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+++ Manufacture of small-series BMW iX5 Hydrogen at the Research and Innovation Centre’s pilot plant in Munich +++ Test fleet will go into service worldwide from spring 2023 +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is commencing production of its BMW iX5 Hydrogen model. Manufacture of the small-series hydrogen-powered vehicle is taking place in the pilot plant at its Munich Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ). The first ever Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) featuring hydrogen fuel cell technology has already completed an intensive programme of testing under demanding conditions during the development phase and will now be used as a technology demonstrator for locally carbon-free mobility in selected regions from spring 2023.

“Hydrogen is a versatile energy source that has a key role to play as we progress towards climate neutrality,” says Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Development. “We are certain that hydrogen is set to gain significantly in importance for individual mobility and therefore consider a mixture of battery and fuel cell electric drive systems to be a sensible approach in the long term. Fuel cells don’t require any critical raw materials such as cobalt, lithium or nickel either, so by investing in this type of drive system we are also strengthening the geopolitical resilience of the BMW Group. Our BMW iX5 Hydrogen test fleet will allow us to gain new and valuable insights, enabling us to present customers with an attractive product range once the hydrogen economy becomes a widespread reality.”

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen is being built in the BMW Group’s pilot plant at its Research and Innovation Centre in Munich. This is the interface between development and production where every new model from one of the company’s brands is made for the first time. Around 900 people work there in the body shop, assembly, model engineering, concept vehicle construction and additive manufacturing. They each work on up to six vehicle projects simultaneously and are tasked with ensuring that both the product and the manufacturing process are ready for series production. In the case of the BMW iX5 Hydrogen, specialists in hydrogen technology, vehicle development and initial assembly of new models have been working closely together to integrate the cutting-edge drive and energy storage technology.

+++ Investment in US startup Jetti Resources +++ More efficient and resource-conserving raw material extraction +++ 40% CO2-reduction through utilization of mine waste +++

 

Munich / Mountain View (USA). Through its venture capital fund BMW I Ventures, the BMW Group has taken a stake in US (Colorado) based company, Jetti Resources. The goal is to foster responsible and resource-conserving copper extraction to address rising demand in a more sustainable way. Founded in 2014, Jetti Resources has developed a pioneering process for copper extraction that utilizes previously unused ore from existing copper mines.

“By investing in Jetti, we are supporting technological progress in the field of copper extraction, with a focus on responsible and resource-conserving methods,” says Wolfgang Obermaier, Head of Indirect Goods and Services, Raw Materials, Production Partners of the BMW Group. “This new process has the potential to improve the environmental footprint and integrity of our supply chain, even with growing demand for resources like copper,” Obermaier adds.

As copper is a vital raw material to produce electric drivetrains in EVs, demand is forecasted to grow substantially in the coming years. As early as 2030, at least half of BMW Group's global sales will consist of fully electric vehicles.

+++ In addition to vehicle production, BMW Group builds high-voltage battery assembly at Plant Debrecen +++ More than 500 additional jobs to be created by 2025 +++ Production of NEUE KLASSE starts here +++

 

Debrecen, Hungary. The BMW Group is building a high-voltage battery assembly for the vehicles of the NEUE KLASSE at its site in Hungary. The battery assembly will be located on the site of the Debrecen vehicle plant, which started construction about six months ago. The company will create more than 500 additional jobs and invest over two billion euros in the construction and launch of the entire plant by the end of 2025.

Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Production, said: “In Debrecen, we are building the most advanced plant in the world. With our iFACTORY, we are setting new industry standards for vehicle production. Our investments underline our systematic approach to implementing e-mobility.”

The new announcements were also welcomed by the Hungarian government. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, said: “The BMW Group plant in Debrecen is a symbol of the successful Hungarian economic policy of the past twelve years. The plant combines environmental protection and competitiveness, and that is much more than we have originally planned.”

+++ Innovative event concept for award ceremony at BMW Welt in Munich +++ Sixth BMW Group Supplier Innovation Award presented +++ Purchasing head Post: “Award recognises innovation and cooperative partnership with our suppliers – especially in challenging times” +++

 

Munich. Innovations form the basis for the economic success and future competitiveness of the BMW Group. Suppliers’ ability to innovate plays an important part in this, making a vital contribution by driving developments forward and enabling the use of outstanding technologies in BMW Group vehicles. In recognition of this, the company presented its BMW Group Supplier Innovation Award to suppliers who have made an extraordinary contribution to innovations for the sixth time this year.

“Innovations are key to the success of our transformation towards electromobility, digitalisation and sustainability. Our award ceremony recognises innovation and cooperative partnership with our suppliers – especially in challenging times,” said Joachim Post, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network at the ceremony held at BMW Welt in Munich.

The coveted award was presented in a total of six categories: drive train and e-mobility, sustainability, digitalisation, customer experience, newcomer of the year and exceptional team performance.

“The future will increasingly be decided by innovations and technologies,” said Post over the course of the evening, which he hosted together with his digital co-moderator, Aumovis. He continued: “You must have the courage to tackle a challenge – even if it seems to be unattainable and others don’t give the idea much chance of success.”

+++ New supply agreements in US and China +++ Lower CO2 emissions for over one third of global steel purchasing volume +++ Focus on innovative technologies, renewable energies and circular economy +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is systematically pursuing its climate goals for the supplier network and significantly reducing the carbon footprint of its steel sourcing. Following initial contracts with European suppliers, the BMW Group has now concluded further agreements for the supply of CO2-reduced steel in the US and China.

“Steel is one of the main sources of CO2 emissions in our supply chain. That is why we are comprehensively reorganising our steel portfolio – so we can supply our global production network with over on third of CO2-reduced steel from 2026. This will reduce the carbon footprint of our supply chain by 900,000 tonnes per year, while at the same time driving the transformation of the steel industry,” said Joachim Post, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

In the medium term, the BMW Group will increase CO2 savings through agreements with additional steel suppliers and thus consistently drive forward the decarbonization of its supplier network. Around 20 percent of supply chain CO2 emissions for a mid-sized fully-electric vehicle are attributable to steel – which comes in third, after battery cells and aluminium. With its versatile properties, steel is nevertheless one of the key materials for automotive manufacturing and will be no less important for future vehicle concepts and generations. 

+++ As promised: Fully-electric models from all German plants +++ Short distances: high-voltage battery for BMW iX1* also from Regensburg +++ Over 3,300 employees work in BMW Group’s electric component production +++

 

Regensburg. Today’s start of production for the fully-electric BMW iX1* in Regensburg illustrates the pace with which the BMW Group is ramping up electromobility. As announced almost two years ago, all German plants can now produce electric cars. The smallest model among the BMW Sports Activity Vehicles will boost the volume of electric vehicles. Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Production, already announced the next milestone at the start of production: “We are delivering the goods. By 2024, at least one in three BMWs coming out of our Bavarian plants will be an electric car.” Further proof, then, that the BMW Group is systematically implementing its electrification strategy, relying on speed and short distances. The high-voltage battery in the BMW iX1* also comes from Regensburg.

Bavarian Minister of Transport Christian Bernreiter: “Bavaria is Germany’s number-one state for cars and has a long tradition of building vehicles. However, that success doesn’t just lie in the achievements of the past, but also in research, development and innovation. The BMW iX1* and its high-voltage battery underline that BMW can master the future. That this fully-electric car will come off the production line in Regensburg also represents a strong commitment to Bavaria as a car-building location.” 

+++ Zipse: “Compelling products are best answer to challenging environment” +++ E-mobility ramp-up leads to bigger CO2 reductions +++ Group EBT at € 20.3 billion after nine months – EBT margin 19.6% +++ Q3 EBIT margin on target at 8.9% (excluding consolidation effects related to BBA: 10.1%) +++ Free cash flow of € 9.9 billion for Automotive Segment in YTD September +++ Full-year guidance confirmed +++

 

Munich. In an uneven economic environment, the BMW Group once again delivered a strong operating performance in the third quarter. Its solid financial key figures are evidence of the company’s economic success in the face of rising raw material and energy costs.

“Compelling products are the best answer to a challenging environment. They give us stability in the present and create growth prospects for the future. We are systematically investing, for this reason, in the technology clusters of the NEUE KLASSE. We firmly believe that these highly innovative products will take our offering to the next level,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on Thursday. “Our solid third-quarter results underline that flexibility creates resilience. Especially under volatile conditions, our globally balanced footprint and technology-open approach are proving to be a key success factor. That is why, after nine months, we are on track to meet our targets for the year. The market success of our fully-electric models, in particular, means we can look forward to the coming months with confidence.”

The significant growth in sales of fully-electric and electrified vehicles is also reflected in the decrease in CO2 emissions in the EU new vehicle fleet: The BMW Group could well outperform its previous target and, based on current data, reduce its EU fleet emissions by 5-10% year-on-year. A slight reduction (up to -4.9%) had previously been planned. 

+++ Complete process chain for high-voltage battery production in Leipzig +++ Five cell coating lines, an additional module line and two high-voltage battery lines by 2024 +++ Production of e-components for forthcoming fully electric MINI Countryman made in Leipzig +++

 

Leipzig. The BMW Group is to increase e-component production capacity at its manufacturing base in Leipzig with another eight production lines by 2024. The announcement was made on 20 October at the Green Day in BMW Group Plant Leipzig. Over the next year, the plant’s two existing battery module lines will be complemented by a further line plus five cell coating lines. These will be followed by two new high-voltage battery assembly lines due to go on stream in 2024. The batteries they make will power models such as the fully electric version of the MINI Countryman, which will also be built in Leipzig.

+++ Nedeljković, Board Member for Production: “Technological breakthrough underscores our innovativeness” +++ Hydrogen power also in plant and transport logistics +++

 

Leipzig. BMW Group Plant Leipzig is the first car plant in the world to pilot a newly developed burner technology that allows to run on green hydrogen as well as natural gas. The new technology meets the feasibility requirements to reduce CO2 emissions from the intensive use of natural gas, a fossil fuel. BMW AG Board Member Milan Nedeljković: “This is a technological breakthrough. It underscores our innovativeness and our determination to make production ever more sustainable.”

+++ Envision AESC to Build New Battery Cell Plant in South Carolina to Supply Newly Developed Round Lithium-Ion Cells for Electric Vehicle Production in the U.S. +++ $1 Billion New Investment in Plant Spartanburg to Prepare for the Production of Battery Electric Vehicles in the U.S. +++ At Least Six Fully-Electric BMW Models to be Built in the U.S. by 2030 +++ Additional $700 Million Investment to Build a New High-Voltage Battery Assembly Facility in Woodruff, South Carolina Expands BMW Group Manufacturing Footprint in the State +++

 

Spartanburg (USA)/Munich. The BMW Group continues the roll-out of its electromobility plan with a new investment in the U.S. to expand Plant Spartanburg and the company’s manufacturing footprint in the U.S. BMW Group Chairman of the Board of Management, Oliver Zipse, announced today a $1.7 billion investment in its U.S. operations, including $1 billion to prepare for the production of electric vehicles at the company’s existing U.S. manufacturing facility in South Carolina, and $700 million to build a new high-voltage battery assembly facility in nearby Woodruff, SC. By 2030 BMW Group will build at least six fully electric models in the U.S. 

+++ Electro-Ramp-up delivers: 128,196 fully-electric BMW and MINI vehicles sold (+114.8%) YTD September +++ BMW Group deliveries reach 1,747,889 units year to date September +++ BMW Group sales up 6.6% worldwide in month of September +++ Third quarter on par with last year; growth in China and US +++ BMW brand remains number one in global premium segment +++ Pieter Nota: “Dynamic growth in fully-electric vehicles underlines the appeal of our products.” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group sold a total of 128,196 fully-electric BMW and MINI vehicles in the first nine months of 2022 – more than double its BEV sales in the same period of last year (+114.8%). The company was thus able to translate strong interest in its fully-electric products into robust growth.

“The dynamic growth of our fully-electric models reflects how the BMW Group’s electric lineup is winning over customers – as we continue to press ahead with the transition towards electromobility,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales. “With our attractive, sustainable product range across drivetrain technologies and our strong operating performance, we are on track to meet our sales targets for 2022,” Nota continued.

+++ Alexander Bilgeri named new head of Human Resources, Production, Purchasing, Sustainability Communications +++

 

Munich.

The BMW Group has appointed a new manager to head the main department Communication Human Resources, Production, Purchasing, Sustainability, effective 1 October. Alexander Bilgeri (48) takes over from Christine Schröpfer, who will return to Human Resources. In this role, Bilgeri will report to Maximilian Schöberl, Chief Representative of BMW AG and head of Corporate and Governmental Affairs.

Alexander Bilgeri has extensive managerial experience and has already held a number of key management positions within BMW Group Corporate Communications. In this new function, Bilgeri and his team will support the Board divisions Production, Human Resources and Real Estate, as well as Purchasing and Supplier Network. His responsibilities will include communications on sustainability and BMW iFACTORY, strategy for the automotive production of the future and the German plants. Maximilian Schöberl: “Alexander Bilgeri is an experienced communications expert, who combines strategic thinking with operational implementation. I am confident he will continue to move integrated communications for human resources, production, purchasing and sustainability forwards – because these are precisely the topics that will determine society’s perception and acceptance of the company.”

+++ Unique recycling process creates a recycled plastic material from ocean waste +++ CO2 emissions are reduced by 25 percent compared to conventionally manufactured components +++ Ocean plastics used to make floor mats in the BMW iX and the BMW X1 +++ The BMW Group aims to use thermoplastics made from 40 percent recycled material in its new vehicles by 2030 +++

 

Munich. In a first for the automotive industry, models of the NEUE KLASSE due to be launched from 2025 onwards will feature trim parts made of plastic whose raw material contains around 30 percent recycled fishing nets and ropes. This raw material is proactively sourced at ports all around the world to ensure that it doesn’t end up being discarded in the sea.

In an exclusive recycling process, waste material from the maritime industry is used to produce trim parts suitable for the exterior and interior of future vehicles. The resulting components have an approximately 25 percent lower carbon footprint than their counterparts made from conventionally manufactured plastics.

+++ Newly-developed BMW round cells optimised for NEUE KLASSE architecture +++ Costs for whole high-voltage battery up to 50% lower than for current generation +++ CO2-reduced production – through green power and secondary material +++ Development head Weber: “Huge leap in technology for energy density, charging speed and range” +++ Purchasing head Post: “We will be building battery cell factories with our partners, each with an annual capacity of up to 20 GWh, at six locations in USMCA, Europe and China” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is convinced that powerful, innovative, sustainably-produced battery cells will be key to the success of individual electromobility in the future. The company is set to launch a new era of e-mobility from 2025 with the models of its NEUE KLASSE – using newly-developed round battery cells optimised for the new architecture for the first time.

“The newly-developed sixth generation of our lithium-ion cells will bring a huge leap in technology that will increase energy density by more than 20 percent, improve charging speed by up to 30 percent and enhance range by up to 30 percent,” according to Frank Weber, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Development. “We are also reducing CO2 emissions from cell production by up to 60 percent. These are big steps for sustainability and customer benefits.”

+++ Hydrogen is an additional option for electric drive systems +++ Fuel cells are manufactured in the company’s competence centre for hydrogen +++ BMW Group leads the way in hydrogen technology in the premium electric vehicle segment +++

 

Munich. On 31 August, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse and Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Development, will come together to inaugurate fuel cell system production at the company’s competence centre for #hydrogen in Munich. The reason for this occasion is the small series of BMW iX5 Hydrogen cars that will be entering service around the world from the end of this year for test and demonstration purposes. The combination of #fuel cell and high-performance battery is set to enrich the company’s portfolio by adding a unique form of drive system for the premium segment. The BMW Group is playing a visionary and pioneering role in this technology with the aim of achieving a more diversified transition to zero-emission mobility.

“As a versatile energy source, hydrogen has a key role to play on the road to climate neutrality. And it will also gain substantially in importance as far as personal mobility is concerned. We think hydrogen-powered vehicles are ideally placed technologically to fit alongside battery-electric vehicles and complete the electric mobility picture,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. “By commencing small-scale production of fuel cells today, we are demonstrating the technical maturity of this type of drive system and underscoring its potential for the future.”

+++ 1st half-year: Group EBT totals € 16.2 billion (EBT margin: 24,5%) +++ 1st half-year: EBIT margin Auto of 8.5% (excluding consolidation effects related to BBA: 12.6%) +++ 2nd quarter: Free cash flow of €3 billion in Auto Segment +++ Annual outlook for EBIT margin in auto segment confirmed: 7-9% +++ BEV sales more than double in 1st half-year (+110.3%) +++ Persistent supply bottlenecks ‒ solid sales volume growth in 2nd half-year yoy expected +++ Zipse: “High degree of resilience and flexibility” +++ NEUE KLASSE defines what BMW Group stands for +++

 

Munich. In a highly volatile environment, the BMW Group remained on course in the first half of 2022. With flexibility and expertise, the company encountered challenges including continued supply chain disruptions and bottlenecks for semiconductors and specific supplier parts.

The BMW Group’s underlying strength and operational excellence was reflected in its profits for the first six months: Despite the volatility, the company earned a Group EBT margin of 24.5% (Q2 2022: 11.3%). The revaluation of the previously held shares in the Chinese joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. (BBA) contributed to the high return. This revaluation due to full consolidation on February 11 increased the financial result by € 7.7 billion

+++ E-component production expands +++ Manufacture of battery modules for BMW i4 +++ €70 million invested +++ 250 new jobs created +++ Plant Director Petra Peterhänsel: “Plant Leipzig remains electrified” +++

 

Leipzig. Today sees the launch of BMW Group Plant Leipzig’s second battery module production line. Further expanding e-component production in the German state of Saxony, the new system manufactures modules for the fully electric BMW i4, made in Munich. Plant Leipzig’s first such production line went on stream in May 2021 and supplies the battery modules for the BMW iX.

“Today’s launch of Leipzig’s second battery module production line makes an important contribution to delivering the battery components needed to make a growing number of electrified vehicles,” said Markus Fallböhmer, Head of Engine and E-Drive Production at the BMW Group. The gradual expansion of e-component production is taking the BMW Group ever closer to its goal for 2030, when fully electric models are expected to account for at least half of the BMW Group’s sales.

+++ BMW Startup Garage, venture client unit of the BMW Group, joins forces with young tech companies. Software solutions by Seoul Robotics and Embotech enable driverless mobility in plant. Pilot programme with new BMW 7 Series launches in July 2022. +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is launching a unique project that will see cars manoeuvre around production without requiring a driver. The Automated Driving In-Plant project (‘Automatisiertes Fahren im Werk’, AFW) is being realised in collaboration with two startups and will enhance the efficiency of new-vehicle logistics in plants and distribution centres.

The aim of the AFW pilot project is for vehicles to move autonomously around logistics areas and assembly – safely, efficiently and without requiring a driver. To make this happen, the BMW Group has been collaborating with Seoul Robotics from South Korea and Embotech from Switzerland. Launching in July 2022 at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, the new system will first be trialled on two cars incorporating breakthrough technologies: the new BMW 7 Series and the fully electric BMW i7 (combined consumption in WLTP: 19.6 – 18.4 kWh/100 km; combined consumption in NEDC: – ; range: 590 – 625 km in WLTP).

+++Group half-year sales reach 1,160,443 units+++75,891 all-electric BMW and MINI vehicles sold+++BMW Group expands market leadership of premium segment+++Pieter Nota: “BMW brand number one worldwide in premium automotive segment in first half-year”+++

Munich. The BMW Group sold a total of 75,891 fully-electric BMW and MINI vehicles worldwide in the first half of 2022 – more than doubling its all-electric sales compared to the same period of last year (+110.3%). This growth underlines the company’s focus on ramping up electromobility and confirms the high desirability of its pure electric models among customers worldwide.

“Despite a very challenging environment, we were able to more than double our sales of fully-electric vehicles worldwide in the first half of the year,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales. “It’s not just our electrified models that are inspiring customers around the globe: Thanks to our innovative and sustainable product line-up, the BMW brand was once again number one worldwide in the premium automotive segment in the first half of the year,” Nota continued.

+++ Fully electric BMW i7* and highly efficient combustion-powered variants launch simultaneously +++ Over €300 million invested in Lower Bavarian site +++ One in four BMWs from Dingolfing already electrified +++ Consistent implementation of BMW iFACTORY +++ Piloting automated driving in production environment +++

 

Dingolfing. The first series-produced vehicles of the new BMW 7 Series have today rolled off the production lines of BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. In fact, today was a double debut, with the new top-of-the-range BMW manufactured not only with highly efficient combustion engines but also as the fully electric BMW i7. Milan Nedeljković, BMW AG Board Member for Production: “Our new BMW 7 Series is the first luxury sedan in the world to offer customers a choice between three types of drive. Whether fully electric, combustion-powered or, soon, plug-in hybrid, we have the flexible production structures and outstanding integration skills we need to manufacture such a diverse range of drives efficiently.”

