BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at Jerez de la Frontera for the first test of the winter.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at Jerez de la Frontera for the first test of the winter.

Jerez de la Frontera. In preparation for the 2020 FIM
Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team has completed its first test of the winter at Jerez de la
Frontera (ESP). The team, with riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and new
addition Eugene Laverty (GBR), spent two days evaluating a host of
new components for the BMW S 1000 RR on Thursday and Friday.
 

The extensive test programme saw the team work on areas such as the
chassis, electronics and ergonomics. Sykes and Laverty enjoyed good
test conditions in dry and sunny weather. Laverty took to the track on
the 2019 version of the RR on the first morning, in order to
familiarise himself with the BMW Superbike. He then switched to the
version for the 2020 season, complete with new components, in the afternoon.

The team will now use the information gathered by Sykes and Laverty
at the Jerez test, in order to continue the further development of the
RR for the 2020 WorldSBK season. The next tests are scheduled for
January, firstly at Jerez de la Frontera, then at Portimão (POR). The
opening round of the 2020 season takes place from 28th February to 1st
March on Phillip Island (AUS).

Quotes after the test at Jerez de la Frontera.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Director: 
“Already during the final stages of the past
season, we have been working intensively on the further development of
the BMW S 1000 RR for 2020. Our first winter test in Jerez de la
Frontera has been very productive. Among other things, we were able to
test various chassis variants, new shock absorber elements, a range of
tyre options, and electronic updates. Tom had a few minor issues at
the start of day one, but they were resolved quickly and we were able
to complete the busy programme, which included many test points.
Eugene first had to find his feet on the RR, but was soon able to
start to configure the bike to his own personal requirements. We are
happy with the progress he has made at his first test with the RR. We
must now analyse the large amount of data and comprehensive rider
feedback we have received, which will help determine the direction we
will take to start the 2020 season.”

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team:
“We’ve completed two full days of testing with Tom and
Eugene; we got through an awful lot of work. We are generally pleased
with the outcome. We’ve found a clear direction for Tom on his chassis
set-up which lets us move forward in a specific direction we know he
will be comfortable with. We worked through a big list so we’re really
pleased for Tom. Eugene had to take some time to get used to the
electronics package on the BMW S 1000 RR and over the Christmas break,
we will further work on a strategy for him. He was getting quicker and
quicker but only until the point where he was ready to push. But we
are very still happy with his first test. He was running consistent
times and we are satisfied with the progress. Overall, we are happy
going into the break. We had no major issues and we get the bikes
ready now and come back for the tests in January.”

Tom Sykes: “Definitely I think we had a very strong
test and credit to all the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. We had a big
list to go through and they were working so hard. I am very satisfied
with what we achieved. We really tried a lot on the BMW S 1000 RR,
definitely made progress and for me now I can go into the winter
feeling happy with our performance. Certainly on race tyres as well,
we found quite a step and also over the distance. The bike was working
nicely and we obviously tried the qualifying tyre at the end. It was
incredible but after two strong sectors I unfortunately made a small
mistake in the hairpin and crashed. But I was interested in how the
bike feels with high grip and I also went for another lap after the
crash. For me that was good because we have extra information going
into the winter and the guys can keep working. So for me that was a
good test with a consistent track to work through a very big list and
that’s what we needed all season. Thanks to the whole team and the
guys back at the factory for working so hard to make things possible.
I think the decision to skip the Aragón test paid off because it was a
very structured test and we worked very well.”

Eugene Laverty: “Overall, it was a good test. I think
I can tell I’ve got a bike with the best chassis I’ve ever ridden. The
way the bike turns and enters the corner is incredible. It’s
surprising just how physical it is to ride right now. We have to get
the power under control for the corner exit. Once I can get that it
will be even more rideable. Right now I can wrestle it for one lap if
we wanted to get a lap time but it’s testing so it’s not necessary. So
we’ve been working and just trying to tame the beast a little bit so
we can get a bike that is going to be comfortable for 20 laps. The
chassis is incredible and that’s the important thing. The base of the
bike is good, now it’s just another fine-tuning of the electronics.”

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad presents the “Big Boxer” of the R 18.

BMW:BMW Motorrad presents the “Big Boxer” of the R 18.

Munich. Motorcycling in its most authentic form:
instinct over mind, technology not for its own sake but as a way of
creating space for fantasy and powerful emotion rather than sober
contemplation and objective calculation. This was the message that
accompanied the debut of the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 at the Concorso
d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May 2019 – a striking revival of the BMW
Motorrad brand core, namely the boxer engine.

More than any other present-day BMW motorcycles before it, the
Concept R 18 translated the essence of famous BMW Motorrad classics
into the modern era, in particular in terms of form, while at the same
time providing a glimpse ahead to a volume-production motorcycle that
would enrich the BMW Motorrad Heritage world of experience in the near
future: the BMW R 18.

The highest-capacity 2-cylinder boxer engine of all
time.
The heart of the new BMW R 18 is a completely
newly developed 2-cylinder boxer engine – the “Big Boxer” – which has
played a key role not just in the two BMW Motorrad prototypes – the
Concept R 18 and the Concept R 18 /2 – but also in the custom bikes
supported by BMW Motorrad, namely “The Departed” by ZON and “Birdcage”
by Revival Cycles. BMW Motorrad now presents this new, highly
distinctive engine in detail.

Not only in terms of its impressive outward appearance, but also
from a technical point of view, the new “Big Boxer” ties in with the
traditional boxer engines that were synonymous with motorcycles from
Munich and Berlin-Spandau for around 70 years, from the beginning of
BMW Motorrad production in 1923 through to the appearance of the
air/oil-cooled successor: these were engines with a clear design,
created for optimum reliability and ease of maintenance, featuring
logically arranged yet powerful technology.

