BMW Group remains world’s leading premium automotive company in 2018

BMW:BMW Group remains world’s leading premium automotive company in 2018

Munich. The BMW Group has achieved its eighth
consecutive annual sales record with a total of 2,490,664 (+1.1%) BMW,
MINI and Rolls-Royce delivered around the world in 2018. Best-ever
figures were achieved by both BMW and Rolls-Royce, while the company’s
portfolio of electrified BMW and MINI vehicles grew sales by 38.4%
compared with the previous year. This sales result reconfirms the BMW
Group’s position as the world’s number one premium automotive manufacturer.

Positive outlook for 2019: sales growth expected to continue

Looking ahead to the next 12 months, the BMW Group believes its
ongoing model offensive will result in continuing sales growth. “While
we expect market conditions to remain challenging this year, new
models like the all-new BMW X7 and the seventh generation of the BMW 3
Series, combined with an ever-greater focus on our customers and their
needs, mean we at the BMW Group will continue on our successful
course. We expect to grow sales slightly in 2019, while maintaining
our clear focus on profitability,” said Pieter Nota,
Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and
Brand BMW. 

Record BMW result in 2018: Growth driven by X vehicles and BMW
5 Series

2018 saw the BMW brand achieve its highest-ever
annual sales with a total of 2,125,026 (+1.8%) vehicles delivered
around the world. The brand’s biggest growth drivers were the BMW X
vehicles: Thanks to the introduction of the BMW X2 early in 2018 and
the extension of BMW X3 production to China and South Africa, in
addition to the USA, total BMW X family sales increased by 12.1% to
792,590. This means these popular premium sports activity vehicles
accounted for 37.3% of total BMW sales in 2018 (33.8% in 2017).
Another significant growth driver for the brand was the BMW 5 Series,
which was fully available in all markets throughout 2018. Sales of the
world’s most popular premium large sedan increased by 12.7% in 2018
with a total of 328,997 delivered to customers around the world.

“We are proud to have achieved our best-ever annual sales result,
despite a number of important model-changeovers and significant,
ongoing headwinds in several major markets,” commented Pieter
Nota
. “2018 saw the introduction of several exciting brand
new models including the BMW X2 and the BMW 8 Series, as well as the
launch of the new generation BMW X4 and BMW X5 and the long-awaited
BMW Z4. I am confident the momentum generated by these new models will
continue through 2019,” Nota continued.

Target achieved: Over 140,000 electrified vehicles delivered
in 2018

The broad range of BMW Group electrified vehicles
continues to win over increasing numbers of customers, confirming the
company’s leading role in premium electromobility. In total, 142,617
electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were sold around the world in 2018,
an increase of 38.4% on the previous year. The plug-in hybrid BMW 530e
(fuel consumption combined: 2.3-2.1 l/100 km; power consumption
combined: 13.9-13.3 kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 52-47 g/km)
was the company’s top-selling electrified vehicle in 2018. In total,
40,260 were sold around the world, accounting for 12.2% of global BMW
5 Series sedan sales. It was also the year’s best-selling luxury
plug-in hybrid vehicle in the USA. Meanwhile the MINI Countryman
Cooper S E ALL4 (fuel consumption combined: 2.5-2.4 l/100 km, power
consumption combined 13.7-13.4 kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined:
56-55 g/km) was delivered to 13,219 customers around the world,
accounting for 13.3% of all MINI Countryman sales. 2018 was the fifth
consecutive year of increased annual BMW i3 sales. The introduction of
an optional new, more powerful battery helped grow i3 sales by 10.6%
in 2018 with a total of 34,829 delivered worldwide.

Since launching the BMW i3 in 2013, the company has significantly
increased both its electrified portfolio and its sales of these
innovative products. “We are delighted to have clearly surpassed our
stated target of selling 140,000 electrified vehicles in 2018 and
believe that by the end of 2019, there will be half a million
electrified BMW Group vehicles on the roads. By 2025, the BMW Group
will have at least 25 electrified vehicles in its model line-up, 12 of
which will be fully-electric,” Pieter Nota commented.

Strong growth at BMW M GmbH: target smashed two years early

The performance cars of BMW M GmbH also achieved a
new sales record with more than 100,000 (102,780 / +27.2%) of these
thrilling vehicles delivered to customers around the world in 2018,
meaning that ambitious milestone has been reached two years ahead of
schedule. Top sellers include the BMW X3 M40i (19,670) (fuel
consumption combined: 8.4 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 193
– 188 g/km), the BMW M2 (13,731) (fuel consumption combined : 10.0 –
9.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 227 – 206 g/km) and the BMW M5
(7,823) (fuel consumption combined: 10.8 – 10.7 l/100 km; CO2
emissions combined: 246 – 243 g/km).

Electrifying MINI story continues

In 2018, deliveries of MINI brand vehicles were down
2.8% (361,531) compared to the record sales achieved in 2017. 2019 is
set to be an exciting year for the brand, with the battery-driven MINI
Electric set to make its first appearance towards the end of the year.
“Despite challenging market conditions, MINI is a brand which
continues to enthuse and excite its customers; I am confident that the
introduction of the hotly anticipated MINI Electric will generate even
more enthusiasm,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW AG
board member responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad.

Record achievement: Best-ever sales at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

In 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars achieved annual
sales of 4,107 units (+22.2%), the highest in the marque’s 115-year
history. The Americas maintained its position as the company’s most
important market, while sales in all regions grew year-on-year.
“Customer demand for all model families has remained buoyant, with
Phantom a major growth driver and Ghost the best-selling model,”
commented Peter Schwarzenbauer. “We are also
delighted by the exceptional response to the all-terrain Cullinan,
with the first of these having been delivered to customers in time for
Christmas, and a very strong order book filled into the third quarter
of this year,” Schwarzenbauer continued. 2018 also saw record numbers
of Bespoke commissions, further reinforcing Rolls-Royce’s position as
a true Luxury House.

 

Straight Eight: BMW Motorrad achieves record sales again

BMW Motorrad achieved an eighth consecutive record
year, with more motorcycles and maxi-scooters delivered to customers
than ever before. Sales across the range increased by 0.9% with a
total of 165,566 units delivered worldwide. “2018 was an important
year for BMW Motorrad, with a total of nine emotional and innovative
new models starting production,” said Peter
Schwarzenbauer
. “Introducing that many new models has been a
challenge but one we’re proud to have mastered, as this new sales
record proves. I’m sure we’ll build on that success through 2019,”
Schwarzenbauer concluded.

 

BMW & MINI sales in the regions/markets

“Many of our most important markets have experienced significant
political or economic headwinds this year. However the BMW Group
continues to prioritise profit ahead of volume as we strive for
balanced sales around the world,” said Pieter Nota.

