The first ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe dons an unusual outfit for its final testing phase.

BMW:The first ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe dons an unusual outfit for its final testing phase.

Munich. The finishing touches are currently being
applied to the first ever
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe as part of its
final testing phase. And the new four-door coupe for the premium
compact segment has engaged in a spot of self-promotion on its
calibration drives around the Munich area. Adding an extra level of
intrigue to the eye-catching multi-coloured camouflage of the test
cars is a large QR code on the front doors directing curious eyes to
www.bmw.com/2-series-gran-coupe.
Ahead of the 2 Series Gran Coupe’s world premiere at the Los Angeles
Auto Show in November 2019, this homepage will keep visitors supplied
with bulletins of new information on this extravagant and innovative
vehicle concept. The worldwide market launch of the BMW 2 Series Gran
Coupe will get underway in spring 2020.

An elegant and engaging gateway into the premium compact
segment.
BMW is bringing the four-door coupe concept
that has already enjoyed great success in higher vehicle classes into
the premium compact segment. The first ever
BMW 2 Series Gran
Coupe celebrates its arrival with a fresh dose of individuality,
aesthetic appeal and emotional engagement, backed up by innovative
control/operation and connectivity tech, excellent everyday usability
and exceptional dynamic capability. This show-stealing spin-off from
the classical sedan format is underpinned by BMW’s
cutting-edge front-wheel-drive architecture and shares an array of
technological developments with the recently unveiled new BMW 1
Series. Like its premium-compact stablemate, the BMW 2 Series Gran
Coupe employs groudbreaking chassis technology and innovative control
systems to raise the bar in terms of dynamics and agility.

Innovative traction control with ARB
technology.
One feature of the new car’s technical
armoury is the ARB (near-actuator wheel slip limitation) technology
featured in the BMW i3s (electric power consumption combined: 14.6 –
14 kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km*). ARB uses a
slip controller positioned directly in the engine control unit rather
than in the control unit for the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control)
system. Eliminating long signal paths means that information is
relayed three times quicker, while the driver perceives wheel slip
being brought under control up to ten times faster. This innovative
traction control technology teams up with the likewise standard BMW
Performance Control (yaw moment distribution) to deliver a direct and
intense driving experience with both front-wheel drive and the BMW
xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive of the BMW M235i xDrive (fuel
consumption combined: 7.1 – 6.7 l/100 km [39.8 – 41.8 mpg imp];
CO2 emissions combined: 162 – 153 g/km**). The sporty
range-topping model is fitted with the most powerful four-cylinder
engine in the BMW Group line-up, producing 225 kW (306 hp). It also
comes as standard with the newly developed mechanical Torsen
limited-slip differential, which gives the car an even sportier edge
by creating a locking effect between the front wheels.

Flamboyant lines and state-of-the-art connectivity.

The first ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe complements its elegantly
sporty and extrovert lines with cutting-edge connectivity and generous
levels of spaciousness. It therefore has all the ingredients to fuel
the enthusiasm of new, design-led customers in urban areas for BMW’s
hallmark driving pleasure. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has been
conceived as a global offering and represents an appealing addition to
the model line-up, in particular in markets where the sedan body style
enjoys strong popularity.

BMW M235i xDrive fuel consumption combined: 7.1 – 6.7
l/100 km [39.8 – 41.8 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 162
– 153 g/km

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Four BMW teams and five BMW M6 GT3s race at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

BMW:Four BMW teams and five BMW M6 GT3s race at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Munich. This weekend features another highlight of the
endurance season – the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). For BMW
Team Schnitzer and Walkenhorst Motorsport, this also forms the third
race of the season in the International GT Challenge. Walkenhorst
Motorsport travels to the Ardennes as defending champion following
last year’s victory in Belgium.