With its OHV valve drive along with a separate engine and
transmission housing, the new “Big Boxer” has the same structural
features that distinguished the very first BMW Motorrad boxer engine,
which at that time had laterally controlled valves. The
highest-capacity twin-cylinder boxer engine ever used in motorcycle
series production is a 1 802 cc engine, resulting from a 107.1 mm bore
and
100 mm stroke. The engine output is 67 kW (91 hp) at 4 750
rpm. The maximum torque of 158 Nm is already available at 3 000 rpm.
More than 150 Nm is now available from 2 000 to 4 000 rpm. This
ensures enormous pulling power and – in conjunction with a generously
sized flywheel mass – exemplary running smoothness as well. These are
the benefits of this level of performance and torque during riding.
The maximum engine speed is 5 750 rpm, while the idling speed is 950 rpm.

Air/oil cooling, vertically split engine housing and triple
plain bearing crankcase.
The new “Big Boxer” is
air/oil cooled, has large ribbed cylinders and cylinder heads and
weighs 110.8 kg including gearbox and intake system. It has a
vertically split aluminium engine housing.

Unlike the classic air-cooled 2-valve boxer engines made by BMW
Motorrad, however, the “Big Boxer” crankshaft, forged from quenched
and tempered steel, has an additional main bearing at the centre,
which was necessary due to the enormous cylinder volume in order to
prevent undesirable bending vibrations of the crankshaft.

Like the crankshaft, the two connecting rods with I-shaft are
mounted on plain bearings and are likewise forged from quenched and
tempered steel. They accommodate cast aluminium pistons with two
compression rings and an oil wiper ring. The running surface of the
light metal cylinders is coated with NiCaSil.

Lubricating and cooling oil is supplied by a wet sump
lubrication system with a two-stage oil pump via sleeve-type chain
driven by the crankshaft.

Classic OHV valve drive with two camshafts as in the legendary
R 5 to R 51/2 combined with modern 4-valve technology and dual
ignition.
Although the new “Big Boxer” has four valves,
dual ignition, a modern combustion chamber architecture, intake
manifold injection and the BMS-O engine management system for the best
possible torque as well as optimum consumption and emissions, it uses
the classic OHV configuration for its valve drive – as was the
practice pursued by BMW Motorrad over a period of some 70 years.

When developing the valve drive for the “Big Boxer”, BMW
Motorrad engineers were inspired by a very special engine design in
the history of BMW Motorrad – in keeping with the Heritage concept:
the 2-cylinder boxer engine of the R 5/R 51 (1936 – 1941) and R 51/2
(1950 – 1951), the latter having been the first BMW motorcycle with a
boxer engine after the Second World War. In contrast to other OHV
designs by BMW Motorrad, this engine – highly valued by connoisseurs –
has two camshafts driven by the crankshaft via a sleeve-type chain.

As in the historical role model, the two camshafts are also
positioned to the left and right above the crankshaft in the “Big
Boxer”. The advantage of this “twin camshaft boxer” is the shorter
pushrods. This also makes for reduced moving masses, minimised
deflections and lower linear expansions. A generally stiffer valve
drive with improved control precision and higher speed stability is
the consequence of this more elaborate construction.

Fork rocker arm and manually adjustable valve clearance
compensation via adjusting screws as in the traditional BMW boxer
role model.
In the traditional BMW Motorrad boxer
design, the two pushrods actuate one pushrod per cylinder side for the
intake and one for the exhaust side, guided in a sealed pushrod tube
on the top of the cylinders. The two intake and exhaust valves in the
cylinder head are actuated in pairs via fork toggle levers.

In contrast to today’s widespread engine technology, valve
clearance compensation is not effected by means of hydraulic elements,
but – as was the case in most classic air-cooled BMW two-valve boxers
for decades – via one adjusting screw with one lock nut for each
valve. As was formerly the case in the classic 2-valve boxers, valve
clearance adjustment (0.2 – 0.3 mm) in the R18 “Big Boxer” is also
achieved very quickly. The valves are made of steel, with a disc
diameter of 41.2 mm on the inlet side and 35 mm on the outlet side.
The valve angle is 21 degrees on the inlet side and 24 degrees on the
outlet side.

Constant mesh 6-speed transmission and self-reinforcing
single-plate dry clutch with anti-hopping function.
As
in most BMW Motorrad boxer engines for decades (with the exception of
vertical-flow, air/water-cooled boxers since 2012), a single-disc dry
clutch transmits the torque generated by the engine to the
transmission. For the first time it is designed as a self-reinforcing
anti-hopping clutch, thereby eliminating unwanted stamping of the rear
wheel caused by engine drag torque in the event of hard downshifting.

The constant mesh 6-speed transmission is located in a
dual-section aluminium housing and is designed as a 4-shaft
transmission with helical gear pairs. The gearbox input shaft with lug
dampers drives the two gearbox shafts with the gear wheel pairs. An
output shaft is provided to bridge the distance and reverse the
direction of rotation. A reverse gear is available as an optional
extra. This is driven by an intermediate gear and an electric motor
and can be shifted manually.

Open secondary drive based on the classic role
model.
As in all BMW motorcycles with boxer engines,
torque is transmitted from the gearbox to the rear wheel in the R 18
via a propeller-shaft or universal-shaft drive with universal joint,
shaft and rear-axle drive with bevel and ring gear. The propeller
shaft and universal joint are examples of fascinating classic
motorcycle technology since they are nickel-plated and open, as was
commonly the case in BMW Motorrad models up to and including model
year 1955. A so-called tripoid joint is applied on the gearbox side
for the purpose of length compensation.

