BMW Group achieves best-ever January

Munich. Following its seventh consecutive year of
record sales, the world’s number one manufacturer of premium vehicles
started 2018 with another record: the BMW Group has
never sold so many cars in January as in this year. A total of 169,538
customers took delivery of a BMW, MINI or Rolls-Royce premium vehicle,
an increase of 3.8% on the same month last year.

“We are driving the biggest model offensive in the company’s history
and as availability ramps up in the course of the year, this will
continue to come through in our sales results,” said Pieter
, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
responsible for Sales and Brand BMW. “Deliveries of the new BMW 5
Series sedan, for example, are up by 40%, while the introduction of
the new BMW 6 Series GT has far more than doubled overall BMW 6 Series
sales in the month. As we introduce more exciting new models like the
all-new BMW X2 and increase supply of the BMW X3 in the second half of
this year, I’m confident this record month is the start of another
record year,” Nota continued.

Having delivered well over 100,000 electrified
in 2017, the BMW Group is looking to build further
on that success and is targeting 140,000 electrified vehicles this
year, thereby maintaining its leading position in the premium
battery-electric/plug-in hybrid segment. With sales of BMW i, BMW
iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles increasing by 36.7% compared
to January last year, things are well on track to achieve that target.
Worldwide, a total of 7,155 customers took delivery of a premium BMW
Group electrified vehicle in January. More than a quarter of all BMW
and MINI vehicles sold in Scandinavia were electrified. Other very
strong markets include Great Britain/Ireland, where electrified
vehicles accounted for 11.1% of total BMW and MINI sales and the USA,
where the proportion of electrified sales was 5.2%.

Global BMW brand sales increased by 3.4% in the
first month of 2018, with a total of 148,400 vehicles delivered to
customers worldwide. A variety of different models across the
portfolio contributed to this new all-time best January. The new BMW 5
Series sedan was once again a strong growth driver, with global sales
up 39.6% (25,268). The success of the BMW 1 Series sedan in China
helped overall global BMW 1 Series sales increase by 26.4% while the
BMW X1 (22,185 / +10.6%) and the BMW X6 (3,128 / +5.8%) were the main
growth drivers in the BMW X family, as production of the new BMW X3
ramps up through the second half of the year.

The MINI brand achieved global sales growth of 7.0%,
with the delivery of 20,929 vehicles to customers in January. The
strongest growth driver was the MINI Countryman, which doubled its
sales compared to January last year. A total of 6,022 customers took
delivery of this model in the month, with one out of seven choosing
the plug-in hybrid version of the car.


After celebrating a new record sales year in 2017, BMW
has achieved a very successful start to the new
year. A total of 8,455 BMW Motorrad customers took delivery of a new
motorcycle or maxi-scooter in January, an increase of 12.7% compared
to the same month last year.


BMW & MINI sales in the regions/markets at a glance

The BMW Group achieved sales growth in all three major sales regions
in January, in line with its long-term policy of balanced sales around
the world.


In January 2018

Compared with previous year %




–        Germany*



–        UK






–        China



–        Japan






–        USA



–        Latin



* Provisional registration figures



BMW Group sales in January 2018 at a glance



In January 2018

Compared with previous year %

BMW Group Automobiles









BMW Group electrified*



BMW Motorrad



*BMW i, BMW iPerformance, MINI Electric

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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 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues
amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group
had a workforce of 124,729 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.






Original Press Release

“10 questions to…” Christian Bauer.

Christian Bauer took over as Head of Interior Design MINI in June
2017. In his answers to the following ten questions, he explains what
it is that makes interior design, in particular, an immensely
challenging job, why automotive design is on the verge of perhaps one
of its biggest ever paradigm shifts and what role MINI will play in
this process.

Why did you become a car designer
The job is both a vocation for me and a
tremendous privilege, because as designers we have the opportunity to
make the world a more beautiful place. Even as a child, there were two
things that I loved: cars and drawing. I had a huge collection of
Matchbox cars. I also had the good fortune to be constantly surrounded
by real vehicles, too, as my father spent a great deal of time
“tinkering” with various models. And I’ve always really enjoyed
drawing as well. So, combining the two passions and making a career of
them seemed like a logical thing to do, and the opportunity to study
Transportation Design at the University of Applied Sciences in
Pforzheim provided the ideal stepping stone into the profession.

What sort of things capture your imagination
Development, the future – basically I’m
fascinated by anything that’s new. I can’t bear the thought of things
just standing still, and nothing good comes of it in the long term, in
my view. Advancement is part of human nature, and it’s something we
all engage with from a very young age; my own children show me time
and again what a joy it is. Their delight in achieving or
understanding something for the first time is communicated openly and
directly. The pleasure taken in one’s own positive evolution is a
source of both motivation and fascination for me: I, too, constantly
challenge myself in order to keep progressing and creating new things.

What inspires you
I draw inspiration from the unusual and the
unseen. Every time someone successfully takes a new approach, I am
reminded that we sometimes stick too closely to the familiar. New
approaches often set new standards too. So, it’s worth breaking new
ground, even if it means surmounting many obstacles and showing real
courage. I am inspired by achievements in all sorts of disciplines –
from architecture, to biology and physics, to design, of course. A
great deal of interdisciplinary work is being carried out at present,
which can have a great bearing on design. For instance, you have
biologists working together with engineers on intelligent materials.
In future, it could be possible for surfaces such as leather, fabric
or wood to communicate using light, sound or movement, for example.
Functions and components will merge into one, opening up entirely new
possibilities in the process.

