BMW Motorrad Motorsport takes stock of successful season at the EICMA and looks forward to 2020.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Motorsport takes stock of successful season at the EICMA and looks forward to 2020.

Milan. In November 2018, BMW Motorrad presented the new BMW S
1000 RR at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan (ITA) and announced
its works comeback in the FIM Superbike World Championship
(WorldSBK). Now, a year later, BMW Motorrad Motorsport took positive
stock of the maiden season of the new RR at the EICMA, and looked
ahead to 2020.


During a motorsport press conference at the EICMA stand of BMW
Motorrad, Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, and BMW Motorrad
Motorsport Director Marc Bongers discussed the new Superbike’s first
year in international racing. Tom Sykes (GBR), who will contest his
second season for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team in 2020, his new
team-mate Eugene Laverty (GBR) and Team Principal Shaun Muir were also there.

In the FIM Superbike World Championship, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
team caused a stir right from the very first race, with fast times and
good results. Sykes claimed the first WorldSBK podium for the new RR
at Misano (ITA) in June; the Superbike’s total haul for the maiden
season was four podiums and one pole position.

In July, BMW Motorrad Motorsport also announced that it would be
entering a works team in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM
EWC). In its maiden race, the Bol d’Or at Le Castellet (FRA) in
September, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance team finished in third
place in a field of 56 starters at the first time of asking.

In international road racing, Peter Hickman (GBR / Smiths Racing)
rode to wins and records on the new RR at legendary events such as the
North West 200, the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy and the Ulster Grand
Prix. Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) of the alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW team also
celebrated a commanding title win in the German International
Motorcycle Championship IDM with the new RR. There were also other
successes in various championships.

“It was a fantastic first season for the new BMW S 1000 RR,”  said
Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, at the EICMA. “The BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK team and our motorsport employees in Munich did an
outstanding job in WorldSBK. Our maiden season in WorldSBK was a year
of learning, for developing the racing motorcycle, but we didn’t have
to wait long to celebrate our first podium with Tom Sykes. Further
podiums followed, and we were consistently up there battling in the
top six in this series with a top-class field so we exceeded our own
expectations. The same is true of the FIM EWC. Within a very short
timeframe, the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team developed an
endurance version of the RR, and the team was up there at the top from
the start of the first race. We are also delighted to have continued
the winning streak of our predecessor model with the new RR in
international road racing. Our new Superbike also enjoyed success in
national championships, such as the IDM, in which the RR was dominant.
All these successes in the various race categories show that our
production version of the RR is the perfect basis for developing
racing versions to meet various requirements.”

“When we started the development, we could not yet foresee these
strong results,” added BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers.
“We knew, however, that the new RR has a strong base. The first winter
tests already showed that the bike had potential in race trim. Over
the course of the season, we continuously improved the bike. The
largest impact came from two engine updates. Furthermore, we brought
new bodywork and considerable electronic updates and made modificatons
to the chassis. In general, development is a continuous process to
close the gap to our top competitors. We have acquired a lot of data
in our first season from which we can analyse our strengths and
weaknesses. This will be our base to work from in the winter.”

“It has been a manic season, the whole relationship with BMW Motorrad
Motorsport and SMR started very late, so the challenge was always
going to be difficult in its first year. Going into 2020 we can look
at the success we achieved in 2019 and work on the good foundations we
have built,“ said Shaun Muir, Team Principal of the BMW Motorrad
WorldSBK Team. “I’m especially pleased in the way that we have
steadily developed the BMW S 1000 RR at our pace, we have developed
the bike in such a way that we are a force to be reckoned with and now
we must take that to the next level. With the new addition of Eugene
Laverty partnering Tom Sykes in 2020 we have a strong duo and we feel
we can take that challenge to another level and challenge for wins.”

Sykes and Laverty also gave an initial preview of the coming WorldSBK
season at the EICMA and presented their BMW S 1000 RR for 2020 on the stage.

“Regarding the 2019 season, I feel like the new BMW S 1000 RR was
certainly able to showcase a lot of its potential,” explained Sykes.
“Considering the fact that the project started very late I think that
what we were able to achieve in that time is really impressive. The
good thing as well is that during the season we were able to gather a
lot of data and information which is now very valuable in the winter
moving into the 2020 season. I’m very happy that I have the continuity
and stay with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. And of course, my target
is to win races and I feel that with a bit more time and development
that is achievable. I can’t wait to start our programme for 2020.”

His new team-mate Laverty is already looking forward to working with
the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team: “I’m so grateful for this opportunity
from BMW for 2020 and the faith that BMW has put in me. My aim is to
repay with some race wins and I know that the bike is capable of that
after the debut season that already saw the RR on the podium several
times. I hope I can add to that in 2020.”

Sykes and Laverty will also be on site on the public days of the
EICMA. On Saturday (13:30 CET) and Sunday (12:30 CET), there will be
interview sessions and autograph sessions with the duo at the BMW
Motorrad stand (hall 13, stand N54). Sykes and Laverty will also
attend the WorldSBK Paddock Show on Saturday.

Original Press Release

The new BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR.

BMW:The new BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR.

With the new Dynamic Roadster F 900 R and the
F 900 XR in the Adventure Sport segment, BMW
Motorrad is further expanding its product range for the popular
mid-range. Both models offer sporty riding fun, straightforward
handling and a unique range of equipment options, packaged to offer
attractive value for money. Based on a powerful shared backbone,
the two models differ significantly in terms of character and positioning.

The new BMW F 900 R – the Dynamic Roadster for purist riding fun.

Self-confident, sporty, active, focused on a dynamic experience –
this is how fans of the BMW F 900 R could be described. The new
dynamic roadster by BMW Motorrad conveys a sense of freedom and a
modern lifestyle.

At the emotional level, sports-style and aggressive design meets
inspiring performance in terms of engine output, torque and sound.

In addition, there are aspects such as a wide range of potential
uses, a high level of suitability for everyday riding and ergonomics
that make the F 900 R of equal interest to experienced sports riders
and newcomers.

The new BMW F 900 XR – a genuine “XR” for the mid-range.

“XR” stands for an uncompromising mix of sportiness and touring
capability. Having established this family with the BMW S 1000 XR, BMW
Motorrad is now expanding it with the addition of a mid-range model.
The design style and vehicle concept clear refer to the kinship with
the “big sister”.

The F 900 XR also demonstrates easy mastery of the Adventure Sport
segment’s key qualities: sporty riding dynamics combined with upright,
GS‑like ergonomics, outstanding long-distance and passenger
suitability and a design that conveys a powerful sense of character.

The new F 900 XR also benefits from the technology transfer from the
upper class: Adaptive Cornering Light, Keyless Ride or Intelligent
Emergency Call are all unique features in the mid-range.

In addition to sporty riders, the XR is also aimed at newcomers and
motorcycle returnees due to its easy accessibility, low minimum seat
height, A2 capability and attractive entry price.

Technology benchmark in the segment.

