BMW model upgrade measures for the summer of 2021.

BMW:BMW model upgrade measures for the summer of 2021.

Munich. Starting in the summer of 2021, new drive
variants, special equipment features and additional exterior and
interior design options will enhance driving pleasure, comfort and
the individual character of a large number of BMW models. From July
2021, there will be a choice of three new model variants of the new
BMW 4 Series Coupe, and a straight six-cylinder diesel engine is now
also available for the BMW 4 Series Convertible. Furthermore,
additional exterior colours and seat surfaces will be on offer for
models of the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series.

Moreover, as from the summer of 2021, new exterior colours will
also be available for the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 2 Series Gran
Coupe. In addition, a number of models will feature an upgraded
version of the Lane Departure Warning with additional functions.
Optional 4-zone automatic climate control will in future also
include a nanoparticle filter for the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 6 Series
Gran Turismo and the BMW M5 model variants. The plug-in hybrid
models of the BMW 5 Series Touring can now also be fitted with
19-inch light alloy wheels and – like the electrified versions of
the BMW 3 Series, the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the BMW 7 Series and the
BMW X5 – will feature new exterior and interior design accents.

BMW 4 Series Coupe: New four-wheel drive models and a BMW M
automobile with classic rear-wheel drive.

From July 2021, the BMW 4 Series model range will be complemented
by two additional four-wheel drive variants – the new BMW 430i
xDrive Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 7.7 – 6.9 l/100 km
according to WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 176 – 157 g/km according
to WLTP) and the new BMW 420i xDrive Coupe (combined fuel
consumption: 7.5 – 6.6 l/100 km according to WLTP; combined CO2
emissions: 170 – 151 g/km according to WLTP). This means that the
two four-cylinder petrol-driven models can now transfer drive torque
to the road assisted by intelligent four-wheel drive technology.
Power distribution is available on demand in any situation and is
combined with rear-wheel orientation of the system, guaranteeing a
classic form of driving pleasure. With a maximum power output of 180
kW/245 hp, the BMW 430i xDrive Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h
in 5.7 seconds. For the BMW 420i xDrive Coupe with 135 kW/184 hp
this figure is 7.8 seconds. Both models are equipped as standard
with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

At the top of the BMW 4 Series Coupe model range the trend will go
in the opposite direction for the additional variants. Up till now,
intelligent four-wheel drive was standard on these models, but in
future the BMW M440i Coupe (combined fuel consumption: 8.1 – 7.4
l/100 km according to WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 184 – 167 g/km
according to WLTP) will be available with classic rear-wheel drive.
Under the bonnet of the new version of the BMW M automobile, the 275
kW/374 kW straight six-cylinder petrol power plant guarantees
exceptionally puristic driving pleasure. The car takes a mere 4.8
seconds to sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h. Furthermore, in the
case of the BMW M440i Coupe, an 8-speed Steptronic sports
transmission and an M Sport differential on the rear axle assist
with the transfer of motive power to the road.

Premiere for the BMW 430d Convertible, new exterior colours
and seat surfaces for the BMW 3 Series and the BMW 4 Series.

From July 2021, a new engine variant will be added to the drive
portfolio for the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. The new straight
six-cylinder diesel engine for the BMW 430d Convertible (combined
fuel consumption: 6.0 – 5.3 l/100 km according to WLTP; combined CO2
emissions: 156 – 139 g/km according to WLTP) mobilises a maximum
output of 210 kW/286 hp and a peak torque of 650 Nm. Pulling power
and efficiency of the drive system are enhanced thanks to two-stage
turbo charging and mild hybrid technology with a 48-volt starter
generator. The new BMW 430d Convertible accelerates from 0 to 100
km/h in just 5.8 seconds.

The choice of exterior colours is being extended both for the new
BMW 4 Series Coupe and the BMW 4 Series Convertible. New to the
range are the BMW Individual colour Aventurin Red metallic and the
variant M Brooklyn Grey metallic, both of which are available in
conjunction with the model M Sport and the BMW M automobiles of the
BMW 4 Series. As a new optional feature for the interior of the BMW
4 Series Coupe, seat surfaces in perforated Sensatec can be ordered.
These are available with a choice of four colours.

From July 2021, these upholstery variants will also be available
for the BMW 3 Series Sedan and the BMW 3 Series Touring in
conjunction with the optional sports seats. Likewise, the BMW
Individual colour Aventurin Red metallic is also on offer for models
of the BMW 3 Series.

BMW 1 Series and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe: Upgraded storage
package, new colours.

The new cargo function, which forms a part of the optional storage
package for the BMW 1 Series, will ensure greater luggage
compartment variability as from July 2021. With this function, the
angle of the rear seat backs can be adjusted as desired. Even in the
most upright position, sitting comfort is ensured in the second row,
at least over short distances, whilst luggage compartment volume is
simultaneously increased by around 40 litres. Moreover, the storage
package for the BMW 1 Series will in future also comprise a stowage
net on the right of the luggage compartment. 

In addition, a new exterior colour will be on offer for the BMW 1
Series. In future, the compact five-door car will also be available
in the colour variant Snapper Rocks Blue metallic. Two new exterior
finishes will supplement the choice of colours for the BMW 2 Series
Gran Coupe: Phytonic Blue metallic and Skyscraper Grey metallic.

Lane Departure Warning with optimised functionality on
narrow lanes.

Starting in July 2021, the driver assistance system Lane Departure
Warning will contribute more than ever towards an increase in
comfort and safety in many BMW models thanks to a functionality that
is even more precisely aligned to each driving situation.  At speeds
exceeding 70 km/h, the camera-based system helps the driver avoid
unintentional lane change. In respective situations, the driver is
warned by means of steering wheel vibration. Furthermore, a steering
impulse helps the driver direct the vehicle back into the correct
lane position. In future, on narrow country roads with a lane width
of less than 2.60 metres and without a central lane marking, this
steering impulse will be overriden. In the case of oncoming traffic,
use of the outer edge of the lane will then be possible without any
loss in comfort. 

The latest version of the Lane Departure Warning feature is
available for all model variants of the BMW 3 Series, BMW 4 Series,
BMW 5 Series, BMW 6 Series, BMW 7 Series and BMW 8 Series as well as
the BMW X5, the BMW X6, the BMW X7, the BMW M3, the BMW M4, the BMW
M5 and the BMW M8. These models are all equipped as standard with
this system.

New for the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and
the BMW M5: 4-zone-automatic climate control with nanoparticle filter.

The optional 4-zone automatic climate control feature facilitates
separate control of temperature and ventilation rate for both the
driver and front passenger as well as for the right and left rear
compartment areas. The latest version now also comprises a
nanoparticle filter, which ensures further enhanced interior air
quality using nano-fleece and active carbon layers. Nanofibre filter
technology is also active when using the auxiliary ventilation
function. Consequently, it is possible to purify the air inside the
car quickly and thoroughly before starting off on a journey.