What do you think of as good design
For me, good design is always a reflection of
the zeitgeist at the time, while also relating extremely closely to
the person the product is geared towards. The way we see things – and,
as a consequence, prevailing tastes – change over time. The dominant
element in design today, for example, is clarity because the world we
live in has become highly complex and we’re overloaded with input.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that good design always has to mirror
contemporary preferences, however: there is also such a thing as
timeless design. All in all, good design must offer added value in my
opinion – both functionally and emotionally.

5. What do you like most about your work as a car
For me, design means far more than just the
aesthetics of form; I see it as something carried out for and with
people. This means that design always generates added value that
satisfies at least one requirement of people or customers – even if it
is “just” their sense of wellbeing. In other words, design helps to
make life better. Playing an active role in that is something I am
very proud of.
I also love the aspect of foresightedness, i.e.
fathoming out the needs that people will develop in future and how we
can best address them. This visionary role allows design to act as the
driving force behind technological innovations and even inspire
developers. That’s one of the most exciting and captivating parts of
my job.

6. When it comes to car design, people tend to think first of
the exterior design, rather than the interior. Why is
The exterior forms the first touchpoint with a
vehicle. It’s the first thing you see and it generates direct
emotions. The exterior’s styling confers certain attributes on the
vehicle, such as power, speed or agility, which add up to give it a
distinctive character. And it is not uncommon for the product to make
a statement by clearly conveying the status and character of its
driver. The exterior design is extremely important. But what keeps the
customer hooked in over the long run – as many studies have confirmed
– is the interior.

7. What is so special about interior design?
real acid test as far as the customer is concerned comes when they
actually get inside the car – and getting this right is a far tougher
task. If you don’t feel at ease in the vehicle, can’t get to grips
with the controls, don’t like the materials or think the build quality
is abysmal, then you’re highly unlikely to buy another car from the
same brand. An interior designer has to be adept at a host of
different disciplines. You need to know the basics of ergonomics,
human behaviour, acoustics, control logic, and far more besides. The
person must not feel restricted in their movement in any way, but at
the same time they must be guided and harnessed. They must not be
dazzled by anything and yet everything must be clearly identifiable.
And all of that not just in a single specific situation but throughout
the whole spectrum of different movement scenarios and usage cases –
from configuring the car on a smartphone, to getting in and the actual
driving, to getting out again. And, of course, it must all be easy and
intuitive to use. Then comes the icing on the cake: the styling of the
surfaces, the coherent appearance of the parts, the overall effect of
the interior. It should also be pointed out that we work within a
pretty tight set of technical constraints, such as rigidity, crash
characteristics, sound insulation, wiring harnesses and material wall
thicknesses. These constraints have to be manipulated in such a way
that there is more room and freedom for the actual task of design. And
rest assured that there will always be something in the way. Sculpting
a line or a surface cleanly enough so that it doesn’t just look like
covering for the technical constraints is quite a challenge in itself.
The art of interior design resides in firing the emotions and creating
a feel-good factor, while working within all these complex parameters.
The feeling when the Board of Management signs off a production-car
interior with a broad smile on their faces is indescribable and a real
reward for all the effort involved.

8. What do you see as being the key issues of the future for
MINI and what role will interior design have to
There is a great deal of upheaval in the
automotive world at present. We are seeking to create a sensible and
emotionally engaging product offering for smaller models in the
premium segment against the highly complex backdrop of digitalisation,
autonomous driving and, of course, electric mobility. At MINI we want
to be an active player in pushing ahead this transition to the new
world, as it were. In the course of this evolution, interior design is
set to play an absolutely essential role. Enjoying a pleasant,
flexible environment for the drive from A to B is becoming more and
more important. Autonomous driving will transform vehicle interiors.
For many people, their vehicle will become a second living space after
their homes. We will probably continue to spend a great deal of time
in our cars in future – perhaps even more than we do today. But we
will increasingly be able to do other things there as well. Read,
sleep, buy things online or play with the kids; the possibilities seem
endless. Vehicle interiors must therefore take new forms of usage into
account. And we as interior designers have the ability to create
completely new worlds and experiences and take quality of life to a
whole new level. This is where I expect to see perhaps the biggest
paradigm shift in car manufacture.

9. How will that look at MINI exactly?
all about maximising the experience within the smallest possible
footprint. The technical requirements of electric mobility mean that
installation spaces and partitioning have to be rethought. This opens
up tremendous potential for MINI. Interaction with vehicles will
assume an increasingly important role, as well. In future, customers
will still be able to find their way around a MINI instantly and
purely by intuition. MINI will show that interaction does not have to
be boring, look overly technical or be complicated to use. What is
important is that, in future, anyone who gets into a MINI will still
feel totally at ease. And ideally, they won’t want to get out again either.

10. What would the perfect interior of the future look like
for you?
I think – and, indeed, hope – there is no
such thing as “the” perfect interior, otherwise we would be out of a
job! In the future, there will certainly be a far higher degree of
flexibility and fusion between all the areas involved, such as
materials, displays, movement, sound, aroma and control. I’m excited
about what lies ahead, and hope designers and engineers alike will get
the freedom they need to bring about something completely new.