The two new models F 900 R and F 900 XR currently set the
technological benchmark in the mid-range segment with their
high-quality standard equipment (Connectivity, LED all round as
standard) and their wide range of optional extras – in some cases
unique in this class (including Adaptive Cornering Light, Keyless
Ride, Dynamic ESA, Riding Modes Pro, Shift Assistant Pro, Intelligent
Emergency Call, ABS Pro, MSR, DTC, DBC, RDC).

Drive featuring further developed 2-cylinder in-line engine
with increased capacity and power along with new engine drag torque control.

In the new F 900 R and F 900 XR, enhanced riding dynamics are ensured
by the further development of the 2-cylinder in-line engine first
introduced in 2018 in the F 850 GS, now with 77 kW (105 hp) and an
even fuller torque curve. The main factor here is an increase in
capacity to 895 cc (previously 853 cc). With an ignition distance of
270/450 degrees and a new underfloor silencer system, the engine
offers a particularly emotional sound.

In addition to the standard anti-hopping clutch, the new F 900 R and
F 900 XR can be fitted with engine drag torque control (MSR) for the
first time. It prevents the rear wheel from slipping as a result of
abrupt throttling or downshifting, thereby ensuring even greater safety.

Two standard riding modes, ASC and ABS.

Riding modes Pro with DTC, ABS Pro, DBC and MSR as ex works options.

The new F 900 R and F 900 XR already offer the “Rain” and “Road”
riding modes as standard. The standard trim also includes ABS and ASC
Automatic Stability Control, which is disengageable.

With “Riding Modes Pro” as an ex works option, the sporty
characteristics of the new F 900 R and F 900 XR can be experienced
even more intensively. The additional riding modes “Dynamic” and
“Dynamic Pro”, Dynamic Traction Control DTC and banking capable ABS
Pro are available, along with Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and the new
engine drag torque control (MSR).

Chassis with steel bridge frame, lightweight plastic tanks and
the electronic suspension Dynamic ESA as optional extras.

Like the GS models in the F Series, the new F 900 R and F 900 XR make
use of a steel bridge frame that integrates the engine as a
load-bearing element and a fuel tank that is now back in its classic
position in front of the 

rider. Front wheel control is taken care of by an upside-down
telescopic fork, while the rear wheel is guided by a double-sided
swinging arm with central suspension strut.

The light, plastic-welded fuel tanks with a capacity of 15.5 litres
(F 900 XR) and 13 litres (F 900 R) are a world first in motorcycle
construction. The bolt-on steel rear frame has also been newly
developed for the F 900 R and
F 900 XR in order to create a
visually short and slim rear. While the new
F 900 R is a dynamic roadster focusing on sporty use
and therefore shorter spring travel, the new F 900 XR
– with its somewhat longer spring travel – offers a noticeable
increase in comfort and therefore an even wider range of potential uses.

With the BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment),
available as an optional extra and almost unique in these vehicle
segments, it is possible to further enhance the dynamic riding
experience, riding comfort and also touring and passenger suitability,
since the damping of the rear spring strut is automatically adapted to
the conditions depending on riding state and manoeuvres.

Adaptive Cornering Light unique in the mid-range segment as
part of the optional extra Headlight Pro. Powerful LED lighting
units all round as standard.

Even greater safety is offered by the Adaptive Cornering Light
as a component of Headlight Pro, which is unique in the mid-range and
comes as an optional extra ex works. Here, the rider benefits from
improved illumination of the road when cornering for even safer riding
at night. All lighting units in the new F models are based on LED
technology as standard.

Perfectly readable colour 6.5-inch TFT screen with BMW
Motorrad  Connectivity as standard.

The BMW Motorrad developers attached great importance to optimum
readability for the instrument cluster – even in difficult lighting
conditions. In addition, information diversity, display quality and
user-friendliness are unmatched. The graphics on the screen are
visually adapted to the sporty on-road world. Additional Core screens
are available in conjunction with the optional Pro riding modes. The
standard BMW Motorrad Connectivity is a unique feature in the
mid-range, offering the ability to conveniently talk on the phone,
listen to music or navigate while riding.

Perfectly designed ergonomic triangles for dynamic riding fun
and – in the case of the F 900 XR – excellent segment-specific wind
and weather protection for touring and travelling.

As a dynamic roadster, the F 900 R offers a
particularly sporty, active seating position.

Meanwhile the F 900 XR offers an impressively active
yet relaxed riding position for touring and travelling. The front
fairing including an adjustable windshield combines a sporty look with
sound rider protection.

Various low and high seats along with the optional lowering feature
also allow individual adjustment to various body heights.

Three powerful colour and style variants each for an
unmistakable sense of character.

Three dynamic colour and style variants for the new F 900 R and F 900
XR ensure unmistakable characteristics.

The new F 900 R is available in Blackstorm metallic,
San Marino Blue metallic and Style Sport in Hockenheim Silver
metallic/Racing Red.

In addition to Light White, the new F 900 XR offers
the two Style variants Style Exclusive in Galvanic Gold metallic and
Sport in Racing Red.

The highlights of the new BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR:

• The new BMW F 900 R: the dynamic roadster for purist riding fun.

• The new BMW F 900 XR: a genuine “XR” for the mid-range.

• The powerful common backbone integrates the further developed

2-cylinder in-line engine with an increased capacity of 895 cc

(previously 853 cc).

• Further enhanced output and torque: 77 kW (105 hp) at 8 750 rpm and
92 Nm at 6 500 rpm.

• More than 87 Nm torque in the relevant lower speed range from 4 500
to 8 500 rpm.

• 35 kW (48 hp) version available for licence class A2.

• High level of running smoothness due to two opposed counterbalance shafts.

• Two riding modes “Rain” and “Road” as well as
ABS and ASC as standard.

• Riding Modes Pro with two further riding modes as well as Dynamic
Traction Control (DTC), ABS Pro, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and
engine drag torque control (MSR) as ex works options.

• Steel bridge frame for optimum rigidity, robustness and riding precision.

• Newly developed slim steel rear frame.

• World first in motorcycle construction: light, plastic-welded fuel
tanks with a capacity of 13 litres (F 900 R) and 15.5 litres (F 900 XR).

• Front upside-down telescopic fork and aluminium double-sided
swinging arm with rear central suspension strut.

• Spring travel: 135 mm (F 900 R) and 170 mm (F 900 XR) at front,
142 mm (F 900 R) and 172 mm (F 900 XR) at rear.

• Electronic suspension adjustment Dynamic ESA at rear as an ex works option.

• ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking at an angle as an ex
works option.

• Sophisticated ergonomics and numerous seat alternatives.

• Fairing with practical wind and weather protection and adjustable
windshield (F 900 XR).

• Adaptive Cornering Light unique in the mid-range as part of the ex
works option Headlight Pro.

• Perfectly readable colour 6.5-inch TFT screen with BMW motorcycle
connectivity as standard.
• Powerful LED lighting units all
round as standard.

• Intelligent Emergency Call as an ex works option for swift
assistance in emergency situations.

• Keyless Ride for convenient activation of the locking functions by
remote control as an ex works option.

F 900 R in dynamic roadster design with muscular
front section, aggressive headlight graphics and short, slim rear section.