 

BMW teams claimed a stunning one-two at the 70th edition
of the 24-hour race last year, with Walkenhorst Motorsport taking
victory ahead of the ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3. This year, the team from
Melle (GER) is back again to do battle at the head of the field. At
the wheel of the #34 BMW M6 GT3 will be last year’s winner Christian
Krognes (NOR), Mikkel Jensen (DEN) and Nick Catsburg (NED), who
triumphed at Spa in 2015. The trio is contesting the full season for
Walkenhorst Motorsport in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, which
includes the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

BMW Team Schnitzer also returns to Spa-Francorchamps in 2019 as a
competitor in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. After two
fifth-places in the races so far at Bathurst (AUS) and Laguna Seca
(USA), the two regular drivers, Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Martin
Tomczyk (GER) are currently third in the Drivers’ Championship. They
will be ably assisted in Belgium by Nick Yelloly (GBR), who has driven
the BMW M6 GT3 in the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER) and in the China GT Championship.

As well as the two BMW M6 GT3s in the Pro category, a further three
cars will also race in the Am Cup. Walkenhorst Motorsport fields a
second BMW M6 GT3 in this class, while Boutsen Ginion and 3Y
Technology will each run a car.

Quotes ahead of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps:

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“This weekend we return to the scene of many BMW victories in recent
years and decades. The one-two for the BMW M6 GT3 and the first major
endurance success for Walkenhorst Motorsport last year were fantastic
achievements. In total, BMW cars have now won 24 times in the
Ardennes, including three victories in the last four years. That is an
outstanding record. This year, we once again line up with two teams
that are capable of winning, in the form of BMW Team Schnitzer and
Walkenhorst Motorsport, who will also be doing their best to pick up
as many points as possible in the third race of this season’s
Intercontinental GT Challenge. I am delighted that we will also be
represented in the Am Cup with three BMW M6 GT3s run by BMW customer
racing teams. My fingers are crossed for all the teams and drivers.”

Augusto Farfus (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer):

“The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is the biggest GT3 race in the
world and also forms the highlight of the season in the
Intercontinental GT Challenge. The points on offer here are crucial to
our chances in the title races. As such, our goal is to challenge for
the win and to continue the magnificent history that BMW has at this
race. The test a few weeks ago went well. I am optimistic about the race.”

Nick Catsburg (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport):

“Since winning here for BMW in 2015, I always travel to the 24 Hours
of Spa-Francorchamps – one of my favourite races – with very fond
memories. The results in recent years have shown that BMW cars are
always quick on this circuit. Furthermore, this year I am racing for
last year’s winners, Walkenhorst Motorsport. We have a very strong
line-up. I don’t see anything to suggest that we cannot challenge at
the front again.”

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Pure&Crafted Festival presented by BMW Motorrad: Music. Motorcycles. New Heritage.

BMW:

Pure&Crafted Festival presented by BMW Motorrad: Music. Motorcycles. New Heritage.

Munich/Amsterdam. After three legendary editions in
Berlin in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as Pure&Crafted ON THE ROAD
in 2018, the Pure&Crafted Festival now moves from Berlin to the
gates of Amsterdam: The beautifully situated location Taets Art and
Event Park will offer the unique backdrop for the three proven
components of the festival on Saturday, 28 September: 1.)
straightforward and honest Rock Music, 2.) Motorcycle culture and 3.)
a good portion of New Heritage Lifestyle.

The evening before (Friday, 27 September), the weekend will open
with a Pure&Crafted club night in the centre of Amsterdam. On
Sunday, 29 September, the Taets Art & Event Park will once again
be the meeting place for a relaxed breakfast together before heading
from there to the starting point of this year’s Distinguished
Gentleman’s Ride.

The confirmed bands (more names to be released soon).

If you’re not strong, you need to be fast! At least when it comes to
the English garage Punk Rock Band Bad Nerves: an
infectious mixture at 78 rpm. Equally energetic are the Belgian garage
punk “sons“ from SONS, who give their sound a fine
psychedelic and fluffy note that makes it impossible to keep still. Of
course, Indian Askin don’t need to be introduced
anymore, because this very talented Amsterdam psychedelic Nu-Punk
Quartet has been on the radio, on the concert stages and at music
festivals for three years now and is now attracting more and more
attention abroad. Just like the international band Swedish
Death Candy
. Not from Sweden, but from London, where the
band members from Italy, England and South Korea have their homebase
and from where they want to conquer the world with catchy, hard and
fancy Psych-Rock.