Asia drove much of the company’s sales growth in
2018, with Mainland China achieving solid growth thanks in part to
full availability of the BMW 5 Series and the popularity of the
locally-produced BMW 1 Series sedan. Meanwhile the
Americas also contributed to the BMW Group’s overall
sales increase, with BMW being the only established premium
manufacturer to achieve sales growth in the USA in 2018. Ongoing
political and economic uncertainty in several markets mean that
combined BMW & MINI sales in Europe are at the
same high level as last year. BMW Group was the leading premium
manufacturer in the UK, where the company also increased its share of
the market. Increased market share was also achieved in Germany, where
total BMW & MINI sales in 2018 were greater than in the previous
year.  

 

In December 2018

Compared with previous year %

In ytd

December 2018

Compared with previous year %

Europe

97,568

-5.2

1,097,654

-0.3

–        Germany*

29,400

-0.1

319,134

+2.5

–        UK

21,766

+2.8

237,895

-1.4

Asia

84,716

+8.8

874,828

+3.2

–        China
(Mainland)

62,895

+20.9

639,953

+7.7

–        Japan

8,664

+2.5

78,001

-2.0

Americas

45,176

-5.9

456,325

+1.4

–        USA

37,154

-4.4

354,698

+0.5

–        Latin
America

5,107

-6.3

54,858

+8.1

*Provisional registration figures

 

BMW Group sales in/ytd December 2018 at a glance


 

 

In December 2018

Compared with previous year %

In ytd

December 2018

Compared with previous year %

BMW Group Automotive

232,505

-0.7

2,490,664

+1.1

BMW

198,395

+1.3

2,125,026

+1.8

–        BMW M
GmbH

10,268

+8.0

102,780

+27.2

MINI

33,432

-11.3

361,531

-2.8

BMW Group electrified*

17,252

+30.0

142,617

+38.4

Rolls-Royce

678

+55.9

4,107

+22.2

BMW Motorrad

13,385

+13.1

165,566

+0.9

*BMW i, BMW iPerformance, MINI Electric

Sales outlook for 2019

The BMW Group expects to achieve a slight increase in global
sales in 2019
, in the low to mid single-digit area. The
generally good economic environment and positive forecasts for the
premium segment, in combination with our new models, especially the
updated and expanded X-family portfolio, are expected to support sales
growth in 2019. However political and economic circumstances are
expected to remain volatile, which could have an impact on the
automotive market.

In Mainland China, the BMW Group expects solid sales
growth in 2019. While the Chinese market has normalised, the premium
segment is expected to show good growth potential. Locally
manufactured BMW vehicles will be the main growth drivers, especially
the BMW X3, which will be fully available in 2019, having started
production in China in June 2018.

In Europe, the BMW Group anticipates slight sales
growth in 2019, although depending on economic development in the
region, we cannot rule out that sales volume may remain at last year’s level.

Although the overall car market in the USA seems to
have reached a peak, forecasts for the premium segment show growth
potential for 2019. Given the positive outlook for both the premium
car market and the overall economy, the BMW Group expects to achieve a
slight sales growth, with growth driven largely by our renewed SUV-line-up.

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

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 165,000 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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Alessandro Zanardi: From sprint to marathon, from the BMW M4 DTM to the BMW M8 GTE.

BMW:Alessandro Zanardi: From sprint to marathon, from the BMW M4 DTM to the BMW M8 GTE.

Munich. After his successful DTM guest appearance at Misano
(ITA), the next highlight will soon be upon Alessandro Zanardi
(ITA). In just over two weeks (26th/27th
January), the BMW works driver will contest the 24-hours of Daytona
(USA) in the BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE. For Zanardi this means the
transition between totally different challenges: from sprint to
endurance races, from the BMW M4 DTM to the BMW M8 GTE and from
racing alone to a shared start with team-mates. Nevertheless, the
DTM guest appearance in the BMW M4 DTM was the perfect test run for
the “Road to Daytona”.

 

The two DTM races at Misano each lasted 55 minutes plus one lap –
now, at Daytona, a marathon twice around the clock awaits Zanardi.
Whether sprint or endurance, the Italian loves both. “It is like
asking if you prefer meat or fish. I have the privilege of doing both.
For me it is always a gift to be part of such a professional racing
team and to drive such great cars as the BMW M4 DTM or the BMW M8
GTE,” he said.

On his DTM guest appearance at Misano, Zanardi was on his own in the
cockpit. Despite difficult conditions with rain and the dark, Zanardi
finished in a superb fifth place in the race on Sunday at Misano. A
sensational performance – and he reckons that over the distance of the
24-hour race at Daytona “theoretically it should be easier for me to
perform at the level it takes than it is on a single lap when you are
fighting against very talented guys in their mid-twenties.” The fact
that he achieved a strong result at Misano is “hopefully a good omen
for Daytona.”

At the 24-hour race at Daytona he will be part of a quartet and take
turns at the wheel with his colleagues John Edwards (USA), Jesse Krohn
(FIN) and Chaz Mostert (AUS). “At Misano I had a touch of independence
and self-centredness to satisfy my ego,” he said grinning. “Now it’s
time to prepare for this fantastic new adventure. I know that it will
be a great deal of fun to share the car with other drivers. I had this
experience at Spa in 2015, when I contested the 24-hour race there
with Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock. To this day it remains one of the
best experiences of my racing career.”

From the BMW M4 DTM to the BMW M8 GTE.

The BMW M4 DTM is a thoroughbred racing prototype, 4.725 metres long,
1.950 metres wide and with a base weight of 1,031 kilos. “In terms of
performance in the DTM, 100 percent is demanded,” said Zanardi. “You
have to go at full throttle and squeeze every ounce of performance out
of the car. The race only lasts one hour so you have to treat it in
the same way you treat qualifying. And that is exactly what the BMW M4
DTM is designed for. Every detail was developed purposely for racing use.”

By comparison, the BMW M8 GTE has a production brother: the BMW 8
Series Coupé. The cars were developed in parallel; BMW M Motorsport
engineers worked hand in hand alongside their colleagues from series
production. The BMW GT spearhead is 4.980 metres long, 2.050 metres
wide and weighs 1,220 kilos. While the BMW M4 DTM has carbon brakes,
the brake discs in the BMW M8 GTE are made of steel. However, it was
no problem for the BMW M Motorsport engineers to integrate the special
lever braking system for Zanardi into the GT racing cars after the BMW
M4 DTM. Quite the opposite, being able to test the system planned for
the race at Daytona from the outset in the DTM car was a stroke of
luck for both Zanardi and the engineers.

And what does Zanardi have to say about his vehicle for the 24 Hours
of Daytona? “The BMW M8 GTE is a fantastic car, perhaps the most
sophisticated that I have ever driven in my career – and a real
beauty. In terms of driving experience, it is between the BMW M6 GT3
and the BMW M4 DTM. The handling is terrific and the engineers in
Munich did an impressive job when they integrated the systems designed
especially for me into the car.”

 

Note to editors:

The following link is to a video of Zanardi in the BMW M4 DTM and the
BMW M8 GTE: https://youtu.be/2WsnBsRI42A.

