Pure&Crafted on the Road presented by BMW Motorrad: The starting gun has been fired on Europe road trip at Festsaal Kreuzberg.

BMW:

Pure&Crafted on the Road presented by BMW Motorrad: The starting gun has been fired on Europe road trip at Festsaal Kreuzberg.

After three successful years and sold out festivals,
Pure&Crafted takes a creative break this year. Since the
festival’s inception in summer 2015, Pure&Crafted has been
established as a brand and epitome of music, motorcycles and new
heritage in Berlin and throughout Germany. In the past years,
performances by The Hives, Refused, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying
Birds, Mando Diao, Interpol and Car Seat Headrest at Postbahnhof and
at Altes Kraftwerk Rummelsburg won over fans and critics alike.

This year the festival will take on a different format.
Pure&Crafted won’t press the mute button, though, quite the
contrary! To find new inspiration and to look out for the latest
trends, the festival will hit the road this summer, taking
Pure&Crafted to the next level. Under the banner of ON THE ROAD,
we are keen to discover all the places where the Pure&Crafted
lifestyle is lived out and experienced on a daily basis.

For that reason, we’ll send our Pure&Crafted signature bike, a
BMW R nineT Pure, on a journey across Europe for 4 months. 10 riders
will seek out the most exciting routes, the smallest workshops, the
most exceptional builders, the best food and the coolest gigs.
Craftrad writers Henry Kerinnes and Jan
Joswig
will be part of the journey as well as
Martien Delgaauw from Berham Customs,
photographer Jo Fischer, the all-female motorcycle
club The Curves and Bernhard
Elflein
from Herzbube Motorcycles.

La
st Friday, on May 25, we sent off our first rider, Henry
Kerinnes
, who is now on his way to Copenhagen. Via our
Pure&Crafted social media channels and our interactive website,
you can follow and cheer on our Pure&Crafted riders on their
adventures across Europe.

It goes without saying that Henry didn’t take off quietly on our
signature bike. The evening before, we celebrated the
Pure&Crafted on the Road’s kick-off presented by BMW Motorrad in
proper style with a Pure&Crafted Barbecue at Festsaal Kreuzberg
in Berlin. There, guests were treated to Pure&Crafted
essentials: motorcycle culture, new heritage lifestyle, a smashing
BBQ and other delicacies as well as a decent amount of handmade
music, of course.

Alongside performances by rock band The Picturebooks, Rews from
London and Trixie Trainwreck No Man Band, we brought back the
legendary punk rock karaoke, a favourite amongst festival-goers in
2016. In between performances, visitors were invited to explore the
exhibition space with its extraordinary custom motorcycles, leather
products by Ondura and Tony’s Munich, jewellery and accessories by
Süssmaedchen, natural clothes by Usaato, and exclusive helmets by
Cafe Racer 69. Other booths included Craftrad magazine and our
annual Barber Shop indulging one or the other festival-goers on location.

As in previous years, we’re thrilled to support the
Movember Foundation, an organisation committed to
changing the face of men’s health, with donations gathered during
the event.

Website:
www.pureandcrafted.com
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Social Media Hashtag:#pureandcrafted2018

In case of queries please contact:

Antonia Cecchetti, Communications BMW Motorrad
Telephone:
+49 89 382-60757
E-Mail: Antonia.Cecchetti@bmw.de

Markus Sagemann, Head of Communications MINI, BMW
Motorrad
Telephone: +49 89 382-68796
E-Mail: Markus.Sagemann@bmw.de

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 30
production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a
global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles
and more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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Original Press Release

10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art from June 9 to September 9, 2018. BMW is Corporate Partner and supports the Curators Workshop for the seventh time.

BMW:10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art from June 9 to September 9, 2018. BMW is Corporate Partner and supports the Curators Workshop for the seventh time.

Berlin. Taking place from June 9 to September 9,
2018, the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
presents contemporary art under this year’s title “We don’t need
another hero”, bringing togehter the most influential current
positions of artists, theorists, and practitioners in Berlin – once
more with BMW as corporate partner.

Curated by Gabi Ngcobo and a curational team
composed of Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Serubiri Moses, Thiago de Paula
Souza, and Yvette Mutumba, the 10th Berlin Biennale is understood as a
conversation between artists and contributors. In the upcoming months,
the international artists are invited to participate in the discourse,
exhibiting at various exhibition venues: Besides KW Institute for
Contemporary Art, this year’s art works will also be displayed at
Akademie der Künste (Hanseatenweg), Volksbühne Pavilion and ZK/U –
Center for Art and Urbanistics. In cooperation with HAU Hebbel am
Ufer, two performances will take place at HAU2.

Starting from the position of Europe, Germany, and Berlin as a
city in dialogue with the world, the 10th Berlin Biennale confronts
the current widespread states of collective psychosis. By referencing
Tina Turner’s song from 1985, “We Don’t Need Another Hero,
Gabi Ngcobo and the curatorial team draw from a moment directly
preceding major geopolitical shifts that brought about regime changes
and new historical figures.

Together with the Allianz Cultural Foundation, Goethe-Institut
e. V., and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), BMW supports the
Curators Workshop – this year under the title
BBX Crit Sessions ­­–
for the seventh time. After
a number of successful workshops, all thematically held in relation to
the 4th to 9th edition of the Berlin Biennale, this year’s workshop
will take place from August 31 to September 9, putting the 10th
Biennale itself in the centre: As proposed by the workshop directors
Antonia Majaca and Sohrab Mohebbi, it takes as its primary subject
matter the parameters, resources, and tools offered by the Berlin
Biennale itself. The ten-day workshop aims to exchange ideas, discuss
curatorial issues and practices as well as to strengthen the
initiative of young curators worldwide.

Since its inception in 1998, the Berlin Biennale has become one
of the most important events of contemporary art. It is shaped by the
different concepts of curators appointed to enter into a dialogue with
the city of Berlin, its public, with the people interested in arts as
well as with the artists.

Besides the Berlin Biennale, the list of long-term commitments
to the arts in Germany’s capital city includes the art berlin, the
Gallery Weekend Berlin, the Preis der Nationalgalerie, the associated
Förderpreis für Filmkunst and the Deutscher Filmpreis. Beyond the
extensive commitment to the arts, BMW cooperates with Staatsoper Unter
den Linden and invites this year again to the long-standing open-air
format “State Opera for All”.

For further information about the 10th Berlin Biennale, please
refer to: http://www.berlinbiennale.de

Press preview
The press preview will
take place on June 7 and June 8, 2018 from 10:00 AM –06:00 PM at the
various exhibition venues (HAU2: June 7, 2018, 02:00 PM –06:00 PM and
June 8, 2018, 02:00 PM –07:00 PM). For the preview, a press
accreditation is required.

EXHIBITION VENUES

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)
Hallesches Ufer 32,
10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße
69, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

Volksbühne Pavillon
Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 10178 Berlin-Mitte

ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und
Urbanistik
Siemensstraße 27, 10551 Berlin-Moabit

EXHIBITION HOURS

Wed–Mon 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM, Thu 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2):
Exhibition from June 9. –10. and
June 13. –16. 2018, 05:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Performances on June 15.
and 16., 08:00 PM (additional ticket necessary)

All venues are closed on Tuesdays.
Additional closure days
Volksbühne Pavilion: 20.6, 4.7., 18.7., 8.8., 22.8., and 5.9.2018

For further questions please contact:
Prof Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental
Affairs
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382
247 53

Henriette Sölter
Head of Press and
Communication
Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Telephone
+49-30-2434-5942
E-Mail: press@kw-berlin.de

About BMW Group’s Cultural Commitment


For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated
and engaged in over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company
places the main focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and
modern art, classical music and jazz as well as architecture and
design. In 1972, three large-scale paintings were created by the
artist Gerhard Richter specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s
Munich headquarters. Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff
Koons, Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have
co-operated with BMW. In 2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from
China and American John Baldessari created the next two vehicles for
the BMW Art Car Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate
Live, the BMW Art Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin,
Munich and London, the company also partners with leading museums and
art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. The
BMW Group takes absolute creative freedom in all its cultural
activities – as this initiative is as essential for producing
groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a
successful business.