Thank you very much!


Christian Bauer has been Head of Interior Design at
MINI since June 2017. Before switching to MINI, the 43-year-old was in
charge of Interior and Detail Design at BMW i. Prior to that, he
worked as both team manager and acting general manager in BMW Interior
Design and Detailing.

Original Press Release

Upgrade for MINI Connected – MINI gets even smarter and more digitally advanced. Launch of a new generation of personalised services.

Munich. From March 2018, all new MINI models will be
available with the option of a built-in 4G SIM card that will usher in
a new era of connectivity. The new digital services it enables will be
available in 43 markets worldwide following the launch of the
new-generation MINI Connected. This will allow MINI drivers to access
a digital world of personalised services designed to make day-to-day
mobility and planning even easier – and, in so doing, integrate the
MINI seamlessly into their digital lives.

The first models to be made available with this new and extensive
connectivity capability are the new MINI 3 Door, new MINI 5 Door and
the new MINI Convertible. This means the existing features in the
portfolio, such as Intelligent Emergency Call and Teleservices, will
be joined by new services including the Concierge Service, Real Time
Traffic Information with navigation map updates and MINI Online.

Update heralds the arrival of the latest digital services in
MINI models.
The optional 4G SIM card and an update
for the MINI Connected app will allow customers to access a variety of
new digital services from March 2018. These include Time-to-Leave
Notifications (push messages to assist punctual departure), Send to
Car (for importing destinations from a smartphone to the car), Remote
Services (e.g. for locking the car’s doors from a smartphone) and – in
electrified MINI models – a charging timer, charging station search
facility and personal efficiency status display.
The newly
available MINI Concierge Service provides an excellent source of
assistance while on the move. The Concierge can be contacted by
telephone around the clock to source information and address data for
the driver, research connections and offer practical tips during the
journey. The spread of connectivity facilities in the MINI is rounded
off by Apple CarPlay (already available).

The new MINI Connected services will be offered in a choice of three
packages: Connected Media, Connected Navigation and Connected
Navigation Plus. When used together with the MINI Connected app on a
smartphone, they will open up access to a host of digital services
both inside the car and beyond.

The MINI Connected portfolio will be expanded in the following 43
countries from March: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada,
China, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Hong
Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Macao,
Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal,
Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Czech Republic,
Turkey, Hungary, USA, United Arab Emirates.

Original Press Release

BMW Motorsport News – Issue 06/2018.

FIA WEC: The countdown is on to Super Season.

Friday’s official press conference in Paris (FRA) started the
countdown to the Super Season in the FIA World Endurance Championship
(WEC). Among those attending the event in the heart of the French
capital was BMW works driver Martin Tomczyk (GER). He will contest the
2018/19 WEC season, together with António Félix da Costa (POR), Nicky
Catsburg (NED), Augusto Farfus (BRA), Philipp Eng (AUT) and Alexander
Sims (GBR). The next milestone on the way to the start of the WEC
season is the prologue at Le Castellet (FRA) on
6th/7th April.

Three questions for… Martin Tomczyk.

Martin, what are your feelings ahead of the 2018/19 FIA WEC season?

Martin Tomczyk: “For me, it is a great honour to compete in the WEC.
We put a lot of effort into developing the new BMW M8 GTE which made
its debut at Daytona two weeks ago. The 24-hour marathon showed how
reliable the car is. I am really looking forward to the new challenge.”

How do you think you will perform?

Tomczyk: “Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Ford all represent very
strong competition. You can add Corvette to that list for the 24 Hours
of Le Mans. We are familiar with these manufacturers from other series
and know that they will have competitive cars out on the track. I know
the drivers very well too. They are all very fast so it will be
anything but easy to make a mark in the WEC. We are well prepared and
the BMW M8 GTE is a fantastic race car. I also have some great
team-mates alongside me. I am confident that we have a chance of doing well.”

How much are you looking forward to endurance racing?

Tomczyk: “After 16 years in the DTM, I am grateful that I now have
the opportunity to concentrate fully on endurance racing. I competed
in North America last year, in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship. That was a great experience for me. I have also been in
action a few times at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring Nordschleife
– and I really like this race. I will compete in the Le Mans 24-hour
race this year, the most important endurance race in the world. I am
looking forward to this new challenge. The tension is rising,
especially as I will be up against my closest rivals in Paris. I can
hardly wait for it to get started.”

Original Press Release

BMW Art & Culture is calling for applications for the BMW Residency dedicated to Photography, at GOBELINS, the School of Visual Arts Paris.

Paris. After 6 years of partnership with the
Nicéphore Nièpce Museum, and as the BMW Group just celebrated his 100
years, BMW Group France confirms the new direction of the 2018
Residency through its partnership with GOBELINS, the School of Visual
Arts in Paris, for the second consecutive year.

For this new edition, BMW, which has always fostered a pioneering
spirit, is more than ever putting the emphasis on experimentation.
This is why GOBELINS was a natural choice for BMW; the two companies
sharing the same values of excellence and innovation.

The innovative pedagogy and experiments of the school, the
transmission between experts, laureates and students perfectly reflect
the philosophy expressed by BMW for the years to come. BMW defends the
values of aesthetics and technological innovation. The car brand has
chosen to accompany photography as an original and specific medium, a
founding invention of modernity as well as the automobile. BMW
expresses its support for photography around an unprecedented and
ambitious cultural partnership initiated in 2011. Unprecedented,
because it tends to propose new keys of understanding the interaction
between art and technology and their impact on man and society.
Ambitious, because it favors artistic and technological
experimentations and innovations.

