BMW Motorrad expands recall for motorcycle clothing.

BMW:BMW Motorrad expands recall for motorcycle clothing.

Munich. BMW Motorrad is extending the existing
Europe-wide recall of the Jacket Club Leather Men in size
M
to all sizes and finishes of this model.

In the interests of due diligence and in order to eliminate the
risk of increased chromium exposure for our customers, BMW Motorrad
has decided to recall the complete production of the affected jacket
throughout Europe.

Chromium VI can cause allergic reactions in some persons.

We regret any inconvenience caused to our customers.

Owners are asked to hand the affected items of clothing in at an
authorised BMW Motorrad dealership. Irrespective of their age,
affected items can be exchanged for an equivalent BMW Motorrad product.

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries, please contact:

Gerhard Lindner, BMW Motorrad Communications

Tel.: +49 151 601 53472, Gerhard.la.Lindner@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad
Tel.:
+49 151 601 57505, Tim.Diehl-Thiele@bmw.de

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49 151 601 35108, Jennifer.Ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.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

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Original Press Release

MINI Vision Urbanaut. Make it your space.

BMW:MINI Vision Urbanaut. Make it your space.

Munich. The MINI brand is using #NEXTGen to present,
in a world exclusive, the MINI Vision Urbanaut – an all-new
interpretation of a vision of space. This digital vision vehicle
offers more interior space and versatility than ever before, but still
on a minimal footprint.

“The MINI brand has always stood for ‘Clever Use of Space’. In
the MINI Vision Urbanaut, we extend private space far into the public
realm, creating completely new and enriching experiences,”
explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design.  

The MINI moments.

“MINI sees its future self primarily as an enabler
of and companion for unforgettable times – what we might call ‘MINI
moments’. The MINI Vision Urbanaut uses three curated MINI moments –
“Chill”, “Wanderlust” and “Vibe” – to present a wide range of possible
usage scenarios. The Chill moment invites you to catch a breath and
pause in the here and now. The car becomes a kind of retreat, a haven
where you can relax – or work with full concentration – during a
journey. Wanderlust is the only MINI moment where the MINI Vision
Urbanaut is being driven or driving with automated driving functions.
The moment Vibe puts time with other people at centre stage – in every
way”, adds Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design.  The exterior and
interior change to reflect the MINI moment at hand and give the
experience the best possible stage. An all-encompassing user
experience design, sustainable materials and a purely electric drive
system are additional ingredients of the overall concept.

The interior design – More Creative Use of Space.

As an innovative space concept, the MINI Vision
Urbanaut was designed from the inside out. The designers created the
spacious interior experience before developing the exterior, using
floor plans, pieces of furniture plus wooden scale models to provide
an indication of size. Over the course of the project, augmented
reality was employed to create a digital model, which was then
systematically optimised. Unusually tall for a MINI, but only 4.46 m
in length, the MINI Vision Urbanaut provides an interior space that
can be used in many different ways and offers a whole new ease of
movement inside the car.

Electric drive system and automated driving functions also
create new ways to use the interior.


Having been conceived from the outset as an
electrically powered vehicle with automated driving functions, the
MINI Vision Urbanaut has afforded the designers a greater level of
freedom when creating both the exterior and interior.  “In 1959, the
very first Mini ushered in a small-scale revolution in vehicle
construction with its transversely mounted engine,” recalls Oliver
Heilmer, Head of MINI Design. “With the MINI Vision Urbanaut we have
been able to rethink and increase the usable surface area inside the
car even further in relation to its footprint.” 

One space, a multitude of possibilities.

The interior of the MINI Vision Urbanaut provides
the ideal environment in which to go on a journey, but is also the aim
of the journey. Having arrived at the chosen destination, it can
transform into a living room in just a few simple steps. Occupants
enter the innovative cabin through a large sliding door in the side of
the car. The cutting-edge slide and swivel mechanism is the ideal
design for urban driving conditions where space is at a premium. There
are no other doors on the driver’s side or front passenger side.

Driver’s area with “Daybed” and “Street Balcony”; “Cosy
Corner” in the rear.


An extremely flexible four-seat layout provides the
basis for the bright interior. The two front seats are designed to
rotate, while the backrests for the generously sized seat surface in
the rear can be folded manually (left rear seat) and turned around
(right rear seat). When the car is stationary, the dashboard lowers
and the driver’s area becomes a comfortable seating corner – the
“daybed”. Added to which, the windscreen can be opened upwards when
stationary to create a kind of Street Balcony. This enhances
interaction with the car’s surroundings and creates an even more
generous spatial experience.  

The darker environs of the cabin’s rear section provide a quieter
space – the Cosy Corner. This area invites passengers to enjoy some
time to themselves. A textilecovered “Loop” extends over the seat
bench and features the option of LED backlighting. Between Cosy Corner
and the driver’s area is the open and airy central section of the car,
which offers quick access to all seating areas. With the door open, it
is even possible to sit on the floor. On the side of the car opposite
the entry door, a small integrated table with a plant adds a finishing
touch to the interior fittings. The table signifies the car’s new
centre point – the place where passengers meet, face and engage with
one another.  
 
User interface and interaction design – “Analogue love,
digital connection” as a guiding principle.


Intuitive, discreet user interface solutions allow
conventional controls such as switches or buttons to be omitted. This
creates a minimalist, cosy spatial experience while maintaining full
connectivity. The principle of making things as simple as possible to
use (“natural interaction”) is highlighted by the “analogue”, tactile,
haptic experience of initiating a feature, e.g. the direct touch
operation option in the Loop over the rear seat bench. The circular
instrument is now positioned in the middle of the car – the new centre
of the action – and brings information to the place where people meet.

The “MINI Token” – the digital-analogue interface for MINI moments.

The MINI Token is the centrepiece of the MINI Vision
Urbanaut’s experience worlds. It is roughly the same size as a worry
stone and activates the three preconfigured MINI moments – Chill,
Wanderlust and Vibe – when placed in purpose-designed slots in the
table at the centre of the car. Other MINI moments are conceivable,
such as “My MINI moment”. Here, the MINI Token can be programmed to
provide another kind of personalised experience, in which the user can
configure their own preferred scenario of fragrance, ambient lighting,
music, etc. and call it up directly at a later time. 

The exterior design – the spirit of the brand in a new form.

The purist mono-volume design of the MINI Vision
Urbanaut gives new meaning to the “Creative Use of Space” approach.
The flush, virtually seamless surface creates a modern baseline mood,
with high-quality details adding carefully judged stylistic
flourishes. In signature MINI fashion, the wheels are positioned at
the outer corners of the body, with short overhangs rounding off a
compact and agile appearance.

A new MINI face.

The front end of the MINI Vision Urbanaut represents
a clear evolution of two timehonoured MINI design icons – the
headlights and radiator grille. Positioned under a milled aluminium
structure with slotted openings, the headlights are only visible when
switched on. Thanks to their multicolour dynamic matrix design they
can display different multi-coloured graphics, which creates a new
form of communication between the car and the outside world to suit
each moment. The lights on the MINI Vision Urbanaut complement the
front “grille” with the attractive look distinctive to every MINI. The
enclosed grille itself is now octagonal in shape, representing an
evolution of the traditional hexagonal form. Since the MINI Vision
Urbanaut does not have a combustion engine requiring cooling air, the
grille assumes a new function: it now serves as an intelligence panel
for automated driving.

As with the headlights, mulitcolour dynamic matrix rear lights behind
milled aluminium covers deliver a fresh aesthetic and present
different looks in the various driving modes and MINI moments. On
closer inspection, the distinctive, convex surfaces also pay homage to
previous MINIs and the classic Mini. One small detail – the contour of
the rear windows – references the form of the front grille and
underscores the car’s stylistic consistency.  

The clear form of the exterior supplies the car’s colours, materials
and details with the perfect stage. The matt exterior shade Zero
Gravity transitions from a metallic green with blue flip effect to a
subtly toned grey. The windows show a pattern in body colour, fading
in a gradient from bottom to top. This creates a harmonious transition
from the vehicle body to the windows and roof. The pattern also
provides a certain amount of privacy without having to darken the
windows; the interior remains bright.

Illuminated skateboard wheels provide visual flourishes.

The visual highlight of the MINI Vision Urbanaut
when viewed from the side are the wheels, finished in the colour Ocean
Wave, a turquoise blue which sparks associations with the beach and
the sound of the sea. The abstract Union Jack profile of the wheels is
a nod to the car’s British heritage, while their shape recalls
skateboards – thereby further highlighting the car’s nimbleness and
non-conformist MINI twist. The wheels also represent another way in
which the car communicates with its surroundings. Transparent and
illuminated from the inside, their appearance changes according to the
selected MINI moment. 

MINI charms – tactile loveables.

Occupying an exposed position in the C-pillar on the
driver’s side are the “charms”. They offer reminders of places
travelled, festivals or other events in the form of pins or stickers,
and are presented as graphic collector’s items behind glass, as if in
a display cabinet. The MINI charms are also an expression of
wanderlust and show what the owner has experienced with the MINI
Vision Urbanaut – like the stickers on camper vans or badges on
walking poles in days gone by. One charm is dedicated to the #Next Gen
platform on which the MINI Vision Urbanaut will celebrate its world
premiere. Another has a QR code which, when scanned, takes you to
MINI.com. In this way, the analogue and digital worlds come together
in the car’s exterior as well.  Expressing the MINI moments in the
interior and exterior. If one of the three MINI moments is activated
by placing the MINI Token in the slots in the table, this is signalled
on the outside of the car through the front and rear surfaces and
wheel rims. In the interior, the whole geometry – including the seats,
the form of the dashboard/daybed and the backrest positions – can be
adjusted manually according to the MINI moment selected. The circular
instrument display also changes. Fragrance, sound and ambient lighting
continue to enrich the baseline mood initiated by the chosen MINI
moment.  

MINI moment Chill – an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of the city.

In the MINI moment Chill, the MINI Vision Urbanaut
becomes a private retreat, an urban oasis. While the rear seat bench
(Cosy Corner) invites various seating and lying positions, the backlit
Loop above it takes on an appearance inspired by a green forest canopy
and can also be dimmed. Ambient music and atmospheric sounds from
nature are added to the mix. In the central area, the circular
instrument folds down to become a table lamp, eliminating displays or
switches that might remind the customer of their automotive
surroundings. From the outside, the MINI moment Chill is revealed in
the abstract representation of a forest canopy around the headlights,
rear lights and wheels. 

MINI moment Wanderlust – the joy of travelling together.
Wanderlust is the only one of the three MINI
moments where the MINI Vision Urbanaut is actually moving. In this
moment, the interior becomes the ideal place for driving the car, or
being driven by it, and enables customers to rediscover the romance of
travel. The user interface on the central circular instrument adapts
its visuals to reflect a world of travel inspired by tourism posters
of the 1950s and 60s. Alongside an animation of the route, additional
journey information – such as visitor attractions and arrival time –
is displayed here for those on board. The Loop above the rear seat
bench visualises the feeling of movement with a simulated blur of
passing scenery in a mix of orange and turquoise. When the customer
wants to drive themselves, a tap of a finger on the MINI logo brings
out the steering wheel and pedals. A minimalist parallax display in
the dashboard provides route instructions or hazard alerts. There are
no other driving-related displays in the dashboard. When automated
driving mode is activated, the steering wheel and pedals retract and
the driving display disappears from the dashboard. On the exterior of
the car, the light graphics in the LED matrix surfaces at the front
and rear ends signal whether automated mode has been engaged or the
customer is driving themselves.  

MINI moment Vibe – celebrating community, sharing moments.
In the MINI moment Vibe, the MINI Vision
Urbanaut opens up to people and its surroundings, and provides an
experience of togetherness and interaction. Opening the side door and
folding up the windscreen creates a welcoming scene that blurs the
boundaries between the outside and inside. Amid a colour world of
magenta and black with turquoise highlights, the MINI Vision Urbanaut
provides a central meeting hub; one which can be either quiet or loud.
The central circular instrument becomes a media control centre. An
animation of graphic equalizers moving with the music is projected
onto surfaces of the front, rear, wheels and Loop above the rear seat
bench, creating a pleasant club atmosphere. If those on board so
desire, the car could even begin to resemble a boombox. 

Digital services connected with the MINI Vision Urbanaut

The concept behind the MINI Vision Urbanaut includes
services designed to make using the car an enriching and seamless
experience. For example, the MINI Vision Urbanaut can be opened using
smart devices – so, in keeping with its status as a mobility option of
the future, it can be accessed by anyone within a defined circle of
family and friends. Playlists, audio books or podcasts to suit the
route and the moment can be explored while travelling in the
Wanderlust moment. A personal journey planner displays tips and points
of interest (POI) tailored to the individual, as well as
recommendations from the MINI Community. These can be proposed and
selected as desired.  

Sustainable materials and a responsible mindset.

The MINI Vision Urbanaut is characterised by the
responsible use of resources. As well as maximum space within a small
footprint and the all-electric drive system, the MINI Vision Urbanaut
is committed to a responsible approach to materials. This is achieved
not only by reducing the number of components in the exterior and
interior design, but also by enabling dual functions such as the
dashboard/daybed. In addition to the use of recyclates, this also
means ensuring that the design is free of chrome and leather. Along
with the use of recycled materials, this also means avoiding chrome
and leather. The dominant material in the interior is knitted textile,
which combines cosiness and quality with softness and comfort. The use
of cork on the steering wheel and sections of the floor adds a special
touch thanks to its natural feel, and ensures an authentically
pleasant interior climate.  

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad recalls motorcycle clothing.

BMW:BMW Motorrad recalls motorcycle clothing.

Munich. Following instructions from the Munich
Regional Administrative Authority, BMW Motorrad recalls  the
Club Leather Men’s Jacket size M, part number 76129899222
and the DownTown glove, part number 76218560843
to 76218560849 in Europe.

The Administrative Authority refers to a random test conducted on the
above-mentioned articles of a supplier by the
Veterinäruntersuchungsamt Rhein-Ruhr-Wupper (Rhine-Ruhr-Wupper
Veterinary Inspection Office), which allegedly detected chromium VI
above the legally standardised limit. Chromium VI can cause allergic
reactions in some persons.