Further information: www.bmwgroup.com/culture
and www.bmwgroup.com/culture/overview
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https://www.facebook.com/BMW-Group-Culture-925330854231870/
Instagram:
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@BMWGroupCulture
#BMWGroupCulture

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 30 production and assembly facilities in 14
countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles
and more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 129,932 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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Original Press Release

BMW model revision measures for summer 2018.

BMW:BMW model revision measures for summer 2018.

Munich. BMW continues to consistently pursue the
improvement of emissions in all combustion engines in summer 2018. As
of July 2018, all petrol and plug-in hybrid models of the brand
available in Germany will be fitted as standard with a petrol engine
particulate filter and thus will already comply with the exhaust
standard Euro 6d-TEMP. BluePerformance Technology including SCR
catalytic converter with AdBlue injection has been a standard feature
of all BMW diesel models since March 2018. This means they all offer
highly efficient, multi-stage exhaust gas treatment consisting of NOx
storage catalytic converter and SCR system (Selective Catalytic
Reduction). Due to the particularly effective reduction of particulate
emissions achieved, these comply with what will then be the most
rigorous exhaust standard, namely Euro 6d-TEMP. In addition, another
39 diesel models will be going on the market with Euro 6d-TEMP rating.

Additional model variants of the BMW X3 and the BMW X4 will be
available from August 2018 onwards. As early as July 2018 there will
be an increase in the number of models in the BMW 1 Series, BMW 3
Series, BMW 4 Series and BMW 5 Series which are fitted as standard
with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission. Another newcomer to the model
range is the BMW 1 Series Edition Metropolitan.

For the BMW 530e iPerformance Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 2.1 –
1.9 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.113.1 l/100 km*; combined
CO2 emissions: 49 – 44 g/km), the optional equipment item BMW Wireless
Charging will be available ex works from July 2018. The option BMW
Connected eDrive Services available for the BMW i and BMW iPerformance
automobiles will also include the BMW Digital Charging Service in
future. What is more, an aerodynamics package is available for the BMW
i8 Roadster (combined fuel consumption: 2.0 l/100 km; combined power
consumption 14.5 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 46 g/km).

BMW X3 and BMW X4: new model variations with in-line
6-cylinder engines.

With the premiere of the BMW X3 M40d (combined fuel consumption: 6.5
– 6.4 l/100 km; combined CO2emissions 172 – 169 g/km*), the number of
engines available to choose from for the Sports Activity Vehicle in
the premium mid-range segment increases to seven. What is more, this
newcomer is now the second BMW M Performance model in the series. In
the BMW X3 M40d, an in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine generates a peak
output of 240 kW/326 hp and a maximum torque of 680 N m already
available at 1 750 rpm thanks to multi-stage turbocharging and common
rail direct injection with piezo injectors, accelerating the car from
zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.

A second in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine will be offered for the
Sports Activity Coupé as of August 2018. The power unit in the new BMW
X4 xDrive30d (combined fuel consumption: 6.0 – 5.8 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions 158 – 153 g/km*) generates a peak output of 195 kW/265
hp and a maximum torque of 620 Nm. It takes the car just 5.8 seconds
to accelerate from standing to 100 km/h. All new model variants of the
BMW X3 and the BMW X4 are fitted as standard with an 8-speed
Steptronic sports transmission.

8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard in additional
models.

Fast gearshifts, a high level of shift comfort and excellent
efficiency are the benefits of the 8-speed Steptronic transmission,
now to become a standard feature of numerous additional BMW models as
of July 2018. In the premium compact segment, the BMW 120i 3 door and
the BMW 120 i 5 door (combined fuel consumption: 6.1 – 5.9 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions 139 – 134 g/km) will also feature automatic
gear selection as standard in future. Meanwhile the further enhanced
shift dynamics of the 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission can be
experienced as standard in the BMW M140i 3 door and the BMW M140i 5
door (combined fuel consumption: 7.4 – 7.4 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions 169 – 168 g/km).

In the BMW 3 Series, eight additional models will be fitted with the
8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard from July 2018 onwards.
These are the BMW 320i Gran Turismo (combined fuel consumption: 6.3 –
6.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 143 – 141 g/km) and the BMW 320i
xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 6.5 – 6.4 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions 148 – 146 g/km), the BMW 320i xDrive Touring (combined
fuel consumption: 6.7 – 6.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 154 – 151
g/km) and the BMW 320i xDrive Gran Turismo (combined fuel consumption:
6.8 – 6.7 l/100 km; combined COCO2 emissions 156 – 152 g/km). The
models BMW 330i Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 6.1 – 6.0 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions 140 – 137 g/km) and BMW 330i Touring (combined
fuel consumption: 6.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 145 g/km) and
BMW 340i Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 7.4 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions 168 g/km) and the BMW 340i xDrive Sedan (combined fuel
consumption: 7.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 174 g/km) will also
include an automatic transmission as a standard fitting in the future.

Six model variants of the BMW 4 Series will benefit from the new
standard engine-transmission combination, too: the BMW 420i
Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 6.4 – 6.2 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions 146 – 143 g/km), the BMW 420i xDrive Gran Coupé
(combined fuel consumption: 6.6 – 6.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions
151 – 148 g/km), the BMW 430i Convertible (combined fuel consumption:
6.5 – 6.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 148 – 144 g/km) and the BMW
430i Gran Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 6.1 – 6.0 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions 140 – 137 g/km) and the BMW 440i Coupé
(combined fuel consumption: 7.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 170
g/km) and the BMW 440i xDrive Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 7.7
l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 174 g/km).

The range of models fitted as standard with the 8-speed Steptronic
transmission in future is rounded off with the BMW 520d Sedan
(combined fuel consumption: 4.6 – 4.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions
121 – 117 g/km) and the BMW 520d Touring (combined fuel consumption:
4.9 – 4.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 128 – 123 g/km).

Well equipped for the city: BMW 1 Series Edition Metropolitan.

Urban mobility in a premium compact model takes on an extra touch of
style in the BMW 1 Series Edition Metropolitan. The Edition model,
available as a BMW 1 Series 3 door and a BMW 1 Series 5, has numerous
equipment features that are specifically designed to enhance comfort
and driving pleasure in urban traffic. These include the navigation
system Business, Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and
rear of the vehicle, rear view camera, parking assistant, road sign
detection, Speed Limit Info, Comfort Access and an instrument cluster
with extended features. The Edition model is available in conjunction
with the Urban Line model and all engine variants with the exception
of the BMW M140i.

New paint finishes and interior design features for the BMW 5
Series and the BMW 6er Gran Turismo.

The selection of paint finishes for the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the
BMW 5 Series Touring will be extended in summer 2018 to include the
variant Frozen Dark Silver metallic, whose silken matt surface creates
a particularly expressive look. This body finish will also be offered
for the high-performance sedan BMW M5 (combined fuel consumption: 10.5
l/100km; combined CO2 emissions: 241 g/100km, provisional values), for
which it is also possible to select the variant Frozen Marina Bay Blue
metallic – likewise a new option.