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Leading the way in digitalisation: World Economic Forum in Davos names BMW Group Plant Regensburg ‘Lighthouse of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’

BMW:Leading the way in digitalisation: World Economic Forum in Davos names BMW Group Plant Regensburg ‘Lighthouse of the Fourth Industrial Revolution’

Munich/Regensburg. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has
today named BMW Group Plant Regensburg a ‘Lighthouse of the Fourth
Industrial Revolution’, acknowledging its pioneering role in the
digitalisation of industrial production. The honour was bestowed after
an in-depth selection process which saw the WEF examine around 1,000
production facilities in various industry sectors. A total of seven
plants have today joined the circle of ‘Factories of the Future’.

The BMW Group Production System is closely based on the Strategy
NUMBER ONE > NEXT. The wide-ranging technological opportunities
raised by the digital transformation in particular are being
integrated into production to positive effect. According to the WEF,
especially by using the custom BMW Group Intranet-of-Things platform,
the Regensburg Plant cut the time to deploy all new applications by
80% leading to a significant reduction in logistics costs.

Manfred Erlacher, Plant Director at BMW Group Plant Regensburg: “The
creativity and experience of our associates are the key drivers of
effective innovations and consequently of our production system as
well. Once a smart solution is successfully implemented, it soon
spreads to other areas of production and other BMW Group sites.”

It is these solutions that make the increasing complexity of
production manageable at all: high-performance production systems are
enabling the BMW Group’s 30 production and assembly plants in 14
countries to deliver a global daily output of around 10,000 vehicles.
These comprise more than 40 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce model variants,
a great many of them individually configured. The decision by the WEF
to induct the Regensburg Plant into its community of ‘Lighthouses of
the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ provides confirmation of the success
of the many digital solutions in the BMW Group Production System.

The smooth integration of new, digital applications into production
IT is supported first and foremost by the BMW Group Intranet-of-Things
platform. This offers employees a wide range of digital tools and
accessories which they can combine to create their own plug-and-play
solutions. It’s an approach that keeps people firmly in the focus of
value creation and offers them even more scope to shape their own workstations.

Dr. Christian Patron, Head of Innovation, Digitalisation and Data
Analytics: “The recognition of Plant Regensburg as a Lighthouse
motivates us to continue on our chosen pathway. Effective digital
solutions and structural decisions provide us with clear strategic
guidance and, along with the overarching BMW IoT platform, they are
key factors in our success. The capacity of our associates to shape
developments and integrate new solutions into production is
fundamental to what we do.”

The digitalisation of the BMW Group Production System is largely
taking place in the fields of innovative automation and assistance
systems, additive manufacturing, smart data analytics and smart logistics.

To find out more, see our press releases:

BMW Group Harnesses Potential of Innovative Automation and Flexible
Assistance Systems in Production:

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0268199EN/bmw-group-harnesses-potential-of-innovative-automation-and-flexible-assistance-systems-in-production

A million printed components in just ten years: BMW Group makes
increasing use of 3D printing:

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0286895EN/a-million-printed-components-in-just-ten-years:-bmw-group-makes-increasing-use-of-3d-printing

Smart Data Analytics: BMW Group relies on intelligent use of
production data for efficient processes and premium quality:

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0273931EN/smart-data-analytics:-bmw-group-relies-on-intelligent-use-of-production-data-for-efficient-processes-and-premium-quality

Connected, flexible, autonomous: BMW Group expands use of innovative
technologies in production logistics:

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0287775EN/connected-flexible-autonomous:-bmw-group-expands-use-of-innovative-technologies-in-production-logistics

A glimpse of the future: BMW Group uses virtual reality to design
future production workstations:

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0287223EN/a-glimpse-of-the-future:-bmw-group-uses-virtual-reality-to-design-future-production-workstations

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From virtual to reality: Development and race preparation in the BMW i Motorsport simulator.

BMW:From virtual to reality: Development and race preparation in the BMW i Motorsport simulator.

Munich. Before a Formula E car like the BMW iFE.18 can win
races on the track, a great deal of virtual development and
preparation work is required. The engineers working on the BMW i
Motorsport project use a custom developed and built simulator for
that work. It is in this simulator that the majority of testing
takes place – both in the development phase as well as in immediate
preparation for the race weekends. Without a sophisticated
simulator, successful participation in the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship would not be conceivable. Here is an insight into the
virtual world of BMW Motorsport.

 

It is the same routine ahead of every Formula E race weekend: The BMW
i Andretti Motorsport drivers António Félix da Costa (POR) and
Alexander Sims (GBR) travel to Munich (GER), to the BMW Motorsport
headquarters, together with the BMW i Andretti Motorsport race
engineers for a test session – and not in a real race car on the
track, but in the simulator. That is where they prepare themselves for
the street circuits on the Formula E calendar and work with the team
engineers meticulously going through all conceivable scenarios that
could occur at the race weekend. Set-up opportunities, weather, safety
car, energy management, ATTACK MODE: The simulations cover all
eventualities within the scope of the technical possibilities.

“It is incredibly valuable – especially for me as a rookie – getting
to know the tracks in the simulator and getting a feeling for the
speeds,” said Sims, who made his Formula E debut at the season opener
in Ad Diriyah (KSA) in December. “However, it is just as valuable
simulating energy management and trying out various strategies for the race.”

 

As close to reality as possible in software and hardware.

During this kind of race simulation, every detail is taken care of.
The focus is on the virtual car in the software, which BMW Motorsport
engineers programme themselves. It maps all the parameters of the
driving dynamics as realistically as possible. The software is
optimised for racing use, but is also compatible with every other
simulator environment within the BMW Group and thus provides valuable
synergies between motorsport and series production. 

In addition to the software, the hardware also replicates the
relevant areas faithful to reality. The driver’s cockpit environment,
meaning the seating position, controls and everything else that they
see and touch correspond to reality 1:1. The same applies to the
engineers. Their working environment is the same in the simulator as
it is at the racetrack. Like the software, all elements of the
hardware are built by the BMW Motorsport engineers themselves. The
focus is always on maximum functionality.

 

Simulator indispensable during the development of the BMW iFE.18.

Besides the race preparation the simulator is essential for the
development of all different car concepts at BMW Motorsport – the BMW
iFE.18 being one of them. It enabled engineers to test things with the
drivers that either would not have been possible to try out at all, or
only possible with great effort in terms of time and resources. A
simulator is essential for the Formula E project in particular.

The importance of virtual reality is also growing in BMW Motorsport’s
other race projects, so the simulator is used frequently. It was
designed for multifunctionality right from the start and can be used
to simulate all BMW racing cars. It only takes a few hours to modify
the simulator from a Formula E to a DTM configuration, for example –
making it ready for virtual test drives in the BMW M4 DTM.

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BMW:Info-graphics on Electromobility (January 2019)

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BMW Group delivers over 140,000 electrified vehicles in 2018

BMW:BMW Group delivers over 140,000 electrified vehicles in 2018

Munich. The BMW Group sold more than 140,000
electrified (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) vehicles in 2018,
thereby confirming its leading role in the field of electromobility.
In total, 142,617 (+38.4%) electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were
delivered to customers around the world last year.