The 4-zone automatic climate control with nanoparticle filter is a
standard feature for the BMW X7 and is already offered as an option
for BMW 7 Series luxury sedans, BMW 8 Series luxury sports cars and
for the models BMW X5, BMW X6, BMW X5 M, BMW X6 M and BMW M8. From
July, it will also be available for all BMW 5 Series, BMW 6 Series
Gran Turismo and BMW M5 model variants.

Plug-in hybrid models with new design accents.

In an ever-growing number of BMW models, precisely controlled
interaction between a combustion engine and an electric motor
ensures exemplary efficiency and a special form of driving pleasure.
As from July 2021, plug-in hybrid models of the BMW 3 Series, BMW 5
Series, BMW 7 Series and BMW X5 will be recognisable by their fresh
exterior and interior design accents. New lettering on the tailgate
and on the opposite front sidewall indicates that the vehicle is
“electrified by i”. Moreover, the BMW emblems on the bonnet, the
tailgate, wheel hubs and steering wheel feature a BMW i Blue surround.

The choice of light alloy wheels available for electrified model
variants of the BMW 5 Series Touring offer new possibilities for
individualisation. The three plug-in hybrid models come fitted with
18-inch light alloys as standard. Starting in July 2021, customers
can opt for 19-inch alloys in five different variants.

Sustainably produced tyres for BMW X5 plug-in hybrid models:
BMW Group first automobile manufacturer to use new Pirelli tyres
made from FSC-certified natural rubber.

The BMW Group reinforces its commitment in the field of
sustainability. BMW is the world’s first carmaker to equip a model
with tyres made from sustainably cultivated, certified natural
rubber and Rayon, a wood-based tyre reinforcement material. The
company is initially purchasing the 22-inch tyres exclusively from
Pirelli and, as from August 2021, will offer them as special
equipment for the BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid model (combined
fuel consumption: 1.7 – 1.2 l/100 km according to WLTP, 2.1 – 1.6
l/100 km according to NEDC; combined power consumption: 27.7 – 24.3
kWh/100 km according to WLTP, 25.2 – 23.5 kWh/100 km according to
NEDC; combined CO2 emissions: 39 – 27 g/km according to WLTP, 47 –
37 g/km according to NEDC).

Cultivation and the complex supply chain of the natural rubber and
Rayon used for these tyres are certified according to the stringent
standards of the independent organisation Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). 

New equipment options for the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and
the BMW X6.

In addition to its outstanding long-distance suitability, the BMW 6
Series Gran Turismo also scores with its dynamic handling qualities.
The M multifunctional seats, which, from July 2021, will be added to
the range of special equipment options available for the luxury
model, offer both driver and front passenger the ideal place to
enjoy driving comfort and sporty handling. With integrated headrests
and optimised side and shoulder support, they offer the driver
maximum stability during dynamic cornering. M multifunctional seats
also include electrically operated adjustment of the sitting
position, backrest angle, backrest width, thigh support and headrest height. 

Innovations in the range of special equipment for the BMW X6
provide the interior with a striking look and sporting flair. As
from the summer of 2021, the Sports Activity Coupe can also be
ordered with the exterior colour Piemont Red metallic. In future,
standard equipment for the BMW X6 will also include a BMW M
anthracite roof liner.

As from the summer of 2021, a new visual accent will emphasise the
sporting flair of the interior of the BMW X6. Standard equipment for
the Sports Activity Coupe will in future also include a BMW M
anthracite roof liner.

At a glance: New BMW models from the summer of 2021*

BMW 4 Series Coupe

Power Output
(kW/PS)

Fuel Consumption WLTP
(l/100 km)

CO2 Emissions
WLTP (g/km)

BMW 420i xDrive
Coupe

135/184

7.5 – 6.6

170 – 151

BMW 430i xDrive
Coupe

180/245

7.7 – 6.9

176 – 157

BMW M440i
Coupe

275/374

8.1 – 7.4

184 – 167

 

 

BMW 4 Series Convertible

Power
Output (kW/PS)

Fuel Consumption WLTP
(l/100 km)

CO2 Emissions

WLTP (g/km)

BMW 430d
Convertible

210/286

6.0 – 5.3

156 – 139

* all new models available at SOP in July 2021

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team claims its best team result so far in WorldSBK with the new BMW M 1000 RR.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team claims its best team result so far in WorldSBK with the new BMW M 1000 RR.

Alcañiz. The new BMW M 1000 RR has demonstrated its potential
in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Team claimed its best team result so far at the opening round of the
2021 season at MotorLand Aragón (ESP). Tom Sykes (GBR) and Michael
van der Mark (NED) ended race two on Sunday afternoon in fourth and
fifth places, just one and a half seconds outside the podium
positions. Van der Mark had already impressed with a strong comeback
in the morning’s Superpole race. Jonas Folger (GER) from BMW
satellite team Bonovo MGM Racing finished eighth to round off a
successful Sunday.

After enjoying warm and sunny conditions on Friday and Saturday,
Sunday started with rain. The circuit was damp in places at the start
of the Superpole race, but was also drying out in other places making
tyre selection rather tricky. Van der Mark opted for slick tyres, on
which he shot through from 15th on the grid to finish fifth at the end
of the ten-lap sprint race. The Dutchman also set the fastest lap of
the race on his BMW M 1000 RR. Sykes started from third place on the
wet-weather tyre, and was initially running in the top five. However,
he then fell back through the field and returned to the garage on lap
eight as his tenth place on the grid for race two was secure in any case.

Conditions were similarly unsettled at the start of race two in the
afternoon. Van der Mark (fifth on the grid) and Sykes (tenth on the
grid) both opted for intermediate tyres. Van der Mark was battling
with the leading group from the word go, and actually briefly took the
lead on lap six. He then spent several laps defending second place
against Jonathan Rea (GBR / Kawasaki). With just a few laps remaining,
Rea and his team-mate Alex Lowes (GBR) managed to find their way past
him. Meanwhile, Sykes was consistently picking his way through the
field and ultimately found himself behind van der Mark. The two
swapped positions on lap 16 of 18, meaning Sykes finished fourth,
ahead of his team-mate in fifth.

Folger ended the Superpole race in 13th place, having started 18th.
His big moment came in race two. He and the Bonovo MGM Racing team
opted for slicks. Folger initially had to restrain himself and dropped
down the field. However, he then launched an impressive comeback. On
the final lap, Folger had climbed into sixth place, behind the two
riders from the BMW works team. Shortly before the chequered flag, he
lost two positions due to a small mistake, meaning he crossed the
finish line in eighth place. Eugene Laverty, riding for BMW satellite
team RC Squadra Corse, was 16th in the Superpole race and ended race
two in 17th place.

Reactions after race two at MotorLand Aragón.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We
are very happy. We invested so much work in this project in the
winter, and it was very difficult at the tests to establish exactly
how we really compared to the others. We got off to a difficult start
this weekend, so it is great to be able to turn that around in this
way. Sure they were extraordinary conditions, but it was very pleasing
to see that we were able to challenge the Kawasakis, which are setting
the benchmark, for the full race. There were obviously times in the
race when we would have liked to have finished on the podium, but it
is excellent that we were able to demonstrate with two or even three
bikes that we have the potential to do that. It is a strong result, on
which we can build. We are super happy. The work has paid off, but we
will not stop here – we will continue to work hard.”

