BMW M2 CS Racing celebrates debut in North America.

BMW:BMW M2 CS Racing celebrates debut in North America.

Munich. The test and development phase for the BMW M2 CS Racing is
entering the home stretch. Now the time has come to present the new
entry-level car in the BMW M Customer Racing product range to the
public, and to potential customers. Last weekend, the BMW M2 CS Racing
celebrated its North American debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA).
The intention is for the car to continue the success story started by
the BMW M235i Racing and the BMW M240i Racing in recent years.

Fans were able to steal a first glance at the newest member of
the family at the first highlight of the new season, where three
different BMW racing cars were in action – the winning BMW M8 GTE and
the BMW M6 GT3 in the 24-hour race, and the BMW M4 GT4 in the IMSA
Michelin Pilot Challenge race. The BMW M2 CS Racing was on display in
the event area near the BMW M Experience truck, where anyone could
come along to take a look.

BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said: “BMW racing
cars have enjoyed regular success in North America since the 1970s and
they really thrill the fans. That applies to our GT cars and to the
BMW M2 CS Racing’s predecessors that helped BMW customer teams to
secure countless wins and titles over the years. From the 2021 season
onwards, we are aiming to add a new chapter to our history of success
in North American motorsport with the BMW M2 CS Racing.”

From the start of the 2020 season, responsibility for the sale
and distribution of BMW race cars for customer racing lies with BMW M
GmbH. Their Head of Sales and Marketing, Thomas Felbermair, said:
“North America is the most important market for BMW M worldwide,
therefore it is important for us to present the BMW M2 CS Racing as
our new entry-level car for the first time in the US. With this car we
will not only be represented in classic motor racing, but also in the
club racing segment and in the Track Day community. We have many loyal
fans and customers in North America, who all share an emotional
connection to our brand. Consequently, we see plenty of potential for
our new car in North America. We are looking forward to giving our
fans, customers and BMW dealers a close look at the BMW M2 CS Racing
at various events during the next few weeks. I am sure that they will
love it.”

After appearing at Daytona, the BMW M2 CS Racing was presented
to North American BMW dealers during a conference outside Miami (USA).
In early March, the car will be shown at the TC America season-opener
at Austin (USA), where it will be sent into race competition by
customer teams from the 2021 season onwards.

BMW M2 CS Racing to continue the success story in North America.

The BMW M2 CS Racing can build on the extremely successful
history of its predecessors in North America. Since 2016, BMW customer
teams have claimed three team titles and two drivers’ championships
with the BMW M235i Racing and the BMW M240i Racing in TC America and
the previous series. The aim is for the new car to continue in this vein.

The BMW M2 CS Racing offers the best setup for successful entry
into motorsport. The new customer racing car is powered by an S55
six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo Technology
which, with a capacity of 2,979 cc in the racing version, achieves
between 280 hp (205 kW) and 365 hp (268 kW), depending on the Balance
of Performance or Permit B classification. The maximum torque of 550
Nm is transmitted by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which has been
applied using specialist motorsport software. Another highlight of the
BMW M2 CS Racing is its engine management. As with the BMW M4 GT4, in
the future this will be controlled via power sticks, which enable
various performance levels to be programmed and retrieved depending on
the stipulated Balance of Performance.

In parallel, BMW Motorsport is developing an upgrade variant of
the BMW M2 CS Racing with 450 hp, providing a compelling racing car
for the club racing segment that is rapidly gaining in popularity in
North America.

Original Press Release

BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2020: Ten Days Six Nights. Faustin Linyekula, Okwui Okpokwasili and Tanya Lukin Linklater take over the Tanks at Tate Modern.

BMW:BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2020: Ten Days Six Nights. Faustin Linyekula, Okwui Okpokwasili and Tanya Lukin Linklater take over the Tanks at Tate Modern.

London. From March 20 to 29, the annual BMW Tate Live Exhibition,
realised through the long-term partnership between Tate Modern and
BMW, goes into its fourth edition. This year’s programme features
Faustin Linyekula, Okwui Okpokwasili and Tanya Lukin Linklater, who
will come together to create ten days of live performances and
site-specific installations for Tate Modern’s atmospheric underground
Tanks. The artists, who draw on their individual cultural heritages,
each use the body in different ways to explore history, inheritance
and storytelling.