“Since launching the BMW i3 in 2013, the BMW Group has rapidly grown
its sales of electrified vehicles. With over 140,000 delivered in
2018, we have once again achieved our ambitious target,” said Harald
Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “This great
sales result and our impressive market share proves our vehicles are
what the customer wants. In countries which offer appropriate
infrastructure and regulatory support, we see how quickly
electromobility can become the norm. I’m confident that by the end of
this year, there will be a total of half a million electrified BMW
Group vehicles on the roads, with much more to come as we continue to
extend our model line-up over the next few years,” Krüger continued.

Market leader

Europe is the Group’s biggest sales region for battery and plug-in
hybrid vehicles, accounting for over 50% of sales in 2018. With 75,000
electrified vehicles delivered to customers in Europe last year, the
BMW Group is the clear market leader in the region, with over 16%
market share. In the company’s home market, Germany, the BMW Group
accounts for one in five electrified vehicles sold last year.
Globally, the BMW Group’s market share is over 9%. The company’s
biggest single market for electrified vehicles is the USA, where over
25,000 electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were sold in 2018, accounting
for more than 7% of the BMW Group’s overall sales in that country. The
BMW 530e (combined fuel consumption: 2.3-2.1 l/100 km; combined power
consumption: 52 – 47 g/100km; combined CO2 emissions: 13.9 – 13.3
g/km*) was the year’s biggest-selling luxury plug-in hybrid in the USA.

Increased share

The growing significance of electromobility for the BMW Group’s
ongoing success as the world’s number one premium automotive company
can already be seen today. Electrified vehicles accounted for 6% of
total BMW and MINI sales in 2018, compared with 4% in 2017.

Strategic pillar

Electromobility is an essential pillar of the BMW Group’s corporate
strategy Number ONE>NEXT and one of the company’s four key
future-focused ACES topics (Autonomous, Connected,
Electrified and Services/Shared). Having announced record spending on
R&D in 2018, Harald Krüger confirmed, “We are implementing our
strategy rigorously and investing extensively in the technologies of
the future; expanding our leading role in electric mobility is a clear
focus. 2018 was a significant year in this regard, with the
announcement of major new strategic co-operations as well as the
unveiling of several key new models,” Krüger said.

2018: Major milestones

FEBRUARY: The BMW Group announces a joint venture with the Chinese
manufacturer Great Wall, with the initial focus of
the cooperation on the joint R&D and local production of a MINI
electric vehicle. This decision was taken for strategic reasons, in
order to leverage the potential of the MINI brand. The BMW Group views
China as the premium market of the future and it’s already the most
active e-mobility market in the world, with huge potential. MINI is
the perfect match for the market and the vehicles will be even more
attractive to customers there if they are built locally.

MARCH: At the Geneva Motor Show, Harald Krüger confirms the BMW i
Vision Dynamics will go into series production as the BMW
i4
, built in Munich from 2021.

APRIL: The BMW Concept iX3 is revealed at the
Beijing Auto Show, the first full-electric model in the core BMW
brand. It will be built in China and exported to the world, with a
market launch scheduled for 2020.

MAY: 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*) lifts the roof on the world’s best-selling plug-in
hybrid sports car, helping overall sales of the BMW i8 to increase by
24% in 2018.

JULY: The BMW Group signs a long-term contract worth four billion
euros with the Chinese company Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.
Limited (CATL) to supply battery cells. The award of
this contract is a decisive factor in CATL’s decision to build the
world’s most advanced battery cell manufacturing facility in Germany.
From 2021 onwards, cells for the BMW iNEXT – which will be
manufactured at the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing – will be supplied
by the new CATL plant in Erfurt. The BMW Group has thereby anchored
the entire e-mobility value chain in Germany – from battery cell
production through to the finished vehicle.

SEPTEMBER: The world’s press are granted a first look at the
BMW iNEXT Vision Vehicle, the BMW Group’s
pioneering spearhead for future innovation. It combines autonomous
driving, connectivity, electrification and services while keeping the
focus on the customer and offering them their new “Favourite Space”.
The BMW iNEXT Vision Vehicle runs on the company’s fifth generation
electric-drivetrain, with a range of over 600 km in the WLTP cycle.

OCTOBER: The BMW Group, Northvolt and
Umicore
form a joint technology consortium in order to work
closely together on the continued development of a complete and
sustainable value chain for industrialised battery cells for
electrified vehicles in Europe. Given the sharp rise in demand for
battery cells, the consortium also aims to close the life-cycle loop
of raw materials to the greatest possible extent with comprehensive recycling.

NOVEMBER: Further development of BMW eDrive technology sees the
launch of the BMW i3 (120 Ah) and the BMW i3s (120Ah)
(combined fuel consumption 0.0/0.0 l/100 km; combined power
consumption 13.1/14.0 – 14.6 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0
g/km*). The storage capacity of this pioneering car’s high-voltage
battery has therefore been doubled since its original market launch in
2013. In everyday use, the two models are now able to cover a distance
of 260 kilometres. Remarkable in many ways, the BMW i3 also bucks the
usual sales curve: deliveries of the BMW i3 have increased every year
since it was launched, with 2018 sales up 11% on the previous year.

NOVEMBER: The electric motors and high-voltage batteries developed
for the BMW i3 will be used to power a city bus made by
Karsan which is designed specifically for use in
inner-city traffic. This follows the successful co-operation with the
Deutsche Post subsidiary Streetscooter, where BMW i battery modules
enable the street scooter to be used all day for delivering letters
and packages without the need for interim charging.

2019: New launches

This year will see the launch of several new plug-in hybrids,
including the new generation BMW X5 plug-in hybrid
(combined fuel consumption: 2.1 l/100 km; combined power
consumption: 23.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49 g/km*) and
the new BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid (fuel
consumption: from 1.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions: from 39 g/km*). These
models will have the latest generation of electric drive trains,
offering an electric range of up to 80 km according to the NEDC cycle.
2019 is also the year when the hotly anticipated MINI
Electric
will be revealed, which will be built in Oxford, UK.

Further ahead

With the launch of the BMW i3, the BMW Group established itself early
as a pioneer in the field of electric mobility. By 2021, the BMW Group
will have five all-electric models: the BMW i3, the
MINI Electric, the BMW iX3, the BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT. By 2025,
that number is set to grow to at least twelve models. Including
plug-in hybrids, the BMW Group’s electrified product portfolio will
then comprise at least 25 models.

This wide range is possible thanks to highly flexible vehicle
architectures
and an equally flexible global production
system. Going forward, the BMW Group will be capable of manufacturing
models with all-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and conventional
(ICE) drivetrains on a single production line. Its ability to
integrate e-mobility in the production network enables the BMW Group
to respond even more flexibly to the increasing demand for electrified
vehicles. By the end of 2019, the BMW Group expects to have more than
half a million electrified vehicles on the roads.