F 900 XR in Adventure Sport look with striking
contours and sporty, dynamic fairing.

• High-quality workmanship down to the last detail.

• Three powerful colour and style variants each for unmistakable
roadster and adventure sport characters.

• Extensive range of optional extras and Original BMW Motorrad
Accessories as well as rider equipment.

Original Press Release

The new BMW S 1000 XR.

BMW:The new BMW S 1000 XR.

“It’s always difficult for a successor model to improve on a
multiple test winner like the S 1000 XR. We’ve gone to a great deal
of trouble to make changes – both large and small – to ensure the XR
is a little better in every way.”
Ralf Mölleken, Project
Manager Complete Vehicle

The new BMW S 1000 XR – even lighter, even faster and even
more versatile.

The new BMW S 1000 RR sees its world premiere at the EICMA 2019. The
new edition of the best-selling Adventure Sport bike is radically
lighter and more agile, as well as achieving an unprecedented
combination of long-distance performance and sports capabilities. With
a completely newly developed engine and suspension and a DIN unladen
weight of 226 kg – 10 kg less than its predecessor when adjusted for
equipment – the S 1000 XR opens up a whole new dimension in the
Adventure Sport segment. The new S 1000 XR advances the sports to
touring range in its own distinctive new way, leaving nothing to be
desired – not least because it has the following standard features on
board: Dynamic ESA, riding modes Pro, ABS Pro & DTC, Hill Start
Control Pro, a perfectly readable 6.5” TFT screen complete with
connectivity and full LED lighting.

Newly developed engine weighing 5 kg less and based on the S
1000 RR, with adapted gear ratios, further increased mid-range power
and engine drag torque control (MSR).

The newly developed in-line 4-cylinder engine is based on the S 1000
RR engine and delivers an output of 121 kW (165 hp) at 11,000 rpm. The
maximum torque of 114 Nm is available at 9,250 rpm. Based on a
particularly linear torque curve, it was possible to further make the
engine speed range somewhat broader, more fulsome and more harmonious
with a view to enhanced ridability. The 4th, 5th and 6th gear now have
longer ratios in order to reduce noise, fuel consumption and engine
speed level, especially at country road speeds. In addition to a
smoother and self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch, the new S 1000 XR
also features engine drag torque control (MSR) for the first time.
Electronically controlled, the MSR prevents the rear wheel from
slipping as a result of abrupt throttling or downshifting.

Completely new, lighter suspension with directly articulated
suspension strut and Dynamic ESA/Dynamic ESA Pro.

Just like the motorcycle as a whole, the suspension has been slimmed
down considerably. The frame and swinging arm are now 2.1 kg lighter;
at the same time, the engine has a much more pronounced load-bearing
function than before. The new double-sided swinging arm reduces
unsprung masses by 1.6 kg, offering a particularly sensitive response
thanks to direct linkage.

The new S 1000 XR already features the latest generation of BMW
Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as standard.
Thanks to the latest valve technology, the versatile Adventure sports
bike provides a particularly dynamic riding experience with a high
level of ride comfort. Dynamic ESA Pro is available as an optional
extra with two damping modes (Road, Dynamic) and automatic load
compensation. For the first time in the S 1000 XR, the dynamic brake
assistant DBC (Dynamic Brake Control) also supports the rider during
braking manoeuvres.

Four riding modes along with the latest generation of Dynamic
Traction Control DTC and DTC Wheelie function. ABS Pro with DBC
(Dynamic Brake Control) for even greater safety when braking in
banking position.

The new S 1000 XR has four standard riding modes – “Rain”, “Road”,
“Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro”. The “Dynamic Pro” mode, which
can be fully configured for the first time in the S 1000 XR, offers a
wide range of setting options. In addition to throttle response,
engine brake, ABS control and traction control, wheelie control
(including the new “Power Wheelie” setting) can be
configured separately for the first time in the new S 1000 XR. While
the part integral BMW Motorrad ABS systems already provide a very high
degree of performance and safety when braking in a straight line, ABS
Pro now takes this a step further to offer increased safety when
braking in banking position as well.

Multifunctional instrument panel with 6.5-inch TFT screen for
excellent readability and maximum range of information.

The instrument cluster in the new S 1000 XR has also been completely
redeveloped. In addition to an extended range of functions and
information, particular importance was attached to achieving the best
possible readability. For optimum visibility even in difficult light
conditions, the screen was therefore designed to be large. It offers
tailor-made screen displays for a range of different purposes. The
Pure Ride screen has all the information required for regular riding
on the road, for instance, while an additional Core screen enables
banking positing, braking and traction control to be displayed.
Another possible screen display provides a vehicle status overview. A
practical arrow navigation system with app is included as standard.
The TFT display is operated conveniently from the handlebars using the
MMC (Motorcycle Multi Controller).

New LED light units and adaptive turning light with DRL in
Headlight Pro as an ex-works option.

All lighting units in the ECE version of the new S 1000 XR draw on
the latest LED technology (the US version has no front LED turn
indicators). In addition to the turn indicators and the rear light
unit, this includes the high-intensity main headlamp with two
symmetrically arranged LED units each for low beam, high beam and
parking light. The new LED headlamp now illuminates the road even more
effectively than before. In the ex-works option Headlight Pro, the
adaptive turning light ensures additional safety when riding at night.
Here, the rider benefits from enhanced illumination of the road when
cornering. The optional equipment item Headlight Pro also includes DRL
(Daytime Riding Light) for better recognition of the vehicle during
the day. LED additional headlamps are also available as ex-works
options for improved visibility at night and enhanced recognition in
road traffic.

Even more refined and more dynamic design with optimised
ergonomics and two attractive colour schemes.

The new layout of the main frame, fuel tank flanks and body parts in
the seat area provides better support and an improved knee grip. What
is more, optimised contact surfaces and a newly defined ergonomic
triangle between the handlebar ends, seat surface and footrests make
for optimum ergonomics.

The new S 1000 XR underlines its strong character with dynamic
proportions, while its design style continues to deploy unique
sculptured surfaces. Solutions from the touring and GS sectors combine
with sporty elements to give the bike a powerful presence in terms of
its overall appearance, reflecting its wide range of possible uses.

The new S 1000 XR also reflects its unmistakable character in two
different colour schemes: the refined basic finish in Ice Grey and the
highly dynamic finish in Racing Red/White Aluminium, available at
extra cost.

The highlights of the new BMW S 1000 XR:

• 5 kg lighter, newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine based on
S 1000 RR with further optimised mid-range power and
ridability as well as new transmission gradation for the 4th – 6th gear.

• Superior performance and torque: 121 kW (165 hp) at 11,000 rpm and
114 Nm at 9,250 rpm.

• Effort-saving, linear torque curve: even better ridability over the
entire speed range.

• Newly developed suspension featuring Flex Frame, with the engine
taking on a more pronounced load-bearing function.

• Significantly improved ergonomics due to Flex Frame.

• Dynamic ESA as standard plus Dynamic ESA Pro with two damping modes
(Road, Dynamic) and automatic load compensation as ex-works options.

• New 19% lighter swinging arm with directly articulated suspension
strut for an even more sensitive response.

