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BMW World in the evening sun, with the 4 cylinder building in the background.
A place for vision: the BMW Group.
BMW i3 in Fahrt vor Skyline.
Rethinking mobility: the BMW Group.
Robots support employees in production.
A new way of working: the BMW Group.
Children discovering the BMW Group Junior Campus.
A member of society: the BMW Group.

A place for vision: the BMW Group.

Munich. The BMW Group has bestowed its fourth BMW Supplier Innovation Award. A total of six suppliers were honoured for their outstanding achievements in innovation and development.

Innovation lays the foundation for the BMW Group’s economic success and future competitiveness. Suppliers are key partners in this process and play a decisive role in the implementation of new developments. Innovative strength and collaborative partnerships with suppliers are highly valued by the BMW Group and recognised with this award.

Klaus Draeger, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network, underlined the future importance of new technologies at the award ceremony in the BMW Welt. Speaking to the audience of 300 senior representatives of the international supplier industry he said: “Within two to three decades, mobility will be defined by sustainability, connectivity and automated driving. Innovations will be more important than ever going forward – especially since premium vehicles with strong emotional appeal depend on them. The only way to assure and strengthen our innovation capability is through close links with our suppliers and development partners.”


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 sales total 237,973, increase of 10.5% ++ Year-to-date sales up 6.2%: 1,746,638 vehicles delivered ++ BMW deliveries increase 9.4% in September: 197,419 vehicles ++ MINI’s best-ever month: 40,164 units sold, increase of 16.1% ++ Rolls-Royce achieves record third-quarter sales ++ BMW Motorrad sales reach new year-to-date high ++ Sales of BMW electrified models top 40,000 in year-to-date

Munich. The BMW Group achieved a worldwide double-digit sales increase in September, continuing the company’s long-term upward sales trend and securing a new record for the month. A total of 237,973 vehicles were delivered to customers around the world, an increase of 10.5% on the same month last year. This result brings the year-to-date sales total to 1,746,638 – up 6.2% compared with the same period last year and the company’s best ever sales result for the first three quarters of the year.  

“Once again, the BMW Group has delivered strong sales growth across the company’s line-up,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW. “Demand for our premium models continues to grow around the world and in all vehicle classes. Customer interest in our broad range of electrified models is also stronger than ever, with a clear upward trend. Our policy of balanced global sales continues to deliver sustainable success and profitability remains our primary focus,” Robertson added.


BMW Group key figures (2015).

(91.1%) employees in Automotive segment.
(2.5%) employees in the Motorcycles segment.
(6.3%) employees in the Financial Services segment.
models with a maximum CO2 emissions of 120g/km.
production locations in 14 countries.
automobiles delivered to customers in 2015. (BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars)
Motorcycles delivered.
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.

Interior of BMW vehicle without driver, with motion blur.

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.

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.

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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