BMW Group Plant Munich goes fully electric

BMW:BMW Group Plant Munich goes fully electric

+++ Plant Munich launches production of the fully electric BMW i4 +++
At least half of all cars from Munich plant will be electrified by
2023 +++ Project for emission-free transport logistics in home plant
gets under way +++ Nedeljković: “BMW i4 is a milestone on the road to
electric mobility.”


Munich. The first series-produced BMW i4 has today
rolled off the production lines at BMW Group Plant Munich. The
company’s home plant now manufactures all drive variants on a single
assembly line. “For the plant and team, the launch of the BMW i4 is a
milestone on the road to electric mobility,” said Milan Nedeljković,
BMW AG Board Member for Production. “By 2023 more than half of all
vehicles from our Munich facility will have an electrified drive. The
majority will be fully electric. So Munich goes fully electric.”

Setting up production of the fully electric BMW i4 in the confines of
the almost 100-year-old plant, the conversion and installation of
systems proved particularly challenging. “We succeeded in integrating
the new vehicle into our existing systems without halting production.
The team and our partners did an amazing job,” added Peter Weber,
Director of BMW Group Plant Munich. Space constraints notwithstanding,
existing systems were removed, and new ones installed and ramped up.
“Our bodyshop is a shining example of intelligent, efficient
integration. Most of the new production processes for the BMW i4 can
be carried out on the existing bodyshop systems,” Weber explained.

Integrating electromobility into series production

The main difference between the BMW i4 and conventional architectures
is the electric drive and high-voltage battery. About 90 percent of
the existing systems in the Munich bodyshop can still be used for the
new model. Additional ones were required only for the floor assembly
and rear end.

Another highly complex topic was the integration into assembly of the
high-voltage battery. The battery pack is now bolted onto the body by
a new, fully automated battery assembly system that works from below.
Fully automated, high-resolution camera systems scan it thoroughly
beforehand to ensure the surface is absolutely clean and there are no
impurities that could cause damage.

The BMW Group’s home plant now manufactures an extensive portfolio of
products, comprising not only the BMW i4 but also the
combustion-powered and hybrid BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring, the BMW
M3 and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The scope of production is a
testament not only to the plant’s flexibility but also to the
outstanding skills of its associates.

Digitalisation is progressing

Increasing digitalisation plays an important part in BMW Group
production. The whole of Plant Munich is currently being 3D-scanned in
minute detail to obtain a full set of basic digital data of both the
building and its systems. The scans are then processed and saved on
the cloud so the data can be accessed from anywhere using an
intuitive, browser-based tool. Several plants have already been fully
3D-scanned – Spartanburg and Regensburg among them – and Plant
Dingolfing is undergoing the process at the moment. By the end of
2022, the structure of all the major car plants in the BMW Group
production network will have been scanned, and digital data will be
available for everyone.

The BMW Group already utilises virtual planning tools to plan
buildings and systems today. Axle pre-assembly for the BMW i4, for
example, was planned with the Omniverse Nucleus platform, by NVIDIA.
This converges data from the design and planning tools of various
producers to create photorealistic real-time simulations in a single
collaborative environment. The data from the 3D scans is also fed into
the Omniverse platform.

Other digital applications are used directly in production. Radio
frequency identification (RFID), for example, allows parts to be
identified and assigned contactlessly and automatically along the
value chain, eliminating the need for manual scanning and ensuring the
right one is fitted to the right car. RFID technology is already in
use in seat production but has also made its way into various areas of
vehicle assembly at Plant Munich. The smart labels required for it are
attached to parts while they are still with suppliers or in BMW Group
component production, ready for use in assembly. They are then picked
up by line-side antennae that track every labelled component in every
car. Digitalisation of this kind makes processes faster and more
secure, and enhances efficiency and quality as a result.

Reverse osmosis system cuts water consumption by six million litres

Within the production system, the issue of sustainability is of
fundamental importance, and the BMW Group has adopted a holistic
approach to reducing CO2 emissions and minimising the use
of resources. Between 2006 and 2020, resource consumption per car
produced fell more than half, and CO2 emissions have
dropped even further, by 78 percent. The aim is to reduce
CO2 emissions per vehicle produced by another 80 percent by
2030. At Plant Munich some changes have been made and a series of new
measures implemented. That’s why the plant now uses reverse osmosis to
cut freshwater consumption. The system was integrated into production
in the spring of this year and now treats water from the cathodic dip
– where the base coat is applied to vehicles – so it can be re-used
for the same stage of the process. The new system is expected to
reduce total annual freshwater consumption by more than six million
litres. Since 1997, BMW Group Plant Munich has been using groundwater
from its own source on the plant campus. This provides enough to cover
about half of the plant’s annual needs and makes a significant
contribution towards saving valuable drinking water.

New sustainability target: zero local emissions from transport

With a particular focus on reducing CO2 emissions, the BMW
Group has also announced another goal to coincide with the production
launch of the BMW i4: over the next few years, local emissions from
transport logistics at Plant Munich will gradually fall to zero. This
will be achieved mainly by making greater use of rail transport and
battery-electric trucks. At the moment more than 750 truck deliveries
are required daily for the delivery of parts. In the future the
inner-city stretches of these journeys will be made by electric
trucks. In addition, the share of vehicles leaving plant Munich by
train will gradually increase from the current 50 percent. The
ultimate aim is to eliminate emissions completely from transport
logistics in the Munich area, but also to bring about significant cuts
within a broader radius and from intercontinental transportation.

Peter Weber, Director of BMW Group Plant Munich: “We are well aware
that, owing to the city location of our production facility, we have a
special responsibility. Our project to reduce CO2 emissions
at our home plant will have a major impact that’s positive both for
the environment and for our immediate neighbourhood.”