The call for applications for the next BMW Residency
is available on BMW and GOBELINS websites.

The projects presented by the applicants for the BMW
Residency will have to focus on innovation and experimentation to
offer a fresh vision of our world in motion, by all means: technical,
narrative, documentary, humorous…

The Artistic Director’s contribution

François Cheval will be the artistic director for the BMW Residency

He will be involved in the preselection of applications and will
submit this selection to the Jury. He will support the laureate in
his/her researches and artistic project, handle the production, curate
the exhibitions and write the presentation texts. Communication et
relations publiques

The BMW support for the Residency

Funding and resources

– The artist will receive a grant of 6,000€ and accommodation in
Paris, if necessary for the three months in Residency at Gobelins.
This support will freed him/her of any material constraints throughout
the Residency period to be able to concentrate on the photographic
project with the support of the School, the advice of the artistic
director and BMW support.

– A selection of images produced during the Residency will be
exhibited at the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles and at the
Paris Photo Fair. BMW is partnering both of these major events, for 9
years and 15 years respectively.

– The work produced in Residency will be published in a book with
éditions Trocadéro.

– The works produced during the BMW Residency, signed and serially
numbered, will be divided into three batches:

o The first batch will be exhibited and then returned to the artist.

o The second batch will be made up of two images for GOBELINS,
including one chosen for communication purposes.

o The third batch, a selection of works chosen jointly by the artist
and BMW France, will go to BMW France in exchange for its patronage.

The BMW Residency at GOBELINS

The BMW Residency is remaining true to its fundamental principle:
continuous support for the winner, from the creation and production of
works to the edition of a book published by éditions Trocadéro.

To these guiding principles is added the residency’s team
contribution that puts all its expertise behind this photographic
project, creating interactions between the winner, and the GOBELINS
educational staff and students.

A third-year student will act as photographic assistant to the
winner. This will be a very rewarding experience for the student. The
student will work alongside the artist, and benefit from the advice of
François Cheval, the artistic director of the Residency.

GOBELINS will also provide a photography team of students, who will
contribute to promote the BMW Residency on the social networks,
through arranging meetings as well as producing photos and videos.
This team will foster interactions with the school’s other students in
conjunction with BMW, the winner and GOBELINS.

Applications files must be composed of a biography, a
file presenting the general approach of the artist, a series of
completed works as well as a note of intent on the artistic project.
Ten photographers will be selected in a preselection.

They will be asked to make themselves available for half a day for an
interview with the jury and present photographic prints and work done.

The files will be transmitted digitally: until April 4th, 2018.

The jury will meet in May for an announcement of the winner in June.
Shooting should be done by the end of December, and production before
March 1st, 2019.

The call for applications and the rules and regulations can be
from the websites:

BMW Group France:

GOBELINS, the school of image:
Communication et relations publiques

The first six winners

The BMW Residency has drawn the work of the first winners to the
attention of photography professionals as well as making it known to
the wider public.

In 2011, Alexandra Catière was
the first year’s winner. This young artist from Belarus stood out for
her sensitvity, for her intelligence, and for her works blending
together both classical and avant-garde techniques.

Book co-produced by BMW Art & Culture and éditions Trocadéro. BMW
Residency Collection, Alexandra Catiere 2011.

In 2012, BMW supported Marion
, a young French photographer, in her personal
endeavours on the human figure and its various masks. Her photography
captures the moment when the form of the mask breaks down, or when the
face, disembodied, empties.

Book co-produced by BMW Art & Culture and éditions Trocadéro. BMW
Residency Collection, Marion Gronier 2012.

In 2013, the duo Mazaccio &
, attracted a very wide audience with the “Wild
Style” project, questioning the imagery of wildness in mass culture.

Book co-produced by BMW Art & Culture and éditions Trocadéro. BMW
Residency Collection, Mazaccio & Drowilal 2013.

In 2014, Natasha Caruana, a young
British artist, devoted her time in the Residency in seeking the truth
of “love at first sight”. She took her inspiration from her
own life and drew on popular myths and scientific surveys to get
closer, through photography, to the truth of this phenomenon that will
always be inexplicable.

Book co-produced by BMW Art & Culture and éditions Trocadéro. BMW
Residency Collection, Natasha Caruana 2014.

In 2015, Alinka Echeverría, with
her “Fieldnotes for Nicephora” project, examined the
historic, technical and philosophic links between photography and
ceramics. Her project took us into the museum’s archives.

Book co-produced by BMW Art & Culture and éditions Trocadéro. BMW
Residency Collection, Alinka Echeverria 2015.

In 2016, Dune Varela, in
“Always the sun” project for the BMW Residence questioned
the different forms of photographic representation through various
temporalities. She reflects on the alteration and fragility of
photography as a medium, and the integration into the image produced
by the process of disappearance.

Book co-published by BMW Art & Culture and Trocadéro editions.
BMW Residence Collection, Dune Varela 2017.