 

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“A great day. Yesterday it was a struggle in areas, so I was
happy with how we finished the race. Today, I was struggling to see if
we could improve on that, but this morning Michael went out in the
morning’s warm-up in the rain and was immediately fast considering
this was his first ever outing in the wet conditions on the BMW M 1000
RR. In the Superpole race, Michael had a really good run, so to see
him come away with fifth was pleasing as he is learning every day when
he gets on the bike. Tom had an issue with the rear tyre in the
Superpole race so we had to retire but nevertheless we started in P5
and P10 in race two. That race was really exciting, to be battling for
the lead and never out of the top-three, top-four places for most of
the race was great to see. Both BMWs were in the spotlight and it’s
testament to the whole of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team who have
brought this bike through. Heading into Estoril we can be confident we
can be threat for the rest of the season.”

 

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “A bittersweet
day, really. We definitely had a Superpole race to forget which we
won’t go into too much detail about. That meant that we compromised
our start position in race two. For race two, I wanted to go with the
slick tyre but after this morning we opted to play it safe on the
intermediates. Overall, after a good start, it was a bit of a waiting
game. I could see what the guys in front of me were doing but
obviously considering the tyres we were on I tried a different
strategy to feel where the BMW M 1000 RR was working and where we had
to improve. Unfortunately, we just missed out on the podium today, but
considering our results here last year it is a huge improvement.”

 

Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“This morning, we had a wet warm-up session which was my
first time on the BMW M 1000 RR in the rain, and to be honest I had
such a good feeling from the first lap. The Superpole race was in
mixed conditions but I opted to go with the slick tyre and in the end
was the right choice. It did however keep raining at times during the
race which slowed me down in places but anyway it was a good result
for us. This afternoon’s race two again was a gamble on tyre choice,
and I knew I made the wrong choice going up to the start as the track
was drying so quickly. Despite that we made a good start, had some
incredible battles taking the lead but I knew I was asking too much of
the tyres and in the end some guys got past me. But we have got to be
happy with the two P5 positions and most importantly the experience
I’ve gained with the BMW M 1000 RR.”

 

Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “We are absolutely
happy with eighth place in race two. It is class that we managed this
at the end of what was a difficult weekend. The conditions were very
difficult and we did not know for a long time whether wets or slicks
were the best option. We opted for slicks in the end. Only very few
others made the same decision, including the winner Scott Redding, and
we set the same lap time as Scott. The weather obviously suited us,
but we are very happy. Unfortunately, I went wide in the battle with
Toprak Razgatlioglu at the end of the race, otherwise we could perhaps
have finished sixth. However, eighth place was still the highlight
compared to the rest of the weekend, so we are very happy.”

 

Eugene Laverty, RC Squadra Corse: “It was not a good
day, unfortunately. We had some problems in all sessions. For the long
race, I had the wet front tyre and the other riders had intermediates
or slick tyres so there was no chance to move further forward. So it
was really disappointing but I am looking forward to Estoril already.
I said that Aragón and Estoril have been the toughest two tracks for
our bike last year so we have a big challenge but we did a good job
here yesterday during qualifying so that’s reason for optimism. In
Estoril, we need to put our progress on paper because this weekend we
weren’t able to get the results we wanted.”

Original Press Release

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team starts from third on the grid and claims first top-six result for new BMW M 1000 RR in the opening race of 2021 WorldSBK.

BMW:BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team starts from third on the grid and claims first top-six result for new BMW M 1000 RR in the opening race of 2021 WorldSBK.

Alcañiz. Making its race debut in the FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK), the new BMW M 1000 RR claimed a top-six
result on the first attempt. Tom Sykes (GBR) from the BMW Motorrad
WorldSBK Team ended race one at MotorLand Aragón in sixth place,
only two seconds from a podium position. The Spanish circuit is
hosting the opening round of the 2021 WorldSBK season. His team-mate
Michael van der Mark (NED) came home eleventh in race one, after
enduring a difficult Saturday.

In the first Superpole of the season on Saturday morning, Sykes
secured a starting place on the front row of the grid; the Englishman
finished third in qualifying. Van der Mark was 15th. In the morning’s
free practice, van der Mark could only do one timed lap as a CAN-Bus
failure occurred in the supplied tyre pressure monitoring system TMPS,
mandatory by FIM, that could not be identified immediately.

Sykes lost a few positions in the first lap of the race. For long
stretches of the race, he was running eighth. However, he then climbed
into sixth in the closing stages, partly being the fastest rider of
the field. Van der Mark moved into eleventh place early on in the
race, and eventually crossed the finish line in the same position.

Jonas Folger (GER) started the race from 18th place. After 20 laps of
racing, the rider from BMW satellite team Bonovo MGM Racing finished
16th, missing out on the points by just one position. Eugene Laverty
(IRL) from BMW satellite team RC Squadra Corse started from 12th and
was on course to score points but had to retire with five laps remaining.

Reactions after race one at MotorLand Aragón.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “I am
very happy with our performance. In the end, Tom was just 2.5 seconds
off a place on the podium. It was an impressive race. After the issues
we had in yesterday’s warm conditions we did pretty well today. In
Michael’s case, it is just good that he now has a race under his belt.
After his crash yesterday and the technical issue this morning, he was
only able to complete multiple laps in qualifying. We must now take a
look – it was the first long run he has managed here, and I am sure it
will allow us to take another step forward. On the whole, my summary
would be: satisfied.”

 

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team:
“From where we were in the free practices and in qualifying,
I had my personal predictions and I am really pleased that Michael and
Tom kind of got where I hoped that they would be. Michael was almost
in the top ten after the crash he had in yesterday’s practice and the
issue this morning, so it was good for him to get a race under his
belt. I think he will come back much stronger tomorrow from that. With
Tom I am really pleased; he did a superb job to get third in
Superpole. In the race, he went with the ‘X’ tyre which isn’t normally
his style, but we convinced him it was the way to go and he got
started and become strong when the other guys were battling, managing
to bridge the gap. He crossed the line just two seconds off the podium
and if you would have asked me before that weekend had started, I
would have taken that. So delighted for top-six for Tom, and Michael
will do big steps forward. Overall, we are happy.”

 

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “We came here
and we still had some test items that we needed to do and honestly I
thing we got a good compromise because we have been trying things in
free practice and still got to try to work on a race set-up, so
overall I think it was not too bad. I still don’t have the package to
do want I want in the first quarter of the race. Then I could see that
towards the end of the race that we had quite a good pace, certainly
better than the guys in front. It is still early days and to be
honest, considering the limitations I felt I had, I think that P6 is
not bad. Now we have time to sit down and have a look and make some
changes for tomorrow. So overall, it was not a bad start.”