We regret any inconvenience caused to our customers. We regularly
test the leather lifestyle products we sell for chrome VI and have not
detected any abnormalities to date.

Owners are asked to hand the affected items of clothing in at an
authorised BMW Motorrad dealership. Irrespective of their age,
affected items can be exchanged for an equivalent BMW Motorrad product.

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries, please contact:

Gerhard Lindner, BMW Motorrad Communications

Tel.: +49 151 601 53472, Gerhard.la.Lindner@bmw.de


Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad
Tel.:
+49 151 601 57505, Tim.Diehl-Thiele@bmw.de


Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49 151 601 35108, Jennifer.Ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.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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Original Press Release

#NEXTGen 2020.

BMW:#NEXTGen 2020.

Experience #NEXTGen 2020 at: www.bmw.com/nextgen

Munich. The BMW Group is writing the next chapter in
the future of mobility – and #NEXTGen 2020 provides the ideal platform
on which to present this latest instalment. Following the highly
successful inaugural event in 2019, this year’s programme will be
staged in digital formats. In a world that is changing more radically
than ever, the BMW Group has set itself the target of continuing to
spearhead technological development, set trends and be an instrumental
force in shaping the future face of mobility with an attractive
product portfolio and its Power of Choice strategy.

At #NEXTGen 2020 the BMW Group will open doors that are normally kept
firmly shut. It showcases new technologies and vehicles, while also
looking at some very specific examples of what next-generation
mobility might – or will – look like. Indeed, as well as presenting
highlights from the Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ), #NEXTGen
2020 will host world premieres from the BMW Motorrad and MINI brands.
And the event will also take a look at the design of the
series-production version of the BMW iNEXT, which will go on sale in
late November 2021 badged as the BMW iX.

Oliver Zipse: “The BMW Group is constantly striving to
reinvent itself.”

A rapidly approaching future sets the tone for this year’s #NEXTGen
2020. Topic areas such as connectivity, electric drive systems,
artificial intelligence, international alliances and BMW’s new Driving
Simulation Centre provide an ideal introduction to the BMW Group’s
role in this dynamic climate. After all, they each form an established
element of the BMW Group’s day-to-day reality and are playing an
increasingly important role in the development of current and future
vehicles. The BMW Group isn’t just ready for the future – it is
helping to actively shape it.

“The BMW Group is constantly striving to reinvent itself – that is a
key element of our corporate strategy,” says Oliver Zipse, Chairman of
the Board of Management of BMW AG. “The BMW iX encapsulates this
approach in highly concentrated form.”

Production of the BMW iX will begin at BMW Plant Dingolfing in 2021.
On the one hand, it amalgamates all the developments, experience and
innovations accumulated by BMW in recent years in its capacity as the
leading premium provider in the field of electric mobility. But its
development also illustrates the crucial role already being played by
artificial intelligence (AI). At the current time, the BMW Group
employs AI in over 400 applications and in every relevant department
of the company, for example in development, sales/marketing and
production. It is also used for processing and interpreting large
quantities of data. AI forms the basis for automated driving and the
most natural in-vehicle operating experience possible.

Another major step along the road to future mobility – automated
driving – can only be turned into reality with the aid of technology
from a field in which BMW has played a pioneering role since the
1990s: connectivity. BMW already offers over-the-air software upgrades
and digital services for many of its models today. The BMW iX now goes
one step further as the first premium model to employ 5G mobile
technology. A multitude of extremely powerful sensors – ranging from
cameras to radar and ultrasonic units – coupled with numerous
different antennae, from Bluetooth through to 5G, and assisted by
artificial intelligence and Data-Driven Services convert the BMW iX
into a high-performance computer on wheels.

The BMW Group’s new Driving Simulation Centre in Munich provides an
ideal setting for these activities. The most sophisticated and
versatile facility of its type, this 11,400-square-metre facility is
home to a total of 14 simulators, including a high-fidelity simulator
and a high-dynamic simulator. These allow the experience of driving on
the road to be transferred to the lab in more realistic form than ever before.

International alliances open up new avenues.

The BMW Group’s alliances also highlight how determined the company
is to forge new paths. For example, the engineering tools used in the
past were no longer able to handle the complex requirements of the BMW
iX. This was one of the reasons why BMW contacted Epic Games back in
2015 and not long after became the first carmaker to implement a
mixed-reality system in vehicle development that had been created
entirely using components from the gaming industry. It is based on
Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games.

World premiere for the MINI Vision Urbanaut.

When MINI presents the “MINI Vision Urbanaut” at 14:00 on
17.11.2020 at #NEXTGen , the brand will exclusively unveil its totally
new vision of space. There’s something to be excited about.

BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 revolutionises the scooter segment.

Like the MINI Vision Urbanaut, the second model making its global
debut at #NEXTGen 2020 is also designed for purely electric travel.
The near-production BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 scooter has evolved
from the BMW Motorrad Concept Link and merges the customer’s analogue
and digital worlds under the motto “Plugged to Life”. It offers city
commuters a means of transport and communication in one, with many of
the innovative elements and details of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link –
which was seen as a radical vision for the distant future back in 2017
– set to find their way into series production.

This clearly shows how far electrification of the entire BMW Group
model fleet has already progressed. And this is set to continue in the
near future. A quarter of all vehicles sold by the BMW Group in Europe
in 2021 are expected to have an electrified drive system, with this
proportion rising to a third in 2025 and half in 2030. In 2023, BMW
Group customers will be able to choose from 25 electrified models,
approximately half of which will have an all-electric drive system.

Modern leadership in many different areas.

At #NEXTGen 2020, the company is also exploring a variety of projects
that demonstrate the meaning of leadership today. A collaboration with
streetware label Kith in New York, for instance, allows BMW M GmbH to
detect the latest trends in a young and influential fashion scene. The
Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i represents a leap into a new dimension
in every sense. With the support of BMW i and BMW Group company
Designworks, Austrian Peter Salzmann used it to make the first ever
flight by a human wearing an electrically powered wingsuit. These are
just two examples of how the BMW Group is setting trends, picking up
on new developments and anticipating what customers want.

Electric drive system
.

BMW Group covers the entire process chain for electric driving
.

BMW has been the leading premium provider in the field of electric
mobility for many years now and has made a name for itself with
innovative vehicle concepts, such as the BMW i3 and BMW i8. The
company employs state-of-the-art production methods and facilities
across the board in order to offer the customer a well-balanced
product range whose drive systems – in keeping with the Power of
Choice approach – fit in exactly with their preferences and needs. To
further strengthen its leading position, the BMW Group is forging
ahead with the expansion of electric mobility and its model portfolio.

“The performance of our electric drive technology – now in its fifth
generation – has benefited from more than ten years of experience
through the BMW i brand across all areas: the high-voltage battery,
electric motor, battery cells, power electronics and charging
technology,” sums up Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of
BMW AG, Development. “This far-reaching expertise in all the major
components will allow us to further increase the number of electrified
models in our line-up to 25 in just over two years.”

Over a million electrified BMWs by the end of 2021.

It was the presentation of the BMW i3 in 2012 followed by its launch
just one year later that kicked off the modern era of electric
mobility at BMW. The groundbreaking electric car is also a fine
example of the advances that BMW has made in the intervening period,
as the storage capacity of the high-voltage battery in the BMW i3 has
doubled since its debut – without the battery taking up any more space.

Today, some 13.3 per cent of all BMW and MINI models newly registered
across Europe have all-electric or plug-in hybrid drive systems. The
BMW Group expects this proportion to already rise to a quarter by
2021, a third by 2025 and then half by 2030. BMW and MINI vehicles
with an electrified powertrain are now available in 74 markets around
the world. Total sales of electrified models in these markets had
exceeded 500,000 by 2019 and are likely to top the one million mark by
the end of 2021.

In-house developments from the BMW Group for all elements of
electric drive.

The BMW Group is relying on in-house developments for all elements of
BMW eDrive technology to help it fulfil these ambitious targets. The
quality of the electric motors, high-voltage batteries, charging
technology and power electronics is rooted in the experience garnered
with the BMW i brand since 2011.

The BMW Group will in future manufacture battery modules,
high-voltage batteries and electric motors for its electrified models
on eight production lines at its competence centre for electric drive
systems in Plant Dingolfing. The company plans to install a further
four lines over the coming years and ramp up production capacity
significantly. Having started with 8,000 square metres of production
space in 2015, the competence centre for electric drive system
production is set to grow tenfold to 80,000 square metres. The
objective is to produce electric drive systems for over half a million
electrified vehicles a year in Dingolfing alone as soon as 2022.

Dingolfing already boasts many years of expertise in the manufacture
of electric vehicle componentry – the high-voltage batteries for the
BMW i3 have been volume produced here since 2013 and the facility has
also been building electric motors since 2015. Today, Dingolfing
exemplifies the BMW Group’s Power of Choice approach; its innovative
production system allows plug-in hybrid and combustion-engined models
to roll off the assembly line here alongside fully electric models.
This makes the facility a prime case study in how to address the
diverse spread of mobility solutions and requirements in play today
and to come in the future.

BMW Group covers the entire process chain for electric driving.

The company’s equivalent to Dingolfing for battery expertise can be
found in Munich. The Battery Cell Competence Centre opened in 2019
maps the entire value chain of battery technology – from research and
development via composition and design to large-scale production. This
means the BMW Group is already developing forthcoming generations of
battery cells, focusing on customer-relevant aspects such as improving
energy density, peak output, service life, safety, charging
characteristics and performance at varying temperatures, as well as
cost reduction.

In 2022, the centre’s findings will be put into practice at the BMW
Group’s new pilot plant for manufacturing lithium-ion battery cells.
Currently under construction in Parsdorf near Munich, the facility
marks a decisive step in the company’s quest to continue strengthening
its position as the leading premium provider of electric mobility.
This pilot plant will make BMW the first carmaker to cover the entire
process chain for electric driving in-house.

The BMW electric powertrain strategy revolves around the Power of
Choice, i.e. providing the customer with the best and most appropriate
overall package for their individual requirements every time. As far
as electric mobility is concerned, this is primarily a question of
striking the perfect balance between performance and range. The
development of cutting-edge testing methods and test cases was an
important step along this path and has also led to increased
efficiency and faster processes.

With this in mind, the BMW Group’s E-Drive system test rig in Munich
assists with the development of new system components from day one and
enables testing of any conceivable driving manoeuvre. To this end,
high-dynamic dynamometers can simulate any combination of rolling,
air, gradient, acceleration and inertial resistance in all manner of
different conditions – driving in sun, snow, wind, rain, through a
city centre or even on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. And this can all
be done every day, round the clock. The facility even allows test
drives to be conducted remotely from the engineer’s home. So electric
drive system development work at BMW never stands still – and it is
getting faster all the time. The E-Drive system test rig plays a
central role here, helped by what is arguably its most impressive
feature: the ability to test parts that are not yet available in
finished product form by simulating them as virtual components.
Together with increased process efficiency, this serves to shorten the
development time for innovations by as much as one-and-a-half years.

Fifth-generation eDrive: major benefits for production and sustainability.

The fifth generation of BMW’s eDrive technology is now entering the
fray. Key advantages of this highly integrated electric drive
component include the absence of rare earths, a compact construction
resulting from the integration of electric motor, transmission and
power electronics into a single housing, and the flexible scalability
rooted in the technology’s modular design. The drive system is
compatible with all vehicle concepts and available in a range of power
ratings for different models. It will also feature in the BMW i4 and
BMW iX models from 2021.

In keeping with its status as a trailblazer for sustainability, the
BMW Group has signed contracts with its suppliers committing to the
use of green power only from now on in the manufacture of
fifth-generation battery cells. As production volumes increase, the
switch to green power will save around ten million tonnes of
CO2 over the coming decade. That is roughly the quantity of
CO2 generated by a city the size of Munich every year.

“The BMW Group is already working on the development of new vehicle
concepts that will help shape the future of electric mobility. Because
electric drive is not merely a technical innovation and a logical step
towards greater sustainability – it also has the potential to open up
a new dimension in driving pleasure,” says Martin Schuster, Head of
Development E-Powertrain. This is currently being demonstrated behind
closed doors by the company’s “Power BEV” experimental vehicle, as it
explores the limits of the technically possible. Three
fifth-generation electric motors producing a maximum system output of
over 530 kW/720 hp have been fitted in a current BMW 5 Series
production model. This trio of drive units were integrated without
encroaching on the passenger compartment and deliver extremely dynamic
longitudinal and lateral performance. The prototype is equipped with
two independently controllable electric motors at the rear axle. These
promise pure driving enjoyment thanks to their E‑torque vectoring
function, as electric drive brings a new and richly engaging angle to
the driving pleasure for which BMW is renowned.

Connectivity.

The ultimate in connectivity, computing power, data processing
and intelligence

. 

The principle of swarm intelligence is best known from bees. The
individual members of a hive interact and communicate with one
another, cooperating as a single organism to also make intelligent
decisions, for instance when searching for a nesting site or the most
efficient route to a source of food. Such decisions based on
information from a swarm tend to be far more intelligent than those
taken by one individual on their own.

The same principle underpins a key aspect of connectivity at the BMW
Group. As Christoph Grote, Senior Vice President BMW Group Digital
Car, explains: Our customers already benefit directly from the swarm
intelligence of our connected fleet today. Smart vehicles use their
sensors to gather information on traffic, parking spaces, hazardous
situations or road signs, for example. This data is aggregated in
anonymised form in the BMW cloud and evaluated with the help of
machine learning. Relevant information is then fed back to the
vehicles, depending on the specific situation. This gives each
individual vehicle access to the collective knowledge of 14 million
others, and in some respects the swarm will know more than a human
possibly can.”

Digital vehicle platform.

It is the high degree of connectivity within the BMW vehicle fleet
that makes all the difference. BMW has over 20 years of connectivity
experience under its belt. The company installed the first SIM card in
a vehicle back in 1997 before going on to lay the groundwork for
connected, more individual mobility with BMW ConnectedDrive. Things
have progressed at a rapid pace in the meantime. The new digital
platform being introduced with the BMW iX sets new standards for
connectivity, performance and intelligence. When all vehicle functions
are active and operating at full load, the amount of data for
processing flowing through the car’s network is between ten and 20
times greater than in the current model generation, with data rates of
up to 30 Gbit/s. This is all made possible by the first ever use of
Gigabit Ethernet technology in a BMW.

