MINI develops concepts for electric John Cooper Works models.

BMW:MINI develops concepts for electric John Cooper Works models.

Munich. The evolution of
the MINI model range is focused on the ongoing expansion of electric
mobility and offering new opportunities to experience the brand’s
hallmark driving enjoyment – which also opens up new possibilities for
the John Cooper Works brand. Future MINI vehicle architectures mean
that extreme performance and genuine driving enjoyment will also be
available with electric drive as well as combustion engines.

MINI is already making great strides when it comes to electric
mobility. The MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid model
(combined fuel consumption: 2.0 – 1.7 l/100 km; combined power
consumption: 14.0 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 45 – 40 g/km) led to five percent of the brand’s total
sales being electrified. Following the highly successful launch of the
all-electric MINI Cooper SE (fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km;
combined power consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km), this share doubled to around ten
per cent within just a few months. Based on this experience, and
looking ahead to future technology, MINI is now preparing the next
step in the development of electric John Cooper Works models.

“With the MINI Electric, we’ve shown how well brand-typical driving
enjoyment and electric mobility can be combined,” says Bernd Körber,
Head of the MINI brand. “Now it’s time to translate the passion for
performance of the John Cooper Works brand to electromobility. That’s
why we’re working to develop concepts for electric John Cooper Works models.”

The current focus on the development of a MINI John Cooper Works
Electric demonstrates just how important electric mobility is in terms
of the brand’s future direction – the goal is a unique blend of
sustainability, performance and passion. “John Cooper Works models
with conventional combustion engines will still continue to have an
important role to play, to make sure we’re addressing the wishes and
needs of performance enthusiasts all around the world,” says Bernd
Körber. “With this new focus on electric performance, we’re also
creating the opportunity to sharpen the distinctive profile of the
John Cooper Works brand more than ever before.”


In case of queries, please contact:
Corporate Communications

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

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-
89-382-23662
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com


Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW
Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

The BMW Group

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

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million automobiles and more
than 175.000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 126,016 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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Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption were
measured using the methods required according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. The figures are calculated using a vehicle
fitted with basic equipment in Germany, the ranges stated take into
account differences in selected wheel and tyre sizes as well as the
optional equipment. They may change during configuration.

The figures have already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. In these
vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for
the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are
(also) based on CO2 emissions.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the
“Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption
of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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Maximilian Günther ends Formula E tests at Valencia with the best time of the week in the BMW iFE.21.

BMW:Maximilian Günther ends Formula E tests at Valencia with the best time of the week in the BMW iFE.21.

Valencia. BMW i Andretti Motorsport has successfully completed
the official tests ahead of Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World
Championship at ‘Circuit Ricardo Tormo’ at Valencia (ESP).
Maximilian Günther (GER) and Jake Dennis (GBR) did a total of more
than 500 laps over the course of the three test days. As he did last
year, Günther clocked the fastest time of the week. On Tuesday, he
lapped the circuit in 1:11.760 minutes in his BMW iFE.21. Dennis
ended his first official outing as a BMW i Andretti Motorsport
driver with a fastest time of 1:12.047 minutes.

 

As well as the usual programme, the test also included a full race
simulation to practice all the processes, looking ahead to the start
of the season, which is scheduled for 16th/17th
January 2021 in Santiago de Chile.

Quotes on the Formula E test at Valencia:

Roger Griffiths (team principal BMW i Andretti
Motorsport):
“All in all we are very happy with the way
things have been running here. It’s always nice to be on top of the
timing sheets at the end, but we don’t get any points in the
championship for that. It’s all about the work that we accomplished in
the last few days and we really had no hold-ups and reliability issues
at all. Maximilian Günther has obviously carried his speed from season
six over into season seven. We are also very pleased with the way Jake
Dennis has progressed over the course of the test. He gave us very
good feedback and got up to speed very quickly.”

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21): “It is obviously
great to have set the fastest time of the week again, as we did last
year. Having said that, the focus of the tests was not on lap times.
We were fully focussed on completing our programme, and we did a good
job of that. We had worked very hard and well in the run-up to this
test. Here at Valencia, we took the opportunity to try some different
things with the new car. I think we did a very good job.”

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21): “I think we can be
happy with our performance during this test. The car seems to be
working well. Personally, I was able to adapt to the specific demands
of Formula E very quickly. I familiarised myself with the software and
all the other processes, so that I now feel far better prepared for
the first race in Santiago. I am now very much looking forward to my
first race in January.”

Original Press Release

BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment presented

BMW:BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment presented

Munich. The BMW Group has once again recognised
employees around the world for their outstanding social commitment
this year. The BMW Group Awards for Social Commitment were presented
to five employees, two of whom received special awards from the Vera
and Volker Doppelfeld Foundation. Each award is endowed with 5,000
euros, which benefits the respective service projects directly. This
year’s award-winners come from India, Germany and South Africa. Owing
to the special circumstances this year, five additional finalists will
each receive a financial award of 2,500 euros, which will also benefit
these employees’ service projects.

“Courageous commitment to society is increasingly important,
especially in unprecedented times like the current pandemic.
Encouraging every individual to take responsibility is a priority for
me. Our Employee Awards contribute to this by recognising our
associates’ commitment,” explained Ilka Horstmeier, member of the
Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Human Resources and
patron of the award.

Many BMW Group employees are involved in volunteering – in their own
region or in international projects. The diversity of this commitment
is also reflected by the candidates for the award: The 111
applications submitted came from 16 different countries. Due to
current hygiene requirements, this year’s award ceremony was held as a
digital event broadcast to different locations worldwide. 

International commitment

After just six months with the BMW Group, Sankar
Sundaralingam
from Chennai, India has been recognised with
the BMW Award for his Ooruni Foundation. As a co-founder and trustee,
Sundaralingam has been involved since 2015 in providing an educational
support programme for AIDS orphans and organising a job market for
people with disabilities, as well as collecting food donations for
people in need and launching various environmental campaigns. He plans
to use the cash prize to finance the studies of 22 young people.

Ludwig Donharl has worked as an energy maintenance
engineer at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing since 1987. He has shown a
selfless dedication to helping young people in Kenya since taking a
holiday there in 2017 – building a school for 200 children and eight
teachers largely on his own initiative. Donharl realises a wide range
of different projects with the donations he collects, including
supporting a young man who had suffered an accident and needed an
operation so he could return to work. Donharl’s colleagues recognised
his outstanding personal commitment with the BMW Group Associate
Award, which was presented for the first time this year. All company
employees had the chance to choose one of the award-winners in an
online vote.