Since last year, all the energy sourced worldwide by the BMW Group
has been green. For production of the BMW i4, for example, the
environmental credentials of green energy were further enhanced by
sourcing it directly from regional hydro-electric power stations.
Furthermore, starting this year, the BMW Group is offsetting its
remaining (Scope 1 + 2) CO2 emissions from production.
These are caused by combined heat and power generation and are fully
offset worldwide with relevant carbon credits.

The transformation and future focus of the home plant continue

The integration of the BMW i4 into existing production structures
came at an investment of €200 million. The i4 is an important
trailblazer for the Neue Klasse, due for rollout in Munich and other
plants around the middle of this decade, and designed purely for
electric powertrains.


The BMW Group first announced its plans to upgrade Plant Munich for
electromobility less than a year ago: new vehicle assembly and
bodyshop facilities were to be constructed, and engine production was
to relocate to other parts of the production network. Since then,
hundreds of associates have started working at other technologies or
other facilities. By the end of this year, four-cylinder engine
production will have relocated to Hams Hall, UK, and Steyr, Austria.
The relocation of engine production as a whole from Munich will reach
completion by 2024 at the latest.

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Bonovo action BMW Racing Team to line up with Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz in the 2022 WorldSBK.

BMW:Bonovo action BMW Racing Team to line up with Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz in the 2022 WorldSBK.

Munich. The Bonovo action BMW Racing Team und BMW Motorrad
Motorsport have set the course for the coming season in the FIM
Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). The team will expand its
involvement in 2022 and will run two BMW M 1000 RR in the future. In
the saddle will be two well-known WorldSBK riders: Eugene Laverty
(IRL) and Loris Baz (FRA).


35-year-old BMW works rider Laverty has been racing in WorldSBK since
2011 and enters his third season with BMW Motorrad Motorsport in 2022.
Baz also comes with plenty of WorldSBK experience: The 28-year-old
Frenchman rode a BMW S 1000 RR in WorldSBK in 2018. Baz made his
Superbike World Championship debut in 2012 and started in the series
for three years, before switching to MotoGP from 2015 to 2017. He then
returned to WorldSBK. In the 2021 season, Baz has been riding in
MotoAmerica but has also impressed on a number of outings in WorldSBK.
His WorldSBK record to date: two wins and 20 podiums. Baz will now be
a BMW works rider in the 2022 season.

Jonas Folger (GER), who lined up in WorldSBK with the Bonovo MGM
Racing team in 2021, will be looking for a new challenge after what
has been a difficult season for him. The cooperation in the WorldSBK
has been terminated by mutual consent.


Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “The Bonovo
action BMW Racing Team is an important part of our WorldSBK project
and we are really looking forward to intensifying the cooperation.
Jürgen Röder’s and Michael Galinski’s team brings a lot of commitment
and passion for motor racing to the FIM Superbike World Championship.
The fact that this BMW team is now expanding and will line up with two
BMW M 1000 RR is an important step for the team and BMW Motorrad
Motorsport’s entire WorldSBK project. The team is well-positioned
coming into the new season, with two factory bikes and BMW works
riders Eugene Laverty and Loris Baz. We are looking forward to tasting
success together in the 2022 WorldSBK!”

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “The
course is set for a successful second season together for BMW Motorrad
Motorsport and the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team in the WorldSBK. The
team and we have gained a lot of experience in the first year of our
cooperation, and that now forms the basis as we continue to move
forward together. The two riders starting for the Bonovo action BMW
Racing Team also underline our ambition. We are very pleased that
Eugene Laverty remains a part of the BMW works rider family and lines
up with us in his third season. Although the 2021 season was not
always easy for him, he showed a lot of fight and was very committed
to our project. At the same time, we are pleased to have Loris Baz on
board. Having spent a season on the BMW S 1000 RR in 2018, he is now
part of the BMW works rider family. Loris has more than impressed on
his WorldSBK outings this season. We are confident that, with their
skill and experience, Eugene and Loris will help move the Bonovo
action BMW Racing Team forward. We would like to thank Jonas Folger.
It is a shame that his debut season in WorldSBK did not play out as we
were all hoping. However, he and the team never gave up and always
worked hard. We are very grateful to him for that tireless commitment.”


Jürgen Röder, Team Owner Bonovo action BMW Racing Team:
“I am overjoyed that we are heading into the next year as a
strong BMW Team and that two top riders like Eugene Laverty and Loris
Baz will be in the saddle of the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team bikes.
The goal is for the two BMW teams to cooperate even more closely. It
is great for us to have two strong riders on board. Particularly
Eugene, who has been on the BMW for a few years, is an extremely
analytical rider, and provides feedback that can be excellently
incorporated in the further development of the bike. He knows all the
structures at BMW, and who he needs to contact and when, and is
obviously a great addition to the team. I think 28-year-old Loris is a
great young rider. We have seen what he is capable of. He has done
well in MotoAmerica, has returned to World Superbike and has achieved
some very impressive results. It is a real godsend for me to have
someone like him in our team. I think we have a real chance of
consistently finishing in the top ten with both riders next season.
That is obviously a real asset for the whole BMW family. At this
point, I would like to thank Dr. Markus Schramm and Marc Bongers again
for integrating us so closely in the BMW structure. We will do
everything we can to live up to this privilege that has been bestowed
upon us. At the same time, I would like to thank Jonas Folger for his
commitment. He showed great character when came to me and said that he
would not be able to add anything to the team in 2022, and that he
would not be taking up my option of continuing together in WorldSBK. I
find that incredibly impressive. We still have a very good
relationship, and that will remain the case.”