 

Over €300 million invested in Dingolfing vehicle plant

The BMW Group invested over €300 million to ready the Dingolfing vehicle plant for production of the new BMW 7 Series. As it strives consistently to implement the BMW vision of production of the future, its largest European plant is increasingly being transformed into a BMW iFACTORY practising the ‘Lean. Green. Digital.’ approach. For the first time, the BMW Group is piloting automated manoeuvres within the production environment by just-made BMW 7 Series vehicles – and optimising assembly and outbound logistics processes as a result.

Repurchased Shares to be largely cancelled, reducing share capital accordingly

 

Munich. Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (BMW AG) has resolved on a share repurchase programme with a value of up to €2 billion (total purchase price excluding ancillary costs), repurchased shares to be largely cancelled, reducing share capital accordingly. This was approved at the Annual General Meeting in May 2022, authorising a share buyback of up to 10% of the share capital within five years. The first programme of €2 billion is set to begin in July 2022 and end no later than December 2023.

Nicolas Peter, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Finance: “The share repurchase is evidence of our consistent financial strength and robust liquidity. With our strong operating performance and the full consolidation of our Chinese subsidiary, BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd., we expect to maintain a strong liquidity position. Our strong investment-grade rating is an important success factor in our transformation story, and we are clearly committing ourselves to maintaining this rating. In addition, all our shareholders – including employees – benefit not only from our reliable dividend policy, but also from this share buyback programme, by an increase in their earnings per share. Share buybacks provide an additional tool to create value for our shareholders and send a signal of our long-term strength to the capital markets. We continue to focus on the successful long-term growth of the company and on optimal allocation of capital. As in the past, the investments needed for the transformation of the BMW Group continue to be a priority and will be funded from operating cash flow.”

+++ Additional mobility option plus attractive benefits for BMW Group customers +++ Seamless, digital integration makes for high user convenience +++ Launched in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg +++

 

Munich. From June 30, 2022, the new BMW Add-On Mobility app operated by SIXT will be available across Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, adding yet another digital premium option for BMW and MINI customers from the BMW Group and in cooperation with SIXT. Customers can now rent vehicles directly from SIXT in just a few clicks via the freshly developed app. “The BMW Add-On Mobility app gives our customers access to the exact vehicle they need at any given time, whether that’s a convertible for a city trip or an all-wheel drive for the mountains. We’ve created the perfect complement to your own vehicle – both for everyday use and on vacation,” says Jens Thiemer, Senior Vice President Customer and Brand BMW. “Those who drive an electric car in everyday life, for example, can now use the BMW Add-On Mobility app to book a BMW or MINI with an efficient combustion engine for long-distance travel. This way, we support our customers in making the switch to e-mobility and play our part in the mobility transition,” adds Marcus Krieg, Head of Mobility and Energy Services at the BMW Group.

Exclusive benefits for app users

Making a booking in the BMW Add-On Mobility app gives users priority access to BMW and MINI vehicles in the SIXT fleet plus attractive extras. Nico Gabriel, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Sixt SE, explains: “Thanks to the new BMW Add-On Mobility app, we are increasing the reach of our mobility services and allowing customers to target their use of our flexible and needs-based mobility solutions with BMW and MINI vehicles. This step solidifies our long-standing partnership with the BMW Group, further expanding our premium positioning.”  

+++ Annual production capacity at BMW Shenyang Plants increases to 830,000 vehicles. +++ Implementation of the BMW iFACTORY strategy. LEAN. GREEN. DIGITAL. +++ “Industrial Metaverse” – the first BMW Group plant fully planned and simulated in the virtual world from the start. +++ Geared towards e-mobility, Plant Lydia produces the All New BMW i3 +++

 

Shenyang. The BMW Group has expanded its production footprint in China with the opening of Plant Lydia in Shenyang, China. This major expansion of the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) production base is a latest example of the BMW iFACTORY strategy, and sets new standards in future oriented vehicle manufacturing in the era of intelligent and electric auto industry. In particular, Plant Lydia breaks new ground with its pioneering digitalization applications, reaffirming the BMW Group’s leadership in the global automotive manufacturing.

“The BMW iFACTORY makes us a role model for the automotive industry. Plant Lydia is born digitally and geared towards e-mobility,” said BMW AG Board Member for Production Milan Nedeljković. He emphasised: “Responding to our customer’s demands, the flexibility of our production sets the benchmark in competition. Plant Lydia is a great example of this. It is fully capable of producing up to 100% electric vehicles. Together with its neighboring plants in Tiexi and Dadong, Lydia will play an important role in accelerating production of BMW electrified vehicles in China.”

With an overall investment of RMB 15 billion, Plant Lydia is the biggest single investment project in the history of the BMW Group in China. Located in the Tiexi District of Shenyang, the plant has all the four major production processes (press and body shop, paint shop, and assembly) and increases annual production capacity at the Shenyang production base to 830,000 units. In order to meet the growing customer demand for e-mobility, Plant Lydia is fully flexible to produce up to 100% electric vehicles. The production of the all new BMW i3 – BMW's first all-electric mid-size sports sedan for the Chinese market – started at Plant Lydia in May.

+++ Production of next-generation e-drives at BMW Group Plant Steyr from 2025 +++ Annual production capacity of over 600,000 units +++ Investment of around one billion euros by 2030 +++ BMW iFACTORY also in Steyr: electric drive trains from carbon neutral plant +++

 

Steyr. From 2025 onwards, the next generation of e-drives will be created in Steyr – with both production and development on site – as BMW Group Plant Steyr embarks on an electrified future. The BMW Group will be investing around one billion euros in competence development in this area between now and 2030. The significant increase in capacity, which was announced by the company at an event on 20 June, will ensure the Steyr plant in Upper Austria remains the BMW Group’s leading drive-train location.

Combined drive train expertise: Newest generation of e-drives comes to Steyr

“This plant has developed and manufactured combustion engines for our BMW and MINI brands for more than 40 years. One out of every two BMW Group vehicles around the world today already has a ‘heart’ built in Steyr. From 2025, we will also develop and produce the next generation of e-drives here,” explains Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for production. “Years of experience and a wealth of drive train expertise make BMW Group Plant Steyr the ideal location for the sustainable mobility of the future,” he added at the project launch.

At the event announcing the project, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer added: "The manufacturing industry is an important partner when it comes to strengthening Austria as a business hub, creating jobs and driving innovation. It is an enabler for an effective and sustainably successful fight against climate change. In all these respects, BMW Group in Austria is already today a model company. It functions like a powerful engine for a sustainable future for our country, proving once again that climate protection and economic growth are not contradictory, but can go together."  

+++ Series production of fully electric Neue Klasse will launch in 2025 +++ CO2-free car plant – a world first +++ Board Member for Production Nedeljković: “Important building block in capacity will support long-term volume growth” +++ BMW iFACTORY will be fully implemented +++

 

Munich/Debrecen. The foundation stone has been laid for the BMW Group’s new plant in Debrecen, Hungary. The new facility comes after an investment of more than €1 billion and will launch series production of the fully electric Neue Klasse in 2025. “Plant Debrecen will set new standards in highly innovative vehicle manufacturing,” said BMW AG Board Member for Production Milan Nedeljković at the foundation stone-laying ceremony. “This plant is state-of-the-art in terms of flexibility, sustainability and digitalisation in the entire automotive industry.”

The BMW Group consistently pursues a strategy of profitable growth. “The new plant in Hungary will play a key role in the transformation to electric mobility for both the BMW Group and its production network,” said Nedeljković at the ceremony. “It’s another important building block in our capacity and will support our long-term volume growth.” By building up further capacities in Europe, the company is strengthening the balance of production volumes between the American, Chinese and European markets.

+++ Closed-loop material cycle for nickel, lithium and cobalt +++ Raw materials to be used in production of new battery cells +++ CO2 emissions around 70% lower than from primary materials +++

 

Munich/Shenyang. The BMW Group is stepping up its commitment to achieving climate neutrality and massively expanding its use of secondary material in closed recycling loops. For the first time in China, the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture (BBA) has established a closed loop for reuse of the raw materials nickel, lithium and cobalt from high-voltage batteries that are no longer suitable for use in electric vehicles. The batteries come from fully and partially-electric development vehicles, test systems and production rejects and, in the future, also from end-of-life vehicles. In this way, the company is laying the foundation for a pioneering material cycle, which is becoming increasingly important as e-mobility ramps up. To realise this, BBA is working with a local recycler that dismantles retired batteries and uses innovative technology to recover a high percentage of the raw materials nickel, lithium and cobalt from the battery cells. The raw materials obtained in this way are then used in production of new battery cells for the BMW Group. The closed-loop material cycle conserves resources and, at the same time, reduces CO2 emissions by 70%, compared to using newly extracted primary material.

Jochen Goller, head of BMW Group Region China: “In light of the growing scarcity of finite resources and rising commodity prices, it is especially important to push forward with the circular economy, increase the percentage of reusable materials and reduce our dependence on raw materials. The BMW Group will expand its recycling concept in China in the future – which will not only contribute to environmental protection, but also effectively support China’s transition to a low-CO2 economy.”

+++ Approvals granted for commissioning of production in Parsdorf +++ Near-standard production of samples for next-generation battery cells +++ Start of production in late 2022 +++

 

Munich/Parsdorf. The BMW Group will open its Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre (CCMC) in the autumn. With the immission control approval procedure now completed, the necessary conditions are in place for commissioning of near-standard production of lithium-ion battery cells at the competence centre in Parsdorf, outside of Munich. In an area spanning around 15,000 square metres, the BMW Group will demonstrate industrial feasibility of future generations of high-performance battery cells. The pilot line at the competence centre will make it possible to analyse and fully understand cell value creation processes. This will enable future suppliers to produce cells to the BMW Group’s own specifications and thereby further optimise battery cell production with regard to quality, output and costs. The company is currently ruling out the option of establishing its own large-scale battery cell production.

Markus Fallböhmer, head of Production Engines, E-Drives at the BMW Group: “The Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre in Parsdorf is the next logical step towards penetrating all aspects of the battery cell value chain. Following successful implementation of the Battery Cell Competence Centre (BCCC), we are now focusing on the production processes. We are validating the manufacturability of lithium-ion battery cells for large-scale standard production, with regard to quality, efficiency and costs.”

Innovative corrosion protection and matt paint without fossil resources lower CO2 emissions by 40 percent

 

Munich. The BMW Group is using innovative technologies in its efforts to improve sustainability and taking advantage of new options to conserve resources and reduce emissions from painting bodywork. The BMW Group is the first automotive manufacturer worldwide to use matt paints made from biomass instead of crude oil at its European plants. In addition to this, BMW Group Plants Leipzig and Rosslyn (South Africa) are also using sustainably-produced corrosion protection. Renewable raw materials such as bio-waste or waste from sewage treatment plants serve as the starting material for the paints. The CO2 savings determined in a TÜV-certified process amount to over 15,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions between now and 2030.

“By reducing our use of fossil raw materials, we can conserve natural resources and lower CO2 emissions at the same time. To achieve this, we are increasingly relying on sustainability innovations in our supplier network,” says Joachim Post, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “Innovative paints based on renewable raw materials are an important step in this direction.”

+++ Zipse: “Strength and resilience of BMW Group particularly evident in challenging environment” +++ Group EBT rises to € 12.2 billion +++ Free cash flow of € 4.8 billion in auto segment +++ BEV sales increased by almost 150% +++ Guidance confirmed despite high volatility +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group further strengthened its competitive position as well as its profitability in the first quarter of 2022, thanks to sustained high demand for its premium vehicles.

The company’s quarterly financial statements also include positive effects from the full consolidation of the Chinese joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd (BBA), as previously announced.

Even without these effects, margins of BMW Group were strong – a proof point of its financial strength in a volatile economic and geopolitical environment. The Group's earnings return before taxes (EBT margin) was 39.3% in the first quarter (2021: 14.0%). Without the revaluation of the existing stake and consolidation effects arising from BBA’s full consolidation, the Group's return on sales achieved 18.4%.

The automotive segment showed a similarly strong performance in the first three months: The EBIT margin in the Automotive segment was 8.9% (2021: 9.8%) and thus at the upper end of the target range for 2022. Excluding the consolidation effects, the EBIT margin amounts to 13.2%.

+++ Two strong pillars: BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz Mobility further develop mobility joint ventures in a targeted manner +++ Strengthening multi-mobility: FREE NOW as the leading multi-mobility app in Europe will continue to grow +++ The joint venture for electric charging services, CHARGE NOW, is planning further cooperations +++ The mobility joint ventures had 30% more transactions in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same quarter of the previous year +++

 

Stuttgart/Munich, May 3, 2022. Mercedes-Benz Mobility and BMW Group intend to sell their joint venture SHARE NOW to Stellantis. The three companies recently signed an agreement to this effect and agreed not to disclose the details of the transaction. It is also subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities.

The sale of the car-sharing subsidiary contributes to the realignment of the mobility joint ventures: In the future, shareholders intend to concentrate on two central business areas with high growth potential: digital multi-mobility (FREE NOW) and digital services related to the charging of electric vehicles (CHARGE NOW).

Gero Götzenberger, Director of Strategy and Investments at Mercedes-Benz Mobility: "We are proud to have founded the free-floating car sharing segment with car2go. Although Mercedes-Benz will focus more strongly on its core business in the luxury segment, car sharing will remain an important part of urban mobility and an essential element in the mobility offer at FREE NOW. With FREE NOW and CHARGE NOW, we are focusing on two growth segments that will continue to offer our customers the entire range of mobility services in the future and support the expansion of electric mobility."

+++ Two strong pillars: BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz Mobility further develop mobility joint ventures in a targeted manner +++ Strengthening multi-mobility: FREE NOW as the leading multi-mobility app in Europe will continue to grow +++ The joint venture for electric charging services, CHARGE NOW, is planning further cooperations +++ The mobility joint ventures had 30% more transactions in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same quarter of the previous year +++

 

Stuttgart/Munich, May 3, 2022. Mercedes-Benz Mobility and BMW Group intend to sell their joint venture SHARE NOW to Stellantis. The three companies recently signed an agreement to this effect and agreed not to disclose the details of the transaction. It is also subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities.

The sale of the car-sharing subsidiary contributes to the realignment of the mobility joint ventures: In the future, shareholders intend to concentrate on two central business areas with high growth potential: digital multi-mobility (FREE NOW) and digital services related to the charging of electric vehicles (CHARGE NOW).

Gero Götzenberger, Director of Strategy and Investments at Mercedes-Benz Mobility: "We are proud to have founded the free-floating car sharing segment with car2go. Although Mercedes-Benz will focus more strongly on its core business in the luxury segment, car sharing will remain an important part of urban mobility and an essential element in the mobility offer at FREE NOW. With FREE NOW and CHARGE NOW, we are focusing on two growth segments that will continue to offer our customers the entire range of mobility services in the future and support the expansion of electric mobility."

+++ Innovative, jointly developed software platform enables process automation in automotive manufacturing +++ Minority stake acquired through BMW i Ventures +++ Board Member for Production Nedeljković: “New standards in digital production steering”

 

Munich/Mountain View, California. The BMW Group has acquired a stake in its partner Kinexon. The two companies have been working together for several years in order to advance the comprehensive digitalisation of the BMW Group production network. The premium carmaker announced on Tuesday that it has now acquired a minority stake in the innovative, Munich-based software company through its own venture capital company, BMW i Ventures.

In order to improve steering of highly complex processes in automotive manufacturing, the integrated IPS-i software platform was developed in collaboration with Kinexon. This platform can record a wide variety of position data (RFID, UWB, RTLS, GPS) and transfer it into its digital twin.  On this virtual basis, the software recognizes, observes and automates a broad variety of manufacturing and logistics processes with utmost precision.

Thus, the innovative platform makes light work of keeping a digital overview of highly complex processes. In car manufacturing, some ten thousands of components have to be available at exactly the right place on the production line, right beside the tools that will be used – and all of them just in time. The new, state-of-the-art operating system orchestrates the second-by-second application accordingly.

Kinexon’s high-precision real-time locating systems are also designed for use in competitive sports and applied by numerous sport clubs of FiFA and NBA which record the movement data of athletes and their equipment through wearables. This allows the position data, tactics, movement patterns and performance of top sportspeople and entire teams to be analysed and targeted measures introduced to improve them.

 “Automotive production at the BMW Group is a lot like top-flight sport in that it’s about high-performance processes. The real-time locating platform IPS-i forms the backbone for fully digitalising our production. It’s an innovative operating system that makes our highly complex manufacturing processes transparent and raises efficiency in production even further. We are now intensifying our well-established, long-standing partnership with Kinexon by acquiring a stake in them,” said Milan Nedeljković, Board Member for Production at BMW AG. “Together, we want to set new standards in digital production steering.”

The IPS-i platform has been in use at the BMW Group since 2017 and operates in ten plants around the world. It forms the basis of numerous digitalisation projects, allowing the BMW Group – a pioneer in digital process optimisation and automation – to develop innovative production where efficiency and quality come first.

The IPS-i platform also allows logistics processes to be controlled and will be rolled out in further plants in the future. In 2021 its holistic location-based service architecture was nominated for the German Innovation Award.

The BMW Group and Kinexon GmbH have agreed not to disclose any acquisition details.

+++ Transition to green power for aluminium electrolysis and wheel production +++ CO2 savings of up to 500,000 tonnes per year +++ Pioneering achievement: First MINI model with aluminium wheels made out of 70-percent secondary raw material from 2023 +++

 

 

Munich. The BMW Group is stepping up its activities in the field of sustainability and will use cast aluminium wheels produced with 100-percent green power for its BMW and MINI brands from 2024 onwards. For the BMW Group, this is another step towards its goal of creating the most sustainable supply chain in the automotive industry. The transition applies, in particular, to the energy-intensive electrolysis used in producing aluminium and to the wheel-casting process. To this end, corresponding agreements have been reached with all BMW Group wheel suppliers.

Up until now, wheels have accounted for about five percent of supply chain CO2 emissions. Transitioning to more sustainable production that relies on green power will reduce these emissions by more than half. The BMW Group procures about 10 million light-alloy wheels per year; 95 percent of these are made from cast aluminium.

 

CO2 savings of up to 500,000 tonnes per year

Through independent audits, the BMW Group can ensure conscious and sustainable use of aluminium by its contracted producers, saving up to 500,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. “Green power is one of the biggest levers for reducing CO2 emissions in our supply chain. We have already signed more than 400 contracts with our suppliers, including suppliers of wheels and aluminium, requiring them to use green power,” says Joachim Post, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

Aluminium has good recycling properties, making it easier to melt down old wheels as part of the circular economy. This eliminates the need for energy-intensive electrolysis to produce the primary raw material. At the same time, the secondary raw material must also meet the BMW Group’s premium requirements for quality, design, safety and mechanical properties. 

+++ BMW Group sells total of 596,907 units in Q1 +++ US market up 3.7% with 80,590 BMW and MINI vehicles sold +++ First-quarter BEV sales climb 149 percent +++ Pieter Nota: “Our focus is on ramping up electromobility. We are fully on track to meet our ambitious growth targets for fully-electric vehicles in 2022” +++ Company sets course for future European sales model +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group more than doubled sales of fully-electric BMW and MINI vehicles worldwide in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period last year (+149.2%). In the first three months of the year, the company sold a total of 596,907 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles. With its broad portfolio of drivetrains with state-of-the-art technology having a positive climate impact, the BMW Group was able to cater to the different mobility needs of its customers worldwide. Com­pared with the same period of last year, which was the strongest first quarter in the company’s history, sales showed a moderate decrease (-6.2%). After a strong start to the year, in a highly volatile environ­ment, the combined effects of the geopo­litical situation in Eastern Europe and the Covid lockdowns in China overshadowed business develop­ment as the quarter progressed. Nevertheless, the company absorbed these impacts well overall.

“Our clear focus is on ramping up electromobility. In the first quarter, we stepped up the rapid pace of growth from 2021 even further and are fully on track to meet our ambitious growth targets for fully-electric vehicles in 2022,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales. “The demand for our emotional and innovative products with a wide range of drivetrains covering all customer needs, remains high worldwide. Thanks to this strong product line-up and our high level of flexibility and operational excellence, we expect sales for the full year 2022 to be on a par with last year, despite the challenging global environment,” Nota continued.

+++ The BMW Group acquires a stake in Bcomp, a Swiss company that manufactures sustainable reinforcement solutions. Collaborative partnership in motorsport moves to the next level, joint R&D work for series vehicles gets underway +++

 

Munich/Mountain View (California). The BMW Group is deepening its involvement in the field of sustainable, resource-efficient manufacturing of vehicle components made from natural materials. BMW i Ventures, the premium carmaker’s venture capital firm, is now investing in Swiss cleantech company Bcomp, the leading manufacturer of high-performance composites made from natural fibres. At the same time, the two companies are also strengthening their partnership on the motorsport side, with Bcomp now an official BMW M Motorsport partner with the new BMW M4 GT4 racing car. Plus, BMW Group Research and Bcomp are also setting up a development collaboration with the aim of using a higher proportion of renewable raw materials for components in future vehicle models.

