For the first time this year, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported an increase in sales compared to the same month last year.
On 9/8/1994, the first US made BMW rolled off the line at Spartanburg. 15 years to the day later, the 1.5 millionth car rolled off the line.
September 4, Berlin
BMW Museum was presented with the Gold Leaf award by the Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF). The award was given for the International Interior Design category.
So now, the BMW Museum adds this award to their bookshelf which already holds two Gold Lions at Cannes, two gold ADC Awards and one silver, the Grand Clio Award (one gold, one silver), the red dot design award, the iF product design award and the international architecture award. … CONTINUED
BMW Welt has become a growing attraction for BMW fans across the globe and BMW has expanded the related activities at the welt. They’ve also been kind enough to release this set of high resolution of desktop wallpapers for all the fans out there
This video shows off the future of BMW maintenance and service – augmented reality tutorials seen through digital goggles.
BMW may soon benefit from a U.S. concession allowing them to keep selling cars that emit more greenhouse gases than those made by mass-market rivals such as GM and Toyota.
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M Division chief Dr Kay Segler has given a recent interview where he explains that the BMW M division did seriously consider putting fourth a BMW M7 but had decided against such a car for a multitude of reasons, but mostly due to low expected sales volume from such a car. It seems the top range car in the 7-series lineup will be the twin-turbo 760i. Not exactly a slouch with a 0-60 of 4.6s, rivaling other cars in the BMW M lineup
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Not all the news is bad news. Looks like the sales declines have slowed down for BMW this last month, while still negative as compared to last year, the rate of drop has stemmed and is actually improving. I would be cautious as to say the market is good again, but things aren’t declining anymore atleast..
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This is a pretty neat video compliation of what BMW has on offer currently. And by the sounds of it, this will become the advertising slogan of the season for BMW. They have already used the Joy theme for 2 recently released BMW vehicles and they plan to expand the theme at the IAA Frankfurt show that will see the X1 and 5erGT as well as supposedly an all new car under the effiency title that is said to be the Z2, a small, lighter and more agile Z car.
BMW Reports their May 2009 earning today. Despite the continued downward sales as compared to last year, the numbers show that BMW had its best sales month of the year so far and also hit the 2 millions cars milestone in the USA.
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Here is a breakdown of all of BMWs factories from around the world with figures related to production volume and types of vehicle produced. Very interested read..
Well BMW has gone and done it and said “**** you” to Audi and the BMW Forums are going wild over it
In what appears to be more the result of the ongoing global economic and financial crisis than anything else, BMW reported that in the first two months of 2009, its Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales in the U.S. are up by a staggering 24 percent to 19,000 units and the company is on track to beat last year’s record number of 104,000 units. That’s compared to the firm’s 34,9% plunge in U.S. new car sales in the first two months of the year (12,979 units in Jan/Feb 2009 vs. 20,775 units … CONTINUED
BMW ADVANCED DIESEL MODELS QUALIFY FOR IRS ADVANCED LEAN BURN TECHNOLOGY MOTOR VEHICLE TAX CREDIT
Purchasers of 335d Sedan and X5 xDrive35d Sports Activity Vehicle qualify for up to $900 and $1,800 tax credit respectively. “Qualification for these tax credits is further recognition of the remarkable efficiency of our new BMW Advanced Diesel models,” said Jim O’Donnell, President of BMW of North America, LLC.
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BMW Groups design head Chris Bangle is quitting “to pursue his own design-related endeavors beyond the auto industry,” the German carmaker said Tuesday.
Adrian van Hooydonk, head of design for BMW brand, will succeed Bangle.
“Christopher Bangle has had a lasting impact on the identity of BMW Groups brands. His contribution to the companys success has been decisive,” said Klaus Draeger, BMWs development chief in a statement.
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BMW of North America, LLC announced today an average price increase of 0.7 percent for BMW vehicles sold in the U.S. effective January 1, 2009. This action is driven by the ongoing structural and economical changes in the market place. It will ensure revenue generation for the company’s U.S. operations and help to protect the quality of business.
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In the second half of the business year 2008, BMW M GmbH continues to hold a stable growth course. The significant increase in sales as compared to last year have resulted in 22,340 vehicles being sold worldwide as of November 2008. This means that BMW M GmbH has exceeded the previous year’s equivalent figures (14,092 units) by over 50 per cent. A major contribution to this was the success of the new BMW M3, which has shown continuously increasing sales figures since its market launch and which is now offered … CONTINUED
At the Convergence 2008 conference on automotive electronics yesterday, BMW revealed it is looking for partners as it pursues an open-source car computing platform. The German company is enthusiastic about the potential for such an open-source systems potential to keep up with the rapid advances in technology and features in the multimedia and digital entertainment areas.
Though no other car makers are yet officially on board, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Honda have previously participated in a panel on the subject, reports Automotive News. BMW said it wants to have an … CONTINUED