Michael Galinski, Team Manager Bonovo action BMW Racing Team:
“We are pleased to be able to take this step together with
Jürgen Röder, and are very proud of our two riders. In Eugene Laverty
and Loris Baz we have two excellent riders. Loris has started in many
classes, such as MotoGP and Superbikes, on many different
manufacturers’ bikes, including BMW and Yamaha. He recently showed
what he is capable of at the race in Portugal: two third places as a
reserve rider is no mean feat. We are very pleased to have him on
board. Eugene has been slightly below par this year, as he was unable
to ride for a long time. He is a great development rider and will help
us to develop the bike together with BMW. All in all, we are now on
equal footing with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. They also have two
tall riders on the bike, in Michael van der Mark and Scott Redding.
Loris, as the third tall guy, will be able to contribute to the
development in this regard. Eugene is not quite as tall, but
nevertheless we are all moving in the same direction together. We are
looking forward to the coming season!”


Eugene Laverty: “I’m very happy to continue with BMW
Motorrad and join the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team for the 2022 World
Superbike season. It is fantastic to remain in the BMW WorldSBK
family. The past six months have been tough for me as a rider and so
I’m very grateful for the continued support and belief from everyone
involved in this project. I’m very motivated to repay that faith in my
abilities and I feel confident that following a solid winter testing
campaign we can arrive ready and competitive at round one.”


Loris Baz: “I am really happy to be back in WorldSBK
so I want to thank BMW and the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team for
giving me this opportunity. I think that I have shown during these two
rounds in Spain and Portugal that I have the pace to fight at the
front in this championship. BMW is the brand that grew the most in the
second part of the season. I have closely watched how the bike was
improving. I have been racing with BMW before so I know a lot of
people there and also, I have been competing with MGM Racing for one
race back in 2012. I am really happy and really excited about this
opportunity and am looking forward to trying the bike and to starting
to work together with the team and BMW. Thanks again to all the people
involved in this project.”


Original Press Release

BMW Junior Team concludes successful NLS season – and looks forward to another highlight this year.

BMW:BMW Junior Team concludes successful NLS season – and looks forward to another highlight this year.

Munich. At the start of October, BMW Junior Team completed its
first season with a GT3 car on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER) –
and although a DNF in the final race prevented them from taking the
title, it was still an extremely successful year for Dan Harper
(GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil Verhagen (USA). Two wins and four
podiums in the BMW M6 GT3 earned them second place overall in the
GT3 class and the NLS Speed Trophy. In November, BMW Junior Team
heads to the USA, where they will attend both Petit Le Mans at Road
Atlanta and the 24 Hours of Sebring. Hesse and Verhagen will even
have the opportunity to take part in the Creventic 24H Series race
in a BMW M4 GT3.


The rapid development of BMW Junior Team, which started in 2020 in
the BMW M240i Racing and BMW M4 GT4 in the Nürburgring Endurance
Series (NLS), continued seamlessly in 2021 with the BMW M6 GT3, run by
BMW Team RMG. Victories in races four and five of the season on the
Nordschleife, backed up by one second place and a third place in the
second half of the season, are definitive proof that Harper, Hesse and
Verhagen have established themselves among the top GT drivers. Within
a short time, they have gone from promising, talented youngsters to
proven winners. The next step for the BMW Junior Team in 2022 is the
BMW M4 GT3. They will set their sights on overall victory at the
Nürburgring 24 Hours with BMW Motorsport’s new GT3 flagship.

The team was given its first taste of the BMW M4 GT3 during tests.
Hesse and Verhagen will now have the opportunity to contest their
first race in this car in November. The whole BMW Junior Team first
travels to Petit Le Mans, the final round of this season’s IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta, from where they
head straight to the Creventic 24 Hours of Sebring. Bill Auberlen,
Robby Foley and James Clay (all USA) will be at the wheel of a BMW M4
GT3 there. Alongside this trio, there are still two places available
for drivers with a Silver racing licence. Hesse and Verhagen fall into
this category. As Harper already possesses a Gold licence, he must
wait for his first race outing. However, he will be involved in all
the workflows at the circuit and will also complete a number of test
laps, in order to familiarise himself with both the car and the track.

The BMW M8 GTE and BMW M6 GT3 bid farewell at Road Atlanta.

BMW Junior Team will witness the farewell appearances of the BMW M8
GTE and BMW M6 GT3 at the IMSA season finale at Road Atlanta. At the
wheel of BMW Team RLL’s two BMW M8 GTEs will be John Edwards (USA),
Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Augusto Farfus (BRA), and Connor De Phillippi
(USA), Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Philipp Eng (AUT). Turner Motorsport
will also run a BMW M6 GT3 in the GTD class.

Quotes from the BMW Junior Team on the 2021 season:

Jochen Neerpasch, mentor to the BMW Junior Team:

“BMW Junior Team has developed rapidly. From the BMW M240i Racing and
the BMW M4 GT4 to the BMW M6 GT3, they have only ever needed a few
races to achieve success. In my opinion, that can be traced back to
our team building. As a team, they learn a huge amount from each other
and thus develop faster than other racing drivers who are on their
own. I am sure that the three of them are now capable of winning the
24-hour race at the Nürburgring.”

Stefan Reinhold, team principal BMW Team RMG:

“For us as a team from the Eifel region, it was obviously fantastic
to finally go racing and taste success on the Nordschleife. In this
regard, the season has been great. We saw at the 24-hour race that our
young drivers can mix it with the best. After that, they have
consistently been among the front-runners, and we have claimed our
first victories. That makes us both happy and proud.”

Dan Harper on the NLS season:

“Fortunately, we have had more highs than lows this season. We could
never have dreamed that we would still be in contention to win a title
in the final race so we can take a lot of positives from the year. Our
learning curve has been very steep and we have gained valuable
experience, as drivers and a team. That will definitely make us
stronger in the future.”

Max Hesse on the NLS season:

“We gained an awful lot of experience in the NLS season and have
developed massively as racing drivers and a team. Second place in the
Speed Trophy is a good result, even if it is obviously a shame that we
lost the title due to a crash in the final race.”