About the Artists

Faustin Linyekula (b.1974) blends theatre, dance and music to
articulate his experiences of social-political tensions in the
Democratic Republic of Congo. Imagining the body as an archive he
works with a circle of collaborators to physically express the
traumatic legacies of colonialism and the upheaval of the DRC’s
history since independence.

Okwui Okpokwasili (b.1972) explores the collision of memory and the
present in her durational performances, activating installations
designed by her partner Peter Born. Brought up in the Bronx, New York,
Okpokwasili’s intensely physical performances make visible the
experiences of women of colour, sometimes drawing from her Nigerian roots.

Tanya Lukin Linklater (b.1976) uses performance, poetry and
installations to call attention to Indigenous histories. Originating
from two communities in the Kodiak archipelago of southwestern Alaska
– the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions – Lukin Linklater
draws on interactions with her extended family, Indigenous knowledge
and Alutiiq and Cree experiences on the land to inform her work.

Each artist raises questions about shared memory, visibility and the
relationship between material culture and immaterial tradition,
challenging what these ideas mean within the context of a modern art museum.

Visitors can freely explore the exhibition during gallery hours or
attend ticketed evening performances. The programme will also be
accompanied by live events and collaborative workshops.

BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2020 will be the fourth edition of this
experimental annual exhibition, following Anne Imhof’s sell-out
performances last year as well as the success of the first two
exhibitions 2017 and 2018. These groundbreaking programmes pioneered a
new model for the exhibition format with an ever-changing series of
installations and live performances across ten days. Taking place in
the Tanks, the world’s first museum spaces dedicated to performance,
film and installation, the BMW Tate Live Exhibitions have showcased a
wide range of artists including Joan Jonas, Fujiko Nakaya, Isabel
Lewis, Jason Moran, Min Tanaka, Jumana Emil Abboud, Wu Tsang and Fred Moten.

BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2020 is curated by Catherine Wood and Tamsin
Hong and produced by Judith Bowdler.

For further questions please contact:

Doris Fleischer
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental
Affairs
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382
27806
Email: Doris.Fleischer@bmw.de

Prof. Dr Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental
Affairs
Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382
247 53
Email: Thomas.Girst@bmwgroup.com

www.press.bmwgroup.com
Email:
presse@bmw.de

Kitty Malton
Press & Communications Manager,
Tate
Telephone: +44 20 7887 8730
Email: Kitty.Malton@tate.org.uk

About BMW Tate Live

BMW Tate Live is a major international partnership between BMW
and Tate, which foregrounds the pivotal role of live experimentation
in art history and today. The programme has now featured over 55
artists including both emerging and more familiar figures from across
the world. It began in 2012 with the world’s first performance
programme created for live online broadcast, and later evolved into an
ongoing series of public performances in and around Tate Modern. As
performance took on an ever-greater role in Tate Modern’s vision for
the museum, the first annual BMW Tate Live Exhibition was opened in
the Tanks in 2017.
Further information: https://tate.org.uk/bmwtatelive

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: www.bmwgroup.com/culture
and www.bmwgroup.com/culture/overview

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMW-Group-Culture
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroupculture/ 
@BMWGroupCulture
#BMWGroupCulture
#BMWOperaNext

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Interview with Maximilian Günther: “What we achieved as a team in Santiago means an awful lot to me”.

BMW:Interview with Maximilian Günther: “What we achieved as a team in Santiago means an awful lot to me”.

Munich. Maximilian Günther (GER) earned his place in the
history books in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with victory at
the Santiago E-Prix (CHI). In an interview, the youngest Formula E
winner ever discusses the eventful race, his mental strength, the
reasons behind the strong start to the season for the BMW i Andretti
Motorsport Team, and his goals for the season and the coming years. 


 

Maximilian, how many messages did you receive in the first few
days after your win in Santiago?


 

Maximilian Günther: “A heck of a lot. It took a few
days to get around to answering them all.”
 
Now you’ve had time to reflect, how do you rate your success?

 

Günther: “I am still absolutely delighted,
particularly as I enjoy watching the footage of the race and reliving
the emotions time and again. As I said straight after the race, the
victory was a dream come true for me. What we achieved as a team in
Santiago means an awful lot to me. One year ago, I had to take a break
from my Formula E career after the race in Santiago. To now win,
twelve months later, at the same venue, shows that I was right to keep
believing in myself, working hard, and sticking to my guns.”
 