• Dynamic brake assistant DBC Dynamic Brake Control.

• Weight reduction by 10 kg to 226 kg (adjusted for equipment) as
compared to the predecessor model.

• New, lighter exhaust system, EU5-compliant.

• New 6-axis sensor cluster.

• Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard.

• DTC Wheelie Function as standard.

• Engine drag torque control MSR and engine brake function as standard.

• ABS Pro for increased safety when braking, also in banking
position, as standard. Dedicated rain braking mode with flat brake
pressure gradient.

• Four riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” as standard.

• Hill Start Control Pro as standard.

• HP Shift Assistant Pro for quick up and down shifting without
clutch as an ex-works option.

• Electronic cruise control as an ex works option.

• New instrument cluster with 6.5-inch, easy-to-read TFT screen and
four screen displays.

• LED light units all round.

• Turn indicators with new “Comfort Indicator” function.

• Adaptive turning light incl. DRL as part of Headlight Pro as an
ex-works option.

• Completely redesigned bodywork for an even more dynamic design
style, optimised aerodynamics and even further enhanced wind and
weather protection.

• Two colour schemes for the market launch: Ice Grey and Racing
Red/White Aluminium (extra charge).

• Extension of the range of Original BMW Motorrad Accessories and
ex-works options.

• Case holder (decoupled) in series production.

Original Press Release

BMW Group continues to expand charging infrastructure for electrified vehicles

BMW:BMW Group continues to expand charging infrastructure for electrified vehicles

Munich. The BMW Group is setting the course for the
electric future of mobility and will install over 4,100 charging
points for electrified vehicles at its German locations by 2021. The
new charging infrastructure enables BMW Group employees to charge
their cars conveniently at their workplace with attractive conditions.
Charging options at work are becoming increasingly important as more
and more employees use BMW Group electrified vehicles. Around half of
the charging points will also be open to the public.

Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
responsible for Development, emphasizes: “A good charging
infrastructure is one of the fundamental prerequisites – alongside
range and competitive costs – for the acceptance and growth of
electric mobility. This is why the BMW Group is again making progress
and investing systematically in the expansion of the charging
infrastructure at our German locations.”

The plans for Germany include mainly AC (alternating current) fast
charging stations with an output of 11kW, but also DC (direct current)
fast charging stations with an output of 50kW. The power supply comes
from renewable energies. The majority of the charging points will be
installed in the greater Munich area. Further locations are Berlin,
Leipzig, Regensburg, Landshut, Wackersdorf and Dingolfing.
Comprehensive user management via the CHARGE NOW access card enables
people to use the system continuously, easily and without restrictions
while also offering complete cost transparency.

The BMW Group is also setting standards in terms of charging
infrastructure. Since 2013, the BMW Group has implemented 50 projects
with partners worldwide and has already installed more than 15,000
public charging points, including the establishment of the charging
infrastructure at BMW dealerships. In 2017, the BMW Group, together
with other partners, founded the joint venture IONITY, a pan-European
high-power charging network that enables electric mobility over long
distances. To this end, IONITY will construct and operate around 400
rapid charging stations with charging capacities of up to 350 kW along
the main traffic axes in Europe by 2020.

With a market share of 21%, the BMW Group is the market leader for
electrified vehicles in Germany. This means that the BMW Group sells
more than twice as many electrified cars as the market average*. For
the sixth year in a row since its market launch in 2013, the
fully-electric BMW i3 increased its sales and was able to nearly
double the number of vehicles sold in Germany in the first nine months
of this year compared to the previous year.

By 2021, a quarter of the vehicles sold by the BMW Group in Europe
will be electrified, a third by 2025 and half by 2030.

*BEV and PHEV vehicles, IHS Markit New Registrations 1-9/2019
(10/2019 report)

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Original Press Release

One engine, two characters – a multitude of possibilities: The BMW Motorrad Concept Bikes R 18 and R 18 /2.

BMW:One engine, two characters – a multitude of possibilities: The BMW Motorrad Concept Bikes R 18 and R 18 /2.

Munich/Milan. The BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 – a
purist, historically inspired version of the big boxer – was presented
by the BMW Group at the Concorso d’Eleganza in the Villa d’Este at
Lake Como in the early summer. Six months later, at the world’s
biggest motorcycle show – the EICMA in Milan – BMW Motorrad now
presents its second sensational concept bike based on a big boxer
engine: the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 (pronounced: “Slash Two”). It
is the stylistic opposite of the Concept R 18: a modern, dynamic
custom cruiser with a performance appeal that is somewhat rougher
round the edges. As such, the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2
demonstrates yet another potential expression of the Heritage concept,
providing an impressive example of the flexibility and wide-ranging
customisation options offered by this basic architecture.
presentation at the EICMA will take place exclusively by means of
films and photographs.

“In contrast to the classic, elegant BMW Motorrad Concept R 18,
the Concept R 18 /2 draws on its large boxer engine and frame to
create a modern custom concept. The Concept R 18 /2 is uniquely
extrovert. Elements from the past and future of BMW Motorrad merge
here to create a captivating cruiser, making a powerful statement:
“It’s a highly emotional bike designed for active riding. At the same
time, the Concept R 18 /2 reflects the range of characterisations and
customer dreams that we are able to realise using the same backbone,”
explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad.

A performance cruiser à la BMW.
The BMW Motorrad
Concept R 18 /2 celebrates the fascination of cruisers in an
interpretation that is both sporty and modern. Minimalist handlebar
trim together with the deep, elongated proportions promises a dynamic
driving experience. The fairing, tear-drop fuel tank and seat form a
flowing line that finds its perfect conclusion in the shortened rear
wheel cover. All body parts are finished in Candy Apple Red metallic,
an expressive red tone that highlights the flowing movement on the
side. This luminous custom red with lots of depth is a real
eye-catcher, changing from bright red to almost black depending on the
incidence of light. Another striking feature is created by the graphic
lines on the painted body parts, which extend from the side and top
view of the fuel tank to the wheel cover and are visually prolonged
across the seat. These give the Concept Bike a distinctive appeal.

The large boxer at the centre.
As in the Concept
R 18, the centrepiece of the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 is a large
2-cylinder boxer engine with 1800 cc, including modern air/oil cooling
and designed in a 1960s aesthetic. The engine is finished in a warm
grey tone and has a sporty look, with an integrated breast cover,
valve covers in a high-gloss black finish and a black frame. The
engine badge bears the name of the Concept Bike, adding a high-quality
After “Departed” by the Japanese customizer CUSTOM
WORKS ZON, “The Revival Birdcage” by Revival Cycles in Austin, Texas
and the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18, the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 is
now the fourth interpretation of the large-volume BMW Motorrad boxer engine.

Attention to detail.
As a genuine BMW, the BMW
Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 not only features a boxer engine, loop frame
and tear-drop fuel tank, it also has a classic and elegantly showcased
universal shaft. The striking cast iron wheels with 19” at the front
and 16” at the rear create an equally discreet and dynamic dragster
look, authentically rounding off the bike’s overall appearance.
Meanwhile features such as high-performance Brembo brake calipers and
Hattech stainless steel tailpipe system reflect the close attention to
detail with which the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 was designed.