The BMW Group is currently developing the fifth
generation
of its electric drivetrain, in which the interplay
of electric motor, transmission, power electronics and battery will be
additionally optimised. Integrating the electric motor, transmission
and power electronics also cuts costs. Another advantage is that the
electric motor does not require rare earths, enabling
the BMW Group to reduce its dependence on their availability. The
fifth generation of the electric drivetrain will be installed for the
first time in the BMW iX3 in 2020.

All performance, fuel consumption, emissions and range figures are provisional.

* Fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power consumption and
range have been calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle and
adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes, dependent on the tyre format
selected. In these vehicles, different figures than those published
here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related
duties which are (also) based on CO2 emissions.

If you have any queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Emma Begley, Corporate Communications

emma.begley@bmwgroup.com
, Telephone: +49 89
382 72200

Mathias Schmidt, Head of Corporate and Culture Communications

mathias.m.schmidt@bmwgroup.com,
Telephone: +49 89 382-24544

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@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.

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Original Press Release

Dakar Rally 2019 – Stage 03, San Juan de Marcona – Arequipa

BMW:Dakar Rally 2019 – Stage 03, San Juan de Marcona – Arequipa

Media Information

Dakar Rally 2019

09 January 2019

Dakar Rally 2019

Stage 03, San Juan de Marcona – Arequipa

 

  • Stéphane Peterhansel takes his first stage win in a MINI
    John Cooper Works Buggy at Dakar 2019.
  • Four MINI crews complete Stage 3 inside the top five.
  • Five MINI crews inside the top six after day three of Dakar 2019.

 

Munich.
Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) and co-driver David Castera (FRA)
put in a stunning drive today that ended with them winning Stage 3.
Today’s result now places the French duo and their MINI John Cooper
Works Buggy third overall in the general ranking.

 

The MINI John Cooper Works Rally of Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and
co-driver Tom Colsoul (BEL) was the second MINI car to finish inside
today’s top five. Just over a minute later, Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) and
co-pilot Timo Gottschalk (GER) followed them across the finish point
to secure fourth place. This result now places Al-Rajhi second overall.

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP) and co-driver Alex Haro (ESP) didn’t have a
great start to the day but quickly made up places in the second half
of Stage 3. Their determined drive paid off by securing fifth place.

Cyril Despres (FRA) and Jean Paul Cottret (FRA) managed to finish
Stage 3 in sixth place, which mirrors yesterday’s (Stage 2) result.
This consistency has paid off as they are now sixth in the general
ranking. Boris Garafulic (CHI) and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (POR)
maintained their charge to get inside the top ten ranking by
completing Stage 3 in 14th place.

Lady Luck wasn’t riding today with Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas
Cruz. Just 40 km into the Special Stage, the MINI crew had a racing
incident that resulted in severe frontal damage to their MINI John
Cooper Works Buggy. It was some time before they could get back into
the race in order to be ready for tomorrow’s Stage 4.

 

Stéphane Peterhansel

“Today was a very challenging day with the complicated navigation of
the big, soft dunes in Peru. It was not easy because we had to stay
really focused for four hours; if you lose just one piece of
information, it is easy to get lost. It was very easy to make a
mistake on today’s stage, but David did a really good job. We drove
well together and this is the first stage we have won together, so
good news.”

Yazeed Al Rajhi

“Today was good. We had two small problems where we lost time, from a
slow puncture where we hit a stone at the front but we managed to
finish and everything is okay.”

Cyril Despres

“It was a really nice stage and we were enjoying it a lot, making
good navigation and making our way through the dunes. But then we were
looking for a GPS navigation that was clearly not on the right
kilometre from the rule book. It’s a place with a lot of ups and downs
and lots of dunes; we passed 6 bikes…”

 

Next race is Stage 4, Arequipa – Tacna. For more information about
Dakar 2019, please visit the host’s event home page here.

Dakar Rally 2019
: MINI standings after Stage 3

Pos

Driver

Co-driver

#

MINI

Team

Time

2nd

Yazeed
Al-Rajhi
(KSA)

Timo Gottschalk
(GER

314

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally
Team

008:40:56

+00:06:48

3rd

Stéphane
Peterhansel
(FRA)

David Castera
(FRA)

304

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works
Team

008:41:11

+00:07:03

4th

Joan
Roma
(ESP)

Alex
Haro
(ESP)

307

MINI
John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally
Team

008:46:10

+00:12:02

5th

Jakub
Przygonski
(POL)

Tom Colsoul
(BEL)

303

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Orlen X-raid Team

008:47:53

+00:13:45

6th

Cyril
Despres
(FRA)

Jean Paul Cottret
(FRA)

308

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works
Team

008:58:48

+00:24:40

13th

Boris
Garafulic
(CHI)

Filipe Palmeiro
(POR)

321

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally
Team

009:38:27

+01:04:19

TBC

Carlos
Sainz
(ESP)

Lucas
Cruz
(ESP)

300

MINI
John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Team

TBC

Original Press Release

Alessandro Zanardi conquers New York: Media marathon and special honour at the New York NASDAQ stock exchange.

BMW:Alessandro Zanardi conquers New York: Media marathon and special honour at the New York NASDAQ stock exchange.

New York.
After the “Roar before the Rolex”, the official test ahead of
the 24-hour race at Daytona (USA), BMW works driver Alessandro
Zanardi (ITA) headed straight to New York (USA), where the Italian
received a great and rare honour. On Tuesday afternoon he rang the
technology stock exchange NASDAQ closing bell. Zanardi also
completed an impressive media programme with many famous American
publications, TV stations and news agencies.

 

Alessandro Zanardi after his New York trip:

“These two days have been very intense, but also very rewarding. I
had many opportunities to talk to a lot of people about my passion and
one of the most prestigious projects I have ever embarked on with BMW
Motorsport. Ringing the Closing Bell at NASDAQ was the icing on the
cake. Man, so much great stuff is happening in my life! Every day is
an adventure and I am glad that the journey with my BMW friends
continues with the Daytona 24 Hours.“

A chronology of Zanardi’s New York trip.

 

Monday, 11:45 a.m. local time:

Zanardi, his wife Daniela and son Niccolò arrive at Newark airport
from Orlando.

Monday, 2:00 p.m. local time, Hearst Tower:

Interviews with Road & Track, Men’s Health and ABC News One, as
well as a telephone interview with the news agency Reuters.

Monday, 3:30 p.m. local time, Classic Car Club:

Visit to Classic Car Club Manhattan, interviews with TV and online media.

Monday, 6:00 p.m. local time:

Telephone interview for the radio show “The Real Spin” on the station
NASCAR SiriusXM.

Monday, 7:00 p.m. local time, Classic Car Club:

Stage appearance and interview for The Drive in front of more than
100 members of the Classic Car Club, together IMSA president Scott Atherton.

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. local time:

Appearance and interview on the morning TV show “Good Day New York”.