Bcomp’s cutting-edge reinforcement solutions were first deployed by BMW M Motorsport in Formula E in 2019. The flax cooling shaft on the BMW iFE.20 made it the first BMW racing car with parts constructed from renewable plant fibres. Meanwhile, the Bcomp-developed powerRibs™ and ampliTex™ reinforcement solutions made from natural composite materials have been used in DTM touring cars from BMW M Motorsport to substitute selected carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components. Such advances underline BMW M Motorsport’s vital role as a technology lab for the BMW Group, which is now set to continue with the collaboration on the BMW M4 GT4. Taking the findings and experience gained on the track as a basis, these new material technologies will also find their way into BMW M models and BMW M Performance Parts. “Product sustainability is increasing in importance in the world of motorsport too,” says Franciscus van Meel, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW M GmbH. “So we are delighted to have Bcomp on board as an official BMW M Motorsport partner for the BMW M4 GT4 project.” 

+++ Outlook: Bold technological transformation and business success will continue to go hand in hand in 2022 +++ E-mobility ramp-up: 15 BEV models in production +++ Electromobility: Neue Klasse will speed up market penetration – BEV share of 50 percent could be reached earlier +++ Neue Klasse brings technological advances in next-generation battery cells, automated driving, circularity and digitalisation +++ Lean, green, digital: Neue Klasse ushers in production of the future +++ Strong free cash flow for Automotive Segment in 2022 +++ Share repurchase authorisation proposed +++ Zipse: “2021 provides evidence of successful transformation” +++

 

Munich. After a successful 2021, the BMW Group is speeding up technological change and pushing forward with the transformation towards sustainable mobility. The company is preparing for a comprehensive leap in technology in its Neue Klasse and significantly upping the pace once again as it continues to ramp up e-mobility. At the same time, the BMW Group is involving its stakeholders, from employees to the capital market to society, in its successful, consistently implemented transformation strategy.

“We see 2021 as clear evidence that successful transformation pays off. The strong result we achieved in financial year 2021 is the outcome of our consistent strategy – with an open-technology approach and the right products at the right time,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on Wednesday in Munich. “We have laid the foundations to build on this success in the coming years: With the Neue Klasse, we are leading sustainable mobility into a new technological dimension. By extending the contract with our BBA joint venture until 2040, the BMW Group is also taking its growth to the next level.”

+++ Pieter Nota: “Top-quality car cachet” +++ Long-term future of ALPINA brand secured +++ Andreas Bovensiepen: “This marks the beginning of a new chapter for ALPINA and BOVENSIEPEN” +++ Existing cooperation agreement expires at end of 2025 +++ New direction at Buchloe site +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group welcomes a new addition to its portfolio, as the ALPINA brand becomes part of the company. The BMW Group will secure the rights to the ALPINA brand – bringing even greater diversity to its own luxury-car range. BMW AG and ALPINA Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH + Co. KG have reached an agreement to this effect that will secure the long-term future of the ALPINA brand as well as the Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH und Co. KG.

The conclusion of the transaction is still subject to various suspensive conditions – in particular, approval by the responsible antitrust authorities. The long-standing cooperation agreement, which was extended for another five years in late 2020, will expire on 31 Dec. 2025. Both parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details. No shares in the company will be acquired. 

+++ Group EBT: € 16 billion +++ 2021 EBIT margin of 10.3% at high end of guidance range +++ Free cash flow (automotive): € 6,354 million +++ CO2 emissions of EU new vehicle fleet significantly reduced to 115.9 g/km (WLTP) +++ Dividend of € 5.80 per share of common stock proposed +++ Share repurchase authorisation will be proposed to Annual General Meeting +++ Zipse: “Successful transformation due to employee performance” +++

 

Munich. In a challenging environment, the BMW Group ended the financial year 2021 strong and fulfilled its targets as forecast. The premium manufacturer was able to significantly increase both Group earnings and net profit compared to the previous year, having already raised its guidance in May and September. Valuation effects and reversals contributed to this improvement. The BMW Group also met high expectations for its non-financial targets: For example, in financial year 2021, the percentage of total deliveries from electrified vehicles increased significantly to 13%. As well, the CO2 emissions value of the BMW Group’s EU new vehicle fleet was reduced to 115.9 g/km (WLTP).

The company has stepped up electrification of its product range, while considerably enhancing its profitability.

“The past year provides clear evidence that successful transformation bears fruit. The strong earnings we achieved in financial year 2021 are the result of our consistent strategy – with the right products at the right time,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on Thursday in Munich. “This success is also thanks to our associates, and I would especially like to thank them for their hard work and their passion. Together, we are demonstrating that bold transformation and economic success go hand in hand at BMW.”

+++ CO2 fleet emissions of 115,9 g/km (WLTP) in 2021 +++ Major reduction from previous year +++ Driven by further increases in efficiency for conventional drive technologies and strong demand for electrified vehicles +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group once again significantly overfulfilled its European CO2 emissions targets in 2021, continuing to consistently pursue its path of emission reduction. With emissions of around 115,9 grams per kilometre, according to WLTP, the company outperformed the fleet target limit of approx. 126 grams per kilometre by around ten grams in the EU27+2 (EU, Norway, Iceland), based on its own internal calculations.

CO2 fleet emissions were also further reduced compared to the previous year: Converted to the WLTP cycle, the reduction was around 14 percent. The key drivers for fulfilment of the fleet target were significantly higher sales of electrified vehicles in Europe and further increases in efficiency for conventional drive technologies.

The BMW Group already released two very successful fully-electric vehicles onto the market in 2021, the BMW iX and the BMW i4, for which demand is exceeding the high expectations. On the European continent, in particular, there is strong interest in electromobility: In 2021, more than one in four vehicles in the EU27+2 was either fully electric or a plug-in hybrid. The success of electromobility can also be seen from two further milestones the company reached in 2021: For the first time, a fully-electric vehicle, the MINI Cooper SE*, became the highest-volume model variant for one of the BMW Group brands. The company also handed over its one-millionth electrified vehicle to its new owner in December 2021.

+++ Press Shop Will Add More Than 200 Jobs +++Three-Year Construction Project Will Start Production in 2024 +++

 

Munich/ Spartanburg, S.C.  BMW Group will invest more than $200 million to construct a 219,000 square foot press shop at its South Carolina plant. The investment includes more than 200 new jobs. The announcement was made by BMW Manufacturing President and CEO Robert Engelhorn at the South Carolina Automotive Summit in Greenville, SC.

The new press shop, which will start production in the summer of 2024, will take raw coils of steel, cut them into blanks, and stamp sheet metal parts for BMW X models. Those components include hang-on parts such as the vehicle’s four doors, fenders, exterior body sides, and lift gate.

“The BMW Group is known worldwide for the outstanding quality produced by its press shops. We are excited to add this new technology to Plant Spartanburg,” said Engelhorn. “This investment reinforces BMW Group’s commitment in the United States and South Carolina. We continue to play a major role in the region’s economic strength as well as workforce development and job training.”  

+++ Production capacity to be expanded during current year +++ Zipse: “Important move in stepping up our successful commitment to China” +++ Peter: “Foundation for further mutual growth” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group underlines its long-term commitment in China: as of 11 February 2022, the extension of the joint venture contract for the BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. (BBA) joint venture until 2040 takes effect.

The agreement on the contract extension was signed by the two joint venture partners back in October 2018, on BBA’s 15th anniversary. The corresponding amendment to the contract comes into force with the new “business licence”, which BBA received today from the relevant Chinese authorities.

“Today marks an important step, as we continue to expand our long and successful commitment to China. We firmly believe that our continued success in the world’s largest automotive market can only go hand in hand with the growth and further development of our BBA joint venture. The joint venture contract has been extended until 2040 and lays the foundation for sustainable business success, creating growth and prosperity in the province of Liaoning and beyond,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. 

Munich. Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (BMW AG) acquires a majority stake in its Chinese joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. (BBA). BBA has today received the relevant business licence from the Chinese authorities, effective 11 February 2022. BMW AG thus indirectly holds 75% of the shares in BBA, while the Chinese partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. indirectly holds the remaining 25%. 

The increase in the shareholding in BBA from 50% to 75% as well as the amended Joint Venture Contract are effective from 11 February 2022. As of this date, BBA will be fully consolidated in the group financial statements of BMW AG. The payment of the purchase price is expected to be completed by 22 February 2022.

The revaluation of the existing 50% stake in BBA as of 11 February 2022 leads – based on an initial valuation – to a positive one-off effect in the financial result of the Automotive segment of EUR 7 to 8 billion.  The one-time effect will become more precise in the coming weeks with the availability of the financial statements of BBA as at 11 February 2022. In accordance with the accounting standard IFRS 3 Business Combinations, changes in the valuation parameters may also result in further adjustments during the financial year.   

+++ BMW Group expands sourcing of low-carbon steel: Agreement with Salzgitter AG provides for delivery of low-carbon steel from 2026 +++ Salzgitter AG and H2 Green Steel will meet more than 40% of steel demand for standard production at BMW Group’s European plants, saving around 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year +++ Steel remnants from BMW Group plants will be reused in established circular economy +++ Post: “Another important step in reducing CO2 emissions at source in the supplier network” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group continues to reduce CO2 emissions in its supplier network as part of its ambitious ongoing sustainability activities. Steel produced using natural gas or hydrogen and green power, instead of fossil resources like coal, makes a vital contribution to this. The BMW Group has now signed a corresponding agreement with Salzgitter AG for delivery of low-carbon steel. The steel will be used in standard production of cars at the BMW Group’s European plants from 2026 onwards. With this move, the BMW Group is expanding its sourcing of low-carbon steel to two suppliers. The aim is to use low-carbon steel to meet over 40% of demand at its European plants by 2030, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by up to 400,000 tonnes per year.

“This is an important step in substantially reducing CO2 emissions at source in the supplier network,” said Joachim Post, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “Our aim is to reduce vehicles’ lifecycle carbon footprint with a holistic approach. With steel, in particular, we are leading the way by sourcing low-carbon steel for our plants in Europe in the future.”

“Salzgitter AG is putting ‘circularity’ at the centre of its new strategy,” said Gunnar Groebler, CEO of Salzgitter AG. “We firmly believe that closed loops of recoverable materials can only realise their full effect with strong partners. We are delighted about the circular economy cooperation with the BMW Group and the agreement to supply green steel to our long-standing customer. Partnering for Transformation – this is how we will translate our new corporate vision into practice.”

+++ Membership underlines environmental and corporate responsibility +++ BMW Group becomes second automotive manufacturer to join initiative +++ Natural leather from certified suppliers already available in BMW iX +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is underlining its corporate responsibility in the field of sustainability, by becoming the second automotive manufacturer worldwide to join the Leather Working Group. The aim of the not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation is to ensure uniform environmental and social standards for leather supply chains worldwide and to certify manufacturers. The Leather Working Group represents about a quarter of the world’s leather producers – from tanneries to leather-processing industries and associations to retailers and buyers.

“As a leader in supply chain sustainability, joining the Leather Working Group is the next logical step for us,” says Nadine Philipp, BMW Group’s head of Sustainability in the Supply Chain, Energy. She emphasised that: “Leather is still in demand from our customers – depending on the model and region – and is very important in the premium segment. That is why supporting sustainable production and processing of leather at our suppliers is a priority for us. At the same time, we still want all our customers worldwide to be able to choose the optimal product, so we also offer leather-free vehicle equipment options.”

HeyCharge’s Technology Cuts Costs and Increases Scalability of Charging Options Underground

 

Munich/ Mountain View, Calif. BMW i Ventures announced today a lead investment in HeyCharge, the German start-up democratizing access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in apartment complexes, office buildings and other infrastructure locations. HeyCharge was in Y Combinator’s Summer 2021 batch of start-ups.

“The rapid growth of the electric vehicle market in coming years will necessitate greater infrastructure build-out of charging solutions around the globe,” said Kasper Sage, Managing Partner, BMW i Ventures. “HeyCharge is the first company to enable EV-charging without internet connection, which is a key enabler to cover untapped white-spots. With HeyCharge's technology, it becomes attractive to install chargers in locations that before would have not been commercially viable." 

+++ BMW Group delivered 2,521,525 units (+8.4%) +++ BMW brand reports all-time sales high, up +9.1% year‑on‑year; number one in global premium segment +++ Sales of fully-electric vehicles more than doubled to 103,855 units +++ MINI Electric* is MINI family’s highest-volume model +++ One in four vehicles of the BMW Group sold in Germany is electrified +++ Pieter Nota: “Want to continue profitable growth in 2022 and more than double sales of fully-electric vehicles again” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group posted solid year-on-year sales growth of 8.4 percent last year, with a total of 2,521,525 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered to customers worldwide. BMW sales reached a new all-time high of 2,213,795 units (+9.1%) last year, with the brand leading the global premium segment. The company more than doubled its sales of fully-electric vehicles in 2021 to 103,855 units (+133.2%).

“Despite supply bottlenecks and the continuing coronavirus pandemic: We achieved a strong sales performance in 2021, thanks to a powerful operational performance and stellar product line-up. Our brands reported numerous all-time best sales results around the globe – spearheaded by the BMW brand, which is number one in the global premium segment,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales. “With more than 100,000 fully-electric vehicles sold last year, ramping up electromobility was our clear focus,” Nota continued. 

++ More than one in five MINIs already fully electric +++ Nearly one in three MINIs in Germany electrified +++ MINI sales in 2021: Further growth in market share +++

 

Munich. “In 2021, we delivered a total of 10,140 MINI Electric (MINI Cooper SE)* vehicles to customers – that means there are already nearly 15,000 fully-electric MINI models on German roads”: The head of MINI Germany, Ulrike von Mirbach, is delighted about reaching this milestone on the road to electromobility. She presented the 10,000th MINI to its new owner, Andreas Hankel, at BMW Welt on 30 Dec. 2021, alongside Bernd Körber, head of MINI, Bernhard Kuhnt, head of Market Germany and Erwin Winterholler, managing director of the Widmann & Winterholler showroom.

“We are proud of the tremendous success the fully-electric MINI has already achieved since its market launch in March 2020,” von Mirbach continued. “This success was only possible together with our strong partners in the retail organisation.”

Interview with board of management members of BMW AG: Ilka Horstmeier, Human Resources and Labour Relations, Pieter Nota, Customer, Brands and Sales, and Dr Nicolas Peter, Finance

 

Munich. As an e-mobility pioneer, the BMW Group has been closely involved with charging of electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure for more than a decade. The company takes a holistic approach throughout the value chain that links together its three main areas of focus. The aim is for charging to become even more convenient than filling up the tank: available everywhere, easy to use and with a high level of cost transparency.

The path to e-mobility success leads through the charging station – which is why charging infrastructure is a management priority for the BMW Group.

We talked to three Board of Management members, Ilka Horstmeier (responsible for Human Resources and Labour Relations), Pieter Nota (responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales) and Dr Nicolas Peter (responsible for Finance), about how the BMW Group is approaching the issue of charging, where the advantages and potential lie, and what role charging should play in the continuing ramp-up of electromobility. 

+++ Sales Regions Europe and Germany are merged under the leadership of Bernhard Kuhnt +++ Essential digitalization at the customer interface entails personnel changes in product management and the MINI brand +++ Change at the top of BMW Group Financial Services +++ Group Treasury under new management +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is strategically repositioning the Customer, Brands and Sales division under the leadership of Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG. Digitalization at the customer interface, which is fundamental for the Group, will pave the way for a successful and powerful BMW Group sales organisation moving forward.

In the future, the company will take even greater account of the weighting of the major regions of Europe, Asia and the Americas. As part of the new sales and marketing strategy, the sales regions Germany and Europe will be merged from 1 April 2022 under the leadership of Bernhard Kuhnt, currently Senior Vice President Market Germany. Within the sales region Europe, Stefan Teuchert, Head of BMW Sales Germany, will assume responsibility for the German market from April. At the same time, Jean-Philippe Parain, currently heading the sales region Europe, will take over responsibility for the sales region Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa from Hendrik von Kuenheim, who will retire. Together with its strong dealer network, the BMW Group is thus ensuring a sales organisation that is geared to the future and focused entirely on the customer.

+++ Trilateral agreement with high-tech microchip manufacturer INOVA Semiconductors and feature-rich semiconductor foundry GlobalFoundries +++ Will secure several million semiconductors per year +++ First deliveries for BMW iX +++ Wendt: “Securing our semiconductor supply for the long term” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is exploring new ways of working with suppliers and, in the case of strategically important components, becoming more closely involved in the supplier network. To secure semiconductor supplies for the long term, the company has signed a direct supply assurance agreement with high-tech microchip developer INOVA Semiconductors and GlobalFoundries, a manufacturer of feature-rich semiconductors. The agreement guarantees the BMW Group the supply of several million microchips per year. The microchips will be used in the ISELED smart LED technology co-developed by the BMW Group, which will be deployed for the first time in the BMW iX and rolled out in further models. Customer deliveries of the BMW iX got underway in early November.

“We are deepening our partnership with suppliers at key points in the supplier network and synchronising our capacity planning directly with semiconductor manufacturers and developers. This improves planning reliability and transparency around the volumes needed for everyone involved and secures our needs for the long term,” says Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “This pioneering agreement marks the next logical step in securing our supplies in an even more balanced and proactive manner going forward.”

+++ Pieter Nota: “Already have next target in our sights: We aim for two million electrified vehicles on the roads in just two years” +++ Plans to double BEV sales in 2022 +++ Around two million fully-electric vehicles delivered to customers by 2025 +++ BMW and MINI Charging provide access to more than 250,000 charging points in Europe +++

 

Munich. Shortly before the end of the year, the BMW Group celebrated the delivery of its one-millionth electrified vehicle: Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales handed over the milestone vehicle, a BMW iX xDrive40 (Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 22.5-19.3 WLTP), to its owner at BMW Welt on 6 December. The company included a special bonus with the delivery: The customer not only received the keys for his new vehicle, but also a BMW Wallbox, including installation, to enable safe and convenient home charging, as well as a credit for public Europe-wide charging with BMW Charging.

“The delivery of our one-millionth electrified vehicle marks a milestone in our transformation – and we already have the next one in our sights: We aim to break through the two-million mark in just two years,” said Nota. “Thanks to our steadily growing product range, we are setting ourselves ambitious sales targets, in particular for fully-electric vehicles: In 2022, we aim to double this year’s sales. By 2025 the BMW Group will have delivered around two million fully-electric vehicles to customers. We expect at least one out of every two BMW Group vehicles sold to be fully electric by 2030,” Nota continued. 

+++ Includes a $100 Million Investment in a New One Million Square Foot Facility +++ Training center to be completed in summer 2022 +++ More than 11.4 billion US dollars total investment in the site since 1992 +++

 

Spartanburg, S.C. BMW Manufacturing announced that it will expand its logistics operations to a new building. Total investment in the new building is approximately $100 million. When completed, the new logistics center will be nearly one million square feet in size with an opportunity for future expansion.

“For nearly three decades, BMW has called South Carolina its second home. This expansion in our logistics operation represents our continued commitment to this state, and it will prepare Plant Spartanburg for the future,” said Dr. Robert Engelhorn, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “The new warehouse will allow us to consolidate our logistics processes as well as implement efficiency measures for a more sustainable logistics operation.” 

+++ Automotive segment reports nine-month free cash flow of € 6.3 billion +++ Segment EBIT margin comes in at 11.3% for nine months +++ BMW brand grows nine-month market share in Europe, Asia and Americas +++ Deliveries of fully electric vehicles up by 121.4% for nine-month period +++ Raised outlook for full year 2021 confirmed +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group continued to demonstrate its high level of profitability in the period from July to September 2021, with revenues, profit before tax and net profit all at record levels for a third quarter. The Group’s strong performance during this period was driven in particular by favourable product mix factors and positive pricing effects for new vehicles as well as stable selling prices of pre-owned vehicles.

The BMW Group also posted new record figures for deliveries to customers, revenues and profit before tax for the nine-month period and, in light of this strong performance, confirmed its outlook for the full year at the quarterly press conference. The outlook for the current year was raised in an ad-hoc announcement dated 30 September, clearly demonstrating the Group's underlying profitability. 

+++ The project encourages the production of natural rubber to protect biodiversity and local communities in the forest of Hutan Harapan. +++
 

Munich, Milan, Cambridge. The BMW Group and Pirelli are joining with Birdlife International in a three year project that aims to favor the long-term production of sustainable and deforestation-free natural rubber in Indonesia. Birdlife International - an NGO that conserves global biodiversity, habitats and birds – will be supported by its two new partners in actions to benefit local communities, the conservation of the natural ecosystem and protection of endangered animal species in the forests of Indonesia. In Indonesia, the project is implemented by a number of non-governmental organisations coordinated by the local consortium PT Restorasi Ekosistem Indonesia (PT Reki). In Indonesia, the cultivation of natural rubber is one of the traditional sources of income for the local population.