Max Hesse on his start in Sebring:

“The start at Sebring is a superb opportunity for us. Personally, I
have never raced in the USA, so to do that in the new BMW M4 GT3 and
at such an iconic circuit is mega. Hopefully the weather will play
ball and we will have our first full 24-hour race, after the race at
the Nürburgring was cut short.”

Neil Verhagen on the NLS season:

“I think we can be very proud of what we achieved this season,
despite the unfortunate way it ended. A huge thank you goes to BMW
Team RMG for the fantastic work and support. We have all proved that
we are not only young trainees driving anywhere, but that we belong
among the best. It was not easy to learn everything in our first year
in a GT3 race car, but Dan, Max and I helped each other a lot. We
worked perfectly as the BMW Junior Team.”

Neil Verhagen on his start in Sebring:

“I cannot describe how excited I am about racing in my home country
in the BMW M4 GT3. I have dreamed of racing in the USA again for
years. My parents will be at Sebring to watch me drive the new BMW M4
GT3. That is going to be a very special experience for me.” 

Original Press Release

Harnessing wind and hydroelectric power from the Arctic Circle: BMW Group plans to source steel produced with green power and hydrogen from northern Sweden

BMW:Harnessing wind and hydroelectric power from the Arctic Circle: BMW Group plans to source steel produced with green power and hydrogen from northern Sweden

Munich. The BMW Group continues to push forward with
climate protection and is systematically pursuing its goal of
significantly reducing CO2 emissions at their source in the
supply chain. From 2025 on, the company plans to source steel produced
with up to 95% less CO2 emissions and without requiring
fossil resources such as coal. The BMW Group has now reached an
agreement to this effect with the Swedish startup H2 Green Steel,
which uses hydrogen and only green power from renewable energies for
steel production. Owing to its particularly energy-intensive
manufacturing process, steel production is considered one of the main
sources of global CO2 emissions.

“Our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions in our steel supply
chain by about two million tonnes by 2030. Sourcing steel produced
using hydrogen and green power can make a vital contribution to this,”
says Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG
responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “Steel is essential
for producing cars and will be no less important for future vehicle
generations. Innovative technologies that enable virtually carbon-free
production of steel have a significant impact on our ability to reduce
CO2 emissions in our steel supply chain.”

Closed-loop material cycle
In addition to the
delivery of steel produced using green power, the BMW Group and H2
Green Steel have also agreed to create a closed-loop material cycle.
H2 Green Steel will take back sheet metal remnants, such as those
produced at press plants when doors are punched out, and will process
them in such a way that they can be shipped back to the plants as new
steel rolls, also known as steel coils. In this way, raw materials can
be used multiple times in a circular economy and natural resources
protected. Since it requires less energy to produce, secondary steel
lowers CO2 emissions by an average of 50-80%, compared to
primary material.

The BMW Group is already using between 20% and 100% secondary steel
in its vehicles and will continue to increase this percentage in the
future. BMW Group press plants in Europe process more than half a
million tonnes of steel per year.

Ideal location in northern Sweden

H2 Green Steel is building its steel production site in the province
of Norrbotten in northern Sweden, close to the Arctic Circle. The
region is best known for its reindeer and spectacular northern lights,
but also provides access to high-quality iron ore, plentiful energy
from renewable sources such as hydroelectric and wind power, a major
seaport and generations of steel production know-how.

Unlike conventional processes that rely on coke for making steel, the
company employs hydrogen produced using green power to remove the
oxygen from the iron oxide. This so-called direct reduction of iron
ore produces almost no CO2 at all, only water – thereby
avoiding 95% of the CO2 emissions normally produced. The
specially built hydrogen power plant, which uses water and green power
from across the region, will be directly integrated into the steel
production plant. The company also uses local green power for the
remainder of the manufacturing process.

BMW Group to source Northvolt battery cells from the same
region from 2024 on

Swedish company Northvolt, which develops and produces battery cells
for electric cars, is also exploiting the potential for green power in
the north of Sweden.

Last year, the BMW Group signed a long-term battery-cell supply
contract with Northvolt. The battery cells will be produced in Europe
at the Northvolt gigafactory currently under construction in
Skellefteå in northern Sweden from 2024. The company will use only
green electricity from local wind and hydroelectric power to produce
the battery cells.

Neue Klasse poised to set new standards

From 2025 onwards, the BMW Group will be realigning its product range
– which has grown successfully over decades –on the basis of the Neue
Klasse. The Neue Klasse will be characterised by three key aspects: a
completely redefined IT and software architecture, a new generation of
high-performance electric drive trains and batteries and a radically
new level of sustainability across the entire vehicle lifecycle. These
strands are interwoven within an overall vehicle architecture that has
been uncompromisingly optimised for electric drive trains, setting a
new benchmark in terms of digitisation and electrification, while at
the same time ensuring that the characteristic flair of a typical
BMW is transferred to future vehicle generations.

Active commitment to environmental and social standards in the
steel supply chain

As part of its involvement with the not-for-profit organisation
ResponsibleSteel, the BMW Group actively participated in establishing
environmental and social standards throughout the entire steel value
chain, starting at the mine. This sustainability standard for
production sites in the steel industry was published in 2019 as part
of a multi-stakeholder process and now forms the basis for
certification. ResponsibleSteel is the steel industry’s first global
multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative.

Original Press Release

Fifth and sixth places for Michael van der Mark on WorldSBK Sunday at San Juan.

BMW:Fifth and sixth places for Michael van der Mark on WorldSBK Sunday at San Juan.