Jörg Kaufmann founded the Children’s Cancer Research
Society. As its chairman, he and the organisation’s 45 members set
themselves the goal of making childhood cancers curable – no matter
how rare the cancer may be. The association has funded research
projects worth more than one million euros over the past ten years.
The organisation’s biggest success so far was in promoting an antibody
therapy that has now become well established. The prize money from the
BMW Group Award will benefit a cancer research project at the Dr. von
Hauner Children’s Hospital in Munich. 

The Vera and Volker Doppelfeld Foundation will present not one, but
two special awards this year. One of these will go to another founder:
Solly Makgatho from South Africa. The production
employee realised there was great need for safe accommodation for
children in his community. While volunteering as a legal advisor, he
submitted his idea for a separate relief organisation to the
government – laying the foundation for the Gauteng Community
Organisation (GCO) in 2011. Since then, the organisation has provided
no fewer than 120 orphans with shelter, care and education. The
children live in so-called “Green Houses” offering safety, meals and
therapy. The financial award will be used to renovate existing accommodation.

The Doppelfeld Foundation’s second special award went to
Sipho Machaka, also from South Africa. In addition
to working in the paint shop at Plant Rosslyn, he also serves as a
mentor, advisor and trainer at the Golden Youth Club (NPO). This
dynamic initiative offers dance, art and music projects so children
and teenagers can occupy their time in a meaningful way. There are
also opportunities for the young people to educate themselves about
environmental topics and human rights. Machaka himself teaches them
how to live a sustainable lifestyle and seeks to boost their
self-esteem. It is already clear what the next project will be: He
wants to use the financial award to set up a youth centre.

Since there can be no official award ceremony this year, due to the
pandemic, the BMW Group has decided to offer all remaining finalists a
financial award. The employees will each receive 2,500 euros for their
efforts to ensure disadvantaged families in Kenya can afford health
insurance; to support people with disabilities in Tunisia; to provide
hospice care; to develop a test system to identify Covid-19
infections; and to give people with Down syndrome in South Africa the
chance of living a fulfilling life. The BMW Group Awards for Social
Commitment have been presented since 2011. Almost 1,000 projects have
been showcased and 38 award-winners honoured to date.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Angela Konert, Corporate Communications, Human Resources

Telephone: +49 89 382-50591, Angela.Konert@bmw.de 

Eckhard Wannieck, head of Corporate and Culture Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-24544, Eckhard.Wannieck@bmwgroup.com 

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmwgroup.com

The BMW Group

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

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

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Original Press Release

Inaugural season full of highlights: Review of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing in 2020.

BMW:Inaugural season full of highlights: Review of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing in 2020.

Munich.
The 2020 season was the first in which BMW Motorsport
established sim racing as a standalone, equal pillar in its racing
programme. The focus was on the BMW SIM 120 Cup and the BMW SIM M2
CS Racing Cup as separate digital BMW one-make cups with a top-class
field, but BMW cars and BMW works drivers also enjoyed numerous
successes at renowned sim racing events outside of these cups.

 

“Top teams, top drivers, and full starting grids. The response to the
two BMW SIM cups that we set up in collaboration with iRacing and
rFactor2 in our first year was massive,” said Rudolf Dittrich, Head of
BMW Motorsport SIM Racing. “The world’s best sim racers contested both
one-make cups, and made for fantastic racing action. You can see just
how seriously they took the competition by the impressive line-up for
the finals at BMW SIM Live. We, along with the community, are looking
forward to spectacular final races.”

BMW SIM 120 Cup.

In the BMW SIM 120 Cup on the simulation platform iRacing, more than
2,000 drivers from around the world contested the six races of the
season at Daytona, Sebring, the Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Road
Atlanta and Interlagos. The reward for each victory was 2,400 US
dollars, while the second-placed team received 1,200 US dollars. The
drivers in third place shared 600 US dollars. In the finals, further
cash prizes of more than 27,000 US dollars in total are at stake.

Teams that have qualified for BMW SIM Live:

Maximilian Benecke / Maximilian Wenig – Team Redline

Josh Rogers / Mitchell deJong – Coanda Simsport

Laurin Heinrich / Alexander Voß – BS+COMPETITION

Agustín Canapino / Sami-Matti Trogen – Williams Esports

Tuomas Tähtelä / Valtteri Alander – KOVA Esports

Sebastian Job / Graham Carroll – Red Bull Racing Esports

BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.

In the second BMW one-make cup, the best sim racers went head to head
on the platform rFactor2 in the virtual BMW M2 CS Racing at the
legendary Nürburgring. Most of the races were on the Nordschleife, in
a variety of conditions. Come sunshine, rain or darkness: only the
real ‘Green Hell’ experts prevailed there. The best of them will now
contest the finals at BMW SIM Live, where they will do battle for a
total prize fund of 3,500 euros.

Drivers that have qualified for BMW SIM Live:

 

Michal Smidl – Varga Sim Racing

Risto Kappet – R8G Esports

Nikodem Wisniewski – Williams Esports

Erhan Jajovski – R8G Esports

Zbigniew Siara – Buttler-Pal Motorsport

Peyo Peev – HM Engineering

Jakub Brzezinski – Williams Esports

Yuri Kastorp – R8G Esports

Hany Alsabti – R8G Esports

Joonas Ravio – Zansho Simsport

Other sim racing successes for BMW cars and drivers.

“Aside from our own BMW SIM cups, we have also seen tremendous
momentum in sim racing this year, in part due to the pandemic, which
has spawned new race series in very rapid succession,” said Dittrich.
“BMW cars and BMW drivers brought home numerous wins and titles on
various simulation platforms. It was particularly interesting to see
with just how much passion and ambition many BMW works drivers got
involved with sim racing. And some of them were rewarded with
prestigious wins. I would love for us to be able to build on that in 2021.”

One of the big winners among the ranks of the BMW works drivers was
Bruno Spengler (CAN). He won two titles on the platform iRacing.
First, in the virtual BMW M8 GTE, he won the IMSA iRacing Pro Series,
set up by the IMSA series during the enforced break from real-world
racing. In addition to Spengler, many other regular IMSA drivers
contested the series, including BMW representatives Nick Catsburg
(NED), Philipp Eng (AUT), Jesse Krohn (FIN), John Edwards, Connor De
Phillippi and Robby Foley (alle USA). In autumn, Spengler also won the
title in the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO with
Team BMW Bank and his driver colleagues Kay Kaschube and Nils Koch
(both GER) at the wheel of the BMW Z4 GT3. All of the races in the
series were at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

Also in the virtual BMW Z4 GT3, Eng alongside Laurin Heinrich,
Alexander Voß (both GER) and Team BS+COMPETITION celebrated the
overall win at the iRacing 24h Nürburgring. BMW i Andretti Motorsport
driver Maximilian Günther (GER) won the Pro title in ‘THE RACE
All-Star Cup’ on the platform rFactor 2 and also performed very well
in the ‘ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge’ with a few race wins. In
that competition, Team Redline driver Kevin Siggy (SLO) in the virtual
BMW iFE.20 won the sim racers title, which saw him also snag a
starting spot in the finals of the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup at BMW SIM
Live. The twelfth and final starting place for these finals went to
Cem Bölükbasi (TUR) for his win at the sim racing event organised by
Jochen Schweizer. Bölükbasi, Siggy and Heinrich joined forces with
Coque Lopez (ESP) to form the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing Team for the
V10 R-League on the Assetto Corsa platform and enjoyed several
successes against top-class competition in the inaugural season of the
team competition.