What does it mean to you to be the youngest winner in the
history of Formula E?


 

Günther: “It is definitely cool to see my name on the
top of this record list, although it goes without saying that the win,
the 25 points and the trophy, with which I associate all those
fantastic emotions, are more important to me. Let’s see how long I
hold that record for.”
 
After the extremely exciting closing stages of the race, BMW
Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt praised the way you drove
so “maturely and calmly”. How were the final laps in the cockpit for you?


 

Günther: “The last ten laps were very intense, for
several reasons. You had the heat, which meant we had to be very
careful about energy management and the temperature of the batteries.
The amount of race time remaining meant that, for a long time, it was
uncertain whether or not we would have to drive another lap. As such,
we were on the radio a lot discussing the strategy. Then António Félix
da Costa came storming up behind me, because he and his team had
apparently banked on not having to do an extra lap. When he passed me
with an aggressive manoeuvre, I stayed calm and concentrated on how I
could still win the race, as it was clear to me that the issue of
temperature was more critical for António than it was for me. I did
not give up, stayed with him and, fortunately, was able to counter
decisively on the final lap.”
 
Is the ability to stay calm one of your biggest strengths?

 

Günther: “I believe I am very good at doing my own
thing and focussing on myself. That certainly helped me in such a
complicated and hectic race. However, that does not only go for me
personally. As an entire team, we focussed solely on getting the best
out of the race situation for us. That worked out superbly.”
 
In your opinion, what was the key to your win?

 

Günther: “There were several factors. Firstly, the
timing of our second ATTACK MODE was perfect. I was able to overtake
both Pascal Wehrlein and Mitch Evans and take the lead. That gave me
two crucial advantages. I had a clear track ahead of me, which meant
the batteries were cooled better, and I was able to drive a little
more economically and thus go easy on the battery for a few laps. That
paid dividends in the closing stages. Then there was the outstanding
communication with my race engineer. I am very happy that we
understand each other so well, even after the short time I have been
in the team. We have both worked very hard on that in recent months.
We trust each other implicitly.”
 
Generally speaking, how happy do you feel in the BMW i
Andretti Motorsport Team?


 

Günther: “Right from the first test, I have felt
extremely happy in the team and have settled in very quickly. From the
word go, I felt my biggest task was, as quickly as possible, to get on
so well with every member of the team that we are able to work
together at the highest possible level. We are making good progress in
that regard, but there is definitely still room for improvement. After
all, that was only my third race for the team. It is obviously great
to be rewarded so early for the hard work with a win.”
 
How would you explain the impressive start to the season for
BMW i Andretti Motorsport?


 

Günther: “Several factors play a part. For one thing,
BMW i Motorsport and the Andretti team complement each other very
well. Everyone contributes as well as possible with their own
particular strengths. Then, the experience that the team gained as a
works outfit in Season 5 certainly also plays a role. Furthermore, the
guys in Munich are doing a mega job developing the drivetrain.
Alexander Sims and I also have a great relationship and are very open
with each other when it comes to sharing our experiences. All the
jigsaw pieces are coming together very nicely at the moment.”
 
What are your goals for the rest of the season?

 

Günther: “My goal for this season is to continue on
the path we have embarked on. We must focus on ourselves, do our
homework, and thus improve continuously over the course of the season.
We must wait and see what that brings us come the end of the season.
In the medium and long term, my goal is to win the title in Formula E.
That does not have to be this season but, generally speaking, that is
what I aspire to.”

Original Press Release

Rolling Sculptures: BMW brings Andy Warhol’s Art Car to India.

BMW:Rolling Sculptures: BMW brings Andy Warhol’s Art Car to India.

New Delhi. BMW Group India presents the 1979 Art Car
painted by most renowned American artist Andy Warhol in India. His
creation will be exclusively exhibited from 31 January – 2 February
2020 at the India Art Fair in New Delhi. After Alexander Calder, Frank
Stella and Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol created the 4th Art Car for
BMW with the BMW M1Group 4 to compete at the infamous 24 hour race of
Le Mans.  

BMW Art Cars or the ‘Rolling Sculptures’ are original masterpieces of
art that demonstrate an individual synthesis of artistic expression
and automobile design. Since 1975, 19 international artists have
created Art Cars based on contemporary BMW automobiles of their times,
all offering a wide range of artistic interpretations.

