 200 – 185 g/km
gemäß WLTP

BMW i4 M50 Combined power consumption: 22.5 – 18.0
kWh/100 km gemäß WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km

BMW iX M60 projected electric power consumption
combined: 24.7 – 21.7 kWh/100 km gemäß WLTP; CO2 emissions
combined: 0 g/km

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