To give an idea of its capabilities, the network aboard the BMW iX
can transmit the data stored on an entire DVD in a little over a
second. The growth in the volume of data is largely down to the
vehicle’s improved system of sensors and is needed for the driving
assistance systems. 

A multitude of extremely powerful sensors coupled with over 30
antennae and the highly centralised architecture in which complex
software functions are concentrated in a handful of central
high-performance computers convert the BMW iX into a digital top
performer on wheels. It is the first model to feature this technology
toolkit, which paves the way for new and highly complex vehicle functions.

Connectivity as an enabler.

This all underpins extremely fast processing of the acquired data.
Part of the pre-processed data from the vehicle is transmitted to the
cloud at BMW, where the aggregated and anonymised fleet data is
analysed and evaluated with the help of machine learning. Relevant
information is then sent back to the vehicles, depending on the
specific situation, where it helps to increase comfort, efficiency and
safety for the driver.

Vehicles with On-Street Parking Information, for example, are already
capable of not just showing the driver where there is a parking space,
but also estimating the likelihood of it being available at the
calculated arrival time. Taking this data as a basis, the route
offering the greatest probability of finding a parking spot close to
the destination can be calculated for the remainder of the journey,
saving customers time and stress. At peak times, cars searching for
parking spaces account for as much as one third of the total volume of
car traffic in large cities. Shortening the search for parking would
therefore result in considerable fuel and emission savings in urban
areas, meaning that everyone benefits.

This advanced degree of digitalisation and connectivity is ushering
in a new generation of vehicles at BMW that will enjoy continuous
improvement during their life cycles. Since the introduction of the
modular BMW Operating System 7 vehicle software in 2018, BMW has been
offering extensive over-the-air Remote Software Upgrades for its
latest generation of models. As a result, BMW vehicles are always up
to date, no matter whether they are fresh off the production line or
already in action out on the road. The largest and most extensive
upgrade campaign in the company’s history got underway in mid-October
2020. More than 750,000 BMWs around the world are set to receive an
array of new functions and improvements, such as the cloud-based
navigation system BMW Maps and the integration of Android
AutoTM. This is the largest over-the-air update ever to
have been rolled out by a European manufacturer.

BMW Group to become the first premium manufacturer with 5G in
series production.

The BMW iX will now go one step further by becoming the first premium
model to be equipped with 5G mobile technology. 5G offers extremely
high data bandwidth and low latency – meaning fast data transmission –
and also expands the possibilities for connectivity between the
vehicle and its environment. It forms the basis for real-time
reception and transmission of data and sensor system information to
the BMW cloud. Together with the improved quality of service offered
by the 5G network, this will bring about significant enhancements and
innovations in the areas of entertainment, infotainment, automated
driving and road safety. The high data transmission rates will
additionally enable a far greater degree of cloudification. This
involves transferring vehicle functions requiring a lot of computing
power to the BMW cloud, where the combined performance of an entire
computing centre is available with the ability to process vast
quantities of data and complex tasks. The computed data is sent back
to the car in a matter of milliseconds courtesy of 5G.

This cellular mobile technology and, most notably, the 5G standard
also have the potential to connect vehicles with other road users.
C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle to Everything) solutions allow cars,
motorcycles, buses and trucks to communicate with one another, with
the smartphones of pedestrians, cyclists and scooter riders and even
with the infrastructure directly without any need to connect to the
mobile network. This enables information such as direction of travel
to be shared in specific traffic situations and warnings of potential
hazards to be transmitted.

5G is nothing less than the next level of connectivity and it
represents a crucial advance for mobility’s next evolutionary step.

More complex functions, simpler operation.

The increasing functionality and connectivity of vehicles and their
extensive digitalisation inevitably add to the complexity of the
overall system. By contrast, vehicle operation is becoming simpler,
more intuitive and more natural. This is made possible by increasing
levels of intelligence and function automation on the one hand, but
also through the deployment of shy tech and pared-down, clearly
arranged controls like those in the BMW iX. As vehicle intelligence
increases, more complex functions can be taken off the driver’s hands,
allowing the person at the wheel to focus purely on the essentials and
the pleasure of driving. If on-board intelligence is handling more
tasks and more information is being made available, this also means
that the vehicle is playing a more active role in the interaction
between human and machine. After all, in a mobility context, vehicles
sometimes know more than the driver: where the next free parking space
or fast-charging point is, for example, or that heavy rain is starting
to fall a few hundred metres further on, that a corridor for emergency
vehicles needs to be formed in a couple of miles, or that there is an
upcoming temporary speed limit due to moving roadworks – all
information that is relevant for the driver. What is crucial here is
that the right information is presented in the right place at the
right time, allowing the driver to react and interact in an
appropriate manner for the situation at hand. Interaction design at
BMW clearly focuses on multimodal operation using a combination of
physical controls and touch, voice and gesture control.

Accumulated digital expertise in development.

At the BMW Group, a team of digital experts strive for perfection as
they work together eagerly to integrate groundbreaking technologies
into a car and fuse hardware and software to harmonious effect. They
interconnect mobility and the digital world and turn the vehicle into
a highly integrated, integrative device that dovetails seamlessly with
the customer’s digital ecosystem.

The BMW Group operates with an international network of developers
stretching from China via Europe – through the Research and Innovation
Centre in Munich and Critical TechWorks in Portugal – to various sites
in the USA. This way, different skills and areas of technical
expertise and, most notably, the differing customer requirements of
each region are incorporated into the design and development phases.
The young team of more than 7,200 software and IT experts encompasses
a diverse range of disciplines, including software engineers, UX
designers, psychologists, data scientists, as well as specialists in
AI, robotics, autonomous driving and smart production. Agile work
processes and methods in workspaces that have been purpose developed
for collaboration lend themselves to short development and innovation cycles.

On average, 70 customer studies a year are conducted in relation to
interface design alone. These studies are an essential component of
customer-centric and data-driven development. They allow prototypes to
be continuously checked for user-friendliness and compared against the
customers’ mental model. Clear feedback is evaluated and subsequently
fed directly into the next development steps. Development also factors
in anonymised data from the vehicle fleet. The information from the
vehicles of customers who have actively consented to data being
transmitted is depersonalised and aggregated in order to provide a
picture of how the majority of users behave and how behaviour varies
in different regions of the world. Further customer-centric
development tools include specially designed dialogue formats as well
as trend scouting and research.

The overriding objective is to develop a system that is as easy and
intuitive to use as possible, suited to all customer groups and
therefore highly flexible and customisable.

Virtual collaboration
.

BMW Group is using technology from the gaming sector
.

What does gaming sensation Fortnite have to do with the BMW iX? It’s
a question that might leave even BMW connoisseurs and gaming experts
with a blank look on their faces. And yet the most successful computer
game of recent years – it recorded 350 million players in May 2020 –
and the BMW Group’s new technology flagship do indeed share common
ground: they used Unreal Engine from Epic Games in their development.

What may sound astonishing at first is, on closer inspection,
actually quite logical. After all, with the BMW iX embodying the dawn
of a new age in driving pleasure, a radical change in thinking was
needed in the development process. Existing engineering tools were no
longer fit for purpose given the car’s complex specification brief.
Added to which, BMW had set itself the goal of elevating the
functionality and user experience the BMW iX offers its customers to
unprecedented levels.

“We took the development of the BMW iX in totally new directions,”
explains Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,
Development. “For example, we used innovative technologies from the
gaming industry to visualise the interface between design and
technology as realistically as possible. The BMW iX is the first car
to be developed using the game engine we modified.”

Partnership with Epic Games.

These were two important reasons why BMW decided to rethink the
development of the BMW iX from the ground up. The company contacted
Epic Games back in 2015 – and it wasn’t long before it became the
first carmaker to introduce a mixed-reality system into the vehicle
development process in which components from the gaming industry
played a central role. The system is based on Epic Games’ Unreal
Engine 4, which also powers Fortnite and the racing simulator Assetto
Corsa Competizione.

“Today, gaming technologies offer many of the functions – for
example, virtual reality and the interaction between users – that we
are lacking in our engineering tools,” explains Matthias Oberhauser,
Product Owner Design and Virtual Product Experience BMW. “That’s why
we have taken a lead from gaming technology for this project. In 2015
a small team at BMW set about modifying the game engine so we could
use it in vehicle development.”

The tech duly saved a considerable amount of time and money in the
early development stages, in particular. Before this system started
work, virtual reality testing was only possible with the help of
expensive, specialised equipment. Using consumer electronics gave the
developers a previously unimagined degree of flexibility, as they
could implement and test changes extremely quickly. In addition,
developers around the world could get involved in decision-making from
wherever they happened to be, removing the need to travel long
distances. Only when designs have been assessed in virtual reality and
using 3D glasses are they turned into physical models for further testing.

“When BMW came to us, we were surprised at first,” recalls Doug
Wolff, Business Development Manager, Manufacturing Epic Games. “But
then we were really excited about the idea of using innovative
technologies from the gaming sector in vehicle development –
especially at the interface between design and technology. You can
certainly say that BMW leads the way in both the automotive industry
and beyond when it comes to collaboration tools based on game engines.”

Mixed reality assists BMW iX development.

However, BMW went a step further in the development of the BMW iX. An
example here is its use of technology for the car’s spectacular
interior. As visual impressions are often not sufficient in this area,
BMW employed a reusable interior design. The use of rapid prototyping
– a fast-paced process for manufacturing sample components – adds a
mixed-reality dimension to the development process. I.e. it benefits
from the intelligent combination of surfaces you can actual feel and
control elements presented using virtual reality.

The result is an all-encompassing experience enhanced even further by
accurate reproduction of the signature BMW engine sound, for example.
Using the virtual reality model allows the vehicle to be experienced
in a variety of environments. The totally realistic vehicle impression
created in this way is currently unique in the automotive industry.

The ability to present vehicle functions and new interior concepts
extremely quickly by means of these visual experiences in the virtual
reality space opens up various new avenues – for example, simulation
of journeys through cities. Here, it is possible to test aspects
including visibility over the area around the car and to check how
different viewing angles and seating positions affect the view of a
display on a screen or how difficult it is to reach. This gives the
development engineers the impression of experiencing a real-life road
situation inside an actual car.

BMW Group extends use of gaming technology into other areas of
the company.

The BMW iX is the first car to have been developed at BMW using
gaming technology. It meant the engineers and designers were not only
able to assess the static geometry of the car, they could also
experience the BMW iX and all its functions virtually at every stage
of the development phase.

However, for BMW this is only the beginning. The potential of gaming
technology for future projects is enormous; it is capable of
revolutionising not only vehicle development but also other areas,
such as design, production and sales/marketing. Indeed, the BMW Group
is already employing the short development cycles of consumer
technology in many other areas of the company. And it has now
developed the technology into a platform which is used in almost all
processes and is being further expanded. Other BMW projects – such as
factory planning and sales organisation – are now learning and
benefiting from the experiences gained in the production of the BMW iX.

Artificial intelligence
.

The basis for automated driving and natural interaction
.

The BMW Group currently employs artificial intelligence (or “AI” for
short) in more than 400 applications and in every relevant area of the
company. Development is one example; here AI provides the basis for
automated driving and the most natural possible in-vehicle user
experience. “Artificial intelligence plays a central role at the BMW
Group,” says Simon Euringer, BMW Group, Head of Intelligent Personal
Assistant. “It helps us with the processing and interpretation of
large quantities of data – whether that’s in sales, production or research.”

Extensive data pool provides the basis for all AI applications.

Artificial intelligence requires an extensive pool of data, whatever
the application. In order to virtually reproduce driving situations at
the Driving Simulation Centre and, in the next step, train BMW Group
vehicles for automated driving, the actual road network and traffic
situations first need to be digitalised.

The basis for data-driven development therefore consists of the data
collected worldwide by the vehicles of the BMW Group Automated Driving
Test Fleet, plus – since the end of 2019 – the data from vehicles
owned by BMW Group customers, who have consented to this anonymised
information being transmitted and processed.

As of October 2020, this already equates to over 250 million
kilometres of real-world driving experience from the regions of Europe
and North America. From the totality of data from these two sources –
the BMW fleet and BMW customer vehicles – particularly relevant
driving scenarios and environmental factors are selected and their
relevance is continuously increased.

Particularly challenging scenarios for AI-based simulations are, in
turn, extracted from this to ensure that the intricacy of reality is
taken into account as fully as possible in the development of complex
driver assistance systems like the Driving Assistant Professional and
future automated driving applications.

These vast quantities of data are processed by the BMW Group High
Performance D3 platform with over 230 petabytes of storage
capacity (in the planned expansion) and an extremely powerful computer
platform with more than 100,000 processor cores and over 200 GPUs
(Graphics Processing Units).

The development of automated driving with the
BMW iX.

AI creates an algorithm based on the data collected, and this then
calculates safe and anticipatory automated driving functions. So
without AI, automated driving cannot progress. All of the results of
the calculations are tested directly at the BMW Group Autonomous
Driving Campus in Unterschleißheim, which is connected directly to the
BMW Group High Performance D3 platform located just a few
kilometres away by high-performance fibre-optic cables.

In the future, the BMW iX will play an important role in the ongoing
development of automated driving. “With its all-new technology
toolkit, its computing power, high-performance sensor technology,
highly advanced data-driven development and embedded AI for processing
complex tasks, the BMW iX offers the potential to continue developing
automated driving functions year after year,” says the BMW Group’s
André Roskopf, an expert in data-driven development and AI.

AI can already be experienced in BMW vehicles.

Artificial intelligence can already be used and experienced by
drivers and passengers in BMW Group vehicles. The Intelligent Personal
Assistant (IPA) – available in a large number of models since the end
of 2018 – employs AI to make it easier for customers to use functions
in their vehicle. The driver activates the IPA using the prompt
“Hey BMW” and can operate a host of functions by voice control without
having to use pre-defined commands. “The key here is AI and machine
learning. These are indispensable elements of natural interaction –
i.e. intuitive vehicle operation – and enhance both the comfort and
safety of those on board,” explains Simon Euringer.

Driving Simulation Centre
.

The new benchmark for the automotive industry
.

