BMW Group on course after good third quarter
Munich. Despite challenging and volatile business conditions, the BMW Group continued on its successful course during the third quarter and first nine-month period of 2013 and maintained its position as the world’s leading premium car company.
Group revenues in the three months from July to September were on a similar level with the previous year and totalled € 18,750 million (2012: € 18,817 million;
-0.4%). Profit before financial result (EBIT) was almost on par with last year’s, which stood at € 1,928 million (2012: € 2,002 million; -3.7%). This result was due to high levels of expenditure on new technologies, increased personnel costs and growing competition. Third-quarter profit before tax (EBT) rose to € 1,989 million (2012: € 1,987 … CONTINUED
A BIMMERPOST member brings us some great first day coverage from the SEMA 2013 show.
Parts 2 and 3 will come tomorrow.
Have a look at a gorgeous 435i M Sport coupe during this recent European Delivery.
Production of the 2 Series Coupe officially begins today at BMW’s Leipzig plant, which also builds the X1, F20/F21 1 Series and the i3 electric car (i8 will also be produced at the same plant in 2014).
Initially, 720 2-Series will be produced per day, but that figure may be increased if needed. So far, the 2 Series lineup includes M235i, 228i, 220i, 225 and 225d coupes. The 2 Series convertible will join the lineup next year.
Meanwhile, some M235i preproduction models were recently spotted in public. This white M235i coupe was spotted in New Jersey by BIMMERPOST member manoloo and the red M235i in Leipzig by an Autogespot member.
Your mother-in-law celebrates her 70th birthday and you’re invited to her coffee party. Watch how BMW ConnectedDrive can help.
More preproduction i8 models have been spotted in the wild:
Ionic Silver i8 in Munich.
Crystal White i8 in Leipzig.
Sophisto Grey i8 in Nurburg.
BMW i8 news/features @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/i8/
Well, the first product to come out under the co-branded Zinoro brand (the result of a partnership between BMW and China’s own Brilliance automotive company) will likely be the Zinoro 1E which is to be based on the X1.
What can be seen from the picture is that the styling will obviously be HEAVILY X1 based, but what is not known is how the powertrain and components will figure into the equation, however strong speculation right now is that this will infact be an electric vehicle to be priced reasonably for the chinese domestic market. There have been rumors that the Zinoro vehicles may actually one day be exported, but that is yet to be seen.
The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported October sales of 33,274 vehicles, an increase of 2.9 percent from the 32,339 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 10.6 percent on sales of 295,474 in the first ten months of 2013 compared to 267,267 in the same period in 2012.
“The momentum of October is a good indicator of what’s ahead in the final 60 days of the year, especially with sales of the new X5 and the 4 Series beginning to have an impact,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “All of the leading indicators – sales, order rates, showroom traffic, finance applications – are … CONTINUED
The 2014 BMW 435i Gran Coupe Order Guide has just been released to U.S. dealers for the ordering of dealer demo launch cars. As before, this list should generally be reflective of what options will be available for customer cars, though it may not be all-inclusive.
Expect the 4 Series Gran Coupe to hit showrooms by late Spring – early Summer of 2014. If you haven’t seen what the 4 Series Gran Coupe will look like, have a look at our past photos, renderings and news.
2014 435i GRAN COUPE ORDER GUIDE
300 – Alpine White
668 – Jet Black
416 – Carbon Black Metallic
475 – Black Sapphire Metallic
481 – Kalahari Beige Metallic
A75 – Melbourne Red Metallic
A83 – Glacier Silver Metallic
A96 – Mineral White Metallic
B38 – Mineral Blue Metallic
B39 … CONTINUED