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A place for vision: the BMW Group.
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A place for vision: the BMW Group.

Highest EBT margin at group level since 2011 ++ Best ever figures for sales volume and net profit ++ Automotive segment EBIT margin above previous year, at upper end of target range ++ Ongoing high upfront expenditure for tomorrow’s mobility ++ Electrification strategy is having a sustainable impact ++
BMW Group reaffirms outlook for full year 2018 ++ Krüger: Combining tomorrow's mobility with sustainable profitability

Munich. The BMW Group has started the financial year 2018 with a strong first quarter. Despite volatile conditions and unfavourable exchange rate effects, new best ever figures were recorded for sales volume and net profit. Despite high upfront expenditure for tomorrow’s mobility, the Automotive segment also set a new record for its result from operations (EBIT).

“Our industry is currently going through a phase of unprecedented technological change and must master the highly challenging conditions. The first quarter highlights some important points: we think in terms of opportunities and are pursuing a well-defined strategy; we are combining tomorrow's mobility with sustainable profitability – underlined by the fact that we are capable of generating a high pre-tax margin on group level, even in volatile times,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Friday. “The BMW Group was the world's most profitable car company in 2017 and is stepping up the pace again in 2018. In the opening quarter of the new year, we achieved new best-ever figures for sales volume and net profit and implemented some crucial strategic decisions.” The BMW Group continues to play an active role in transforming the mobility sector with its future-oriented ACES programme: Automated, Connected, Electrified and Services.

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BMW Group electrified sales up 52% in April ++ Significant double-digit electrified growth in all sales regions ++ Overall BMW Group sales continue to grow in April ++ Deliveries in year-to-date +2.5%: 799,520 units sold worldwide ++ April sales +1.2%: 194,889 vehicles delivered to customers

Munich. Following its best-ever first-quarter sales results, the BMW Group continues to grow sales around the world.  A total of 194,889 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered to customers in April, a slight increase (+1.2%) on last year’s figure. The company has sold a total of 799,520 vehicles to customers worldwide in the first four months of the year, up 2.5% on the same period last year.

The company’s highly successful electrified vehicles are contributing strongly to the ongoing sales success and April saw the achievement of a significant milestone. “We are delighted to announce that there are now over a quarter of a million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the world’s roads,” said Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Brand BMW. “Combined sales of BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were up 52% in April (9,831), bringing the total number of electrified BMW Group cars sold to over 250,000,” Nota continued. “We are well on track to deliver on our stated target to sell over 140,000 electrified vehicles this year,” he concluded.

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Munich. At today’s Annual General Meeting, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Harald Krüger, unveiled an initial design concept for the BMW iNEXT. The pure-electric BMW iNEXT will be built at Plant Dingolfing from 2021. The company’s new technology flagship incorporates all major strategic areas of innovation in a road-ready vehicle.

Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: “The iNEXT project is our building kit for the future. It will benefit the entire company and all our brands. For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility in one vehicle. The iNEXT is fully electric, fully connected and also offers highly automated driving. Today, we gave our shareholders a very first glimpse of the design of the BMW iNEXT. Later this year, we will be presenting the BMW iNEXT as a Vision Vehicle.”

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BMW Group key figures (2017).

129932
employees
117664
(90.5%) employees in Automotive segment.
3506
(2.7%) employees in the Motorcycles segment.
8645
(6.7%) employees in the Financial Services segment.
4750
apprentices
103080
electrified vehicles delivered (BEV + PHEV).
30
production locations in 14 countries.
2463526
automobiles delivered to customers. (BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars)
164153
Motorcycles delivered.
98678000000
euros revenue.

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 14 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.

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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.

BMW Group environmental wind tunnel in Munich.

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.

Robotic arm supports employees in BMW production.

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.

BMW vehicle pick-up at BMW Welt in Munich.

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.

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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