In 2017, Baptiste Rabichon
currently in residency at Gobelins, School of Visual Arts

BMW France and Photography

Dare to create, dare to innovate has always been in the genes of BMW.
Since 2003, BMW France has supported photography, consistent with its
core business of innovation, aesthetics and driving pleasure. This
commitment first came to fruition alongside Paris Photo in the BMW –
Paris Photo Award. Awarded for 8 years, this prize has become an
international reference taking pride in the work of artists presented
by galleries and contributing to the renewal of the photographic
language. BMW has been a partner of Paris Photo since then and has
today become an official partner. It continued with the Rencontres
d’Arles, of which BMW has been a partner for nine years. This
commitment was reinforced in 2011, with the setting up of the BMW
Residency. Communication et relations publiques

BMW Group sponsors arts

BMW supports more than 100 cultural projects worldwide, in modern and
contemporary art, jazz and classical music, as well as in architecture
and design, thus contributing to the dissemination of knowledge and
the arts. In each of its partnerships, BMW Group guarantees artists
absolute freedom, as it is as essential to the success of innovative
artistic work as to the emergence of major innovations in a successful
company. The story began in 1972, when three very large paintings
“Rot”, “Gelb” and “Blau” were ordered to
the artist Gerhard Richter for the headquarters of the BMW Group in
Munich. During this period, BMW introduced with Hervé Poulain the
collection of BMW Art Cars, made by modern and contemporary artists of
international renown, such as Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy
Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Olafur Eliasson or Jeff Koons. At the end
of 2016, John Baldessari’s 19th BMW Art Car was presented at Art Basel
Miami Beach and placed 8th in the GTLM classification at the 24 Hours
of Daytona (USA). In 2017, the BMW Art Car, directed by Chinese
multimedia artist Cao Fei, was shown in Beijing and raced in November
at the 24 Hours of Macao. BMW supports museums and awards, such as the
Munich Academy of Fine Arts, the Goethe-Institut, the “Premio de
Pintura” in Spain, the Berlin Biennial, the Tate Modern in
London, where BMW has created the “BMW Tate Live” “. In
addition, partnerships with international fairs have intensified in
recent years: alongside the abc (Berlin art contemporary), Gallery
Weekend Berlin and the Berlin Biennial, BMW cooperates, for example,
with Art Basel in Basel , Miami Beach and Hong Kong, Frieze Art Fair
and the Frieze Masters in London and New York, Paris Photo,
Kyotography, the Korea International Art Fair and the Kochi-Muziris
Biennale in India. Since 2015, Art Basel and BMW have been supporting
emerging artists through the BMW Art Journey, which allows the
laureate to make a journey of discovery and creation. Finally, the 4th
edition of the “BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors” was
published in autumn 2016. 256 private collector’s presentations take
the reader on a journey around more than 43 countries, often in
unusual regions.

For further information, please contact:

Thomas Girst

Head of BMW Group Cultural Engagement


Maryse Bataillard

Communication Corporate

+ 33 1 30 43 93 23

Maud Prangey

Attachée de presse

06 63 40 54 62

Chantal Nedjib

L’image par l’image

Tel : 06 40 23 65 10

Nathalie Rodet- Marty

Directrice de la Marque GOBELINS

01 40 79 92 45

GOBELINS, School of Visual Arts

As a member body of the Paris Region Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, GOBELINS trains almost 800 students every year, 400 of them
on apprenticeship contracts. The school also provides continuous
training in photography, print and multimedia communication, graphic
design, interactive design, animation and video game design for 1,900
trainees every year.

The school has gained national and international recognition. For the
second year in a row, GOBELINS was ranked as the world’s top school
for animation (Animation career review, January 2017), top school for
graphic design and top apprenticeship training centre in France in the
graphical industries. GOBELINS is a pioneering provider of training in
digital and interactive communication. It trains creative technology
students with a comprehensive knowledge of design and user experience.

BMW Group in France

BMW Group has four locations in France: Montigny-le-Bretonneux (head
office), Tigery (training center), Strasbourg (international PRA
center) and Miramas (international technical test center). The BMW
Group employs more than 5,000 employees in France with its commercial
and financial subsidiaries as well as its exclusive distribution
network. In 2017, BMW Group France registered 87,748 cars of the BMW
and MINI brands and 16020 motorcycles and scooters of the BMW Motorrad
brand. The annual volume of BMW Group purchases from French equipment
manufacturers and suppliers amounts to billions of Euro. Among them
are Dassault Systèmes, Faurecia, Michelin, Plastic Omnium, St Gobain
and Valeo. The cooperation with PSA on 1.6-liter engines is a great
success. As part of its electro-mobility strategy, BMW Group created
the BMW i brand and introduced the revolutionary BMW i3 and BMW i8.
BMW Group France also pursues an active and permanent sponsorship
policy with renowned cultural actors such as the Rencontres de la
Photographie, Arles, Paris Photo and Gobelins, the school of visual
Art where the BMW Residence is held for photography emerging. For more
than 30 years, BMW Group France has been financing public utility
projects through its Foundation under the auspices of the Fondation de
France: currently road safety for young drivers. The social commitment
of the BMW Group also comes with its partnerships in the French sport:
French Golf Federation (FFG), and the French Rugby Federation (FFR)
and the XV of France.
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BMW Group, which includes the BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad
brands, is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and
motorcycles, also providing services in the areas of finance and
mobility. A global company, BMW Group operates 31 production and
assembly sites in 14 countries, as well as a sales network in more
than 140 countries. For the 2017 fiscal year, BMW Group’s worldwide
sales reached a total of 2,463,500 cars and more than 164,000
motorcycles. In 2016, the company achieved a pre-tax profit of 9.67
billion euros for a turnover of approximately 94.16 billion euros. At
December 31, 2016, the BMW Group had 124,729 employees. The success of
the BMW Group has always been one of responsible, long-term action.
Throughout the value creation chain, the company’s development
strategy is based on ecological and social sustainability, the
manufacturer’s full responsibility for its products and a firm
commitment to preserving the company’s values and natural resources.