Pure&Crafted: Music. Motorcycles. New Heritage.

Visitors to the Pure&Crafted Festival are connoisseurs who love
their freedom and individuality. Also this year, they expect the three
proven pillars Music, Motorcycles und New Heritage.

At Pure&Crafted, Music stands for Indie/
Alternative, Folk, Rock, Singer-Songwriters, melodic Punk Rock and
related genres. In past editions, promising up-and-coming acts as well
as internationally renowned bands such as Interpol, Refused and The
Hives have been presented.

BMW Motorrad is the initiator and title sponsor of
Pure&Crafted. That’s why there are of course no wishes left
unfulfilled in the area of Motorcycles. In the
so-called Wheels Area of the festival, lovers of motorcycles,
especially of extraordinary custom bikes, will get their money’s worth
and will be inspired by new – and also classic – models as well as
search for high-quality motorcycle clothing, equipment and
accessories. In addition, there will be the breathtaking Wall of Death
shows, in which the famous Ken Fox troop from England will cast their
spell over the audience.

New Heritage completes the overall package: after
all, the impressive General Store at the festival is the ideal place
for authentic fashion, favourites and handmade items. It offers
high-quality, sustainable and durable products such as leather
accessories, clothing and other must-have items from carefully
selected manufacturers and the best brands on the scene.

Of course, Pure&Crafted is also home to Amsterdam’s most
popular food trucks. They offer a careful selection of delicious,
traditionally prepared dishes and refined drinks, specially adapted to
the festival. Tickets for Pure&Crafted are available for EUR 25.00
from now on (incl. service fees) on www.pureandcrafted.com/tickets.

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

In case of queries please contact:

Dominik Schaidnagel, Communications BMW Motorrad
Tel.:

+49 89 382-50181
e-mail: Dominik.Schaidnagel@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad
Tel.:

+49 89 382-57505
e-mail: Tim.Diehl-Thiele@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 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 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 2018 was € 9,815 billion on revenues amounting to €
97,480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 134,682 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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Lebenslauf von Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wendt, Mitglied des Vorstands der BMW AG, Einkauf und Lieferantennetzwerk

BMW:Lebenslauf von Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wendt, Mitglied des Vorstands der BMW AG, Einkauf und Lieferantennetzwerk

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Lebenslauf von Andreas Wendt

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CO2 emission information.

The following applies to consumption figures for vehicles with new type approval, September 2017 onward: The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption are obtained in accordance with the specified measuring procedure (EC Regulation No. 715/2007), as issued and amended. The figures are for a basic-version vehicle in Germany. The bandwidths allow for differences in the choice of wheel and tire sizes and items of optional equipment and can be changed by the configuration.

Obtained on the basis of the new “Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

More information about official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be obtained from the “guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and current consumption of new passenger cars”, available here: https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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BMW Group lays foundation for dual vocational training at new site in Hungary // Cooperation agreements signed with local partner schools

BMW:BMW Group lays foundation for dual vocational training at new site in Hungary // Cooperation agreements signed with local partner schools

Munich/Debrecen. The BMW Group is paving the way for
introduction of dual vocational training at its new plant under
construction in Debrecen, Hungary from September 2021. A cooperation
agreement to this effect was signed with the Debrecen Vocational
Training Centre (DSZC) on 18 July. The BMW Group will work with these
partners to implement the German dual vocational training concept in
Hungary. This will ensure that apprentices are optimally prepared for
future occupations in innovative learning environments, with high
quality standards and flexible structures. In autumn 2019, the first
intake will embark on five years of vocational training: two at school
and three in the dual system, with learning in the classroom and on
the job at the BMW Group.

