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
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].
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
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
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
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
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
Mercedes-Benz withstood a late surge from BMW, ending its rival’s two-year reign as the U.S. luxury-vehicle sales leader as the breadth of Mercedes’s lineup pushed it to a record year.
Mercedes posted a 17 percent gain in December with 33,007 deliveries, as the new entry-level CLA, and revamped mid-size E-class and premium S-class cars led the gains. For the year, Mercedes sales rose 14 percent to 312,534, or 3,254 more than BMW’s 2013 total.
This was only the second time Mercedes has won the U.S. luxury … CONTINUED
BMW Group U.S. breaks all-time sales record
BMW brand sets new record
MINI brand sets new records
BMW Motorcycle sales up 17.6 percent
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 3, 2014… The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported December sales of 43,981 vehicles, an increase of 0.3 percent from the 43,855 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. At year end, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 8.1 percent on sales of 375,782 compared to 347,583 in 2012, a new … CONTINUED
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s biggest maker of luxury cars, is considering building engines in North America for the first time and expanding vehicle production in the region to capitalize on growing demand, three people familiar with the matter said.
BMW may establish a motor factory in Mexico or the U.S., and the Munich-based company could potentially decide on the project in 2014, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are confidential.
The carmaker would join German premium-auto … CONTINUED
The BMW Group reported record monthly sales for November. With 174,996 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered worldwide, sales were 2.7% higher than for the same month last year (prev. yr.: 170,461). Between January and November 2013, sales increased by 6.8% to reach a new all-time high of 1,777,017 vehicles (prev. yr.: 1,663,615).
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW: “Strong global demand for our products once again drove sales to a new all-time high … CONTINUED
Year-to-date, the BMW Group U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) is up 9.2 percent on sales of 331,801 in the first eleven months of 2013 compared to 303,728 in the same period in 2012. In November, BMW Group U.S. sales (BMW and MINI combined) totaled 36,327 vehicles, a slight decrease of 0.4 percent from the 36,461 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.
“Holiday shopping added fuel to our sales giving us the best November ever for BMW and the best year-to-date numbers ever … CONTINUED
Worldwide demand for BMW Group vehicles continues to develop positively. The company reported record monthly sales once again in October. With 165,851 (prev. yr.: 157,621) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered worldwide, sales were 5.2% higher than in the same month last year. Between January and October 2013, sales increased by 7.3% to reach a new all-time high of 1,602,018 vehicles (prev. yr.:1,493,154).
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW: “We remain on track with … CONTINUED
BMW Group on course after good third quarter
Munich. Despite challenging and volatile business conditions, the BMW Group continued on its successful course during the third quarter and first nine-month period of 2013 and maintained its position as the world’s leading premium car company.
Group revenues in the three months from July to September were on a similar level with the previous year and totalled € 18,750 million (2012: € 18,817 million;
-0.4%). Profit before financial result (EBIT) was almost on par with last year’s, which stood … CONTINUED
The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported October sales of 33,274 vehicles, an increase of 2.9 percent from the 32,339 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 10.6 percent on sales of 295,474 in the first ten months of 2013 compared to 267,267 in the same period in 2012.
“The momentum of October is a good indicator of what’s ahead in the final 60 days of the year, especially … CONTINUED
189,675 vehicles sold in September, an increase of 6.7%
Worldwide sales reach all-time high at the end of third quarter
Company maintains sales growth in nearly all regions
The BMW Group continued its successful course in September with another record month in sales. With 189,675 (prev. yr. 177,726) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered worldwide, sales were 6.7% higher than in the same month last year. In the first nine months of 2013, sales increased by 7.5% to the new all-time high of 1,436,178 vehicles (prev. … CONTINUED
The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported September sales of 28,874 vehicles, an increase of 8.3 percent from the 26,660 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 11.6 percent on sales of 262,200 in the first nine months of 2013 compared to 234,928 in the same period in 2012.
“September was unusual because of significantly fewer selling days than August, so the more than 8% increase for BMW and another … CONTINUED
BMW is the 3rd most valuable automotive company in the world (and 12th most valuable of all companies), according to Interbrand’s Top 100 Brands list for 2013. Interbrand is a leading branding consulting agency.
BMW retains these same spots from last year’s 2012 Interbrand List. Toyota and Mercedes placed right in front of BMW, in the 10th and 11th spots overall.
For the methodology that Interbrand applies to come up with its list see: http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-gl…thodology.aspx. The major criteria used are Financial Analysis, Role of Brand and … CONTINUED