 

Michael van der Mark, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “We
were really unlucky this morning. We lost a lot of time as we had that
problem with the bike. At the end, the guys fixed it and I could do
one lap in FP3 but still I need more laps after losing yesterday.
Superpole was not so bad but it was the first time with a qualifying
tyre for me and the bike changes a lot so you have to get used to it.
In the race, I had an okay start and the first few laps I was feeling
very strong but at one point of the track I was losing too much to
stay with the other guys. Just one particular sector. That was a bit
of a shame because then I tried to push more and stressed the front
tyre too much and started to lose time. But overall it was important
to finally do a long distance and we can learn a lot from this.
Tomorrow is a new day and with all the information we have now,
tomorrow should be better.”

 

Jonas Folger, Bonovo MGM Racing: “It was a tough
race. We have to find some solutions, as I do not feel comfortable on
the bike. It is unfortunate, as we have tried out a lot of things. So
far, however, we have not yet found the right set-up. At the moment,
we are on a bit of a low. I did the best I could, but it was  a
disappointing race.”

 

Eugene Laverty, RC Squadra Corse: “Qualifying was
actually really good, even if a 12th position is not on the front
rows, but the bike felt very good. Unfortunately, in the race, we had
some small problems from the beginning and in the closing stages
something strange happened. The bike stopped and we are still
investigating the cause. But the potential of the bike this year is
much better. That’s the positive thing I can say. In qualifying the
bike was feeling much better than last year here at Aragón.”

Original Press Release

BMW Startup Garage China opens Joint Innovation Base with Alibaba Cloud in Shanghai.

BMW:BMW Startup Garage China opens Joint Innovation Base with Alibaba Cloud in Shanghai.

Shanghai/Munich. The Joint Innovation Base
(officially named “Alibaba Cloud Innovation Center – BMW Startup
Garage Joint Innovation Base”) started operations yesterday in the
Shanghai Jinqiao Economic and Technological Development Zone. With
this project, BMW and Alibaba will harness their respective strengths
and resources in order to empower Chinese tech startups for scaling up
their innovations. The focus of the startups in the Joint Innovation
Base will be on innovative products, solutions and services bridging
between internet, internet of things (IoT) and the automotive industry.

Jochen Goller, President and CEO of BMW Group Region China, said:
“Having become a global innovation power house, China is providing an
ever expanding playing field for start-up companies especially in
science and technology. In this context, BMW Group is also scaling up
its digital footprint in China as well as accelerating our
transformation towards electrification. We will continue to deepen our
collaboration with both established Chinese tech players as well as
skilled new talents to foster their respective strength on innovation.”

In three years the Joint Innovation Base will provide no less than
300 companies with advanced cloud computing infrastructure from
Alibaba, access to BMW experts and BMW business units via the BMW
Startup Garage. The BMW Startup Garage aims to scout high-potential
startups to match their innovative solutions with the BMW Group’s
needs. It is positioned as the gateway for startups to the auto
industry linking the BMW Group with cutting-edge outside-in
technologies (more
information on the BMW Startup Garage
). More than twenty
startups covering strategic innovation fields such as digitisation,
electrification and sustainability have already set up their office in
the joint incubator.

Vehicle innovations in China mainly revolve around digitalization,
smart connectivity, artificial intelligence and automated driving.
“Digital innovation happens at a breath-taking pace in China. Our new
Joint Innovation Base will act as accelerator to further strengthen
our engagement with Chinese top-startups,” said Peter Lehnert, Vice
President New Technologies, Research and Innovation Digital Car.

The worldwide search for startups: thinking outside the box.

The BMW Group’s technology scouting network has a global reach. The
BMW Startup Garage runs small, agile teams stationed at international
technology hotspots. It now has representatives working at the BMW
Group Technology Offices in Munich, Silicon Valley (Mountain View),
Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore and Tel Aviv. Working closely with
the central development departments in Munich, each individual
location is instrumental in securing early access to trends and
technologies to be able to shape future mobility and bring the best
possible offers to customers.

In addition to promoting open innovation in China, BMW also teamed up
with Alibaba to accelerate digital transformation. In October 2020,
the duo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to carry out
comprehensive cooperation in branding, marketing, channels, end-to-end
operations, services, information technology etc, aiming to implement
the digitalization strategy into BMW China’s full business process,
and enable dealers to provide an end-to-end online-to-offline digital
experience for customers.

BMW Group’s R&D footprint in China.

Technological innovation and digitalization are the two key fields to
accelerate BMW Group’s business development in China. It is
continuously scaling up investment in R&D in China, accelerating
the transition from “Made in China” to “Create in China”. The BMW
Group has established the largest R&D footprint in China outside
of Germany, including three R&D centres in Beijing, Shanghai and
Shenyang, a dedicated digital company LingYue Digital Information
Technology Co. Ltd and a new Tech-JV named BMW ArcherMind Information
Technology Co. Ltd.. 

The R&D centre in Beijing focuses on requirements management,
customers orientation, vehicle testing and validation, homologation
and type approval, and tailoring products to Chinese customers. The
centre in Shanghai is dedicated to research on future mobility,
creative design and digital products and services, including
development and applications in automated driving and smart
connectivity. The Shenyang centre, adjacent to BMW’s brilliance
manufacturing plant and battery centre, is geared toward the
development of electric mobility and local production.

The establishment of LingYue is an important step for BMW Group to
facilitate its customer-centricity transformation in China. LingYue
provides end-to-end digital solutions and operational services to
enable seamless and exclusive online-to-offline user experiences for
our Chinese customers.

The BMW ArcherMind Information Technology Co. Ltd has started
operation in April and will have about 200 employees by the end of
2021. The joint venture will greatly improve BMW’s digital competency
in China, especially in the areas of software development and in-car
digital offerings.

Original Press Release

Ad-hoc announcement: Partial release of the provision with respect to EU antitrust proceedings

BMW:Ad-hoc announcement: Partial release of the provision with respect to EU antitrust proceedings

Munich. Based on the progress of the proceedings, BMW
AG expects, compared with the statement of objections of 5 April 2019,
that the EU Commission will significantly reduce its allegations
against BMW AG in terms of content and duration.

The subject matter of the proceedings is whether German automobile
manufacturers cooperated in technical working groups to restrict
competition in the development and rollout of emission-reduction
technologies. The legal conformity of diesel vehicles is not subject
of the proceedings. The BMW Group is not and has not been accused of
unlawful manipulation of emission control systems.

On 5 April 2019, BMW AG had recognised a provision of around €1.4
billion. Based on the new information, BMW AG continues to consider it
more likely than not that the EU Commission will issue a fine to BMW
AG. However, the significant limitation in the scope of the
allegations has led to a revaluation of the provision. This
revaluation will result in a positive effect on earnings of around €1
billion in the second quarter of 2021.

This effect on earnings is not included in the current guidance for
2021 and will lead to an increase in the EBIT margin for the
Automotive segment of around one percentage point. The current
corridor forecast in this respect will be increased accordingly. The
BMW Group continues to expect a significant increase in Group earnings
before taxes in the current financial year.

