The Best Global Brands is an annual study conducted by Interbrand which ranks the value of the world’s top brands, based on an assessment of its value in US Dollars. BMW is listed at the 15th position this year.
Some other studies have listed BMW as the most valuable auto manufacturer brand, but this one has Toyota and Mercedes Benz listed ahead of BMW, showing that these value studies are more art than science.
The study values BMW at $22.3 billion dollars. Toyota was valued at $26.2 billion and Mercedes is valued at $25.2 billion. Of the other auto manufacturers, Honda comes in next at #20, Ford at #50, VW at #53, Audi at #63, Hyundai at #65, and Ferrari at #91.
Dan Creed, currently Vice President, Aftersales, BMW of North America, will become Vice President, Marketing, BMW of North America LLC. And Russ Lucas, currently Manager, BMW Pre-Owned Sales, will become Vice President – Eastern Region with overall responsibility for sales, marketing, aftersales and dealer development activities in the 12 state Northeast Region which includes the New York metro area. The Northeast Region is the largest sales area for BMW of North America with 93 BMW and 24 MINI dealers.
While no press test drives for the new X3 have been available yet, David Thomas from Cars.com recently had an opportunity to poke around a preproduction 2011 X3 at the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. He came away very impressed at its upgraded quality, design, and size from the first generation X3.
The 2011 BMW X3 makes its worldwide public debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of this month.
Bryan from Kilometer magazine got to sit down with Dr. Segler during the BMWCCA Octoberfest event where the first part of the 1-Series M Coupe was revealed, but the interview is very general in nature and hits on a few topics. The event was almost a month ago, and theres not much new information here, but for those not familiar with Dr. Kay Segler and his vision of what BMW M stands for, how it operates and what the future holds, this is certainly worth the read. Here are a few select quotes. Follow the link at the bottom for the full article!
BMW Classic offers the first classic BMW cars for sale. A BMW M1 and a BMW 3.0 CSL will be auctioned by auction house Bonhams in October in Dubai. The two rarities are from the plant’s own collection and are among the icons of the BMW automotive history.
Motortrend test drives the 2011 X5 xDrive35is with its new N55 motor, calling it an athletic, balanced, and finely tuned SUV, with a roomy passenger compartment and elegant interior to boot.
West Coast Racing recently recorded its BMW Z4 GT3 assembly process and shares it with the world via a time lapse compressed video. In reality, the car took 600 man hours to assemble!
Here is a preview of the upcoming John Cooper Works (JCW) accessories for the Countryman. The parts are expected to available later this year. JCW Countryman Aero Kit, JCW 19″ Wheels
JCW Rally Stripes, JCW Steering Wheel
JCW Shifter, Red Mirrors, Red Brake Ducts.
Car and Driver has posted their quick drive impressions for both the 2011 335i sedan and coupe, with some attention paid to how the new N55 engines compare to its predecessor N54 motor. See their quick impressions inside.
Automobile Magazine reviews the 2011 Z4 sDrive35is, calling it a blast to drive on any type of road. Overall, the reviewer was very impressed with the Z4, although he also pines for a smaller lightweight BMW roadster.