Multitude of possibilities.

The BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 puts forward a new
interpretation of a dynamic performance cruiser that not only taps
into an area previously unexplored by BMW Motorrad but also
demonstrates the true versatility of the “big boxer” platform. “After
the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18, our aim with the Concept R 18 /2 is to
demonstrate how flexible the basic engine and suspension are as a
starting point for customisation, and how easy it is to authentically
realise different styles. And I have to admit: we were very impressed
at how it was possible to bring this boxer concept forward from the
30s via the 80s into the 2020s,” says Bart Janssen Groesbeek, BMW
Motorrad Vehicle Designer for the Big Boxer Concepts.

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In case of queries, please contact:

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Tel.: +49 89 382-60757,

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

In 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
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ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
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BMW Motorrad Rider Equipment Ride & Style 2020.


BMW Motorrad Rider Equipment Ride & Style 2020.

In addition to numerous new versions of popular pieces, the BMW
Motorrad Rider Equipment range also offers many attractive new
additions for the 2020 season. Featuring premium workmanship,
excellent materials and a functional design, every item delivers its
signature impressive high quality.

The brand-new XRide suit is the ideal two-piece
suit for long-distance riding. The jacket and trousers feature
visually appealing cowhide inserts in areas that would be exposed in
the event of a fall. The ergonomic concept of the suit allows plenty
of freedom of movement due to the special material selection, recesses
and a high stretch content. The new Pure XCursion
with wax finish and waterproof pockets and the
Cruise Comfort boots made of water-repellent
cowhide leather also demonstrate genuine talent in adverse weather conditions.

Another highlight of the 2020 rider equipment range is the
BMW Motorrad Heritage Collection, which celebrated
its world premiere at the Pure&Crafted Festival in Amsterdam on 28
September. Combining tradition and the very best in contemporary and
authentic lifestyle motorcycle apparel, the Heritage Collection
celebrates the history of BMW Motorrad and its never-ending passion
for motorcycling. It elegantly combines the Heritage style on the bike
with the appropriate functional features, ensuring a genuine vintage
biker look both on and off the road.

The various helmets, suits, gloves and boots from the Ride
Collection 2020 are perfectly complemented by the new Style Collection
2020. These include items inspired by motorsports, as well as the
unique BMW Motorrad Iconic Collection. The new
BMW Motorrad Next 100 Years Kids Bike is available
for the very youngest biking enthusiasts.

The entire BMW Motorrad collection will be presented at
EICMA 2019 in Milan from 5 to 10 November 2019.
Selected items of the Heritage Collection will also be available for
purchase on site – well in advance of the regular market launch. All
items of the BMW Motorrad Rider Equipment 2020 range will then be
available as of spring 2020.

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BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: BMW racers Ilya Mikhalchik and Kenny Foray at the season finale in Spain.

BMW:BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: BMW racers Ilya Mikhalchik and Kenny Foray at the season finale in Spain.

Spanish Superbike Championship: Guest starts for Mikhalchik
and Foray at the finale.

Jerez de la Frontera, in the south of Spain, hosted the final round
of the 2019 Spanish Superbike Championship (RFME CEV). As well as the
regular BMW racers in this series, a further two BMW S 1000 RR riders
also lined up in Jerez: Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Kenny Foray (FRA),
team-mates in the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team. The pair
performed tyre tests for tyre partner Dunlop at the season finale in
Spain. Mikhalchik was the best-placed BMW rider in both races,
finishing fourth and seventh. Those results were good enough to earn
the Ukrainian victory in the Open class both times. Foray was
14th and 12th. “It was more of a test weekend
and I was not really racing for results,” said Mikhalchik. “The guys
here are pretty quick, but I was able to go with them. In the opening
race, I was running second for a long time and was able to challenge
for the win. We were really quick, but not quick enough to win.
However, the focus here was more on testing the tyres for the
Endurance World Championship. We were able to get some good
development work done and make big progress this weekend. That is very
important for our next outing in the FIM EWC in Malaysia. I really
enjoyed the weekend and I would be happy to race again in the Spanish
championship at some time in the future. Maybe I’ll even be able to go
for the win then.”

The season finale also began superbly for defending champion Carmelo
Morales (ESP) from BMW easyRace Team, when he secured pole position on
his BMW S 1000 RR. However, he crashed at the start of the race and
was unable to ride for the rest of the race weekend. His team-mate
Julio Dominguez (ESP), who competed on the new BMW S 1000 RR, finished
28th and 21st.

Australian Superbike Championship: Season finale at Sydney
Motorsport Park.

The seventh and final round of this season’s Australian Superbike
Championship (ASBK) took place at Sydney Motorsport Park (AUS). Glenn
Allerton (AUS) from the NextGen Motorsports / Maxima BMW Racing team
once again enjoyed good results in both races at the finale, finishing
eighth on both occasions. The team also ran the new BMW S 1000 RR in
the practice sessions and gathered valuable information with the new
Superbike. The team will now use that information to further develop
the new RR for the coming ASBK season.

All Japan Road Race Championship: Final race of the season for
the TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413 team.

The BMW S 1000 RR also contested its final races of the year in Japan
at the weekend. The season finale of the 2019 All Japan Road Race
Championship (JP SBK) was held at Suzuka (JPN). The final round once
again featured two races in the Superbike class. BMW rider Hoshino
Tomoya (JPN / TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413) finished 18th and 17th.

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Cutting-edge research into AI and robotics: BMW Group Research makes debut at IROS 2019.

BMW:Cutting-edge research into AI and robotics: BMW Group Research makes debut at IROS 2019.

Munich/Macau. BMW Group Research will be making its
debut appearance at the prestigious IEEE/RSJ International Conference
on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) this year. It will be staging
a total of three workshops on artificial intelligence (AI) and
robotics at the event in Macau, having secured its place at the
world’s leading robotics conference with the submission of
groundbreaking content for the initial peer-review process. As well as
reinforcing the BMW Group’s knowledge base and ability to actively
influence scientific debate both now and in the future, this also
represents confirmation of the considerable expertise the company has
amassed in industrial applications for AI and robotics as part of the
international academic community.

The BMW Group already makes judicious use of AI throughout the value
chain. The three workshops it will be running at IROS 2019 – devised
in collaboration with partners including the Technical University of
Munich – focus on research into groundbreaking applications for AI and
robotics. A keynote speech from Michael Würtenberger, Head of the BMW
Group’s “Project AI” Excellence Cluster, will kick off the workshops.
“AI is already being applied pragmatically in many different areas of
the company where it can help us to reduce complexity, increase
efficiency and generate added value for our customers,” says
Würtenberger. “At BMW Group Research, we are in a position where we
can explore the future possibilities of AI, enabling us to address
these areas at an early stage in our development activities.”

Focusing on the future of human-machine
The research workshops will centre around
the development of future forms of artificial intelligence based on
biological models, materials and technologies in robotics and
interaction between humans and intelligent vehicles. Below is a
summary of the workshops’ content.
Intelligent vehicles get in touch with emotions.