San Juan. Having already claimed sixth spot in Saturday’s race
at San Juan (ARG), Michael van der Mark (NED) reached the top six
again in both races on Sunday. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rider
secured fifth place in the morning’s Superpole race and then crossed
the line in sixth once again in the main race on his BMW M 1000 RR.
Eugene Laverty (IRL) completed Sunday’s races in 15th and 16th
positions. San Juan was hosting the penultimate round of the 2021
season in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).


Van der Mark began Sunday morning’s Superpole race from sixth place.
He fell back a little during the opening laps and was eighth on lap
three, wedged into a tight group. Van der Mark prevailed over his
rivals in the second half of the race, working his way up to fifth and
that was the position in which he crossed the line after ten laps.
Laverty began the Superpole race from twelfth place. He moved up to
tenth after a good start before losing two positions again as the
first lap progressed. He remained in twelfth until the penultimate lap
before slipping back down to fifteenth.

In the second main race, van der Mark made a good start and  battled
away in fifth place in the leading group. He was applying pressure on
the riders ahead as he aimed for fourth place. however he lost a place
towards the halfway point of the race and fell back to sixth.
Nonetheless, van der Mark remained in touch but the gap to the top
five stretched out a little on the closing laps. He was never in
danger of losing sixth position before crossing the line after
completing 21 laps. Laverty endured a difficult second main race. He
started from eleventh place and fell back to 17th during the opening
laps. Laverty did gain one position on the penultimate lap, crossing
the line in 16th place.

The season finale for the WorldSBK 2021 will take place from 19th to
21st November at the new Mandalika circuit in Indonesia.


Quotes after race two at San Juan.


Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“A great result today from Michael on the BMW M 1000 RR. From
where we started on Friday to where we finished today has been
fantastic hard work from him and his crew and a testament to the steps
that we have taken. We never quite got the chance for the podium today
but a fifth and two sixth-places in the three races is a great reward
for the hard work. To finish eight seconds behind the winner and just
a couple of seconds off the podium in today’s main race just shows how
much improvement we have made with the bike so it was great work by
Mickey and his team. Eugene unfortunately struggled today. In
practice, he and Michael rode together and they swapped places to see
where Eugene had issues but it seems that we could not transfer that
into comfortable settings so Eugene was struggling both in the
Superpole race and in the main race. It is a shame for him as he had
deserved much better results than these. Thanks to Eugene for stepping
in for Tom at the last three rounds. Now we are looking forward to
Tom’s return in Indonesia.”


Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “It
has been a good Sunday. This morning in warm-up, we tried something
different with the bike but in the end we weren’t really sure so we
went back to yesterday’s set-up. In the Superpole race, I had a good
race, I had fun and enjoyed it a lot. I had some good battles and was
pretty fast, faster than yesterday. It was nice to start from fifth on
the grid for race two. I had an okay start and was in the group
fighting for the podium. To be honest, in the beginning I was
struggling a bit with the full fuel tank. Towards the end of the race
I was alone but I was riding a good pace and it was nice to see what
we can do. I think that it has been an overall good weekend. We take
some good points home and it was nice to be able to fight with the
guys for the podium today in race two but for sure we need to be a
little bit faster.”


Eugene Laverty, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“Altogether, from my side, it has been a very tough weekend.
I struggled to make progress. We changed the bike to improve my
feeling and we never made any major breakthrough. Also in the last
race to finish outside the points after giving my everything over the
entire race was a bitter pill to swallow so I am disappointed with my
performance. All the guys in the team deserved a better result but
unfortunately I wasn’t able to deliver it. Thanks for this great
opportunity to be in the team for these three rounds. I am just
disappointed with myself that I could not do more.”

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The BMW M135i xDrive: a compact four-cylinder sporting powerhouse with even sharper dynamics.

BMW:The BMW M135i xDrive: a compact four-cylinder sporting powerhouse with even sharper dynamics.

Munich. BMW has honed the track-inspired
characteristics of its four-cylinder high-performance model for the
premium compact segment. Detail upgrades to its chassis components
endow the BMW M135i xDrive (fuel
consumption combined: 7.8 – 7.3 l/100 km [36.2 – 38.7 mpg imp] as per
WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 177 – 167 g/km as per WLTP) with
noticeably enhanced performance qualities. And the retuned drive
soundtrack in the cabin makes the driving experience even more
emotionally engaging.

The standout power of the 225 kW/306 hp four-cylinder unit with BMW
TwinPower Turbo technology under the bonnet of the BMW M135i xDrive is
harnessed more effectively than ever to produce the captivating
dynamics and driving experience for which BMW is renowned. Detailed
set-up modifications for the bespoke chassis technology result in even
better mounting, ensuring precisely controllable driving
characteristics even when pushing hard on the track. The optimised
traction enables drivers to explore the car’s performance limits with
confidence, especially when cornering at extremely high speeds.

Sharper cornering dynamics thanks
to optimised camber values, new mounts, and precision tuning of
spring and damping systems.

The camber values for the front wheels of the BMW M135i xDrive have
been increased to optimise absorption of lateral forces when powering
through corners. A new hydromount has additionally been used to attach
the front suspension wishbones, while the mounts for the trailing and
control arms at the rear axle have also been redesigned. At the same
time, the spring and damping systems have undergone recalibration. The
result is a significant improvement in roll behaviour in corners,
which has a further beneficial effect on steering feel when the car’s
sporting abilities are put to the test.

This latest raft of modifications reinforces the commitment of the
BMW M135i xDrive to delivering BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure. Its
chassis technology combines with the engine’s extremely sporty
performance characteristics and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive
to create a flawlessly composed overall package for a richly engaging
drive. The compact BMW M model comes as standard with near-actuator
wheel slip limitation integrated into the engine control unit. The
resultant shortening of the signal paths allows traction to be
controlled up to ten times faster than with conventional systems when
pulling away, on slippery surfaces and during dynamic cornering. The
BMW M135i xDrive additionally benefits from a mechanical limited-slip
differential at the front axle. Built into the car’s standard
eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, it enhances traction and
directional stability along with agility and cornering dynamics. With
locking factors of 36 per cent when accelerating and 26 per cent on
the overrun, the differential is capable of transferring extra torque
to the front wheel with better grip as and when required. The
customary Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) functions are complemented
in the BMW M135i xDrive by Performance Control, which optimises the
car’s steering behaviour with judicious applications of the brakes.