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
Telephon: +49
89 382-50181, E-mail: Dominik.Schaidnagel@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad
Telephon:
+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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Original Press Release

BMW Group to build future MINI E vehicles in China with Great Wall Motor

BMW:BMW Group to build future MINI E vehicles in China with Great Wall Motor

Zhangjiagang/Munich. The BMW Group and Great Wall
Motor are driving e‑mobility forward by building a joint plant in
China, where the BMW Group will produce future fully-electric models
of its MINI brand. High-level representatives of the local Chinese
government, Great Wall Motor and the BMW Group today announced the
launch of the new joint venture, Spotlight Automotive Limited. The
plant will have a standard capacity of up to 160,000 vehicles per
year, which will require around 3,000 employees after the ramp-up
phase. Both partners will together invest around 650 million Euro
(more than five billion CNY). The construction phase is planned for
2020 to 2022.

The event took place in the city of Zhangjiagang in China’s Jiangsu
Province, the location of the new automotive plant. Today’s official
inauguration marks the next milestone in the relationship between
Great Wall Motor and the BMW Group. In summer 2018, the 50:50 joint
venture agreement was signed in Berlin in the presence of Chinese
Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

As well as production, the innovative joint venture model also
includes joint development of battery-electric vehicles in the world’s
largest market for electromobility. The joint venture envisages
production of future electric MINI vehicles, as well as several models
and brands for Great Wall Motor. Following the launch of the brand-new
first-generation fully-electric MINI*, which will be built at Oxford
and come to market in the first quarter of 2020, this is another
important step towards the MINI brand’s electrified future. MINI Plant
Oxford, which recently built the 10 millionth car since the brand’s
launch in 1959, will remain the heart and home of MINI manufacturing,
while the Spotlight Automotive joint venture will provide additional
capacity and flexibility.

Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
responsible for Development, said at the official ceremony to mark the
inauguration of Spotlight Automotive: “Today we are taking the next
step in our collaboration: With the BMW Group as a pioneer in the
field of electromobility and Great Wall as a major player and expert
in industrialisation in the Chinese market, we are joining forces for
development and production of the future electric MINI and new Great
Wall models.”

During the press conference following the ceremony, Dr. Nicolas
Peter, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for
Finance, stressed the strategic importance of the cooperation with the
Chinese partner: “This German-Chinese relationship underscores
our commitment to China and the future of premium compact electrified
vehicles. This joint venture will enable us to produce a larger number
of MINI-brand-fully electric vehicles at attractive conditions for the
world market. This is also an important strategic step for the MINI
brand. The joint venture with Great Wall underlines the enormous
importance of the Chinese market for us.”

Zhangjiagang was chosen as the location of the Spotlight plant
because of its solid supplier network, skilled workforce and good
infrastructure. Jiangsu is also one of the leading provinces for
finance, education and technology.

The BMW Group is firmly committed to continuing its successful
cooperation with established sales structures and channels in China.
The joint venture will not be creating an additional sales
organisation in China for future electric vehicles. Every joint
venture partner will use their own sales channel for their specific brands.

In recent years, BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) has become a
cornerstone of the BMW Group’s success in its largest market. The BMW
Group’s expansion strategy with the new joint venture could therefore
accelerate development of the MINI brand significantly.

BMW Group is a pioneer in electric mobility

As a pioneer in e-mobility, the BMW Group is already a leading
supplier of electrified vehicles. By the end of 2021, the company aims
to have more than one million fully-electric vehicles and plug-in
hybrids on the roads worldwide.

At that point, the BMW Group will offer five fully-electric
production vehicles. Alongside the BMW i3, which saw demand increase
by approximately 20% so far this year, production of the
fully-electric MINI* will also begin at the Oxford plant (UK) this
month. Over 78,000 customers have so far expressed a keen interest in
the MINI ELECTRIC*. In 2020, production of the fully-electric BMW iX3
will begin at the Shenyang plant (China), followed in 2021 by the
BMW iNEXT, which will be built at the Dingolfing plant (Germany). The
BMW i4 is also due to go into series production at the Munich plant in
2021. By 2023, the company will already offer 25 electrified models –
more than half of which will be fully electric. Flexible vehicle
architectures, which allow a model to be driven fully electrically, as
a plug-in hybrid or with a combustion engine, form the basis for this,
as well as a highly flexible production system.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Almut Stollberg, Corporate Communications

almut.stollberg@bmw.de, Telephone: +49 -89 -382-96543

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 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.

www.bmwgroup.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BMWGroup

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

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*Consumption and emission data:

MINI Cooper SE: fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km, power
consumption combined 16.8-14.8 kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km

Original Press Release

BMW International Open 2020 with Bernd Wiesberger, who finished third in the “Race to Dubai”.

BMW:BMW International Open 2020 with Bernd Wiesberger, who finished third in the “Race to Dubai”.

  • Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) is the first top player to confirm
    his participation in Germany’s most iconic pro golfing event at
    Golfclub München Eichenried from 24th to 28th June 2020.
  • Free admission to the highlight of the golfing year in
    Germany for under 18s.
  • “Bavarian Day” on Thursday (25th June): Free entry to anyone
    wearing a traditional dress (dirndl or lederhosen).
  • Tickets available now, with 10% Christmas discount, at:


    www.bmw-golfsport.com/en/tickets



Munich. Right after the most successful season of his career
to date, Bernd Wiesberger announced that he will be teeing off at
the BMW International Open 2020 (24th to 28th June 2019, Golfclub
München Eichenried). More top-class pros are set to follow. Tickets
for the highlight of the golfing year in Germany can be ordered now,
with a Christmas discount of ten percent.