When the BMW Group was planning its all-new Driving Simulation
Centre, the technology the company decided to use included
supercapacitors, direct drive with linear motors and 360-degree
projectors. At the same time, the entire planning process was made
customer-centric. The outcome is a Driving Simulation Centre that sets
new standards.

“With 14 simulators on a site measuring 11,400 m² in total, our new
Driving Simulation Centre in Munich is the most advanced and
diversified facility in the automotive industry,” says Frank Weber,
Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. “Here,
simulators with a wide range of motion systems are being built – all
the way up to highly dynamic units that use direct drive with linear
motors to recreate a realistic BMW driving experience. This takes us
to a new level of virtual development.”

Building work in Munich began in 2018 and the new Driving Simulation
Centre will be put into operation gradually. Here, the BMW Group is
turning the most progressive concept in the automotive industry into
reality. The company is creating every opportunity for its vehicle
research and development engineers to simulate and test the product
requirements of the future under realistic conditions.

Optimum simulation tools for every stage of development.

The new Driving Simulation Centre will provide the ideal simulation
tool for every area and every phase of the vehicle development
process. At the same time it will take customer involvement in the
development process to a whole new level. “We can perform test drives
for studies with up to 100 test persons per day,” says Michael
Brachvogel, Head of BMW Group Research, Interiors, User Interaction,
User Experience and Driving Simulation, who involves not only BMW
Group engineers but also external test persons in the virtual test
drives. “The new Driving Simulation Centre makes an enormous
contribution to our customer-centric product development. We can
integrate direct customer feedback into the development process at any
given moment.”

Virtual experience of every last detail.

For years now, driving simulation has played a key role in the
driving dynamics segment of the development function at the BMW Group.
The new Driving Simulation Centre will enable the virtual development
process to be further expanded, thereby reducing the number of
prototypes that need to be built as well as the duration of the
development cycle. “Both in the early phase of development and at the
validation stage, every nuance that goes to make up that signature BMW
driving feeling can be sampled in the state-of-the-art simulators,”
says Thomas Lachner, a driving simulation expert with the driving
dynamics development team.

The Driving Simulation Centre is the perfect response to the
ever-increasing requirements facing the development of intelligent,
highly connected vehicles. New display and control concepts can be
subjected to intensive tests, for example to analyse the risk of
driver distraction or the effectiveness of the multi-modal controls.
“With the aid of extensive tests in the driving simulator we can
design our systems in such a way that our customers in their vehicles
obtain the right information at the right time and in the right place
– all in the most intuitive way possible and in every conceivable
driving situation,” says Marion Mangold, team lead User Interaction Concept.

Traffic scenarios that involve risk or occur only rarely are almost
impossible to test on the road. So driving simulation offers major
advantages, in particular for the development of driver assistance
systems and functionalities that will in future be automated. In the
simulator, these kinds of situations can be replicated safely and in
great detail as often as required. “Our preparations for the
introduction of our driver assistance functions are extremely
thorough. Driving simulation is a major factor in ensuring that we can
develop the best and safest products for our customers,” says Manuela
Witt, expert for Safety-in-Use and Effectiveness Analysis.

Total immersion in seamless simulation.

The Seamless Simulator Experience was conceived by the BMW Group’s
simulation experts with the aim of immersing test persons much more
deeply in virtual driving situations. For example, in selected studies
test persons wearing a VR headset will in future make their way from a
virtual BMW or MINI dealership to the vehicle waiting outside for a
test drive. They only remove the headset immediately before entering
the simulator. This leads to a very high level of immersion. “This way
we get very valid and robust results for the optimisation of our user
functions,” says Martin Peller, overall project manager of the new
Driving Simulation Centre.

High-end simulators use direct drive with linear motors for a
realistic BMW driving experience.

In the high-fidelity simulator, driving scenarios are reconstructed
in great detail and with high precision. This means that, for the
first time, complex urban driving situations – which present a
particularly wide range of challenges for automated driving systems –
can now be replicated under laboratory conditions. In this simulator’s
almost 400-square-metre motion area, longitudinal, transverse and
rotational movements of a vehicle can be represented simultaneously.
The simulator is capable of putting a total mass of 83 metric tons
through maximum acceleration of 0.65 g. For its part, the High Dynamic
Simulator – the second highlight of the new Driving Simulation Centre
with a 21-metre sled and a moving mass of 23 metric tons – can
generate longitudinal and lateral acceleration of up to 1.0 g. It
permits the replication of highly dynamic evasive action, emergency
braking and hard acceleration.

These two high-end simulators move on a sophisticated system of
wheels and rails, which reacts virtually instantaneously to driver
inputs such as steering commands. Acceleration is provided by linear
electric motors with no moving parts. These hover above a series of
magnets, using much the same technology as maglev trains.
Supercapacitors deliver the peak power required by the motion system
in fractions of a second, while regenerative braking is used to
resupply them with energy.

Further information on the Driving Simulation Centre can be found by
following this link:
https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/topic/5236/technology/

BMW iX.

The dawn of a new era
.

The BMW iX is the BMW Group’s new technology flagship. It opens the
door to the next level in all-electric driving pleasure and, in the
process, ushers in a new age of mobility focused on a reinterpretation
of design, sustainability, driving pleasure, versatility and luxury.

Due to come onto the market at the end of 2021, the BMW iX is
currently in the final phase of development. It takes all of the
knowledge, experience and innovations amassed by BMW – the leading
premium supplier in the field of electric mobility – over recent years
to a new high point. This is the first BMW model to be based on an
all-new technology toolkit and was conceived from day one for purely
electric mobility.

“The BMW Group is constantly striving to re-invent itself. That is a
central element of our corporate strategy,” says Oliver Zipse,
Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “The BMW iX expresses
this approach in an extremely concentrated form.”

Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology delivers outstanding
efficiency and high range.

The new era of mobility will unfold at BMW Plant Dingolfing from
2021. The BMW iX leads the way with future technologies that will also
be incorporated into other BMW models in the foreseeable future. At
the heart of the BMW iX is the fifth generation of BMW eDrive
technology, which encompasses the car’s two electric motors, its power
electronics, charging technology and high-voltage battery. The power
unit was developed by the BMW Group and is manufactured in a
sustainable production process without the use of critical raw
materials known as rare earths. According to the latest predictions,
its maximum output will exceed 370 kW/500 hp, with 0 – 100 km/h (62
mph) possible in under 5.0 seconds.

The drive system delivers not only impressive driving dynamics but
also a combined electric power consumption figure of less than 21 kWh
per 100 kilometres in the WLTP test cycle (the most relevant method at
market launch). This is exceptionally low for its segment. With a
gross energy content of more than 100 kWh, the latest-generation
high-voltage battery enables a range of over 600 kilometres in the
WLTP cycle. That equates to more than 300 miles according to the EPA’s
FTP-75 test procedure. (All figures relating to performance, energy
consumption and range are predicted values based on the car’s current
stage of development.)

DC fast charging at up to 200 kW allows the battery in the BMW iX to
be replenished from 10 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in just 40
minutes. Stopping off at a fast-charging station allows users to top
up the car’s range by more than 120 kilometres (75 miles) within ten minutes.

The batteries fitted in the BMW iX are designed as part of a
long-term resource cycle and enable an exceptionally high recycling
rate. “Technology is driving the advances we need to tackle even the
greatest challenges. This applies in particular to climate
protection,” says Oliver Zipse. “We are firmly convinced that mobility
has to be sustainable if it is to represent a truly outstanding
solution. For the BMW Group, premium mobility is not possible without responsibility.”

Design for a new kind of mobility.

The BMW iX also raises the bar in terms of design. Its innovative use
of forms redefines the successful BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV)
concept. Muscular exterior proportions, a flowing roofline and reduced
surfacing turn the locally emission-free model into an experience
space delivering comfortable mobility both in day-to-day use and over
longer journeys. At the same time, with dimensions roughly similar to
those of the BMW X5 and BMW X6, the BMW iX exudes a new kind of poise
and authority anchored in sustainability, driving pleasure and premium characteristics.

One visible symbol of the fusion of innovation and design at work in
the BMW iX is the new kidney grille design, which is fully blanked off
and performs a digital role as an intelligence panel. Camera
technology, radar functions and other sensors are integrated
seamlessly into the grille behind a transparent surface with a
three-dimensional pyramid structure. This provides the driver with
advanced assistance systems that pave the way for automated driving.
The surface of the kidney grille has a self-healing effect which can
repair minor scratches, for example, within 24 hours at room temperature.

Shy tech: the seamless and invisible integration of high-tech functions.

Users can sample the groundbreaking design of the BMW iX in most
depth when inside the car, although they begin to experience the “shy
tech” principle in play here while climbing aboard. Shy tech refers to
technology that remains largely in the background and only reveals its
functions when they are being used. On entry into the car, the
function in question is the electrically powered door locks. The
interior welcomes the occupants of all five seats with a luxurious
lounge-style ambience, and provides the space required to explore new
ways of using time spent inside the car.

The omission of the centre tunnel gives the cabin an airy and
spacious feel, and ensures passengers in the second row also enjoy
extremely generous legroom. This further accentuates the lounge-style
ambience and long-distance comfort provided by the interior.

The displays and controls are all stripped down to the essentials,
and the shy tech approach for the interior can be seen in a number of
features, including speakers that have been integrated out of sight,
intricately styled air vents, heated surfaces and the BMW Head-Up
Display’s projector, which is recessed discreetly into the instrument
panel. For the first time in a model from the BMW Group, there is the
option of integrating speakers into the seat structure. Meanwhile, the
hexagonally shaped steering wheel (making its debut in a BMW), a
rocker switch for gear selection and the BMW Curved Display that forms
part of the next-generation BMW Operating System clearly advertise the
futuristic form of driving pleasure on offer. The BMW Curved Display
is held in place by a supporting structure that is concealed from the
occupants’ view, so it appears to be standing freely in the cockpit.
This new technology takes the traditional driver focus of a BMW
cockpit to the next level, uniting the 12.3-inch instrument cluster
and 14.9-inch Control Display to form a single unit that curves
towards the driver.

“No other user interface on the market can be operated as simply and
as safely as ours,” says Frank Weber, Member of the Board of
Management of BMW AG, Development. “In the BMW iX we have taken this
to a new level with a new digital vehicle platform.”

Optimised aerodynamics and lightweight design for increased
range and efficiency.

As well as impressing in terms of design, sustainability, driving
pleasure and premium characteristics, the BMW iX also convinces with
the technology underpinning this new age of mobility at BMW.

Credit for the drive system in the BMW iX goes to the fifth
generation of BMW eDrive technology, which encompasses the car’s two
electric motors, its power electronics, charging technology and
high-voltage battery. BMW teams the eDrive tech with far-reaching
measures for optimising aerodynamic properties and minimising weight.
The interplay of these three factors enables even lower energy
consumption and therefore increased range. The handling qualities of
the iX and the level of comfort inside the cabin likewise benefit from
reduced drag and the car’s bodywork structure, with its aluminium
spaceframe and pioneering Carbon Cage.

The drag coefficient (Cd) of the BMW iX is just 0.25 – proof of its
outstanding aerodynamics. The driver experiences the tangible effects
of this aerodynamic efficiency most clearly in the form of
significantly increased range. The bespoke aerodynamics measures for
the front end, rear end, underbody and wheel areas alone succeed in
adding over 65 kilometres (40 miles) to the range of the BMW iX.

Further information on the BMW iX can be found by following this link:
https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/topic/12079/bmw-inext/

MINI Vision Urbanaut.

Make it your space.

When MINI presents the “MINI Vision Urbanaut” at 14:00 on
17.11.2020 at #NEXTGen , the brand will exclusively unveil its totally
new vision of space. There’s something to be excited about.

BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.

“Plugged to Life” – a new form of urban two-wheel mobility
.

With its electric drive system, trailblazing design and innovative
connectivity solutions, the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is setting
out to change the face of the scooter segment as we know it. This
close-to-production further development of the BMW Motorrad Concept
Link links the customer’s analogue and digital worlds under the banner
“Plugged to Life” and doubles up as a means of transport and
communications hub for city commuters. Add intelligent rider equipment
to the mix and the result is an all-embracing, emotionally engaging
and newly conceived mobility experience.

As Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad, explains:
“Electric mobility is a key form of drive system for the BMW Group and
we are employing this technology consistently in our sustainability
strategy. Electric drives are also a relevant topic for BMW Motorrad,
especially for the urban environment. Since 2013, we have been a
pioneer in this area with the BMW C evolution scooter. The BMW
Motorrad Definition CE 04 is the logical continuation of the electric
mobility strategy for urban centres and provides a concrete preview of
what a near-production bike for taking two-wheeled electric mobility
in cities to a new level – both technically and visually speaking –
might look like.”

Innovative architecture and pioneering design.

The segment-shaping design of the Definition CE 04 embodies a new
urban aesthetic and stylistic evolution. Many innovative elements and
details of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link – which was seen as a radical
vision for the distant future back in 2017 – are now approaching
production readiness. The technical composition of the electric drive
system enables groundbreaking design that responds to the fundamental
requirements of today’s users in terms of straightforward
functionality, a clear aesthetic and their digital reality, and
represents a departure from established scooter styling. Clear lines,
large surfaces in Mineral White metallic and precise forms create
modern proportions. The two-tone colour split adds to this impression.
The technical heart of the Definition CE 04 – made up of the drive
system, single-sided swing arm, spring strut and tooth belt – is
painted matt black. Plus, the slim batteries in the underfloor section
and the compact drive unit on the rear wheel offer scope to explore
new avenues. The side-access compartment (which can accommodate a
helmet, for example) is a case in point. The lower centre of gravity
brought about by the low-mounted battery pack ensures playful handling
and dynamic riding pleasure.

Practical and ergonomic.

The drive unit and battery pack are designed for a practical everyday
bike designed to transport users from home to workplace, or to evening
get-togethers with friends. The urban target customers mainly travel
short distances of approximately 12 km (7.5 miles) each day, so
although the seat should be comfortable it does not require
particularly heavy padding. Cue the floating bench design, which also
allows riders to climb on easily from the rear and improves ergonomics
for single riders, regardless of their leg length or body size.

Connecting the rider with their surroundings.