The project is located in part of the Hutan Harapan rainforest (island of Sumatra), which is home to around 1,350 different animal species. It will take the form of a series of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of the indigenous community by protecting farmers’ land rights and promoting women’s rights, conserving a deforestation-free area of 2,700 hectares and protecting several endangered species. The different activities will be implemented in line with the goals of the Global Platform of Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR), the multi-stakeholder platform for the sustainable development of the natural rubber business, of which the BMW Group, Pirelli and Birdlife International are founder members.

+++ Plant Munich launches production of the fully electric BMW i4 +++ At least half of all cars from Munich plant will be electrified by 2023 +++ Project for emission-free transport logistics in home plant gets under way +++ Nedeljković: “BMW i4 is a milestone on the road to electric mobility.” +++
 

Munich. The first series-produced BMW i4 has today rolled off the production lines at BMW Group Plant Munich. The company’s home plant now manufactures all drive variants on a single assembly line. “For the plant and team, the launch of the BMW i4 is a milestone on the road to electric mobility,” said Milan Nedeljković, BMW AG Board Member for Production. “By 2023 more than half of all vehicles from our Munich facility will have an electrified drive. The majority will be fully electric. So Munich goes fully electric.”

Setting up production of the fully electric BMW i4 in the confines of the almost 100-year-old plant, the conversion and installation of systems proved particularly challenging. “We succeeded in integrating the new vehicle into our existing systems without halting production. The team and our partners did an amazing job,” added Peter Weber, Director of BMW Group Plant Munich. Space constraints notwithstanding, existing systems were removed, and new ones installed and ramped up. “Our bodyshop is a shining example of intelligent, efficient integration. Most of the new production processes for the BMW i4 can be carried out on the existing bodyshop systems,” Weber explained.

+++ Agreement with Swedish startup H2 Green Steel: first deliveries for Neue Klasse from 2025 +++ Up to 95% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional methods +++ Delivery to BMW Group plants in Europe +++ Circular economy: Sheet metal remnants from BMW Group plants will be recycled and reused +++ Wendt: “Vital contribution to our goal of reducing CO2 emissions in our steel supply chain by about two million tonnes by 2030” +++
 

Munich. The BMW Group continues to push forward with climate protection and is systematically pursuing its goal of significantly reducing CO2 emissions at their source in the supply chain. From 2025 on, the company plans to source steel produced with up to 95% less CO2 emissions and without requiring fossil resources such as coal. The BMW Group has now reached an agreement to this effect with the Swedish startup H2 Green Steel, which uses hydrogen and only green power from renewable energies for steel production. Owing to its particularly energy-intensive manufacturing process, steel production is considered one of the main sources of global CO2 emissions.

“Our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions in our steel supply chain by about two million tonnes by 2030. Sourcing steel produced using hydrogen and green power can make a vital contribution to this,” says Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “Steel is essential for producing cars and will be no less important for future vehicle generations. Innovative technologies that enable virtually carbon-free production of steel have a significant impact on our ability to reduce CO2 emissions in our steel supply chain.”

+++ DCS offers industry leading solutions to provide EV drivers with seamless access to more than 300,000 charging points in 30 countries. +++ bp will provide DCS customers access to an additional 9,000 charging points across Europe including ultra-fast charging and together with DCS, will develop new integrated offers for fleets - including fuel and charge services. +++ Globally, bp aims to grow its network of public EV charging points by 2030 to over 70,000 worldwide. +++
 

London/Munich/Stuttgart. bp has become the third shareholder of Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS) following the successful closing of the M&A transaction. bp gained a 33.3% stake as part of a capital increase. BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG remain shareholders owning a 33.3% stake each.

Electrification is at the heart of bp’s approach to mobility. All three shareholders of DCS share an ambition to drive electrification forward and pave the way for sustainable mobility.  bp is rapidly growing its charging businesses around the world and aims to have over 70,000 public charge points by 2030.

+++ With a total of 1,932,236 vehicles sold through September, BMW Group sales climbed +17.9% year-on-year +++ Deliveries of fully-electric vehicles more than doubled since start of the year (59,688 vehicles, +121.4%) +++ Strong competitive position expanded in key markets worldwide +++ Pieter Nota: “Confident we can meet our ambitious sales targets despite semiconductor shortage and achieve solid, profitable growth in 2021” +++
 

Munich. The BMW Group delivered 1,932,236 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers in the year to the end of September – a significant increase in sales of +17.9 percent year-on-year. All brands reported sales growth in all regions of the world. The company continued to build on its strong competitive position in key core markets such as the US, Europe and China.

“The sales success of the past nine months shows how our customers appreciate our strong, sustainable and emotionally engaging product line-up. We have so far been able to offset the semiconductor supply bottlenecks over the full year with a strong operating performance. We are confident we can meet our ambitious sales targets and achieve solid, profitable growth for 2021,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “We have more than doubled our sales of fully-electric vehicles since the start of the year – and are therefore underscoring our impressive electro-offensive,” Nota continued.

+++ New process from Lilac Solutions focuses on sustainable extraction, efficiency and costs +++
 

Munich. The BMW Group is stepping up its expansion of electromobility and will be releasing about ten million fully-electric vehicles onto the roads over the next ten years or so. By 2030, at least half the BMW Group’s global sales are expected to come from fully-electric vehicles. This will also increase the need for lithium, an important raw material for production of battery cells.

To promote environmentally-friendly, resource-efficient extraction of lithium, the BMW Group is investing, through its venture capital fund, BMW i Ventures, in an innovative process developed by US startup Lilac Solutions. Lilac Solutions has developed and patented an ion exchange technology that will significantly improve efficiency, costs and sustainability by extracting lithium from brine resources, which are natural deposits of salt water.

Munich. Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (BMW AG) increases the guidance corridor for the EBIT margin of the Automotive Segment from between 7% and 9% to between 9.5% and 10.5% for the financial year 2021. Additionally, the guidance corridor for the Return on Equity for the Financial Services Segment is revised from between 17% and 20% to between 20% and 23%.

Whilst the semiconductor supply restrictions are expected to further impact production and deliveries to customers in the coming months, BMW AG expects that the continuing positive pricing effects for both new and pre-owned vehicles will overcompensate these negative sales volume effects in the current financial year.

+++ Reithofer: “Vision and entrepreneurship for the future success of the BMW Group” +++
 

Munich. At year end, there will be a handover of responsibilities in the Board of Management of BMW Group: At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of BMW AG appointed Joachim Post (50) as a new member of the Board of Management. Effective 1 January 2022, Post, who has a PhD in mechanical engineering, will take over the Purchasing and Supplier Network division from Andreas Wendt.

Joachim Post has been with the BMW Group since 2002 and is currently head of the “Product Line Midsize Class BMW” unit. He was previously the manager responsible for the BMW Group’s vehicle strategy and, as the head of various BMW model lines, pushed ahead with electrification of the vehicle fleet.

+++ Increased pace in the battle against climate change +++ Commitment to a clear course to achieve the 1.5-degree target +++ 50% reduction in global CO2 use-phase emissions by 2030 +++ Over 40% reduction in CO2 emissions during life cycle +++ Circular economy: Up to 50% use of secondary material planned +++ E offensive: Delivery volume for battery cells almost doubled – ten million all-electric vehicles within ten years +++ BMW i Vision Circular demonstrates the potential of a car that is consistently aligned to material cycles +++ Four additional concept vehicles for a pioneering sustainable mobility mix on two and four wheels +++ All-electric core models BMW iX and BMW i4 celebrate their motor show premiere +++
 

Munich. The BMW Group is putting circular economy and sustainable urban mobility at the centre of its presence at the 2021 IAA Mobility. At the motor show, the company is consistently demonstrating its sustainability and CO2 targets as well as its concrete measures and concepts to achieve these goals.

More stringent CO2 targets and consistent focus on a circular economy

The BMW Group is increasing the pace of its efforts to combat climate change. Looking ahead to the introduction of the Neue Klasse, the company is further strengthening its self-defined objectives, announced in summer last year, to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, whilst also committing itself to a clear course that supports the 1.5 degree target for the limitation of global warming. The Neue Klasse will also see the BMW Group hugely increase its use of secondary materials with a firm focus on the principles of the circular economy, whilst also promoting better framework conditions for establishing a market for secondary materials.

+++ Measures to achieve 1.5-degree goal: BMW Group backs sustainable, innovative materials and circular economy +++ Higher recycling rates and material substitutions for faster reduction of lifecycle CO2 emissions by 2030 +++ Innovative materials research and collaborations key factors in combating climate change +++
 

Munich. The BMW Group is stepping up its fight against climate change with a unique sustainability strategy and clearly defined CO2 targets, as announced by Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG at a media event in Munich.

The main focus of the company’s pioneering strategy is, on the one hand, to drastically reduce CO2 per vehicle by 2030. On the other, with the introduction of the “Neue Klasse”, the BMW Group will be massively promoting the use of secondary material and the forward-looking principles of the circular economy. The BMW Group is committing to a more sustainable pathway, with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C.

+++ Zipse: “We are committed to a clear course to achieve the 1.5 degree target” +++ 50% reduction in global CO2 use-phase emissions by 2030 +++ Over 40% reduction in CO2 emissions during life cycle +++ Ten million all-electric vehicles within ten years +++ Secondary first: Up to 50% use of secondary material planned – initiatives to develop the market are required +++ Cooperation with BASF and ALBA on plastic recycling +++ Resource scarcity and social responsibility: BMW Group focussed on circular economy for sustainable materials +++ RE:BMW – circular economy at the IAA Mobility in Munich +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is increasing the pace of its efforts to combat climate change. Looking ahead to the introduction of the Neue Klasse, the company is further strengthening its self-defined objectives, announced in summer last year, to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, whilst also committing itself to a clear course that supports the 1.5 degree target for the limitation of global warming. The Neue Klasse will also see the BMW Group hugely increase its use of secondary materials with a firm focus on the principles of the circular economy, whilst also promoting better framework conditions for establishing a market for secondary materials. 

To achieve a further reduction in CO2 emissions, the focus is on the utilisation phase of vehicles, which account for 70% of the BMW Group’s CO2 footprint. By 2030, the CO2 emissions per vehicle and kilometre driven will be at least halved from 2019 levels. The commitment of all manufacturers when it comes to combatting climate change can best be compared when looking at the entire life cycle of a vehicle, including production and upstream supply chain. Here, the BMW Group is planning a reduction of CO2 emission per vehicle of at least 40%

+++ Zipse: "Great innovative strength and successful transformation" +++ Group EBT at just under € 6 billion following release of provision for EU antitrust proceedings +++ Earnings driven up by higher sales volume and good pricing – Automotive segment EBIT margin at 15.8% +++ Free cash flow of € 4.9 billion for six-month period to 30 June +++ Deliveries of electrified vehicles more than doubled (+167%) +++ Second half-year likely to be affected by supply bottlenecks and high prices for raw materials +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group continued performing dynamically in the second quarter, setting new record figures for sales, earnings and net profit. Demand for the Group’s premium vehicles has remained strong, with continued good pricing.

Reported figures for the second quarter improved significantly compared to one year earlier, when the BMW Group posted a loss due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, sales and earnings have also grown solidly compared with the financial year 2019.

“Our performance has benefited from strong customer demand during the first half of the year, enabling us to achieve significant growth. However, in light of a number of prevailing risks, including raw materials prices and a shortage of semiconductors, the second six-month period is likely to be more volatile for the BMW Group," said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Tuesday: "Despite short-term challenges, we remain focused on the Group’s long-term strategy of leveraging our great innovative strength and sustainable profitability as the basis for successfully shaping the transformation of our industry. In doing so, we are committed to finding the best technological solutions to drive forward the progress of digital connectivity and sustainable mobility." 

+++ No suspicion of unlawful defeat devices against BMW Group +++ European Commission enters uncharted territory for antitrust law +++ Settlement agreed after most allegations dropped +++ Applying for leniency was not an option for the BMW Group +++ Talks had no influence on company's product decisions and therefore did not disadvantage customers at all +++ BMW Group took own approach to exhaust gas treatment from the start +++

 

Munich. After reviewing an extensive statement submitted by the BMW Group, the European Commission has dropped most of its charges of antitrust violations. With the withdrawal of most of the original allegations, the Board of Management of BMW AG has agreed to a settlement proposed by the European Commission that will bring these proceedings to an end.

No suspicion of unlawful defeat devices against the BMW Group

The following aspect is particularly important to the BMW Group: The European Commission has once again confirmed that the investigation concluded with this settlement solely concerned possible infringements of competition law. The fine notice issued by the European Commission also states that there is no indication of collusion between the parties relating to the use of prohibited defeat devices to manipulate exhaust gas tests. This underlines that there has never been any allegation of unlawful manipulation of emission control systems by the BMW Group.

Unlike some of its competitors, the BMW Group never considered reduced, illegal emission control.

+++ BMW Group sales +39.1 percent higher year-on-year; 1,339,080 vehicles sold in first six months +++ Sales up +7.1 percent from pre-crisis year 2019 +++ Sales increase for all brands and regions +++ Deliveries of electrified vehicles more than doubled (153,267 vehicles, +148.5%) +++ Pieter Nota: “Strong sales for first half-year – continuing on growth track with decisive expansion of electrification” +++

 

Munich. With a total of 1,339,080 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles (+39.1%) delivered to customers, the BMW Group ended the first half of 2021 with a new all-time high in sales. All brands reported higher sales for the first six months of the year and, during the same period, the company grew its sales in all regions of the world. BMW Group sales for the first half-year were also clearly higher than in the pre-crisis year 2019, with an increase of +7.1 percent.

“We are on course to achieve solid, profitable sales growth,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Thanks to our strong model line-up, high customer demand worldwide and our excellent operating performance, we were able to achieve a new all-time high in sales in the first half of 2021. It is particularly pleasing that we were able to more than double our sales of electrified vehicles,” continued Nota.

+++ Highest standards of flexibility: All drive train variants on one line +++ Successful transformation of BMW Group plants towards e-mobility and digitalisation +++ Half of Dingolfing's production volume will be electrified by mid-decade +++ Nedeljković: “setting ourselves ambitious goals for the most sustainable production” +++

 

Dingolfing. Standard production of the fully-electric BMW iX* began today in Dingolfing. The plant in Lower Bavaria now produces vehicles with all drive train variants, i.e. combustion-engine vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fully-electric models, on a single line. Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production: “The launch of the BMW iX* marks another milestone in our expansion of electrification and demonstrates our production network's successful transformation towards electromobility and digitalisation.”

The BMW iX* is being manufactured at the BMW Group’s largest European production plant on an assembly line with the flexibility to build a mix of BMW 5 Series, 7 Series and 8 Series models. To handle this flexibility and variety of drive trains, vehicle assembly in Dingolfing has been expanded and refurbished. The BMW Group has invested a total of more than 400 million euros in producing the BMW iX* at the Dingolfing vehicle plant. Many of the remodelling and structural measures required for the BMW iX* are already benefiting future generations of the BMW 7 Series and 5 Series that will come off the production line in Dingolfing in the coming years. Fully-electric variants have also been announced for both model ranges.

 

*Fuel consumption/emissions data: 
BMW iX xDrive40: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 22.5-19.4 (WLTP); CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km
BMW iX xDrive50: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 23.0-19.8 (WLTP); CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km
BMW i4 eDrive40: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 20-16 (WLTP); CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km

+++ Recycling tools at plants in Germany and Austria saves seven tonnes of tungsten per year +++ Lowers energy consumption by 70% and CO2 emissions by more than 60% compared to primary tungsten +++ Wendt: “We will significantly increase the percentage of recycled raw materials by 2030 and use raw materials multiple times in a circular economy” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is making raw materials considered to be so-called conflict minerals a special focus of its sustainability strategy. This includes ores where mining or trading is often associated with violations of environmental and social standards. Tungsten is an example of this: Once considered an irritating by-product of tin mining, since it “ate up” the tin ore, it took a few hundred years for carbide’s unique properties to be recognised: heavy like gold, hard as a diamond and dozens of times more heat-resistant than iron. Today, it can be found in the vibration alarm of mobile phones and light bulb filaments, as well as drill and milling bits for industrial machinery used in producing cars.

Munich. Based on the progress of the proceedings, BMW AG expects, compared with the statement of objections of 5 April 2019, that the EU Commission will significantly reduce its allegations against BMW AG in terms of content and duration.

The subject matter of the proceedings is whether German automobile manufacturers cooperated in technical working groups to restrict competition in the development and rollout of emission-reduction technologies. The legal conformity of diesel vehicles is not subject of the proceedings. The BMW Group is not and has not been accused of unlawful manipulation of emission control systems.

On 5 April 2019, BMW AG had recognised a provision of around €1.4 billion. Based on the new information, BMW AG continues to consider it more likely than not that the EU Commission will issue a fine to BMW AG. However, the significant limitation in the scope of the allegations has led to a revaluation of the provision. This revaluation will result in a positive effect on earnings of around €1 billion in the second quarter of 2021.

+++ 22-inch tyres using certified sustainable natural rubber and rayon, a wood-based material used to strengthen the tyres +++ Plantations certified to standards of independent Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (FSCTM) organisation +++ Wendt: “We are helping preserve biodiversity and forests to counteract climate change” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is stepping up its activities in the field of sustainability, becoming the first automotive manufacturer worldwide to equip its cars with tyres using certified sustainable natural rubber and rayon, a wood-based material used to strengthen the tyres. The company will source 22-inch tyres in the first instance exclusively from Pirelli and, from August of this year, will use them in the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid (fuel consumption combined: 1.7-1.2 l/100km (WLTP), 2.1-1.6 l/100 km (NEDC); power consumption combined: 27.7-24.3 kWh/100 km (WLTP), 25.2-23.5 kWh/100 km (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined: 39-27 g/km (WLTP), 47-37 g/km (NEDC)). Certification of the rubber plantations and the complex supply chain for natural rubber and rayon takes place in accordance with the strict standards of the independent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

“As a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability and take responsibility,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “We have been committed to improving cultivation of natural rubber and increasing transparency in the supplier network since 2015. The use of tyres made of certified natural rubber is a pioneering achievement for our industry. In this way, we are helping preserve biodiversity and forests to counteract climate change.”

+++ RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE, RE:CYCLE – BMW Group makes circular economy central theme of IAA MOBILITY 2021 +++ “Neue Klasse”: “Secondary first” approach to development +++ Next-generation battery cells: Carbon footprint of high-voltage batteries to be reduced by half +++ CO2 goals for 2030 validated by Science-Based Targets Initiative +++ All production and locations to become completely net carbon neutral from 2021  +++ At least 50 percent of global sales from fully-electric models by 2030 +++ Zipse: “We want to play a pioneering role in the circular economy” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is underpinning its mission for sustainable mobility with ambitious goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases: At today’s Annual General Meeting, the company announced that it will avoid emission of over 200 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030. This is equivalent to more than 20 times the annual CO2 emissions of a city with over a million inhabitants, like Munich. To achieve this, the BMW Group is reducing its vehicles’ carbon footprint throughout their lifecycle – from raw material extraction, through production and the use phase, to end-of-life recycling. Going forward, using fewer resources will be one of the priorities.

“A climate-friendly car is not created solely by using green power. We must design our vehicles for sustainability from the very first day of development: reducing the amount of material used to manufacture them and, above all, planning for reuse and recycling from the very beginning. In the face of rising raw material prices, this is not just an environmental, but also a business imperative,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at the Annual General Meeting in Munich on Wednesday. “The technology for this is extremely demanding: That is why we want to lead the way on the circular economy and play a pioneering role. We are already working on quotas for the use of secondary material in our “Neue Klasse” that are both concrete and ambitious to meet our high standards. 

+++ Zipse: "BMW Group highly profitable and sustainable" +++ Deliveries of electrified vehicles more than doubled +++ Free cash flow of € 2.5 billion in first quarter +++ Sustainable mobility needs more than just an e-drive +++ Earnings boosted by higher deliveries and better pricing +++ Automotive segment EBIT margin at 9.8% +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group continued to grow extremely dynamically in the first quarter 2021 – as demonstrated by its outstanding reported figures. The Group is systematically driving its transformation process at a high pace, reaching new milestones in terms of e-mobility, digitisation and sustainability. At the same time, it was able to strengthen its business model in the first quarter of the year and to grow further.

"The first quarter shows that our global business model is a successful one, even in times of crisis. We remain firmly on track for continued sustainable, profitable growth," said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Friday. "Our strategy is based on retaining a keen focus on providing attractive high-tech products that are destined to shape the changing world of mobility going forward. With this clear vision, we are already developing the next major technological leaps that will continue to fascinate our customers ten years from now."