Specially tuned M Sport steering and exceptionally powerful M Sport
brakes can also be found on the standard equipment list for the BMW
M135i xDrive. The compact sports car leaves the factory on 18-inch M
light-alloy wheels as standard, with the option of 19-inch light-alloy
items available in a variety of designs.

Dramatic acoustic experience in the cabin.

The twin-tailpipe exhaust system facilitates power delivery from the
engine with its reduced backpressure, while also producing a
characterful acoustic accompaniment. The distinctive, emotion-stirring
sound is also transmitted into the interior, where it is carefully
amplified through the audio system’s speakers.

The revised soundtrack conveys the signature four-cylinder engine
note of a BMW M model to those on board more authentically than ever.
The instant response to every movement of the accelerator is
translated into corresponding acoustic signals. From the powerful
building of torque under acceleration through to the drop-off in load
on the overrun, the power unit’s operating state is clearly
discernible at all times. Starting the engine prompts a sound
composition specially created for this model, adding another facet to
the rich acoustic experience inside the car.

New paint finishes for a high-impact look.

A new selection of particularly striking paint finishes has been
introduced to accompany the performance enhancements and underscore
the individual character of the BMW M135i xDrive. BMW Individual paint
finishes and special customer requests can also now be incorporated
into the manufacturing process at BMW Group Plant Leipzig, where the
compact model is built. The special colours require additional
servicing and technical support work, with an increased number of
manual processes. To cater for this, an existing paint shop was
modified and the number of employees working there increased by ten.

The BMW Individual paint finishes bring even greater visual impact to
the high-performance model’s modern design language and bespoke
styling features. New additions to the range of exterior colours for
the BMW M135i xDrive include the M paint shade Sao Paulo Yellow
non-metallic, as well as the Frozen Orange metallic and Frozen Pure
Grey finishes.

Fuel consumption combined: 7.8 – 7.3 l/100 km [36.2 – 38.7 mpg imp]
as per WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 177 – 167 g/km as per WLTP.

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BMW Motorrad celebrates world premieres at Milipol 2021 from 19 to 22 October in Paris.

BMW:BMW Motorrad celebrates world premieres at Milipol 2021 from 19 to 22 October in Paris.

Paris. With the new BMW CE 04 and the BMW F 900 XR in
an official version for the police – a cooperation with BMW Motorrad
Netherlands – BMW Motorrad will be celebrating two world premieres at
Milipol 2021 from 19 to 22 October 2021 in Paris. This adds two
superior and forward-looking vehicles to the range alongside the
current police version R 1250 RT, F 750 GS and F 850 GS.

The new BMW CE 04 in police version: Future-oriented,
sustainable e-mobility for the city and urban areas.

The new CE 04, which was presented a few months ago, plays a
particularly important role, since the dynamic, environmentally
friendly electric scooter not only offers a concept tailored to
special authorities requirements by offering flexible options and a
high level of operational expertise in urban and metropolitan areas.
The new CE 04 is also a forward-looking component of the
sustainability strategy anchored in the BMW Group, in which riding
pleasure goes far beyond simply getting from A to B. Over the past
years and decades, significant standards have already been set in the
BMW vehicle eco balance – starting with the resources used, through
energy consumption, to the share of recycled components.

Powerful drive and ample range for authority-suitable use.

With a maximum output of 30 kW (41 hp), the new BMW CE 04 features a
powerful motor and offers the best prerequisites for police work in
the city and urban areas. The top speed is 120 km/h – enabling fast
riding not only in the city, but also on motorways and motorway sections.

With 60.6 Ah (8.9 kWh), the new BMW CE 04 has an ample battery
cell capacity and provides a range of around 130 kilometres. This
ensures everyday, reliable and emission-free riding in the city as
well as in urban environments.

In addition, the authorities version of the new CE 04
also has a number of technical highlights that make riding it
everyday reliable, comfortable and, above all, safe:

• Short charge times and charging technology based on the system used
in cars.

• Increased riding stability thanks to slip control by means of ASC
(Automatic Stability Control). • DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) as an
ex-works option.

• Three riding modes “ECO”, “Rain” and
“Road” for efficient, everyday use as standard.

• “Dynamic” riding mode for an even sportier riding style as ex works
optional equipment.

• Directionally stable suspension and chassis with single-unit
tubular steel main frame.

• Powerful braking system with ABS. • Banking-enabled ABS (Automatic
Stability Control) as an ex-works option.

• 10.25” TFT colour screen with integrated map navigation and
extensive connectivity as standard.

• Powerful LED lighting units all round. Adaptive Turning Light Pro
and light functions as ex-works options.

• Wind deflector.

• Storage compartments at the side and front.

• Customisable ergonomics thanks to a choice of various seats.

Special optional equipment for the authorities versions of the
new BMW CE 04:

• LED flashing lights front and LED beacon in the rear.

• Authorities case.

• Siren.

• Additional switch for controlling the light and sound signal components.

Built at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin and individually
configurable with special optional equipment.

Like the series-production vehicles, the authorities vehicles are
also built at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin and are integrated into
the series production process.

The BMW Motorrad range of optional accessories and optional
equipment ex works, specially tailored to the needs of authorities and
institutions, benefits from decades of experience and development in
this field. Whether for the police, customs, technical aid
organisations, fire brigade, military, escorts or as support for heavy
goods transports – BMW Motorrad is always able to offer tailor-made
authorities vehicles.

