The BMW Group continues to perform well and has generated a new record for first-quarter earnings. Group revenues increased by 28.9% to euro 16,037 million (2010: euro 12,443 million). The first-quarter profit before financial result (EBIT) rose sharply to euro 1,902 million (2010: euro 449 million) while the profit before tax (EBT) climbed to euro 1,812 million (2010: euro 508 million). Group net profit for the quarter improved to euro 1,212 million (2010: euro 324 million). The total number of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand cars sold increased by 21.3% to 382,758 units (2010: 315,614 units), the best first-quarter sales volume performance in the Group’s history.
“The BMW Group has made an excellent start to the new financial year. We have generated record earnings and sold more … CONTINUED
1M coupe owners are beginning to receive the special limited gift from registering on M-power.com. It’s a beautiful design sketch of the 1-series M coupe, signed and marked as one of 1000 total.
The teaser campaign for the new BMW 1er has begun, commencing throughout May to the debut of the car in early June.
We haven’t seen a good ole 135i review in quite some while, but Edmunds has chimed in with their review of a 135i equipped with with the slick DCT transmission. 1-series fans will like what they have to say about the smallest BMW offering, calling it arguably the most BMW unfiltered driving experience.
Check out our favorite portions of the review inside.
We continue bringing you what may appear to be live coverage of the various F30 3-series FEP test cars driving around the streets of Munich. This new set features in-action photos of a Carbon Black F30 and Alpine White F30. Enjoy the entire gallery inside, now 40+ photos.
SESTOSENSO: a luminary apparition by Paul Cocksedge. Inspired by the astonishing new BMW 6 Series, the first BMW with Full-LED headlights, Paul Cocksedge has erected a stunning light installation at the Salone del Mobile 2011 in Milan, Italy.
The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported April sales of 25,247 vehicles, an increase of 19.6 percent from the 21,111 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 18.4% on sales of 90,204 in the first four months of 2011 compared to 76,162 in the same period in 2010.
According to Autocar, BMW official have now acknowledged that a 4-wheel-drive model of the new F10 M5 is being prepared for eventual production. The AWD F10 M5 will join the standard RWD M5 as an additional model and should be good news for those who live in snowy climates.
We have added yet another set of BMW F30 3-series photos, with the best closeups available yet. This model is an Alpine White F30 325i/328i caught while parked, which provides us some great looks at certain camouflaged elements such as the headlights, grilles, front bumper, side view mirrors, and rear lights. Check out the new set of photos inside.