In the future, vehicles may be able to actively cater
to their occupants’ requirements far more effectively than today with
the help of AI. Proactive abilities and personalisation will be of
crucial importance for comfort- and safety-related areas in autonomous
vehicles. The key here will be the ability to correctly interpret
intentions and the current emotional state of vehicle users. The
purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate and discuss how human
behaviour and emotionality can be registered and processed using a
multimodal system of sensors in order to then investigate and develop
AI-based functions.

“This workshop brings together international leading experts to
discuss future challenges and possible solutions for intelligent
vehicles,” says Alois Knoll, Professor of Robotics, Artificial
Intelligence and Real-time Systems at the Technical University of
Munich. “Interpreting human behaviour intelligently is a vital
building block in creating seamless, safe and reliable interaction
between humans and autonomous machines, and pivotal in growing their
users’ trust in this new technology.”

Tactile perception: how robots process touch.

The development of an artificial sense of touch offers enormous
potential for robotics. Enabling machines to replicate the human sense
of touch requires the complex interplay of myriad components, ranging
from sensors to intelligent perception algorithms. This ability will
be essential if humans and machines are to interact and collaborate
with one another in a natural and safe way. This workshop focuses on
the development of the necessary sensor technology and its integration
into existing robotic systems. Potential applications for this
technology at the BMW Group include new forms of interaction in
vehicle interiors.

“The human sense of touch employs an extraordinarily complex and
dense network of receptors,” says Oliver Brock, Professor of Robotics
at the Technical University of Berlin. “The quest to replicate them
brings huge technical challenges but also incredible opportunities to
make human-machine interaction far more intuitive. Machines will learn
to ‘grasp’ their surroundings in the most literal sense of the word.”

Real-time machine perception.

To allow safe, comfortable interaction between humans and
machines, an intelligent system must be capable of understanding its
environment in real time and taking decisions based on the resulting
data. As Gregor Schöner, Professor of Autonomous Robotics at Ruhr
University Bochum, explains: “Bio-inspired neural networks provide the
crucial basic ability needed for this, but still often come up against
barriers when used for safety-critical functions.” Experts will lead
discussions on the resulting clash of objectives during the workshop.

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Successful Sports Activity Vehicle now also available with plug-in hybrid drive: the new BMW X3 xDrive30e.

BMW:Successful Sports Activity Vehicle now also available with plug-in hybrid drive: the new BMW X3 xDrive30e.

Munich. The unique combination of intelligent
all-wheel drive BMW xDrive and cutting-edge BMW eDrive technology
makes for sustainable driving pleasure in another BMW model. The new
BMW X3 xDrive30e is already the third Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) in
the brand’s current model range to feature a plug-in hybrid drive and
power transmission to all four wheels, offering exciting versatility
and a purely electric driving experience as well as outstandingly low
fuel consumption and emissions. Together, the 4-cylinder combustion
engine and the electric motor of the plug-in hybrid model generate a
maximum system output of 215 kW/292 hp. The unique combination of the
intelligent 4-wheel drive system BMW xDrive and state-of-the-art BMW
eDrive technology reduces average fuel consumption to levels between
2.4 and 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres*. The relevant CO2
emissions amount to 54 to 49 grams per kilometre*. The combined power
consumption of the new BMW X3 xDrive30e is between 17.2 and 16.4 kWh
per 100 kilometres*. Its lithium-ion high-voltage battery equipped
with the very latest battery cell technology enables purely electric
mobility with a range of 51 to 55 kilometres*.

The new BMW X3 xDrive30e will be produced from December 2019 onwards
at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, USA – alongside the conventionally
powered model variants of the BMW X3. The worldwide market launch is
due to start in spring 2020. In this way, the BMW Group is
consistently pursuing not only the electrification of its drive
portfolio but also a product strategy geared towards the diverse needs
of its customers. The globally popular SAV model in the premium
mid-range segment is the first model of the brand to be offered with
both a conventional combustion engine and a plug-in hybrid system –
with a purely electrically powered model variant due to be added
during the course 2020.

Sports Activity Vehicle with agile handling, superior off-road
performance and outstanding efficiency.

The new BMW X3 xDrive30e combines the typical qualities of a Sports
Activity Vehicle with particularly efficient drive technology. The
plug-in hybrid model is likewise characterised by agile handling and
sporty driving characteristics, robust versatility, a versatile
interior, premium quality and advanced connectivity. Its BMW xDrive
system permanently distributes the drive torque between the front and
rear wheels as required – even when driving purely on electric power –
so as to ensure sporty driving characteristics on the road and
superior off-road performance over unsurfaced terrain. The drive power
is generated by a 2.0-litre, 135 kW/184 hp 4-cylinder petrol engine
with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and an electric motor integrated
into the 8-speed Steptronic transmission with an output of 80 kW/109
hp. Together the two drive units mobilise a system output of 215
kW/292 hp. The maximum system torque of the plug-in hybrid drive is
420 Nm. This allows the new BMW X3 xDrive30e to accelerate from zero
to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds. Its top speed is 210 km/h.

Depending on the operating mode and the situation on the road, the
electric motor of the new BMW X3 xDrive30e can be used either for
purely electric mobility or to support the combustion engine. In MAX
eDrive mode, which can be activated via the eDrive button on the
centre console, the new BMW X3 xDrive30e achieves a top speed of 135
km/h with a locally emissions-free and virtually silent drive unit. In
the standard Auto eDrive setting, purely electric driving is possible
at speeds of up to 110 km/h. The combustion engine only switches on at
higher speeds or when there are particularly high load requirements.
When both drive units are active, the efficiency of the new BMW X3
xDrive30e is optimised, as is its sprint capacity. When accelerating,
the spontaneous power development of the electric motor is clearly
noticeable, while at constant speeds its electric assist reduces fuel
consumption and emissions. The support of the electric motor ensures
that the combustion engine can run within an efficiency-optimised load
range as often as possible. The likewise available BATTERY CONTROL
setting serves to keep the charge state of the high-voltage battery at
a level determined by the driver. In this way, the power supply can be
specifically reserved and used for local emissions-free driving on
urban stretches of road during a lengthier trip.

High-voltage battery based on the very latest battery cell
technology for maximum efficiency; large, variable luggage compartment.

The lithium-ion battery of the new BMW X3 xDrive30e is located in a
space-saving position underneath the rear seat, while the fuel tank is
positioned above the rear axle. This means that the transport capacity
of the plug-in hybrid model is only slightly restricted. At 450
litres, the luggage compartment volume of the new BMW X3 xDrive30e is
on a par with those models which have a conventional engine. By
folding down the rear seat with 40 : 20: 40 split, the storage space
can be extended to up to 1 500 litres. Thanks to cutting-edge battery
cell technology and a gross energy content of 12.0 kWh, the
high-voltage battery contributes both to the outstanding efficiency
and the excellent electrical range of the new BMW X3 xDrive30e. As a
result, the plug-in hybrid model can be used for a great deal of
day-to-day travel without locally produced emissions – even beyond the city.