Accordingly, the new CE 04 as well as the R 1250 RT-P, F 750GS-P
and F 850GS-P in the authority versions can be configured for a wide
variety of uses.

The optional equipment is integrated into the vehicle’s series
production and thus guarantees highest-level process reliability and
thus consistently high quality – in contrast to simply putting on
add-ons and integrating conversions or one-off vehicles, as practised elsewhere.

BMW Motorrad – the leading manufacturer in the authorities business.

For more than 90 years, the authorities business has been an
important and successful field of activity for BMW Motorrad. BMW
Motorrad is the only manufacturer that, in addition to production,
also develops authorities components and carries out the homologation
of the vehicles and authorities equipment itself.

Since 1970, more than 160,000 BMW official motorcycles have been
delivered to relevant institutions in over 150 countries around the
world. A figure that impressively underlines the reliability and
versatility of this BMW Motorrad division. In 2019, customers included
public authorities from 31 countries. With more than 2,400 vehicles
delivered worldwide – 235 of them in Germany alone – BMW Motorrad was
again the leading international manufacturer in the authorities
business last year.”

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rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub

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 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles
and more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.






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BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental. Additional pictures.

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CO2 emission information.

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

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

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

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WorldSBK at San Juan: top 6 result for Michael van der Mark in Saturday’s race.

BMW:WorldSBK at San Juan: top 6 result for Michael van der Mark in Saturday’s race.

San Juan. The first race of the FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK) Argentina round ended with a top six result
for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. Michael van der Mark (NED)
completed race one at the ‘Circuito San Juan Villicum’ (ARG) in
sixth place with his BMW M 1000 RR. Eugene Laverty (IRL), standing
in again for Tom Sykes (GBR), was also on track for the top eight
before falling back to 13th position during the closing stage of the
race. San Juan is hosting the penultimate round of the 2021 WorldSBK season.


In Superpole on Saturday morning, van der Mark qualified seventh with
Laverty in twelfth. At the start, van der Mark shortly fell back but
soon was back to seventh while Laverty moved up three positions to
exit the first turns in ninth. Laverty then moved up to eighth on lap
five, right behind van der Mark. The two BMW riders remained in those
positions until Laverty fell back to tenth around the halfway point of
the race. Van der Mark closed the gap to the top six and claimed sixth
spot on lap eleven, and that was the position he was in when taking
the chequered flag after 21 laps. Meanwhile, Laverty fought with blunt
weapons and crossed the line in 13th position.

Quotes after race one at San Juan.


Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“Today has been a much better day than FP1 and FP2 yesterday.
Both Michael and Eugene have made big steps forward as we expected
from yesterday’s performance. In Superpole, Michael only narrowly
missed out the second row and Eugene did great job to get on the
fourth row in twelfth position from where he had started the weekend
so going into race one, both guys were in a much happier situation. I
think the bikes are very alike in set-up which is something that we
strive towards. Going into the race, both guys felt very comfortable.
Mostly the entire grid selected the same rear tyre, the SCX which
proved to be the only tyre suiting for these conditions. Mickey had a
solid race. From seventh position he battled to sixth. From there he
could not improve position despite the fact that his fastest lap of
the race came at the very end. This showed that we have a good basis
to work on overnight. In the last five or six laps, Mickey was first
or second quickest on track but it just was not possible for him to
further improve from sixth position. It was a great effort from him
today and clearly fourth to sixth is the target for tomorrow. Eugene
just fell back a little bit towards the end of the race. Before, he
was in a good position in a good group of riders but as the fuel load
went down, the balance of his bike changed and he was not that
comfortable anymore. We will work on that for tomorrow. Overall, it
was a not too-bad day. Obviously, we are striving for more but
generally we can say that race one was successful for both riders and
we are looking forward to the Superpole race and race two tomorrow.”


Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “We
have made a big step forward this morning in FP3 compared to
yesterday. I was happier with the bike. We made a small change during
the session and it was alright. Superpole was quite good; starting
seventh on the grid was okay. I did not have a great start, but got
into a rhythm and passed some guys. It was a long and a bit of a
boring race. I had some small battles but had some limitations trying
to pass people but in the end I think sixth isn’t that bad. Now we
have to find some small improvements on the bike and we will be fine tomorrow.”


Eugene Laverty, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“Superpole went quite well for me. I managed to qualify
twelfth and was happy with the lap time that I did with the qualifying
tyre. Also the beginning of the race went well. I made a good start
and overtook some guys. After a few laps I was up in eighth position.
With a full tank of fuel, the bike was feeling very good but
unfortunately once the fuel load went down the bike became very
difficult for me and I was struggling towards the end so we need to
re-balance the bike to make it better for whenever the fuel tank goes
empty. That’s the plan for tomorrow and I am confident that it won’t
be such a big job and that we will be a little bit stronger towards
the end of the races tomorrow.”

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Goodwood, steam and old castles: through West Sussex in the MINI Cooper S 5-door.

BMW:Goodwood, steam and old castles: through West Sussex in the MINI Cooper S 5-door.

Munich. At the time, no one could have known that the
young pharmacist’s assistant and assistant teacher, who earned a
little money in the small English town of Midhurst, West Sussex, at
the beginning of 1881, would become one of the greats of science
fiction literature. His name: Herbert George Wells, the later creator
of classics such as “War of the Worlds” and “The Time
Machine”. Can there be a better place than Midhurst to explore as
part of the history of southern England with a modern time machine
like the MINI Cooper S 5-door (fuel consumption combined: 6.8 -6.2
l/100 km according to WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 154 – 141 g/km
according to WLTP), which transfers the principle of creative use of
space once conceived for the classic Mini to the present in a
particularly convincing way?