If the allegations are significantly reduced as expected, BMW AG
would refrain from taking legal action against the issuance of any fine.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Michael Rebstock, Communications Corporate, Finance, Sales

Email: michael.rebstock@bmw.de,
Telephone: +49-89-382-20470

Eckhard Wannieck, Head of Communications Corporate, Finance, Sales

Email: eckhard.wannieck@bmw.de, Telephone: +49-89-382-24544

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup.com

Email: presse@bmwgroup.com

 

 

 

The BMW Group

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

In 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 Welt and the BMW Museum will open again for all visitors from May 25.

BMW:BMW Welt and the BMW Museum will open again for all visitors from May 25.

Munich. BMW Welt and the BMW Museum will be opening
their doors to the public again for the first time this year on May
25. Visitors to the BMW Museum will be admitted free of charge on
opening day. During the first week of opening, visitors should look
out for special promotions in BMW Welt, the BMW Museum shop and
participating cafés. Of course, the health of our visitors and
employees continues to be the main priority. For this reason,
reopening will take place in compliance with all official regulations
and measures. Information on the latest hygiene guidelines is
available here.

Exhibition areas, the vehicle collection service and
restaurants in BMW Welt will be open again.

For the time being, BMW Welt will be open daily from 8 am to 8 pm.
All the exhibition areas will be open for visitors, and customers can
pick up their new vehicles as usual in BMW Welt. In addition, a
limited number of visitors can get personal advice on new vehicles in
the BMW Welt showrooms, or pop into the BMW Welt Lifestyle &
Accessory Shop to purchase from a wide range of high-quality, BMW and
MINI branded products.

Catering facilities, including Biker’s Lodge, Restaurant Bavarie and
the outdoor terrace, will also be available to visitors from May 25.
By way of a culinary highlight to kick things off, Restaurant Bavarie
is offering business lunches from midday to 3 pm, Monday to Friday,
with a new menu each day. Each Friday evening from June 4 to July 30
it will also be providing an exquisite Hawaiian BBQ on the large
terrace overlooking the Olympic Park. Guests can enjoy the genuine
taste of Hawaii – everything from fresh seafood, Kalua suckling pig
and grilled Huli Huli chicken to fruit-packed desserts and exotic cocktails.  

Free admission and new exhibits at the BMW Museum.

To celebrate the reopening, the BMW Museum will be offering free
entry to all visitors on May 25. The M1 bistro will also be open
again. Visitors can look forward to two new exhibits with special
stories to tell. The BMW 2800 GTS Coupé Frua (1969) bears the
unmistakable signature of the renowned Italian designer Pietro Frua –
a design icon that BMW has lovingly restored to its full glory. Also
on show is the BMW 2200ti Garmisch (1970/2019) – a futuristic concept
car by Marcello Gandini, head of the Bertone design studio, which was
unveiled more than 50 years ago and which was rebuilt in 2019 after
going missing without trace.

On May 25, there will also be a special holiday treat for young
visitors. With our “Junior Museum in a bag” youngsters will have lots
of fun making their own cress house out of Tetra Pak and solar paper.
The BMW Group Junior Program will once again be offering creative
digital workshops for children from the age of nine. Information on
the online workshops is available here.

General information about your visit.

Information on the latest rules governing registration and access
(based on state regulations) can be found on the website of BMW Welt
and BMW Museum at www.bmw-welt.com. Current
rules require prior registration based on the Click & Meet
principle for visiting both sites. You can register here
for BMW Welt and here
for the BMW Museum. To comply with the corona protection measures and
official requirements, visitors must also log in on site using the
“e-Guest” app. To avoid lengthy waiting times, all visitors are
required to register in advance at https://app.e-guest.de/. Separate
regulations apply to the catering facilities. All the latest
information for using the catering facilities can be found here.

Guided tours of BMW Welt and the BMW Museum will not be offered until
further notice. BMW Group Classic will also remain closed to the public.

Here’s some drone footage of BMW Welt and the BMW Museum to whet your
appetite for the reopening.

 

Current BMW Welt opening times:

Monday to Sunday: 8 am to 8 pm

 

Current BMW Museum opening times:

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

 

Detailed opening times for the catering facilities and shops at the
two locations are given here.

 

If you have any questions please contact:

LoeschHundLiepold Kommunikation GmbH

On behalf of BMW Welt

Stefanie Fredrich

mailto: bmw-welt@lhlk.de,
Phone: +49 89 720-187-17

BMW Group

Eckhard Wannieck, Head of Corporate Communications

mailto: eckhard.wannieck@bmw.de,
Phone: +49 89 382-24544, Mobile: +49 151-601-28042

Internet: www.press.bmwgroup.com/deutschland

mailto: presse@bmwgroup.com

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BMW Art Journey artist shortlist 2021 announced. Julien Creuzet, Kelvin Kyung Kun Park and Alice Wang nominated.

BMW:BMW Art Journey artist shortlist 2021 announced. Julien Creuzet, Kelvin Kyung Kun Park and Alice Wang nominated.

Hong Kong. During this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong,
the BMW Art Journey, a joint initiative of Art Basel and BMW to
recognize and support emerging and mid-career artists worldwide, is
continued with the announcement of the next shortlist. Like a mobile
studio, the BMW Art Journey can take artists almost anywhere in the
world to develop new ideas and envision new creative projects. The
initiative is part of BMW Group’s global cultural engagement
celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Committed in
the fields of modern and contemporary art, classical music, jazz and
sound as well as architecture and design, the BMW Group has been an
integral part of culture on a global scale.

Today, the shortlisted artists for the BMW Art Journey 2021 were
announced at the BMW Wanchai Showroom in Hong Kong:

Julien Creuzet
born in 1986; lives and works in
Montreuil; represented by High Art, Paris.

Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
born in 1978; lives and
works in Seoul; represented by Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai.

Alice Wang
born in 1983; lives and works in Los
Angeles and Shanghai; represented by Capsule Shanghai.

In recognition of the ongoing exceptional circumstances caused by the
pandemic, the international expert jury conducted its selection
process online. Artists and their galleries were invited to submit
digital applications, including a short video by the artists
explaining their work and artistic process. Since 2020, the circle of
eligible artists has broadened and includes not only emerging and
mid-career artists from the Discoveries sector, but also artists
represented by galleries founded no more than ten years ago at Art
Basel’s show in Hong Kong.

The shortlisted artists are now invited to develop the proposal for
their ideal journey, with the winner to be announced in summer 2021.

Members of the international expert jury are Claire
Hsu
, Director, Asia Art
Archive
, Hong Kong; Matthias Mühling, Director,
Städtische Galerie im
Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau
, Munich; Patrizia Sandretto Re
Rebaudengo
, President, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo,
Turin; Philip Tinari, Director, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art,
Beijing; and Samson Young, artist and winner of the
first BMW Art Journey. 

“We were deeply impressed with the group of artists we reviewed, and
those we selected. Their profiles are very different in terms of
practice, research, and expressive modality, and this infuses a great
richness to the group. Together, their varied perspectives and ways of
working the artistic horizon of the BMW Art Journey,” stated the jury
in its unanimous decision.