The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 also shines the spotlight on
practical and user-oriented solutions when it comes to digital
applications. BMW Motorrad sees significant future potential in the
interaction between the rider and their equipment in terms of safety,
comfort and the emotional experience on board. For example, the rider
can connect with their surroundings via a combination of the BMW
Motorrad Definition CE 04 and their smartphone. The 10.25-inch display
is the largest of its kind so far in the scooter segment and serves as
an interface between the rider’s analogue and digital worlds.

Rider equipment joins the outward communications toolkit.

The new rider equipment also enhances connectivity. And if desired,
it can even help the scooter communicate with its surroundings. The
clothing range developed exclusively for the BMW Motorrad Definition
CE 04 centres on a casually cut warm parka designed for everyday use.
Light guides integrated into the sleeves and hood provide improved
visibility on the road. They are activated by sensors in the sleeves
and can change colour.

To ensure the rider remains contactable at all times, the parka’s
inside pocket has an inductive smartphone charging panel. The rider
equipment therefore slips seamlessly into the user’s life and has a
cool look which is both urban and extremely practical. The new range,
which also includes black riding jeans, stylish sneakers and a white
open-face helmet, allows the rider to climb off the bike easily and
get on with their day. As well as being extremely comfortable to wear,
the rider equipment naturally also offers the protection riders expect
from BMW Motorrad and even becomes part of on-bike outward communications.

Graphics as a unique styling feature.

 The unobtrusive graphic design showcases the new
concept to optimum effect. Completely different design variants are
also conceivable that allow customers to express their personality –
from modern elegance through to an urban look.

Further information on the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 can be found
by following this link:
https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/deutschland/article/topic/8498/design-konzepte-studien/

#NEXTGen Voices.

At the cutting edge of development
.

For a company such as the BMW Group, being at the cutting edge of
development involves far more than just assuming a leading role in
automotive production. It also means setting trends in numerous other
fields and staying receptive to new movements and customer requirements. 

Drivers for Change: a talk about leading transformation
.

The automotive industry is currently in a period of transformation
that the BMW Group is actively driving. Vehicles such as the BMW iX,
the MINI Vision Urbanaut and the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 are all
outward signs of this. For a company with a global presence, however,
this transformation is far more profound and impacts not just
products, production and process chains, but the individual employees too.

The “Drivers for Change” talk being held as part of #NEXTGen 2020
will highlight how leadership drives change. Steffi Czerny, co-founder
and Managing Director of Digital Life Design (DLD), will be the host
of this panel with Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for
Human Resources and Labour Director Ilka Horstmeier and Marie Langer,
CEO of EOS GmbH, as they discuss transformation, what it means, how to
guide it and the opportunities it presents. Discussion topics will
also include the role of motivation and inner conviction in the
forthcoming transformations.

A new form of sport – BMW’s involvement in esports.

BMW has always been a true global player when it comes to
partnerships and involvement in sport. In 2020, the company stepped up
its presence in the world of esports to add arguably the most exciting
sporting discipline of the moment to its portfolio. This includes
partnership deals with some of the major esports teams as well as
fielding a strong BMW squad in the fast-growing esport of sim racing.
The focus here is always on the protagonists. Under the campaign
slogan ‘United in Rivalry’, for example, BMW is partnering with the
Cloud 9 (US), Fnatic (UK), FunPlus Phoenix (CN), G2 Esports (DE) and
T1 (KR) teams as they do battle in the hugely popular League of
Legends World Championship. The company is appealing directly to
younger target groups with an all-new approach and posting some
exceptional storytelling on BMW’s esports social media channels. One
milestone along the way was the “Berlin Brawl” in August, which saw G2
Esports and Fnatic go head-to-head, interact with their fans and
create a digital buzz.

“As with all our sporting commitments, we will be supporting the
discipline as a whole and helping it evolve in our role as global
esport partner,” says Jens Thiemer, Senior Vice President Customer and
Brand BMW. “This is a long-term development we are fully committed to.
We’re here to stay.” The same applies to the company’s involvement in
virtual motor sport with BMW Motorsport SIM Racing. The digital
replicas of racing machines such as the BMW M8 GTE, BMW M2 CS Racing
and BMW M4 GT4 take centre stage at BMW Cup events held on various
simulation platforms. The highlight of the season, taking place on 5
December 2020, will be the BMW SIM LIVE event, in which the most
successful SIM racers of the year do battle for prize money of over
30,000 US dollars.

Both in SIM racing and other esports, BMW highlights the sporting
angle above all. “We want to not only develop esports as
entertainment, but also establish it as a genuine sport,” says
Thiemer. “Part of this involves impressing on the participants that
physical and mental fitness are extremely important factors. The time
they spend at their PC or console has to be suitably measured.
Responsible use of time online is equally as important as preventing
addiction and getting the physical balance right.”

These issues will join a list of other topics concerning BMW’s latest
sporting involvement on the agenda when the brand hosts a major
meeting of the esports industry entitled “BMW Esports Boost” at BMW
Welt on 12 April 2021. A string of new announcements are in store,
along with fascinating meetings between some of the major esports
stakeholders. And fans will also play an important role at this event.
It is precisely this direct contact with a young audience that is so
important to BMW. “With esports, we are coming into contact with a
young and dynamic community which is growing all the time around the
world,” adds Thiemer. “We’re aiming to get young people excited about
BMW. And we do that by creating new touchpoints with our brand, making
ourselves visible and interacting with the community.”

Lifestyle on four wheels: the BMW M4 Competition x KITH.

BMW M GmbH has launched a collaboration with New York lifestyle label
Kith to help it sense new trends in a young and influential part of
the fashion scene. The BMW M4 Competition x KITH has been co-created
with Kith founder and BMW enthusiast Ronnie Fieg and features truly
unique exterior and interior design details. It will be built in 2021,
with production limited to just 150 units. Kith will also be offering
a 96-piece collection of exclusively designed apparel and accessories
in all of its stores and online. Deliveries of the limited
special-edition model will commence in summer 2021.

New, merged logos are a hallmark of the partnerships Kith has forged
with other globally renowned companies. And now BMW has also – for the
first time – altered its badge for a collaboration partner. For the
150 units of the BMW M4 Competition x KITH, an extra ring was added
around the familiar BMW roundel in the BMW M colours light blue, dark
blue and red. Plus, there are details in bright lettering focusing on
Kith and the collaboration. The M4 Competition badge served as the
template for a KITH logo also featuring the BMW M stripes. This can be
woven into the surface of the special-edition model’s carbon-fibre
roof as an extremely eye-catching option.

Available to order in the colours Frozen Black, Frozen Dark Silver
and Frozen Brilliant White, the special-edition model is based
technically on the BMW M4 Competition Coupé (fuel consumption
combined: 10.2 l/100 km [27.7 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
combined: 234 g/km*). The most distinctive changes are found inside
the cabin. Exclusively designed features include the tri-colour
M Carbon bucket seats with detailing in light blue and red, as well as
the embossed KITH lettering in black leather on the head restraints
and centre armrest.

Further information on the BMW M4 Competition x KITH can be found by
following this link:
https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0319271EN/bmw-and-kith-partner-for-exclusive-special-edition-version-of-the-new-bmw-m4-competition-coup%C3%A9

Leaping into a new dimension: The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i.

When visionary power is brought together with innovative spirit,
great things can happen – like the leap into a new dimension with The
Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i. Following three years of preparation
and with the active support of BMW i and BMW Group company
Designworks, Austrian base jumper and wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann
made the world’s first ever flight by a human wearing an electrically
powered wingsuit. BMW i was very receptive to Salzmann’s idea of using
a lightweight electrically driven impeller – a type of shrouded
propeller – in order to attain higher speeds during wingsuit flights
and also regain height while flying.

The engineers from BMW i brought all their expertise and experience
in electric mobility and battery technologies to bear, while the
Designworks experts were also involved from the outset, helping with
both the development of the fly unit – which featured two carbon-fibre
impellers, each with an output of 7,500 W at approx. 25,000 rpm and
around five minutes’ worth of peak combined output (15 kW) – and the
design of the wingsuit. Extensive testing in the BMW Group’s wind
tunnels subsequently allowed the necessary fine-tuning to be carried
out and confirmed that the idea worked.

The result is The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i, which enabled
Salzmann to fulfil his dream of elevating wingsuit flying to new
heights – in a very efficient, sustainable, quiet and generally
astounding way. Peter Salzmann epitomises the BMW i ethos to
perfection with his ideas, passion and courage. The Electrified
Wingsuit by BMW i demonstrates what electric power is capable of and
proves that the future is electric.

Further information on The Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i can be found
by following this link:
https://www.bmw.com/en/innovation/peter-salzmann-electrified-wingsuit.html?tl=grp-opre-ngpc-brnd-mn-.-.-.-.-

Seeking a Vision for 2040: #NEXTGen Moving Tomorrow Pitch.

At #NEXTGen 2020, the BMW Group will also be taking a look into the
distant future in search of a Vision development for mobility in 2040.
To this end, the company invited entries for the #NEXTGen Moving
Tomorrow Pitch from students, research assistants and professors at
top universities and research institutes all over the world. The aim
is to find the interdisciplinary team with the best vision for
sustainable and individual premium mobility in the year 2040.

The BMW Group has chosen three finalists from the entries submitted.
Two teams from Tsinghua University in China and one from the
Fraunhofer Institute in Germany will be presenting their visions at
#NEXTGen 2020 in Munich in a video lasting no more than five minutes
followed by a live two-minute Q&A session on Skype with the panel
of three judges. The panel will consist of Ilka Horstmeier, Steffi
Czerny and Dr. Andreas Rickert, CEO and founder of PHINEO. The winning
team, who will be announced by the judges straight after the
presentations, will have an exclusive opportunity to meet top
BMW Group executives as well as receiving €15,000 in prize money.

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad: 5 year warranty for all helmets.

BMW:BMW Motorrad: 5 year warranty for all helmets.

Munich. The previous warranty period of two years for
BMW Motorrad helmets will be extended to five years retroactively from
1 January 2020. This means that motorcyclists can look forward to
riding even more and have to worry a little less about their helmet
and safety.

All helmets in the BMW Motorrad product range, valid from the
date of purchase on 1 January 2020, will therefore be covered by a
contractual warranty period of five years from now on. Purchases made
before this date are still limited to a warranty period of 24 months.
The warranty applies to all helmets purchased from a participating BMW
Motorrad dealer.

The warranty covers material and manufacturing defects of the
product. Installed BMW Motorrad communication systems, in turn, are
excluded from the BMW Motorrad warranty extension for helmets. This
means that the warranty expressly does not apply if a defect or damage
is caused by improper handling, an accident or the improper
installation of the system and accessories – even by third parties.
Scratches on the visor, sun shield, helmet shell or plastic parts are
also not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad
rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries, please contact:

Dominik Schaidnagel, Communications BMW Motorrad
Telephone:
+49 89 382-50181,
e-mail:
Dominik.Schaidnagel@bmw.de

Ingo Wirth, Head of Product and Lifestyle Communications MINI,
BMW Motorrad
Telephone: +49 89 382-25814,
e-mail:
Ingo.Wirth@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.

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„The Art of Leadership“ – BMW and CNN put the spotlight on exceptional role models.

BMW:„The Art of Leadership“ – BMW and CNN put the spotlight on exceptional role models.

Munich/Paris.  In times of uncertainty, inspiring
people play an even more important role in sustaining society. The BMW
Group and CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) have teamed up to
portray the stories and attitude of some of the most remarkable
creatives, artists and leaders of our time through two unique series
comprising a total of eleven short films exploring “The Art of
Leadership”. By focusing on the personal stories that drove
exceptional individuals in their field to inspire modern society, each
film in the series will embody core leadership values of BMW:
responsibility, inner strength and independence. Values also inherent
to BMW´s luxury car suite – BMW’s X7, 7, 8 und M8 Series.  

On Thursday, CNN kicked off a six-part branded content series by
launching the first brand
film
produced by CNNIC’s award-winning in-house studio Create. This
first film portrays one of the most successful DJ duos and electronic
music producers in the world, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Set
against the backdrop of one of their concerts in Norway, the Belgian
brothers recall how they became leaders in their field, reflecting on
their passion and the relationship with their audience. This and the
other upcoming brand films produced by Create are shot and
edited for global distribution on a mix of CNN International’s
platforms across TV, digital, and social, Great Big Story and will
also be featured on BMW’s
central brand website
.  

Later this year Great
Big Story
, CNN’s global media company devoted to
cinematic storytelling, will launch a sponsored editorial series
comprising five micro-documentaries that put the spotlight on
inspiring women and men who created their social impact on leading by example. 

The first film scheduled for May, will introduce the fascinating
double life of Brandon Tory. Talented in tech while being a gifted
emcee, Brandon successfully navigates both worlds – working as a
senior AI engineer at Google by day and a successful hip-hop artist at
night. Each film will run across Great Big Story’s platforms and
social accounts, while distribution will be enhanced using
WarnerMedia’s Launchpad technology to reach defined audiences across
social media. 

“BMW has a long and diverse history of projects that provide
platforms and stages for creative minds and bold new voices – be it in
design, art, sports or engineering. We see it as one of our missions –
and have always done so, to enable and nurture transformation. These
stories are the result of a perfect match between two entities which
share the same values and goals. We are absolutely delighted that CNN
and BMW work together to create these unique pieces about exceptional
people, who are rethinking and redefining leadership. As we are always
striving for excellence, we strongly believe this partnership is a
milestone for both of us.” said Jens Thiemer, Senior Vice
President Customer and Brand BMW.

“All the best partnerships are based on common values, and I am
delighted that this is the case with this exciting new project with
BMW,” said Cathy Ibal, Senior Vice President, EMEA, CNN
International Commercial. 
“As leaders in our respective
fields, we honor and value those talents and characters that are
portrayed in the films as they change our society for the better.
Powerful, emotional storytelling from Create and Great
Big Story
 will have a prominent stage as we distribute these
films in smart ways across all platforms to reach a truly global
audience that values leadership and the stories behind it.” 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/greatbigstory/videos/531948957462067/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/greatbigstory/status/1243326871686635520

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-N1dabhs01/

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Six years of BMW i3: Electric vehicle pioneers drive over 200,000 km in their BMW i3.

BMW:Six years of BMW i3: Electric vehicle pioneers drive over 200,000 km in their BMW i3.

