BMW Group sales recorded solid growth once again in May. With 156,957 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles delivered worldwide (prev. yr. 147,565 / +6.4%), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever May sales result. A total of 728,029 (prev. yr. 667,523 / +9.1%) vehicles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year, exceeding the previous year’s first five months by more than 60,000 units.
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, said in Munich on Monday, “Our vehicle portfolio continues to be in strong demand and once again we achieved record sales in the month of May. Exceptional new products such as the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, which we launched on the 1st of June, as well as … CONTINUED
Yet another accolade for BMW. The image consulting firm, Reputation Institute, has released its RepTrack 2012, their annual reputation survey, and BMW is this year’s world’s most reputable company. The company moved up from its 4th place ranking in last year’s survey.
BMW scored a total of 80.08 % with second-placed Sony and third-placed Walt Disney scoring 79.31 % and 78.92 %, respectively. Second best automotive company was Daimler at 4th place (78.54%) while VW is ranked 8th (77.04%).
Kasper Ulf Nielsen, executive partner at Reputation Institute said: “BMW has earned the trust and respect of consumers all around the world though its consistent focus on delivering high quality in all of its actions. For a company to earn a reputation above 80 on a global level is … CONTINUED
The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported May sales of 28,321 vehicles, an increase of 7.1 percent from the 26,452 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 12.2% on sales of 130,843 in the first five months of 2012 compared to 116,656 in the same period in 2011.
Karim Habib will take over as Head of BMW Design on 01.06.2012. The 42-year-old Lebanon-born Canadian has been in charge of Exterior Design BMW Automobiles since March 2011. He joined the BMW Group design team in 1998 and, among other achievements, shaped the design of the current BMW 7 Series.
Following his studies in Canada and California, Karim Habib had various posts in interior and exterior design before becoming Team Leader Advanced Design for the BMW Group and later heading the BMW Exterior Design department. Now the designer and engineer takes overall charge of the design of BMW cars.
The BMW Group celebrated the grand opening of its first new BMW Brand Store in the most luxurious area of metropolitan Paris in the Avenue George V tonight. The store was designed by the well-known, luxury retail architect, Eric Carlson and his team from Carbondale Architects and Version Architects.
With the grand opening of the 800m2 BMW Brand Store in the very heart of luxury retail, BMW is reaching out to shoppers with the objective of allowing them to experience the brand in their chosen environment. The new store was formally inaugurated by Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, together with the Architect, Eric Carlson, and the Head of BMW France, Serge Naudin, as well as a large … CONTINUED
According to the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study by market research company Millward Brown, BMW is now the world’s most valuable automotive brand, replacing Toyota at the top of the list. However, this isn’t BMW’s first time in the study’s top spot, which it also claimed in 2010.
How has BMW managed to be named most valuable auto brand again? According to Peter Walshe, Millward Brown global brand director, “BMW has been able to effectively communicate what sets it apart from other carmakers, while backing up its message with a “very decent product. As one of the great brands in the world, BMW has been absolutely consistent in the long-term regarding what is meaningfully different about their brand, in highly competitive market places.”
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BMW is not against collaborating with other manufacturers when it comes to developing new technologies, having recently agreed to cooperating with Toyota in developing next gen lithium ion batteries and with PSA Peugeot Citroen for hybrid technology. Is Hyundai BMW’s next co-development partner?
According to Reuters and Automobil Produktion (a German industry newsletter), BMW and Hyundai officials recently met in Munich over potential collaboration on “engine development.”
Through its sources, Reuters reports that the talks are still at an early stage and that the two companies have discussed a relationship for jointly developing and sharing costs for a new engine family, which can take as much as 1 to 2 billion Euros to develop. Automobil Produktion provided more salient info, claiming that the Hyundai Chairman’s son, Chung Eui-sun, … CONTINUED
The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported April sales of 26,793 vehicles, an increase of 6.1 percent from the 25,247 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 13.7% on sales of 102,522 in the first four months of 2012 compared to 90,204 in the same period in 2011.
“The momentum of the first quarter proved strong enough to give us a good result in April and I expect solid growth to continue through the rest of Spring and into Summer,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “There’s no shortage of desire in the market, now it’s all about having the right models and being able to meet growing demand.”
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LOCOG & BMW GROUP UNVEIL LONDON 2012 FLEET
London, 26 April 2012: LOCOG and BMW, Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, today revealed full details of the London 2012 fleet. Set to play an essential role in delivering a successful Games, LOCOG’s deployment plans for the low-emission, diesel, hybrid and electric cars, motorcycles and bicycles were unveiled for the first time.
Whether it be pulling boats out of the water at Weymouth, providing a mobile camera platform for the marathon, towing a horse ambulance across Greenwich Park or carrying medal winners around the Olympic Park to media interviews, the BMW and MINI fleet will perform an extremely wide range of duties during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Naturally making sure the right people are … CONTINUED