BMW of North America, LLC is announcing its annual Center of Excellence honors. The awards go to the top performing BMW dealerships in the U.S. who distinguished themselves through exceptional performance, consistent brand representation, and a center-wide dedication to providing an outstanding customer experience. Thirty-two of the 339 BMW dealers nationwide achieved “2014 Center of Excellence” status based on their 2013 performance.
“We applaud these Center of Excellence winners,” said BMW of North America CEO and President, Ludwig Willisch: “Many of this year’s winners have achieved this award over multiple years, which is proof they are delighting their customers at every turn. We trust they’ll use the designation proudly in their marketing, and we know they’ll enjoy the trip to Anguilla as their reward.”
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Brandirectory has published its 2014 list of most valuable global brands. Toyota was listed as the most valuable automotive brand (and #11 overall), while BMW was ranked as the second most valuable auto brand (#17 overall).
As with all brand ranking lists, the methodology behind the brand valuation has a huge impact on the ranking order. The values used to rank the companies on Brandirectory’s list was were determined using Brand Strength Index, Brand Royalty Rate and Brand Revenues [full explanation].
BMW Group is building a second production hall at a carbon-fiber factory jointly run with SGL Carbon SE to respond to growing demand for its i-subbrand models.
The automaker says it also expects to use the material in other vehicles in its lineup.
“We’re preparing the roll out of carbon fiber material in models beyond the i- model range” and the M performance-car unit, Mathias Schmidt, a BMW spokesman, said.
German business daily Handelsblatt reported today that the carmaker is planning to use carbon fiber for its planned new 7 series, expected by the end of next year.
The automaker introduced the i3 electric in November and will roll out the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar later this year. The i8 is already sold out for its first … CONTINUED
With a record 2.93 million visitors in 2013, BMW Welt welcomed more guests last year than ever before. Since opening in October 2007, BMW Welt has rapidly become a tourist magnet and Bavaria’s top attraction. The BMW Welt Event Forum and Automobile Delivery also reported their best year so far. Their success was crowned with a number of prestigious awards: BMW Welt was named Germany’s best design location at the 2013 Location Awards, while master chef Bobby Bräuer and his team earned a Michelin star and 18 points in the Gault Millau guide for the fine-dining restaurant “EssZimmer”.
“2013 was a year of new records, premieres and unique exhibitions for BMW Welt. Our expanded brand worlds, new and established event formats and gourmet restaurant “EssZimmer” … CONTINUED
BMW brand sales up 10.5 percent
MINI brand sales down 30.9 percent
BMW Motorcycle sales down .5 percent
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 3, 2014… The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported January sales of 20,796 vehicles, an increase of 3 percent from the 20,195 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.
“Coming right after an historic December, the January numbers are a momentum jump-start for 2014; a pace we expect to accelerate as the partnership between BMW and Team USA hits the air this weekend at the Sochi Olympics,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “During the Olympics, viewers will get a sense of the full breadth of the BMW model range with focus on the new … CONTINUED
Deliveries climb 6.4% to 1,963,798 units
New all-time highs for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands
BMW Group expects further growth in sales in 2014
China becomes BMWs no 1 market
Munich. The BMW Group sold more vehicles in 2013 than ever before in the company
Mercedes-Benz withstood a late surge from BMW, ending its rival’s two-year reign as the U.S. luxury-vehicle sales leader as the breadth of Mercedes’s lineup pushed it to a record year.
Mercedes posted a 17 percent gain in December with 33,007 deliveries, as the new entry-level CLA, and revamped mid-size E-class and premium S-class cars led the gains. For the year, Mercedes sales rose 14 percent to 312,534, or 3,254 more than BMW’s 2013 total.
This was only the second time Mercedes has won the U.S. luxury sales crown, according to the Automotive News Data Center. It earned its other title in 1999 when it sold 189,437 vehicles in the U.S.
Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes parent Daimler AG, said in July he expected his company to come … CONTINUED
BMW Group U.S. breaks all-time sales record
BMW brand sets new record
MINI brand sets new records
BMW Motorcycle sales up 17.6 percent
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 3, 2014… The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported December sales of 43,981 vehicles, an increase of 0.3 percent from the 43,855 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. At year end, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 8.1 percent on sales of 375,782 compared to 347,583 in 2012, a new record for the BMW Group U.S.
“Deep freeze and blizzards didn’t slow us down as BMW Group in the U.S. shattered previous sales records in 2013, including BMW and MINI brands individually,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North … CONTINUED