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Since announcing its arrival in South Carolina in 1992, BMW Manufacturing announced today that it has surpassed the export of over one million vehicles, 85% of which have gone through the Port of Charleston. Currently, over 70% of the vehicles produced in Spartanburg are exported to over 120 worldwide markets.

BMW Makes HD Radio Standard In 2010

04/05/2010 at 1:00 PM
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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 1, 2010 – BMW of North America, LLC today announced that the launch of the 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan marks the first time BMW’s entire product line is equipped with standard digital HD Radio Technology entertainment systems. Most of the 2011 BMW model lineup featuring the upgraded technology started production this month and will be available at dealerships by June 2010.

HD Radio Technology enables exclusive HD2/HD3 channels – added sub-channels spun off the main radio frequency – which broadcast unique, … CONTINUED

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New trademarks registered by BMW gives some insight into new model lineups that will eventually be added to BMW’s offerings. The new names include: i1, i2, i3, i4, i5, i6, i7, i8, i9, E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E7, E8, E9, M50d, Urbanic, Gran Coupe, Compactive, and Compactive Tourer.

The “i” lineup of cars could very well be used to designate the sub-compact electric megacity vehicle we’ve been hearing about for a while. The “E” lineup of cars could possibly be used to designate electric versions … CONTINUED

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March 25, 2010

25 Years of BMW (Forschung und) Technik GmbH

Innovative force entails future capability. The BMW Group owes its status as the worlds most successful manufacturer of premium automobiles to an outstanding development concept in all areas relevant to driving pleasure, sustainability and safety. The principles of this pre-eminence have been forged over the last quarter of a century in BMW (Forschung und) Technik GmbH. The researchers operating within the framework of this think tank develop technologies and … CONTINUED

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At the upcoming NY International Auto Show, the all-new 5 Series will share the spotlight with the 335is Coupe and Convertible and BMW X5 SAV, which are also making their North American debuts and the BMW Alpina B7 xDrive which is making its World debut. All of the new BMWs will be 2011 models.

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BMW has announced that Carbon Motors Corp. has ordered 240,000+ diesel BMW engines for its upcoming E7 law enforcement car, which will allow it to achieve 28mpg and 155mph top speed.

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According to a local Washington State TV station BMW and partner SGL are looking at several locations in North America to build a plant specifically for producing carbon fiber material likely for the upcoming iSetta range of cars. According to sources BMW is looking at a location near Moses Lake Washington (US) and an unnamed Canadian city. The project is so secret that those inside the Washington county where Moses Lake resides are only calling it

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BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer has once again confirmed at BMW’s annual financial results press conference today that “there will be front wheel drive BMWs in the smaller vehicle classes in the future.” New FWD and AWD drivetrains are in the works and will be used in a new range of smaller entry level BMW cars and Mini cars. The new FWD models will slot in under the entry-premium 1-series models, which will keep their RWD architecture.

BMW Annual Press Conference 2010

03/17/2010 at 10:00 AM
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Below is a transcription of Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AGs Speech at the 2010 Annual BMW Report. Dr. Reithofer discusses all the topics in front of BMW right now including the future of efficientdynamics and the future project-i megacity vehicle

Slides Accompanying Dr. Reithofers speech: Attachment 359958

BMW Group 2009 Annual Report: http://www.bimmerpost.com/goodiesfor…upGB2009EN.pdf

Speech

Ladies and Gentlemen,… CONTINUED

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As part of the deluge of financial information released by BMW today, they have put out a positive outlook on 2010. BMW believes it retain its place as the worlds leading premium car maker by selling over 1.3million cars in 2010, which would represent a single digit percentage growth year over year.

To date all 3 of BMWs major segments, cars motorcycles and financials have seen positive earnings. But more importantly, BMW points to the all new 5-Series, which … CONTINUED

BMW creating greener factories

03/17/2010 at 1:33 AM
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BMW is not only making its vehicles more and more environmentally friendly, but its factories as well. One example is the new differential assembly facility at the Dingolfing plant which has been optimized to lower the production costs for every differential unit by about 20 percent when the facility begins operation in mid-2011. From this alone, the building’s energy usage will be 25% below the German government’s recommended standard.

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Munich, 16th March 2010. H&R is the new Technical Partner of BMW Motorsport. The specialist for suspension components will be involved as the BMW M3 GT2 takes to the track for this years 24-hour races. The company has supported BMW driver Uwe Alzen (DE) for several years. This partnership has how been extended for the 2010 GT season. As a result, the H&R logo will not only be seen on the cars, helmets, trucks and driver overalls, but also exclusively on Alzens cap.

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BMWNA has just announced the names of the top performing BMW dealerships in the U.S. 24 out of 338 BMW dealers nationwide were awarded the “2010 Center of Excellence” (COE). The Centers were selected based on the criteria of customer satisfaction, outstanding brand representation, operational excellence and profitability. Did your dealer make the list? Check inside.

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The F10 5-series will be manufactured in BMW’s plant in Dingolfing, Germany. As part of its website, BMW has set up a page dedicated to the plant, including a Virtual Plant Tour feature, which includes a view into the F10 5-series production process.

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Despite the 2009 recession year and auto sales being down by volume, the BMW Group managed to post positive earnings for 2009. Worldwide the BMW Group increased its market share in the premium segment while retaining its position as the world’s leading premium manufacturer. In the US, BMW remained the best performing European premium car brand in the USA, and forecasts that sales in 2010 will increase.

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We recently reported that a leasing program for the ActiveE electric car (based on the 1-series) will soon be launched worldwide, with 200 units available in the US. BMW has clarified and now says that while no exact # has been determined, there will be at least 450 ActiveEs coming to the US.

Press release:

BMW Group Commitment to Electric Vehicle Development Unwavering

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 8, 2010… Recent published reports have … CONTINUED

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Over the next year, a leasing program for the ActiveE electric car (based on the 1-series) will be launched worldwide. 600-700 units of the ActiveE car will be available for lease in major cities around the globe. The ActiveE runs off a synchronous electric motor which produces 170hp / 184lb-ft torque. A full charge takes about 4.5 hours allowing a driving range of 100 miles.

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Things are looking up this year for the BMW Group in the U.S. as overall car sales improved 13.7% over February of last year. The increase was driven mostly by very large increases in sales of the X5 and the X6. In the large premium sedan segment, the BMW 7 Series has led the category for the last two months.