From July 2018, the optionally available electroplating applications
for selected controls will make for an exclusive sheen in the interior
of the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the BMW 5 Series Touring and the BMW 6
Series Gran Turismo. This high-quality surface refinement is applied
to the steering wheel switches, the start/stop button, the volume
control on the audio system, the air conditioning controls and the
switch panels on the driver and front passenger doors.

 

BMW 7 Series: BMW Individual composition that can be combined
with other exterior finishes.

The BMW Individual composition provides a highly exclusive ambience
in the interior of the BMW 7 Series Sedan by means of exquisite
materials and a subtly harmonised colour scheme. The option comprising
BMW Individual full Merino fine-grain leather trim, BMW Individual
interior trim finishers, a BMW Individual leather steering wheel and a
BMW Individual roof liner can be combined with additional body
finishes from July 2018 onwards. In future the selection will also
include the variants Alpine White non-metallic, Sapphire Black
metallic, Kashmir Silver metallic, Glacier Silver metallic, Imperial
Blue Brilliant Effect metallic, Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect
metallic, Mineral White metallic, Jatoba metallic, Magellan Grey
metallic, Arctic Grey Brilliant Effect metallic and Atlas Cedar metallic.

Aerodynamics package for the BMW i8 Roadster.

The plug-in hybrid drive of the BMW i8 Roadster (combined fuel
consumption 2,0 l/100 km; combined electricity consumption 14,5
kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 46 g/km) guarantees a particularly
progressive combination of sporty dynamic performance and efficiency
for open-top driving. The car’s supreme driving properties can be
further optimised by means of the new aerodynamics package. This is
made up of a dual-section front splitter and a spoiler lip for the
rear of the two-seater model.

Charging is simpler than fuelling: launch of BMW Wireless
Charging.

The innovative option BMW Wireless Charging offers maximum comfort
when charging the high-voltage battery of a plug-in hybrid model. BMW
is the world’s first automobile manufacturer to offer a system of
inductive charging where a cable is no longer required to feed
electric current into the vehicle’s battery. From 2018, BMW Wireless
Charging will be among the optional equipment items available for the
BMW 530e iPerformance ex works: it comprises a “car pad” for
the vehicle and an inductive charging station known as a “ground
pad”, which can be installed on the floor of a garage, for example.

The contactless transfer of energy is carried out via an
electromagnetic field between the two components and can be initiated
as soon as the vehicle has reached park position over the ground pad.
This makes charging a high-voltage battery even easier than filling a
fuel tank.

New for BMW i and BMW i Performance automobiles: BMW Connected
eDrive Services with BMW Digital Charging Service.

In future, the option BMW Connected eDrive Services will cover all
digital services that help optimise comfort, everyday practicality and
efficiency in vehicles that are electrically powered. This new
optional equipment feature will be available from July 2018 for the
BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power
consumption 13.6 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 0 g/km) and
the BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power
consumption: l/100 km; combined power consumption 14.3 kWh/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions 0 g/km), the BMW i8 Coupé (combined fuel
consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption 14.0 kWh/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions 42 g/km) and the BMW i8 Roadster as well as for
the BMW 225xe iPerformance (combined fuel consumption: 2.5 – 2.3 l/100
km; combined power consumption 13.7 – 13.4 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions 57 – 52 g/km) and the BMW 530e iPerformance. It includes
Remote Services, which allows the doors to be remotely locked and
unlocked, and also eDrive Services complete with charging station
search, as well as enabling the range and charge status to be
displayed on a smartphone.

What is more, the BMW Digital Charging Service can be used in the
first three years after the car has been newly registered. This
enables intelligent charging with optimised cost efficiency and
preferential use of self-generated solar power.

An overview: the new BMW models in summer 2018*

BMW X3

Output in kW (hp):

EU fuel consumption (l/100 km)

CO2 emissions
(g/km)

BMW X3 M40d

240/326

6.5 – 6.4

172 – 169

 

 

BMW X4

Output in kW (hp):

EU fuel consumption (l/100 km)

CO2 emissions
(g/km)

BMW X4 xDrive30d

195/265

6.0 – 5.8

158 – 153


All model revision measures available from start of production
in July resp. August 2018.

Consumption and Emission Data:

BMW 530e iPerformance Limousine: combined fuel
consumption: 2,1 – 1,9 l/100 km; combined electricity consumption:
14,1 – 13,1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49 – 44 g/km

BMW i8 Roadster: combined fuel consumption:
2,0 l/100 km; combined electricity
consumption:14,5 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46 g/km

BMW X3 M40d: combined fuel consumption: 6,5 –
6,4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 172 – 169 g/km,provisional values

BMW X4 xDrive30d: combined fuel consumption: 6,0 –
5,8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 158 – 153 g/km, provisional values

BMW 120i 3-Türer und 5-Türer:
combined fuel consumption: 6,1 – 5,9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:139 – 134 g/km

BMW M140i 3-Türer
und 5-Türer:combined fuel consumption:
7,4 – 7,4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:169 – 168 g/km

BMW 320i Gran Turismo: combined fuel consumption:
6,3 – 6,2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:143 – 141 g/km

BMW 320i xDrive Limousine: combined fuel consumption:
6,5 – 6,4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions148 – 146 g/km

BMW 320i xDrive Touring: combined fuel consumption:
6,7 – 6,6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions154 – 151 g/km

BMW 320i xDrive Gran Turismo: combined fuel
consumption: 6,8 – 6,7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions156 – 152 g/km

BMW 330i Limousine: combined fuel consumption:
6,1 – 6,0 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions140 – 137 g/km

BMW 330i Touring: combined fuel
consumption: 6,3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 145 g/km

BMW 340i Limousine: combined fuel consumption:
7,4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 168 g/km

BMW 340i xDrive Limousine: combined fuel consumption:
7,7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions174 g/km

BMW 420i Cabrio: combined fuel consumption:
6,4 – 6,2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions146 – 143 g/km

BMW 420i xDrive Gran Coupé: combined fuel
consumption: 6,6 – 6,5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions151 – 148 g/km

BMW 430i Cabrio: combined fuel consumption:
6,5 – 6,3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions148 – 144 g/km

BMW 430i Gran Coupé: combined fuel consumption:
6,1 – 6,0 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions140 – 137 g/km

BMW 440i Coupé: combined fuel consumption:
7,5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 170 g/km

BMW 440i xDrive Coupé: combined fuel consumption:
7,7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 174 g/km

BMW 520d Limousine: combined fuel consumption:
4,6 – 4,5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 121 – 117 g/km

BMW 520d Touring: combined fuel consumption:
4,9 – 4,7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 128 – 123 g/km

BMW M5: combined fuel consumption: 10,5l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions 241 g/km, provisional values

BMW i3: combined fuel consumption: 0,0 l/100 km;
combined electricity consumption: 13,6 – 13,1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions 0 g/km

BMW i3s: combined fuel consumption: 0,0 l/100 km;
combined electricity consumption: 14,3 kWh/100 km;
CO2-combined CO2 emissions 0 g/km

BMW i8 Coupé: combined fuel consumption:
1,8 l/100 km; combined electricity
consumption:14,0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 42 g/km

BMW 225xe iPerformance: combined fuel
consumption:2,5 – 2,3 l/100 km; combined electricity
consumption:13,7 – 13,4 kWh/100 km;combined CO2 emissions 57 – 52 g/km

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Central Asia 2018 – live and interactive. Media sources and photo contest. Partner information.

BMW:BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Central Asia 2018 – live and interactive. Media sources and photo contest. Partner information.