The DTM also held a digital championship this year. The team title in
the DTM Esports Championship on the platform RaceRoom went to the crew
of team captain and BMW DTM driver Sheldon van der Linde (RSA). Timo
Glock (GER) and Lucas Auer (AUT) were also in action in the virtual
BMW M4 DTM as pro racing driver representatives. The sim racer
driver’s title went to Moritz Löhner (GER), who, as a member of
Sheldon van der Linde’s team, was also racing in a BMW M4 DTM.

BMW SIM Live on 5th December 2020.

BMW SIM Live 2020, which will be broadcast from 4.00 PM CET on
5th December via a livestream on the BMW Motorsport and BMW
Esports channels, will include the final races in the BMW SIM 120 Cup
and the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup. When the season’s race winners come
together they will be competing for a total prize fund in excess of
25,000 euros.

BMW Motorsport SIM Racing will use the event framework to present its
extensive programme for the upcoming season. This will be expanded
significantly in many areas, to do justice to the momentum of the
rapidly emerging digital racing sector. Plans include the one-make cup
competitions, hardware developments and collaborations. BMW Motorsport
SIM Racing will present several spectacular world premieres in these
areas at BMW SIM Live 2020.

Link to YouTube stream:
https://b.mw/sim_live
.

Original Press Release

BMW announces collaboration with Acute Art to realize a project with BMW Art Journey awardee Lu Yang. Lu Yang presents latest artworks in Art Basel’s “OVR: Miami Beach”.

BMW:

BMW announces collaboration with Acute Art to realize a project with BMW Art Journey awardee Lu Yang. Lu Yang presents latest artworks in Art Basel’s “OVR: Miami Beach”.

Munich/London/Miami Beach. In cooperation with Acute
Art and as long-term global partner of Art Basel, BMW will showcase
the latest artworks of Lu Yang, BMW Art Journey awardee of 2019. The
Shanghai-based artist is represented by Société, Berlin. From December
2 to 6, 2020, Art Basel will present “OVR: Miami Beach”, the latest
edition of the show’s Online Viewing Rooms. The digital platform will
feature galleries accepted to the 2020 edition of Art Basel Miami
Beach and will be accompanied by a program of online events, including
talks and gallery walk-throughs.

In collaboration with Acute Art, leading producer of
visionary virtual and augmented reality (AR) artworks, and Lu Yang,
BMW will present a new AR work where “DOKU”, the artist’s digital
avatar, takes over the physical world in the form of a giant dancing
superhero. The installation, titled “Gigant DOKU”, is
developed by a game engine and incorporates motion capture image data
from Tokyo and Bali gathered during the artist’s BMW Art Journey. The
Augmented Reality Experience is available on Acute Art App. Please
find the instructions for the app at the end of this text.

„For me as an artist who has been working on digital art projects for
many years now, it is a great honor to gain the possibility of working
with Acute Art. They are the leading producer of visionary AR artworks
and have been working with so many successful artists in the field of
AR before. During my BMW Art Journey, I had the chance to cooperate
with different artists from several backgrounds and to deepen my
research in motion capture technologies – knowledge and material that
I can now use for my artworks. Even though I had to pause my travels
due to the coronavirus, I am thankful that I am now able to proceed
digitally, with the full support and creative freedom provided by the
BMW Group,” says Lu Yang.

“We are so excited to work with Lu Yang, one of China’s most
prominent young artists, who explores new immersive media to create
poetic works that bridge the disciplines. The BMW Art Journey ‘Human
Machine Reverse Motion Capture Project’ demonstrates his keen interest
in the anthropology of dance into the virtual sphere employing
cutting-edge motion-capture technology and robotics. Due to the global
pandemic, his physical voyage to Indonesia, India, and Japan had to be
adjusted but through a collaboration with Acute Art his dancing
avatars can travel across the world digitally. AR makes interactive
versions of his dancing figures possible, the first of which will be
launched on the Acute Art app in conjunction with ‘OVR: Miami Beach’.
Anyone who has downloaded the free app can interact with this
dematerialized dancer and place him anywhere, film him and share his
performance with friends globally. For an artist concerned with how
the human body can overcome its physical limitations, this AR project
represents an important step into the era of virtual art and
curation,” says Daniel Birnbaum, Artistic Director,
Acute Art.

The hard-edged, kinetic animations and paintings of Lu Yang (b. 1984)
deploy the latest digital tools to fuse Chinese cultural and spiritual
influences with distinctive imagery inspired by manga comics,
contemporary youth and gaming subcultures. Trained at the China
Academy of Art in Hangzhou, and continuing to undertake studies in
robotics, the artist is equally at home with traditional dance and
performance practices as with futuristic notions about an emerging
post-gender and post-human society in which the lines between the
objective and metaphysical world are completely blurred. His
distinctive body of work is an example of strikingly new visions
emerging from a young generation of artists in today’s technologically
advanced China.

Lu Yang’s BMW Art Journey entitled “Human Machine Reverse
Motion Capture Projec”
examines how the human body can
be trained to overcome its physical limitations and explores its
deployment in historical and present-day cultures. His research looks
into how humans negotiate their evolving relationship with machines
that may ultimately surpass human limitations. During his trip to
Bali, Indonesia, in January 2020, Lu Yang employed sophisticated
motion-capture devices to record dancer’s gestures, including facial,
finger- and eye-capture techniques. These latest technological devices
collected and analyzed the subtlest body movements and can mimic them
using robotic technologies.

All works on view in “OVR: Miami Beach” relate to and are inspired
by Lu Yang’s BMW Art Journey, which has continued in the digital realm
after the novel coronavirus made it difficult to visit some of the
originally planned destinations. More broadly, the selected works
highlight the artist’s creative evolution in recent years, leading up
to a current body of work in which Lu Yang’s digital avatar has become
the subject of his continuing digital journey. Together, the works
transport viewers into a fictional universe like no other, in which
centuries-old philosophical concerns about what it means to be human
are investigated in a hypnotic, cohesive and often disquieting visual language.