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. local time:

Interview with the daily newspaper “USA Today”.

Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. local time, NYT Building:

Interview with the daily newspaper “New York Times”.

Tuesday, 12:00 p.m. local time, NYT Building:

Lunch with the editor of the magazine “Sports Illustrated”.

Tuesday, 1:45 p.m. local time, Time Warner Building:

Studio interview with TV station “CNN International“.

Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. local time, Times Square:

Zanardi enters the NASDAQ podium just in time for market close and in
the presence of IMSA president Scott Atherton rings the bell to mark
the end of the day of trading. The ceremony is broadcast live on the
NASDAQ video screen in Times Square, New York, where a video showing
Zanardi in action at the wheel of the BMW M8 GTE is also screened.

Original Press Release

Dakar Rally 2019 – Stage 02, Pisco – San Juan de Marcona

BMW:Dakar Rally 2019 – Stage 02, Pisco – San Juan de Marcona

Media Information

Dakar Rally 2019

08 January 2019

Dakar Rally 2019

Stage 02, Pisco – San Juan de Marcona

 

  • Four MINI crews complete Stage 2 inside the top ten.
  • Nani Roma takes second place in Stage 2.
  • Yazeed Al-Rajhi secures fifth.
  • Sixth place result for Cyril Despres.
  • Carlos Sainz finishes Stage 2 in eighth.

 

Munich. Following on from yesterday’s short Stage 1, with just
84 km of off-road Special Stage, today’s Stage 2 was the first of
the long distance races with a combination of 211 km liaison route
and a tough 342 km Special Stage.

 

Highest placed of the competing MINI crews was that of Joan ‘Nani’
Roma (ESP) and co-driver Alex Haro (ESP). The Spanish pairing ran a
relatively fault-free race that saw them finish in second. Yazeed
Al-Rajhi (KSA) / Timo Gottschalk (GER) in another MINI John Cooper
Works Rally crossed the finish point 1min 13sec later to take fourth place.

The French duo of Cyril Despres and Jean Paul Cottret was the third
MINI crew to complete Stage 2. They placed their MINI John Cooper
Works Buggy in sixth, while eighth position was taken by the Spanish
pairing of Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz, also from X-raid MINI John
Cooper Works Team.

Orlen X-raid Team’s Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and co-driver Tom
Colsoul (BEL) had a different race compared to yesterday. They
couldn’t replicate the third place achieved in Stage 1 and had to
settle for a hard fought 13th place.

The MINI John Cooper Works Buggy crew of Stéphane Peterhansel (FRA) /
David Castera (FRA) lost just over 17 minutes at one point during
Stage 2 when they became stuck in the dunes. But by the time they
reached the finish area they had recovered valuable minutes.

Last of the MINI crews to complete Stage 2 was Boris Garafulic (CHI)
and co-driver Filipe Palmeiro (POR) in 18th. The MINI John Cooper
Works Rally crew of Orlando Terranova (ARG) / Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue
(ARG) did not complete Stage 2 because Terranova required medical
assistance due to back pain.

Cyril Despres

“We are happy with the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy and the set-up we
did yesterday – you can make so many kilometres in testing like we
have done in Morocco, but here in the sand and dunes of Peru it is
different and you have to set the car up really well. We have great
team spirit, so when I saw Stéphane stuck in the dunes I felt that I
must help him and so we did.”

Stéphane Peterhansel

“I got stuck and was in a really bad place. We are happy though
because Cyril stopped for us and pulled us clear. We lost a lot of
time but, I think, without the help of Cyril it would have been a lot worse.”

 

Next race is Stage 3, San Juan de Marcona – Arequipa. For more
information about Dakar 2019, please visit the host’s event home page
here.

Dakar Rally 2019
: MINI standings after Stage 2

Pos

Driver

Co-driver

#

MINI

Team

Time

3rd

Joan
Roma
(ESP)

Alex
Haro
(ESP)

307

MINI
John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally
Team

004:33:27

+00:00:42

4th

Yazeed
Al-Rajhi
(KSA)

Timo Gottschalk
(GER

314

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally
Team

004:33:35

+00:00:50

6th

Carlos
Sainz
(ESP)

Lucas
Cruz
(ESP)

300

MINI
John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Team

004:35:13

+00:02:28

9th

Cyril
Despres
(FRA)

Jean Paul Cottret
(FRA)

308

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works
Team

004:36:13

+00:03:28

12th

Jakub
Przygonski
(POL)

Tom Colsoul
(BEL)

303

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

Orlen X-raid Team

004:31:35

+00:08:50

13th

Stéphane
Peterhansel
(FRA)

David Castera
(FRA)

304

MINI John Cooper Works Buggy

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works
Team

004:46:40

+00:13:55

17th

Boris
Garafulic
(CHI)

Filipe Palmeiro
(POR)

321

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally
Team

004:51:45

+00:00:19

TBC

Orlando
Terranova
(ARG)

Bernardo Graue
(ARG)

310

MINI John Cooper Works Rally

X-raid MINI John Cooper Works Rally
Team

Original Press Release

BMW Group at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

BMW:BMW Group at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

1. BMW Group at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in
Las Vegas.

2. Bringing the future to life: first virtual drive in the BMW
Vision iNEXT.

3. The future of driving pleasure: the BMW Vision iNEXT.

4. The personal companion and new digital services from BMW.

4.1 The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant – today and in the future.

4.2. Digital services for electric-vehicle charging.

1.
BMW Group at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las
Vegas.
At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in
Las Vegas from January 8 – 11, 2019, the BMW Group will present its
vision of intelligent connectivity to the public, highlighting the
potential for future individual mobility. The focal point of the
company’s CES showcase will be the BMW Vision iNEXT, which looks ahead
to the future of driving pleasure, and the BMW Intelligent Personal
Assistant, which, as an on-board expert and the soul of the BMW,
constitutes the central element for interaction between the driver,
their vehicle, and their digital world. The BMW Vision iNEXT forms the
optical highlight of the exhibition stand, which also showcases the
interior design principle “My Favorite Space” with harmonious, natural
surfaces and technology that is kept discreetly out of sight.
A sophisticated mixed-reality installation also provides a virtual
impression of the future driving experience promised by the BMW Vision iNEXT.

The BMW Vision iNEXT combines ground-breaking design with the future
areas of activity defined in the company’s Strategy NUMBER ONE >
NEXT – Autonomous Driving, Connectivity, Electrification, and Services
(D+ACES) – and answers the question: “What will cars look like when
they no longer have to be driven by a person, but still can be?” The
interior can be a place for relaxation, interaction, entertainment, or
concentration, as preferred. It is more like a comfortable and
fashionably furnished “living space” on wheels – a new “Favorite
Space”. A new design principle, referred to as “Shy Tech”, plays an
especially important part in this. To preserve the high-end, yet cozy
character of the rear compartment, and place its occupants
center-stage, the intelligent technology behind the operating controls
is integrated out of sight. It only becomes visible and operable when
required by the driver or passengers. Two additional exhibits clearly
demonstrate the “Shy Tech” principle and technology installed in the
BMW Vision iNEXT to CES visitors. The BMW Vision iNEXT is also part of
the customer’s digital world and seamlessly integrated into the
network that connects smart devices, smart home, and digital services.