Munich. The Central Asia edition of the BMW Motorrad
International GS Trophy is now just days away. The 54 finalists,
riding in 18 international teams, have been issued their GS-specific
rider equipment – customized with their names, national flags and Int.
GS Trophy 2018 insignia – and will soon be boarding their
international flights to the venue, ready for the ride of their life.

For those not lucky enough to be competing, BMW Motorrad has devised
a full range of multi-media coverage of the event so that GS fans from
all over the world will be able to read about, watch and even
participate (through a photographic competition) in the event.

Int. GS Trophy photo contest.

The interactive photo contest was debuted in the 2010 event and
proved so popular, with over 20,000 community members voting, that it
has become a permanent fixture of the event. So, on days two (June 4)
and five (June 7) of the Int. GS Trophy 2018 the teams themselves will
be photographing all aspects of their adventure. The subject matter
for the competition is entirely open, it might be an action shot of
team-mates, or a spectacular landscape, maybe a unique aspect of local
life. Each team will then submit their best photo at the end of both
days, to be posted on the GS Trophy website www.gstrophy.com as well as www.facebook.com/bmwmotorrad
while the voting will be accessed through

www.bmw-motorrad.com/voting
.

As before, the photos are posted without credit, so the fans will
vote for the best photo, not their favourite team. But as in previous
years we can expect the teams to reveal their identities one way or another…!

Note that the time for voting will be limited to just 24 hours on each
occasion as the results will need to be fed back into the competition
and to accord with the time difference between Munich and Mongolia:

Photo competition 1

Voting opens June 4, 23:59 Mongolian Time (17:59 CEST)

Voting closes June 5, 23:59 Mongolian time (17:59 CEST)

The results of the vote will be announced in the evening of June 6.

Photo competition 2

Voting opens June 7, 23:59 Mongolian time (17:59 CEST)

Voting closes June 8, 23:59 Mongolian time (17:59 CEST)

The results of the vote will be announced in the evening of June 9.

The teams will be awarded points toward their overall competition
score in accordance with their performance in the votes.

 

Daily updates to the media.

Journalists and media organisations are invited to follow the
Int. GS Trophy 2018 and to find free access to GS Trophy resources –
which during the event will be updated daily with news stories and
photos – through the dedicated

BMW Group Press Club facility which can be found at www.press.bmwgroup.com

More ways to follow the GS Trophy.

Through www.gstrophy.com
BMW Motorrad has created an internet destination where GS fans will be
able to find all the background information that they could want on
the event and its participants (past and present). The site will be
updated each day with a review of the action by way of words, images
and video clips.

The event’s excitement will also be relayed with much more
information of a more informal kind via BMW Motorrad’s social media sources:

www.facebook.com/bmwmotorrad

www.twitter.com/bmwmotorrad (#gstrophy)

www.youtube.com/bmwmotorrad

www.instagram.com/bmwmotorrad

A word about our partners.

The off-road adventure Int. GS Trophy makes tough demands on man and
machine. Not only do you need absolutely robust and reliable BMW GS
motorcycles, but also the perfect equipment for rider and bike. In
this respect, BMW Motorrad has a number of high-performance partners
at its side who make contribute significantly to the success of this
unique event through their products and their experience.

ADVANTEC Original BMW Engine Oil.
The ADVANTEC Original BMW
engine oil was exclusively developed for the BMW Motorrad
high-performance engines. In the process, it passed the regular tests,
as well as the specially developed and demanding testing procedures by
BMW, with outstanding results. The name ADVANTEC stands for our
commitment to quality and to the participants – allowing them to fully
rely on their bikes during the Int. GS Trophy. 

Leatt.
Leatt know why you do what you do. And Leatt know that
chasing down the thrill can come at a cost. So, Leatt have you
covered, with an ever-evolving range of helmets, body armor, braces,
guards, hydration systems, apparel and whatever it takes to keep the
thrill seeker safe. Yours is a confidence game. And Leatt are in the
business of making sure that you have the confidence to push yourself
faster, harder and further than you thought you could go. Because
that’s where the thrill lies. 

Marmot.
Marmot Mountain Europe GmbH has been the official
outdoor-equipment supplier and partner to the Int. GS Trophy since
2012. The tradition-steeped brand from California attaches top
priority to innovation, quality, performance and functionality. This
is why the International GS Trophy participants will be able to rely
entirely on the Vapor 2P tents and the Trestles Elite 30 sleeping
bags. With its waterproof and breathable stretch fabric, the ROM
jacket will provide full protection against the elements and provides
perfect wear comfort. In case the temperatures drop dramatically, the
Marmot Hoody will guarantee excellent warmth. The Toolbox 26 pack is
lightweight and offers enough space for all necessary essentials
needed on the rides. Additionally, a robust Long Hauler Duffle bag and
a Mini Hauler will take care for the participant’s equipment.

Metzeler.
METZELER has been the official tyre partner of the
BMW Motorrad Int. GS Trophy since 2008. All motorcycles used at the
event will be fitted with METZELER KAROO™ 3. These knobbly
high-performance tyres are developed to provide great off-road
rally-raid traction, wear regularity (therefore more mileage) and a
high level of stability on-road. METZELER KAROO™ 3 can tackle the most
demanding motorcycle adventures, and it is therefore the perfect
choice for the hard ride in the Int. GS Trophy.

Original BMW Motorrad accessories.
Mud, gravel and dust – such
conditions demand absolute confidence in all of the supplied
equipment. As the exclusive supplier for the Int. GS Trophy bikes, it
is of great importance to provide all participants with the ideal
preconditions to master the challenges of the Int. GS Trophy
effectively. All the original BMW Motorrad accessories used by the
participants in the areas of safety, ergonomics, and comfort, as well
as storage space, is also available to any GS enthusiast so they, too,
can also upgrade their own GS for the next adventure. 

Shell.
From the steppes of Mongolia to the country roads in
your home country, whether you love driving for power and performance
or to challenge your abilities, Shell shares your passion for driving.
Shell have partnered with some of the most successful drivers in the
history of cars and motorcycles. Every day Shell strives to push
technological innovation further and provide its customers and
partners around the world with cutting edge products and services.
Shell is a global energy provider committed to providing more and
cleaner energy for the world’s motorists.

Find all information about the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy
2018 Central Asia at the dedicated website www.gstrophy.com.

Find press material on BMW motorcycle, Original BMW Motorrad
accessories and BMW Motorrad rider equipment in the BMW Group
PressClub at www.press.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 30 production and assembly
facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 129,932 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

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Original Press Release

Spectacular guest start at Misano: World star Alessandro Zanardi to contest his DTM home event in the BMW M4 DTM.

BMW:Spectacular guest start at Misano: World star Alessandro Zanardi to contest his DTM home event in the BMW M4 DTM.

Munich. BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) returns to
the cockpit of a race car: at the DTM races at Misano, Italy
(25th/26th August), the 51-year-old will make
a guest appearance in a BMW M4 DTM. The DTM umbrella organisation,
the ITR, as well as the two other manufacturers involved in the DTM,
Audi and Mercedes-Benz, have given the green-light for this guest
start. The BMW M Motorsport engineers, who have worked with Zanardi
in the past, are currently collaborating with him on the development
of a system to modify the BMW M4 DTM to suit his needs. The DTM race
appearance at Misano is another step on the way to Daytona (USA),
where the Italian will contest the legendary 24-hour race in January 2019.