All digital artworks of Lu Yang will be accessible for VIPs and
public in “OVR: Miami Beach” from December 2, 10am ET, to December 6,
midnight ET, via the following link: https://www.artbasel.com/events/detail/17306

To fully discover and experience the interactive artwork of Lu Yang
“Gigant DOKU” (from December 2, 10am ET), the Acute Art app is
available free of charge on the App Store or Google Play. To start the
experience, please see the instructions below:

1. Scan the QR code (in the PDF
attached) using your smartphone and download the Acute Art App via the
App Store or Google Play.
2. Open the Acute Art app and select
“Lu Yang”.
3. Select “Gigant DOKU” and then the “place”
button.
4. Point your phone towards the floor and tap to place
the work. Drag your finger across the screen to rotate it.

The Acute Art app uses cutting-edge technology that works best on
high-end phones with the latest software. The devices supported are
iPhone X or above, and Samsung Galaxy S8 or equivalent. The app
requires a phone with a minimum of 4GB of memory and Apple iOS 11 or
Android 8.0 Oreo (API 24) operating system.

For further information about the artist and his BMW Art Journey,
please visit:
www.bmw-art-journey.com
and @bmwgroupculture.

For further questions please contact:

BMW Group Cultural Engagement
Prof. Dr Thomas
Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Intergovernmental Affairs
Head
of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382 24753
www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmw.de

SUTTON on behalf of Acute Art
Daria
Darmaniyan
SUTTON
Senior Account Manager
Telephone: +44
77 156 68402
Email: daria@suttoncomms.com

Art Basel
Sarah Norton
Senior Media
Relations Manager, Art Basel
Telephone: +41 58 206
2706
Email: press@artbasel.com

About Lu Yang and the BMW Art Journey
Lu Yang
(b. 1984) is a Shanghai-based multi-media artist, who graduated from
the New Media Art Department of the China Academy of Art. Deeply
immersed in the subcultures of anime, video games, and
Science-Fiction, the output of his artistic practice spans 3D-animated
films, video game installations, holograms, neon, VR and software
manipulation, often with overt Japanese manga and anime references.
His work was displayed in exhibitions at Kulturforum, Berlin; Centre
Pompidou, Paris; M Woods, Beijing; Shanghai Biennale; and Athens Biennale.

Lu Yang was announced as BMW Art Journey awardee during Art Basel in
Basel in 2019. The international jury of experts included: Claire Hsu,
Director Asia Art Archive, Hong
Kong, Matthias Mühling, Director Städtische Galerie im
Lenbachhaus
, Munich, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President
Fondazione Sandretto Re
Rebaudengo
, Turin, Philip Tinari, Director UCCA Center for Contemporary Art,
Beijing, Samson Young, artist and winner of the
first BMW Art Journey.

Launched in 2015, the BMW Art Journey is a collaboration between Art
Basel and BMW, created to recognize and support emerging artists worldwide.

About Acute Art

Acute Art is unique in the way it fosters close working relationships
with the world’s leading artists, such as KAWS, Marina Abramović,
Olafur Eliasson, Cao Fei, Jeff Koons, in addition some of the most
exciting emerging practitioners, by providing access to cutting-edge
technologies. Acute Art’s highly skilled production team allows
artists to translate their creative vision into digital mediums,
including virtual, augmented, and mixed realities. The Acute Art app
enables users to access and own digital artworks created in AR, that
lets people see, interact and collect art in an entirely new way. It
is the latest development in the art, technology, and commerce space.
The Acute Art app is freely available to download here. Please visit
www.acuteart.com.

About Art Basel

Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages
the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited
in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and
region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating
galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming
produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition.
Art Basel’s engagement has expanded beyond art fairs through new
digital platforms such as Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms and new
initiatives such as The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report and
The BMW Art Journey. For further information, please visit artbasel.com.

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement
For 50
years, 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. For years, the BMW Group and its partners have been
initiating and establishing their own formats such as BMW Tate Live,
BMW Welt Jazz Award, BMW Open Work, the BMW Art Journey and the
“Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London. The company also partners with leading museums, art fairs and
orchestras as well as jazz festivals and opera houses around the
world. With BMW OPERA NEXT, the new partnership with the Staatsoper
Unter den Linden, the opportunities presented by digitalisation are
used to open up new ways of accessing the world of opera for young
audiences. 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, Suhanya Raffel,
and Theodora Vischer. The 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

Original Press Release

A touch of the South: Heading over the Alps to Merano in the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4.

BMW:A touch of the South: Heading over the Alps to Merano in the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4.

Munich. Spring comes earlier, summer stays longer,
and autumn also has its special charm in the South Tyrol region.
Italian lifestyle meets Austrian-German culture before a spectacular
mountain backdrop. Active holidaymakers will find ideal conditions for
cycling and hiking tours between Mediterranean vegetation and
spectacular rock formations, especially in the area around the
traditional spa town of Merano. And after the fruit and wine harvest,
numerous regional folk festivals and culinary specialities turn the
trip to South Tyrol into an journey of culinary delights.

Even Empress Elisabeth “Sisi” of Austria took on the rather
arduous journey at the time across the Alps to seek relaxation in
Merano and enjoy a breath of the South. Today, visitors can reach the
Etsch Valley quite quickly and comfortably via the Brenner motorway
and an express road called “MeBo”, which connects Merano
with Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol. But the fastest route is
rarely the most beautiful route to reach your destination. When
driving in a car which has been designed for versatile driving fun,
such as the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 (fuel consumption combined:
4.8 – 4.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 127 – 121 g/km)
the desire to take a more scenic route arises almost automatically.

Delivering a top output of 140 kW/190 hp and a maximum torque of 400
Nm generated by its 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI
TwinPower Turbo technology, the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 takes
on steep mountain passes in spirited style. Dirty or wet road
conditions don’t stand in its way since the electronically controlled
ALL4 all-wheel drive system responds to changes in traction conditions
within a few milliseconds. It distributes the power precisely between
the front and rear wheels and always directs it to where it can be
most effectively converted into driving fun. This also applies to
sporty cornering on the hairpin bends, where the ALL4 system is backed
by Performance Control and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC).