Wiesberger won three tournaments on the European Tour this year,
something he had never achieved before. The 34-year-old got two of the
three wins – at the Scottish Open and the Italian Open – at
prestigious events in the Rolex Series. Wiesberger ended the season by
finishing in third place in the season rankings, the “Race to Dubai” –
his best result to date.

“I always really look forward to the BMW International Open. The
tournament is organised magnificently and has a special atmosphere
that we as players really enjoy and which is the reason we love coming
to Munich. On top of that is it is close to my home country,” said the
Austrian, who is currently listed in 21st place in the world rankings.
“I’m looking forward to teeing off at the BMW International Open once
again in June, and to large numbers of people coming to the tournament
from Austria and Germany.”

Pre-sale of tickets are available as of 28th November,
at
www.bmw-golfsport.com/en/tickets, with a Christmas discount of
ten percent on up to four admission tickets or Fairway Club tickets.
This offer runs until 23:59 CET on 26th December 2019. To take
advantage of this discount, enter the code “BIRDIE2019” in the
“Promotion Code” field when ordering online.

Admission is free for all on Tuesday (23rd June, practice rounds) and
Wednesday (24th June, Pro-Am), while under 18s pay nothing for
admission throughout the entire tournament. All attendees who come
wearing traditional dress (lederhosen or dirndl) on “Bavarian Day”
(Thursday, 25th June) will also receive free admission.

Day tickets cost 15 euros (Thursday or Friday) and 30 euros per day
on the weekend. Season tickets for all four days of the tournament are
available for 75 euros. VIP tickets for the Fairway Club are available
for 275 euros (Thursday or Friday), 375 euros (Saturday or Sunday) and
1,040 euros (season ticket, Thursday to Sunday). The aforementioned
prices are all without the Christmas discount.

The admission price includes a free shuttle bus service between the
S-Bahn station at Ismaning and Golfclub München Eichenried (Thursday
to Sunday) and – weather permitting – free parking at the tournament.

Original Press Release

BMW announces new possibilities at the crossroads of sound, music, and technology. Long-term collaborations with world-renowned orchestras and musicians.

BMW:BMW announces new possibilities at the crossroads of sound, music, and technology. Long-term collaborations with world-renowned orchestras and musicians.

Munich. London Symphony Orchestra. Teatro alla Scala.
Bolshoi Theatre. Bayerische Staatsoper. Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
Elbphilharmonie. Polish National Opera. The Munich Philharmonic. For
many years and often even decades, BMW has been collaborating with
world-renowned orchestras in creating formats such as “BMW Opera Next”
and “BMW Classics” to offer entirely novel ways to experience music.
As a result, millions of visitors have enjoyed free concerts performed
at the famous squares in select cities all over the world as well as
on online platforms.

In addition, the electrification of vehicles opens up entirely new
possibilities at the crossroads of sound, music and mobility. In 2019,
BMW partnered with internationally renowned film music composer and
Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer to compose the electric drive sounds
and sound signs for the BMW Vision M NEXT.

Music is highly emotional and creates unforgettable moments. What is
the potential hidden in this universal language? Developing new sounds
continuously represents an incredible opportunity.

To this end, BMW intends to also involve orchestras as part of the
sonic exploration that will define sounds of the future and its
international partners were thrilled at the prospects of this initiative.

Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director of London Symphony
Orchestra
:
“Each summer since 2012, London’s iconic
Trafalgar Square plays host to the capital’s largest free open-air
classical music concert, BMW Classics. Our shared mission in producing
‘BMW Classics’ is simple – to bring great music and the opportunity to
participate in great culture to as many people as possible – and with
this concert now being livestreamed on the orchestra’s YouTube
channel, we can reach audiences all around the world. Every year we
also present a brand new work by an emerging composer; without the
support of BMW and the Mayor of London, commissioning a new piece and
holding a free event of this sort would simply not be possible. The
LSO is proud of our Principal Partnership with BMW and look forward to
working together for many years to come.”

Vladimir Urin, General Director of Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow:

“We are very pleased that our long-standing friendship and
partnership with BMW has been embodied in open-air concerts, which can
be visited by residents and guests of Moscow. Now the Bolshoi Theatre
has become part of this international initiative organized by BMW in
the late twentieth century. Not only Berlin, London and Munich, but
also Moscow are waiting for these summer concerts, thanks to which the
widest public has the opportunity to listen to contemporary stars of
the opera scene. This initiative is very much in line with the spirit
of the Bolshoi and BMW, because we are always striving for new things
– new technologies, new machines, premieres, young talents – and now
attracting a new audience. And we are not ready to stop. This season
we plan to reach new geographical boundaries of our capital.”

Alexander Pereira, CEO and Artistic Director of Teatro alla
Scala, Milan:
“For the Teatro alla Scala, BMW is a
strategic partner with whom we created numerous projects over the past
years. We believe that the relationship between our cultural
institution and BMW, as a company known the world over for its
excellence, goes far beyond traditional sponsorship, it is a true
partnership. Since 2014, BMW has been our main partner for the project
‘Opera For Kids’, offering over 200,000 children and their families
the opportunity to visit Teatro alla Scala for the very first time. As
a result, a number of these children took up playing instruments
immediately following their visit. Teatro alla Scala is proud to
collaborate with the department of Cultural Engagement at BMW in
pursuing their mission to develop and promote the art of music.”

Matthias Schulz, Artistic Director, and Daniel Barenboim,
General Musical Director of Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin:

“It is our mission to ensure that the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is
seen as a venue where people can experience something truly unique
with all their senses. ‘State Opera for All’ has been hugely
successful in creating exactly that for thirteen years! For that
reason, we are all the more pleased about taking our next steps
together with BMW as our main partner in launching our digital
partnership. With ‘BMW Opera Next’ we will make use of the
opportunities arising from digitalization and social media to open up
new perspectives and become more accessible, specifically to inspire
younger audiences.”