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BMW Partners with the Directors Guild of America for the 70th Annual Directors Guild Awards. The BMW 7 Series, BMW i8 and BMW X3 were showcased alongside Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Beverly Hills. Returning for a fifth consecutive
year, BMW proudly supported the Directors Guild of America as the
exclusive automotive partner at the organization’s 70th
Annual DGA Awards Ceremony on February 3, 2018. The Awards, which
celebrate outstanding directorial achievement, took place at The
Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. 

“BMW has a long tradition of supporting creative visionaries across
artistic disciplines,” said Uwe Dreher, Head of Brand Communication
BMW.  “We are proud to once again partner with the Directors Guild of
America to honor some of Hollywood’s most exciting storytellers.”  

Comedian Judd Apatow hosted the ceremony which was attended by some
of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Betty Gabriel, Marcus
Henderson, Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, Sam Rockwell, and David Hasselhoff.

Director and former DGA President Michael Apted (The World Is Not
Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn
) was the recipient of the DGA Honorary Life Member Award
in recognition of leadership in the industry, contribution to the
Guild and the profession of directing, and outstanding career
achievement – presented to him by DGA President Thomas Schlamme and
Former National Executive Director Jay D. Roth. 

Guillermo del Toro took home the evening’s most coveted prize of the
Directors Guild of America; the Award for Outstanding Directorial
Achievement in Feature Film for 2017 for the film “The Shape of
Water”, which was presented to him by last year’s winner Damien
Chazelle (La La Land).

Seen on-site at the Directors Guild Awards were three iconic BMW
vehicles: the BMW X3, the BMW i8 and the BMW 7 Series.

BMW’s support of the Directors Guild of America is part of the
company’s ongoing commitment to arts, entertainment and culture. BMW
vehicles have a long been featured on the big screen, including in
iconic films like Mission: Impossible and the James

The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
has traditionally been a near-perfect barometer for the Best Director
Academy Award. Only seven times since the DGA Award’s inception has
the DGA Award winner not won the same year’s Academy Award®.

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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 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and
more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues
amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group
had a workforce of 124,729 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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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 05/2018.

Whether in the DTM, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, or countless other
championships: Week after week BMW teams and drivers around the
world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the
track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the
world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows
us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and
informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed. 


Asian Le Mans Series: AAI celebrates GT title win with the BMW
M6 GT3.

Champions with the BMW M6 GT3: at the season finale of the Asian Le
Mans Series at Sepang (MYS), FIST-Team AAI secured the title win in
the GT class. Once more, the team dominated the action in Sepang,
claimed pole position and took the win in the four-hour race. AAI has
won three of the four races held this season. At the finale, the
number 91 BMW M6 GT3 was driven by regular drivers Jesse Krohn (FIN)
and Jun San Chen (TPE) as well as Markus Palttala (FIN). Paltalla
stood in for Chaz Mostert (AUS), who was in action in the BMW Team
Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3 at the Bathurst 12 Hour (AUS) at the weekend.
Winning this title FIST-Team AAI earned an invitation to the 24 Hours
of Le Mans (FRA).


British GT: Century Motorsport with two BMW M4 GT4s on the grid.

The new BMW M4 GT4 will contest the British GT Championship in the
2018 season. The Century Motorsport team announced that they will be
fielding two cars in the GT4 class. The driver line-up for one of the
two BMW M4 GT4s has already been decided: Ben Tuck and Ben Green (both
GBR). The drivers of the second Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 will be
announced at a later date. “2018 is shaping up to be a very exciting
year for us,” said team principal Nathan Freke (GBR). “To bring BMW
back to the British GT Championship with two BMW M4 GT4s is a
fantastic opportunity for us, and one that we are relishing. We have
one extremely strong driver pairing confirmed, and the second pairing
looks to be just as exciting. The BMW M4 GT4 is a well-tested and
developed car and we expect to be extremely competitive with it. We
have the full support of BMW Motorsport and hope that this is the
start of a successful relationship.” The 2018 British GT Championship
season consists of seven race weekends. The opener will be held at
Oulton Park (GBR) from 31st March to 2nd April,
with the finale taking place at Donington Park (GBR) on
22nd/23rd September.

GT4 European Series: MDM Motorsport to field two BMW M4 GT4s.

As in the British GT Championship, there is good news for all BMW
fans in the GT4 European Series. The Dutch MDM Motorsport team will
run two BMW M4 GT4s in the renowned GT4 series in 2018. The drivers
will be announced at a later date.

Formula E: Digital launch of the race car for Season 5.