The high-voltage battery can be charged at conventional household
sockets using the standard-equipment charging cable. In this way, the
battery can be fully charged in less than six hours. At a BMW i
Wallbox, the same charging process can be completed in around three
and a half hours. The charging socket is located under a separate flap
on the front left side wall of the car. The electrical energy stored
in the high-voltage battery is also used to supply the 12-volt vehicle
electrical system.

Electric licence plate and tax benefit thanks to the
considerable electrical range.

Thanks to its high electrical range the new BMW X3 xDrive30e fulfils
the criteria laid down in the German Electric Mobility Act – depending
on fittings – for classification as an e-vehicle, complete with
special rights on public roads. It is also subject to reduced company
car taxation in Germany. Only half the gross list price is used as a
basis when calculating the monetary benefit from private use of the
company car.

As an alternative to the basic version, the new BMW X3 xDrive 30e
also comes in the model variants Advantage, xLine, Luxury and M Sport.
Its standard equipment includes acoustic pedestrian protection. When
driving electrically at low speeds, an unmistakeable sound designed
specifically for electrified BMW models is generated to alert other
road users to the approaching car without impairing the acoustic
comfort of the vehicle occupants. In addition, the new BMW X3
xDrive30e is equipped with an auxiliary air conditioning system as
standard. It can also be controlled remotely from a smartphone using
the BMW Connected App: the driver can therefore get into a warm
vehicle in winter and a pleasantly cool vehicle in summer. New digital
services help make it more attractive and convenient to charge the
high-voltage battery when out and about. The digital services support
the driver in searching for and selecting public charging stations,
enable the charging process to be controlled via remote functions and
transmit information relating to charge status, electrical and
combined range and individual energy consumption to the driver’s
smartphone or other personal devices.

In addition, almost the entire range of optional equipment available
for the conventionally powered versions of the BMW X3 is also
available for the plug-in hybrid model – thereby increasing driving
pleasure, comfort and individual style. This range includes an
Adaptive Suspension, a Variable Sports Steering and a M Sport Brake
System, the BMW Head-Up Display, Active Cruise Control with Stop &
Go function, Driving Assistant Plus with steering and lane guidance
assistant and also Parking Assistant Plus. Another feature included in
this range of extras is a tow hitch that can be electrically swivelled
out and in. The maximum towing capacity of the new BMW X3 xDrive30e is
2,000 kilograms.

New BMW X3 xDrive30e has a smaller overall CO2 footprint.

The “real” environmental impact of plug-in hybrid vehicles has been
questioned on occasion, especially in markets where the proportion of
green energy used by the public energy grid remains small. The BMW
Group conducted a full-cycle CO2 certification for the new
BMW X3 xDrive30e – from raw material procurement, the supply chain,
production and the use phase, all the way to recycling.

This revealed the CO2 footprint of the new BMW X3
xDrive30e to be 26 per cent smaller than that of the new BMW X3
xDrive30i when running on average European power in the use phase.
When charging the car with green energy, its CO2 footprint
is reduced by as much as 54 per cent.

BMW X3 xDrive30e fuel consumption combined: 2.4 – 2.1
l/100 km; combined power consumption: 17.2 – 16.4 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 54 – 49 g/km

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As long-term partner of Paris Photo, BMW presents haunting photographs by Emeric Lhuisset. The winner of the BMW Residency at the GOBELINS School of Visual Arts displays “The other shore”.

BMW:As long-term partner of Paris Photo, BMW presents haunting photographs by Emeric Lhuisset. The winner of the BMW Residency at the GOBELINS School of Visual Arts displays “The other shore”.

Munich/Paris. From November 7 until 10, and with a
preview day on Wednesday, November 6, the 23rd edition of Paris Photo
will take place at Grand Palais. The fair is the largest international
art fair dedicated to the photographic medium and is held each
November at the historic Grand Palais in Paris. Since 1997, its
mission is to promote and nurture photographic creation and the
galleries, publishers and artists at its source. Paris Photo brings
together up to 200 exhibitors from across the world. Emeric Lhuisset,
winner of the BMW Residency at the GOBELINS School of Visual Arts,
presents “L’autre rive” (The other shore) during this year’s
Paris Photo. BMW is official partner of Paris Photo since 2003.

The exhibition “L’autre rive” by Emeric
Lhuisset, winner of the BMW Residency.

Emeric Lhuisset presents “L’autre rive” at the Paris
Photo fair from November 7 to 10, 2019. The choice of images and the
scenography are proposed by the photographer, under the artistic
direction of François Cheval; the exhibition is produced by BMW Art
& Culture

The project completed during the BMW
Continuing his reflection on refugees, after
having shown the creation of a situation leading to exile, Emeric
Lhuisset wished to work with certain individuals that he had met in
Iraq or in Syria, and who today have become refugees. Through his
project, the artist examines the western world’s perception of these
individuals. During the BMW Residency at the GOBELINS School of Visual
Arts, he was able to experiment with and improve on different
technical processes.

At Paris Photo, he presents images from his series
Théâtre de guerre” (Theater of war), inviting
Kurdish combatants to replay their reality in dramatizations inspired
by classical paintings. These images of women and men in battle make
reference to this heroization. A series of cyanotypes followed,
showing these same women and men, a few years later as refugees after
having crossed the sea in search of a better life. The winner chose to
use an old process, cyanotype in particular for its blue rendering –
blue, the colour of this sea where so many vanish, but also the blue
of Europe.

Because it focuses solely on the event, photojournalism is
usually presented as the only relevant commentary. However, an
isolated event does not speak for itself. By nature, the speed of the
event, its element of surprise, seem to correspond to the supposedly
neutral qualities of the camera. Emeric Lhuisset breaks the taboo of
immediacy in favor of an awareness, the fruit of commitment and questioning.

François Cheval, artistic director of the BMW Residency, on
“L’autre rive”.
“The world is never
seen as it truly is. This makes the photographic act the most common
of illusions. That which common mortals do not know is included in the
rules that we accept unanimously on a daily basis. In contrast, for
those who make photography their profession, by vocation, the time
that it provides and the means that it grants, besides any commercial
or institutional determination, constitute the rare substrate
necessary for creativity.”

In the exhibition, the public will discover a video produced by
Clothilde Royer who followed Emeric Lhuisset during the creation and
production of his work, within the framework of the means of
transmission jointly decided by BMW and GOBELINS.

The Hahnemühle paper mill, founded in 1584, is a
partner of the BMW Residency for this project. Hahnemühle, which
produces artist’s papers for traditional art techniques and Fine Art
papers, allowed Emeric Lhuisset to carry out research and experiments
on its papers including the production of the Cyanotype prints of this
exhibition, on Hahnemühle 600g 100% cotton Leonardo satin grain paper.
Through this partnership with the BMW Residency, Hahnemühle is proud
to support Emeric Lhuisset in his work and to be able to contribute to
increasing his notoriety among a seasoned public.