Nikolaus Bachler, General Manager of Bayerische Staatsoper,
Munich:
“BMW has been our trusted partner for 24 years.
It is a cooperation on equal footing, which in turn allows for an open
exchange. The initiative ‘Opera for All’ would simply not be possible
any other way. BMW fully understands how important access to music is
– for all people – be it to classical music, jazz or pop.”

Paul Müller, Executive Director, and Valery Gergiev, Music
Director of Munich Philharmonics:
“Music is not a
static entity – it needs to prove itself again and again to each new
generation. That demands strong partners offering a genuine exchange.
BMW is such a partner – together, we develop ideas and promote novel
approaches. Our initiative ‘Spielfeld Klassik’ illustrates beautifully
how this collaboration ensures that we are well-positioned in the
field of musical education for all ages.”

BMW Group is also partner of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts
Festival (USA) and Frieze Music in London and Los Angeles. In
addition, BMW Group cooperates with numerous opera houses and
orchestras on their initiatives including Bachfest Leipzig. Other
international partners of BMW include the Orchestre de Paris (France),
TNSC Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (Portugal), BOZAR – Centre for Fine
Arts (Belgium), Sugi Opera Seoul (South Korea), Latvian National Opera
(Latvia) and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Since 2002, BMW Group
has been the main partner of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Original Press Release

Electromobility market shares (11/2019 Info-graphics)

BMW:Electromobility market shares (11/2019 Info-graphics)

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 40/2019.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 40/2019.

Whether in the DTM, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship, or countless other championships: Week after week 

BMW
 teams and drivers around the world do battle for points,
victories and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large 

BMW
 
Motorsport
 family around the world are also creating headlines. The “
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Formula E: Alexander Sims claims his maiden victory.

Alexander Sims (GBR) was on top form at the opening round of this
season’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Diriyah (KSA). The BMW i
Andretti Motorsport driver twice secured pole position and claimed his
first victory in Formula E on Sunday, amassing a total of 35 points
over the course of the Diriyah E-Prix weekend. This puts him top of
the Drivers’ Championship. Including last season, he has now taken the
last three pole positions in a row. Sims is the only driver to have
achieved this feat in Formula E. His team-mate Maximilian Günther
(GER) also showed impressive pace at the wheel of the BMW iFE.20,
despite which he finished outside the points in both races. 

Speaking in an interview, Sims discussed the importance of his win
and the emotional rollercoaster in Diriyah.

Three questions for … Alexander Sims.

Alexander, how much does this first win in Formula E mean to you?

Alexander Sims: “Two pole positions and a win on one weekend – it
doesn’t get much better than that. It is a fantastic feeling. But I’m
not only pleased for myself, but also for the whole team. The entire
crew at BMW i Andretti Motorsport is made up of great people. I can’t
describe how hard everyone has worked to achieve this success, and how
everyone stood by me through the tough times in Season 5. It is simply
fantastic when that work is rewarded with a race weekend like this.”

 

What kind of emotional rollercoaster did you go through this weekend?

Sims: “It was definitely a weekend of emotional highs and lows. It
started well with pole position on Friday, but the final stage of the
race was then pretty poor, to be honest. As a driver, I made mistakes
that dropped me a long way back down the field. After the pole on
Saturday, I did better. I really wanted to turn the pole position into
a good result. We analysed the first race and worked together on basic
things. The fact that we ended up victorious was a great reward.”

 

What was ultimately the key to your win on Saturday?

Sims: “First and foremost, the enormous speed the BMW iFE.20 has
thanks to the team’s tuning work from Friday to Saturday. The car was
fantastic, particularly in the corners. That kind of basic speed
obviously made my life a lot easier from the start of the race
compared to Friday when the speed was not quite as good, which was
certainly due to the sand making the track slipperier. On Saturday,
even at the re-starts after the safety cars it was clear to me that I
could make up enough ground in the corners to defend my lead on the
straights without – as on Friday – having to use too much energy.
Knowing that is incredibly reassuring for a driver in a race series
where energy management has become even more important.”

Sim racing: Philipp Eng is second in the Pro-Am race at the
FIA GTC World Finals in Monaco.

This weekend, the 2019 FIA GTC World Finals were held in Monte Carlo
(MON). BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng (AUT) was a guest starter in
Saturday’s Pro-Am race, in which he went up against the world’s top
Gran Turismo drivers. Together with team-mate Giorgio Mangano (ITA),
winner of the 2018 Nations Cup, he produced a thrilling comeback to
finish runner-up. In the Manufacturer Series, sim racers Coque López
(ESP), Nicólas Rubila (CHI) and Randall Haywood (USA) were challenging
for the title in the BMW M6 GT3. Eng was on hand to support the trio
and pass on his knowledge as a professional racing driver. “Sim racing
is part of my everyday life – and it makes me a better racing driver,”
said Eng. “As such, it was fantastic to be here at the FIA GTC World
Finals and to support the three guys.” In the end, after three races,
the team finished eighth overall in the Manufacturer Series.

Asian Le Mans Series: Podium for the BMW M6 GT3 in Shanghai.

The Asian Le Mans Series (ALMS) kicked off its new season this
weekend at “Shanghai International Circuit“ (CHN). Among those in
action were two BMW M6 GT3s run by Astro Veloce Motorsports and FIST –
Team AAI. While the #90 AAI car, with BMW DTM driver Joel Eriksson
(SWE) among those at the wheel, failed to finish the race, the Astro
Veloce team claimed a spot on the podium. After 104 laps, the #17 BMW
M6 GT3 – driven by BMW works driver Jens Klingmann (GER), Max Wieser
(ITA) and Peiwen Qi (CHN) – came home third in the GT class. The next
ALMS race is scheduled for 12thJanuary 2020 at Tailem Bend (AUS).