“The Paris-based French-Caribbean artist Julien
Creuzet
is a traveler between genres and cultures. His hybrid
practice includes film and animation, music, poetry and sculpture. His
multi-layered assemblages explore different cultural heritages. His
gaze on history and on different geographies, on minor and forgotten
tales, is important for building new collective scenarios. South
Korean Kelvin Kyung Kun Park’s multi-disciplinary
work deals with notions of the individual versus the collective,
nature versus conditioning – topics that have tremendous potential in
generating a research journey across time and culture. His videos,
performances, and photographs explore the fundamental structures of
those mediums, and of contemporary society. Alice
Wang
, who lives and works between Shanghai and Los Angeles,
makes sculptures and films that take us on epic journeys unfolding
across space, time and materials to bring us closer to understanding
our place in the universe. Each work tells a different story that
transverses the surreal and sublime, leaving us to question what is in
fact truth and what is fiction,” notes the jury.

Works of this year’s shortlisted artists can be viewed following the
announcement in a virtual
showroom
at “Art Basel Live: Hong Kong” the digital overlay of the
fair. As official partner of the show, BMW will host a virtual partner
room
at “Art Basel Live: Hong Kong” showcasing works and
documentations of previous BMW Art Journey winners.

Launched in 2015, the BMW Art Journey is a collaboration between Art
Basel and BMW, created to recognize and support emerging and
mid-career artists worldwide. Past winners of the BMW Art Journey
include sound and performance artist Samson Young
(presented by a.m. Space, Hong Kong at Art Basel’s Hong Kong show in
2015); video artists Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr
(presented by Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf at Art Basel’s Miami Beach
show in 2015); Abigail Reynolds (presented by Rokeby,
London at Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong in 2016) as well as
Max Hooper Schneider (presented by High Art, Paris
at Art Basel’s Miami Beach show in 2016), Astha
Butail
(represented by GALLERYSKE, New Dehli, Bangalore at
Art Basel´s Hong Kong show in 2017), Jamal Cyrus
(represented by Inman Gallery, Houston at Art Basel’s Miami Beach show
in 2017), Zac Langdon-Pole (represented by Michael
Lett, Auckland at Art Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2018), Lu
Yang
(represented by the gallery Société, Berlin at Art
Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2019) and Leelee Chan
(represented by Capsule Shanghai at Art Basel’s Hong Kong show in 2021).

In collaboration with the winning artist, the journey will be
documented and shared through publications, online and via social
media. For further information about the artists and the project,
please visit: www.bmw-art-journey.com

During this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong the BMW Wanchai Showroom
hosts a documentation of Leelee Chan (Capsule Shanghai), BMW Art
Journey winner 2020, and her project “Tokens from Time”. Additionally,
and on the occasion of 50 years of BMW Group Cultural Engagement,
visitors can not only view the miniatures of the BMW Art Car
Collection but also contributions and background information about the
50th anniversary. To visit the exhibition that runs until
May 23, 2021, please register here.

BMW has supported Art Basel’s shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong
Kong for many years.

 

For further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr
Thomas Girst
BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs

Head of Cultural Engagement
Telephone: +49 89 382
24753
Email: Thomas.Girst@bmwgroup.com

www.press.bmwgroup.com
Email:
presse@bmw.de

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

About Julien Creuzet (represented by High Art,
Paris)
Julien Creuzet (b.1986) lives and works in
Montreuil, France. In his work he creates protean artworks
incorporating poetry, music, sculpture, assemblage, film and
animation. Evoking trans-oceanic postcolonial transactions in relation
to multiple temporalities the artist places his own inherited past,
present and future at the heart of his production. Eluding generalized
narratives and cultural reductions, Creuzet’s work often spotlights
anachronisms and social realities to construct objects of
irreducibility. Recent solo exhibitions of the artist include Camden
Arts Center, London (upcoming); Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Fondation
d’entreprise Pernod Ricard, Paris. His work was on display at group
exhibitions at Manifesta 13, Marseilles; Museum für Moderne Kunst,
Frankfurt; Musée d’Art moderne de Paris and Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Creuzet is currently nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2021.

About Kelvin Kyung Kun Park (represented by Vanguard Gallery,
Shanghai)
Kelvin Kyung Kun Park (b. 1978) lives and
works in Seoul, Korea. He is an award-winning filmmaker and visual
artist who works primarily in film and video, photography and
installations. His work frequently takes inspiration from the cultural
anxieties, myths and narratives that form South Korea’s identity. His
first full-length film, “Cheonggyecheon Medley” from 2010, has been
screened at various international venues, including the Berlin
International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival. His
second film “A Dream of Iron” also premiered at the Berlin
International Film Festival in 2014. It won the NETPAC Award and
subsequently played at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2018, he
won the BIFF Mecenat Award and was nominated for “DOK Leipzig 2019”.
His recent solo exhibitions include Shanghai Museum of Glass; Sin
Ricoh Gallery, Seoul as well as Gallery Hyundai, Seoul. Furthermore,
his work was on view at group exhibitions at Nam June Paik Art Center,
Seoul; Busan Biennale 2018, Korea; Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul and
the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul.

About Alice Wang (represented by Capsule
Shanghai)
Alice Wang (b.1983) lives and works in Los
Angeles and Shanghai. The artist works at the intersection of film and
sculpture, two independent and simultaneous practices, where one
medium decenters the other. Over the past several years, Alice Wang
has been working with a mantra stating that the planet Earth is
plummeting towards the Sun while just missing it. Bringing together
physics, geology, astronomy, and ecology with phenomenology, Eastern
metaphysics and the practice of meditation and yoga, Wang examines
ontological questions related to the nature of being through a
materialist conceptual approach in the exploration of sculpture. Alice
Wang has presented solo exhibitions at Capsule Shanghai as well as
18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles and participated in group
exhibitions, screenings, and performances at the K11 Art Foundation,
Hong Kong; the Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Taikang Space, Beijing and
the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. She is an assistant professor of arts
at New York University Shanghai, and co-organizes The Magic Hour, an
outdoor exhibition platform in the Mojave Desert in California.

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

Original Press Release

BMW M Engine Talk: BMW M4 meets BMW M4 GT3.

BMW:BMW M Engine Talk: BMW M4 meets BMW M4 GT3.

Munich. From series production to motor sport and
back: part 2. Hot on the heels of the BMW M Design Talk (see here),
BMW M GmbH is releasing a new video introducing the shared heart of
the new BMW M4 GT3 racing car and BMW M4 Competition production model
(fuel consumption combined: 10.2 – 9.9 l/100 km [27.7 – 28.5 mpg imp]
in the WLTP cycle, 10.2 l/100 km [27.7 mpg imp] in NEDC; CO2 emissions
combined: 233 – 227 g/km in WLTP, 234 g/km in NEDC). In the BMW M4
Engine Talk, Marcus Engelke, Project Manager Drivetrain BMW M4, and
Ulrich Schulz, Head of Drivetrain Design at BMW Motorsport, highlight
fascinating details of the six-cylinder in-line engine with M
TwinPower Turbo technology, which was conceived from the outset for
both road cars and track machines.

