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BMW deliveries up 4.8% in September +++ BMW i3 sales climb 21.9% in first three quarters +++ Rolls-Royce brand maintains strong sales growth +++ Nota: “Model offensive having real impact also in luxury segment”

Munich. In the first nine months of the year, the BMW Group grew its worldwide sales by 1.7%, to 1,866,198 units. Deliveries in September were up 4.6% on the same month last year, with a total of 248,684 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered to customers. 

“Following the successful market launch of the new BMW 7 Series, BMW X7, BMW 8 Series Coupé and the BMW 8 Series Convertible, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé is now also in showrooms, since September. With this model offensive, we are continuing to expand our position in the highly profitable luxury segment,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “We also offer the broadest electrified line-up of any of our competitors. In its sixth year the fully-electric BMW i3 is still performing extremely well and will therefore continue to be part of our line-up in the coming years. We will be launching another pure electric vehicle, the MINI Electric, towards the end of the year.” 

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Ilka Horstmeier to be responsible for Human Resources Division +++ Milan Nedeljkovic to head Production Division +++ Reithofer: "Managers are the cornerstone of our success" +++ Zipse: "I look forward to working with them in the Board of Management"

Munich. The BMW Group is bringing younger members onto its management team: At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of BMW AG appointed Ilka Horstmeier (50) and Milan Nedeljkovic (50) as new members of the Board of Management.

Effective 1 October 2019, Milan Nedeljkovic will assume responsibility for the Production Division, taking over from Oliver Zipse, who was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG on 16 August 2019. Nedeljkovic has been with the BMW Group since 1993 and currently heads the Corporate Quality Division. He was previously managing director of BMW Group Plant Munich and BMW Group Plant Leipzig.

Effective 1 November 2019, Ilka Horstmeier will succeed Milagros Caiña-Andree as head of the Human Resources Division and labour relations director. Horstmeier has worked for the BMW Group since 1995 and is currently managing director of BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. Prior to that, she also served as head of the Engine, E-Powertrain production division.

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BMW brand deliveries up 4.1% to 157,889 vehicles +++ MINI brand grows sales 6.2% to 22,859 units +++ BMW i3 sales increase by 29.6% to 3,101 vehicles +++ Nearly every second vehicle sold in August an X model +++ Nota: "Sales growth underlines positive impact of model offensive"

Munich. BMW Group sales continued their positive trend in August: Worldwide deliveries were up 4.4% on the same month last year, with a total of 181,126 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold. This brings the company's total sales for the year to date to 1,617,512 units (+1.3%), in a volatile global market environment.

“This positive sales development underlines the impact of our model offensive. Our new X models are proving very popular with our customers," said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. "Another positive is the continued strong sales growth of the BMW i3, the world's most successful electric vehicle in its segment. The plug-in hybrid version of the new BMW 3 Series, the BMW 330e*, was also added to our line-up of electric vehicles in August."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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