Transforming the BMW Group exhibition stand into a “Favorite Space”.

The BMW Group is also taking a visionary approach to the design
of its exhibition stand for the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
As in the BMW Vision iNEXT itself, technological innovations are not
prominently visible within the presentation area; the focus instead is
on creating a relaxed overall experience that conveys the idea of
enhanced quality of life. Visitors’ needs and wants are fulfilled by
near-invisible technology and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
to create an individual retreat or “Favorite Space”. The BMW
Intelligent Personal Assistant greets visitors as soon as they arrive
at the stand and guides them through the gardenlike entrance area into
the heart of the exhibition. The entrance, with its Arcadian landscape
of paths, with sound showers and light projections to attract
attention, is a unique experience in itself.

There are various opportunities to interact with the personal
assistant on the path through the exhibition area. These include an
interactive wall providing information on the newest BMW Connected and
BMW ConnectedDrive digital services, with a focus on “Making the most
of my vehicle” and “Making the most of my driving time.”

Innovative experiences: BMW R 1200 GS as self-riding
motorcycle; BMW X7 tackles off-road course.
In the
exhibition center’s outdoor areas, BMW and BMW Motorrad will be
offering two completely different, but uniquely fascinating
experiences. To showcase the BMW Group’s high level of expertise in
automated driving, BMW Motorrad will present a spectacular test and
research vehicle at the CES 2019. The self-riding BMW R 1200 GS is
able to start, accelerate, perform cornering maneuvers, slow down, and
come to a stop – all by itself. Development of this test vehicle will
provide valuable insights into riding dynamics, which can then be used
to help the rider recognize dangerous situations and master difficult
driving maneuvers. In this way, the self-riding motorcycle, with its
comprehensive understanding of ideal lines and perfect cornering,
correct braking point, and traction-optimized acceleration, can help
the driver constantly improve their skills.

Just a few weeks after the world premiere of the BMW X7 in Los
Angeles, CES 2019 visitors will have their very first chance to ride
in the youngest member of the BMW X family. Visitors will be able to
experience the exclusivity and spaciousness of this luxury model with
an exciting ride on a demanding off-road course. This is a good
opportunity for the BMW X7 to demonstrate the agile and versatile
handling of its Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVs).

2.
Bringing the future to life: first virtual
drive in the BMW Vision iNEXT.
The series-production
model based on the BMW Vision iNEXT – the brand’s new technology
flagship – will enter production in 2021. At the CES 2019, thanks to a
sophisticated mixed-reality simulation, it will be possible for the
first time to take a seat in the BMW Vision iNEXT and embark on a
virtual, fully connected autonomous driving experience.

The portion of the day experienced in mixed reality illustrates many
aspects of the BMW Vision iNEXT and provides an exciting glimpse of
the mobility of the future. The aim of the future scenario,
experienced with all the senses, is to show visitors what it feels like to be on the road in the
BMW Vision iNEXT: The day is planned to perfection and driving time is
used efficiently – whether for work, errands, relaxation, or for
interacting with friends. The focus here is on seamless integration of
the vehicle into the customer’s digital life. The possibilities
offered by the vehicle and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
enable a smooth-running mobility experience, completely stress-free
and proactively adapted to each situation.

The simulation imagines a day in the year 2025, with a futuristic
megacity as its backdrop. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
guides and accompanies the visitor throughout the experience.
To begin, an augmented reality mobility window displays the scenario
of the upcoming tour, including tasks, appointments, and charging
status for the all-electric BMW Vision iNEXT. The personal assistant
uses this to plan out the ideal schedule for the day, taking into
account options for bidirectional energy management.

The visitor then puts on the VR glasses and soon becomes immersed in
the virtual world. After riding the elevator, they step out into the
street of the virtual city, where the BMW Vision iNEXT awaits with a
personalized welcome and lighting effects.

As the driver takes a seat, their digital world seamlessly connects
to the vehicle and the journey begins. Initially, the human driver
takes control of the vehicle (in “Boost” mode). The windshield
becomes an augmented-reality screen with information about the drive
and surroundings. As soon as the vehicle reaches the highway, the BMW
Intelligent Personal Assistant suggests that the vehicle take over
driving from here and the journey continues autonomously. The steering
wheel and pedals disappear, creating an open and spacious feeling. A
video conference is scheduled for shortly after and to set up the
interior, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant suggests switching to
“Executive” mode, which transforms the cockpit into a mobile
office. The windshield becomes the screen showing the people
participating in the videoconference, while shared documents can be
viewed at the same time on the Control Display.

Once the videoconference is finished, another task that can be taken
care of on the go is displayed. For this, the driver’s preferred,
fully integrated shopping application is opened. Within the app, the
personal assistant guides the driver and assists them throughout the
buying process. The purchased item will be delivered punctually by
drone directly to the vehicle’s destination: home. A short time later,
the vehicle receives a real-time signal from the front door of the
driver’s smart home. Friends have rung the doorbell and are waiting to
be let in. The video camera mounted on the front door relays the image
directly into the vehicle, and, via an integrated remote function, the
driver is able to open the door. On the final leg of the journey, the
driver is told that the friends at home have already tuned in to the
pre-game coverage of the football game they arranged to watch on TV.
The driver starts streaming the show on the vehicle’s windshield,
arrives home in time for kick-off, and they are all able to enjoy the
game together.

3. The future of driving pleasure:
the BMW Vision iNEXT.
The BMW Vision iNEXT
symbolizes the dawn of a new age of driving pleasure. Highly
automated, emission-free, and fully connected, it brings together all
the BMW Group’s strategic innovation areas. With recent developments
in autonomous driving and increasing connectivity, the BMW Vision
iNEXT creates totally new experiences and possibilities for making the
most of driving time. All these possibilities center more than ever on
human wants and emotions. The interior of the BMW Vision iNEXT creates
a mobile environment designed to enhance quality of life: a new
“Favorite Space” where driver and passengers alike can relax
and choose what they want to do. The BMW Intelligent Personal
Assistant is a constant companion and expert. With its typical BMW
character, it is always fully connected and serves as an intuitive
interface to the digital environment using natural language interaction.

 With the size and proportions of a modern BMW Sports
Activity Vehicle (SAV), the BMW Vision iNEXT cuts an authoritative
figure. The vehicle instantly conveys its trailblazing character
through clearly sculpted forms and surfaces. Two large opposing doors,
with no B-pillar between them, make it easy to climb inside. A further
characteristic is the unusually distinct separation between cockpit
and the rear. A spacious continuous seat area gives the rear a
laid-back lounge character.

