BMW model update measures for the spring of 2018*.

Munich. As from the spring of 2018, extensive
additions and improvements to the drive portfolio will enhance the
pleasure of driving in numerous BMW model series. BMW BluePerformance
technology including an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection
for diesel engines will come as standard in all series in future. 
Moreover, emission-reducing petrol engine particulate filters will be
fitted to further models as from March 2018. An exceptionally powerful
four-cylinder diesel engine will be added to the range of engines for
the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle. Furthermore, engine power of
additional models of the BMW 3 Series and the BMW 4 Series will be
transferred to the road by an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

As from March 2018, an extended range of standard equipment will
underscore the premium character of the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the BMW
5 Series Touring. Also, the highly dynamic handling characteristics of
the M Performance model BMW X3 M40i (combined fuel consumption:
8.4 – 8.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 193 – 188 g/km) will be
additionally enhanced by the M Sport differential, which will be
available as a standard option as from April 2018. Furthermore, the
range of options from BMW ConnectedDrive will become more diverse and
attractive thanks to the remote services now available as standard on
all models and an extended range of functions for the Concierge Service.

SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection now standard for
all diesel model series.  

BMW ensures maximum effective reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions
produced by diesel engines through the upgrade of the NOX storage
catalyst to include an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system. As
from the spring of 2018, BMW BluePerformance technology with AdBlue
injection will also become available as standard on all diesel models
of the BMW 1 Series, BMW 2 Series, BMW 3 Series and
BMW 4 Series. Furthermore, following the BMW X1 xDrive20d (combined
fuel consumption: 4.8 – 4.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
127 – 123 g/km), the BMW xDrive18d (combined fuel consumption:
4.9 – 4.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 129 – 124 g/km) and the
BMW X1 sDrive18d (combined fuel consumption: 4.3 – 4.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 114 – 109 g/km) will be fitted with the SCR
system. In the case of the BMW X1 xDrive18d and the BMW X1 sDrive 18d,
the optimised reduction of emissions is linked to the introduction of
a new, now dual fed exhaust system.

Optimised emission behaviour thanks to petrol engine
particulate filter.

As from March 2018, additional BMW petrol-driven models will feature
a petrol engine particulate filter for optimum emission performance.
After the introduction of this exhaust gas purification technology in
July 2017 on the BMW 220i Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
5.9 – 5.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 127 g/km), the BMW
230i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 – 5.7 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 134 – 131 g/km), the BMW 220i Convertible (combined
fuel consumption: 6.2 – 5.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
141 – 133 g/km), the BMW 230i Convertible (combined fuel consumption:
6.8 – 6.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 143 – 138 g/km), the BMW
X3 xDrive20i (combined fuel consumption: 7.3 – 7.1 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 168 – 163 g/km) and the BMW X3 xDrive30i (combined
fuel  consumption: 7.3 – 7.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
168 – 164 g/km), additional series are now to follow. From March 2018,
exhaust gas purification systems featured by the BMW 420i Coupe/BMW
420i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 6.9 – 5.8 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 161 – 134 g/km), the BMW 430i Coupe/BMW
430i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 6.5 – 5.9 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 151 – 138 g/km), the BMW X1 sDrive18i
(combined fuel consumption: 5.4 – 5.3 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 124 – 121 g/km) and the plug-in hybrid sports car
BMW i8 Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined power
consumption:14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km) will be
additionally fitted with a particulate filter.

BMW X3: New diesel engine and M Sport differential.

Following its successful market launch only a few months ago, there
will be an addition to the engine portfolio of the new BMW X3. In the
new BMW X3 xDrive25d, a particularly powerful four-cylinder diesel
engine will transfer its output of 170 kW/231 hp to the tarmac or
off-road terrain via the standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission and
intelligent four-wheel drive technology. The BMW TwinPower Turbo
technology featured on the 2-litre power unit comprises a two-stage
charging system and extremely precise Common Rail direct injection,
operating at a maximum pressure of 2,500 bar. The engine delivers a
maximum torque of 500 Nm and accelerates the BMW X3 xDrive25d from 0
to 100/km in 6.8 seconds. The car’s high efficiency is reflected in a
combined fuel consumption of 6.1 to 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres and
CO2 emissions of 160 to 154 grams per kilometre (provisional figures
as per EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre size).

The BMW X3 M40i plays the leading role within the model range of
Sports Activity Vehicles. Starting in April 2018, the 265 kW/360 hp
M Performance automobile will be fitted as standard with the new
M Sport differential. Through a targeted locking effect on the rear
axle, the electronically controlled system, which is linked to the DSC
stability programme, creates the optimum prerequisites for even more
dynamic acceleration out of bends. In addition, the BMW X3 M40i will
feature in future a Sensatec instrument panel.

8-speed Steptronic transmission now standard on additional
models. 