Midhurst itself, a town of 5,000 people in the county of West Sussex,
is definitely worth a visit. It is located in the middle of the South
Downs National Park, the youngest of the 15 national parks in England
and Wales. The ruins of Tudor Cowdray House and Victorian Cowdray
House give a first glimpse of the rich architectural heritage England
has to offer. Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture meet
here, and the old market square has long been the meeting place for
relaxed residents.

No less narrow than the lanes in Midhurst are the small country roads
that cross the national park. In typical English style, bushes and
trees stand right at the edge of the tarmac ribbons, and pheasants
poke their heads through the thicket or dash across the narrow
carriageway every now and then.

These tracks are the ideal terrain for a compact sports car like the
MINI Cooper S 5-door, which can demonstrate its temperament here with
its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo
technology. The drivetrain generates a maximum of 131 kW/178 hp and
accelerates the MINI Cooper S 5-door from zero to 100 km/h in 6.8
seconds. Enough power to swiftly overtake the many agricultural
vehicles used here for cattle farming and fruit growing.

Those who want to explore the surrounding area of Midhurst have
plenty of choice, as almost every village has a story to tell. We
first decide to take a detour north to the Hollycombe Steam Collection
at Liphook on the northern edge of the national park. Here, among
other things, is an almost complete and usable steam fair from
Edwardian times.

After so much early industrial culture, we’re happy to climb back
into our ultra-modern MINI, which gleams in Island Blue metallic and
catches the eye with its roof and exterior mirror caps in silver, its
18-inch Pulse Spoke 2-tone alloy wheels and Piano Black exterior,
among other features. The redesigned and standard sports leather
steering wheel with its multi-function button panels fits perfectly in
the hand – it’s time to explore more of West Sussex.

To do this, the route leads south-east, past Petworth with its
impressive baroque Petworth House, which houses a collection of old
masters. But the place is also known for its literature festival in
November. If you want to visit the ancient Romans, you only have to
drive a few kilometres further south: In Bignor, the remains of a
Roman villa were discovered by chance while ploughing in 1811.
Beautiful mosaic floors and ceramics can still be seen today, the
oldest pieces dating back to the first century AD.

After another short drive, the MINI reaches Amberley – and anyone
interested in technology should not drive past the Railway Museum
there. Here, narrow-gauge trains built in 1880 and later roll along
old tracks with a gauge of 610 millimetres. Their bizarreness already
impressed the makers of the James Bond episode “A View to a Kill”
in the 1980s.

In the neighbourhood of the River Rother, which at 56 kilometres is
one of the longest rivers in Sussex and also flows through the middle
of Midhurst, the A284 country road continues south to Arundel with its
incredibly large castle. It is the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk, the
first buildings having been built in 1068. Also worth seeing is the
Parish Church of St Nicholas, built in 1380, and Hiorne Tower – an
ornamental 18th century building in Arundel Park, last occupied in the 1950s.

Next to it is the English Channel and Bognor Regis, one of the famous
southern English seaside resorts. So unpack your swimwear from the
luggage compartment of the MINI Cooper S 5-door. The luggage
compartment holds 278 litres when all five seats are in use and can be
expanded to 941 litres with only two occupants when the standard 60/40
split rear seat backrest is folded down. Well refreshed, the road now
leads inland again, to Chichester. The city is much more than just the
administrative seat of West Sussex – its cathedral is famous, for
example, but also its reputation as a shopping hotspot thanks to
designer boutiques and art galleries.

Not far from Chichester is the paradise of all fans of classic cars
and sports and luxury cars: Goodwood. A visit is a must because,
firstly, Goodwood House with its large and beautiful estates is an
ideal place to relax. Secondly, the hilly aristocratic grounds with
its integrated race track host the incomparable Festival of Speed and
the Goodwood Revival every year. And thirdly, the BMW Group, to which
MINI also belongs, builds automotive luxury in the Duke of Richmond’s
large garden: cars of the Rolls-Royce brand have been manufactured
here since 2003.

The route leads back towards Midhurst through the heathland of West
Sussex and the ridges of the South Downs and the Weald as the highest
elevations. This is where the new Adaptive Suspension of the MINI
Cooper S 5-door comes into its own. Frequency-selective damping
ensures an optimised balance between sportiness and ride comfort.

An additional valve ensures that the damping forces are adjusted
extremely quickly, so that the harmonious driving characteristics
remain unaffected by the not exactly rare bumps in the English road
surface. And the go-kart feeling – typical of the brand – can be felt
in every one of the many bends.

After a stop at the Weald and Downland Living Museum, which informs
about the former country life of the area and fascinates with a
Victorian classroom and a Tudor kitchen, the MINI Cooper S 5-door
rolls back to Midhurst, where there is the opportunity to rest from
the impressive journey and ponder H. G. Wells at the Swan Inn in
Chichester Road.

Incidentally, he was not the only prominent resident of the town. For
example, Sir Alec Guinness, the man with a thousand faces, and William
Henry Pratt – better known as Boris Karloff or even as Frankenstein’s
monster – also lived and died in Midhurst. You can’t have England
without a bit of horror.

Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption were
measured using the methods required according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. They refer to vehicles on the automotive market
in Germany. For ranges, the NEDC figures take into account
differences in the selected wheel and tyre size, while the WLTP
figures take into account the effects of any optional equipment.

All figures are already calculated on the basis of the new WLTP
test cycle. NEDC values listed have been calculated back to the NEDC
measurement procedure where applicable. WLTP values are used as a
basis for the definition of taxes and other vehicle-related levies
that are (also) based on CO2 emissions and, where applicable, for
the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies. Further information on
the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures is also available at

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

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-23662

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108

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 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles
and more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax
in the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting
to € 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction,
from the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase
of all products.

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