“Boost” and “Ease” mode alter the driver’s
environment.
BMW Vision iNEXT drivers can choose to
either drive themselves (in “Boost” mode) or be driven (in “Ease”
mode). “Boost” mode uses the electric drive train to deliver a highly
dynamic and virtually silent driving experience with zero emissions.
In “Ease” mode, the vehicle creates space for the driver and
passengers to engage in a wide range of activities.

Inside the generously-sized cockpit, the driver’s area is defined by
only two visible digital display panels and the steering wheel. The
flat dashboard with beige fabric covering teams with wood accents and
a clearly patterned wooden floor to create an inviting atmosphere. In
“Boost” mode, the steering wheel and displays are angled clearly
towards the driver. When switched to “Ease” mode, the driver’s
immediate environment changes: The steering wheel retracts and the
pedals drop down to create a more open sense of space. The display
panels switch from driving-related content to “Exploration” mode,
which provides the driver and passengers with suggestions for places
and events in the surrounding area that could be of interest to them.

“Shy Tech”: Innovative technology integrated out of sight, but
always available.
Apart from the steering wheel and
displays in the driver’s area, there are no other screens or controls
to be seen in the BMW Vision iNEXT. To preserve the cozy, inviting
character of the rear compartment, all technology is kept out of sight
and only becomes visible and operable when needed. For example, in the
future it may be possible to operate various functions via surfaces
made out of wood or fabric. Dynamic projections can turn any surface
into an interactive display. The BMW Vision iNEXT highlights three
different visionary applications of this “Shy Tech”: the BMW
Intelligent Personal Assistant, Intelligent Materials, and Intelligent Beam.

The Intelligent Personal Assistant switches on in response to the
prompt “Hey BMW” or any individually chosen wake word. This
intelligent personal assistant ensures that the BMW Vision iNEXT is an
integral part of the driver’s digital world and is seamlessly
interlinked with BMW Connected, smart devices, and the smart home
network, enabling drivers to make purchases or close the windows of
their house, for example, by voice command from their vehicle.

Intelligent Materials enable operating controls to be integrated
discreetly into interior surfaces. When driving in “Boost” mode, the
Control Display can be operated using conventional touch
functionality. However, in “Ease” mode, the center console’s wooden
surface assumes this control function instead. Arm and hand posture is
just as relaxed as when using the iDrive Controller: The hand simply
lies on the perforated wooden surface and, whenever inputs are made,
points of light follow the finger. The Jacquard cloth in the rear also
possesses integral control functionality. For example, music playback
can be controlled using various gestures that are visually emphasized
by LEDs that light up underneath the material.

In the use of media, as with vehicle operation, the digital and
analogue worlds will merge more and more. It is increasingly possible
to visualize information in projected form, which means displays may
no longer be needed in the long term. The Intelligent Beam technology
showcased in the BMW Vision iNEXT is already a step in this direction,
since it can serve as both a dynamic reading light and an interactive
projection screen. This enables the text in a printed book, for
instance, to be supplemented by images, moving content, and
interactive graphics – all of which can be controlled by touch.

4. 
The personal companion. 


4.1 The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant – today and in the
future.
The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant already
plays a key role in the vehicle and will continue to do so in the
future. At the CES 2019, visitors encounter it in different places and
discover not only the tasks it can already perform in current BMW
models, but also additional functions that will expand its range of
capabilities in the near future. In the new BMW X5 visitors will be
able to check out functions and options offered by the BMW Intelligent
Personal Assistant from March 2019. The virtual drive in the BMW
Vision iNEXT also highlights the support the personal assistant will
offer in the future.

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant today: digital BMW expert
and ideal passenger.
The BMW Intelligent Personal
Assistant digital character is finding its way into current BMW
models. This marks the beginning of a new era, in which vehicle
operation and access to functions and information will increasingly be
performed simply by voice control. The BMW Intelligent Personal
Assistant can be activated by voice command (“Hey BMW”). Unlike other
digital assistants, it can also be given an individual name (such as
“Charlie” or “Joy”). With the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant,
there is always a genuine BMW expert on board, who is familiar with
and able to explain vehicle functions. It also serves as a digital
passenger, who helps the driver find a parking space or use office
functions in the car. With the relevant options, the BMW Intelligent
Personal Assistant also pays attention to the driver’s wellbeing. In
response to a spoken command, for instance, it can activate an
interior experience, such as the Vitalize or Relax program, with a
combination of interior lighting, air conditioning, fragrance, seat
massage, shading, and seat heating or ventilation.

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant of the future: the
intelligent companion inside and outside the
vehicle.
The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant learns
routines and habits, so it can apply them in the appropriate context
in the future. It assists the driver, learns their preferences, and
becomes familiar with their preferred settings – such as seat heating
or destinations they frequently navigate to. It benefits from
continuous technical upgrades and learns more preferences and
preferred settings as time goes by. Updates performed over the air
with the Remote Software Upgrade facility constantly add new functions
and capabilities.

In its future form, the digital companion will be even more
intelligent, forward-looking, and better connected: It will bridge the
gap between the vehicle, its extensive functions, and people’s digital
lives. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant manages mobility needs,
organizes the day, and performs complex tasks that extend beyond the
vehicle. As an intelligent digital guide for mobile life, it plans the
daily schedule, manages personal calendars and to-do lists, makes
suggestions, and handles a variety of digital services.

4.2  
Digital services for electric-vehicle charging.

BMW Digital Charging Service and BMW ChargeForward:
intelligent charging – to support the energy transition and lower
costs.
With BMW ConnectedDrive networking technology as
standard and the BMW Connected app, BMW, MINI, and BMW i electric and
plug-in hybrid models are perfectly suited for digital services that
intelligently manage charging of their high-voltage batteries. The BMW
Digital Charging Service offers customers the option of charging their
vehicle at the most favorable hours, depending on individual
electricity tariffs and their planned departure times.

BMW ChargeForward takes things a step further. Over 300 drivers of
BMW i cars in the San Francisco Bay Area in the state of California
are participating in this pilot project. BMW receives a projection of
hourly renewable energy generation from the local utility (Pacific Gas
and Electric) and uses this information to align charging with times
when renewable energy is most available on the grid. Participants
receive a financial incentive for doing so, reflecting the fact that
charging at times of high renewable generation will be most
cost-efficient to the grid in the long-term. Not only do participants
drive very inexpensively and locally emission-free – they are also
able to use CO2-neutral electricity for a much higher percentage of
their travel. In addition, with a digitally managed, flexible charging
strategy, BMW can send signals to interrupt the charging process
whenever general demand for electricity is particularly high, thereby
relieving the burden on the public electric grid while still meeting
drivers charging needs. Going forward, high-voltage batteries from
electrified BMW and MINI automobiles will not only use renewable
electricity to the maximum extent, they will also feed energy back
into the grid whenever there is a shortage of energy from renewable
sources. As a buffer for “green” electricity, these vehicles
not only support the clean energy transition, but also become part of
an intelligent network that is instrumental in stabilizing the
electricity grid.

Original Press Release