“We believe that combining theory and practice is vital in employee
training. I’m especially pleased we will be able to offer young people
at our new location in Hungary dual vocational training and help them
make the ideal start to their career,” underlined Michele Melchiorre,
the designated head of the Debrecen plant. The BMW Group will offer
four attractive apprenticeships at the new location: electrical and
automation engineering, mechatronics, automotive mechatronics (systems
and high-voltage technology) and information technology for systems integration.

Sabine Wilhelm, head of Professional and Vocational Training and
Transformation Management at the BMW Group, emphasised the benefits of
the concept: “We have introduced dual vocational training based on the
German model at five production locations worldwide since 2012, always
taking local factors into account. In cooperation with the Debrecen
Vocational Training Centre (DSZC), we will now also be able to
implement it in Hungary. We are very happy to be able to provide our
future apprentices with the ideal preparation they need for their
future occupations, in innovative learning environments with high
quality standards and flexible structures.”

The partner schools have already been chosen: In the DSZC Brassai
Sámuel Műszaki Szakgimnáziuma and the DSZC Mechwart András Gépipari és
Informatikai Szakgimnáziuma, the BMW Group has found two highly
qualified local partners based in Debrecen to cover the theoretical
side of training. Together with these two schools, the BMW Group will
now develop a detailed concept for implementation of the dual
vocational training programme.  

Participating apprentices will spend the first two years of the
five-year programme at one of the two schools, where they will learn
the basic practical skills and theory needed for their chosen
occupation. From the third year on, attention will increasingly turn
to practical application of this knowledge. Apprentices in the
programme will gain on-the-job experience at the BMW Group in
Debrecen. In addition to professional qualifications, the BMW Group
will also focus on apprentices’ personal development throughout the training.

The first intake of apprentices will embark on their training at the
partner schools in the autumn of 2019. Pupils will be able to apply
for an apprenticeship in spring 2021 and begin their dual vocational
training at the BMW Group in September 2021.

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Info-graphics on Electromobility (July 2019)

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BMW Group market position within competition. Germany, Europe, Globally. Source: IHS Markit New Registrations 1-6/2019. (07/2019 report)

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Obtained on the basis of the new “Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

More information about official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be obtained from the “guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and current consumption of new passenger cars”, available here: https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: Wins for the BMW S 1000 RR racers in the IDM, the Alpe Adria and in Canada.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: Wins for the BMW S 1000 RR racers in the IDM, the Alpe Adria and in Canada.

International German Championship: Two wins for alpha
Racing-van-Zon-BMW at the Nürburgring.

The alpha Racing-van-Zon-BMW team continued its winning run with the
BMW S 1000 RR in the International German Championship (IDM). Once
again the top step of the podium was occupied by one of the team’s
riders after both races at round four of the season at the Nürburgring
(GER). Julian Puffe (GER) won the opening race. The team then claimed
a one-two in race two. This time, victory went to Ilya Mikhalchik
(UKR), who had failed to finish race one due to a technical issue.
Puffe followed him home in second place. Jan Mohr (AUT / BCC Racing)
ended race one in fifth place but failed to finish the second race.
Jan Bühn (GER / EGS Moto Racing) was seventh in both races, while Marc
Neuman (GER) came home ninth and eighth. Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NED)
finished tenth and sixth. Puffe regained the lead in the championship,
with Mikhalchik second overall.

British Superbike Championship: Taylor Mackenzie on the
Superstock podium.

The BMW teams and riders in the British Superbike Championship (BSB)
were at Snetterton (GBR) this weekend for round six of the season.
Peter Hickman (GBR / Smiths Racing) finished seventh and fifth on his
BMW S 1000 RR in the two Superbike races (BSB SBK). Christian Iddon
(GBR / Tyco BMW Motorrad), who broke his fibula just three weeks ago
at Knockhill (GBR), started at Snetterton and claimed two top-ten
finishes with tenth and sixth place. Michael Laverty (GBR) stood in
for the injured Keith Farmer (GBR) for Tyco BMW Motorrad. Laverty, who
was riding the new RR for the first time, finished eleventh and ninth.