There are a number of high alpine roads which cross the border from
Austria to Italy. At a maximum altitude of around 1,500 metres, the
Reschen Pass, which is passable in all seasons, is the lowest Alpine
crossing in this region. From Landeck, the road leads across the Inn
valley and the Nauders plateau to the Reschensee lake. The church
tower of Alt-Graun, which juts out of the water, still reminds us of
the villages that sank into the waters of the dammed lake after the
construction of a storage power station 70 years ago. Anyone leaving
the Brenner motorway near Sterzing can reach Merano via the Jaufen
Pass, which is located at almost 2.100 metres above sea level. This
connection is comparatively short, but with around 20 narrow bends it
offers plenty of opportunity to experience hallmark MINI go-kart
feeling. Even higher up is the Timmelsjoch, which connects the Ötztal
region in Austria with the Italian Passaier valley. Along the route,
at up to 2,500 metres, there are magnificent views of snow-capped
peaks and a landscape of alpine meadows, forests and barren rock.

Once in Merano, visitors immediately become aware of the
Mediterranean climate. This is due to the city’s location in a basin
into which mainly warm air from the south flows. And this is also why
palm trees and other Mediterranean plants thrive, as do the colourful
flowers and plants in the public parks in the city centre. Historical
buildings such as the municipal theatre and the Kurhaus (spa house)
remind us of Merano’s boom as a tourist resort in the late19th and
early 20th century. The extensive spa promenade on the banks of the
river Passer was also built at that time. The centre of the city,
which is closed to car traffic, is characterised by its picturesque
arcades (Lauben). Beneath magnificent arches, it is home to
old-established shops, cafés and restaurants that attract locals and
visitors alike.

You can enjoy plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures until well
into the autumn in South Tyrol. Not long afterwards, the action shifts
from the valley to the mountains. As soon as the first slopes are
covered with snow, numerous ski areas attract winter sports
enthusiasts. The youngest attraction for skiing enthusiasts is located
about 50 kilometres south-east of Merano. In the Carezza ski area, a
new cable car is currently being built featuring a mountain station
which is integrated into the rocky landscape almost invisibly. The
arrival hall is designed in the style of an atmospherically
illuminated cave and is thus reminiscent of the crystal palace from
the legend of the dwarf king Laurin, which is widespread in South
Tyrol. The Carezza ski area covers around 40 km of slopes and is a
popular destination for excursions and holidays, not only in winter.
The tourist area stretches from the high altitudes of the Dolomites to
Lake Carezza, where Empress “Sisi” spent the early summer
days more than 120 years ago.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

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

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Telephone: +49
89-382-23662
E-Mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW
Motorrad
Telephone: +49-89-382-35108
E-Mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

The BMW Group

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

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

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The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power
consumption and range are measured using the methods required
according to Regulation (EC) 2007/715 as amended. The information is
based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany, ranges take into
account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as
optional equipment and can change during configuration.

The information has already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. For these
vehicles, values other than those stated here may apply for
calculating taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also)
based on CO2 emissions.

More information about the 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 power consumption of new passenger cars”, available free of
charge from all outlets, from Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH
(DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and at
https://www.dat.de/co2/.

Original Press Release

Random International and BMW i present: “No One is an Island”. Digital world premiere of an installation of Random International in collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor conflating artificial intelligence with the human capacity to empathise.

BMW:Random International and BMW i present: “No One is an Island”. Digital world premiere of an installation of Random International in collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor conflating artificial intelligence with the human capacity to empathise.

Munich/London. Presented by Superblue and BMW i, the
art group Random International together with choreographer Wayne
McGregor and his company collaborate for the online world premiere of
“No One is an Island”. It will be shown exclusively
on the digital channels of all participating partners in November,
December 2020 and January 2021. The first teaser will go online on
November 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm (CET). The live performance will take
place at a later date in 2021.

Random International, Studio Wayne McGregor, Superblue and BMW i
share a passion for pushing boundaries and exploring new territories.
All are moved by similar questions about how future generations will
interact with automated and digitised processes and environments
whilst embracing reduction and sustainability. For this purpose, they
are collaborating on a special project: “No One is an Island”.

“No One is an Island” is fuelled by science and explores electrified
movement steered by advanced algorithms. It is a future-oriented
reflection on how the human mind empathises with artificial
intelligence and automated processes. The performance comprises
sculptural, performative and musical elements. The centrepiece is a
sculpture that experiments with the minimal amount of information that
is actually necessary for an animated form to be recognised as human;
and the fundamental impact created by subtle changes within that
information. In its transition from robot to human likeness, the
sculpture is accompanied by a live performance with dancers of
Studio Wayne McGregor who will interact with the
kinetics, further exploring the relationship between humans and
technology and our capacity to empathise with a machine. The
interventions of the dancers scored by Chihei
Hatakeyama
add a performative dimension to the sculpture,
re-translating and celebrating the connection between human and
mechanical movement.

“Catalysed by the partnership with BMW i and the collaboration with
Studio Wayne McGregor, we have elevated our ongoing ‘Fifteen Points’
series of sculptures to a whole new level. Through the addition of
both a score by Chihei Hatakeyama and dedicated choreography by Wayne
McGregor, we are able to explore in much more detail the as-of-yet
unknown territories of ’empathy with machines’. The work is part of a
wider reflection on our human need to relate to our surroundings; how
does such a need to connect play out in light of an increasing
automation and digitisation of our environment? Will our willingness
to engage with unknown systems leave us more vulnerable? We are much
looking forward to present the work in a series of live performances
in 2021,” says Hannes Koch, one of the founders and
directors of Random International about the collaboration.

“What I find inspiring about the partnership with Random
International, Superblue, BMW i and myself is that we all come
together from different knowledge sets, but convene in areas of
shared interest,” says Wayne McGregor. “We are all
fascinated by the potential of the human body, its relationship with
and to technology but most importantly our desire to generate
empathetic connections between people. This is a dialogue of
inter-connectedness, exploration and surprise. We have no
pre-determined road map – instead, we feed from one another’s
expertise and ideas to push ourselves towards new horizons.”

Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light drawings the dancers create lines
of light – capturing movement and electricity visually and re-creating
elements from the core of BMW i. Conceptualised as a
“Gesamtkunstwerk”, “No One is an Island” is developed in an ongoing
dialogue and exchange between artists, choreographer, Random
International, Superblue and BMW i. 

Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, Co-Founder and CEO of
Superblue says, “Creating new platforms and opportunities for
experiential artists to collaborate is core to Superblue’s mission, so
we are delighted to partner on this project and creative dialogue
between Random International, Studio Wayne McGregor, and BMW i. ‘No
One is an Island’ provokes questions about the dynamics between
technology and humanity that are critical to deepening our
understanding of our relationship to the world and each other.”

