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A place for vision: the BMW Group.
BMW i3 in Fahrt vor Skyline.
Rethinking mobility: the BMW Group.
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A new way of working: the BMW Group.
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Sales volume and revenues achieve new all-time high in 2016 ++ Group net profit up 8.0% to € 6.9 billion ++ Pre-tax Group return on sales improves to 10.3% ++ EBIT margin in the Automotive segment within or above target range of 8-10% for seventh year in succession ++ Moody’s raises rating for BMW Group to A1 ++ Dividend of €3.50 per share of common stock proposed ++ Krüger: a record year to start the NEXT 100 YEARS

Munich. The BMW Group continued its successful course during its 101st year, reporting its best ever figures to date for sales volume, revenues and earnings. “2016 was the first step in the NEXT 100 YEARS of the BMW Group. We have turned our centenary year into the most successful 12-month period in our corporate history and posted new record levels in terms of revenues and earnings for the seventh year in a row,” stated Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG in Munich on Thursday. “We are fully focused on implementing our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, guiding the BMW Group along the “ACES” route: Automated, Connected, Electrified and Shared.”

In the first year of Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, the BMW Group announced its cooperation with Intel and Mobileye in the field of highly and fully automated driving, launched the ReachNow car-sharing service in the USA and set out the next steps in its electrification strategy. “From 2019 onwards, we will be firmly embedding all-electric, battery-powered mobility in our core brands. The electric MINI and the electric BMW X3 will be visible proof of how we are embracing innovations introduced with BMW i on a broader scale,” commented Krüger. The BMW iNEXT, set for launch in 2021, will be the BMW Group’s new technological spearhead. “The iNEXT will embody the future of mobility, setting new standards for automated driving, electric mobility, connectivity and design alike,” Krüger continued. Moreover, the BMW Group will launch further plug-in hybrid models powered by both electric and combustion engines; the electrified BMW 5 Series and MINI Countryman will be on the market in 2017.

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10.03.2017

169,073 vehicles delivered worldwide in February, up 3.1% ++ BMW sales up 3.0%, totalling 147,789 ++ MINI sales grow 3.2% to 21,045 ++ BMW Group sales in first two months up 4.9% to 332,369 ++ BMW electrified models more than double in year-to-date ++ Sales growth achieved in all world regions

Munich. BMW Group sales grew further in February, reaching a new all-time high level of 169,073 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 3.1% compared with the same month last year. With its three premium brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group has sold a total of 332,369 vehicles since the beginning of the year, up 4.9%.

“The first two months of the year have seen growth in all major sales regions, despite the model change-over of the 5 Series,” said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Brand BMW. “February was an important month for us, with the market launch of the new BMW 5 Series. Initial sales of this benchmark car are strong and we’re confident that this model in particular will ensure increasing momentum as the year continues,” he added.

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Product offensive: BMW Group to launch 40 new or revised models by end of 2018 ++ Luxury segment: sales volume to grow significantly by 2020 ++ More electric mobility: focus on flexibility ++ Targets for 2017: Slight rise in Group profit before tax, automotive segment sales volume and revenues ++ 2016: Best-ever revenues and earnings figures ++ Krüger: “Clear focus on the needs of our customers”

Munich. After reporting best-ever revenues and earnings figures for the seventh year in succession, the BMW Group intends to continue its course of sustainable and profitable growth, while also expanding its role as innovation leader. The company’s core business will be strengthened by the targeted addition of new models and continued work on the strategic areas of electric mobility and automated driving.

“Once again, we are targeting record sales volume, revenues and earnings in 2017,” stated Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG in Munich on Tuesday. The BMW Group forecasts a slight increase in Automotive segment deliveries to customers in the current financial year, which would result in a corresponding growth in segment revenues. Group profit before taxes is also expected to improve slightly.

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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.

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BMW Group key figures (2016).

124729
employees
112869
(90.5%) employees in Automotive segment.
3351
(2.7%) employees in the Motorcycles segment.
8394
(6.7%) employees in the Financial Services segment.
4600
apprentices
29
models with a maximum CO2 emissions of 100g/km.
31
production locations in 14 countries.
2367603
automobiles delivered to customers. (BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars)
145032
Motorcycles delivered.
94163000000
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.

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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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