A place for vision: the BMW Group.
The Board of Management of BMW AG has decided to strategically realign its automobile racing activities. In doing so, the company is setting course for a future BMW Group motorsport programme that is as extensive as it is diversified. The commitments contribute to BMW M, BMW i and MINI. The threads for the development of the cars and their race outings will henceforth come together in BMW Group Motorsport.
This realignment, which comes seven years after the withdrawal from Formula One and four years after returning to the DTM, once again ensures that the BMW Group addresses important topics in the ever-changing world of motorsport, is even more broadly positioned, and can thus address different target groups around the world. Classic motor racing and sustainability both play key roles, in order to inspire fans of sporty driving at racetracks all over the planet. The strong pillars of the programme for the coming years will be the DTM, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC), the cooperation with Andretti Formula E in the FIA Formula E Championship, the customer racing programme in the GT3 and GT4 categories, the promotion of talented young drivers, and the extremely challenging Dakar Rally.
The focus on production-based motor racing, which was decided upon in 2009, will be further intensified. The commitments in the DTM and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship continue, and it is also planned to race in the WEC with a new GT car. The BMW M4 GT4 will join the range of models in the customer racing portfolio. BMW will also work closely with US racing legend Michael Andretti’s (US) team in the FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s leading racing series for electric cars. As cooperation partner of Andretti Formula E, BMW Motorsport will cooperate closely with the team, in order to familiarise itself with processes in this innovative series, and to check the possibility of a works involvement in the future. At the same time, BMW i remains the “Official Vehicle Partner” of Formula E. Ever since the inaugural season of the series in 2014/15, the BMW i8 Safety Car has taken to the track in Formula E as a high-performance and efficient lead car. Furthermore, MINI’s successful cooperation with Sven Quandt’s X-raid team at the Dakar Rally will also continue.
AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated team up to evolve, test and promote communications solutions for connected mobility ++ Next generation mobile networks will help to address society’s mobility and road safety needs with applications like connected infotainment features and connected automated driving ++ The association is open to further partners
Munich. Today AUDI AG, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm Incorporated, announce the formation of the “5G Automotive Association”. The association will develop, test and promote communications solutions, support standardization and accelerate commercial availability and global market penetration. The goal is to address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs with applications such as connected automated driving, ubiquitous access to services and integration into smart cities and intelligent transportation.
With next generation 5G mobile networks and continued strong LTE evolution, which includes Cellular Vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication, the focus of information and communication technologies (ICT) shifts towards the Internet of Things and the digitalization of industries.
Worldwide 165,431 vehicles delivered, up 5.7% ++ Year-to-date sales rise 5.5%: 1,508,659 vehicles sold ++ BMW deliveries up 5.0% in August: 142,554 vehicles ++ MINI sells 22,575 in August, increase of 10.3% ++ Europe and Asia maintain strong growth ++ YTD sales of BMW electrified models already exceed 2015 total
Munich. BMW Group sales continued their long-standing upward trend in August with a total of 165,431 vehicles delivered to customers around the world, an increase of 5.7% on the same month last year. This result brings the year-to-date sales total to 1,508,659 – up 5.5% compared with the same period last year and the first time ever the company has sold over one and a half million vehicles in the first eight months of a year.
"The BMW Group’s ongoing sales success across all our premium brands underlines the strength of our product line-up," said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW. "Sales are increasing across the range and our electrified models are proving extremely popular – we’ve already sold more alternative drive vehicles this year than in the whole of 2015," he continued.
Second quarter: sales volume and earnings at record levels ++ Sustainable profitability: 25th consecutive quarter to achieve automotive segment EBIT margin within target range of between 8 and 10% or higher ++ BMW Group reaffirms outlook for full year 2016 ++ Strong demand for BMW i and BMW iPerformance models ++ Cooperation with Intel and Mobileye underlines drive to lead the field of automated driving
Munich. The BMW Group continued its course of profitable growth during the second quarter of 2016, whilst also taking important decisions for the future in line with its Strategy Number ONE > NEXT. As the world’s leading provider of premium products and services for individual mobility, the BMW Group recorded its best ever quarterly sales volume and net profit figures between April and June. The partnership with Intel and Mobileye underlines the BMW Group’s ambition to play a leading role in developing safe and reliable automated driving.
“We sold more vehicles in the second quarter than ever before and achieved record earnings. We are growing profitably while simultaneously implementing our strategy step by step,” stated Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on Tuesday. “Sustainable profitability on this scale provides us with the financial headroom we need to pursue our work on future technologies such as electric mobility and automated driving. For me, there is no “either/or” between the present and the future. The strength of today’s core business is the cornerstone for tomorrow’s success.”
Fleets of fully autonomous cars as basis for new mobility services in urban environments ++ BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are creating an open platform for the next generation of cars to create the safest autonomous platform, from door locks to the datacenter ++ The three companies share a common vision and goal, to align the industry on a standards-based platform to quickly bring autonomous vehicles to market
Munich – July 1, 2016. BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye are joining forces to make self-driving vehicles and future mobility concepts become a reality. The three leaders from the automotive, technology and computer vision and machine learning industries are collaborating to bring solutions for highly and fully automated driving into series production by 2021.
The future of automated driving promises to change lives and societies for the better. But the path to get to a fully autonomous world is complex and will require end-to-end solutions that integrate intelligence across the network, from door locks to the data center. Transportation providers of the future must harness rapidly evolving technologies, collaborate with totally new partners, and prepare for disruptive opportunities.
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.