“510 hp, 650 Newton metres (479 lb-ft) – this is the most powerful
straight-six engine we’ve ever fitted in a production car,” says
Marcus Engelke to kick off the video. “590 hp, 700 Newton metres (516
lb-ft) – this is the most powerful straight-six engine BMW has
installed in a racing car since the days of the BMW M1 Group 5,” adds
Ulrich Schulz. The two engineers go on to describe how incredibly
similar the engine in the BMW M4 Competition is to its counterpart at
the core of the new flagship model in the BMW M Motorsport line-up.
Currently in its final year of development, the BMW M4 GT3 will be
charged with helping BMW M Motorsport teams compete for GT race
victories and titles around the world from 2022.

With components of the power unit in the production M model –
including the crankcase, cylinder head, crankshaft drive, crankshaft
and connecting rod – also designed to deliver maximum performance on
the track, the perfect groundwork for the race-spec unit is already in
place. Engelke and Schulz explore in detail how the engine is
positioned and installed in the different cars, and underline their
points with easy-to-understand sketches on a flipchart. This paints a
clear picture of where the specific demands on the production/racing
car engine lie and how BMW M GmbH has risen to the task of meeting
those challenges.

As well as presenting the two complete engines, the experts also
use the video to delve into individual components in detail, e.g.
the dry sump pan and throttle valves of the racing engine, and the
intercooler in the BMW M4 Competition. They also single out
components which are identical in the two units, such as the
connecting rod with pistons and theturbocharger housing – which was
transferred to the racing car in unmodified form.

“As well as using many of the same parts, we are also working
together closely on the manufacturing side. The complete engine is
assembled out of the series-produced base unit just a few metres
away from here,” says Markus Engelke, reflecting on the BMW M4
Competition engine’s birthplace at the BMW M facility on Munich’s
Preussenstrasse. “We have come full circle,” explains Ulrich Schulz:
“BMW M and BMW Motorsport have a shared history, and it all began at Preussenstrasse.”

BMW M4 Competition:

Fuel consumption combined: 10.2 – 9.9 l/100 km [27.7 – 28.5 mpg imp]
in the WLTP cycle, 10.2 l/100 km [27.7 mpg imp] in NEDC; CO2 emissions
combined: 233 – 227 g/km in WLTP, 234 g/km in NEDC. 

Original Press Release

Sustainable tyres for BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid: BMW Group becomes first automotive manufacturer to use new Pirelli tyres containing FSC-certified natural rubber and rayon

BMW:Sustainable tyres for BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid: BMW Group becomes first automotive manufacturer to use new Pirelli tyres containing FSC-certified natural rubber and rayon

Munich. The BMW Group is stepping up its activities
in the field of sustainability, becoming the first automotive
manufacturer worldwide to equip its cars with tyres using certified
sustainable natural rubber and rayon, a wood-based material used to
strengthen the tyres. The company will source 22-inch tyres in the
first instance exclusively from Pirelli and, from August of this year,
will use them in the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid (fuel
consumption combined: 1.7-1.2 l/100km (WLTP), 2.1-1.6 l/100 km
(NEDC); power consumption combined: 27.7-24.3 kWh/100 km (WLTP),
25.2-23.5 kWh/100 km (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined: 39-27 g/km
(WLTP), 47-37 g/km (NEDC))
. Certification of the rubber
plantations and the complex supply chain for natural rubber and rayon
takes place in accordance with the strict standards of the independent
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

“As a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in
sustainability and take responsibility,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member
of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and
Supplier Network. “We have been committed to improving cultivation of
natural rubber and increasing transparency in the supplier network
since 2015. The use of tyres made of certified natural rubber is a
pioneering achievement for our industry. In this way, we are helping
preserve biodiversity and forests to counteract climate change.”

Natural rubber is the basic material for many products we use in our
daily lives, such as boots and mattresses. About six million small
farmers worldwide are responsible for over 80% of the world’s natural
rubber cultivation. In the so-called rubber belt across the tropical
regions, they run farms of between one and two hectares in size under
a wide variety of different conditions. Agreeing uniform social and
environmental growing conditions with these millions of small
individual farms is therefore a major challenge.

By far the largest share of natural rubber grown worldwide goes into
tyre production. Natural rubber’s high elasticity and sturdiness
currently make it irreplaceable for tyre production.

Small label, big impact

As an independent organisation, FSC has developed an internationally
recognised and demanding certification standard in recent years that
is used worldwide for environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial
and economically viable management of the forests. The organisation,
whose well-known logo is already established in the wood and paper
industry, also applies this standard to products made of natural rubber.

The new 22-inch P ZERO ∗ tyre has now become the world’s first tyre
to receive the coveted FSC label. To earn this certification, Pirelli
adapted its US plant in Rome, Georgia, to produce tyres using
FSC-certified natural rubber and rayon. From there, the tyres are
delivered to BMW Group Plant Spartanburg, around 370 km away, and
mounted on the BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid. The star ∗ in the name indicates
that the new tyre meets the BMW Group’s strict performance
requirements, including particularly low rolling resistance and noise level.

Giovanni Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli’s Senior Vice President for
Sustainability and Future Mobility, said: “Before even reaching the
road, sustainable mobility begins with raw materials. With the world’s
first FSC-certified tyre, Pirelli once again demonstrates its
commitment to pursuing increasingly challenging goals in terms of
sustainability, a testament to the constant work on innovative
materials and increasingly cutting-edge production processes. We
continue to invest in sustainable growth for our planet, aware that
this is also essential for the future of our businesses.”

Jeremy Harrison, Chief Markets Officer, FSC International, added:
“The new FSC-certified Pirelli Tyre is a significant milestone in the
drive to deliver economic, social, and environmental benefits across
the natural rubber value chain. This is a major step forward in the
journey towards a more sustainable natural rubber value chain, thereby
helping to mitigate deforestation and support the fight against
climate change.”

Long-standing commitment to greater transparency and
sustainability in the natural rubber supplier network

The use of the first tyres containing certified sustainable natural
rubber and rayon at the BMW Group is the result of the company’s
extensive commitment in this area. In 2019, the BMW Group joined
forces with well-known tyre manufacturers, NGOs, rubber producers and
consumers to create the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber
(GPSNR). Small farmers are also represented in this initiative. The
GPSNR is committed to improving social and environmental conditions
for cultivation of natural rubber and pushing for more sustainability.
It also implements measures to stop deforestation and make supply
chains more transparent. The GPSNR currently has almost 100 members,
who are responsible for about 50 percent of the global natural rubber market.

Through its activities in the GPSNR and close cooperation with its
suppliers, the BMW Group is constantly working to further improve
sustainability in the natural rubber supply chain. The BMW Group is
stepping up these activities and plans to steadily expand its sourcing
of tyres made from sustainably grown natural rubber.