As from March 2018, the number of BMW models equipped as standard
with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission will increase even further.
The automatic transmission enhances not only comfort, but also the
acceleration and efficiency of each respective vehicle. In future, the
BMW 320d xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 5.2 – 5.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 137 – 133 g/km), the BMW 320d xDrive Touring
(combined fuel consumption: 5.4 – 5.1 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 141 – 136 g/km) and the BMW 320d xDrive Gran Turismo
(combined fuel consumption: 5.3 – 5.2 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 141 – 138 g/km) will also reap the benefits of this technology.

Moreover, as from March 2018, the 8-speed Steptronic transmission
will also come as standard on additional BMW 4 Series models. With
rapid gearshift and excellent gearshift comfort, this technology
convinces in the BMW 420i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
6.6 – 6.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 151 – 148 g/km) and the
BMW 430i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 6.1 – 6.0 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 140 – 137 g/km) as well as the BMW
420d xDrive Gran Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 5.2 – 5.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 134 g/km).

Additional standard equipment for the BMW 5 Series.

From March 2018, comfort, functionality and the premium ambience of
the BMW 5 Series will be additionally underlined by an extended range
of standard equipment.  In future, all versions of the BMW 5 Sedan and
the BMW 5 Series Touring will roll off the assembly line with Park
Distance Control comprising front and rear sensors, and with LED fog
lamps. Also, an alarm system and a wheel bolt securing system are now
standard. Furthermore, the BMW 5 Series Sedan will also feature a
40 : 20 : 40 split folding rear seat backrest.

Remote Services now standard on all model series.

From March 2018, intelligent networking will facilitate use of remote
services in all current BMW models. This is made possible by an
upgrade of the functions provided by the standard BMW ConnectedDrive
services. This means that the driver is not only able to have the
position of the vehicle as well as information on fuel consumption and
further vehicle status details displayed on a Smartphone, but also to
activate headlight flasher, remote flasher, ventilation and locking
and unlocking of doors.

Moreover, the range of functions for the BMW ConnectedDrive Concierge
Service has also been extended. As from March 2018, the personal
assistant, which offers help with information and support during the
journey at the press of a button, will even be able to reserve
admissionn tickets for selected cinemas.

I* all models available at the start of production in March and/or
April (BMW X3)

Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific
CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new
passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden
über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch
neuerPersonenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2
emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which
can be obtained from all dealerships, from the Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.
LeitfadenCO2 (GuidelineCO2) (PDF ‒ 2.7 MB))

BMW X3 M40i (combined fuel consumption: 8.4 – 8.2 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 193 – 188 g/km)

BMW X1 xDrive20d (combined fuel consumption: 4.8 – 4.7 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 127 – 123 g/km)

BMW xDrive18d (combined fuel consumption: 4.9 – 4.7 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 129 – 124 g/km)

BMW X1 sDrive18d (combined fuel consumption: 4.3 – 4.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 114 – 109 g/km)

BMW 220i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 – 5.5 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 127 g/km)

BMW 230i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 5.9 – 5.7 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 134 – 131 g/km)

BMW 220i Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 6.2 – 5.8 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 141 – 133 g/km)

BMW 230i Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 6.8 – 6.5 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 143 – 138 g/km)

BMW X3 xDrive20i (combined fuel consumption: 7.3 – 7.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 168 – 163 g/km)

BMW X3 xDrive30i (combined fuel  consumption: 7.3 – 7.2 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 168 – 164 g/km)

BMW 420i Coupe/BMW 420i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
6.9 – 5.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 161 – 134 g/km)

BMW 430i Coupe/BMW 430i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
6.5 – 5.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 151 – 138 g/km)

BMW X1 sDrive18i (combined fuel consumption: 5.4 – 5.3 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 124 – 121 g/km)

BMW i8 Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined power
consumption:14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)

BMW 320d xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 5.2 – 5.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 137 – 133 g/km)

BMW 320d xDrive Touring (combined fuel consumption:
5.4 – 5.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 141 – 136 g/km)

BMW 320d xDrive Gran Turismo (combined fuel consumption:
5.3 – 5.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 141 – 138 g/km)

BMW 420i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 6.6 – 6.5 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 151 – 148 g/km)

BMW 430i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 6.1 – 6.0 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 140 – 137 g/km) 

BMW 420d xDrive Gran Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
5.2 – 5.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 136 – 134 g/km)

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A true reflection of twenty one: Nomination period for the creme 21 youngtimer rally starts on 21 January 2018.

Munich/Oldenburg. The wait has come to an end for
long-standing fans and new enthusiasts. Online application for the
creme 21 youngtimer rally in 2018 will open on 21 January 2018.

Alongside the vehicles traditionally authorised, primarily from the
1970s and 1980s, an important innovation is being introduced in 2018:

This year, the “Wild Card” rule gives older and more recent
classics an opportunity to take part. Precisely 21 starting places
have been reserved for applicants whose vehicle does not meet the
requirements under the regulations but embodies the spirit of the
event. There must be good reasons underpinning the nomination for
these entries. The key attributes for acceptance have been left to the
imagination of individual entrants.
This innovation means that
the “creme 21” will once again live up to its reputation as a rather
different classic event. The 17th edition of the rally runs from 12 to
16 September 2018 and the organisers want to provide an even “more
varied” field of entrants.