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Birthday podium in action-packed ‘Dream Race’: Marco Wittmann takes second place for BMW at Fuji.

BMW:Birthday podium in action-packed ‘Dream Race’: Marco Wittmann takes second place for BMW at Fuji.

Fuji International Speedway. Countless battles, three safety
car periods and a beaming birthday boy, Marco Wittmann (GER), was on
the podium. Part two of the ‘

SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’, the first joint event held by the
DTM and SUPER GT Championship on Japanese soil, delighted Fuji (JPN)
fans on Sunday. Wittmann, celebrating his 30th birthday,
battled his way to second place in the Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM. Kamui
Kobayashi (JPN) also gave an action-packed display, as did
Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), who found himself as high as second place
at times in the ZF BMW M4 DTM. Kobayashi came home fifth, while
Zanardi finished in 13th place.

 

The safety car made three appearances over the course of the race.
Fuji fans were not only treated to countless battles out on the track,
but also the odd contact between cars and a few crashes. The action
came thick and fast in the closing stages. Wittmann crossed the finish
line in third place, but was then promoted to second place after Loïc
Duval (FRA, Audi) received a one-second penalty for a previous
incident. Victory went to Narain Karthikeyan (IND, Honda).

 

Wittmann, whose family and many friends had travelled to Fuji, can
now celebrate his 30th birthday in style in Tokyo (JPN).
Before the race, BMW Group Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt, fellow
drivers Zanardi and Kobayashi, and the entire BMW Team RBM sang to him
and presented him with a big birthday cake during the morning’s pit walk.

Quotes after race one of the ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’ at Fuji.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“That is exactly the kind of race we wanted for our fans here in
Japan – and, of course, for those watching in Europe. That was really
great motorsport, although it was rather chaotic at times, but that is
what the fans want to see. Our trip to Fuji was definitely worth the
effort. Thank you to Bart Mampaey and everyone at BMW Team RBM. They
all did a fantastic job, ensuring our three cars were running at the
very highest level and performing great pit stops. Congratulations to
Marco Wittmann – on his birthday, and second place here. That was
another superb performance from him. Kamui Kobayashi also fought hard
and put on a sensational display on his first weekend in a DTM car.
Alex Zanardi was also in the thick of the action and once again
produced some very special moments. All in all, it was a great advert
for touring car racing. We saw that a joint event with SUPER GT and
the DTM can work brilliantly and produce superb racing. The Dream Race
was a total success – let’s do it again. On the whole, it has been a
very successful weekend for us with Alexander Sims’ victory in Formula
E and second place for the BMW M6 GT3 in the IGTC in Kyalami.”

Bart Mampaey (Team Principal BMW Team RBM):

“The races had a bit of everything: uncertainty with regard to the
weather, safety cars, crashes, and a lot of battles. We adapted to the
conditions and the circuit over the course of the weekend. We had a
better package today. Marco Wittmann did an outstanding job, as did
Kamui Kobayashi and Alex Zanardi. The strategy worked well with all
three cars today. I think we can congratulate everyone who was
involved in getting this event up and running and making it such a
success. Motorsport is the big winner today. For the entire trip to
Japan, preparing for the race, and then this result I have to say a
big thank you to my team. As in the past, we showed again today that
we feel at home on an international stage.”

Marco Wittmann (#11 Schaeffler BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
7th, Race: 2nd):

“I am delighted. When you consider how we started the weekend, we can
be extremely happy with second place on Sunday. It was a crazy race,
with many safety cars. However, somehow, we always seemed to have the
right instinct and came away with a great result. This event was
awesome. The Japanese fans are really enthusiastic and friendly. It
was great fun. Now it is time to celebrate my birthday.”

Kamui Kobayashi
(#00 BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid: 13th, Race: 5th):

“It was a tough race. It was really wild out there at times. Compared
to yesterday, we improved dramatically. The race was great fun and we
battled hard. It was a great experience to work with BMW Team RBM. We
met for the first time in Fuji this week, and soon gelled. We will
take a lot of great memories away with us. Thank you very much, guys.”

Alessandro Zanardi: (#4 ZF BMW M4 DTM, BMW Team RMG, Grid:
22nd, Race: 13th):

“I am sure that being in second place, on the front row, at the
re-start means I will be in some nice photos….But seriously, I really
enjoyed that race. I would like to thank BMW Team RBM for the
fantastic job they did. It is not easy to transport three cars to
Japan and get them ready to race. The car was very good over the full
race distance today. I received a few nudges from the opposition, with
the last one in particular causing some serious damage to my car. It
was an eventful race. However, I was able to stay clear of all the
problems and took my chances. The pace was good. I could hardly be happier.”

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Podium after great recovery performance; second place for Walkenhorst Motorsport at the Kyalami IGTC finale.

BMW:Podium after great recovery performance; second place for Walkenhorst Motorsport at the Kyalami IGTC finale.

Kyalami. Thanks to a great recovery performance, the
Walkenhorst Motorsport team celebrated its first podium finish of
the season at the Intercontinental GT Challenge finale. Having
started the race from 16th position, Mikkel Jensen (DEN), Christian
Krognes (NOR) and Nick Catsburg (NED), in the #34 BMW M6 GT3,
concluded the 9 Hours of Kyalami (RSA) in second place. Martin
Tomczyk (GER), Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)
had led the race until just before the finish, crossing the line in
seventh place in the BMW Team Schnitzer #42 BMW M6 GT3. In the
sister Walkenhorst Motorsport car, the #36 BMW M6 GT3, Michael Von
Rooyen, Gennaro Bonafede (both RSA) and team principal Henry
Walkenhorst (GER) secured victory in the AM category.