Mr. Rudratej Singh, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMW Group
India said, “At BMW, we just don’t build the best performing cars, but
deeply believe in the intangibles. We hold our design aesthetics very
dear, this inspires us as well as our users to stretch their creative
boundaries. People love BMW for its superior performance, safety,
luxurious experiences, and an underpinning is the design and aesthetic
creative sensibility. To help build and strengthen intercultural
platforms of creativity in the field of art, music, design and
architecture is therefore very core to us. India Art Fair is a perfect
platform for us to reach out to our discerning customers and showcase
the brands aesthetics and design philosophy. My personal favourite is
the exclusive showcase of the most photographed BMW Art Car in the
world – by Andy Warhol. It is at India Art Fair and I would urge our
fans and patrons not to miss seeing it in person! We bring to India
yet another timeless interaction between art, artist and the
automobile closer to our customers and connoisseurs of art.”

#4 BMW Art Car Andy Warhol 1979 BMW M1 Group 4

“I love this car. It’s more successful than the artwork,” was the
opinion of Andy Warhol after his sweeping brush strokes had
transformed the BMW M1. It took him less than half an hour to create
the fourth exhibit in the BMW Art Car Collection. 40 years later,
enthusiasm for the mid-engined sports car remains unabated. Already
world-famous at that time, the US icon of Pop Art shared the same
passion with many automobile fans of that bygone era. And the
fascination of the unique special created by Warhol has indeed
increased. Many fans regard his Art Car as the highlight of the entire collection.

A person who declares soup cans a work of art or aspires to have a
department store closed so that it may be preserved as a museum for
posterity, will not see any conflict between technology and
creativity. Consequently, this is how he worked. Instead of first
designing a scale model and leaving the final completion to his
assistants as his predecessors did, the pop art legend painted the BMW
M1 from the beginning to the end himself. “I have tried to give a
vivid depiction of speed. If a car is really fast, all contours and
colours will become blurred”.

Andy Warhol

The name Andy Warhol is the quintessence of pop art. Born in
Pittsburgh USA in 1928, he studied from 1945 to 1949 at the Carnegie
Institute of Technology. He began his artistic career as a commercial
artist and was successful in holding his own exhibition in New York as
early as in 1952. In 1956 his work was acknowledged with the coveted
“Art Director’s Club Award“. 1962 saw the creation of the legendary
“Factory” – a negation and reversal of traditional artistic ideas as
it had never been seen before. His celebrity portraits and paintings
of trivial objects became famous. Warhol died in New York in 1987.

BMW Art Car Collection

For over 40 years, BMW Art Car Collection has fascinated art and
design enthusiasts as well as lovers of cars and technology with its
unique combination of fine art and innovative automobile technology.
Several cars from BMW Art Car Collection are usually on display at the
BMW Museum in Munich, the home of BMW Art Cars, as part of its
permanent collection. The remaining BMW Art Cars travel the globe – to
art fairs as well as exhibitions.

The BMW Art Car collection was born when French race car driver and
art aficionado Hervé Poulain, together with Jochen Neerpasch, then BMW
Motorsport Director, asked his artist friend Alexander Calder to
design an automobile. The result was a BMW 3.0 CSL, which competed in
24 Hours of Le Mans in 1975, where it quickly became the crowd’s
favourite. Since then, 19 international artists have designed BMW
models, among them some of the most renowned artists of our time:
Alexander Calder (BMW 3.0 CSL, 1975), Frank Stella (BMW 3.0 CSL,
1976), Roy Lichtenstein (BMW 320 Group 5, 1977), Andy Warhol (BMW M1
Group 4, 1979), Ernst Fuchs (BMW 635CSi, 1982), Robert Rauschenberg
(BMW 635CSi, 1986), Michael Jagamara Nelson (BMW M3 Group A, 1989),
Ken Done (BMW M3 Group A, 1989), Matazo Kayama (BMW 535i, 1990), César
Manrique (BMW 730i, 1990), A. R. Penck (BMW Z1, 1991), Esther Mahlangu
(BMW 525i, 1991), Sandro Chia (BMW M3 GTR, 1992), David Hockney (BMW
850CSi, 1995), Jenny Holzer (BMW V12 LMR, 1999), Ólafur Eliasson (BMW
H2R, 2007), Jeff Koons (BMW M3 GT2, 2010), John Baldessari (BMW M6
GT3) and Cai Fei (BMW M6 GT3).