The online premiere is split in three chapters, each focusing on
either sculpture, dancers or BMW i. All of them will be shared on
Instagram and Facebook by Random International @randominternational,
Studio Wayne McGregor @studiowaynemcgregor,
Superblue @superblue.art
and BMW @bmw, @bmwi, and @bmwgroupculture.

“We believe that working together with great artists like Random
International, represented by Superblue, and Studio Wayne McGregor is
an inspiring and enriching experience for all parties involved.
Speaking of BMW i, the constant exchange with creatives is essential.
And just as BMW i embodies innovation, ‘No One is an Island’
synergises future and present, technology and humanity,” says
Stefan Ponikva, Vice President BMW Brand Experience.

BMW i is standing for sustainable, future-oriented and
forward-looking mobility. Engaging in such a creative collaboration is
a way to underline this.

Register now to be notified about the IRL exhibition in 2021 here.

For further questions please contact:

BMW Cultural Engagement
Prof. Dr Thomas Girst

BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs
Head of
Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382 247 53
Fax: +49
89 382 24418
www.press.bmwgroup.com
 
Email: presse@bmw.de

Random International
Jen Barnes
Producer
and Commissions Manager
Random International
136 Hermitage
Road
London N4 1NL
Telephone: + 44 20 8673 5497
Email:
jen@random-international.com
http://random-international.com

Studio Wayne McGregor
Rebecca
Marshall
Broadcast Centre, Here East, 
10 East Bay
Lane
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London E15
2GW
Telephone: +44 20 7278 6015, +44 7880 554 823
Email: rebecca@waynemcgregor.com
www.waynemcgregor.com

Superblue
Sarah McNaughton
Resnicow and
Associates
Telephone: +1 212 671 5161
Email: superblue@resnicow.com

About Random International
The Art Group RANDOM
INTERNATIONAL run a collaborative studio for experimental practice
within contemporary art. Founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch and Florian
Ortkrass, today they work with larger teams of diverse and
complementary talent out of studios in London and Berlin. Questioning
aspects of identity and autonomy in the post-digital age, the group’s
work invites active participation. RANDOM INTERNATIONAL explores the
human condition in an increasingly mechanised world through emotional
yet physically intense experiences. The artists aim to prototype
possible behavioural environments by experimenting with different
notions of consciousness, perception, and instinct.

Their work Rain Room is in the collection of Jackalope Art Collection
Melbourne, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art having been
exhibited under the museum’s historic Art and Technology initiative.
The artwork has also been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Busan (2019), YUZ Museum in Shanghai (2015), the Museum of Modern Art,
New York (2013), and London’s Barbican (2012). An edition of Rain Room
has become the first permanently installed artwork at the Sharjah Art
Foundation (UAE) and is housed in its own building. 

About Studio Wayne McGregor
Studio Wayne
McGregor is the creative engine for choreographer and director Wayne
McGregor, now in its 25th year. It encompasses his ensemble
of world-class dancers, Company Wayne McGregor; a portfolio of
international commissions and artistic collaborations across genres
including dance, visual arts, VR, film, theatre and opera; a highly
specialized program of creative learning for individuals and
communities; artist development initiatives; and collaborative
research projects across the interface of the arts with science,
technology and academic research.

Studio Wayne McGregor has an unparalleled reputation for
transformative approaches to how dance is taught, learned and talked
about. Learning and engagement projects are carefully devised to
reflect the professional artistic processes that Wayne McGregor uses
with his own company in the studio, ensuring that all who participate
in our projects experience cutting edge, high quality practice. The
focus always lies in empowering individuals to develop their own
creative skills, and all of the programmes are underpinned by
continued scientific research into movement and creativity, innate
human properties which have been a fascination in McGregor’s creative
thinking for more than two decades. Over 100,000 people of all ages
and walks of life have so far participated in learning and engagement
projects across the UK and internationally, from school children to
adults with no prior experience of dance, students in training to
professional dancers.

Wayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award winning choreographer and
director. He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, Resident
Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, and is commissioned for
international ballet companies, film (The Legend of Tarzan, Fantastic
Beasts and Where To Find Them), music videos (Radiohead, Thom Yorke,
The Chemical Brothers), fashion shows (Gareth Pugh at London Fashion
Week 2017), campaigns (everyBODY for Selfridges) and TV (Brit Awards).
McGregor is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire
of Music and Dance, has an Honorary Doctor of Science from Plymouth
University, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from University of Leeds,
and is part of the Circle of Cultural Fellows at King’s College
London. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the British
Science Association. In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services
to Dance. 

About Superblue
Superblue is a groundbreaking
new enterprise dedicated to supporting artists in realizing their most
ambitious visions and engaging audiences with experiential art. Its
network of artists encompasses the leading practitioners of
experiential art, whose practices catalyze engagement with the most
pressing issues of our time and generate new perspectives on our world.

Through its experiential art centres, which are specifically designed
for presenting large-scale, immersive art installations, Superblue
provides artists with expanded opportunities to transport audiences to
the new worlds they create. Superblue additionally acts as an advocate
and agent for experiential artists by fostering opportunities for them
to expand the reach of their work through collaborations with museums,
collectors, visual and performing arts festivals, architects,
municipalities, and place-makers. Superblue provides these partners
with unparalleled expertise and support for the production,
installation, and presentation of large-scale experiential works,
through collaborative presentations, public and private commissions,
and acquisitions.

In the coming years, Superblue will open new experiential centers
across the US and internationally and is developing augmented and
virtual reality platforms for artists who are exploring our rapidly
evolving relationship with the digital realm.

For more information about Superblue, visit superblue.com or follow @superblue.art on Instagram.

About BMW Group Cultural Engagement
For 50
years, 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. For years, the BMW Group and its partners have been
initiating and establishing their own formats such as BMW Tate Live,
BMW Welt Jazz Award, BMW Open Work, the BMW Art Journey and the
“Opera for All” concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and
London. The company also partners with leading museums, art fairs and
orchestras as well as jazz festivals and opera houses around the
world. With BMW OPERA NEXT, the new partnership with the Staatsoper
Unter den Linden, the opportunities presented by digitalisation are
used to open up new ways of accessing the world of opera for young
audiences. 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, Suhanya Raffel,
and Theodora Vischer. The 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

Original Press Release

Adventures amid glaciers and volcanoes: A ride in the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 on Iceland’s Ring Road 1.

BMW:

Adventures amid glaciers and volcanoes: A ride in the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 on Iceland’s Ring Road 1.