+++ Taking a successful Joint Development effort to the next level +++ 20 ampere hour (Ah) multi-layer all solid-state batteries in production +++ 100 Ah cells for automotive vehicle integration in 2022 +++ Automotive-compatible all solid-state battery by the end of the decade – BMW demonstrator vehicle well before 2025 +++

 

Louisville, Colorado, USA. Solid Power, an industry-leading producer of all solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, today announced a $130 million Series B investment round led by the BMW Group, Ford Motor Company and Volta Energy Technologies. Ford and the BMW Group have also expanded existing joint development agreements with Solid Power to secure all solid-state batteries for future electric vehicles.

The investment positions Solid Power to produce full-scale automotive batteries, increase associated material output and expand in-house production capabilities for future vehicle integration. The BMW Group and Ford aim to utilize Solid Power’s low-cost, high-energy all solid-state battery technology in forthcoming electric vehicles.

+++ BMW Group now producing high-voltage batteries and battery components at three locations in Germany alone: Dingolfing, Leipzig and Regensburg +++ Less than a year from decision to start of production in Leipzig and Regensburg +++ Production of battery components for BMW Group’s fifth generation of fully-electric vehicles +++

 

Munich/Leipzig/Regensburg. The BMW Group is launching production of battery components at its plants in Leipzig and Regensburg and expanding its e-drive production network. It has been less than a year since the decision was made to expand production capacity for e-drives in Germany. BMW Group Plant Leipzig will launch series production of battery modules on Monday, 3 May 2021, while BMW Group Plant Regensburg began coating battery cells for high-voltage batteries in April 2021. High-voltage batteries will also be produced in Regensburg from 2022. “We expect at least 50 percent of the vehicles we deliver to our customers worldwide to be fully electric by 2030,” said Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice President Production Engines and E-Drives. “And we are systematically expanding our production network for electric drive trains in response to this.”

The company is investing more than 250 million euros in its Regensburg and Leipzig locations alone to supply the BMW Group’s growing number of electrified vehicles with high-voltage batteries. High-voltage battery components will be used in production of the BMW iX* and BMW i4, both of which will be released onto the market shortly. The production systems are highly flexible and will also supply battery components for other BMW Group electrified vehicles in the future.

Munich. BMW AG reports sales growth in all significant regions of the world, in particular in China, and all brands in the first quarter of 2021. In addition, positive price and mix effects, as well as high demand for pre-owned cars, also lead to key financial performance figures of BMW AG which exceed market expectations in a positive current environment.

Based on preliminary figures for the first quarter 2021, Automotive segment EBIT is €2,236 million (Q1 2020: €229 million), Financial Services segment EBT is €787 million (Q1 2020: €484 million) and Group EBT is €3,757 million (Q1 2020: €798 million). The Automotive segment EBIT margin is 9.8% (Q1 2020: 1.3%).

The positive operating performance and the continued focus on working capital management lead to the free cash flow of €2,522 million (Q1 2020: -2,218 million) in the Automotive segment, also exceeding market expectations.
The definition of the above-mentioned financial indicators is provided on pages 327 and 328 of the BMW Group Report 2020. Further details will be published in the Quarterly Statement for the period to 31 March 2021 on 7 May 2021.

+++ The two industry leaders are revolutionising virtual planning and engineering for highly complex manufacturing systems +++ Omniverse platform allows different applications to connect, with unrestricted compatibility +++ Greatly enhancing the speed, precision and efficiency of the planning process +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group and NVIDIA are generating a completely new approach to planning highly complex manufacturing systems – with the Omniverse platform. The virtual factory planning tool integrates a range of planning data and applications and allows real-time collaboration with unrestricted compatibility. As industry leaders, the BMW Group and NVIDIA are setting new standards in virtual factory planning.

Milan Nedeljković, BMW AG Board Member for Production: “Together we’re about to make a huge leap forward and open up completely new perspectives in the field of virtual, digital planning. In the future a virtual representation of our production network will allow us to realise an innovative, integrated approach to our planning processes. Omniverse greatly enhances the precision, speed and consequently the efficiency of our planning processes.” 

+++ BMW Group sells 636,606 vehicles in Q1 (+33.5%) +++ Sales higher in all major regions of the world +++ Sales growth at BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce +++ Electrified vehicle sales more than double +++ Pieter Nota: “All-time sales high in first quarter underlines our ambitious growth targets” +++

 

Munich. In the first three months of the year, the BMW Group delivered a total of 636,606 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers (+33.5%) and achieved a new all-time high for the first quarter. Between January and March, the company increased its sales year-on-year in all major regions of the world. All BMW Group brands posted sales growth worldwide during this period.

“We continued our growth momentum in the first quarter of this year, selling more vehicles than ever before in this period. This all-time high in sales underlines our ambitious growth targets for the year,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Our sales performance was boosted by strong demand for our electrified vehicles, in particular. In the past three months, we doubled our global sales of electrified vehicles compared to the same period last year. This puts us on track to deliver more than 100,000 fully-electric vehicles this year, with at least a million electrified vehicles on the roads in total by the end of this year,” Nota continued.

New responsibilities at BMW Welt and BMW Group Classic

 

Munich. Change of leadership at BMW Welt – as of 1st July 2021 Tatjana Bister (51) will take over as head of the BMW Group's international experience and delivery centre. After five years as head of the BMW Group retail outlet in Vienna she moves to Munich and the BMW Welt, Bavaria's most popular tourist attraction. Before joining the BMW Group in 2016, she held various international management positions.

Tatjana Bister is going to take over this function from Helmut Käs (55), who will be appointed as the new head of BMW Group Classic and BMW Museum as of 1st May 2021 – after leading the BMW Welt for almost seven years he succeeds Ulrich Knieps, who retired at the end of 2020.

Helmut Käs has been with the BMW Group since 1990. Prior to his role at the BMW Welt, he was in charge of the BMW retail outlet in Fröttmaning and previously he was the long-time head of MINI Munich.

+++ Daimler Mobility AG and BMW Group significantly strengthen the customer offering of Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS) by adding bp as the third shareholder with a stake of 33.3%. +++ DCS is a leading developer of digital charging software for automotive manufacturers and vehicle fleet operators. Its in-car software integration provides EV drivers with seamless access to one of Europe’s largest charging networks. +++ DCS already offers access to 228,000 charging points in 32 countries. The addition of bp is expected to provide DCS customers access to an additional 8,700 charging points across Europe including ultra-fast charging (more than 150kw) and develop new integrated offers for fleets (including fuel and charge) as a first step +++ The partners intend to drive forward the transition to electrification. +++

 

London/Munich/Stuttgart. bp agreed to join BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in their drive to extend and significantly improve electrification, making electric vehicle charging more convenient, simpler and seamless for drivers.

Under their agreement, bp will become a 33.3% partner alongside BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS), one of Europe’s leading developers of digital charging solutions for automotive manufacturers and vehicle fleet operators. bp’s acquisition of the stake in DCS will be subject to regulatory approval. The terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

DCS’s services are important for the electrification strategies of the automotive industry. The company works with OEMs to integrate its charging solutions into vehicle operating systems. The BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG operate mobility services under the umbrella of the YOUR NOW Joint Ventures. Digital Charging Solutions GmbH stands behind the CHARGE NOW brand and operates charging services such as “Mercedes me Charge”, “BMW Charging” and “MINI Charging”. DCS already offers access to 228,000 charging points in 32 countries giving OEMs, fleet customers and EV drivers extensive access to charging infrastructure across Europe.

+++ Multi-year contract worth around 285 million euros with US company Livent +++ Responsible extraction of lithium in Argentina +++ Participating in study of sustainable lithium extraction in South America +++  Wendt: "Making ourselves technologically, geographically and geopolitically less dependent on individual suppliers" +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group will be accelerating its expansion of e-mobility in the coming years. By 2030, at least half the company’s global sales are expected to come from fully-electric vehicles. This will also increase the need for lithium, an important raw material for production of battery cells. For this reason, the company will now source lithium from a second leading supplier, US-based Livent. The value of the multi-year contract will total around 285 million euros. Livent will supply the lithium directly to the BMW Group’s battery cell manufacturers from 2022 on.

“Lithium is one of the key raw materials for electromobility. By sourcing lithium from a second supplier, we are securing requirements for production of our current fifth generation of battery cells. At the same time, we are making ourselves technologically, geographically and geopolitically less dependent on individual suppliers,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

+++ BMW i4 to be launched three months ahead of schedule +++ BMW Operating System 8 installed for first time in new BMW iX* – world's largest fleet for over-the-air upgrades by end of 2021 +++ Breadth over niche: around 90 percent of market segments to have fully electric models by 2023 +++ Deliveries of fully electric models to grow by well over 50 percent annually on average by 2025 +++ ‘Neue Klasse’ to spearhead product range from 2025 +++ Fully electric models to account for at least 50 percent of global deliveries by 2030 +++ MINI to become a fully electric brand by the early 2030s +++ Circular economy as goal for future product generations +++ Outlook: Significant increase in Group profit before tax +++ Zipse: “Transformation will give BMW a competitive edge” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group has entered 2021 with ambitious targets for growth and profitability and will be putting the first forerunners of its far-reaching technology offensive on the roads in the coming months. At the same time, it has set the course for a comprehensive realignment. From the middle of the decade, a new generation of models will take premium mobility to a new level from a technological perspective.

“The BMW Group has ambitious plans for 2021. We have started the new year with strong momentum and are aiming to return to pre-crisis levels as swiftly as possible – and go even further,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. “We have a clear roadmap for making the transformation of our industry a real competitive advantage for BMW in the coming years: uncompromisingly electric, digital and circular.”

+++ New method from Boston Metal to be industrialised in mid-decade +++ BMW Group continuously reducing CO2 emissions in its steel supplier network +++ Focus on secondary material and closed-loop material cycles at BMW Group press plants +++ Wendt: “Around two million tonnes less CO2 across our steel supplier network by 2030” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is systematically implementing its sustainability goals. As announced today, the company is investing in an innovative method for CO2-free steel production developed by American startup Boston Metal, through its venture capital fund, BMW i Ventures. Over the coming years, Boston Metal plans to expand the new method for steel production on an industrial scale. The investment is part of the BMW Group’s far-reaching sustainability activities aimed at significantly reducing CO2 emissions across the supplier network.

“We systematically identify the raw materials and components in our supplier network with the highest CO2 emissions from production. Steel is one of them, but it is vital to car production. For this reason, we have set ourselves the goal of continuously reducing CO2 emissions in the steel supply chain. By 2030, CO2 emissions should be about two million tonnes lower than today’s figure,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

+++ Group profit before tax for second half-year up 9.8% year-on-year +++ Q4 EBIT margin of 7.7% in Automotive segment +++ Full-year EBIT margin at higher edge of target range +++ Free cash flow of € 3.4 billion despite lockdowns above previous year +++ Dividend of € 1.90 per share of common stock proposed +++ Zipse: "Starting 2021 with a favourable tailwind"

 

Munich. The BMW Group’s profitable performance in the second half of the financial year 2020 provided a good tailwind going into 2021. Despite the global pandemic, the premium automobile manufacturer recorded an impressive pre-tax profit for the final six months of the year amounting to € 4,724 million, 9.8% up on the previous year’s already high figure of € 4,303 million.

Following the pandemic-related downturn in earnings in the second quarter, the BMW Group has therefore made a swift return to a more familiar profitable course. In the second half of the year, it delivered over 1.36 million units to customers, significantly more than in the corresponding period one year earlier. Volumes and earnings grew respectively in the final quarter of the year. 

+++ BMW Group Report 2020 combines Annual Report and Sustainable Value Report for the first time +++ Company-wide, transparent reporting for all stakeholders +++ Official validation of CO2 targets by Science-Based Targets Initiative +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is embarking on a new chapter in its reporting: For the first time, it will be combining its Annual Report and its Sustainable Value Report for the reporting year 2020 in a single Integrated BMW Group Report. After the Board of Management redefined the company's central sustainability goals in 2020, integrated reporting marks the next logical step – thanks to integrated management of the company. Henceforth, the Integrated Report will be published to coincide with the BMW Group Annual Conference, outlining the company’s economic performance, as well as its contribution to the environment and to society.

Dr Nicolas Peter, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Finance: “The BMW Group Report 2020 shows that our business model and sustainability cannot be separated. We manage the BMW Group according to both financial and non-financial parameters and report these in a transparent manner every year. As a premium manufacturer, we seek to set a good example for the industry and take responsibility. Key sustainable development indicators are given equal weighting in our reporting with financial figures.” 

+++ The proposed acquisition of PARK NOW Group enables EasyPark Group to take the next strategic step in becoming a cutting-edge global digital mobility player through combining state-of-the-art technology and coverage. +++ Both shareholders, BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG, have evolved PARK NOW Group into a global provider of digital parking services. +++ The intended sale of PARK NOW Group to EasyPark Group will expand the coverage of state-of-the-art digital parking and mobility services - offering both on- and off-street parking, parking guidance (Find & Park), electrical vehicle charge functions and seamless in-car integration. +++

 

Munich/Stuttgart/Stockholm – As announced at today’s signing, BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG have agreed to sell their joint venture PARK NOW Group to EasyPark Group, subject to prior approval by the relevant authorities. PARK NOW is the parking operation of the carmakers’ YOUR NOW Joint Ventures along with services for car sharing (SHARE NOW), ride hailing and trip planning (FREE NOW/REACH NOW), as well as charging (CHARGE NOW) in Europe, and North and South America. EasyPark, a strong and highly experienced international player that this year celebrates its 20-years anniversary, intends to acquire PARK NOW in order to further expand its business activities according to their global growth plan.

Under the umbrella of PARK NOW Group, both owners of the YOUR NOW Joint Ventures have developed a global provider of digital parking services in recent years. PARK NOW operates under the brands RingGo, PARK NOW, Park-line and Parkmobile in 11 countries. PARK NOW Group offers a broad portfolio of digital services related to parking − both in car parks and on-street in more than 1,100 cities. Customers can reserve, book and pay for parking spaces online in advance via the app. 

+++ Export value from US Plant Spartanburg totals more than 8.9 billion US dollars in 2020 +++ New production record for second half-year +++ Growing percentage of electrified vehicles +++

 

Spartanburg / Munich. For the seventh consecutive year, the BMW Group leads the US in automotive exports. Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina exported 218,820 vehicles with an export value of more than 8.9 billion US dollars in 2020. The BMW Group produced a total of 361,365 vehicles at the plant. About 218,000 of these units were manufactured in the second half of the year, setting a new plant record.

“Claiming the top spot once again for US automotive exports is a direct result of the commitment and dedication of the Plant Spartanburg team during the challenging 2020 production year,” said Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Production. “Despite the difficult conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic, the plant was able to set a new production record in the second half of the year. This not only demonstrates the strong appeal of our products, but also the exceptional flexibility and outstanding performance capabilities of our production network.”

+++ Focus on sustainability: (digital) event series dedicated to sustainability all year round +++ New set of events: what will our future be like in 100 years’ time? Based on the ambitious long-term study from 2b AHEAD ThinkTank, Europe’s largest trend research institute +++ Continuation of the “Reclaim the Future!” series in cooperation with the 1E9 think tank. Theme: how do pioneering technologies from the tech community influence our future?

 

München. In 2021, the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt will be exploring the big issues of our future. Now in its third year, visitors can once again look forward to inspiring, digital live formats and expert talks featuring top-class speakers. Since October 2019, the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt has been a progressive platform that invites experts from different disciplines and movers and shakers with an innovative spirit to share their visions of the future. It’s a source of inspiration and actively promotes discussions on all issues of tomorrow. True to the slogan EXPLORE THE FUTURE. GET INSPIRED. JOIN THE CONVERSATION.
In 2021, the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt will focus on established digital and hybrid formats, allowing participants access to keynotes and discussion groups including ideas, concepts and technologies that could affect future living. This means the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt is playing an active part in shaping the future.

In its own (digital) event series, the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt will dedicate the whole year to sustainability in all its dimensions. It will carry on working with the 1E9 think tank, but will also start an exciting and inspiring series of events with 2b AHEAD ThinkTank. All live streams are free and can be accessed on the FUTURE FORUM website and on the BMW Welt & BMW Museum Facebook page

+++ Aluminium produced using solar energy will meet almost half the annual requirements of the light metal foundry at Plant Landshut +++ Triple-digit million-euro contract with Emirates Global Aluminium to supply 43,000 tonnes of aluminium in 2021 +++ BMW Group also plans to source aluminium produced with green power long-term, with CO2 savings of around 2.5 million tonnes by 2030 +++ Wendt: “Will reduce CO2 emissions in the supplier network by 20% by 2030” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group will begin sourcing aluminium produced using solar electricity with immediate effect. This marks an important milestone on the road to the company’s goal of lowering CO2 emissions in its supplier network by 20% by 2030. Since producing aluminium is highly energy-intensive, the use of green power – such as solar electricity – offers considerable potential for reducing CO2 emissions. That is why the BMW Group also plans to source aluminium produced with green power in the long term – enabling it to avoid approx. 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over the next ten years. This is equivalent to about three percent of the CO2 targets the company has set for its supplier network.

“We aspire to lead the way in sustainability and implement our sustainability goals in a systematic manner. We will be able to meet over 50% of our CO2 targets for the supplier network, just by using green power. The use of solar electricity for producing aluminium is a major step in this direction,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

Munich. The BMW AG’s preliminary Automotive segment Free Cash Flow for the fourth quarter 2020 is around € 2.8 billion (Q4 2019: € 1.5 billion), leading to around € 3.4 billion (2019: € 2.6 billion) for the full year 2020 and thus exceeds current market expectations.

 

The better than expected Free Cash Flow development of the Automotive Segment in the fourth quarter 2020 is driven mainly by the following effects:

  • Positive operating result in the Automotive segment

  • Continued focused management of inventories

  • Lower than expected consumption of warranty provisions as a result of lockdown measures

  • Higher down payments received from BMW Group dealerships, most notably in China in line with the positive market development and in the UK relating to Brexit

The positive operating result of the Automotive segment in the fourth quarter is partially due to better than expected remarketing results in the pre-owned car market. This also has a positive effect in the Financial Services segment, leading to a Return on Equity for the segment which is only slightly down on prior year as opposed to a moderate decline as indicated in the current outlook.

Due to the faster recovery in many markets in the second half of 2020 and consequent cost management, the EBIT margin in the Automotive Segment for the full year 2020 is at the upper end of the 0 - 3% corridor. The Group EBT remains within the outlook and in line with market expectations.

The definition of Free Cash Flow and Return on Equity can be found on pages 244 and 245 of the BMW Group Annual Report 2019. Further details will be published on 17 March 2021 in the Group Financial Statements 2020 of BMW AG.

Pieter Nota: Strong demand and profitable growth expected +++ Gains of more than 50 percent: electromobility as significant growth driver +++ Plans to double sales of fully-electric vehicles +++ Annual investment of triple-digit million amount up to 2025 in digitalisation of sales and marketing creates basis for best customer experience +++ Digital aftersales upgrades will drive highly profitable optional equipment business +++ Performance marketing for personalised, targeted customer approach +++ Customers to receive individual tailored offerings, with all products and services from single source +++ Retail partners play crucial role at point of sale and in providing service

 

Munich. After achieving an all-time sales high in the fourth quarter of 2020, the BMW Group is optimistic about the current year. The company is realigning its Sales and Marketing division in close collaboration with its retail partners – with the aim of offering the industry's best premium customer experience.

“We are optimistic about 2021 and look forward to resuming our profitable growth, thanks to strong demand for our fresh product line-up,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales. “We want to increase sales of our electrified vehicles by more than half in 2021. This underlines the importance of electromobility as a major growth driver for our company,” Nota continued. The company also aims to double sales of fully-electric vehicles this year. The introduction of the fully-electric MINI* and BMW iX3* last year will be followed in 2021 by the start of production for the fully-electric BMW iX in Dingolfing and the BMW i4 in Munich.

The BMW Group has now increased the number of electrified vehicles (fully-electric and plug-in hybrid) in its line-up to 13 models, available in 74 markets around the globe. The BMW Group plans to virtually double the number of electrified vehicles it offers to 25 models by 2023: More than half of these will be fully electric.

BMW Group sells 2,324,809 units in 2020 (-8.4%) +++ BMW Q4 sales up 4.3% from previous year (600,799 vehicles) +++ Sales of electrified vehicles increase by a third (+31.8%) +++ As promised: BMW Group meets EU CO2 fleet targets in 2020 +++ Pieter Nota: “Responded to the effects of the corona pandemic with agility in sales management and production. Have overfulfilled EU CO2 fleet targets with under 100 g/km.”

 

Munich. The BMW Group once again confirmed its position as the world’s leading premium automotive manufacturer last year, with a total of 2,324,809 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles (-8.4%) delivered to customers worldwide. 686,069 vehicles were sold at Group level in the fourth quarter, an increase of three percent (+3.2%) year-on-year. Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles climbed almost 40 percent (38.9%) compared to the previous year, reflecting strong customer interest in this drive train variant.