Munich. Trailblazer for sustainable mobility and
endurance runner – within the six years following its launch, the BMW
i3 has become an extremely successful model and a symbol of electric
mobility. Since its market launch, it has been the most widely sold
electric vehicle in the premium compact segment. More than
165,000 units have been sold worldwide to date. And since the car’s
launch, sales figures have steadily increased year after year. The BMW
i3 convinces in everyday use with a future-oriented interpretation of
driving pleasure and versatile qualities reaching far beyond driving
short distances in major metropolitan regions. This is underscored by
the experience gained by electric car pioneers who regularly travel
longer distances in their BMW i3 and have each completed more than
200,000 emission-free kilometres.

Thanks to its role as a visionary technology flagship and continuing
sales success since its launch in 2013, the BMW i3 has acquired the
status of an icon. The BMW Group will continue to further develop this
vehicle and currently plans to extend production until at least 2024.
Customers emphasize above all the reliability, durability and the
practicable range of the BMW i3, whether in the heat of South Africa
or in the cool north of Sweden. The first all-electric vehicle from
the BMW Group has for years now proven everywhere to be a
cost-effective means of transport that is fully suitable for
day-to-day use. Customers who had their BMW i3 delivered shortly after
its launch and since then have subjected both the vehicle and its
original battery to a real endurance test, use sustainable mobility
not only for daily commuting between home and the workplace, but also
regularly for longer distances and even holiday trips.

Over 277,000 kilometres with the original set of brake pads.

“The vehicle concept of the BMW i3 is unique,” comments Helmut
Neumann from the community of Titz in North Rhine Westphalia. “It
looks so modern from the outside that people still turn around to
catch a glimpse of it.” Neumann has been driving around locally
emission-free since 2014 and even drove his BMW i3 BMW (60 Ah)
(combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption:
12.9 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) as far as Berlin and
the Alps without any trouble. “Apart from the immense driving
pleasure, the BMW i3 is simply an extremely economical car,” he says.
“This applies both to power consumption and maintenance costs alike.”
With an average power consumption of 13 kWh per 100 kilometres over
the entire lifespan, energy costs are kept to an absolute minimum –
not only compared with an automobile with combustion engine, but also
with other electric vehicles. At an electricity rate of 30 cents per
kilowatt-hour, Neumann’s energy costs are just EUR 3.90 per 100 kilometres.

An analysis by the German Automobile Club ADAC has already shown that
in addition to ecological aspects, economical aspects speak in favour
of the electric vehicle. In a comparison of overall costs, the BMW i3
was around 20 percent better in terms of size and performance than a
comparable BMW model powered by a combustion engine. In addition to
lower energy costs and high value retention, low expenditure for
maintenance and wear also contribute towards cost-effectiveness. For
the driver of a BMW i3, oil changes or defective exhaust systems are
relicts of the past. Deceleration is usually effected by means of
recuperation. Therefore, even after over 277,000 kilometres, Helmut
Neumann has still not had to replace the brake pads and discs on his
BMW i3 one single time.

Neumann is one of the customers who participated in the retrofit
programme and substituted the 60 Ah battery of his BMW i3 with a gross
energy content of 22 kWh for a 94 Ah high-voltage battery unit (BMW i3
(94 Ah): combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power
consumption: 13.6 – 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)
with a higher energy content of 33 kWh. The new battery offers greater
energy reserves. “This makes things simply more convenient on long
journeys,” he says.

Consistent vehicle range confirms the quality of the high-voltage battery.

Experience obtained by customers who use a BMW i3 from the first
years of production shows that even with the original battery, the
achievable vehicle range decreases only marginally even after high
mileage. This validates the BMW Group’s expectations in regards to the
quality of the high-voltage battery unit. Not one BMW i3 high-voltage
battery has had to be replaced due to premature ageing to date. As the
battery’s potential is far from being exhausted when reaching the
previously quoted 100,000 kilometres, the BMW Group has now extended
its European warranty for the battery in new BMW i3 vehicles even
further. The maximum mileage over a warranty period has been extended
to 8 years and/or 160,000 kilometres.

The BMW Group has also developed solutions for re-using batteries
that are no longer suitable for demanding use in automobiles. After a
long life in cars they can still provide valuable service as
stationary energy storage units. High-voltage batteries from
pre-series vehicles and those handed in by customers participating in
the BMW i3 retrofit programme are used on the grounds of the BMW plant
in Leipzig as storage units for the green power produced there by
means of wind turbines.

Offering a range that is actually achievable in practice, the BMW i3
meets the requirements of regular long-term use. Gabriele Forster from
Austria immediately found the ideal drive and charge rhythm, for
example. She made a conscious decision in favour of an environmentally
friendly vehicle with which she now commutes every day between home
and work. At midday and overnight she plugs her BMW i3 (60Ah) into a
wall box, which is sufficient to cover a distance of around 200
kilometres each day with a battery that has a capacity of 22.6 kWh.

Robert Cleary from the US drives locally emission-free almost 150
kilometres every day. Only on one single occasion did he run out of
power – about 50 metres from his front driveway. The problem was
solved using an extension cable. Robert had already participated in
field testing with the BMW Active E and in 2014 was therefore given a
BMW i3 (60Ah) in the “Electronaut” version for electric vehicle
pioneers. His car constantly provides a topic for discussion. Together
with colleagues from his company, Robert initiated an electric vehicle
workgroup that, among other things, advocates the provision of
additional public charging stations. He is convinced that “electric
driving strengthens environmental awareness”.

To Shaun Maidment from South Africa “range anxiety” is completely
unknown. “I once drove the BMW i3 from Johannesburg to Cape Town. It
took slightly longer, but it was okay,” he says. On normal workdays,
he drives up to 300 kilometres, making use of customer visits to
charge the battery. In 2014, Maidment opted for a BMW i3 (60 Ah) with
Range Extender (combined fuel consumption: 0.6 l/100 km; combined
power consumption: 13.5 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 13 g/km).
However, he now considers the petrol-driven “emergency power
generator” indispensable. “The Range Extender is essentially just a
kind of assurance.” In order to further promote electric mobility in
his home country, Maidment has launched a crowd funding platform
designed to support the installation of further public charging
stations in South Africa.

With a battery of the latest generation installed in the BMW i3 (120
Ah) (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power
consumption: 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km), whose
gross energy content has now been extended to 42.2 kWh, it was
possible to increase the vehicle range to values between 285 and
310 km as per WLTP test cycle and to 260 kilometres in everyday use.
This equates to an increase of around 50 percent vs. the BMW i3
featuring a high-voltage battery of the first generation.

Sustainable driving pleasure – a characteristic feature of the BMW i3.

Even after many years of all-electric driving, customers are still
fascinated by the spontaneous power and torque of the electric motor
and the one-pedal feeling with which their vehicle decelerates by
means of recuperation. “In the past, I have also tested other electric
vehicles, also larger and faster ones,” says Rob van Roon from the
Netherlands, “but none of them was as agile and easy to handle as the
BMW i3.” Since the end of 2013, Roon has driven 276,000 kilometres
with the first series production electric vehicle from the BMW Group,
with another 25,000 having been added since March 2019 in a new BMW i3
(120 Ah). The new model only needs to be charged once a day, and van
Roon usually knows how to make practical use of this. “Charging
doesn’t necessarily mean waiting,” he says. “I spend the time doing
administrative work or making phone calls, which demands my full
attention.” On long journeys he has discovered the advantages of the
quick charging stations from Ionity, which can be found at around 200
service areas along European long-haul routes. “If you can eat there,
you can charge your car there,” he has noticed. Consequently, Rob van
Roon and his family have driven their BMW i3 on trips taking them as
far as the North Cape, the Algarve and Sicily.

In October 2013, Leif Carlsson from Sweden had already taken the
first opportunity of a test drive in Stockholm. “After one single lap
I was convinced – this is my car. It was the coolest drive I had ever
experienced.” Today he still drives a BMW i3 (60Ah) with Range
Extender every day and after travelling more than 216,000 kilometres,
he enjoys the ideal balance between driving pleasure and
sustainability. At first, it is sufficient to charge the car from
conventional power sockets at home or at the workplace. In Sweden,
there is no shortage of these even in multi-storey car parks, because
there, auxiliary heating systems in automobiles are often supplied
with electricity from the mains. Meanwhile, quick charging stations
have been installed at workplaces and the network of public charging
stations is becoming increasingly denser. Therefore, Carlsson now
hardly ever uses the Range Extender. On the other hand, he still
appreciates the auxiliary heating in his BMW i3 during the winter. The
timer function works perfectly. When I get in the car to leave, the
interior is warm and the windows free from ice and snow.”

For João Gonçalves from Portugal a test drive in the winter of 2013
was also enough. It was “Love at first sight – combined with many
economical and ecological advantages.” Since then he has enjoyed every
trip “to work, in his spare time and on holidays. My BMW i3 takes me
simply everywhere.” He drives up to 250 kilometres a day and an
opportunity to recharge the battery is always easily found during
working hours at the office or when visiting customers. Meanwhile
Gonçalves changed to a BMW i3s (120 Ah) (combined fuel consumption:
0.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.6 – 14.0 kWh/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km). The increased output of 135 kW/184 PS
hp adds to driving pleasure and the high-voltage battery’s extended
storage capacity “makes daily life even easier”, he says. “And longer
journeys are now more comfortable and faster.” To prepare for long
journeys Gonçalves uses the navigation system of the BMW i3. “It plans
my route and indicates quick charging stations along the way, so I can
be sure of reaching my destination without any problems.”

BMW i3 (60 Ah): combined fuel consumption 0,0 l/100
km; combined electricity consumption: 12,9 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 0 g/km.

BMW i3 (60 Ah) with Range Extender: combined fuel
consumption: 0,6 l/100 km; combined electricity consumption: 13,5
kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 13 g/km.

BMW i3 (94 Ah): combined fuel consumption: 0,0 l/100
km; combined electricity consumption: 13,6 – 13,1 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km.

BMW i3 (120 Ah): combined fuel consumption: 0,0 l/100
km; combined electricity consumption 13,1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2
emissions: 0 g/km.

BMW i3s (120 Ah): combined fuel consumption: 0,0
l/100 km; combined electricity consumption: 14,6 – 14,0 kWh/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km.

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Statement Dr Nicolas Peter, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance, Conference Call Quarterly Report to 30 September 2019

BMW:Statement Dr Nicolas Peter, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance, Conference Call Quarterly Report to 30 September 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning! In the first nine months of the
year, business development has so far met our expectations. In the
third quarter, all segments are on course for growth, as planned. As
expected, our financial figures have improved from quarter to quarter
throughout the year. In a challenging and extremely volatile business
environment, we are on track to meet our goals for the full year.

Group revenues for the third quarter showed solid year-on-year
growth, as expected, reaching 26.67 billion euros. This reflects in
particular the strong performance of our young product portfolio as
well as positive currency translation effects, among other factors.
Specifically, new models like the X3 and X4 are now fully available
and proving very popular with customers. We have significantly
expanded our line-up in the highly profitable luxury segment with the
new 8 Series models, the new 7 Series and X5 as well as the X7.

Overall, our operating business continued to develop in line with our
expectations in the third quarter. Thanks to the strong performance of
our models in a largely declining market environment, the EBIT margin
in the Automotive Segment reached 6.6% for the quarter, despite
continued high upfront investments. The base effect from the high
costs associated with the market turbulence resulting from the
transition to the WLTP and warranty issues also had a positive impact
compared to 2018. As expected, the financial result for the first nine
months was significantly lower than the previous year. In the
at-equity result, higher BBA earnings were more than offset by the
planned current losses of the YourNow companies.

However, particularly in urban areas we see great potential with
YourNow to reach new customers, especially in Europe and Latin
America. Positive valuation effects in connection with last year’s
acquisition of DriveNow negatively impacted the year-on-year
comparison. The net balance of the one-time appreciation effect from
pooling our mobility services with Daimler this year and impairment
losses due to adjusted business expectations at individual YourNow
companies totalled +60 million euros in the year to the end of
September. As in the previous quarters, valuation effects from
interest rate derivatives significantly dampened the financial result.

Group earnings before tax climbed 23.4% in the third quarter to
around 2.25 billion euros. Due to the effects from the previous year I
already mentioned and the overall positive business development, the
EBT margin increased year-on-year to 8.4% – despite significantly
higher expenses for the development of new technologies. Third-quarter
research and development costs according to IFRS were 14.2% higher
than the previous year. In the nine months to the end of September,
they were already up nearly 370 million euros on 2018. The R&D
ratio for the same period was slightly below the previous year´s
figure at 5.9%.

Capital expenditure also increased significantly from January to
September, reaching 3.31 billion euros. At 4.4%, the capex ratio for
the year to date was slightly higher than it was last year. In
addition to upfront investments for new models such as the 1 Series, 3
Series and 4 Series, our main focus was on electrification topics and
development activities for next-generation highly automated driving
systems. The production of the MINI ELECTRIC began in Oxford this
month. The fifth generation of our electric drivetrain, which we
developed in-house, will also be on the market next year beginning
with the iX3.

We made further upfront investments for the development of new
technologies for the iNEXT and our next-generation infotainment
systems. Despite headwinds from our many future projects, a lower
financial result, as expected, and costs related to the European
Commission’s antitrust proceedings, pre-tax earnings for the first
nine months totalled 5.06 billion euros.

The EBT margin stood at 6.8%. This is still a high level in
comparison with our competitors and considering the difficult
conditions our business is facing. However, we aspire to more than
that – because upfront investments in future technologies and
e-mobility have to be paid for. That is why we continue to work
systematically on those matters that lie in our own hands.

Through Performance NEXT, we have been continuously implementing
measures to further improve our efficiency for the past two years. We
intend to realise potential of at least 12 billion euros across the
company in this way by 2022. Around half of this amount will be
realised through measures on the sales side – specifically, even more
systematic data-based sales management all the way to dealership
level, and indirect purchasing topics, including synergies from
bundling contracts more widely. Another focus area with significant
leverage is the reduction of complexity in the development of new
products – as I have talked about in more detail on other occasions.
The full impact of these results will come into effect with the
respective model launches. We are also striving to lower personnel
costs, direct material costs and capital expenditure. Many of these
measures are already being implemented.

