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Record worldwide sales: up 7.9% with a total of 2,117,965 deliveries
Best ever year for BMW, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce
MINI sales up 20.7% in December – a new record for the month
Robertson: New models and balanced global growth key to success
BMW i sales around 17,800; Krüger: BMW i8 production increased

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Twelve years after the start of production of BMW cars back in 2003, the Chinese production site in Shenyang has reached an impressive milestone: At the newest plant at the production site, Tiexi, the one-millionth vehicle produced in China has rolled off the assembly line earlier today. The anniversary vehicle is a BMW 3 Series Sedan long version; the model has been produced exclusively for the Chinese market since 2012.

Harald Krüger, member of the Management Board of BMW AG responsible for production, commented on … CONTINUED

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The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported December sales of 48,141 vehicles, an increase of 9.5% percent from the 43,981 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. At year end, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 5.3 percent on sales of 395,850 compared to 375,782 in 2013, a new record for the BMW Group U.S.

“The record result in 2014 for BMW proves that solid growth is still possible when you have the right products that … CONTINUED

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BMW of North America today announced a modest inflationary price increase for some Model Year 2015 vehicles, effective January 5th, 2015. The Destination and Handling fee for all models is $950 and is included in the following list for current and new prices.

The revised pricing covers the 4 Series, X1 and X5.

BMW award winners for 2014

12/29/2014 at 9:50 AM
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Overview of the most important accolades awarded to BMW in 2014:
Accolades bestowed by the World Car Awards:
World Green Car of the Year for the BMW i3
World Car Design of the Year for the BMW i3
Engine of the Year for the BMW 3-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine

Accolades awarded by Euro NCAP:
“Euro NCAP Advanced Award”:
Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function
Driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive

Accolades awarded by “auto, motor und sport”:
“Best Cars”:
BMW i3, BMW 4 Series Coupe, BMW 5 Series in each of their respective segments
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The BMW Welt has been a major attraction for the citizens of Munich, tourists and fans of BMW Group brands since it opened in 2007. The experience centre has established itself not only as a desirable event venue and gourmet destination, but also as a popular delivery point for new BMW vehicles. Every year a growing number of customers from all over the world opt to collect their new BMW in Munich. In 2014, the BMW Welt set a new record of around 22,500 … CONTINUED

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More stunning news out of Munich tonight, Albert Biermann, BMW M VP of Engineering will be leaving the brand for Hyundai. It seems none of the current executives at BMW are sure bets anymore. While this does seem to be a shock, maybee it should not be.

We have already reported on BMW’s hiring of Roberto Fedelli from Ferrari “for a yet unspecified role/position”, but with this departure, maybee it was for this newly vacated position at BMW M. We hope to hear more … CONTINUED

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November saw global demand for BMW Group vehicles increase to a new record high. Worldwide, a total of 188,342 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered (prev. yr. 174,992 / +7.6%). In the first eleven months of the year, sales of BMW Group vehicles totalled 1,902,699, an increase of 7.1% on the same period last year (prev. yr. 1,777,012).

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW said, “November continues the sales growth we have seen … CONTINUED

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Harald Krüger to become Chairman of the Board of Management in May 2015

Dr. Norbert Reithofer proposed to succeed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Prof. Joachim Milberg to take leading role in the BMW Group’s worldwide CSR activities and charitable foundations

Klaus Fröhlich appointed to Board of Management with responsibility for Development

Munich . At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of BMW AG took the first steps to initiate a generational change at the head of the company’s Board of Management and Supervisory Board. Harald Krüger … CONTINUED

BMW U.S. Reports November 2014 Sales

12/02/2014 at 1:00 PM
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Sales of BMW brand vehicles decreased 2.3 percent in November for a total of 31,019 compared to 31,752 vehicles sold in November, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 9.7 percent on sales of 298,212 compared to 271,891 sold in the first eleven months of 2013.

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The BMW Group is preparing to follow up its innovative and revolutionary BMW i models with plug-in hybrid versions of the core-brand models. In Miramas, France, it will present a BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype and a new generation of hybrid vehicle concepts incorporating technology already used in BMW i models. Long term, the BMW Group is planning to offer plug-in hybrid versions of all its core-brand models.

Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management BMW AG, Development, said:

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via Reuters:

U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors is in talks with Germany’s BMW over a possible alliance in batteries and light-weight components, Tesla’s Chief Executive Elon Musk told German weekly Der Spiegel.

In an interview published on Sunday, Musk described BMW’s production of carbon fibre reinforced car body parts as “interesting” and “relatively cost efficient.”

BMW uses carbon fibres from its joint venture with materials supplier SGL to make reinforced passenger cell parts for its i3 electric hatchback and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.

Officials at BMW … CONTINUED

BMW Group Sales Rose 11.1% in October

11/11/2014 at 10:00 AM
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Demand for BMW Group vehicles increased in October with global sales for the month higher than ever before. A total of 184,297 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 165,854 / +11.1%). In the first ten months of the year, BMW Group sales rose 7.0%, totalling 1,714,197 vehicles (prev. yr. 1,602,020).

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW said, “We are seeing good sales development across the model range and all sales … CONTINUED

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According to Bloomberg, development of the BMW-Toyota joint sports car project has moved beyond the technical feasibility study stage and is now in the concept design phase:

BMW, Toyota Push Development of Midsize Sports Car

November 6, 2014

Cooperation on the underpinnings of the vehicles “has moved on to the concept phase and is running according to plan,” Munich-based BMW said in a statement to Bloomberg News. A technical feasibility study that began in January 2013 has been “successfully completed.”

The midsize model is the most visible project … CONTINUED

BMW USA Reports October 2014 Sales

11/04/2014 at 6:00 AM
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Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 11 percent in October for a total of 30,602 compared to 27,574 vehicles sold in October, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 12 percent on sales of 267,193 compared to 238,469 sold in the first ten months of 2013.

“The momentum is still with us as shown by back-to-back monthly records for BMW in October and September,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “Our new models, especially the 2 and 4 Series, are giving … CONTINUED

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A little over a week after BMW works driver Marco Wittmann (DE) received the coveted 2014 DTM Champion trophy at the season finale in Hockenheim (DE), on Monday he visited the home of BMW in Munich (DE). The 24-year-old visited the BMW Group plant in Munich. Then Wittmann introduced himself to the employees at the centre for research and innovation (Forschungs- und Innovationszentrum (FIZ), the technological heart of the BMW Group.

In the morning Wittmann took a look behind the scenes during an extended … CONTINUED

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Large-scale manufacturing of cars made with lightweight carbon fiber is moving closer to reality as costs start to fall, according to a materials-development group that has BMW AG as a partner.

MAI Carbon Cluster Management GmbH, a research effort supported by Germany’s federal government, businesses and research institutions, is making progress toward reducing carbon-fiber production costs by 90 percent, according to Klaus Drechsler, head of the 80 million-euro ($102 million) project.

“We’ve certainly reached a halfway point on our cost-cutting target for suitable carbon-fiber parts,” said … CONTINUED

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Overall sales of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles have continued to grow, making it the BMW Group’s best ever September. A total of 199,799 vehicles were delivered to customers, an increase of 5.3% on the same month last year (189,664). The first three quarters of 2014 were also the most successful in the company’s history. A total of 1,529,880 vehicles have been sold in the year-to-date, up 6.5% compared to the same period last year (prev. yr. 1,436,166).

“As in the first three quarters overall, … CONTINUED