Munich. Iceland is a country of contrasts on the
north-western edge of Europe. The island state in the North Atlantic
is as famous for its hot springs as it is for its huge ice fields.
Traditional horse breeding is still as successful here as is the
internationally significant aluminium production. Tourism has also
recently become increasingly important as an economic sector. The
pristine natural beauty located near the Arctic Circle, the
fascinating variety of the landscapes and the contrast created by
active volcanoes and snow-covered glaciers attract visitors from all
over the world.

A weekend trip is definitely not enough time for exploring Iceland’s
main attractions. The special charm of the island is only revealed on
a round trip. However, Iceland’s road network is thin. Many places are
only accessible via gravel roads, especially in the interior of the
country. Iceland’s most important road link, Ring Road 1, is no
exception. It has been developed into a multi-lane motorway around the
capital city of Reykjavik, while some other sections of the Hringvegur
are not even asphalted. The MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 (combined
fuel consumption: 6.5 – 6.2 l/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 149 – 142 g/km) is the ideal all-rounder for going on an
Icelandic adventure amid glaciers and volcanoes. Its ALL4 all-wheel
drive system distributes the power of its 131 kW/178 hp 4-cylinder
petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology between the front
and rear wheels as required on any surface and in any driving
situation. 16.5 centimetres of ground clearance ensure sufficient
clearance even on rough surfaces. A storage volume of between 450 and
1,390 litres is available under the tailgate of the five-seater so
that the luggage required for a longer tour can be easily accommodated.

Ring Road 1 runs along Iceland’s coast for 1,350 kilometres,
sometimes right on the coast and sometimes a bit further inland. The
starting point is the ferry pier in Seyðisfjörður, where the MINI
Cooper S Countryman ALL4 sets foot on Icelandic soil for the first
time. On the way south, the road follows the coastline, which features
many fjords, for about 200 kilometres. Soon Vatnajökull comes into
view. With a surface area of more than 8,000 square kilometres, it is
the largest glacier in Europe. Vatnajökull is located at the centre of
the national park of the same name, which also includes picturesque
river landscapes, waterfalls and active volcanoes.

Further along the route, detours into the interior lead over unpaved
roads, across gravel deserts and through seemingly unreal landscapes
of cooled lava rock. Near the village of Selfoss, it’s worth leaving
Ring 1 and heading north for about 60 kilometres to see a spectacular
natural spectacle. The two-tier Gullfoss waterfall together with the
neighbouring geysers forms the “Golden Ring”, which is one
of Iceland’s greatest sights.

After returning to the Hringvegur, we soon reach the island’s
capital. More than 60 percent of the 350,000 Icelanders live here and
in the neighbouring region. Reykjavik is a modern metropolis with a
lively art and music scene as well as two special landmarks. The
Perlan geothermal power plant, together with restaurants and leisure
facilities, is located under a large glass dome and uses hot water
from deeper layers of the earth to heat not only the city’s
residential buildings but also the pavements of the main shopping
streets. A similarly spectacular example of Iceland’s modern
architecture is Hallgrímskirkja, built on a hill in the centre of the
city. It was designed in the 1930s, but was not completed until around
50 years later. The concrete pillars on the front side, reminiscent of
basalt columns, are particularly striking. A viewing platform on the
74.5 metre high church tower allows visitors to look far beyond the
city limits into Iceland’s natural landscape.

On the northern section of Ring Road 1 the landscape is also
characterised by the contrast between the icy glacier surfaces and the
hot springs, whose water rises from the volcanic interior of the
earth. Iceland lies on the so-called Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The North
American and Eurasian plates meet directly under the island. That is
the reason why hot thermal water and molten rock rise to the surface
and keep changing the island’s landscape.

The MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 makes full use of its four-wheel
drive on a detour to the Vestfirðir peninsula, which features many
rugged fjords. The craggy coastal landscape of this arctic region in
the extreme northwest of Iceland is mostly only accessible via unpaved
gravel roads. The path to the fishing village of Reykhólar, located in
the far west, leads past massive mountain formations of volcanic
origin. After the strenuous tour we relax in one of the natural pools,
which are widely used in this region and are pleasantly warm in all seasons.

Just like its breathtaking natural beauty, the island’s history as a
base for trade and fishing can be seen in almost every village along
Ring Road 1. In Sauðárkrókur it’s worth stopping to refuel at the
Verzlun H. Júlíusson general shop, which still exudes the charm of the
early 20th century. The small town has a fishing port and is also
considered to be the main Icelandic horse breeding centre. Nowhere
else on the island will you find more horse breeding farms than in the
region around Sauðárkrókur.

Iceland’s varied nature has more surprises in store even after having
travelled more than 1,000 kilometres on Ring Road 1 and having gone on
numerous trips across unpaved terrain. Near Reykjahlið, the bluish
shimmering geothermal water in Jarðböð Cave really invites you to take
a dip. Going for a walk on the steaming sulphur gas fields of the
surrounding area is also a great thrill. And Europe’s mightiest
waterfall also awaits in Iceland’s north. The water masses of the
Dettifoss waterfull plunge about 100 metres into a gorge of about the
same depth.

The magnificent landscape and the many ways you can experience nature
at its most pristine, make Iceland such an exceptionally alluring
destination. And in spite of the sporty temperament of the
MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4, the beauty of the island simply makes
you want to “slow down”. Only on the way back to
Seyðisfjörður’s pier, however, travellers should not trundle along but
should rather get a move on in order to board the ferry on time.
Because the ferry that connects Iceland with the rest of Europe leaves
port only once a week.

In case of queries, please contact:
Corporate Communications

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

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Telephone:
+49-89-382-23662
E-Mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com


Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW
Motorrad
Telephone: +49-89-382-35108
E-Mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

The BMW Group

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

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 126,016 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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The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power
consumption and range are measured using the methods required
according to Regulation (EC) 2007/715 as amended.  The information
is based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany, ranges take
into account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as
optional equipment and can change during configuration.

The information has already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. For these
vehicles, values other than those stated here may apply for
calculating taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also)
based on CO2 emissions.

Further information about the 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 power consumption of new passenger cars”, available free of
charge from all outlets, from Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH
(DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and at
https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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BMW Group founds company: IDEALworks GmbH to develop and distribute innovative robots and management software for logistics solutions

BMW:BMW Group founds company: IDEALworks GmbH to develop and distribute innovative robots and management software for logistics solutions

Munich. The BMW Group breaks new ground in the field
of logistics as it founds IDEALworks GmbH – a fully-owned subsidiary
headquartered in Munich. The aim is to become a leading supplier of
autonomous robotics solutions in the logistics sector. The name
“IDEAL” stands for  Industry
Driven Engineering for
Autonomous Logistics.