In the Superstock race (BSB STK), BMW racer Taylor Mackenzie (GBR /
Bathams Racing) claimed a spot on the podium. He finished third on his
BMW S 1000 RR. Alex Olsen (GBR / Team IMR) came home sixth.

Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship: Victory for
Karel Hanika at Oschersleben.

The Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship (AA) was at
Oschersleben (GER) for round four of the season. It proved to be a
successful weekend for Karel Hanika (CZE / Fany Gastro BMW Motorrad).
The Czech rider took victory by over three seconds on his BMW S 1000
RR in the first of the two races. In race two, he finished runner-up
to earn another spot on the podium. Hanika missed out on a second win
by just 0.414 seconds. Nico Thöni (AUT / Racing4fun) and Ondřej Ježek
(CZE / Fany Gastro BMW Motorrad) finished fourth and sixth in race
one, but both failed to finish race two. Ireneusz Sicora (POL / BMW
Sikora Motorsport) came home tenth and seventh. Bartlomiej Lewandowski
(POL / Team LRP Poland) also claimed a top-ten result, finishing ninth
in race two.

FIM European Superstock 1000 Cup: Podium for Michal Filla and
Arnaud Friedrich.

Oschersleben (GER) also hosted the fourth event of the season in the
new FIM European Superstock 1000 Cup (EU STK). BMW racers finished on
the podium in both races. Michal Filla (CZE / BMW Sikora Motorsport)
came home second on his BMW S 1000 RR in the opening race. Arnaud
Friedrich (GER / Team LRP Poland) then finished runner-up in race two.

 

Canadian Superbike Championship: Third win of the season for
Ben Young.

In the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK), BMW racer Ben Young
(CAN / Ben Young Racing) took a big step towards winning the title.
The penultimate round at Atlantic Motorsport Park (CAN) featured races
four and five of the season and saw Young extend his lead at the top
of the championship. The title race will be decided at the season
finale at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CAN) in three weeks. In the
first of the weekend’s two races, Young thrilled fans with a
spectacular fightback on his way to win number three of the season on
his BMW S 1000 RR. He was hit by Jordan Szoke (CAN) on lap three,
putting both riders onto the grass. Young was able to continue, but
found himself down in tenth place. He then stormed back through the
field and into first place. Samuel Trepanier (CAN / Blysk Racing)
crossed the finish line in second place just 0.212 seconds behind
Young to claim his best result of the season so far. Sunday’s second
race was held in wet conditions. Young finished runner-up this time,
with Trepanier fourth. BMW racer Jeff Williams (CAN) ended both races
in fifth place.

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#ROADtoIMM19: Driving to the International Mini Meeting 2019 in the classic Mini.

BMW:#ROADtoIMM19: Driving to the International Mini Meeting 2019 in the classic Mini.

Munich/Bristol. The port city of Bristol will become
the hotspot for fans of the classic Mini from 8 to 11 August. This
year, the annual International Mini Meeting (IMM) will be dedicated to
a celebration of the landmark 60th anniversary for the brand. At the
festival site in the Easter Compton area, fans celebrating the
anniversary are expected from all over the world. Many of them will be
travelling to the meet in a classic Mini or a modern MINI. MINI
CLASSIC aims to set the mood for the event by staging the road trip
#ROADtoIMM19. This will highlight the international
nature of the IMM and its extension across different eras. A classic
Mini convertible and a MINI Cooper from the first generation of the
model after the brand’s relaunch will travel from the Greek capital of
Athens to the home of the small car, which has had such remarkable
global appeal over the past six decades.