 

Zanardi’s preparation for his guest start gets underway this weekend
(1st to 3rd June), when he will accompany the
BMW DTM teams and drivers at the Hungaroring near Budapest (HUN), to
familiarise himself with the details of procedures, structures and
processes in the DTM. A roll-out and test drives are additional steps
planned for the coming weeks. Dates and locations will be announced at
a later date. In addition, with regard to the technical feasibility,
BMW Motorsport is working closely with the DMSB, who supports the project.

The BMW works driver and brand ambassador has already visited
numerous DTM events and has also been behind the wheel of a BMW DTM
race car many times. In recognition of winning two gold medals at the
Paralympic Games in London (GBR), Zanardi completed a sensational test
in a modified BMW M3 DTM at the Nürburgring (GER) in 2012. At the 2015
DTM season finale at Hockenheim (GER), he was at the wheel of the BMW
M4 DTM race taxi. However, starting a DTM race is a first for Zanardi.

Zanardi has enjoyed success in BMW racing cars for many years. In
2003, just two years after his accident in the CART race at the
Lausitzring (GER) in which he lost both legs, he contested the
European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) season finale at Monza (ITA)
in a BMW 320i adapted to his needs to the delight of fans. 2004 saw
Zanardi contest the entire ETCC season, and between 2005 and 2009, he
competed in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC) with BMW
Team Italy-Spain – ROAL Motorsport. On 28th August 2005,
Zanardi caused a sensation in Oschersleben (GER) when he became the
first physically impaired driver to win a world championship race. He
celebrated a total of four wins in the FIA WTCC. Since 2010, Zanardi
has focussed on his second passion, para-cycling. He began a
successful career in this discipline, in which he has won a total of
four Paralympic gold medals and ten world championship titles to date.

2014 saw Zanardi return to the race cockpit and contest the entire
season of the Blancpain GT Sprint Series in a modified BMW Z4 GT3. The
next highlight came in 2015 when, with Timo Glock (GER) and Bruno
Spengler (CAN), he participated in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
(BEL) in a BMW Z4 GT3. The trio battled for a top five position down
to the wire, but a technical defect forced them to retire in the final
hour of racing. Zanardi’s last official race outing was on
16th October 2016 as a guest starter at the season finale
of the Italian GT Championship at Mugello (ITA), where he made his
debut in the BMW M6 GT3 – and celebrated a sensational win in the
Sunday race.

Quotes on Alessandro Zanardi’s guest start.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“Alex Zanardi as a guest starter in Misano – that will be a real
sensation in an already spectacular DTM season. The fans can look
forward to a fantastic race weekend in Misano: the DTM’s first guest
appearance at this track, the first ever night race in the DTM and
Alex Zanardi, who as the ‘local hero’ will play his part in making
this event a special experience for everyone. Our thanks go to the ITR
and our colleagues from Audi and Mercedes-Benz for giving the
green-light for this guest start. Our engineers are currently using
all their expertise and ideas to work on modifying the BMW M4 DTM to
suit Alex’s requirements. We are looking forward to having Alex in our
BMW DTM family.”

Alessandro Zanardi:

“I am incredibly excited about racing the BMW M4 DTM at Misano
because I always dreamt of adding the DTM experience into my ‘book of
best moments’ in my motorsport career. DTM has for many years been one
of the motorsport disciplines that are the pinnacles of racing
regarding technology, the speed of the car and the level of the
competition, which these days is higher than ever. The skills of the
drivers competing in DTM and the preparation of the teams are, in my
view, as good as in Formula One. They are top of the game and you
can’t get any better than that. And on the other hand that is what
concerns me and will make me to approach this challenge with a lot of
respect, knowing that it will be one of toughest things I have ever
done in my racing career. I am really grateful that BMW offered to
start this project and to all the engineers in Munich who are already
preparing the car. I will do my very best to represent them in such a
competitive field.”

Gerhard Berger (ITR Chairman):

“We are delighted to welcome such a well-known guest starter to the
DTM for our debut at Misano. Alex Zanardi is very popular, not only in
his home country of Italy. His extraordinarily impressive performances
as an athlete, as well as his unwavering optimism and his humanity go
way beyond sport and have already inspired an audience of
millions around the world. Alex doesn’t approach any task
half-heartedly – quite the opposite is true. So, we know he will be
preparing for his DTM guest appearance extremely professionally and
full of ambition, so as to deliver a top performance in front of his
home crowd. Welcome to the DTM dear Alex!”

 

 

Note to editors.

 

During the ITR’s telephone press conference on Tuesday
29th May, Zanardi will be available to answer questions
from media representatives from 2.00 p.m. (CEST) on. After having
dialed in at +49 (0)1805-1009, please enter the access code 386 386.

At a media round table on Saturday at 10.20 a.m. (CEST) in Budapest,
both Zanardi and BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt will be on
hand to answer questions.

                                          

Original Press Release

Tailwind on trip to Budapest: BMW DTM teams ready for the first 2018 season race outside Germany.

BMW:Tailwind on trip to Budapest: BMW DTM teams ready for the first 2018 season race outside Germany.

Munich. The BMW DTM teams have their first 2018 season trip
abroad ahead of them: On Saturday and Sunday
(2nd/3rd June), races number five and six will
be held at the Hungaroring near Budapest (HUN). After two race
weekends, BMW driver Timo Glock (GER) continues to lead the driver’s
standings in the DTM. The front runner currently has 72 points to
his name. Marco Wittmann (GER) in seventh is currently the
second-highest BMW driver in the overall standings. In the first
four races of the year, Glock has picked up one win, one second
place and one third place. Wittmann and DTM rookie Philipp Eng (AUT)
have also already made it onto the podium this season.

 

This season sees the 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring host the DTM for the
fifth time. The track has proved to be a good hunting ground for BMW
in the past. In the seven DTM races that have been held there to date,
the BMW drivers have picked up one win and a total of six podium positions.

Quotes ahead of the DTM races at Budapest.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“Hockenheim and the Lausitzring provided us with two race weekends
full of excitement, drama and emotions. The 2018 DTM season could not
have got off to a better start. Now the stage is set for the third
round at the Hungaroring – and we are confident that the fans will
experience exhilarating races there as well. We are heading to Hungary
with a strong tailwind. Timo successfully defended his lead in the
standings at the Lausitzring, at least one BMW driver has been on the
podium at every race this season, and the Hungaroring has always been
a good track for us. So, our goal has to be to bring home more successes.”

Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal BMW Team RMG):

“Budapest has always been a track that has suited us. After the first
two race weekends, naturally we are extremely motivated. We want to
remain on the road to success with Timo and Marco, and now we also
want to move further forward with Augusto. But we are also aware that
when you are riding on a wave of success, you need to work really hard
to stay on that wave.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM, BMW Team
RMG – 7th place in the overall standings, points: 26):

“I really like the track at Budapest. It’s a technical circuit, but
still very fast. The Hungaroring has a little bit of every type of
turn and the Hungarian fans are very enthusiastic. I won at Budapest
in 2014. I like looking back on that. However, things have been a
little more difficult for us there in recent years. Despite that, I am
still really looking forward to Hungary. I’m highly motivated after
the podium at the Lausitzring.”

Augusto Farfus (#15 Shell BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG –
15th place in the overall standings, points: 2):

“Budapest was a good track for us last year, and I really like it
there. The circuit is the total opposite of the Lausitzring. It is
extremely flat, so the set-up has to be adjusted accordingly. The
track boasts a lovely sequence of semi-fast turns. That suits me.
Hopefully we will have a good weekend there.”