“We responded to the effects of the corona pandemic with great agility in sales management and production. As a result, we succeeded in concluding the year with a strong fourth quarter and once again we lead the premium segment worldwide," underlined Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. "Thanks to our Efficient Dynamics technologies and the more than 135,000 electrified vehicles we delivered in Europe, we overfulfilled our CO2 fleet targets in the EU and were even able to go below the mandatory limit by a few grams," Nota continued.

BMW Group named “World’s most attractive employer” (automotive) and again takes number-one spot in Young Professionals Barometer 2020. +++ Ilka Horstmeier: “Being a highly attractive employer helps us recruit the best talents in a highly competitive market.” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group has ranked among the leaders for employer image in both national and international comparisons for years. The company earned top positions again this year in numerous studies measuring employers’ perceived attractiveness.

The BMW Group has successfully defended its number-one spot in the Trendence Young Professionals Barometer in Germany since 2012 and came out on top for the ninth consecutive year in 2020. At the same time, a majority of students in Germany rated the BMW Group among the top companies this year, earning it second place in the business category in the Trendence Graduate Barometer 2020. The BMW Group also ranked fourth in the engineering category and sixth among young IT talents – making it the most attractive company in the automotive sector for IT graduates. The BMW Group also moved up one place from last year in the current Trendence School Leaver Barometer and now ranks fourth.

High level of supply chain flexibility speeds up transformation towards e-mobility +++ Extensive measures to ensure compliance with environmental and social standards and secure access to many critical raw materials +++ Sustainability measures in supply chain delivering results: CO2 emissions reduced by 17% in BMW iX* +++ Wendt: “Sustainability is an integral part of all purchasing activities” +++

Munich. The BMW Group is increasingly gearing up its purchasing for future growth in e-mobility and setting new standards for sustainability. The expansion of e-mobility makes value creation in the supplier network more important than ever, both with respect to CO2 emissions and sourcing of so-called critical raw materials, like those needed for producing battery cells.

“We believe sustainability is an integral part of all purchasing activities. So, as we accommodate the planned growth in electrified vehicles in the supplier network, we are at the same time integrating our sustainability requirements into all contract awards. In this way, we are taking sustainable development to the next level. Particularly as a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability and take responsibility,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. 

Zipse: “Third-quarter performance underlines BMW Group’s operational strength” +++ Peter: “We are in an intense cost competition” +++ Profit before tax in Q3 rises to approximately € 2.5 billion +++ Return on sales of 9.4% in Q3 +++ Free cash flow in Q3 exceeds € 3 billion +++ EBIT margin for Automotive segment within 2020 target range for nine-month period +++ E-autos to be manufactured at all German plants by 2022

 

Munich. The BMW Group increased sales volume and net profit in the third quarter of 2020 and, at the nine-month stage, is on track to meet its targets for the full year. The BMW Group was able to benefit during the third quarter from regional upturns in demand as well as from the attractive model portfolio on offer to customers. At the same time, cost efficiency and cash management remain decisive factors in coping with the ongoing impact of the corona pandemic in its varying regional forms to the best possible extent.

“The third-quarter performance underlines the BMW Group’s operational strength and ability to perform well within a challenging environment. We improved Group earnings compared to one year earlier and are therefore firmly on track towards achieving our targets for the full year. We manage our day-to-day operations closely, taking regional fluctuations in demand into account, and can respond to changing market situations at any time,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. In this way, the Group generated profit before tax in the region of € 2.5 billion in the third quarter. Free cash flow in the Automotive segment was in excess of € 3 billion. “We are shaping the transformation of our industry from a position of strength and are very well positioned for the years to come. At the same time, we are already strategically and technologically aligning the Group for the period after 2025 – including key aspects such as vehicle architectures and planning for vehicle production by plant.”

Munich. The preliminary free cash flow for the Automotive segment of BMW AG in the third quarter 2020 amounts to €3,065 million (previous year: €714 million) and thus exceeds current market expectations.

This was due in particular to a faster recovery in several markets, which led to higher sales growth. In addition, a focused management has led to an optimisation of working capital and a further reduction of fixed costs and capital expenditure.

The impact of this development on the free cash flow for the Automotive segment for the full year will be communicated with the release of the Quarterly Statement to 30 September 2020. 

BMW Group sells 675,680 units in third quarter (+8.6%) +++ Europe region delivers 275,618 vehicles to customers in Q3 (+7.1%) +++ China up 6.4% after first nine months (559,681 vehicles) +++ Sales situation still reflects regional impact of coronavirus pandemic +++ Pieter Nota: “Sales growth of almost 50 percent for electrified vehicles in third quarter”

 

Munich. The BMW Group posted solid year-on-year sales growth of 8.6 percent in the third quarter, with a total of 675,680 vehicles delivered to customers. As expected, the sales performance from January to September meanwhile reflects the global impact of the Corona Pandemic. During this period, the company sold 1,638,316 (-12.5%) premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles worldwide.

“Thanks to our strong model line-up, we were able to increase our third-quarter sales year-on-year, despite the lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales. “We are especially pleased with the sales growth of almost 50 percent in electrified vehicles. This makes electromobility a substantial growth driver. We have already delivered around 10,000 fully-electric MINIs* since the start of the year. This shows how much our customers appreciate this car,” Nota continued. 

The heart of the BMW Group's worldwide R&D network +++ Smart Building as innovation platform for 4800 vehicle developers +++ Space for 100 state-of-the-art test benches and 200 laboratories +++ Flagship for Germany as a location for research with an investment of approx. 1 billion euros +++ Setting the pace of transformation in automotive development

Munich. With the FIZ Projekthaus Nord, which went into operation today, the BMW Group is opening the new heart of its global research and development network. The architecturally impressive building complex makes the successively expanded Munich Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ) one of the largest R&D locations in Europe and manifests the clear commitment to Germany as a location for research and development. The FIZ Projekthaus Nord is a milestone of the long-term "FIZ Future" program, in which the company has already invested about 1 billion euros.

Professor Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter, Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management for Development, Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management for Human Resources, and Manfred Schoch, Chairman of the General Works Council of BMW AG, jointly ramped up the first of a total of 100 ultra-modern test benches on Friday, thus officially opening the progressive building.

Zipse: “Cautiously optimistic for second half of year” +++ Profit before tax after first half year at ca. € 500 million +++ Revenues and earnings impacted by Q2 market downturns +++ Strict inventories management helps safeguard cash flow +++  CO2 targets now set up for complete vehicle life cycle to 2030 +++ Far-reaching product strategy: significant CO2 reductions with over seven million electrified vehicles

Munich. At the halfway stage, the BMW Group remains on course towards achieving its targets for the full year. After implementing controlled cutbacks at many of its plants in March as a response to the foreseeable drop in global demand, the Group initiated a coordinated restart of its production facilities in the second quarter. Since mid-June, all its manufacturing plants have again been working in regular shifts. Nonetheless, cost efficiency and cash management remain decisive factors for best controlling the consequences of the corona pandemic.

“Our swift responsiveness and consistent management strategy enabled us to limit the impact of the corona pandemic on the BMW Group during the first half of the year,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. Despite a significant market decline following the corona pandemic the BMW Group was able to achieve a positive profit before tax of € 498 million in the first half year. “We are now looking ahead to the second six-month period with cautious optimism and continue to target an EBIT margin between 0 and 3% for the Automotive segment in 2020. We are monitoring the situation very closely and managing production capacities in line with market developments and regional fluctuations in customer demand.” 

Board of Management and executive management will be measured against new sustainability targets +++ First-ever CO2 goals for full lifecycle up to 2030 +++ Science-Based Targets form basis for new goals +++ Far-reaching product strategy: Major CO2 reduction with more than seven million electrified vehicles +++ Carbon emissions from production and sites to be lowered by 80% per vehicle +++ BMW Group aims for most sustainable supply chain industry wide +++ Circular economy as vision for resource management +++ Zipse: “Sustainability and premium will be inextricably linked in the future”

Munich. The BMW Group is making sustainability and resource efficiency central to the company’s strategic direction. Chairman of the Board of Management Oliver Zipse announced initial details of this strategic direction in Munich today and presented the targets the company has set itself for the phase up to 2030. The BMW Group is building on a strong foundation: Over the past years and decades, the company has repeatedly set standards in terms of sustainability. The principle of continuous improvement will remain at the heart of the strategy to reduce CO2 emissions and increase resource efficiency.

“I firmly believe the fight against climate change and how we use resources will decide the future of our society – and of the BMW Group. As a premium car company, it is our ambition to lead the way in sustainability. That is why we are taking responsibility here and now and making these issues central to our future strategic direction,” said Oliver Zipse. “This new strategic direction will be anchored in all divisions – from administration and purchasing to development and production, all the way to sales. We are taking sustainability to the next level.”

BMW Group Landshut plant assumes key role for BMW iNEXT – Innovations totalling more than 50 million Euros for future issues +++ Innovative kidney grille – central high-tech component for highly automated driving +++ Opening of new production facility with Bavaria’s economics minister Hubert Aiwanger and board member Dr. Andreas Wendt +++ Wendt: “Automated driving is a great chance for Germany as an industrial location – in-house component production serves more than ever as an innovation hub”

Munich/Landshut. The Lower Bavarian BMW Group Landshut plant again assumes its role as an innovation driver for the automotive future: With a number of important high-tech components, it will give the BMW iNEXT, which starts rolling off the assembly line in Dingolfing from 2021, a face. The BMW iNEXT is the BMW Group’s first all-electric production vehicle prepared for fully automated driving. Today, Dr. Andreas Wendt, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network, and Hubert Aiwanger, Deputy Prime Minister of Bavaria and the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, opened a new production facility at the Landshut location. The innovative kidney grille – the “eye” – for the BMW iNEXT will be produced there.

The technologically complex kidney grille is vital for highly-automated driving: It allows the integration of camera technology, radar functions and further sensors required for highly developed driver assistance systems into the front end of the vehicle. The BMW Group Landshut is investing a total of over 50 million Euros in innovative components for the BMW iNEXT and further future vehicle models.

Order volume of 2 billion euros from 2024 +++ Sustainable production using 100% wind and hydroelectric power +++ Oliver Zipse: “For an effective contribution to climate protection BMW Group aims to improve its products’ overall environmental balance”

Munich. The BMW Group is driving the expansion of electromobility and has signed a long-term supply contract worth 2 billion euros for battery cells with the Swedish company Northvolt. The battery cells will be produced in Europe at the Northvolt gigafactory currently under construction in Skellefteå in northern Sweden (series plant Northvolt Ett) from 2024.

A decisive aspect for the BMW Group: Northvolt will obtain 100 percent of the energy needed to produce the battery cells regionally in northern Sweden and exclusively from wind and hydroelectric power. Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: “To make an effective contribution to climate protection, we aim to improve our products’ overall environmental balance – from resources to recycling. This applies in particular to energy-intensive production of high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles. That is why we now have a contractual agreement with our cell manufacturers that they will only use green power to produce our fifth-generation battery cells.”

Supply contract signed with Managem Group (contract period: 2020 – 2025) +++ BMW AG Board of Management member for Purchasing Andreas Wendt: “We are systematically driving electrification of our vehicle fleet. Sustainability plays a central role in expanding electromobility.”

Munich. The BMW Group is driving the expansion of electromobility and sourcing the cobalt it needs as a key raw material for battery cells directly. Recently the BMW Group signed a supply contract with Moroccan mining company Managem Group. “The contract has a volume of around 100 million euros,” said Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. With this order the BMW Group will cover about a fifth of its cobalt needs for the fifth generation of our electric drive trains. The company will source the remaining four fifths of its cobalt needs from Australia. The contract between the BMW Group and the Managem Group is for a term of five years (2020 – 2025). The two companies already signed a memorandum of understanding on the direct purchase of cobalt from Morocco in Marrakesh in January 2019.

“Cobalt is an important raw material for electromobility. By signing this supply contract with Managem today, we are continuing to secure our raw material needs for battery cells,” said Wendt. “We are systematically driving electrification of our vehicle fleet. By 2023, we aim to have 25 electrified models in our line-up – more than half of them fully-electric. Our need for raw materials will increase in line with this. For cobalt alone, we expect our needs to roughly triple by 2025.”

Total sales affected by the impact of the worldwide pandemic +++ Initial signs of recovery in individual markets at the end of Q2 +++ 962,575 vehicles delivered (-23.0%) in year to date +++ BMW Group sold 218,876 automobiles in June (-9.0%) +++ Pieter Nota: "China sales in second quarter above previous year"

Munich. As expected, BMW Group sales figures for the first six months of this year were impacted by the effects of the temporary closure of retail outlets worldwide. The company delivered a total of 962,575 (-23.0%) premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers worldwide in the first half-year.

“We are following the development of global demand very closely and continue to plan for various scenarios so we can respond quickly as regions around the globe recover from the coronavirus pandemic at different speeds,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “We are seeing a positive development in China, where our second-quarter sales were once again higher than in the previous year,” underlined Nota. “Demand for our electrified vehicles also outperformed the market trend in the first half of the year. Our wide range of plug-in hybrid models and the new fully-electric MINI are in high demand among our customers,” he added.

Vehicle deliveries in first half-year by brand
A total of 842,153 (-21.7%) BMW vehicles were delivered in the first six months of the current year.
The MINI brand sold 118,862 (-31.1%) units during the same period. In the first half of the year, a total of 61,652 (+3.4%) electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were handed over to customers.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars reported sales of 1,560 (-37.6%) vehicles in the first half of the current year.
A total of 76,707 (‑17.7%) motorcycles were also sold between January and June. 

BMW Group opens Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing and expands manufacturing capacity +++  E-drives for 500,000 electrified vehicles +++ Start of production for fifth-generation BMW e-drive +++ Competence Centre will employ up to 2,000 staff in medium term +++ Investment of more than 500 million euros by 2022 +++ Successful transformation of BMW Group’s biggest European production site

Munich/Dingolfing. The BMW Group is stepping up its e-mobility ramp-up and setting new standards for the transformation of the industry with its production. Today, at its largest European manufacturing location in Dingolfing, the company opened the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production. Having produced electric powertrain components in Dingolfing since 2013, the BMW Group is now expanding its capacity significantly. Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder and Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse symbolically launched production of the new, highly integrated BMW e-drive, which combines the electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a central housing. The new generation of the BMW e-drive will be used for the first time in the new BMW iX3, which will go into production in China in late summer.

At the Competence Centre in Dingolfing, the BMW Group will produce electric powertrain components such as battery modules, high-voltage batteries and electric motors on eight production lines. Over the coming years, the company will set up four additional lines, which will boost the location’s production capacity significantly. 

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and BMW Group South Africa are supporting the South African government in its efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by providing 750 new hospital beds +++ BMW Group South Africa, which operates a production plant in Rosslyn in the Gauteng region, is providing the project with financial assistance of around 2.7 million euros +++ BMW Group South Africa has been involved with various social projects in Gauteng for almost 50 years and will continue with this during the coronavirus crisis as an investment in the community and its employees

Munich / Pretoria. Today, in a virtual ceremony, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse, German Minister of Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller and South African Minister of Health Zwelini Lawrence Mkhize signed a joint memorandum of understanding.
The agreement includes an emergency coronavirus package, with the three partners working together to help expand medical infrastructure at nine hospitals and four clinics in the Gauteng region. In addition to masks and disinfectant, the Gauteng region will also be provided with 750 additional hospital beds and 150 mobile oxygen tanks no later than July.
South Africa is currently among the regions of the continent hardest hit by COVID-19. As in many other African countries, there is also a lack of emergency beds, ventilators and laboratory facilities.

Both companies will continue to pursue their own development path +++ Technological understanding of both partners remains a good fit +++ Successful collaboration to continue in other fields as planned +++ Fröhlich: “Current technology puts us into excellent position for many years” +++ Schäfer: “Sounding out possibilities with partners outside automotive sector”

Munich/Stuttgart. The BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG are putting their cooperation on development of next-generation technology for automated driving temporarily on hold. Following extensive review, the two companies have arrived at a mutual and amicable agreement to concentrate on their existing development paths – which may also include working with current or new partners. Both explicitly wished to emphasise that cooperation may be resumed at a later date and that the two organisations’ underlying approach to matters such as safety and customer benefits in the field of automated driving remains highly compatible.

The BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG are both working separately on current generations for highly-automated driving and have achieved major progress in this field in the past. However, the BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG were unable to hold detailed expert discussions and talk to suppliers about technology roadmaps until the contract was signed last year. In these talks – and after extensive review – both sides concluded that, in view of the expense involved in creating a shared technology platform, as well as current business and economic conditions, the timing is not right for successful implementation of the cooperation.

Solution mutually agreed by company management and employee representatives +++ High level of vocational training will be maintained +++ Horstmeier: “We continue to do things the BMW way” +++

Munich. In constructive dialogue with the German Works Council, the BMW AG has agreed to a package of personnel measures that balances the future competitiveness of the company with the interests of the workforce. Having applied existing flexibility instruments, such as reducing working time and leave account balances, as well as short-time working, further steps are needed to make the BMW Group more resilient to external influences and market fluctuations. The objective is for the company to achieve planned workforce reductions through attrition and voluntary agreements and maintain the same high level of vocational training as last year.

“We will continue to do things the BMW way and develop solutions in constructive dialogue with employee representatives. We have agreed on a forward-looking package of measures that will help improve the company’s earnings in the short term, but will also preserve our capacity for innovation in the long term,” said Ilka Horstmeier, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Human Resources and Labour Relations, in assessment of the agreement reached. “This will ensure we remain a reliable employer.”

Anke Schäferkordt takes over Renate Köcher’s seat

Munich. The current Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG, Dr.-Ing. Norbert Reithofer, has been re-elected to the Supervisory Board for a mandate period of five years at today’s Annual General Meeting. At a meeting of the Supervisory Board held after the shareholders’ meeting, he was also re-elected as its chairman. Reithofer has been associated with BMW AG for more than three decades. He joined the company in 1987 and was Chairman of the Board of Management between 2006 and 2015. He has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2015.

The Annual General Meeting also newly elected Anke Schäferkordt to the Supervisory Board for a mandate period of five years. The media manager takes over the seat of Prof. Renate Köcher, who stepped down early at the end of this year’s Annual General Meeting in agreement with the Supervisory Board. 

Liquidity remains at high level – investments prioritised +++ Q1 EBIT up due to high provision recorded in previous year +++ BMW Group updates outlook for Automotive segment EBIT +++ Q1: Product mix and pricing policy underpin revenues +++ Production to be ramped up according to demand +++ Firm commitment to agreed CO2 targets and Euro 6d +++ Zipse: “Business model still future-proof after crisis”

Munich. The BMW Group is well prepared to react swiftly and decisively at all times to new developments during the corona pandemic by systematically identifying potential scenarios. This approach is all the more important given that the BMW Group expects the consequences of the corona pandemic to constrain the operations of the entire automotive industry for quite some time to come. It is also becoming apparent that delivery volumes in key markets are not going to return to normal in the space of just a few weeks. The BMW Group is developing strategies for various scenarios and is prepared to take additional measures to safeguard its financial position and use its underlying strength to steer itself through this challenging phase.

“Quite clearly, the situation remains serious and market forecasts are subject to constraints under these circumstances. We are gradually ramping up our production again according to demand in each market. However, we are monitoring developments extremely closely to be able to respond with maximum flexibility," said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. "We are keeping a tight rein on inventory levels because liquidity has absolute priority in this situation."

Munich. The Board of Management of BMW AG has decided today to update its guidance for the financial year 2020. The decisive factor for the adjustment is that the measures to contain the corona virus pandemic are lasting longer in several markets and are thus leading to a broader negative impact than was foreseeable in mid-March. It is therefore apparent that delivery volumes in these markets will not – as was previously assumed - return to normal within a few weeks. The highest negative impact is expected in the second quarter of 2020.

The economic shifts caused by the pandemic make it difficult to provide a reliable forecast. The outlook is therefore subject to a high degree of uncertainty. To reflect this uncertainty, the company has widened the range for the EBIT margin for the Automotive segment and now expects a range between 0% and 3%.

Protecting employees and taking responsibility for society +++ Safeguarding liquidity and the company’s long-term success +++ Around 80% of retail outlets closed in Europe; 70% in the US +++ BMW Group sells 477.111 vehicles in first quarter +++ Pieter Nota: “China shows first signs of recovery” +++ Plus 14% electrified vehicles. On track to meet CO2 targets

Munich. During the current coronavirus pandemic, protecting employees and taking responsibility for society are the number one priority for the BMW Group. At the same time, it is important to safeguard the company’s liquidity and secure its long-term success. The sales result for the first quarter was overshadowed by the global impact of COVID-19 and the effects of the temporary closure of a large number of retail outlets. The BMW Group delivered a total of 477,111 (‑20.6%) premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers in the first three months of this year.