The “creme 21” rally was named after the cosmetic products that
attained cult status in the 1970s. It has the reputation of being
Germany’s biggest classic rally, and once again 2018 will see the
event taking drivers through some 1000 kilometres of particularly
beautiful countryside right across Germany. As usual, the exact route
will only be revealed shortly before the start of the tour.

The inimitable character of the rally includes imaginatively designed
special trials in which the participants have to demonstrate all kinds
of ingenuity and creativity aside from the skills necessary behind the
steering wheel. BMW Group Classic has been involved as the main
sponsor of the “Creme 21” Rally since 2015. Last year, some 250
historic vehicles completed the tour, which ended with winners
crossing the finishing line in the grounds of the BMW Motorrad plant
in Berlin. 

Link to registration for the crème 21 youngtimer rally in 2018:
www.creme21-rallye.de

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BMW Group acquires Parkmobile, LLC to become world’s leading provider of digital parking solutions

Munich. The BMW Group has acquired Parkmobile, LLC,
the largest provider of mobile parking services in North America, in
January 2018, making the BMW Group the leading international provider
of digital parking solutions.

With its corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, the BMW Group is
firmly focused on the mobility of the future and investing heavily in
tomorrow’s technologies, including expanding its range of mobility
services. With the acquisition of Parkmobile, LLC, the company can
better address an essential element of urban mobility: parking solutions.

“Up to 30 percent of city traffic is caused by people looking for
parking spaces. The acquisition of Parkmobile, LCC makes us the
leading international provider of digital parking solutions and means
we can better address the pain point of parking by scaling our
offering for customers worldwide,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, member
of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI,
Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, Customer Engagement and Digital Business
Innovation BMW Group.

The BMW Group has held a minority stake in Parkmobile, LLC since 2014
and has now acquired the company with its over 100 employees, based in
Atlanta, Georgia. Parkmobile, LLC offers its service in more than 300
US cities including New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix. Parkmobile
Group Europe, whose brands also include ParkNow, has been wholly owned
by the BMW Group since April 2016.

“We are proud of what Parkmobile has already achieved and look
forward to working with our new colleagues to scale the business even
further,” said Bernhard Blättel, head of Mobility Services at the BMW Group.

Parkmobile reaches a total of more than 22 million customers in
Europe and North America and offers digital parking solutions in more
than 1,000 cities.

“The BMW Group has always been on the forefront of disruptive
mobility technology. Having access to new capital as well as the BMW
Group’s global network of partners and customers puts us in an
excellent position to accelerate our growth and expand further beyond
North America. We could not imagine a better partner,” commented Jon
Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile, LLC.

Parkmobile’s service can be used by drivers of all car brands and
enables ticketless and cashless on-street parking via an app or
directly from the car. The service also helps users find, reserve and
pay for off-street parking in garages as well as other transit related services.

Through innovative parking solutions, the BMW Group is actively
helping improve urban mobility. Digital parking solutions assist the
driver and can reduce traffic from cars looking for parking, thus
contributing to lower emissions in cities.

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MINI and The Woolmark Company announce partnership. Focus on supporting young designers.

Munich. MINI and The Woolmark Company kick off the
new year by announcing their partnership for 2018. The two brands can
both claim expertise in the areas of design and innovation, and their
collaboration is intended to promote the work of young designers. The
early fruits of the partnership – a capsule collection in wool,
designed by a series of up-and-coming fashion designers – will be
shown in June this year at Pitti Uomo 94, one of the leading
international trade shows for men’s fashion and lifestyle, in Florence.

Partnering with The Woolmark Company, one of the most renowned
supporters of emerging fashion designers worldwide, is the next step
in the MINI brand’s involvement in fashion. Among the projects MINI
has unveiled over the past two years are the MINI FLUID FASHION and
MINI FASHION – BEYOND NATIVE capsule collections showcasing the work
of promising international designers. “MINI is all about iconic
design and an urban lifestyle. Like The Woolmark Company, we have a
sharp eye for quality and the courage to challenge conventions. We are
therefore looking forward to join forces and work together with a new
group of innovative young designers,” explains Esther Bahne, Head
of MINI Brand Strategy and Business Innovation.

MINI and The Woolmark Company both have a history of questioning –
and boldly reshaping – existing structures. This shared understanding
of the need for innovation underpins the collaboration between the two
brands. And so we can expect exciting projects that build on MINI’s
design expertise and The Woolmark Company’s many years of experience
in materials research and development.

The Pitti Uomo has been held in Florence twice a year since 1972. It
promotes young, upcoming and sometimes unconventional fashion labels.
MINI has been working with Pitti Immagine, an annual fashion industry
fair in Italy, since January 2015. This collaboration opens a window
into the partners’ shared passion for innovation, attention to detail
and quality, as well as their ability to anticipate new trends.

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