Timo Glock (#16 DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR –
1st place in the overall standings, points: 72):

“We need to wait and see how we do at Budapest this year. Audi was
very good there last year but our car is very strong at the moment and
works on different types of circuit. Budapest is always a highlight
and the track has always really suited me in the past. I’m excited to
see if we will continue to have a good pace there.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“The races at Budapest are the first outside Germany this year and
the atmosphere is unique. You always feel very welcome there. The
track is definitely a challenge and we have experienced a lot of
exciting DTM races there. We are in a really good position after the
initial races and hopefully that will continue at Budapest.”

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW Bank M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM –
9th place in the overall standings, points: 23):

“I was on the podium at Budapest last year which is why I am really
looking forward to returning. It is a very interesting track and the
many semi-fast turns are great. It is difficult to overtake there,
which is why qualifying is extremely important, but I think our car
should suit this track really well. As a driver, you definitely look
forward to this event.”

Philipp Eng (#25 SAMSUNG BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMR –
8th place in the overall standings, points: 26):

“I love being in Budapest. The city is fantastic. We won’t get to see
much of it during the DTM weekend, but the atmosphere is unique. This
track is a great deal of fun for us as drivers. Competing there in a
DTM car will no doubt be something special. I hope that we can carry
the momentum from Lusatia with us.”

Joel Eriksson (#47 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RBM – 11th
place in the overall standings, points: 15):

“I only have good memories of the Hungaroring. It is one of my
all-time favourite tracks. I love the city too. I have a good feeling
going into this weekend, since I won there in Formula 3 last year and
had pole position so, I know the track very well.”

 

Media Schedule.

Friday, 1st June

14:00-14:30 CEST, ITR press conference with Philipp Eng, Media Center

Saturday, 2nd June

15:50-16:00 CEST, Mixed Zone with all BMW drivers, Media Center

Saturday, 2nd June

10:20-11:05 CEST, interview with BMW Motorsport Director Jens
Marquardt, BMW M Motorsport Hospitality

Sunday, 3rd June

15:50-16:00 CEST, Mixed Zone with all BMW drivers, Media Center

 

WhatsApp statistics service.

BMW Motorsport offers a Chatbot service for journalists also in the
2018 DTM season. This allows users to receive the latest information
directly to their smartphone via WhatsApp Messenger. The information
available includes driver statistics, statements and photos. You can
register for the BMW Motorsport Chatbot at the following link: http://bit.ly/BMW_Motorsport_Media_Broadcast_EN

Original Press Release

Five wins and a total of 13 podiums: BMW riders continue their run of success in international and national championships.

BMW:Five wins and a total of 13 podiums: BMW riders continue their run of success in international and national championships.

Munich. The BMW racers continue their run of success in
international and national championships. Their haul from the
weekend: five wins and a total of 13 podiums. In the MOTUL FIM
Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), Loris Baz (FRA) secured a
front row grid position  at Donington Park (GBR) and finished in the
top ten in both races. At the same track, Markus Reiterberger (GER)
celebrated his third win of the season in the FIM Superstock 1000
European Championship. Roberto Tamburini (ITA) finished on the
podium for the fourth time in the fourth race of the season. The
races in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship Superbike class
(AARR SBK) at Poznan, Poland, ended with a win for Karel Hanika
(CZE) and a podium for Christopher Kemmer (AUT). In the Superstock
class (AARR STK) Michal Filla (CZE) won both races, with BMW riders
securing the top four positions in race two. Reigning champion
Carmelo Morales (ESP) finished in second place on the podium in the
second race of the season in the Spanish Championship (RFME CEV).
And at the season opener of the Canadian Superbike Championship
(CSBK) at Shannonville (CAN), record champion Jordan Szoke, Ben
Young and Matt McBride (all CAN) claimed the top three positions for BMW.

 

 

 

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at Donington Park,
Great Britain.

Typical British weather welcomed the 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK) riders and teams to the sixth round of the
season at Donington Park (GBR) – with rain on Friday and Saturday.
Loris Baz (FRA) of the Gulf Althea BMW Team was unfazed by the wet
conditions. The Frenchman finished the first practice session in third
place; he set the eighth fastest time overall on Friday, making it
straight into the crucial Superpole 2. As the third-fastest in that
qualifying session, he secured a position on the front row of the
grid. Baz finished the two races in positions seven and ten.

Loris Baz: “In the wet, I had good feeling with my
bike, which was behaving well. I’m pleased to have scored the first
front row start for BMW in five years. I felt very confident with the
qualifying tyre, and we have made good progress with the bike, but
nevertheless the front row came as a pleasant surprise. I knew the
race would be tougher; when you start from the front row you always
hope you can fight for the podium but unfortunately that wasn’t
possible. I still had some grip issues and, although I tried my best,
I gradually lost ground, losing a few tenths each lap. Overall, P7 in
race one was a very good result, considering how things went at Imola.
Sunday was a very tough day. We tried a different tyre in warm-up, but
we’d need to work more on the bike set-up to be able to use that tyre
in the race, so I started the race with a different tyre again, but
unfortunately I had no feeling with the front and too much chattering
which meant I couldn’t go into the turns quickly. Tenth was all we
could do. But overall we’ve definitely taken a step forward this
weekend though and I hope we can continue in this vein in Brno.”

FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship at Donington Park,
Great Britain.

Fourth race of the season in the FIM Superstock 1000 European
Championship (STK1000) – and third win of the season for alpha
Racing-Van-Zon-BMW Team’s Markus Reiterberger (GER) . The BMW S 1000
RR rider had another perfect weekend at Donington Park (GBR).
Reiterberger secured pole position with a record time and set a new
lap record in his dominant start-to-finish victory. Fellow BMW rider
Roberto Tamburini (ITA / Berclaz Racing Team) continued his run of
finishing on the podium in Great Britain and after three second
places, he finished in third place on the podium this time. Jan Bühn
(GER / alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW) and Eric Vionnet (SUI / MOTOS
VIONNET) also finished in the top ten, in eighth and tenth place.
Reiterberger’s win sees him extend his lead in the championship. With
86 points, he now has a ten-point lead over second-placed Tamburini.

Markus Reiterberger: “We modified the chassis
slightly during warm-up to make the tyres last better over the
distance. It worked perfectly. The motorcycle was well-balanced, easy
and consistent to ride, and that was the key to success at Donington.
It was a fantastic weekend; everyone in the team did an impeccable
job. We were able to extend the lead in the championship to ten points
again, and that is important. Now I’m looking forward to Brno – a
really great track on which we will go on the attack again.”

Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship at Poznan, Poland.

The Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) headed to Poznan in
Poland for its second event of the 2018 season. Karel Hanika (CZE) in
the Superbike class (AARR SBK) celebrated his first win of the year.
The Mercury Racing Team rider won the second race on Sunday on his BMW
S 1000 RR. Christopher Kemmer (AUT / Bertl K. Racing Team) joined him
on the podium, finishing in third place. Hanika finished the first
race in fourth place, with Kemmer finishing in sixth place.

In the Superstock class (AARR STK) BMW rider Michal Filla (CZE / BMW
Sikora Motorsport) remains the dominant man. He won both races,
getting the fastest race lap in each and celebrating his third and
fourth wins of the season. In race one, his team-mate Bartlomiej
Wiczynski (POL) finished second to clinch a one-two finish for BMW.
Michal Šembera (CZE / TME racing team) finished fourth.

In the second race in the Superstock class, BMW riders claimed the
top four positions. Behind Filla in second place was Arnaud Friedrich
(GER / Team LRP Poland), third place on the podium went to Michal
Prášek (CZE / Rohac and Fejta motoracing team). Wiczynski crossed the
finish line in fourth place.

Spanish Championship at Barcelona, Spain.