 
The #34 squad had just missed out on the pole shootout
the previous day and began the race from 16th place, but starting
driver Jensen and then Catsburg set about a brilliant chase that took
the #34 BMW M6 GT3 to second place before the third driver, Krognes,
moved into the lead at the halfway point of the race. The #42 BMW M6
GT3, in which Tomczyk had started the race from eighth position, was
also displaying some great pace at that point and was in a promising
second place.
 
The two BMW M6 GT3s were able to maintain
their positions in the leading group. As had been the case on previous
days, heavy rainfall set in two hours before the finish and led to an
extended safety car period which saw Tomczyk take the lead in the #42
BMW M6 GT3 as other cars headed for the pits. Once the race restarted
around 30 minutes from the end, however, the BMW Team Schnitzer car
also had to make a pit stop, consequently falling back to tenth place.
A strong performance in the final phase saw Farfus climb back up to
seventh position. In the #34 BMW M6 GT3, Catsburg completed his final
pit stop during the safety car period and moved up from fifth to
second place during the final laps, allowing him to cross the line and
claim the first podium finish of the season.
 
There was
also cause to celebrate for the sister Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M6
GT3. Von Rooyen, Bonafede and team principal Walkenhorst claimed
victory in the #36 BMW M6 GT3 in the AM category.
 
Before
the race itself, BMW brought a piece of motorsport history back to
life on the Kyalami circuit. Van der Linde drove some demonstration
laps at the wheel of the legendary BMW 530 LME, thrilling spectators
all around the circuit. The first race car based on the 5 series BMW
dominated the Modified Production Series in the 1970s, celebrating
three championship titles in a row. The BMW 530 LME was in race action
in South Africa until 1985 and became the most successful racing car
ever developed on the basis of a 5 series BMW. A version of the
legendary homologation car restored by BMW South Africa was on show
for a few demonstration laps at Kyalami. The limited special edition
was produced exclusively at the BMW Plant in Rosslyn in the 1970s.
 
Reactions to the 9 Hours of Kyalami: 

 
Rudolf Dittrich (General Manager BMW Motorsport Vehicle Development):

“Throughout the season, we came close to a podium on a regular
basis with the BMW M6 GT3 in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The
fact that we did it at the season finale at Kyalami makes it all the
more rewarding. Congratulations to Nick Catsburg, Mikkel Jensen,
Christian Krognes and the entire Walkenhorst team on the second place
and the victory in the AM category. The race was a thriller, right to
the very end, and it is great for us to be able to round off our
return to South Africa with a podium finish. Congratulations are also
in order for BMW Team Schnitzer, who put on a very good racing
performance. Unfortunately, the strategy didn’t work out for that car
in the end. Many thanks as well to the numerous BMW fans at the
circuit for their great support. They showed us once again just how
important BMW is here in South Africa. Congratulations to Dennis Olsen
for securing the drivers’ title, and to Porsche for winning the
constructors’ championship.”
 
Henry Walkenhorst (Walkenhorst Motorsport Team Principal):

“That was a bit tricky. In fact, we had everything you could
wish for. It was relatively warm, then it turned cold, it rained, the
safety car came out. However, we are pleased with it overall. We
didn’t make any mistakes. We could also have competed in the Pro-Am
category with our second BMW M6 GT3 and we would have won that too. We
are very pleased with the result for both cars and with the
performance of the whole team on this race weekend. That was a lovely
way to round off a season that brought us plenty of bad luck.”
 
Nick Catsburg (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 2nd place):

“That is pretty unbelievable after the result in qualifying. We
didn’t expect to get second place; it is just superb. Both of my
team-mates did a fantastic job. Our pace was really good and we
managed to drive at the front. That was a totally crazy finish. The
car did really well in the rain and we were able to overtake a few
cars. Second place is superb and I am delighted to have finished the
season like that.”
 
Mikkel Jensen (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst
Motorsport, 2nd place):


“After 16th place yesterday, there was no way we could have even
dreamed of a result like this. I had a really good first stint and was
able to move up from 16th to seventh place. Then Nicky took over and
made it to second place. We got the strategy spot on and that put us
right in the race. That was two hours before the finish. Then we
managed to stay in front and just had to see it home. We ended up in
second place but we could have finished first or fourth. All in all,
we are very, very happy with this result.”
 
Christian Krognes (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst Motorsport, 2nd place):

“That was a real rollercoaster ride. One hour before the end of
the race, I thought we’d finish tenth. We finished second thanks to
some special circumstances. Nicky did a fantastic job at the end. We
did not expect to be going so fast in the rain. Second place is just unbelievable.”
 
Herbert Schnitzer jr. (BMW Team Schnitzer Team Principal):

“Firstly, I would like to congratulate the Walkenhorst
Motorsport team as they did a brilliant job. The whole team, the
drivers, their strategy, how they behaved during the race, they just
got it all perfectly right. It was difficult for us. The opening phase
of the race was not ideal. We lost a few places in battles with other
cars that were behind us. However, we were able to work our way up
again towards the halfway point of the race. The rain really didn’t
help us very much though. Many thanks to the whole team for their
great performance over the whole weekend.”
 
Sheldon van der Linde (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 7th place):

“There were plenty of ups and downs in changeable conditions. To
be honest, that is not what you normally expect in South Africa. We
had a good start and battled our way up through the field, but our
strategy didn’t quite pay off in the end. I would really like to thank
BMW Team Schnitzer for making my home race so special. I hope to be
back next year, as this was certainly one of my favourite races of the year.”
 