This week the ABB FIA Formula E Championship presented the newly
developed car for next season online. The official presentation will
take place on 6th March 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show. At twice the
range, the battery of the new Formula E racing car provides double the
excitement, has a much greater performance and is faster than the
current model. The standard mid-race change of vehicle to date will no
longer be necessary as of Season 5. “The design of the car for Season
5 is revolutionary and exceptional,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens
Marquardt. “The car looks futuristic, which no doubt will make it a
real eye-catcher. The exterior of the racing car for our factory entry
in the race series as of next season is a highlight in itself. We are
responsible for the inner values – meaning the BMW eDrive powertrain.
Development is still in full swing and on schedule.”

Formula E: Harman Kardon extends partnership with BMW i and
the MS&AD Andretti Formula E team.

Based on their motto “Driving the Sound of the Future”, Harman Kardon
has again teamed up with BMW i to support the MS&AD Andretti
Formula E Team with outstanding sound for the fourth season of the ABB
FIA Formula E Championship. Harman Kardon audio products are known and
appreciated around the world for their beautiful sound and
sophisticated aesthetics. They are available in all BMW and BMW i
models. The collaboration with BMW i and MS&AD Andretti emphasises
common values such as innovation, efficiency, sustainability and high
performance, as well as Harman Kardon’s mission to create an ultimate
audio experience within the car.

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Strong showing from BMW M6 GT3 teams at the Bathurst 12 Hour goes unrewarded – New BMW M4 GT4 wins on its Australian debut.

Bathurst. The BMW M6 GT3 teams produced an impressive
performance in the 12-hour race at the iconic “Mount Panorama
Circuit” in Bathurst (AUS), but their efforts went unrewarded. BMW
Team SRM, with BMW DTM drivers Timo Glock (GER) and Philipp Eng
(AUT) sharing the cockpit of the number 100 BMW M6 GT3 with team
principal Steve Richards (NZL), eventually finished ninth. The
number 43 BMW M6 GT3, run by BMW Team Schnitzer and driven by BMW
DTM drivers Marco Wittmann (GER) and Augusto Farfus (BRA), together
with Chaz Mostert (AUS), was forced to retire following a collision
whilst challenging for a spot on the podium. The race was brought to
a close 12 minutes ahead of schedule, due to a big crash.


The 12-hour classic got off to a brilliant start: Mostert started
from pole position in the number 43 BMW M6 GT3 and began to open up a
lead at the front of the field. A host of safety car periods then
meant that he and his team-mates were unable to take advantage of the
morning’s good conditions for the BMW M6 GT3. As the race progressed,
the trio dropped back through the field, however, they did manage to
regain some positions in the closing stages, and set their sights on
the podium again. Then, after nine and a half hours, came the
retirement for Mostert, Wittmann and Farfus. Running fourth at the
time, Mostert, embroiled in a battle for position with several other
cars, was involved in a collision. While he was able to return to the
pits, the car was too seriously damaged to continue. 

The trio in the BMW Team SRM car produced an impressive fightback in
the race. A disqualification meant that the number 100 BMW M6 GT3 had
to start from 49th and last place on Saturday. Despite
that, Glock, Richards and Eng soon worked their way into the leading
group. A brake issue then cost the trio time in the closing stages,
and they eventually came home ninth.

The new BMW M4 GT4 won the GT4 class on its Australian debut. The
Boat Works Racing team claimed victory in the class from pole
position. The number 30 BMW M4 GT4 was driven by Tony Longhurst, Matt
Brabham and Aaron Seton (all AUS). The number 13 BMW M4 GT4, run by
the RHC Lawrence/Strom team and driven by Daren Jorgensen, Cameron
Lawrence, Brett Strom (all USA) and Kuno Wittmer (CAN), was fourth.
They were followed over the line in fifth place by the number 44 BMW
M4 GT4 of BMW Team SRM, in which the three Australians, Dean Grant,
Xavier West and Cameron Hill, alternated at the wheel.

Quotes from the Bathurst 12 Hour:


Timo Glock (BMW Team SRM, No. 100 BMW M6 GT3):

“It was once again a real highlight and a crazy race, with an awful
lot of safety car periods. It was a dream for me to be able to start
the race, as I did last year. That is very special here, and getting
the car through all the traffic from the back of the field without
suffering any damage was a big challenge for us. I achieved that, and
we were already in the top-ten by the end of the first stint. Steve,
Philipp and the whole team did a flawless job. The strategy was
excellent, and we got the car through to the finish without a single
scratch. Unfortunately, we had some issues with the brakes towards the
end of the race, and dropped back. All in all, Bathurst was great fun again.”

Philipp Eng (BMW Team SRM, No. 100 BMW M6 GT3):

“It was a unique experience. The circuit is awesome and you can feel
your adrenaline pumping every single lap. I really enjoyed it. The
race started with an incredible first stint from Timo. Steve and I
then continued to climb through the field, and we actually led briefly
– having started from 49th place. Unfortunately, technical
issues thwarted us towards the end. On the whole, however, the BMW M6
GT3 was very good in terms of balance and driveability. I learned a
lot this weekend and it was great fun. I would definitely love to
return to Australia, and to Bathurst.”

Steve Richards (BMW Team SRM, No. 100 BMW M6 GT3):

“I am really, really proud of our team this weekend. The strategy
today was spot-on and if not for an unexpected brake issue then who
knows – it might have been a podium. At the end of the day, it’s great
to get the car home without a scratch on it. Very happy with the
result, everyone worked really well together.”