“We are reacting to the globally challenging sales situation caused by the corona pandemic and are flexibly adapting our production volume to demand. In this way, we are creating important conditions for the company's continued economic success,” underlined Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “In China, we are seeing the first signs of recovery with a strong order intake,” Nota continued. 

Traceability of parts and critical raw materials in complex international supply chains +++ BMW Group “PartChain” project targets industry-wide solution for secure data sharing +++

Munich. The BMW Group is using innovative digital technologies to optimise its processes. A good example of this is Blockchain, a technology that enables tamper-proof data sharing, with potential applications throughout the entire automotive value chain. The BMW Group is using this technology in purchasing to ensure the traceability of components and raw materials in multi-stage international supply chains. “In 2019, we conducted a successful pilot project for purchasing front lights. This year, we want to expand the project to a large number of other suppliers,” said Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. 

Zipse: “Solidarity and responsible action are called for” +++ Guidance 2020 affected by corona spread +++ Power of Choice: Next BMW 7 Series all-electric version +++ Unequivocal commitment to meeting CO2 targets +++ Quarter-on-quarter improvement in profitability in 2019 +++ Group revenues exceed 100 billion euros for the first time

Munich. The BMW Group is embracing the transformation of the automotive industry with great confidence and investing heavily in research and development with a view to shaping the mobility of the future for the benefit of its customers.

In the context of the spread of coronavirus, the Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Oliver Zipse, pointed out in Munich on Wednesday: “Solidarity and responsible action are called for. In our society it is the duty of the strong to protect the weak. The BMW Group therefore fully supports the measures aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus.” The BMW Group is responding to the foreseeable development in demand on the global automobile markets by adjusting production volumes at an early stage and will make full use of the broad range of instruments available to it to maximise flexibility. 

Zipse: "Embracing transformation with confidence" ++ Profit before tax up significantly in fourth quarter ++ Group revenues exceed 100 billion euros for the first time ++ Quarter-on-quarter improvement in profitability in 2019 ++ Solid free cashflow at 2.6 billion euros ++ Revenues in fourth quarter at record high ++ High upfront expenditure for R&D in 2019 ++ Unequivocal commitment to achieving CO2-targets ++ Dividend of € 2.50 per share of common stock proposed

Munich. The BMW Group has successfully concluded the financial year 2019, continuing the upward trend in profitability in the fourth quarter. At the same time, between October and December 2019, revenues reached their highest level ever for a single quarter, reflecting the growing proportion of vehicles from the upper luxury segment. Over the full year, Group revenues exceeded 100 billion euros for the first time and were more than twice as high as in 2009.

"In 2019, we improved our profitability from quarter to quarter – despite a challenging market environment. This shows that we have the right products on the road and that our strategy is effective," stated the Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Oliver Zipse, on Thursday in Munich. "We are embracing the transformation of our industry with confidence and trust in our innovative strength. We recognised the signs of change at an early stage and made preparations accordingly. Our full potential is now emerging – at exactly the right moment."

Klaus Fröhlich to step down from Board of Management at age 60 +++ Frank Weber will head Development division, effective July +++ Reithofer: “Competent successor to Klaus Fröhlich” +++ Zipse: “Excellent addition to Board of Management” +++

Munich. At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of BMW AG appointed Frank Weber (53) as a new member of the Board of Management. Effective 1 July 2020, Weber will assume responsibility for the Development division, taking over from Klaus Fröhlich, who will retire upon reaching the age of 60.

Frank Weber joined the BMW Group in 2011 as head of Total Vehicle Development and has been responsible for the Rolls-Royce product line and BMW luxury class later on. The mechanical engineer previously held various management positions at other automobile manufacturers, mainly in development.

BMW Group presents alternative for the programme at Geneva International Motor Show 2020 +++ Digital Press Conference with Oliver Zipse 

Munich. Due to the current situation, the Geneva International Motor Show 2020 has been canceled. While we certainly understand this decision, we also regret that the fair cannot take place as usual.

The BMW Group will carry out the program planned for Geneva including the world premiere of the BMW Concept i4 at a digital press conference with CEO Oliver Zipse in Munich at the originally scheduled time (Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 8.15 a.m. CET) and broadcast it via live stream. Further details concerning the live broadcast will follow as soon as possible.

BMW Group sales increase by 1.2% to 2,520,307 vehicles +++ Record BMW sales: up 2.0% to 2,168,516 units +++ Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad also post new all-time highs +++ Half a million electrified vehicles already delivered worldwide to date +++ Pieter Nota: “Targeting another slight sales increase in 2020” 

Munich. The BMW Group reported its ninth consecutive record year in 2019, with a total of 2,520,307 (+1.2%) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered to customers worldwide. The BMW, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands also posted new all-time highs for 2019. Sales of electrified BMW and MINI vehicles also increased compared to the previous year. By the end of 2019, the BMW Group had already half a million electrified vehicles worldwide on the road. The company confirmed its position as the world’s leading premium car company for the 16th consecutive year.

“Thanks to our major model offensive, we were once again able to increase our sales in 2019 and achieve another new all-time high,” underlined Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “This confirms our strategic approach, the “Power of Choice”, which allows our customers to choose the optimal drive train for their preferred model. In this way, we are able to meet our customers’ individual mobility needs worldwide,” added Nota. 

Next milestone: Doubling the number of electrified vehicles by end of 2021 +++ BMW 330e* handed over at BMW Welt +++ BMW iX3*: new balance between range and battery size +++ Comprehensive model offensive – also for electrified vehicles

Munich. As an e-mobility pioneer, the BMW Group has reached another electromobility milestone and already delivered half a million electrified cars to customers worldwide. Sebastian Mackensen, BMW Group Senior Vice President Market Germany, handed over the keys to a very special BMW 330e* to its future owner at BMW Welt today. 

"Half a million vehicles is the best proof: Our broad range of electrified vehicles is meeting exact customer needs. Now, we are stepping up the pace significantly: We aim to have one million electrified vehicles on the roads within two years. This is our contribution towards effective climate protection," said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.

Comprehensive e-vehicle product offensive
Next year, the BMW X3 will become the first BMW Group vehicle available with four different drive train variants: efficient diesel, petrol, plug-in hybrid and pure electric. The biggest market for the pure electric BMW iX3* is China, where it will also be produced for the global market. 

Dynamic growth in joint ventures’ mobility services: nearly 90 million customers – up 44 percent since start of 2019 +++ New umbrella organisation supports efficient steering and focusing of activities +++ FREE NOW increases gross merchandise value (run rate) / platform revenues significantly to reach new record of more than two billion euros

Munich/Stuttgart. Following the successful launch of the YOUR NOW joint ventures in February 2019, the companies are maintaining their dynamic growth course: Almost 90 million people currently use the joint ventures’ mobility services for car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking, charging and multimodal platforms, which are offered in over 1,300 cities worldwide.

The shareholders are now setting course for the joint ventures’ next phase of expansion, which will be focused on profitable growth. The services offered by the joint ventures will continue to be tailored to customer needs and clustered into three pillars: 1. FREE NOW. 2. SHARE NOW. 3. PARK NOW & CHARGE NOW. The introduction of a new umbrella organization, effective 1 January 2020, will support efficient management of these three pillars.

Rainer Feurer, Senior Vice President Investment of BMW Group: “As a shareholder, we firmly believe that combining the services into three pillars will strengthen the joint ventures’ impact and focus in a highly competitive, fast-growing environment. Both shareholders are backing the YOUR NOW business model and are determined to develop the joint ventures into a leading player in the mobility market.” Franz Reiner, CEO of Daimler Mobility AG: “We are setting the course for the YOUR NOW joint ventures to achieve sustainable profitability. At the same time, partnerships are increasingly important to success in the marketplace and, in this respect, we are open to further stepping up growth.”

Projected order volume totals 540 million euros +++ Raw material extracted sustainably at mines in Australia

Munich. As part of its electromobility expansion, the BMW Group is deepening its existing business relationship with Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. based in Jiangxi (China). The two companies have signed a supply contract for the lithium needed as a key raw material for battery cells. “The projected order volume totals 540 million euros. In this way, the BMW Group is securing 100% of its lithium hydroxide needs for fifth-generation battery cells in its high-voltage batteries,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.
The contract is for a term of five years (2020 – 2024). 

“Alongside cobalt, lithium is one of the key raw materials for electromobility. With the signing of this contract, we are securing our lithium needs for battery cells,” continued Wendt. “We aim to have 25 electrified models in our line-up by 2023 – and more than half will be fully electric. Our need for raw materials will continue to grow accordingly. By 2025, for lithium alone, we expect to need about seven times the amount we do today.”

Sustainability and security of supply are important factors in the expansion of electromobility. For the BMW Group’s purchasing experts, ethically responsible raw material extraction and processing begins right at the start of the value chain: They are intensively involved throughout our battery cell supply chains – all the way down to the mines themselves. Compliance with environmental standards and respect for human rights have absolute priority. “Sustainability is an important aspect of our corporate strategy and plays a central role in expanding electromobility. We are fully aware of our responsibilities: Lithium and other raw materials must be extracted and processed under ethically responsible conditions,” underlined Wendt. Ganfeng extracts lithium by mining so-called hard-rock deposits in Australia under the strictest sustainability standards. 

BMW brand sales up 2.9% to 194,690 vehicles +++ Significant growth of the BMW brand in the US and China +++ BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring post substantial sales increase +++ X models driving growth since start of 2019, up +23.1% +++ Nota: “Sales of electrified vehicles climb 18.4% to reach new all-time high”  

Munich. BMW Group sales continued their positive trend in November: Worldwide deliveries increased by 1.4% over the same month last year to 225,662 units. Deliveries in the year to the end of November were up 1.7% year-on-year, with a total of 2,296,174 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold.  

“After renewed growth in November, we continue to approach a new record for the full year as planned,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Our electrified vehicles also performed particularly well in November, with sales increasing by 18.4% to reach a new all-time sales high. Last month, one in five BMW 5 Series Sedans was a plug-in hybrid,” Nota continued. 

Total sales of BMW brand vehicles grew by 2.9% in November to 194,690 units. In the year to date, BMW brand sales increased by 2.4% to 1,972,394. Alongside the successful luxury segment, the new and revised BMW X vehicles, in particular, also contributed to the brand’s growth, with sales rising 23.1% to 870,267 vehicles in the year to the end of November. The popular BMW 3 Series Sedan (+33.7%) and Touring (+21.6%) also posted high double-digit growth in November.

BMW brand sales up 2.9% to 194,690 vehicles +++ Significant growth of the BMW brand in the US and China +++ BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring post substantial sales increase +++ X models driving growth since start of 2019, up +23.1% +++ Nota: “Sales of electrified vehicles climb 18.4% to reach new all-time high”  

Munich. BMW Group sales continued their positive trend in November: Worldwide deliveries increased by 1.4% over the same month last year to 225,662 units. Deliveries in the year to the end of November were up 1.7% year-on-year, with a total of 2,296,174 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold.  

“After renewed growth in November, we continue to approach a new record for the full year as planned,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Our electrified vehicles also performed particularly well in November, with sales increasing by 18.4% to reach a new all-time sales high. Last month, one in five BMW 5 Series Sedans was a plug-in hybrid,” Nota continued. 

Total sales of BMW brand vehicles grew by 2.9% in November to 194,690 units. In the year to date, BMW brand sales increased by 2.4% to 1,972,394. Alongside the successful luxury segment, the new and revised BMW X vehicles, in particular, also contributed to the brand’s growth, with sales rising 23.1% to 870,267 vehicles in the year to the end of November. The popular BMW 3 Series Sedan (+33.7%) and Touring (+21.6%) also posted high double-digit growth in November.

Official inauguration of new joint venture "Spotlight Automotive Limited” +++ Important step in MINI’s electrification strategy +++ New plant with standard capacity of 160,000 units +++ Partners invest together approximately 650 million Euro +++ Innovative joint venture model with joint development and production +++ Win-win: Strengths of both partners complement each other

Zhangjiagang/Munich. The BMW Group and Great Wall Motor are driving e‑mobility forward by building a joint plant in China, where the BMW Group will produce future fully-electric models of its MINI brand. High-level representatives of the local Chinese government, Great Wall Motor and the BMW Group today announced the launch of the new joint venture, Spotlight Automotive Limited. The plant will have a standard capacity of up to 160,000 vehicles per year, which will require around 3,000 employees after the ramp-up phase. Both partners will together invest around 650 million Euro (more than five billion CNY). The construction phase is planned for 2020 to 2022.

The event took place in the city of Zhangjiagang in China’s Jiangsu Province, the location of the new automotive plant. Today’s official inauguration marks the next milestone in the relationship between Great Wall Motor and the BMW Group. In summer 2018, the 50:50 joint venture agreement was signed in Berlin in the presence of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

As well as production, the innovative joint venture model also includes joint development of battery-electric vehicles in the world’s largest market for electromobility. The joint venture envisages production of future electric MINI vehicles, as well as several models and brands for Great Wall Motor. Following the launch of the brand-new first-generation fully-electric MINI*, which will be built at Oxford and come to market in the first quarter of 2020, this is another important step towards the MINI brand’s electrified future. MINI Plant Oxford, which recently built the 10 millionth car since the brand’s launch in 1959, will remain the heart and home of MINI manufacturing, while the Spotlight Automotive joint venture will provide additional capacity and flexibility.

CATL order volume increased to 7.3 billion euros +++ Long-term supply contract with Samsung SDI worth 2.9 billion euros +++ Delivery of battery cells for fifth-generation electric drive trains from 2021

Munich / Seoul. The BMW Group is forging ahead with electromobility and deepening its existing business relationships with battery cell manufacturers CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited) and Samsung SDI. 

The original CATL order volume of four billion euros announced in mid-2018 will now be increased to 7.3 billion euros (contract duration from 2020 to 2031), with 4.5 billion euros for the BMW Group and 2.8 billion euros for the Chinese production site of the BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. (BBA) joint venture in Shenyang. The BMW Group is the first customer of the CATL battery cell plant currently under construction in Erfurt, Germany. “We strongly supported and played an active part in establishing CATL in Germany,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

The BMW Group has also signed a long-term supply contract for its fifth-generation electric drive trains with its second battery cell supplier, Samsung SDI. The contract, with value of 2.9 billion euros, extends from 2021 to 2031. “In this way, we are securing our long-term battery cell needs. Every cell generation is awarded in global competition to the leading manufacturer from both a technology and a business perspective. This ensures we always have access to the best possible cell technology,” Wendt announced at a supplier event today in Seoul, South Korea.

Zipse: “energy density to double by 2030” +++ Development of next-generation battery cells +++ Cutting-edge laboratory and analytical equipment +++ Production of prototype cells to industry standards +++ Sustainable, long-term material procurement

Munich. The BMW Group is building on its leading position in the world of electric mobility and has pooled its many years of experience with battery cells and extensive knowledge in the field in a new Competence Centre. The purpose of the facility in Munich is to advance battery cell technology and carefully dissect the production processes. “The new Battery Cell Competence Centre puts us in an enviable position,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “Taking the technology currently in the BMW i3 as a basis, by 2030 we will be able to double the energy density of our battery cells – and therefore also the operating range of the vehicles for our customers.”

The BMW Group today presented its new high-tech Competence Centre to media representatives from around the world in the presence of Bavarian state premier Dr Markus Söder, revealing state-of-the-art labs, research facilities and prototype systems.

And Zipse continued: “Battery cell technology is a key success factor in our electric vehicle offensive, as it influences both operational performance and battery costs. Our unrivalled expertise throughout the value chain ensures we are always at the cutting edge of technology. We can specify the exact formats we want to procure, as well as the materials and the conditions involved. As a result, we are ideally positioned to drive forward the rollout of our electrified vehicles.”

BMW brand sales up 3.0% to 176,291 vehicles +++ BMW i3 success story continues with 19.9% growth in year to date +++ Luxury segment sales climb nearly 60% in first ten months +++ BMW brand grows 9.4% in October in US +++ Nota: “Solid increase of 8.6% for electrified vehicles in October”

 

Munich. The BMW Group continued to grow its worldwide sales in October, reaching a total of 204,295 vehicles (+1.7%). Deliveries in the year to date were up 1.7% on the same period of last year, with 2,070,496 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold.

“Our model offensive continues to have a positive impact. We were able to achieve new all-time sales highs for October and the first ten months of the year,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “With our electrified vehicles, we achieved a solid increase of 8.6% in October. The BMW i3 is a real electromobility pioneer and more popular with our customers today than ever, posting sales growth of nearly 20% in the year to date,” added Nota.

Deliveries and market share up, despite weak market trend +++ EBIT and free cash flow rise significantly in third quarter +++ High upfront expenditure for future-oriented technologies +++ Outlook for financial year 2019 reaffirmed +++ Zipse: “The decisive transformation is taking place inside the vehicle” 

Munich. The BMW Group recorded growth in deliveries, revenues and earnings in the third quarter and is therefore well on its way to achieving its targets for 2019. Group net profit increased at a double-digit percentage rate, helped to some extent by a base effect from the previous year’s reported figures. Moreover, profitability has continued to improve over the course of the nine-month period. To compensate for the high upfront expenditure on future-oriented technologies, the BMW Group is working hard on continually improving efficiency. 

“At the nine-month stage, we are well on our way to achieving our targets for the year as a whole,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. “However, we are looking further into the future, having recognised that far-reaching technological transformation is a great opportunity for the BMW Group. I am convinced that our business model will only benefit from this. The vehicle of the future, with all its integrated digital functions, is a high-tech product of a complexity that is still underestimated.” 

4,100 charging points to be installed by 2021 +++ Offer for employees at German locations +++ Public access also planned +++ Charging with green energy at attractive conditions

Munich. The BMW Group is setting the course for the electric future of mobility and will install over 4,100 charging points for electrified vehicles at its German locations by 2021. The new charging infrastructure enables BMW Group employees to charge their cars conveniently at their workplace with attractive conditions. Charging options at work are becoming increasingly important as more and more employees use BMW Group electrified vehicles. Around half of the charging points will also be open to the public.

Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development, emphasizes: “A good charging infrastructure is one of the fundamental prerequisites – alongside range and competitive costs – for the acceptance and growth of electric mobility. This is why the BMW Group is again making progress and investing systematically in the expansion of the charging infrastructure at our German locations.”

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.” 

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.

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."

BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce sales total 183,487, up 1.3% +++ BMW brand sales up 1.6% with 157,062 delivered to customers +++ BMW X vehicles grow sales 27.2% +++ Double-digit growth for BMW i3 sales +++ Nota: “Our model roll-out continues to have a positive impact”

Munich. BMW Group sales continued their positive trend in July: worldwide deliveries were up 1.3% on the same month last year, with a total of 183,487 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold. This brings the company’s total sales for the year to date to 1,436,382 (+0.9%). This growth was achieved despite ongoing volatility in several markets around the world.

“In a highly competitive and challenging global market, our new model rollout continues to have a positive impact on our sales result, with new highs recorded both in the month and the year to date. This year, the BMW brand is launching 21 new or revised models and those already on the market are proving very popular with customers,” said Pieter Nota, member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Sales of our BMW X vehicles are up over 27% in July; the launch of the new BMW X6 later this year is the final step in the complete renewal and expansion of this hugely successful range of vehicles. Meanwhile the pioneering BMW i3 is more popular than ever, with sales achieving double-digit growth once again in July.”

Krüger: "We deliver on our promises" +++ BMW brand clear leader in global premium segment in June +++ Bucking the trend: Retail sales and market share increased +++ Automotive segment EBIT margin improved in Q2 +++ BMW Group accelerates pace of e-mobility activities +++ Further increase in upfront expenditure for mobility of the future

Munich. The BMW Group's operations remained well on course during the second quarter, despite a challenging market environment. In line with forecast, the Group achieved an improvement in both earnings and profitability compared to the first quarter and confirms its targets for the financial year 2019.

Against the prevailing market trend, in the first half of the year the BMW Group delivered more vehicles to customers than ever before, thereby gaining segment share in key markets. With its attractive, rejuvenated range of models, the BMW brand finished with a clear lead in the premium segment in June.

Zipse to assume new role on 16 August 2019

Munich. Oliver Zipse will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG effective on 16 August 2019. The company’s Supervisory Board made this decision today during its meeting in Spartanburg, South Carolina (USA). Zipse will succeed Harald Krüger, who informed the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the beginning of July that he would not seek a second term of office. Krüger will resign as Chairman and will leave the Board of Management by mutual agreement on 15 August 2019.

“With Oliver Zipse, a decisive strategic and analytical leader will assume the Chair of the Board of Management of BMW AG. He will provide the BMW Group with fresh momentum in shaping the mobility of the future,” said Dr Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG. Zipse, the designated Chairman of the Board of Management, has been a member of the Board of Management of BMW AG since 2015 and is currently responsible for the production division. He began his professional career in the company in 1991 as a Trainee and has since held various management positions, including as Managing Director Plant Oxford and Senior Vice President Corporate Planning and Product Strategy.