Augusto Farfus (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team Schnitzer, 7th place):

“Ultimately, that was a funny old race and it was more of a
lottery. For a while, it looked like we were in with a chance of
winning it. But then I lost some places and had to battle my way back.
Twenty minutes before the finish, we were at the back of the field. I
was able to move up to seventh place but that was the best I could do.
I think that we deserved more but we just couldn’t finish it off. At
least the team’s other car reached the podium. Overall, it’s been a
great season with BMW and I would like to thank every single member of
the team for that. We fought hard for it. Unfortunately, we didn’t
achieve what we were aiming for.”
 
Martin Tomczyk: (#42 BMW M6 GT3, BMW Team
Schnitzer, 7th place):


“That was a pretty tough weekend. It didn’t start too badly with
the pole shootout, which got us sixth place on the grid. The
challenging weather conditions that we had during the race did not
make it easy at all. Nonetheless, things were going very well for us
for a long time. We were at the front for a long time and we were
challenging for a podium finish. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much
luck with our strategic decision and only managed to cross the line in
seventh place.”

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BMW i Andretti Motorsport triumph in Diriyah – Alexander Sims celebrates his first win.

BMW:BMW i Andretti Motorsport triumph in Diriyah – Alexander Sims celebrates his first win.

Munich. Two pole positions and one win was the fantastic
result which BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Alexander Sims (GBR)
secured at the season opener of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship
in Diriyah (KSA). In the second race, on Saturday, Sims celebrated a
commanding victory from first place on the grid – the first in his
Formula E career. With 35 points, Sims also took the lead in the
driver’s standings. Maximilian Günther (GER) drove a magnificent
recovery race from ninth on the grid and finished the race in second
place, but a retrospective time penalty saw him drop down into
11th place.

 

Günther overtook two of his rivals too early at the end of a safety
car period, an action which saw him awarded a 24-second time penalty
after the end of the race and podium ceremony, leaving him without
points. In the team standings, BMW i Andretti Motorsport are in third
place with 35 points.

 

Reactions to race 2 of the Diriyah E-Prix:

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):

“What a race for BMW i Andretti Motorsport; what a win for Alexander
Sims. After the pole position on Saturday, we knew that our BMW iFE.20
and our drivers were definitely competitive at the start of Season 6
but we had no idea that another pole position and our second win in
Formula E would follow. Congratulations to Alexander and everyone at
BMW i Andretti Motorsport and BMW i, in the drivetrain department, and
at BMW Motorsport in Munich – a great team effort. Congratulations to
Maximilian as well, who can be proud of his performance, despite the
penalty. He drove a perfect race, but then overtook slightly too
early. After our experience from last season, we know that it’s now
all about confirming our performance in the coming races. But today I
was simply proud as I followed the performance of our team at a
distance in Fuji. Formula E is a TechLab for the BMW Group. This
double success shows how well we are doing here – both on and off the track.”

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport,
team standings: 3rd place):

“This is a fantastic success for all of us demonstrating an amazing
team spirit – particularly after the disappointment that we
experienced after yesterday’s race. Evidently, Alexander slept well
and woke up a winner. He adapted superbly to the changed conditions
with more grip on the track. He drove a very clever race, and the team
did everything right in terms of tactics. Despite the retrospective
penalty, kudos to Maximilian as well, who drove a fantastic defensive
race. It’s great how he kept Lucas di Grassi in attack mode behind
him. He is still very young and no doubt his time as a race winner in
Formula E will come.”

 

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.20, qualifying result:
1st place, race result: 1st place, points: 35,
driver standings: 1st place):

“The feeling I had as I crossed the finish line was indescribable. It
was a fantastic day. We had a smooth race today, and the BMW iFE.20
felt really great. We learned our lessons from the problems that we
experienced yesterday. Many thanks to the team, who were with me
through the difficult times last season. After the tests we knew that
we had a strong car, but we never expected things to go as well here
in Diriyah as they have. You can’t plan for something like this in
such a hotly contested race series.”

 

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.20, qualifying result:
9th place, race result: 11th place, points: 0,
driver standings: 18th place):

“Naturally, it is tough to be awarded a penalty like that
retrospectively. The situation at the restart after the safety car
period was unclear and it was frantic. Stoffel Vandoorne obviously
made a quick decision to drive into the attack zone, which saw me come
into contact with him slightly and damage the front of my car. Also, I
was already alongside him at that point, and from my perspective there
was no turning back. The action was unfortunate and I had hoped that
it would be okay. The race officials saw things differently. I have to
accept this decision. What remains is the fact that I drove a strong
race and have the speed to finish on the podium. I will build on this
as the season progresses. Congratulations to Alexander on his win.
It’s a huge success for the team. Many thanks to everyone who made
this strong performance possible – both here at the track and at BMW
in Munich.”

The BMW i Safety Cars.

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Season 6. Spearheading the fleet are two Safety Cars:
The BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car (combined fuel consumption: 2.0 l/100
km; combined power consumption: 14.5 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 46 g/km)*, which has been specially modified
for use at the racetrack, and the BMW i8 Coupé Safety Car (combined
fuel consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.0
kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. The BMW i
fleet also includes the BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100
km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2
emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race Director Car” and the BMW 530e (combined
fuel consumption: 2.2-2.1 l/100 km; combined energy consumption:
13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49-47 g/km)*
in its role as “Medical Car”.

The values for fuel consumption, CO2 emission and energy consumption
shown were determined in the standardized test cycle according to the
European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the
time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic
configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional
equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the
selected model.
The values are already based on the test cycle
according to the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into
NEDC-equivalent values in order to allow a comparison between
vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or
other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2
values may differ to the values stated here.
Effective
06.12.2018
Further information about the official fuel
consumption and the official specific CO2 emission of new passenger
cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2
emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is
available at all selling points and from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand
GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and
under https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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