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A place for vision: the BMW Group.
BMW i3 in Fahrt vor Skyline.
Rethinking mobility: the BMW Group.
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A new way of working: the BMW Group.
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A member of society: the BMW Group.

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BMW brand sales up 3.0% to 176,291 vehicles +++ BMW i3 success story continues with 19.9% growth in year to date +++ Luxury segment sales climb nearly 60% in first ten months +++ BMW brand grows 9.4% in October in US +++ Nota: “Solid increase of 8.6% for electrified vehicles in October”

 

Munich. The BMW Group continued to grow its worldwide sales in October, reaching a total of 204,295 vehicles (+1.7%). Deliveries in the year to date were up 1.7% on the same period of last year, with 2,070,496 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold.

“Our model offensive continues to have a positive impact. We were able to achieve new all-time sales highs for October and the first ten months of the year,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “With our electrified vehicles, we achieved a solid increase of 8.6% in October. The BMW i3 is a real electromobility pioneer and more popular with our customers today than ever, posting sales growth of nearly 20% in the year to date,” added Nota.

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Deliveries and market share up, despite weak market trend +++ EBIT and free cash flow rise significantly in third quarter +++ High upfront expenditure for future-oriented technologies +++ Outlook for financial year 2019 reaffirmed +++ Zipse: “The decisive transformation is taking place inside the vehicle” 

Munich. The BMW Group recorded growth in deliveries, revenues and earnings in the third quarter and is therefore well on its way to achieving its targets for 2019. Group net profit increased at a double-digit percentage rate, helped to some extent by a base effect from the previous year’s reported figures. Moreover, profitability has continued to improve over the course of the nine-month period. To compensate for the high upfront expenditure on future-oriented technologies, the BMW Group is working hard on continually improving efficiency. 

“At the nine-month stage, we are well on our way to achieving our targets for the year as a whole,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. “However, we are looking further into the future, having recognised that far-reaching technological transformation is a great opportunity for the BMW Group. I am convinced that our business model will only benefit from this. The vehicle of the future, with all its integrated digital functions, is a high-tech product of a complexity that is still underestimated.” 

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BMW Group key figures.

134563
employees (2018).
121994
(90.6%) employees in Automotive segment (2018).
3709
(2.8%) employees in the Motorcycles segment (2018).
8860
(6.6%) employees in the Financial Services segment (2018).
4964
apprentices (2018).
142617
electrified vehicles delivered (BEV + PHEV) (2018).
31
production locations in 15 countries (2019).
2490664
automobiles delivered to customers (2018). (BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars)
165566
Motorcycles delivered (2018).
97480000000
euros revenue (2018).

Who we are.

BMW Group Prototyp Hydrogen Fuel Cell.

The BMW Group company profile.

The special fascination of the BMW Group not only lies in its products and technology, but also in the company’s history, written by inventors, pioneers and brilliant designers. Today, the BMW Group, with its 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries as well as a global sales network, is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles, and provider of premium financial and mobility services.

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Production today and tomorrow.

The BMW Group sets trends in production technology and sustainability as an innovation leader with an intelligent material mix, a technological shift towards digitalisation and resource-efficient production. At the same time, flexibility and continuous optimisation of value chains ensure competitiveness.

Artwork zur Technologie Efficient Dynamics.

Sustainability: the guiding principle for all our actions.

Long-term thinking and responsible action are the basis of economic success. Ecological and social sustainability, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources are therefore an integral part of our strategy. With Efficient Dynamics, the BMW Group consistently implements the principle of sustainable mobility and is steadily reducing its vehicles’ fuel consumption and emissions.

Production today and tomorrow.

Karosserieteile in der BMW Produktion.

The BMW Group sets trends in production technology and sustainability as an innovation leader with an intelligent material mix, a technological shift towards digitalisation and resource-efficient production. At the same time, flexibility and continuous optimisation of value chains ensure competitiveness.

Five BMW Group milestones.

BMW was founded in 1919 as a manufacturer of aircraft engines.
1916 Establishment of BMW.

BMW can trace its roots back to Karl Rapp and Gustav Otto. In 1916, the Flugmaschinenfabrik Gustav Otto company had merged into Bayerische Flugzeug-Werke AG (BFW) at government behest. Elsewhere, in 1917, the Rapp Motorenwerke company became Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH, which was duly converted into an AG (public limited company) in 1918. BMW AG subsequently transferred its engine construction operations – including the company and brand names – to BFW in 1922. The date of BFW’s founding, 7 March 1916, has therefore gone down in history as the foundation date of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG.

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Snapshot showing production of the first BMW motorcycle in 1923.
1923 BMW R 32 – the first BMW motorcycle.

BMW announced its first motorcycle, the R 32, to great excitement in 1923. Until then the company had only supplied engines rather than complete vehicles. The basic concept of the original BMW Motorrad model – a boxer engine with longitudinally positioned cylinders and shaft drive –continues to be employed in the company’s motorcycles to this day.

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BMW presented the 501 in 1951.
1951 The BMW 501 – the first post-war BMW car.

BMW's first post-war automobile was the 501, built from 1952 onwards. A large saloon capable of seating up to six people, it was powered by an enhanced version of the six-cylinder engine used in the pre-war BMW 326. As a luxury car, the BMW 501 was not a commercial success, but it nevertheless restored BMW's status as a manufacturer of high-quality cars.

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BMW launches production in South Africa.
1972 BMW starts up in South Africa.

The Rosslyn plant near Pretoria, South Africa, became the first production location outside of Germany for the modern BMW Group. In 1972, the BMW Board of Management decided to take over the entire Rosslyn facility constructed by the local importer. Assembly of the Glas 1800 SA model had started in 1967 and was later followed by the BMW 2000 SA. After major investments, production of BMW 3 Series vehicles was launched there at the beginning of 1984.

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The BMW Group opened BMW Welt in Munich in 2007.
2007 Strategy Number ONE.

Strategy Number ONE aligns the BMW Group with two targets: to be profitable and to enhance long-term value – from a technological, structural and cultural perspective. The mission statement up to the year 2020 is to become the world’s leading provider of premium products and premium services for individual mobility.

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  • 1923
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  • 1972
  • 2007

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