Lewis Bush, the ninth winner, who entered into Residency at
the beginning of October 2019
will present the first images
of his work in progress at GOBELINS. Born in 1988, Lewis Bush is a
British photographer, writer, curator and educator. He worked for the
United Nations Organization and then began to practice documentary
photography in 2012. His work explores various forms of contemporary
power. John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” is Lewis’s starting
point in trying to decrypt and understand the images of today. He
wants to work on “soft power” and “cultural
power”, on machines and their influence: the data they collect
without our knowledge and the invisible power that they generate. He
evokes a technological evolution that appears neutral. He will attempt
to show the complexity of the technologies and their impacts on the
world. Lewis Bush will also develop an application in enhanced reality
in order to reinvent John Berger’s book.

The opening will be held on Wednesday, 6 November, in the
presence of the winners Emeric Lhuisset and Lewis Bush, of Vincent
Salimon, Chairman of the Executive Board of the BMW Group France,
Christoph Wiesner, artistic director of Paris Photo and a member of
the Jury of the BMW Residency, François Cheval, artistic director of
the Residency.

Book signing of “Quand les nuages
” on Saturday, 9 November at 5:00 p.m.
at the BMW sales outlet. Editions Trocadero and BMW
co-published a book presenting an extract of the images produced by
the winner of the Photographic Residency at the GOBELINS School of
Visual Arts. This book is the eighth work of the collection BMW Art
& Culture devoted to the winners of the BMW Residency.

This year, for the first time, BMW presents the BMW Art
Guide by Independent Collectors
, created in 2012 at the
initiative of BMW and private collectors united in their shared
passion for contemporary art and aspiring to share it with the public.
The fifth edition displays 270 private collections in 45 countries and
196 cities, each offering a unique experience. BMW is pleased to offer
this unique guide to collectors of the fair so that they can prolong
their experience.

BMW, Partner of Paris Photo and patron of photography since
BMW is proud to have been at the side of Paris
Photo since 2003. This partnership is part of the BMW Group’s cultural
commitment and is multi-faceted: The BMW Group France is an official
partner bringing necessary support to the quality and exposure of this
internationally recognized fair. Each year, the company also
highlights emerging creation by producing the personal exhibition of
the winner of the BMW Residency shown at the Paris Photo fair.
Finally, within the framework of supporting the fair’s VIP program, a
fleet of BMW limousines and BMW electric town cars is made available
to transport dignitaries invited by the fair.

Vincent Salimon, Chairman of the Executive Board of the BMW
Group France
underlines “BMW France has been a partner
of the Paris Photo fair since 2003. The long-term vision which
motivates us gives our commitment meaning and ensures that both the
fair and the winners have the potential to create and to present their
work to the public”.

The BMW Residency: a unique and ambitious partnership.

The BMW Group has always been motivated by a pioneering spirit
and defends the values of aesthetics and technological innovation.
Just like for photography, the qualities of agility, creativity, and
innovation are essential for inventing the future of mobility. BMW
France therefore naturally turns to photography to offer a forum for
free expression and to foster the emergence of talents through
exclusive support and excellence each year.

The BMW Residency is an unprecedented and ambitious program of
cultural patronage initiated in 2011. Unprecedented, because it
strives to propose new keys to understanding the interaction between
art and technology and their impact on man and society. Ambitious,
because it promotes experimentation and artistic and technological
innovation. After six years of partnership with the Nicéphore Niépce
Museum, in 2017, BMW France gave new direction to the BMW Residency by
initiating a partnership with the GOBELINS School of Visual Arts in
Paris, where the winners benefit from an environment that is fully
focused on innovation, transmission and new technologies.

This partnership with GOBELINS opens vast horizons; thanks to
the resources of the visual arts school, the winner can focus on all
types of work, ranging from old processes to virtual reality. The
innovative teaching and experimentations of the school, the
transmission between experts, the winner, and students perfectly
reflect the philosophy expressed by BMW for the years to come.
Furthermore, through this support, the BMW Group is the first company
to participate in the equal opportunities policy of GOBELINS and to
promote scholarships intended to cover the curriculum of two students
for three years.

The call for nominations for the 2020 award-winner will be
launched at the beginning of January 2020.

Practical information:

Exhibition “L’autre rive” by Emeric Lhuisset,
produced by BMW Art & Culture.
Paris Photo fair at the Grand
Palais from 7 to 10 November 2019

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental
Head of Cultural Engagement



Maryse Bataillard
BMW France
Corporate Communication

+33 1 30 43 93 23

About Emeric Lhuisset

Educated and holding degrees in art (Ecole des Beaux-Arts de
Paris – Ensba) and in geopolitics (University Panthéon-Sorbonne /
Ecole Normale Superieur d’Ulm – Center for geostrategy). His works
have been shown in numerous exhibitions around the world (Tate Modern
in London, Museum Folkwang in Essen, Institut du monde arabe in Paris,
Musée du Louvre Lens, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Rencontres
d’Arles, Sursock Museum in Beirut, CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Musée du
Louvre Lens…). In 2017, he won the Grand Prix Images Vevey –
LeicaPrize, in 2011 the Paris Jeunes Talents award. His work is
present in numerous private collections as well as those of the
Stedelijk Museum and of the Nicéphore Niepce Museum. In addition to
his art practice, he teaches contemporary art & geopolitics at the
Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences Po).

About François Cheval

Born in Belfort in 1954 and currently living and working in
Chalon-sur-Saône. Having studied history and ethnology, he has curated
museums since 1982. Between 1996 and 2016, he was the director of the
Nicéphore Niépce Museum in Chalon-sur-Saône. In this role, he set
about eliminating preconceptions surrounding photography, while also
demonstrating the originality of the “photographic act”
through a fresh approach to museum management and communication. As an
extension of projects developed outside museums, he continues his work
as an artistic director and exhibition curator determined to challenge
accepted wisdom in photography as a medium and discipline by creating
opportunities for discovery, questioning and perhaps also pleasure.
François Cheval has been the artistic director of the BMW Residency
since it was established in 2011.

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement

For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged
in over 100 cultural cooperations worldwide. The company places the
main focus of its long-term commitment on contemporary and modern art,
classical music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In 1972,
three large-scale paintings were created by the artist Gerhard Richter
specifically for the foyer of the BMW Group’s Munich headquarters.
Since then, artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Daniel Barenboim,
Jonas Kaufmann and architect Zaha Hadid have co-operated with BMW. In
2016 and 2017, female artist Cao Fei from China and American John
Baldessari created the next two vehicles for the BMW Art Car
Collection. Besides co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art
Journey and the “Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich,
Moscow and London, the company also partners with leading museums and
art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. As
part of its art programme “Muse”, Rolls-Royce partners for
the initiative “The Dream Commission” with two
internationally esteemed art institutions. Together with Fondation
Beyeler and Serpentine Galleries, emerging and established artists are
invited to submit a moving-image work that delivers an immersive
sensory experience. The artists are nominated and chosen by renowned
personalities of the art world like Daniel, Birnbaum, Hans Ulrich
Obrist, Cao Fei, and Theodora Vischer. BMW Group takes absolute
creative freedom in all its cultural activities for granted – as this
initiative is as essential for producing groundbreaking artistic work
as it is for major innovations in a successful business.

Further information:

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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