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The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported May sales of 26,452 vehicles, an increase of 19.7 percent from the 22,092 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.

“This month, BMW and MINI sales progress continues in what’s clearly a yo-yo economy as consumer sentiment varies from optimism to pessimism month-to-month,” said Jim O’Donnell, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “We believe it’s having a steady run of new models as we’ve just added the new 6 Series Convertible to … CONTINUED

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For anyone who is vigilant about the popularity of BMWs they spot on the roads of North America, this should come as no surprise – the 5-series GT has unfortunately been a bit of a sales disappointment. In an interview with Automotive News, BMW of North America CEO Jim O’Donnell says he wishes the company hadn’t stopped selling the 5-series wagon (F11) in the United States last year because the company thought a lot its 5-series station wagon customers would go with the GT.

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With four class victories in the competition “International Engine of the Year Award” 2011, the BMW Group repeated last year’s success, whilst at the same time strengthening its position as the most successful manufacturer to take part in the competition. Four, six and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines prevailed in their respective displacement classes. The award-winning engines are featured in a number of current models of the BMW and MINI brands. In addition to the V8 power unit of the BMW M3 and the straight six-cylinder … CONTINUED

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BMW said on Monday it will invest around 1 billion euros ($1.44 billion) to expand production capacity in China as it seeks to capture surging sales growth in the world’s biggest auto market.

BMW is almost doubling its initially planned investment and production capacity at the new plant in Tiexi in the Shenyang will rise to around 200,000 euros over the medium term, BMW said on Monday.

Together with capacity improvements at its Da Dong facility, this will result in potential to make 300,000 vehicles in the long … CONTINUED

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BMW will start selling parts and accessories direct to owners for the first time, thanks to a new partnership with eBay, the leading online retailer.

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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 … CONTINUED

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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.

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BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg South Carolina, site of BMW X3, BMW X5 and BMW X6 production has made the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Top 20 List of On-Site Generation.

The companies on this list participate in Green Power purchases which reduce the environmental impact of electricity use.

BMW users an on-site landfill gas energy system, which in 2010 supplied 37 percent of the company’s overall electricity use or roughly 62 million kilowatt-hours of power. Gas is directed from a landfill to the manufacturing facility to power its … CONTINUED

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To further take advantage of its understanding of Asia’s growing influence on design,BMW Group’s subsidiary DesignworksUSA, the California-based strategic design consultancy with studios in Los Angeles, Munich, and Singapore, will open a new studio in Shanghai in the second half of 2011. Since 2006, DesignworksUSA is successfully operating a design studio in Singapore providing full-service design solutions to its clients across Asia and globally.

DesignworksUSA acts as an inspirational think tank for the three BMW Group brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and as an innovation … CONTINUED

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BMW Furthers Commitment to Mobility in Urban Environments with plans to renovate its NYC BMW and MINI dealerships for a sustainable future, the introduction of the BMW ActiveE full-electric vehicle and lease pricing for use in major US urban environments, including metropolitan NY area, and the introduction of the Z4 sDrive28i, the first vehicle to mark the return of powerful, efficient and clean 4-cylinder BMW engines back to the US.