A place for vision: the BMW Group.
Joint Venture to deploy a high-powered DC charging network for battery electric vehicles (BEV) covering long-distance travel routes in Europe ++ Power levels up to 350 kW significantly reduce charging time compared to available systems ++ Build-up of about 400 ultra-fast charging sites planned in Europe ++ Network is based on the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard which uses a connector that is fully compatible with most current and next generations BEVs ++ Unprecedented collaboration of the automakers would form a brand-independent network for charging infrastructure
Stuttgart, November 29, 2016 – BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. The goal is the quick build-up of a sizable number of stations in order to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicle drivers. This will be an important step towards facilitating mass-market BEV adoption.
The projected ultra-fast high-powered charging network with power levels up to 350 kW will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. The build-up is planned to start in 2017. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020 the customers should have access to thousands of high-powered charging points. The goal is to enable long-distance travel through open-network charging stations along highways and major thoroughfares, which has not been feasible for most BEV drivers to date. The charging experience is expected to evolve to be as convenient as refueling at conventional gas stations.
Worldwide 209,743 vehicles delivered, up 6.2% ++ Year-to-date sales increase 5.8%: 2,152,393 vehicles sold ++ BMW year-to-date deliveries up 5.6% to 1,824,490 ++ MINI sales climb 7.4% in first eleven months: 324,417 delivered ++ 55,000 electrified BMWs sold in year-to-date
Munich. Sales of BMW Group vehicles achieved a new record for November with total sales of 209,743 units, an increase of 6.2% on the same month last year. This result brings the year-to-date sales total to 2,152,393, an increase of 5.8% compared with the same period last year.
“We have achieved yet another month of solid growth across all the BMW Group’s premium brands,” said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW. “We have grown our sales every month since November 2011 – five years of continuously increasing sales, in line with the expansion of our model range. The addition of our electrified vehicles has made a significant contribution to that growth and that segment is growing month for month,” he added.
Worldwide 2,367,603 vehicles delivered, up 5.3% ++ BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad all achieve new sales records ++ BMW annual sales top 2 million for the first time, up 5.2% ++ MINI sales top 360,000 vehicles for first time, up 6.4% ++ Over 62,000 electrified vehicles sold in 2016 ++ More than 1 million vehicles delivered in Europe ++ Over half a million vehicles sold in Mainland China
Detroit / Munich. The BMW Group achieved its best ever sales in 2016, the sixth year in a row the company has set a new sales record, maintaining its position as the world’s leading premium car company with its three brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. Having recorded steady sales growth throughout the year, a total of 2,367,603 BMW Group vehicles were sold around the world in 2016, an increase of 5.3% compared with the previous year.
“As our model line-up has expanded, so have our sales, making 2016 our most successful year ever,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW, speaking at the North America International Motor Show in Detroit. “Despite headwinds in some markets, our policy of balanced global sales has paid off, as we increased our worldwide sales month by month,” he continued. “The sales development of our electrified vehicles has been particularly positive, with more than 62,000 delivered in 2016. I am confident we can continue this momentum and build on our course of profitable, sustainable growth into 2017,” he added.
163,288 vehicles delivered worldwide, up 6.8% ++ BMW sales up 7.2%, totalling 143,553 ++ MINI sales grow 3.7% to 19,563 ++ BMW electrified models double sales in January ++ Sales growth achieved in all world regions
Munich. Following on from a sixth consecutive record-breaking year, sales at the BMW Group achieved their best-ever start to the year with January figures showing increased deliveries in all world regions. With its three premium brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group delivered a total of 163,288 vehicles worldwide, an increase of 6.8% compared with January last year.
“We’ve started the year well, building on the success of 2016,” said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW. “We’re confident that the new models we’re bringing to market this year, especially the new generation BMW 5 Series which is about to arrive in dealerships, will ensure further momentum as the year goes on. We continue to focus on profitability and sustainable levels of growth distributed around the world,” he added.
BMW Group key figures (2015).
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.
The diverse world of the BMW Group: selected examples.
BMW Group Designworks USA.
Design consultancy with a focus on mobility and product design: Designworks handles everything from ballpoint pens to luxury yachts – gaining comprehensive insights into the world of brands, companies and consumers. This diversity also benefits the BMW Group. The design studio is responsible for repeatedly challenging and inspiring BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce teams with external perspectives.
Environmental wind tunnel, Research and Innovation Centre, Munich.
The BMW Group is committed to vehicle safety. The operational and road safety of our vehicles must therefore be assured in all weather conditions. Practically all relevant environmental situations can be simulated in the modern environmental wind tunnel at the BMW Group’s Munich Research and Innovation Centre – from wind speeds up to 250 km/h to extreme temperatures of minus 20 degrees Celsius. As well as enhancing vehicle safety, this also allows fuel economy and emissions of future model generations to be optimised.
Innovative robot systems at Plant Spartanburg.
Until recently, final assembly was one of the few areas with only limited use of robots. That was until BMW Group Plant Spartanburg installed the first lightweight robots on its door assembly line. These innovative production systems significantly improve everyday working conditions for staff – because the well-being of its employees is top priority for the BMW Group.
Vehicle collection at BMW Welt Munich.
With its ground-breaking architecture, BMW Welt is the heart of all BMW Group brands – BMW, with its BMW M and BMW i sub-brands; MINI; Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; and BMW Motorrad. Its exhibitions and new vehicles delivery are highlights for automobile fans from around the world. Visitors can enjoy a varied programme of events and sample the culinary delights of its several restaurants. Children and teenagers can participate in tours and workshops at the Junior Campus.