The Spanish Championship (RFME CEV) held its second race of the 2018
season at the “Circuit de Catalunya” near Barcelona (ESP). Reigning
champion Carmelo Morales (ESP), of the Graphenano EasyRace SBK Team,
picked up more important points for ‘Mission Defend Title’. After his
win at the opening race, BMW rider Morales finished in second place on
the podium this time around.

Canadian Superbike Championship at Shannonville, Canada.

The 2018 season started in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK)
with the top three positions going to BMW riders. The field was led by
record champion and defending champion Jordan Szoke (CAN), who
continued his run of success and set the pace at the first race
weekend of the new year at Shannonville (CAN). Szoke secured pole
position on his BMW S 1000 RR in action for the Mopar Express Lane BMW
Superbike team and won the race with a clear lead of 5.73 seconds.
Second place on the podium went to BMW rider Ben Young (CAN / Ben
Young Racing), and Matt McBride (CAN) rounded off the one-two-three
finish in third place.

Original Press Release

BMW Brilliance Automotive expands battery factory in China

BMW:BMW Brilliance Automotive expands battery factory in China

Munich. The BMW Group continues to drive the
expansion of electro-mobility as part of its Strategy NUMBER ONE >
NEXT. To achieve this, the company and is adapting its production
structures to growing demand for fully and partially electrified
vehicles. Just seven months after opening its battery factory in
China, the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture today laid
the foundation for a comprehensive expansion of the plant. At the
“High-Voltage Battery Centre Phase II”, BBA will produce the new, more
powerful batteries of the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology for
the fully-electric BMW iX3. Starting in 2020, the BMW iX3 will be
built at the neighbouring BBA plant Dadong.

Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
responsible for Production: “Today, we break ground for the next stage
of our electric model offensive. In this regard, we further increase
the capacity of our local battery production. This enables us to
follow the increasing demand for electro mobility in China.”

China is the BMW Group’s largest single market and the pacesetter for
e-mobility worldwide. With six electrified models currently available,
the BMW Group offers Chinese customers the widest range of options in
the premium segment. In 2017, the BMW Group more than doubled its
sales of electrified vehicles in China from the previous year and
expects this growth to continue in 2018. Earlier this year, production
of the new BMW 5 Series Plug-in Hybrid got underway at the BBA plant
Dadong. Expansion of the battery factory underlines the BMW Group’s
commitment to China.

Production of fully-electric cars to be integrated into
existing structures

The BMW Group is the pioneer in electromobility. The company’s
Leipzig plant began building the fully-electric BMW i3 in 2013. Today,
the BMW Group produces cars with combustion engines on the same lines
as plug-in hybrids at ten locations worldwide. Three battery plants in
Germany, the US and China supply local production of electrified
vehicles with batteries. In the future, production of fully-electric
vehicles will also be integrated into existing manufacturing structures.

Oliver Zipse: “Maximum utilisation of plant capacity is a priority
for us. That is why we are designing our production system so that we
can build models with a fully or partially electric drive train or
combustion engine on the same assembly line.”

In addition, two enhanced flexible vehicle architectures will be
suitable for all drive forms, thereby reducing complexity in
production. This gives the BMW Group maximum production flexibility
and enables it to respond quickly to market and customer demands
worldwide. It also ensures optimal utilisation of production capacity,
avoids high investments and creates job security.

The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture

The BBA Brilliance Automotive joint venture was founded in 2003. Over
the past 15 years, it has become one of the most successful premium
automobile manufacturers in China, encompassing production and sales
of BMW automobiles in China, as well as local development tasks. In
2017, the BBA automotive plants in Tiexi and Dadong produced almost
400,000 vehicles for the Chinese market – an increase of around 30%
year-on-year. The maximum capacity of the two plants will reach
520,000 units per year from 2019.

Since 2009, the joint venture has invested more than 52 billion RMB
(approx. 6.7 billion euros) in the BBA plants, and employs more than
16,000 people.

In 2014, the BMW Group and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd.
extended their joint venture contract early and laid the foundation
for deepening the successful cooperation. The extended contract is
valid for ten years (from 2018 to 2028).

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Charging even easier than refuelling.

BMW:Charging even easier than refuelling.

Munich. BMW i launches yet another world first in the
form of a factory-fitted, fully integrated inductive charging facility
for the high-voltage battery in a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Production
will start in July.  As part of the BMW Group’s NUMBER ONE > NEXT
strategy, the company is therefore once again leading the way in the
development of groundbreaking charging technology that greatly
enhances the ease of use and everyday practicality of electrified
vehicles.
BMW Wireless Charging option can be ordered now as a
leasing-option for the BMW 530e iPerformance (fuel consumption in
legislative EU test-cycle combined: 2.3 – 1.9 l/100 km; electricity
consumption combined: 13.9 – 13.3 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined:
52 – 47 g/km)
The product offer starts with Germany,
subsequently followed by the UK, the US, Japan and China.

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Electromagnetic field is the key to contactless transmission
of electricity.

BMW Wireless Charging enables electric energy from the mains supply
to be transmitted to a vehicle’s high-voltage battery without any
cables – when the vehicle is positioned over a base pad. This can be
installed in the garage, for example, and the charging process started
as soon as the vehicle has been parked in position (without any
further input from the driver). The launch of this technology sees the
BMW Group move another step closer to an infrastructure that will make
charging the battery of an electrified vehicle even simpler than
refuelling a car with a conventional engine.

Available to customers as an option, BMW Wireless Charging consists
of a Inductive Charging Station (GroundPad), which can be installed
either in a garage or outdoors, and a secondary vehicle component
(CarPad) fixed to the underside of the vehicle. The contactless
transfer of energy between the GroundPad and CarPad is conducted over
a distance of around eight centimetres. The GroundPad generates a
magnetic field. In the CarPad an electric current is induced, which
then charges the high-voltage battery.

The system has a charging power of 3.2 kW, enabling the high-voltage
batteries on board the BMW 530e iPerformance to be fully charged in
around three-and-a-half hours. And with an efficiency rate of around
85 per cent, charging with the BMW Wireless Charging system is very
efficient, too.

Inductive charging: even easier than refuelling.

BMW Wireless Charging employs the same inductive charging technology
already widely used for supplying power to devices such as mobile
phones and electric toothbrushes to now also recharge the high-voltage
batteries in electrified vehicles. The principal benefit here is the
unrivalled ease of use, as drivers no longer need to hook up their
plug-in hybrid car using a cable in order to replenish its energy
reserves. Instead, as soon as the vehicle has been parked in the
correct position above the inductive Charging Station, followed by a
simple push of the Start/Stop button, the charging process is
initiated. Once the battery is fully charged, the system switches off automatically.

BMW Wireless Charging also helps the driver to manoeuvre into the
correct parking position. Via a WiFi connection a communication
between the charging station and vehicle is being established. An
overhead view of the car and its surroundings then appears in the
Control Display with coloured lines that help guide the driver while
parking. A graphic icon shows when the correct parking position for
inductive charging has been reached. This can deviate from the optimum
position by up to seven centimetres longitudinally and up to
14 centimetres laterally.

The GroundPad can also be installed outdoors, where it may be used
regardless of the weather conditions. All components that conduct
electricity are protected from rain and snow, and driving over the
GroundPad will not damage it in any way. During charging, ambient
electromagnetic radiation is limited to the vehicle undercarriage. The
GroundPad is permanently monitored and will be switched off if any
foreign matters are detected. The BMW Group also offers an
installation service for BMW Wireless Charging, on request.

