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Due to the high demand for carbon fiber in automotive production, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers is going to triple the capacity of the carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, WA (USA). This has been announced today by the joint venture partners, SGL Group and BMW Group, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the planned site expansion. The expansion will be funded by an investment of 200 million US dollars, in addition to the previously invested 100 million US dollars. The site expansion, scheduled to be … CONTINUED

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BMW brand sales up 8.5 percent
MINI brand sales down 24.1 percent
BMW Motorcycle sales up 41.9 percent

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 1, 2014… The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported April sales of 29,592 vehicles, an increase of 2.0 percent from the 29,011 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 2.5 percent on sales of 110,626 in the first four months of 2014 compared to 107,968 in the same … CONTINUED

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The BMW Group sold 212,908 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles in March – the company’s best-ever monthly results. It’s a significant 11.3% increase on the previous all-time monthly high in March last year (191,269 units). A new high for the first quarter of the year was also achieved with a total of 487,024 vehicles delivered in the first three months of 2014 (prev. yr. 448,200 / +8.7%).

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, said: “This is the first time … CONTINUED

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The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported March sales of 35,762 vehicles, an increase of 7.9 percent from the 33,149 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 2.6 percent on sales of 81,034 in the first three months of 2014 compared to 78,957 in the same period in 2013.

“You could almost feel the desire as March roared out with record-breaking numbers for BMW making for a strong start … CONTINUED

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BMW Group Expands its Commitment in the USA

Commits US $1 Billion investment by 2016; Extends X family with new BMW X7; Increases plant capacity 50% up to 450,000 vehicles; Creates 800 new jobs; Starts production of the new BMW X4; Celebrates 20 years of production in the USA.

Spartanburg, South Carolina – March 28, 2014 1:00pm EDT/10:00am PDT…Celebrating 20 years of production in the USA, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW Group, today announced plans to invest US$ 1 billion in … CONTINUED

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BMW will be holding a press conference today (Friday) at its U.S. plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina to announce significant economic and product news. The economic news will include the announcement of a several hundred million dollar expansion to the plant and the product news is widely expected to be BMW X7.

The press conference begins at 1 PM (Eastern time).

Speaking at the event will be:

BMW Group Chairman Dr. Norbert Reithofer
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
BMW Group Board … CONTINUED

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Have a look at the 2006 – 2013 BMW global sales figures, by model and body style.

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BMW AG to open new mega dealership in Berlin…

On May 10th & 11th, 2014 – BMW AG will hold a grand opening of their new premiere factory run dealership in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district.

BMW spent 65 -million-euro’s for the construction project. Over 300 employees will work here. The new location will replace BMW’s next closets dealership which is 45 years old. The new building will be able to display: BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad and also the new i-brand cars (i3 & i8).

BMW customer’s can … CONTINUED

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BMW want to make a annoucement on the 28th of March at their US plant in South Carolina, and they say it will be significant. Just looking at the list of people who will be there should tell some of the story. BMW Group Chairman Norbert Reithofer, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Gov. Nikki Haley, Harald Krueger, head of the company’s global production network, and Manfred Erlacher, president of BMW Manufacturing Co will headline the event.

So looking at who is going to the … CONTINUED

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With 141,093 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 133,631/ +5.6%), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever February sales result. A record number of 273,999 (prev. yr. 256,933) automobiles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year – an increase of 6.6% compared with the same period last year.

“February was another record month for us,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. “The innovative new models coming out this … CONTINUED

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BMW brand sales up 3.3 percent
MINI brand sales down 42.8 percent
BMW Motorcycle sales up 11 percent

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 3, 2014… The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported February sales of 24,476 vehicles, a decrease of 4.4 percent from the 25,613 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is down 1.2 percent on sales of 45,272 in the first two months of 2014 compared to 45,808 in the same … CONTINUED

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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 … CONTINUED

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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].

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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 … CONTINUED

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Total of 132,892 vehicles sold in first month, increase of 7.8%
Aiming for further growth in 2014

Munich. The BMW Group’s record-breaking sales growth of last year continued in January 2014 with deliveries increasing by 7.8%. In the first month of the year, a total of 132,892 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles were delivered to customers (prev. yr. 123,302).

“This is a positive start, building on last year’s success,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW. “Looking … CONTINUED

A Record 2013 for BMW Welt

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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 … CONTINUED

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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 … CONTINUED

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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