We are also optimising our use of capital through targeted
collaborations and partnerships. This will not only have a positive
impact on our cost structures – it will also allow us to pool
expertise and make us much faster. Our partnerships with Daimler on
autonomous driving and mobility services are good examples of this.  

Let’s move on to the individual segments. In the Automotive Segment,
revenues for the first nine months were slightly higher than the
previous year at 64.85 billion euros. Third-quarter revenues –
benefiting mainly from positive mix effects from new models such as
the 8 Series and X7, as well as currency tailwinds – posted solid
growth of 9.0%. Boosted by the dynamic development in sales, the
segment’s operating earnings for the third quarter climbed to 1.52
billion euros.

The previous year’s earnings had been substantially impacted by the
market turbulence resulting from the transition to the WLTP and higher
provisions for quality issues. Consequently, the EBIT margin was
higher than the previous year, at 6.6%. As already mentioned, further
upfront investments for our ongoing model offensive and
electrification dampened earnings.

Including the provision we made in the first quarter in connection
with the antitrust allegations by the European Commission, EBIT for
the year to the end of September totalled 2.67 billion euros, with a
margin of 4.1%. This means we are on course for our adjusted target
range of 4.5 to 6.5% for 2019. Pre-tax earnings for the third quarter
climbed to 1.53 billion euros, in line with the positive business
development. Impacted by the planned decrease in the financial result
and the provision made in the first quarter in connection with the
antitrust allegations by the European Commission, earnings for January
to September were significantly lower year-on-year, at 2.99 billion
euros. As previously announced, currency and commodity headwinds also
dampened earnings.

At the end of the first nine months, free cash flow in the Automotive
Segment totalled 1.024 billion euros, mainly due to lower earnings and
a higher inventory build-up than last year for the introduction of new
models. Due to the factors I talked about, we expect free cash flow
for the full year to come to around two billion euros.

Let’s move on to the Financial Services Segment – which once again
delivered a strong performance in the third quarter. In addition to
healthy portfolio growth, currency tailwinds also had a positive
impact. The risk situation also remained very stable. As of 30
September, the segment managed a portfolio of around 5.4 million
retail contracts. More than 500,000 new contracts with retail
customers were concluded in the third quarter alone. This positive
business development is also reflected in segment earnings before tax
– which rose by 8.7% during the same period to almost 600 million
euros. In the year to the end of September, pre-tax earnings climbed
5.4% to just under 1.8 billion euros.

The Motorcycles Segment also had a successful third quarter. With
sales growth of 9.9%, the operating result also increased to 35
million euros. In the year to the end of September, almost 137,000
motorcycles were delivered to customers. Segment earnings before
financial result were up 8.7% to 226 million euros. Accordingly, the
EBIT margin was 6.3% for the quarter and 12.1% for the first nine months.

We expect this stable business development to continue in all
segments throughout the remaining months of the year. We are therefore
able to confirm our guidance for 2019 – assuming that political and
economic conditions do not deteriorate significantly. One risk that
remains is the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s planned withdrawal
from the European Union. There is also a possibility the global trade
dispute could escalate further, adversely affecting business in the
final quarter of the year and beyond. In the Automotive Segment, we
expect a slight increase in deliveries. This development will be
driven by our product momentum from new models of the X-family like
the X7, the new 1 Series and the high-volume 3 Series Sedan and Touring.

In Europe, development in the first three quarters has not been as
robust as forecast at the start of the year. We have therefore
adjusted our volume planning on an ongoing basis over the course of
the year to reflect current market developments. During the remaining
months of the year, we will maintain a clear focus on earnings
quality. Thanks to our flexible production network, we are able to
respond quickly to changes in our business environment. China, on the
other hand, is currently experiencing stronger growth than predicted.
However, this is only partly reflected in our operating result, since
it is mostly taking place at our BBA joint venture.

We expect the segment’s EBIT margin for the full year to be within
our adjusted target range of 4.5 to 6.5%. Without the effect of the
provision we recognised in connection with the antitrust allegations
by the European Commission, the margin would be within our original
guidance range of 6-8%.

In the Motorcycles Segment, we are planning for a solid increase in
deliveries. The EBIT margin should remain within our target range of
8-10%. In the Financial Services Segment, return on equity should be
on a par with last year and above our target figure of 14%. As
anticipated, the financial result decreased significantly. Therefore
we still expect Group earnings before tax to be significantly lower
year-on-year, also as a result of the provision recognised in the
first quarter. Despite all the challenges in our current business
environment, we find ourselves in a strong competitive position.

We have ambitious goals: We are working hard to improve our earnings
and profitability. This mindset is deeply rooted in our company. We
continue to chart our own course – step by step, and with a clear
strategic direction. This remains our approach – also, and especially,
in a volatile environment.

Thank you.

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BMW Group increases deliveries, revenues and earnings

BMW:BMW Group increases deliveries, revenues and earnings

Munich. The BMW Group recorded growth in deliveries,
revenues and earnings in the third quarter and is therefore well on
its way to achieving its targets for 2019. Group net profit increased
at a double-digit percentage rate, helped to some extent by a base
effect from the previous year’s reported figures. Moreover,
profitability has continued to improve over the course of the
nine-month period. To compensate for the high upfront expenditure on
future-oriented technologies, the BMW Group is working hard on
continually improving efficiency.

“At the nine-month stage, we are well on our way to achieving our
targets for the year as a whole,” said Oliver Zipse,
Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday.
“However, we are looking further into the future, having recognised
that far-reaching technological transformation is a great opportunity
for the BMW Group. I am convinced that our business model will only
benefit from this. The vehicle of the future, with all its integrated
digital functions, is a high-tech product of a complexity that is
still underestimated.”

The BMW Group sees enormous potential for the future role of the
automobile on the back of these technological developments: “The
decisive transformation is taking place inside the vehicle. We are
bringing technological solutions to the road that ensure the
automobile continues to meet the expectations and needs of society
going forward. Areas of key focus include digital connectivity and
creating environmentally compatible mobility,” said Zipse.

 

Significant expansion in e-mobility – increase in upfront expenditure

The BMW Group is significantly expanding its range of e-mobility
products. By 2023, the company will have 25 electrified models on the
roads – more than half of which will be all-electric. The key to
implementation is highly flexible vehicle architectures and an equally
agile production system that enables a model to be manufactured as an
all-electric, a plug-in hybrid or a combustion engine version to
ideally meet demand in each relevant market segment. By 2021, demand
for electrified vehicles is likely to double compared to 2019. The BMW
Group then expects to see a steep growth curve up to 2025, with sales
of electrified vehicles growing on average by more than 30% annually.

As a pioneer in e-mobility, the BMW Group is already a leading
supplier of electrified vehicles. By the end of 2021, the company aims
to have more than a million all-electric or plug-in hybrids on the
roads worldwide.

All-electric vehicles planned with increased frequency

At that stage, the BMW Group will offer five all-electric
series-built vehicles. Alongside the BMW i3, demand
for which has increased by approximately 20% so far this year,
November will also see production of the all-electric MINI* begin at
the Oxford plant (UK). Over 78,000 customers have meanwhile expressed
a keen interest in the MINI ELECTRIC*. In 2020,
production of the all-electric BMW iX3 will begin at
the Shenyang plant (China), followed in 2021 by the
BMW iNEXT, which will be manufactured at the
Dingolfing plant (Germany). The BMW i4 is also due to
go into series production at the Munich plant the same year.

In paving the way for the future of mobility, a substantial level of
upfront expenditure was again required during the period under report.
Research and development expenses for the
nine-month period totalled € 4,247 million, 9.4% up on the previous
year (€ 3,881 million). The growing proportion of electrified vehicles
is also driving up costs. Exchange rate factors and rising prices for
raw materials also put downward pressure on earnings. Capital
expenditure
for property, plant and equipment and other
intangible assets during the period from January to September
increased by 14.5% to € 3,308 million (2018: € 2,889 million), mainly
in connection with continuing the new model initiative as well as the
modernisation and flexibilisation of existing plant structures.

 

Revenues and net profit significantly up in third quarter

The BMW Group set a new record for third-quarter
deliveries with its highly attractive and rejuvenated
model range. In total, 613,361 units of the Group’s BMW, MINI and
Rolls-Royce premium brand vehicles were delivered during the
three-month period (2018: 592,303; +3.6%). The BMW Brilliance
Automotive joint venture in China continued to play a major role in
this positive development. Group revenues rose to
€ 26,667 million (2018: € 24,715 million; +7.9%). Profit
before financial result
(EBIT) improved by around one third
to € 2,289 million (2018: € 1,722 million; +32.9%). In the third
quarter of the previous financial year, performance had been
significantly dampened by supply distortions and unexpectedly intense
competition due to the changeover to WLTP regulations as well as
higher expenditure for goodwill and warranty measures. All of these
factors had contributed to a significant decline in profit before
financial result in the third quarter, especially in the Automotive segment.

In 2019, third-quarter Group profit before tax (EBT)
increased significantly to € 2,248 million (2018: € 1,822 million;
+23.4%). The EBT margin came in at 8.4% (2018: 7.4%),
while Group net profit improved significantly to
€ 1,546 million (2018: € 1,387 million; +11.5%).

During the first nine months of 2019, the BMW Group
delivered a total of 1,866,198 units to customers (2018: 1,834,810
units; +1.7%). Group revenues increased slightly
year-on-year to € 74,844 million (2018: € 72,373 million; +3.4%).
Earnings for the nine-month period were impacted by a provision of
approximately € 1.4 billion recognised in the first quarter in
connection with the Statement of Objections received from the EU
Commission relating to ongoing antitrust proceedings. However, the BMW
Group has made it clear that if necessary it will contest the EU
Commission’s allegations with all the legal means at its
disposal. Profit before financial result (EBIT)
reported for the nine-month period amounted to € 5,079 million,
significantly lower than in the previous year (2018: € 7,168 million;
-29.1%). Group profit before tax (EBT) amounted to
€ 5,063 million (2018: € 7,827 million; -35.3%), corresponding to an
EBT margin of 6.8% (2018: 10.8%). The BMW Group
reported nine-month Group net profit of € 3,614
million (2018: € 5,745 million; -37.1%).

“The efficiency-boosting measures we have implemented are bearing
fruit: we are performing at a high level in comparison with our
competitors and considering the difficult conditions our business is
facing. Nonetheless, we aspire to achieve more than that,” said
Nicolas Peter, Member of the Board of Management of
BMW AG, Finance. “Upfront expenditure in the technologies of the
future such as e-mobility needs to be financed. That is why we
continue to work systematically on those matters that lie in our own
hands and maintain a clear focus on performance and efficiency.”

A key aspect in achieving these aims for the BMW Group is to develop
even faster digital processes and leaner structures. The
Performance > NEXT initiative is expected to
generate efficiencies in excess of 12 billion euros by the end of
2022. Among other contributing factors, development times for new
vehicle models will be reduced by as much as one third. On the product
side, up to 50% of traditional drivetrain variants
will be eliminated from 2021 onwards in the transition to creating
enhanced flexible vehicle architectures – in favour of additional
electrified drivetrains. It is in this area that the full impact of
these measures will come into effect particularly in the years after
2022. Moreover, the model portfolio is regularly assessed with a view
to finding additional ways of reducing complexity.
Potential for greater synergy and efficiency in indirect purchasing as
well as in terms of material and production costs is also being
leveraged throughout the Group. Furthermore, the BMW Group is
strengthening its top line performance with new models – especially in
the high-margin segments. The company aims to double its sales volume
in the luxury segment from 2018 to 2020.

EBIT margin improved in third quarter

 

Automotive segment revenues for the three-month
period increased to € 23,016 million (2018: € 21,111 million; +9.0%).
EBIT was significantly higher than one year earlier at € 1,515 million
(2018: € 930 million; +62.9%), corresponding to a third-quarter
EBIT margin of 6.6% (2018: 4.4%). Profit
before tax
amounted to € 1,533 million (2018: € 1,003
million; +52.8%). Free cash flow in the Automotive segment jumped to
€ 714 million in the third quarter (2018: € 98 million).

At € 64,853 million, nine-month segment revenues
were slightly up on the previous year (2018: € 62,629 million; +3.6%).
EBIT for the nine-month period from
January to September was influenced by the provision (approximately
€ 1.4 billion) recognised in the first quarter of the financial year
2019 in conjunction with the Statement of Objections received from the
EU Commission relating to ongoing antitrust proceedings, and
accordingly amounted to € 2,674 million (2018: € 4,730 million;
-43.5%). The EBIT margin came in at 4.1% (2018:
7.6%). Profit before tax amounted to € 2,989 million
(2018: € 5,346 million; -44.1%).

BMW brand sales increased by 2.2% to 1,601,397 units
in the first nine months of the year (2018: 1,566,216 units). During
this period, high double-digit growth was recorded in particular by
the BMW X3 (+74.0%) and the BMW X4 (+43.4%).

At 261,024 units, sales of the MINI brand in the
first nine months were slightly down year-on-year (2018: 265,935
units; -1.8%) within an extremely competitive market environment.
Sales figures for the MINI Countryman for the nine-month period went
up by 2.6% to 73,344 units (2018: 71,490 units), whereas the MINI
Hatch (3 and 5 door models) was slightly down year-on-year at 132,363
units (2018: 133,963 units; -1.2%).

Rolls-Royce continued to grow strongly in sales
volume terms, with 3,777 units delivered to customers worldwide in the
first nine months of the year (2018: 2,659 units; +42.0%). All regions
of the world recorded growth and sustained demand across the entire
range of Rolls-Royce model families. Sales of the Wraith, especially
the Black Badge variant, developed particularly well during the period
under report. Customer demand for the Cullinan remains exceptionally
high, as a result of which the order book has grown steeply and now
extends well into the first quarter of 2020. Based on this
performance, the brand remains firmly on course for a highly
successful financial year in 2019.

BMW Group strives for evenly balanced delivery distribution worldwide

The BMW Group remains committed to its strategy of achieving an even
distribution of deliveries worldwide, including a well-balanced
relationship between production and delivery volumes by region. In
this endeavour, the company leverages its highly flexible production
and sales structures to even out fluctuating demand between individual regions.