Once more, lovingly prepared one-off specials will take the road trip
to the IMM. The two vehicles were specially styled for the
long-distance trip across Europe by the street artist CHEBA, who lives
in Bristol. The exterior of the road-trip runabouts will be decorated
in a brightly coloured patchwork pattern from the front bumper to the
tailgate, and from the wheel rims to the fabric roof of the classic
Mini convertible. The two cars epitomise the classic and contemporary
history of the brand. They will be accompanied by a MINI Cooper S E
Countryman ALL4 (combined fuel consumption: 2.5 – 2.4 l/100 km;
combined power consumption: 13.7 – 13.4 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions from fuel: 56 – 55 g/km). This car already proved its
qualities as an endurance touring vehicle last year when it went on a
road trip along the Panamericana highway running from Texas to Tierra
del Fuego.

The start of the road trip in Athens on 25 July and the destination
in the United Kingdom on 8 August 2019 are a tribute to the creator of
the classic Mini, Alec Issigonis. The automobile designer had Greek,
British and German roots and he succeeded in developing the ideal
concept for creative use of space and agile driving fun. This
innovative small car was born 60 years ago and started its triumphal
march on urban streets throughout the world. The MINI CLASSIC Team
will pass through a total of ten European countries on the route
through Sofia, Belgrade, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Dresden and
Rotterdam to the final destination in Bristol. Along the way, the cars
will have stopovers at a large number of MINI Clubs and also meet up
with fans from other brands. In Leipzig, for example, a meeting is
being organised with fans of the Trabant cult car. This car defined
the cityscape of East Germany for decades and meanwhile it too has
achieved classic status.

The International Mini Meeting has been a popular meeting point for
fans of the British marque for four decades. The central focus here is
always on enthusiasm for the classic Mini and its unusual history
since 1959. The modern MINI launched 18 years ago is also a fixture on
the car park of the festival site. Every five years, the meeting of
the international community is held in the British home of the classic
Mini and the MINI. The apogee of this year’s festival is the big
birthday party for the classic MINI being held on Sunday 11 August 2019.

Live music, party atmosphere, fun competitions and leisure activities
for the entire family will feature in the programme of the IMM 2019.
MINI CLASSIC will be represented in an event marquee in Bristol. The
two road-trip vehicles will be on display alongside other exhibits.
Visitors can also tank up on coffee and have T-shirts emblazoned with
the event logo.

The latest impressions from the road trip to Bristol will be posted
daily from 25 July 2019 onwards on the Instagram channel of MINI CLASSIC:
https://www.instagram.com/official_miniclassic/?hl=de

You can find further details about the IMM 2019 on the website of the event:
https://imm2019.co.uk/

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Everything under control, everything in view: the polygonal steering wheel in the BMW iNEXT.

BMW:Everything under control, everything in view: the polygonal steering wheel in the BMW iNEXT.

Munich. The BMW iNEXT heralds the start of a new era
of driving pleasure. Its capacity for highly automated driving is
combined with extensive advancements in terms of interior design. The
first BMW Group model in which the driver is no longer required to
take care of the task of driving but can still actively take command
at any time is fitted with a completely newly designed steering wheel.
With its polygonal geometry, it is perfect for switching between
highly automated and active driving. In addition, the steering wheel’s
unique contours – inspired by motor racing – optimises entry and
seating comfort as well as providing an enhanced view of the
instrument cluster. Like the Curved Display, the polygonal steering
wheel forms part of the pioneering interior design of the BMW iNEXT –
a model which will be produced from 2021 onwards as the premium
automobile manufacturer’s new technology flagship.

With its striking, contemporary geometry, the steering wheel in the
BMW iNEXT symbolises the start of the age of highly automated driving.
Its rim is flattened in both the lower and upper sections, while the
rounded corners at the sides provide a comfortable hand rest. The
advantages of this geometry come into play in particular when
switching from highly automated to active driving. As compared to a
circular shape, this makes it much easier to recognise the steering
angle based on the position of the steering wheel. The moment the
driver re-takes control of the vehicle, they can detect the current
steering angle instantly – both visually and by means of touch – so as
to be able to continue travelling in the BMW iNEXT safely and
supremely on the course already commenced.