The launch of BMW Wireless Charging is further proof of the BMW
Group’s ongoing commitment to creating a user-friendly and practical
charging infrastructure. Back in 2015, the company was presented with
the Momentum for Change Award from the United Nations in recognition
of its achievements. In its role as one of the co-founders of the
IONITY joint venture, the BMW Group is currently teaming up with other
carmakers to set up a Europe-wide fast-charging network with up to
350kW charging power for electric vehicles that should boast around
400 stations by 2020. In addition, the ChargeNow service, originally
launched by BMW I, now offers access to more than 130,000 aggregated
charging points in 32 countries. It is the largest global network of
its kind.    .



About BMW i


BMW i is a BMW Group brand focusing on connected mobility
services, visionary vehicle concepts and a new understanding of
premium strongly defined by sustainability. BMW i is represented in 74
countries with the BMW i3 electric car for urban areas, BMW i8 plug-in
hybrid sports car and plug-in hybrid BMW iPerformance
Automobiles.  
BMW i opens up new target groups for the company
and serves as an incubator for innovations. Technologies which have
debuted successfully in BMW i cars are carried over to parent brand
BMW’s other models.
 BMW i is also associated with enterprises
including DriveNow (car sharing), ReachNow (car sharing 2.0),
ChargeNow (easy access to the world’s largest network of charging
points), ParkNow (straightforward location, reservation and payment of
parking spaces), venture capital company BMW i Ventures (investment in
start-up companies with a focus on urban mobility), BMW Energy (energy
services) and the Centre of Competence for Urban Mobility (consultancy
for cities).

Original Press Release

BMW Motorsport News – Issue 17/2018.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 17/2018.

British GT Championship: First win of the season for BMW M4
GT4.
Ben Tuck and Ben Green (both GBR) claimed their
first win of the season with the new BMW M4 GT4 at the third race
weekend of the British GT Championship at Snetterton (GBR). The two
Century Motorsport drivers won the second race on Sunday. It was the
first win for the BMW M4 GT4 in the hands of a customer team on
European soil. The car showed signs of its potential as early as
qualifying at Snetterton Circuit, when Tuck clocked the fastest time,
securing pole position. At first, everything went to plan in the
opening race, until a safety car period turned everything on its head
and the Century Motorsport pair were forced to settle for sixth place.
Aleksander Schjerpen (NOR) and Jack Mitchell (GBR), in the second
Century BMW M4 GT4, were eighth in race two, having finished down in
30th in race one. The fourth race weekend of the British GT
Championship takes place at Silverstone (GBR) on 9th and
10th June.

Pirelli World Challenge: BMW M235i Racing dominates at Lime
Rock Park.
Double success overseas: The BMW M235i
Racing won the TC class twice at the sixth race weekend of the Pirelli
World Challenge at Lime Rock Park (USA). Karl Wittmer (CAN), in the
#91 BMW M235i Racing, set the fastest time in Friday’s qualifying to
secure pole position, before presenting the Classic BMW team with
victory in race one. He was followed over the finish line by team-mate
Matt Travis (USA) in the #26 BMW M235i Racing in second place. The BMW
M235i Racing was again the dominant force in race two. Rooster Hall
Racing team’s Johan Schwartz (USA) came home first after 42 laps of
the 2.41-kilometre track. Travis finished on the podium again, this
time in third place. Wittmer was fourth. The Canadian goes into the
next race weekend, from 13th to 15th July at the
Portland International Raceway (USA), as the championship leader. Also
in action at Lime Rock Park are six BMW M4 GT4s, which will do battle
in the GTS class on Monday 28th May.

DTM: Timo Glock visits the world’s biggest darts event in
Gelsenkirchen.
Between the DTM races at the Lausitzring
(GER) and Budapest (HUN), DTM championship leader Timo Glock (GER)
took time out to visit the “Arena auf Schalke”. The venue in
Gelsenkirchen (GER) hosted the “World Series of Darts – German Masters
2018” in front of a world-record 20,000 spectators on Friday. The
tournament saw the biggest international darts stars go head to head.
Glock has been a big darts fan for several years. In Gelsenkirchen he
met Scottish star Peter Wright, who gave him a few tips as they warmed
up together. Glock also took on the role of co-commentator for TV
station Pro7, which broadcast the spectacular event live. Pro7 is a
sister station to new DTM TV partner SAT.1. Glock demonstrated an
impressive knowledge of darts. “I simply admire the players, who stand
up there and, despite all the noise, put on a display of such
high-class sport. It may sound simple to throw three darts at a board,
but to consistently land them so accurately in the triple 20 and the
doubles is very impressive,” said Glock. “The atmosphere in
Gelsenkirchen was superb and it was great fun. It was also interesting
to chat to the guys, to check out the way they prepare, and to see how
differently the individual players approach it.” Peter ‘Snakebite’
Wright attested to Glock’s talent on the oche: “When Timo brings his
racing career to an end, he should consider giving darts a go.”

DTM: Fans and drivers warm up for the
Norisring.
The fourth DTM race weekend of the year, at
the Norisring (GER), is already at the forefront of many people’s
minds. On Saturday, media representatives, fans and drivers met in the
centre of Nuremberg (GER) to look ahead to the highlight of the season
in a few weeks’ time. On site for BMW M Motorsport was Marco Wittmann
(GER), who, as a local lad, is always the focus of attention at the
unique race on the streets of Nuremberg. After a press conference in
Nuremberg’s Hauptmarkt square, fans were able to pose for selfies with
the DTM drivers, check out the three manufacturers’ cars up close and
personal, and grab an autograph or two – all against the impressive
backdrop of the nearby St. Lorenz church. “The atmosphere, the
location, the weather – absolutely everything was perfect today,” said
Wittmann. “I think everyone enjoyed today’s event – not just me, but
the fans too. The organisers come up with something new every year to
give the fans a little taste of what they can expect from the DTM
races at the Norisring. They did a good job again with the autograph
session and the cars. I am sure that I am not the only one who is now
looking forward to the races even more. Many fans must be feeling the
same way.” In four weeks’ time, from 22nd to
24th June, it will be time to get down to business, as the
Norisring hosts races seven and eight of the season. Before then, the
drivers and teams travel to Budapest (HUN) next week, where they will
contest the third race weekend of the 2018 season.

12h Imola: Two class wins for BMW.
Seven BMW
cars lined up in the 12-hour race at Imola, with two taking victory in
their respective classes. In the Cup1 class, the BMW M235i Racing run
by the Hofor Racing powered by Bonk Motorsport team was first across
the finish line. Martin Kroll (SUI), Michael Schrey, Bernd Küpper
(both GER), Michael Fischer and Gustav Engljähringer (both AUT) were
at the wheel of the #131 car. The Scangrip Racing/Securtal Sorg
Rennsport team won the SP3 class with the #786 BMW 335i. Niels Borum
(DEN) and Michael Eden (AUS) alternated in the cockpit over the course
of the twelve hours.

Blancpain GT: Blomqvist, Mostert and Yelloly bolster ROWE
Racing in Le Castellet.
ROWE Racing will contest next
weekend’s 1000-kilometre race at Le Castellet (FRA), which forms part
of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, with two BMW M6 GT3s and a
strong squad of drivers. As well as regular drivers Ricky Collard
(GBR), Jens Klingmann (GER) and Jesse Krohn (FIN), the team from St.
Ingbert (GER) can also call on the services of Tom Blomqvist, Nick
Yelloly (both GBR) and Chaz Mostert (AUS) at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
Blomqvist drove a ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3 at the Nürburgring 24 Hours,
while Mostert also gained experience in the GT3 car, when he drove for
BMW Team Schnitzer at the 12-hour race at Bathurst (AUS) and
impressively secured pole position. Yelloly made his debut at the
3-hour race at Silverstone last week.

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