At 809,497 units, delivery numbers in Europe during
the nine-month period were similar to the previous year (2018: 816,037
units; -0.8%). In Germany, the region’s largest single market, the BMW
Group recorded solid growth, with deliveries up to 239,601 units
(2018: 224,933 units; +6.5%).

Deliveries of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles in
Asia during the first nine months of the year
increased to 681,773 units (2018: 638,449 units; + 6.8%). China
contributed significantly to this performance, with nine-month
deliveries of the Group’s three brands up by 14.5% to a total of
526,824 units (2018: 460.200 units).

In the Americas region, deliveries of 334,785 units
between January and September came close to matching the previous
year’s level (2018: 336,258 units; ‑0.4%). At 261,278 units, sales
volume in the USA was also at a similar level year-on-year (2018:
260,086 units; +0.5%).

 

Motorcycles segment reports higher revenues and earnings

BMW Motorrad was able to increase
deliveries of its motorcycles and maxi-scooters in
the third quarter to 43,744 units (2018: 39,818 units; +9.9%),
resulting in a corresponding growth in revenues to
€ 558 million (2018: € 476 million; +17.2%). EBIT
also improved, rising to € 35 million for the three-month period
(2018: € 33 million; +6.1%). The third-quarter EBIT
margin
for the segment came in at 6.3% (2018: 6.9%).

Motorcycle deliveries during the first nine months
of 2019 totalled 136,932 units (2018: 126,793 units; +8.0%),
generating revenues of € 1,871 million (2018: € 1,658
million; +12.8%). EBIT improved by 8.7% to € 226
million (2018: € 208 million), corresponding to an EBIT
margin
of 12.1% (2018: 12.5%).

Financial Services segment continues to perform well

 

The retail customer contract portfolio under
management
within the Financial Services
segment
grew by 3.4% to stand at 5,414,506 contracts as at 30
September 2019 (31 December 2018: 5,235,207 contracts). During the
third quarter, 504,217 (2018: 490,347 contracts;
+2.8%) new credit financing and lease contracts were
signed with retail customers. Revenues grew by 3.5%
to € 7,471 million (2018: € 7,219 million). Profit before
tax
for the three-month period amounted to € 597 million
(2018: € 549 million; +8.7%).

 

In total, 1,475,504 new contracts were concluded
with customers during the nine-month period under
report (2018: 1,422,558 contracts; +3.7%). Segment
revenues increased to € 21,981 million (2018:
€ 20,807 million; +5.6%) and profit before tax to
€ 1,797 million (2018: € 1,705 million; +5.4%).

 

Workforce at previous year’s level

 

The BMW Group’s workforce comprised 135,524
employees at 30 September 2019 and was therefore at a similar level to
the end of the previous financial year (134,682; +0.6%). The BMW Group
continues to recruit skilled workers and IT specialists on a selective
basis to engage in future-oriented projects such as digitalisation,
autonomous driving and electric mobility. By capitalising on natural
fluctuation trends, the aim for the year as a whole is to maintain
workforce numbers at the previous year’s level.

 

BMW Group reaffirms targets for current financial year

The BMW Group sets itself ambitious targets, even in times of
political and economic uncertainty. With its young product
portfolio
, further rejuvenated with the introduction of new
models, the Group intends to remain the world’s leading automotive
manufacturer in the premium segment.

The BMW Group is again investing substantially in new technologies
and the mobility of the future in 2019. Costs are also being driven up
in other areas, including the significantly higher cost of complying
with stricter carbon emission legislation. Against this background,
rising manufacturing costs are likely to have a
dampening effect on earnings. Currency factors and raw materials
prices will also have a negative impact. At the same time, the ongoing
issue of international trade conflicts remains a source of uncertainty.

Taking all these factors into account, the BMW Group is confident of
its ability to achieve volume growth in the Automotive
segment
, where it is targeting a slight increase in the
number of deliveries to customers in 2019. Within a stable business
environment, an EBIT margin in the range of 8 to 10%
remains the set target for the BMW Group. However, its ability to
influence underlying conditions is limited. Excluding the impact of
the € 1.4 billion provision recognised in connection with ongoing
antitrust proceedings, the target range for the EBIT margin remains
unchanged at 6 to 8%. Since the provision has a negative impact on the
EBIT margin, the BMW Group is expecting a margin between 4.5 and 6.5%
in the Automotive segment for 2019.

With its rejuvenated model range, the Motorcycles
segment
is forecast to achieve a solid increase in deliveries
to customers. As in 2018, the segment EBIT margin is
expected to be within the target range of 8 to 10%. In the
Financial Services segment, the BMW Group expects a
return on equity at the previous year’s level and
thus above the target of 14%.

In addition to the various negative influences described above, the
fact that some positive valuation effects recorded in 2018 will not be
repeated in 2019 will result in a significant decline in the Group’s
financial result. Group profit before tax is
therefore also expected to be significantly below the previous year’s level.

Forecasts made for the current year are based on the assumption that
worldwide economic and political conditions will not
change significantly. However, any deterioration in conditions could
have a negative impact on the outlook. The BMW Group will vigorously
continue to implement key measures for growth on the one hand and
improved performance and efficiency on the other, thereby creating
sufficient headroom to enable it to help shape the
future
and secure its own competitiveness going forward. Its
operational and financial strength place the BMW Group in an excellent
position to play a key role in shaping the ongoing transformation and
enhance its leading role in the automotive industry.

* * *

The BMW Group – an overview

Jan. – Sept.
2019

Jan. – Sept.
2018

Change in %

Deliveries to customers

       

Automotive

units

1,866,198

1,834,810

1.7

thereof: BMW

units

1,601,397

1,566,216

2.2

 MINI

units

261,024

265,935

-1.8

 Rolls-Royce

units

3,777

2,659

42.0

Motorcycles

units

136,932

126,793

8.0

 

 

 

 

Workforce
1              (compared to 31 December
2018)

135,524

134,682

0.6

 

 

 

 

Automotive
segment EBIT margin

%

4.1

7.6

-3.5 % points

Motorcycles
segment EBIT margin

%

12.1

12.5

-0.4 % points

EBT margin BMW Group
3

%

6.8

10.8

-4.0 % points

 

 

 

 

Revenues
3

€ million

74,844

72,373

3.4

thereof: Automotive

€ million

64,853

62,629

3.6

Motorcycles

€ million

1,871

1,658

12.8

Financial
Services3

€ million

21,981

20,807

5.6

Other Entities

€ million

4

4

Eliminations3

€ million

-13,865

-12,725

-9.0

 

 

 

 

Profit before financial result (EBIT)
3

€ million

5,079

7,168

-29.1

thereof: Automotive

€ million

2,674

4,730

-43.5

Motorcycles

€ million

226

208

8.7

Financial
Services3

€ million

1,860

1,694

9.8

Other Entities

€ million

7

22

-68.2

Eliminations3

€ million

312

514

-39.3

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax (EBT)
3

€ million

5,063

7,827

-35.3

thereof: Automotive

€ million

2,989

5,346

-44.1

Motorcycles

€ million

222

205

8.3

Financial
Services3

€ million

1,797

1,705

5.4

Other Entities

€ million

-181

105

Eliminations3

€ million

236

466

-49.4

 

 

 

 

Income taxes
3

€ million

-1,493

-2,060

27.5

Net profit
3,4

€ million

3,614

5,745

-37.1

Earnings per share
2,3

 €

5.37/5.38

8.62/8.63

-37.7/-37.7

1 Excluding dormant employment contracts, employees in the
work and non-work phases of pre-retirement part-time working
arrangements and low wage earners.

2 Earnings per share of common stock/preferred stock.

3 Prior year figures adjusted due to first-time application
of revised IFRS 16; see note 4 to the Interim Group Financial
Statements for the period ended 30 June 2019.

4 Value for 2018 includes a loss from discontinued
operations of € 22 million; value for 2019 includes a loss from
discontinued operations of € 44 million.

The BMW Group – an overview

3rd quarter
2019

3rd quarter
2018

Change in %

Deliveries to customers

       

Automotive

units

613,361

592,303

3.6

thereof: BMW

units

525,438

506,920

3.7

 MINI

units

86,680

84,505

2.6

 Rolls-Royce

units

1,243

878

41.6

Motorcycles

units

43,744

39,818

9.9

 

 

 

 

Workforce
1              compared to 31 December
2018)

135,524

134,682

0.6

 

 

 

 

Automotive
segment EBIT margin

%

6.6

4.4

+2.2 % points

Motorcycles
segment EBIT margin

%

6.3

6.9

-0.6 % points

EBT margin BMW Group
3

%

8.4

7.4

+1.0 % points

 

 

 

 

Revenues
3

€ million

26,667

24,715

7.9

thereof: Automotive

€ million

23,016

21,111

9.0

Motorcycles

€ million

558

476

17.2

Financial
Services3

€ million

7,471

7,219

3.5

Other Entities

€ million

1

1

Eliminations3

€ million

-4,379

-4,092

-7.0

 

 

 

 

Profit before financial result (EBIT)
3

€ million

2,289

1,722

32.9

thereof: Automotive

€ million

1,515

930

62.9

Motorcycles

€ million

35

33

6.1

Financial
Services3

€ million

606

528

14.8

Other Entities

€ million

1

6

-83.3

Eliminations3

€ million

132

225

-41.3

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax (EBT)
3

€ million

2,248

1,822

23.4

thereof: Automotive

€ million

1,533

1,003

52.8

Motorcycles

€ million

35

31

12.9

Financial
Services3

€ million

597

549

8.7

Other Entities

€ million

-26

27

Eliminations3

€ million

109

212

-48.6

 

 

 

 

Income taxes
3

€ million

-702

-420

-67.1

Net profit
3,4

€ million

1,546

1,387

11.5

Earnings per share
2,3

 €

2.31/2.31

2.07/2.07

11.6/11.6

1 Excluding dormant employment contracts, employees in the
work and non-work phases of pre-retirement part-time working
arrangements and low wage earners.

2 Earnings per share of common stock/preferred stock.
3 Prior year figures adjusted due to first-time application
of revised IFRS 16; see note 4 to the Interim Group Financial
Statements for the period ended 30 June 2019.

4 Value for 2018 includes a loss from discontinued
operations of € 15 million.

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

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and
more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to €
97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. Ecological and social sustainability
along the entire value-added chain, full responsibility for our
products and an unequivocal commitment to preserving resources are
prime objectives firmly embedded in our corporate strategy.

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Original Press Release

Registration for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020 opened.

BMW:Registration for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020 opened.

Munich/Cernobbio. Priceless rare gems presented
against a stunning backdrop – owners and fans of historic cars and
motorcycles are already looking forward to this spectacle. They will
have to be patient for nearly seven months before the most beautiful
classic vehicles on two and four wheels come together at the Concorso
d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020 in Cernobbio, Northern Italy. On the
weekend from 22 to 24 May 2020, BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel
Villa d’Este will present the world’s most exclusive and traditional
beauty contest for classic vehicles. Behind the scenes, preparations
have been under way for some time, and they are now entering the
public phase. Registration is now open and this signals the start of
the selection procedure when decisions are taken on which rare gems
will be on show during the last weekend of May 2020.

The Selecting Committee of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020
calls on the owners of extraordinary classic vehicles from all eras of
automobile history to register their vehicles for the beauty contest.
On the event’s website at www.concorsodeleganzavilladeste.com,
you can now register yourself and your vehicle online. Once again in
2020, a total of around 50 classic automobiles with an exceptional
history will compete for victory in their individual award class and
their owners will be in contention to win the coveted Trofeo BMW Group
for the “Best of Show”. An equally illustrious field of historic
motorcycles will compete in the Concorso di Motociclette, which is
being held for the tenth time, and be presented to the expert Jury and
to the public audience.

In parallel with opening the registration procedure, the Selecting
Committee has already defined the first three award classes for
historic cars. Once more, the framing of the categories highlights the
exceptionally broad spectrum of classic cars that traditionally
represent all the eras from automobile history at the Concorso
d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. In 2020, this spectrum is bigger than ever before.

Exceptional automobiles from the 1990s will be presented at the
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020 for the first time. This era
started some three decades ago and the focus is on super sports cars
the likes of which have not been seen in any other period. The
category of “Hypercars of the 1990s” is dedicated to extreme models
that broke through all previously defined boundaries for design,
technology and power, and were consequently an expression of boundless
enthusiasm for innovations, extravagance and targeted provocations.
Irrespective of their comparatively young age, these vehicles have
already achieved the status of legends. The fascinating history of
their creation and their exceptional level of exclusivity enables them
to blend seamlessly into the field of participants at the Concorso
d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

The award class of “Pre-war Roadsters” returns down memory lane to
the pre-war era of the automobile, recalling the genre of lightweight,
open-top sports cars that immediately attained popularity. This class
will also honour the 90th anniversary of BMW roadsters. In 1930 – just
a few months after the company started up automobile production – the
BMW 3/15 PS DA3 Type Wartburg was presented. It was the brand’s first
sports car, an open-top two-seater that was an instant success in
motor sport from a standing start. This automobile was named after the
iconic landmark of Eisenach, the city where the first BMW automobiles
were produced.

Another award class for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2020
bears the title “Cops and Robbers – Fast Cars from Both Sides of the
Law”. This class will feature automobiles that symbolise the age-old
tussle between miscreants and police officers as featured in numerous
films and in real life. Unique episodes from criminal history,
spectacular car chases from famous feature films, and the vehicles
that played a starring role are likely to create a sensation at the
classic show on the shores of Lake Como.

Registrations can already be made for automobiles that can be
assigned to one of these three competition classes and for other
outstanding classic cars. The Selecting Committee will also shortly
define and announce the first award classes for the Concorso di
Motociclette. Entry tickets and visitor packages can also now be
booked on the official website of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

A new video
with highlights from the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019 can be
viewed on the YouTube channel of BMW Group Classic under the category
“Our Passion. Our Adventures” to recall fond memories of the beauty
contest and make the waiting time seem shorter. Alongside impressions
from the parkland of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and the adjoining
park of Villa Erba, the parade of valuable classic vehicles and the
winners’ award ceremony, the entertaining video also features
conversations with vehicle owners and with Jurors of the automobile
and motorcycle competitions. They talk about the special attraction of
the exclusive beauty contest and the unique atmosphere of the event
that will once more make the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este an
unforgettable experience in 2020.

Original Press Release