The BMW Art Car Collection is by no means complete as it stands. The
number of exhibits will continue to grow, adding artistic expressions
to the collection.

About BMW’s Cultural Commitment

Since its inception, BMW Group India has participated in leading
cultural engagements across the country. In 2007, two BMW Art Cars
embellished by world renowned artists Andy Warhol (BMW M1, 1979) and
Roy Lichtenstein (BMW 320i, 1977) were presented at the Jehangir Art
Gallery in Mumbai. BMW Art Car by Jeff Koons, Sandro Chia and Cesar
Manrique have been exclusively showcased at India Art Fair. Since
2012, BMW has partnered with Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the contemporary
art fair, which brings international artists to India and creates a
global platform for Indian artists. In 2012-13, the innovative BMW
Guggenheim Lab came to India. Based at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum and
conducted at six different sites in Mumbai, the lab organised six
weeks of free program with diverse audience and communities addressing
the challenges and conditions of the urban city.

For almost 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and engaged in
over 100 cultural cooperation’s 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. The BMW Group
gives absolute creative freedom in all its cultural activities – as
this initiative is as essential for producing groundbreaking artistic
work as it is for major innovations in a successful business.

If you have any queries, please contact:

BMW Group India

Abhay Dange, Director,

Press and Corporate Affairs

Cell: +91 99 104 81013;

Tel: + 91 124 4566 600;

Email: Abhay.Dange@bmw.in

Satchit Gayakwad,

Press and Corporate Affairs

Cell: +91 95 607 25900;

Tel: + 91 124 4566 906;

Email: Satchit.Gayakwad@bmw.in

BMW Group Cultural Engagement

Prof. Dr Thomas Girst

BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs

Head of Cultural Engagement

Telephone: +49 89 382 247 53

Email: Thomas.Girst@bmwgroup.com

Internet: www.bmw.in

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Original Press Release

Sustainable mobility for everyone: MINI ELECTRIC shows the way.

BMW:Sustainable mobility for everyone: MINI ELECTRIC shows the way.

Munich/Lisbon. Electromobility is conquering city
traffic. And the new MINI Cooper SE (combined fuel consumption:
0.0 l/100 km; combined electricity consumption: 16.8 –
14.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) will finally allow
the driving fun so typical of the brand to be experienced with local
zero-emission mobility in urban environments. MINI ELECTRIC is raising
the profile of sustainable mobility at the market launch for the
all-electric model of the British premium brand in the Portuguese
capital of Lisbon. The charisma emanating from electric mobility is
being symbolised in a very special way using powerful searchlights
connected to public charging stations in the city as their impressive
cones of light are directed into the night sky. The light show is
projecting a very clear message: There’s no shortage of charging
points. MINI ELECTRIC is showing the route to them and highlighting
their availability: The ideal time has now come to transfer to local
emission-free mobility.

The location for the spectacular show put on by MINI ELECTRIC was
selected with care. The European Commission has selected Lisbon as the
“Green Capital of Europe 2020”. The metropolis on the Atlantic coast
has qualified for the award with a large number of initiatives on
improving environmental conditions and the quality of life in the
city. A total of more than 500 public charging points gives Lisbon one
of the world’s densest networks for supplying electricity to electric
vehicles. And the city authority is becoming increasingly committed to
local emission-free mobility. 39 percent of the municipal fleet is
already made up of electric vehicles.

The event is being staged by MINI ELECTRIC in cooperation with
Lisbon’s city authority and it is concentrated on the inner city and
three urban districts along the Atlantic coast. It quite literally
highlights the sheer density of the network of charging points and
thereby demonstrates the excellent conditions for electric driving.
The light cones projected into the sky by the searchlights signal that
drivers of electrically powered automobiles are able to charge the
high-voltage battery installed in their vehicle at virtually every
street corner. The light show was designed in close collaboration with
the Portuguese air-safety authorities so as to exclude any impacts on
air traffic.