Marco Wittmann (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“We had a great car, especially in qualifying and in the first two
stints in the morning. Chaz was doing an awesome job, pulling away and
we showed a strong performance with the BMW M6 GT3. But when the sun
came out and temperatures rose, we were missing a bit on top speed. It
was then difficult for us to overtake. In addition, we got a
drive-through penalty that dropped us back. But we actually fought
back and were running in a promising position. Chaz tried it – and
sometimes it works out and sometimes not. But at least he tried it.
For sure it is a shame because we were still in the hunt for a podium
or maybe even the win. There were more than two hours to go. But
that’s racing and things like this can happen.”

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“Chaz did an amazing opening stint but we couldn’t get clear in the
first part of the race. That put us on the back foot, also with the
drive-through penalty. Then we had to take some risks and attack to
fight our way back towards the front. It is a shame because we had a
fast and competitive package and we go home with nothing. But it is
part of the game. Overall it was a pleasure and an honour to be here,
to learn from Chaz here in Australia, to work with BMW Team Schnitzer
again and with Marco. And I am sure better days will come.”

Chaz Mostert (BMW Team Schnitzer, No. 43 BMW M6 GT3):

“I’m 100 per cent gutted to have crashed the car when we were in such
a good position. It’s one of those things that’s hard to take. We had
a fast car all weekend, but in the race we found ourselves on the back
foot a little bit, and I was trying my hardest to make some ground
back. I thought if I could clear a couple of cars I’d be on my way,
but it didn’t work. I took a risky option; I tried to take advantage
of some lapped cars, and there just wasn’t enough room for three cars.
I’m gutted for BMW Team Schnitzer, for BMW Motorsport, and for my
amazing team-mates Augusto and Marco. It’s been an amazing weekend, we
showed how well the BMW M6 GT3 works at Bathurst. I think we deserved
a strong result this year, but it just wasn’t our day.”

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First race outing for the new BMW i8 Coupé Qualcomm Safety Car – Félix da Costa in the points for MS&AD Andretti Formula E.

Santiago. Two days after its unveiling in Santiago de Chile
(CHI), the new BMW i8 Coupé Qualcomm Safety Car enjoyed its first
race outing. The safety car was soon out on track following a number
of crashes on the opening lap of the spectacular fourth race of the
season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which was the series’
first appearance in the Chilean capital. MS&AD Andretti Formula
E driver António Félix da Costa (POR) recovered from a difficult
qualifying to fight back strongly in the race. He eventually came
home ninth and was rewarded for his efforts with two points. His
team-mate Tom Blomqvist (GBR) also drove well and finished eleventh,
just outside the points.


The qualifying

Félix da Costa was the first driver in qualifying group one to embark
on his flying lap. That was not ideal, as the grip improved throughout
the qualifying session. His fastest lap time of 1:20.132 minutes was
only good enough for 16th place on the grid. Blomqvist
started the second qualifying session of his Formula E career in group
four. He touched the wall in the final sector of his flying lap, and
had to settle for a time of 1:20.422 minutes and 18th
place. Pole position went to Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA).


The race

A number of cars were involved in collisions on the opening lap,
resulting in a yellow flag period. That meant the new BMW i8 Coupé
Qualcomm Safety Car made its first appearance on track during a race.
Blomqvist made good progress on lap one, while Félix da Costa had to
take evasive action to avoid a crash and dropped back behind his
team-mate. However, the Portuguese driver regained his place ahead of
Blomqvist at the pit stop, which was held without a minimum time for
the first time, and so the race developed into a genuine battle for
every tenth of a second. In the second half of the race, Félix da
Costa benefitted from being able to stay out a lap longer than the
opposition before coming in to switch cars. With more energy at his
disposal he was quick in the second car and climbed into ninth place
to finish in the points. Blomqvist ended his second Formula E race in
eleventh, just outside the points. Victory in the spectacular race
went to Vergne.


The reactions

António Félix da Costa, MS&AD Andretti Formula E:
“Unfortunately, I had a poor start position in qualifying, as I was
the first driver out and the track was still slippery. There was not a
lot more I could have done. Our speed was much better in the race and
I was able to stay out for a lap longer than most of the others in my
first stint. However, I could then have pushed even harder with the
energy in the second car. We are learning every day about energy
management, and today was no different. All in all, this result gives
me optimism for the races ahead.”

Tom Blomqvist, MS&AD Andretti Formula E: “I
touched the wall in the final sector of my qualifying lap. Starting
from so far back obviously does not make the race any easier. I kept
out of all the turmoil. Eleventh place is ok given that we still have
a lot to learn. However, to be honest, I had the feeling that we could
still have got more out of that race.”


The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is once again “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula
E Championship in Season 4. Spearheading the BMW i fleet is the new
BMW i8 Coupé, modified with BMW M components (combined fuel
consumption: 1.9 l/100 km; combined energy consumption 14.0 kWh/100
km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. As well as the BMW i8 Coupé,
the BMW i fleet for the ABB Formula E Championship also includes the
new BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy
consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Medical
Car” and “Race Control Car”, and the BMW X5 xDrive40e (combined fuel
consumption: 3.4 – 3.3 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 15.4 to
15.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 78 – 77 g/km)* in its role as
“Rescue Car”.

* The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were
determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the
version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to
a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown
considers the different size of the selected wheels and
The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined
according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for
classification) on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC
Further information on official fuel consumption
figures and specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is
included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über
Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer
Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and
electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be
obtained free of charge from all dealerships and at

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