Optical fibres integrated in the side sections of the steering wheel
inform the driver of the availability of highly automated driving
functions by means of coloured signals, as well as indicating
situations where the driver is required to take over active control of
the vehicle themselves. This form of interaction between driver and
vehicle is another facet of the pioneering interior design offered by
the BMW iNEXT and reflects the vehicle’s intelligence.

The distinctive geometry of the steering wheel in the BMW iNEXT has
other ergonomically optimised aspects, too. The flattening of the
lower section makes for enhanced comfort when entering and exiting the
vehicle. It also increases freedom of movement over long distances in
that it enables the driver to bend both their left leg – for example
when using the Active Cruise Control function – and their right leg.

What is more, the polygonal steering wheel is perfectly harmonised
with the design of the BMW iNEXT display and control elements. Its
shape enlarges the driver’s view of the instrument panel, with the
novel Curved Display at its centre. Both the position of the display
unit – consistently geared towards the driver – and the geometry of
the steering wheel thus both contribute to optimised legibility of
graphic displays.

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5G mobile network goes live at all BMW Brilliance Automotive production sites in China

BMW:5G mobile network goes live at all BMW Brilliance Automotive production sites in China

Shenyang. BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) has become
the first automobile manufacturer to enable full 5G wireless coverage
at all its plants. The new wireless standard allows large quantities
of data to be transferred within a very short space of time, since
data will now be processed in small, high-performance computer centres
directly on site and no longer has to travel long distances. This
means that networked machines and systems can exchange data in real
time, for instance, and align themselves even better with the
production process. 5G provides the ideal conditions for numerous
digital innovations and has the potential to further increase
efficiency, quality and flexibility in production.

BBA is also implementing the technology in a pilot project that uses
5G to transfer large quantities of test data from vehicles to the data
centre in real time, making data collection and analysis more
efficient. In this way, vehicle updates involving large volumes of
data and real-time diagnostics could also be conducted remotely in the future.

With this development, BBA becomes the first automobile manufacturer
to use 5G technology in automotive development and production.

Johann Wieland, president of the joint venture between the BMW Group
and its partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd.: “5G is a
ground-breaking technology with the potential to revolutionise
industrial production. BBA is taking a leading role in testing the use
of 5G and developing new innovations and procedures to improve
industrial productivity.”

Full 5G coverage, transfer rate of 1 Gbps

BBA was the first 5G pilot company in Shenyang to begin developing a
5G network for its three plants back in October 2018. Once
construction of the 21 mobile phone masts and 35 5G base stations was
completed in April 2019, BBA already had full 5G network coverage at
its car plants in Tiexi and Dadong, as well as at its powertrain
plant. After only three months of technical optimisations, the 5G data
rate increased from an initial 600 megabytes per second to one gigabit
per second – fast enough to download an entire HD film in just a few seconds.

BBA sees the potential of 5G technology in many areas of production.
Possible 5G application scenarios include augmented reality,
cloud-based control of autonomous transport systems, human-machine
interaction using mobile smart devices, robot-to-robot communications
and communication between robotics systems and the control centre.
Effective application of 5G technology in these areas has the
potential to transform automobile production and boost productivity.

BBA partnered with China Unicom and China Mobile to build the
necessary infrastructure and connect the 5G network across a total
area of more than three million square metres.

5G in the BMW Group production network

The BMW Group is currently preparing to set up local, private 5G
networks at its plants in Germany. The benefits of the new technology
are not just in its high data rate and rapid response time, but also
in the reliability and security of the network. It therefore offers
optimal conditions for innovations that work with large quantities of
data in real time. These include applications from the field of
virtual and augmented reality, widescale networking of machines and
the use of autonomous logistics fleets.

The long-term aim is to establish 5G networks at all BMW Group plant
locations worldwide.

The BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture

The BBA Brilliance Automotive joint venture was founded in 2003. Over
the past 16 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
2018, the BBA automotive plants in Tiexi and Dadong produced over
490,000 vehicles for the Chinese market – an increase of almost 24%
year-on-year. BBA employs a total of more than 18,000 people.

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