Lisbon is being transformed into a beacon for many cities where
significant progress has recently been achieved in the expansion of
the charging infrastructure. Across Europe there is now a network of
more than 170 000 public charging points for electric vehicles.
Parallel development is seeing battery-cell technology achieving a
steady increase in range. As a consequence, the new MINI Cooper SE
benefits from specific technology designed into the model in the form
of a high-voltage battery located low in the floor of the vehicle and
configured to deliver a range of between 235 and 270 kilometres. The
car offers exactly the same space for passengers and baggage as the
conventionally powered MINI 3-door automobile.

Meanwhile, the driving fun offered in the new MINI Cooper SE is
absolutely unique, delivered by an electric motor packing
135 kW/184 hp and generating spontaneous development of power. It can
accelerate from zero to 60 km/h in 3.9 seconds and sprints to 100 km/h
in just 7.3 seconds. And there’s no delay when the high-voltage
battery is being charged up. The charger for the new MINI Cooper SE
allows direct-current quick-charging stations to be used along with a
refresher of the energy reserves with power of up to 50 kW. This means
that the high-voltage battery can be charged to 80 percent of total
capacity within just 35 minutes.

In case of queries, please contact:
Press and PR


Matthias Bode, Spokesperson Communication MINI
Phone:
+49-89-382-61742
E-Mail: matthias.bode@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Phone: +49-
89-382-23662
E-Mail: andreas.lampka@mini.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 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2,520,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 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

Connected Music: The new music streaming offering from BMW.

BMW:Connected Music: The new music streaming offering from BMW.

Munich. The BMW Group has created the perfect
platform for seamlessly integrating customers’ music streaming
services into their car: Connected Music. This new digital offering
allows unrestricted in-car access to customers’ Spotify, Napster or
Deezer streaming accounts, complete with their personal playlists and
settings. Connection is via the car’s own SIM card rather than
indirectly using a smartphone, meaning the services do not consume any
of the customers’ personal data allowance.

The integration of the services has been optimised for Operating
System 7 and tailored to customers’ requirements, with further
improvements made to the previous connection. This comprehensive
integration ensures using the streaming services in the car is
self-explanatory and similarly straightforward as with a smartphone.
One highlight feature here is the option to use the services via the
BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and request a particular artist,
song or album (“Hey BMW, play the track Happy”). Users can also ask
for information on the song currently being played, request personal
favourites (“Play my favourites”) or (de)select the shuffle function.

To use Connected Music in their BMW, all the customer has to do is
log in with their personal premium account. Favourites and playlists
from the linked account will then be synchronised automatically,
providing direct access to individual playlists and settings. Once a
song has been played, Connected Music saves it to the hard drive of
the in-car audio system. Users can therefore still access their music
if the connection is interrupted.

Connected Music is part of the Connected Package Professional since
January 2020, which means it is integrated into vehicles for a period
of three years ex-factory. There are no additional data or roaming
charges to pay in 14 countries in Europe.

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CO2 emission information.

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

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Fortinet is new Official Partner of BMW i Motorsport in Formula E.

BMW:Fortinet is new Official Partner of BMW i Motorsport in Formula E.

Munich. BMW i Motorsport welcomes a new partner on board:
Since the Santiago E-Prix (CHI), which Maximilian Günther (GER) won
for BMW i Andretti Motorsport last weekend, Fortinet, a global
leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions,
has, as Official Partner, been represented with its logo on the two
BMW iFE.20 and the drivers’ helmets.

“There’s a clear alignment between Fortinet and BMW i Motorsport
centred around our shared focus on digital innovation, accelerated
technology and high performance,” said Jens Thiemer, Senior Vice
President Customer & Brand BMW. “The cooperation between our
brands creates promising marketing potential on and off the racetrack
and we are proud to name Fortinet as our new partner.”

John Maddison, EVP of products and CMO at Fortinet, said: “We’re
excited to be part of Formula E and to join forces with BMW i Andretti
Motorsport. Fortinet’s collaboration with BMW i Motorsport in Formula
E is a natural fit as it strongly aligns with our focus on
engineering, high performance and energy efficiency.”

The company based in Silicon Valley in the USA focuses intensely on
cutting-edge technology in the rapidly evolving cybersecurity sector
and is a global leader in broad, integrated and automated
cybersecurity solutions. More than 425,000 customers worldwide trust
Fortinet to protect their businesses. Formula E offers Fortinet the
perfect platform for presenting their technology in the racing environment.