“In founding IDEALworks, we are creating a new business segment for
our logistics solutions. In recent years, our logistics innovation
team has been working in depth on the digitalization and
automatization of production logistics and has developed some unique
solutions. The Smart Transport Robot, STR, in particular has met with
great response and has seen demand from both within and outside of the
BMW Group.  Founding IDEALworks GmbH is now the logical next step for
the BMW Group as a driver of innovation,” explained Milan Nedeljković,
the member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for
Production, to mark its foundation.

“We are entering completely new terrain with IDEALworks GmbH.  Up
until now, our development has focused on automotive production and
its logistics,” said Jimmy Nassif, CTO IDEALworks GmbH. He continued:
“Our perspective is changing now. We are becoming a provider of
logistics robotics beyond the automotive industry. We are preparing
some innovations for the coming months.”

Since 2015, the innovations team from BMW Group Logistics has
been working on future-focused industry 4.0 solutions in the fields of
virtual reality, augmented reality, in- and outdoor logistics robots,
paperless logistics and smart devices. Many of these solutions are
already in series production at BMW Group production locations. In
2019, BMW Group Logistics received the prestigious Deutscher Logistik
Preis [German Logistics Award]. The Smart Transport Robot and its
management software were also recognized as part of this award.

IDEALworks GmbH launches its first product with the Smart
Transport Robot

The Smart Transport Robot, STR, was developed in 2015 in
collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute. The flat, autonomous and
mobile robots can transport goods weighing up to one ton to their
destination. They independently calculate the best route and move
freely around the space using the SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and
Mapping) navigation method. The SLAM algorithm does not require
permanent navigation transmitters to be installed in buildings and can
therefore be set up quickly in a new environment without requiring any
structural adjustments. An integrated battery module from the BMW i3
is able to supply the STR with power for at least an entire shift. The
next generation of the STR will be rolled out at the end of 2020.
Currently, more than 130 STRs are already in series production at
several different BMW Group production sites.

Successful pilot projects in the non-automotive sector

“With the Smart Transport Robot, we have launched a highly
competitive product. From October  onwards, we have been carrying out
pilot projects at companies from a wide range of industries. These
trials show just how robust and versatile the STR is,” explained
Markus Bauer, COO IDEALworks GmbH. “The success of the pilot
project and the resulting demand for the STR were decisive in founding
IDEALworks GmbH. We want to develop IDEALworks into a top player among
the providers of industrial logistics robots in the long term,”
Bauer continued.

The new company IDEALworks GmbH is located in Munich.

In its initial phase, the team consists of around 30 experts from a
wide range of fields and nationalities.

Get in touch with IDEALworks here:

www.idealworks.com


Communications at IDEALworks GmbH:

hello@idealworks.com

If you have any questions, please contact:



Corporate Communications

Hanns Huber, Communications Production Network BMW Group

Telephone: + 49 89 382-31181

E-Mail: Hanns.HA.Huber@bmw.de


Julian Friedrich, Head of Communications Production Network BMW
Group
Telephone: + 49 89 382-25885

E-Mail: Julian.Friedrich@bmw.de

Internet: www.press.bmw.de

E-Mail: presse@bmw.de

The BMW Group

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

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

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BMW Group named sector leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2020.

BMW:BMW Group named sector leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2020.

Munich. The BMW Group has taken first place in the
“Automobiles” category of the latest rating published by S&P Dow
Jones Indices for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World and
Europe (DJSI), earning 80 out of a possible 100 points. The BMW Group
is therefore listed as the most sustainable automotive company in the
world and is the only automobile manufacturer to be consistently named
among the industry leaders since the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
were created.

A total of 39 companies from the automotive industry were evaluated
in 2020. The results showed that the BMW Group has improved in all
three areas of evaluation (Governance & Economic, Environmental,
Social dimensions).

“The fight against climate change and how we use resources will
decide the future of our society – and, also, of the BMW Group. For
this reason, we have made sustainability and resource efficiency the
centre of our business alignment and anchored this approach in all
divisions. We see this as an important building block for successfully
shaping our future, since our business model and sustainability are
inseparable for us,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of
Management of BMW AG.

The BMW Group’s current sector leadership in the Dow Jones
Sustainability Indices reflects the continuous improvements the
company has already implemented in recent years. For example, across
its international production network, the BMW Group has reduced energy
consumption per vehicle produced by 40 percent and CO2 emissions by
about 70 percent since 2006. All production locations obtain their
electricity exclusively from renewable sources. The BMW Group also
reduced CO2 emissions from its new vehicles sold in Europe by around
42 percent between 1995 and 2019. The company has systematically built
high environmental and social standards into its supply chain
management and is a leader in this field.

It is now taking the next step in the fight against climate change
and towards responsible resource management. The BMW Group just
presented its new strategic direction for sustainability in July.

The company is setting itself clear targets for CO2 reduction up to
2030. What is new is that these goals extend for the first time
throughout the entire lifecycle: from the supply chain through
production to the end of the use phase. The aim is to reduce CO2
emissions per vehicle by at least one third overall. For the fleet of
over 2.5 million vehicles produced by the BMW Group in 2019, this
would correspond to a reduction of more than 40 million tonnes of CO2
throughout their lifecycle by 2030.

The BMW Group is now seeking to reduce its emissions from production
(Scope 1+2) by a further 80 percent from 2019 levels by 2030. CO2
emissions will then be less than 10 percent of what they were in 2006.

In addition to sourcing 100-percent green power from 2020 on, the BMW
Group will systematically invest in optimising its energy efficiency.
The remaining CO2 emissions from production worldwide will be offset
using appropriate certificates. This means BMW Group production will
be climate-neutral at all its plant locations from 2021.

The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions from BMW Group vehicles by 40
percent per kilometre driven by 2030. This will be achieved through
massive expansion of e-mobility. In ten years, there should be a total
of more than seven million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the roads
– around two thirds of them with a fully-electric drive train.

The BMW Group will also reduce its supply chain CO2 emissions per
vehicle by 20 percent from 2019 levels. A supplier’s carbon footprint
will be established as a decision criterion in the contract award
processes going forward. The company leads the way as the first
automobile manufacturer to set concrete CO2 targets for its supply chain.

The BMW Group is firmly committed to the Paris Climate Agreement.
These new targets put the company on a course that is significantly
more ambitious than the two-degree goal.

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

BMW Group Corporate Communications

Kai Zöbelein

Press spokesperson Sustainability, Urban Mobility

Telephone: +40-89-382-21170

Mailto: Kai.Zoebelein@bmw.de

Media website: www.press.bmw.de

The BMW Group

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

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

www.bmwgroup.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/BMWGroupView

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroup

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bmw-group/

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