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03/20/2013    9:30 PM

BMW has been experiencing record sales and profits and this has helped propel BMW heir, Susanne Klatten, to the top of the list of the wealthiest people in the auto industry.

Forbes values the 50 year old German at $14.3 billion, up $1.3 billion from 2012. This makes Klatten the:

Richest person to have made his/her money in the auto industry.
4th richest person in Germany
58th richest person in the world

How did Klatten accumulate her wealth? Ever hear of the Quandt family? Klatten inherited a stake in BMW from her late father, Herbert Quandt, who rescued the company from bankruptcy decades ago. The remaining Quandt heirs (Susanne, her brother, and her mother) are each … CONTINUED

03/19/2013    11:10 AM

Statement and Presentation by Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Annual Accounts Press Conference

Ladies and Gentlemen!

We have a clear vision for the years leading up to 2020: To be the leading provider of premium products and premium services for individual mobility.

We are already the top-selling premium automaker worldwide. For us, however, leading the premium segment is more than volume leadership.

We set standards for products, technologies and services, as well as manufacturing.
We bring innovations onto the market.
We create new segments and visionary design.
We turn our customers into fans.
We are shaping individual mobility of the future.

To achieve this vision, we have … CONTINUED

03/19/2013    11:00 AM

BMW Group cautiously optimistic for 2013

Ambitious targets in challenging environment
Sales volume set to rise to new record figure in 2013
Earnings before tax expected at previous year’s level
High rate of expenditure for new technologies and models
EBIT margin between 8% to 10% targeted for Automotive segment
All Strategy Number ONE interim targets fully attained
Reithofer: Several hundred advance orders received for BMW i3

Munich – March 19, 2013… After achieving a record-breaking year in 2012, the BMW Group’s outlook for the current 12-month reporting period is cautiously optimistic, based on ambitious targets set amid a persisting difficult and volatile economic environment. “We are aiming to achieve a further rise in unit sales in the current year and hence a new sales volume record”, stated … CONTINUED

03/19/2013    8:00 AM

Fortune has published its World’s Most Admired Companies 2013 list and BMW has been ranked at the most admired automobile company, and 14th most admired company overall.

Why it’s admired says Fortune:

The Rolls-Royce and BMW names are synonymous with luxury – and not just in the carmaker’s native Germany. The world’s leading premium vehicle manufacturer has earned global renown in places such as Brazil, Russia, India and China. Its progress there, analysts predict, will be particularly lucrative in coming years. The company turned a profit during the recession, unlike most of its competitors. Up next, it’s going long on China, where it has plans to invest $600 million Euro. —AV
First 14 top ranked, among all industries:

03/13/2013    12:30 PM

The sales war posturing between BMW and its German competitors continues. Bloomberg reports that BMW has plans to hire Peter Schwarzenbauer, the former Audi AG sales chief. The report has Schwarzenbauer joining BMW next month, in a top level management position which will report directly to BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer.

This move comes during a period of all out sales battles between BMW, Audi and Mercedes, each seemingly intent on capturing the top sales crown each month (and year). BMW recently regained the top spot in global luxury auto sales from Audi last month.

BMW was able to secure the top spot on strong sales figures from increased demand for the 3 Series and X1. BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said in Geneva this week that the carmaker’s … CONTINUED

03/13/2013    11:35 AM

BMW Manufacturing announced today the successful expansion of the company’s hydrogen fuel-cell material handling equipment across its 4.0 million square foot production facility. In 2010, BMW completed the installation of a hydrogen storage and distribution area near the plant’s Energy Center to power about 100 pieces of fuel cell material handling equipment. Since that time, the company has more than doubled its hydrogen-fuel cell fleet to approximately 230 units to service the entire plant’s production and logistics functions.

“BMW continues to complement its sustainable production model by adding alternative, efficient technology, said Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing. “Successful implementation, and ultimately expansion, of our hydrogen fuel cell material handling fleet has provided a sustainable energy source that exceeds our expectations.”

The additional usage of the hydrogen … CONTINUED

03/01/2013    2:30 PM

The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported February sales of 25,613 vehicles, a decrease of 2.2 percent from the 26,184 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.

“The February results showed there’s a strong underlying demand ready to fuel momentum in the coming months,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “We’ll all be glad to leave the harsh February weather behind and welcome Spring and the new models that come with it.”

BMW Brand Sales
Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 0.5 percent in February for a total of 21,311 compared to 21,204 vehicles sold in February, 2012.

In February, best performing included the 5 Series, up 5.1 percent to 4,248 units; the 6 Series, up 45.6 percent to … CONTINUED

03/01/2013    8:00 AM

BMW of North America, LLC today announced its annual Center of Excellence (COE) honors, awarded to the top performing dealerships in the U.S. Thirty-three of the 338 BMW dealers nationwide achieved “2013 Center of Excellence” status based on their 2012 performance in customer satisfaction, outstanding brand representation, operational excellence and profitability.

“I am always very proud to welcome the Center of Excellence winners and this year we have a strong mix of repeat and new winners,” said BMW of North America President and CEO Ludwig Willisch. “Being a COE has never been more critical to the success of our brand and we are all inspired by their accomplishments.”

“We recognize not only these outstanding owners and operators but also their teams who continuously demonstrate the ability to … CONTINUED

02/28/2013    6:30 AM

The BMW Group and the international automotive supplier Continental are stepping up their collaboration in the field of driver assistance systems. In January, the two companies signed an agreement to jointly develop an electronic co-pilot system capable of supporting highly automated driving. The main goal of the research partnership is to have highly automated driving functions ready for implementation until 2020 and thereafter. At the social, political, economic and scientific level, a clear vision has now emerged for road safety – in the form of “Vision Zero (Accident-Free Mobility)” and “Safety for All”. The research project on highly automated driving will aim to implement this vision and to take a major step towards making accident-free mobility a reality. In addition to the safety aspect, the … CONTINUED