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BMW Motorrad partners with ”The House of Machines” in Shanghai.

BMW:BMW Motorrad partners with ”The House of Machines” in Shanghai.

München / Shanghai. On January 16, “The House of
Machines” (THoM) opened its first cooperative outlet in Asia in
Shanghai. As the exclusive THoM partner, BMW Motorrad will have an
exclusive space dedicated to motorcycle enthusiasts in China. As a
bold move by BMW Motorrad in retail innovation, THoM Shanghai will
advance BMW Motorrad’s leading position and pacesetter image in the
motorcycle industry.

“BMW Motorrad has always been a major driver of motorcycle
culture worldwide and The House of Machines, like BMW Motorrad, has a
great passion for the motorcycle lifestyle, so this makes them natural
partners,” said Dr. Markus Schramm, the Head of BMW Motorrad, at the
opening ceremony of THoM Shanghai. “Looking forward, BMW Motorrad will
continue to take root in the Chinese market focusing on customer
centricity and working with our dealer partners to promote innovative
motorcycle experiences and drive the sustainable development of the
motorcycle culture in China.”

“THoM Shanghai is an important step by BMW Motorrad in retail
innovation and is part of our commitment to enriching the motorcycling
experience of China’s motorcycle enthusiasts,” said Timo Resch, BMW
Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing. “Through THoM Shanghai, BMW
Motorrad will bring customers even closer to motorcycle culture,
allowing more customers to experience the passion of motorcycle spirit
and culture.

Partners join forces to create an exclusive space for
motorcyclists.
The success story of “The House of
Machines” started in Cape Town in South Africa in 2013, followed by
Los Angeles in 2017, providing a free space where motorcycle
enthusiasts meet to enjoy motorcycle culture and experience the
lifestyle embodied by BMW Motorrad. THoM Shanghai, with the
collaboration of BMW Motorrad, China Grand Auto and Alliance Brands
Limited, is a motorcycle lifestyle space including a bar, café, music
and, of course, motorcycles. Here visitors can not only enjoy
top-notch delicacies and cocktails but also experience the classic
charm of the BMW Motorrad Heritage Series. In addition, THoM Shanghai
features LNLA (Limits No Longer Apply), a fashion brand inspired by
BMW Motorrad, which allows visitors to experience the unfettered mind
and free spirit of motorcyclists expressed through fashion.

New customer-centric retail drives motorcycle culture development.

Since its entry into the Chinese market in 2013, BMW Motorrad
has been committed to bringing China’s motorcycle enthusiasts
thrilling products and brand experiences with customer centricity.
Through THoM Shanghai, BMW Motorrad will bring customers even closer
to motorcycle culture and allow more customers to experience the
passion of motorcycle spirit and culture.

Besides pursuing sales, BMW Motorrad – as an industry leader in
China’s motorcycle industry – has made continuous efforts to promote
motorcycle culture in China through a diversity of innovative
experiential marketing activities. In 2014, it launched the BMW
Motorrad Day China, which has since attracted nearly 20,000
participants and developed the largest fan base among premium
motorcycle brands; and the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy has provided a stage
for all off-road motorcycling enthusiasts to engage in competition and
set themselves a challenge. Adhering to the principle of putting
experience and customers first, BMW Motorrad will continue to promote
motorcycle culture among Chinese customers.

Through deep insights into the Chinese market and its ongoing
relentless efforts, BMW Motorrad continued to lead China’s premium
motorcycle segment in 2019 with nearly 30 top products in six
categories and comprehensively upgraded premium services, posting 17%
YoY sales growth – in addition to breaking sales record globally for
the ninth consecutive year. Looking forward, BMW Motorrad will
continue to innovate and introduce new models to meet customers’
diversified needs, continuously advancing motorcycle culture in China
– and providing more motorcycle enthusiasts with authentic
motorcycling pleasure and cultural experiences so as to MAKE
LIFE A RIDE
for them.

In case of queries, please contact:


Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49 151 601 57505,
Tim.Diehl-Thiele@bmw.de

Ingo Wirth, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49 89 382 25814,
Ingo.Wirth@bmw.de

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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 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2,520,000 passenger vehicles
and more than 175,000 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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Electromobility market shares (1/2020 Info-graphics)

BMW:Electromobility market shares (1/2020 Info-graphics)

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

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

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

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