The BMW Group has been working with the FSC organisation for many
years (Licence code FSC-N002012). The company decided to use
FSC-certified wood in the BMW i3, which was first launched onto the
market in 2013. The BMW iX for release later this year will also
feature FSC-certified wood. In 2017, the BMW Group and FSC advocated
for further development of FSC standards for cultivation of natural
rubber in Thailand.

Sustainability an integral part of all purchasing activities

Independently of these measures, the BMW Group has contractually
obligated all its direct suppliers to respect human rights, comply
with expanded environmental and social standards and to introduce
management systems to promote occupational safety and protect the
environment since 2014. This also includes protecting forests and
biodiversity. These requirements must also be contractually passed on
to subcontractors. BMW Group Purchasing does not rely on contractual
obligations alone for this but is also implementing a large number of
additional measures in a transparent process. A risk filter is used to
evaluate potential supplier locations worldwide even before the call
for bids. The next step is to require possible suppliers to outline
their sustainability activities in a detailed questionnaire. External
partners also work with internal appraisers to review selected
locations. Throughout the contract period, external partners work with
internal appraisers to verify compliance with sustainability
requirements through questionnaires and audits. In this way, BMW Group
Purchasing is able to monitor thousands of locations every year.

Sustainable mobility with the BMW X5 xDrive45e

The BMW Group has completed full lifecycle CO2
certification for the BMW X5 xDrive45e – from raw material
procurement, through the supply chain, production and use phase, all
the way to recycling. If charged during the use phase with the average
European electricity mix, this gives it an advantage of around 40
percent over the BMW X5 xDrive40i. If charged with green power, the
advantage is around 70 percent. The electric range amounts to 77-88
kilometres (WLTP).

BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid:

Fuel consumption combined: 1.7-1.2 l/100km (WLTP), 2.1-1.6 l/100 km
(NEDC); Power consumption combined: 27.7-24.3 kWh/100 km (WLTP),
25.2-23.5 kWh/100 km (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined: 39-27 g/km
(WLTP), 47-37 g/km (NEDC)

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MINI goes on holiday – with the greenest camper fleet in the world.

BMW:MINI goes on holiday – with the greenest camper fleet in the world.

Munich. Holidays in the region and journeys of
discovery through the local countryside will continue to be high on
the list of priorities for many people seeking relaxation in the
summer of 2021. The desire to relax in nature also inspires a
preference for camping. These holiday trends are beneficial for the
eco-balance, especially when they are combined with sustainable
mobility. MINI has two models with electrified drive and matching
optional equipment on offer for all those who want to be both flexible
and particularly efficient on the road: the MINI Cooper SE Countryman
ALL4 (fuel consumption combined: 1.9 – 1.7 l/100 km according to WLTP,
2.1 – 1.9 l/100 km according to NEDC; electricity consumption
combined: 15.5 – 14.8 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, 14.8 – 14.1
kWh/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions combined: 44 – 39 g/km
according to WLTP, 48 – 44 g/km according to NEDC) with plug-in hybrid
system and the purely electrically driven MINI Cooper SE (power
consumption combined: 17.6 – 15.2 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, 16.1 –
14.9 kWh/100 km according to NEDC) Equipped in each case with
model-specific carrier systems from the MINI Original Accessories
range and a roof tent, they form the greenest camper fleet in the world.

With its hybrid-specific all-wheel drive and a system output of 162
kW/220 hp, the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 is ideally equipped for
excursions into the countryside. With the ALL4 Trim or Classic Plus
Package, its equipment is supplemented by a roof rail, among other
things. A roof tent can be easily mounted on the roof rails with the
appropriate railing rack.

The MINI Cooper SE can be equipped with mobile night quarters in the
same way. The purely electrically powered small car is the only model
in its competitive field that can also be equipped with roof rails.
The matching carrier system can be found in the MINI Original
Accessories range. And you’re ready to go. The MINI Cooper SE carries
the roof tent swiftly across the country: thanks to the
aerodynamically optimised profile of its body, the roof tent does not
noticeably restrict the temperament of the 135 kW/184 hp MINI Cooper
SE, which can sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The
MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 is just as relaxed about the increase
in power. As a robust all-rounder, it also masters its role as a
touring vehicle with flying colours.

On a joint camping trip, the two electrified models reveal their
qualities each in their own way. According to the WLTP test cycle, the
MINI Cooper SE has a range of 203 to 234 kilometres. The electric
range of the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 is up to 59 kilometres.
However, it can use the intelligently controlled interaction of the
combustion engine and electric motor to replenish the energy reserves
of its high-voltage battery on the road.

On winding country roads, there is a lot of driving pleasure. The
battery, which is located low to the ground in both models, also
contributes to this, shifting the vehicle’s centre of gravity
downwards and thus ensuring even more agility. The MINI Cooper SE
Countryman ALL4, together with the MINI Cooper SE, rolls onto the
camping site so quietly that even the crackling of twigs under the
tyres can be heard.

The cautious approach signals respect for nature. Those who not only
hike or cycle there, but also spend the night afterwards, experience
it even more intensively – and can enjoy the view of the landscape
from their sleeping place in the roof tent. Discovering the world from
above – that’s even possible from the roof of a MINI.

The shelter can be erected at dizzy heights within a few seconds.
After releasing the safety catches on the housing, the tent structure
lifts up automatically with the help of gas springs. The eight rungs
of the fold-out aluminium ladder can be climbed just as quickly.
Inside, there are two comfortable sleeping berths. In summer heat, the
windows can be rolled up, and thanks to the mosquito nets in front of
them, no pests can get inside.

Sleeping bags, luggage and provisions for longer camping trips for
two can be stored in the luggage compartment of the MINI Cooper SE,
which can be expanded from 211 to 731 litres after folding down the
rear seat backrest. This provides the same stowage volume as in the
conventionally powered model variants of the MINI 3-door. The MINI
Cooper SE Countryman ALL4, with its five doors, five fully-fledged
seats and a luggage compartment volume of 405 to 1 275 litres, is a
true all-rounder in the premium compact segment.

There is therefore also enough space for all kinds of holiday
companions that add a touch of comfort to the simple life in the midst
of nature. A glance at the digital cockpit display of the MINI Cooper
SE and the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 reveals that there is no
lack of energy. The charge level of the high-voltage batteries is
still well within the green zone. If you have a cool box on board, you
can enjoy a chilled drink. The audio system plays subtle music. There
is also more than enough power to charge the smartphone. When a mobile
espresso machine is added, the threshold from camping to glamping is
finally crossed.

And if the energy reserves do run low, this is no problem either.
Many campsites are now equipped with charging points. So nature lovers
can enjoy the beauty of the landscape on a hiking tour without
worrying, while their electrified MINI charges up fresh energy to
complete the onward journey to the next campsite or the drive home in
the most sustainable way possible.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product
Communication MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072
E-mail: julian.kisch@mini.com

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

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

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 www.bmw.de/wltp can be found.

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

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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