Record first half-year sales top 1.25 million, up 0.8% +++ Best-ever June for BMW: sales up 1.4% to total 203,523 +++ BMW brand sales up 1.6% in year to date: 1,075,959 delivered +++ BMW i3 sales increase 21.2% in first half-year +++ Significant customer interest in new MINI ELECTRIC +++ Nota: “Positive impact of our model roll-out is clear”

Munich. BMW Group sales continued their positive trend in June: worldwide deliveries were up 0.7% on the same month last year, with a total of 240,674 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold. This brings the company’s total sales for the year to date to 1,252,837 (+0.8%), the first time the company has sold more than 1.25 million vehicles in the first half of the year. This sales growth was achieved despite ongoing volatility in several markets around the world.

“Our model rollout is clearly having a positive impact on our sales result, with our exciting new vehicles getting very positive feedback from customers. In the first half year, we were able to counter the trend and grow sales above market, thereby gaining further market share,” said Pieter Nota, member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “For the first time ever, we have delivered more than 1.25 million vehicles in the first half of the year. Our new X family vehicles are more popular than ever, with sales up 23.1% compared to the first half of last year. And as we saw at our #NEXTGen event in June, where we celebrated six innovative world premieres, there is plenty more to come.” 

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board has complete respect and understanding for his decision +++ Krüger: “I would like to pursue new professional endeavours”

Munich. The Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Harald Krüger, gave notice today that he will not seek a second term of office. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr Norbert Reithofer, has complete respect and understanding for his decision. The Supervisory Board will address the matter of a successor during its next meeting on 18 July 2019. Until a decision has been made, Harald Krüger will hold his position as Chairman of the Board of Management.

“The BMW Group has been my professional home for more than 27 years. After more than ten years in the Board of Management, more than four of which as the CEO of the BMW Group, I would like to pursue new professional endeavours and leverage my diverse international experience for new projects and ventures,” said Krüger. “Over the last years, the automotive industry has been shaped by enormous changes, which have brought about more transformation than in the previous 30 years. This has demanded tremendous efforts from every employee within the company. For their outstanding commitment, I would like to personally thank each and every one of them. It has always been a true honour for me to work with this tremendous team and to set the BMW Group on a path towards a successful future during the most significant transformation of this industry.”

Initial goal: to develop technologies for driver assistance systems, highly automated driving on highways, and automated parking (all up to SAE Level 4) +++ Market launch in series vehicles scheduled for 2024 +++ Partners will implement technologies independently in their respective series vehicles +++ Cooperation involves over 1,200 development specialists in Unterschleissheim and Sindelfingen

Munich/Stuttgart. The BMW Group and Daimler AG are launching their cooperation on automated driving: representatives from the two companies today signed an agreement for a long-term strategic cooperation, which will focus on joint development of next-generation technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and automated parking (all to SAE Level 4). In addition, further talks are planned to extend the cooperation to higher levels of automation in urban areas and city centres. This underscores the long-term and lasting nature of the undertaking, which will extend to encompass a scalable platform for automated driving. The non-exclusive cooperation is also open to other OEMs and technology partners, with results being made available to other OEMs under license.

A key aim of the cooperation is the swift market launch of the technology, which is expected to feature in passenger car systems for private customers from 2024. The two companies will each implement the technologies in their respective series products independently. The cooperation will see more than 1,200 specialists working together, often in mixed teams. They will be based at locations including the BMW Group Autonomous Driving Campus in Unterschleissheim, near Munich, the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre (MTC) in Sindelfingen and the Daimler Testing and Technology Centre in Immendingen. Efforts will focus on developing a scalable architecture for driver assistance systems, including sensors, as well as a joint data centre for data storage, administration and processing, and the development of functions and software. 

Two years early: 25 electrified models in 2023 +++ Steep growth curve: sales of electrified vehicles to climb more than 30 percent per year up to 2025 +++ Sales of electrified vehicles set to more than double between 2019 and 2021 +++ World premieres at #NEXTGen: BMW Vision M NEXT and BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster showcase next-generation e-mobility +++ BMW eDrive Zones function fitted as standard in BMW plug-in hybrids from 2020 +++ Krüger: “Moving sustainable mobility up a gear”

Munich. Fully charged as it accelerates along its Future Highway 2025, the BMW Group is adjusting frequency to up the tempo of its electromobility expansion programme. The company will now achieve the total of 25 electrified models previously announced for 2025 two years earlier, in 2023. Thanks to flexible vehicle architectures for fully-electric, plug-in hybrid and combustion engine drive trains, the company is able to respond quickly to changing conditions. More than half of the 25 models will be fully electric.

“We are moving up a gear in the transformation towards sustainable mobility, thereby making our company fit for the future: Over the past two years, we have consistently taken numerous decisions that we are now bringing to the roads. By 2021, we will have doubled our sales of electrified vehicles compared with 2019,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Tuesday. “We will offer 25 electrified vehicles already in 2023 – two years earlier than originally planned. We expect to see a steep growth curve towards 2025: Sales of our electrified vehicles should increase by an average of 30 percent every year.”

Electrified sales crack 400,000 milestone: up 9.8% in May +++ BMW Group total sales up 3.2% in May to total 210,563 +++ BMW brand sales up 4.6% with 181,888 delivered in May +++ Positive sales development in top three markets +++ Double-digit growth in China and Germany +++ BMW i3 deliveries increase by 40.0% in May +++ Nota: “Our new X models are driving growth”

Munich. May was a positive month for BMW Group sales, with worldwide deliveries increasing by 3.2% to achieve a total of 210,563 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold. This brings the company’s total sales for the year-to-date to 1,012,093, an increase of 0.8% compared with the first five months of last year. This sales growth was achieved despite ongoing volatility in several markets around the world.

“With this positive result, we are clearly seeing the impact of our model rollout. In May, we were once again able to grow sales above market, thereby gaining further market share,” said Pieter Nota, member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Especially pleasing is the development of our new X models, as their overall sales increased by over 30% in the month. Similarly, i3 sales continue to grow, bucking the usual cycle, and were up 40% in the month. This helped us reach an important milestone in May, as we delivered our 400,000th electrified vehicle since the i3 was launched in November 2013,” Nota continued. 

Five fully-electric models in 2021 +++ Further expansion of plug-in hybrid fleet +++ Goal: 100% renewable energy for all sites from 2020 +++ Krüger: “Ensure a world worth living in for our children“

Munich. The BMW Group, a pioneer in electromobility, is rapidly expanding its range of electrified vehicles. Within two years, the company will offer five fully-electric series-production vehicles: Alongside the BMW i3, with more than 150,000 units built to date, this year will see the start of production of the fully electric MINI at Plant Oxford (UK). This will be followed in 2020 by the fully-electric BMW iX3 from Shenyang (China) and in 2021 by the BMW iNEXT, which will be produced in Dingolfing (Germany), and the BMW i4 from Plant Munich (Germany).

Including its extensive fleet of plug-in hybrids, the BMW Group has the widest range of electrified vehicles on the market. Updated, extended electric-range plug-in-hybrid versions of the BMW 3 Series, BMW 7 Series and BMW X5 alongside the new BMW X3 plug-in hybrid were presented at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. A few weeks later, the updated plug-in hybrid variant of the BMW X1 Long Wheelbase Version, which is produced locally for the Chinese market, was shown at the Shanghai Auto Show. This diversity of electrified drive concepts underlines the importance of technology openness on the road to sustainable mobility.

BMW Group sales grow in April and in year-to-date +++ BMW sales up 2.3% with 171,154 deliveries worldwide in April +++ Positive sales development bucks trend in several major markets +++ Sales increased in China, USA, Germany, UK +++ BMW i3 deliveries up 21.6% in April +++ MINI Electric sales quadruple year-on-year +++ Nota: “We’re making steady progress in a challenging environment”

Munich. BMW Group sales continue to grow steadily, with deliveries of premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles increasing by 0.7% in April. The month saw a total of 196,179 BMW Group vehicles delivered to customers, bringing the total for the year-to-date to 801,520 / +0.2%. This positive result was achieved despite the downward trend in many markets around the world.

“This positive sales result, achieved in a challenging environment, shows that with our ongoing model rollout, we are attracting new customers to our core brand and making steady progress towards achieving our goal of increased sales in 2019,” said Pieter Nota, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Demand for the BMW X7 has exceeded our expectations and has helped overall sales of our BMW X vehicles grow by over 20% in April. The model changeover of the BMW 3 Series is proceeding as planned and in markets where the seventh generation is already available, customers are responding very positively to the new model,” Nota continued. 

Recognition of provision for EU proceedings +++ Volume growth achieved despite prevailing sector trend – market share increased +++ Further rise in upfront expenditure for tomorrow’s mobility +++ Significant increase in Motorcycles segment EBIT +++ Good quarter for Financial Services segment +++ Electrified vehicle deliveries continue to grow +++ Tomorrow’s mobility requires openness to new technologies +++ Krüger: “Tailwinds expected in second half of year”

Munich. Within a challenging market environment, the BMW Group has started the financial year 2019 in line with expectations in operational terms. Contrary to the prevailing trend in the sector, the Group's attractive and significantly younger model range enabled the company to set a new record in terms of deliveries to customers in the first quarter, thereby expanding its market share of the premium-segment in key regions. These positive developments were accompanied, however, by increasing downward pressure on pricing in some markets.

“The Group's new first-quarter sales record proves that we are putting the right products on the roads, thereby attracting new customers, as well as inspiring existing clients. In operational terms, we remain firmly on course and expect business to benefit from tailwinds, especially in the second half of the year, as numerous new models become available. At the same time, we are experiencing the impact of high levels of expenditure in numerous areas affecting the entire automotive sector. In addition, it has also been necessary to recognise a provision relating to ongoing proceedings of the EU Commission,” stated Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on Tuesday in Munich. “Within this challenging environment, we will remain true to the BMW way of doing things. We are fully focused on our roadmap for future mobility and the rigorous implementation of our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT”.

BMW Group global number one in premium segment in first quarter +++ BMW brand delivers 221,631 in March, up 3.7% +++ All major sales regions contribute to sales increase +++ First quarter sales grow at BMW, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad +++ BMW i3 sales up 16% for best-ever first quarter: 9,227 sold +++ Nota: “Our focus remains on sustainable, profitable growth”

Munich. March 2019 was the best-ever single sales month in the BMW Group’s history with a total of 263,319 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 2.8% on the same month last year. Across the first quarter of the year, the company maintained sales at last year’s high level, with a total of 605,333 (+0.1%) vehicles sold.

“The year is progressing as we expected, given the ongoing model changeover of the BMW 3 Series sedan and headwinds in markets worldwide,” said Pieter Nota, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management. Since 1 April 2019 he is responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales, a new role which encompasses the company’s three automotive brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. “March was our best-ever single month for sales. In several significant markets, including China and the USA, we successfully grew sales, beating the market trend. In the USA, BMW was the biggest-selling premium brand in the first quarter of the year. The seventh generation BMW 3 Series achieved a strong start in March and the global rollout will continue in the coming months. It’s just one of many exciting new models which I believe will support us as we focus on achieving sustainable, profitable growth in a highly competitive environment.” 

 

In connection with the ongoing antitrust proceedings, the European Commission today informed the BMW Group about a “Statement of Objections”. +++ The Statement of Objections leads the BMW Group to believe that it is probable (“more likely than not”) that the EU Commission will issue a significant fine. +++ According to the International Financial Reporting Standards, this results in an obligation to recognise a provision.

Munich. In connection with the ongoing antitrust proceedings, the European Commission today informed the BMW Group about a “Statement of Objections”. The EU Commission is investigating whether German automobile manufacturers cooperated in technical working groups to restrict competition in development and rollout of emission-reduction technologies.

The BMW Group will contest the EU Commission’s allegations with all legal means if necessary.

 

BMW Group to examine Commission’s statement of objections in depth +++ Talks in working groups aimed at technological freedom of choice and the practicability of legally required reduction of exhaust gas emissions +++ Lawful coordination of industry positions on regulatory framework should not be equated with unlawful cartel agreements +++ BMW Group exhaust gas treatment systems differ from competitors’ +++ No evidence of agreements on use of unlawful defeat devices

Munich. On 5 April 2019, the BMW Group received a so-called “statement of objections” from the European Commission in connection with the ongoing antitrust proceedings. The statement relates to the investigation into talks held by working groups of German automobile manufacturers a number of years ago and includes a provisional competitive assessment by the EU Competition Authority.

The BMW Group will examine the objections and information provided by the European Commission and submit a reply to the authority. Since this matter concerns ongoing proceedings of the European Commission, the company will not comment on the content of the objections at this time. The BMW Group’s review of the statement of objections and any resulting potential financial impact is ongoing.

Krüger: "Systematically working to ensure operational excellence" +++ Operating efficiency: Performance > NEXT offers potential efficiencies in excess of € 12 billion by 2022 +++ Upfront expenditure expected to remain high +++ New structure for sales divisions +++ EBIT margin of 8 to 10 per cent remains ambition +++ Challenges influence 2019 outlook

Munich. On its way towards the mobility of the future, the BMW Group is taking strategic steps to enhance its operating performance on a sustainable basis. As well as systematically implementing its strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, the company is also focusing on faster processes, leaner structures and therefore greater efficiency. In view of the many challenges currently facing the automotive sector, the BMW Group is ensuring it maintains its financial strength to influence and decisively shape individual premium mobility moving into the next decade, just as it has over the past ten years.

"After three years of Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, we remain firmly on course, having established a strong position as one of the world's top providers of e-mobility. We lead the European market and will soon go into series production of our fifth generation of electric drivetrain systems. We’re significantly expanding our presence in the upper luxury class. Our first highly automated vehicle will become available in 2021 and we are already now paving the way for the development of the next generation of groundbreaking technology. In the field of mobility services, we are joining forces with Daimler AG to create even greater momentum," said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. "We need to work systematically on our operational excellence in order to leverage these strategic advances and ensure our ability to use our own underlying strength to help shape the sector’s transformation going forward," he added.

Munich. The BMW Group has secured a major order from INEOS Automotive Ltd. for the delivery of petrol and diesel engines. The contract is a further important step in the BMW Group’s strategy to expand its business providing drivetrains to industrial customers.

The powerful and efficient BMW TwinPower Turbo engines are destined for INEOS Automotive Ltd.’s new off-road vehicle project under a contract that foresees the delivery of a high-range five-digit number of engines. With this agreement, the BMW Group opens up additional sales channels and taps new growth potential. 

“Our company is famous for efficient high-performance engines that are among the best in the world”, said Pieter Nota, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for Sales and Brand BMW and Aftersales BMW Group. “We offer a broad range of premium, tailor-made drivetrain technologies and services for carmakers and other customers and believe this is a business area with real growth potential.”

BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce to be part of one single Sales Division, headed by Nota +++ Schwarzenbauer to promote transformation to e-mobility +++ BMW Motorrad to join Development Division +++ Krüger: “Clear message for lean, future-proof structures 

Munich. The BMW Group is reorganising its Board of Management to create a new leaner, future-oriented structure. From 1 April 2019, the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce automotive brands will be part of a new central Sales Division. It will be headed by Pieter Nota, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible until now for Sales and Brand BMW, Aftersales BMW Group. Nota will also remain responsible for additional functions including brand and product management and aftersales. Meanwhile, BMW Motorrad will become part of the Development Division under Management Board member Klaus Fröhlich.

“We are restructuring our divisions to give us the best possible foundation for the future. It sends out a clear signal that our organisation is lean and efficient throughout the company,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the BMW AG Board of Management, speaking in Munich on Friday.

Second-highest Group profit to date achieved +++ EBT margin above target of 10 per cent +++ Record research and development expenditure +++ More than ten new electrified models lined up +++ EBIT margin in Automotive segment above 7 per cent +++ Second-highest dividend proposed +++ Krüger: "Great efforts needed"

Munich. In the course of a challenging financial year 2018, the BMW Group made important strategic decisions set to secure its long-term success. As part of the company’s  Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, the green light was given to launch a new product offensive in the upper luxury class and the cornerstone was laid for additional expansion of the company’s presence in China, the world's largest automobile market. With the BMW Vision iNEXT, the Group also presented its new technology flagship, which integrates the key future-oriented topics of autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and services (ACES). The BMW Group continues to systematically broaden its range of electrified models and is increasingly focusing on co-operations in the fields of mobility services and autonomous driving. At the same time, especially during the second half of the year, business performance was impacted by significant challenges relevant to the entire sector, and which are expected to accompany the BMW Group beyond 2018.

"2018 was a challenging year for the automotive sector as a whole. Nevertheless, we achieved the second-highest Group profit to date," said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Friday. "The challenges facing the entire sector are unlikely to diminish in the coming months. Great efforts will therefore be needed across the entire Group to help shape the sector’s transformation under such conditions."

New BMW 3 Series sedan arriving in showrooms in March +++ BMW i3 sales increase 20% in first two months of year +++ Nota: “confident we will achieve slight sales increase this year”

Munich. Following sales growth in January, with the model changeover of the company’s best-ever selling sedan, the BMW 3 Series, in full swing deliveries at the BMW Group dipped slightly in February with a total of 171,501 (-4.1%) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles handed over to customers worldwide. Year-to-date deliveries totalled 341,977 (-1.9%).

“With the current model changeover of the BMW 3 Series sedan, we had expected the year to start slowly,” commented Pieter Nota, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for Sales and Brand BMW. “However the new 3 Series, which has had great media reviews, is arriving in the showrooms right now and it’s already got a very strong order-book. The 3 Series, together with the exciting new models we showed in Geneva this week, including four new plug-in hybrids, will give us increasing sales momentum as the year continues. I remain confident we will achieve a slight sales increase in 2019.”

Long-term strategic cooperation planned +++ Next generation of technologies for driver assistance systems and highly automated driving on highways (SAE Level 3 and Level 4) +++ Goal: a flexible platform and shorter innovation cycles +++ Technology to be market ready by mid-2020s +++ Klaus Fröhlich: Consistent pursuit of scalable platform strategy and pooling of expertise from two technology leaders +++ Ola Källenius: Working with the right partners, we want to continue enhancing this technology and get it ready for the road.

Munich/Stuttgart. The BMW Group and Daimler AG are to join forces on automated driving. Initially, the focus will be on advancing the development of next-generation technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and parking features (up to SAE Level 4). The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop this technology, which is key for future mobility. The BMW Group and Daimler AG view their partnership as a longterm, strategic cooperation and aim to make next-level technologies widely available by the middle of the coming decade.

“As we continue to pursue our strategy, we are combining the expertise of two technology leaders. At the BMW Group, long-term partnerships within a flexible, scalable, non-exclusive platform are fundamental to advancing the industrialisation of autonomous driving. Combining the key expertise of our two companies will boost our innovative strength and speed up the spread of this technology,” said Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.

Game-changing new player to enter growing market for urban mobility +++ Vision: all-electric, autonomous, on-demand mobility +++ Five joint ventures to be established: REACH NOW, CHARGE NOW, FREE NOW, PARK NOW, and SHARE NOW +++ Services already have roughly 60 million customers worldwide +++ Plans to create up to 1,000 new jobs worldwide +++ BMW Group and Daimler AG to share investments and maximize chances

Berlin. The BMW Group and Daimler AG are pooling their mobility services to create a new global player providing sustainable urban mobility for customers. The two companies are investing more than €1 billion in total to develop and more closely intermesh their offerings for car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking, charging and multimodal transport. The cooperation comprises five joint ventures: REACH NOW for multimodal services, CHARGE NOW for charging, FREE NOW for taxi ride-hailing, PARK NOW for parking and SHARE NOW for car-sharing.

“Our mobility services have developed a strong customer base and we are now taking the next strategic step. We are pooling the strength and expertise of 14 successful brands and investing more than €1 billion to establish a new player in the fast-growing market for urban mobility,” said Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “By creating an intelligent network of joint ventures, we will be able to shape current and future urban mobility and draw maximum benefit from the opportunities opened up by digitalization, shared services and the increasing mobility needs of our customers. Further cooperations with other providers, including stakes in startups and established players, are also a possible option.”

Group deliveries increase 0.5% to 170,463 +++ BMW sales up 0.8% to 149,616 +++ Mainland China main growth driver +++ BMW i3 sales increase 30.4% +++ Nota: “Further growth expected this year”

Munich. The BMW Group has started 2019 with a positive sales result: global deliveries of the company’s three premium automotive brands increased by 0.5% in January, with a total of 170,463 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars delivered to customers. This is the company’s strongest-ever start to a year, achieved despite the current headwinds affecting the industry in several markets.

“We’re pleased to have achieved a sales increase in January, despite the challenging market conditions around the world,” said Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Brand BMW. “We do expect slight growth in 2019, although the model changeover of the BMW 3 Series, our top-selling model, will impact sales in the first quarter. Growth will be driven mainly by full availability of the BMW X5, the introduction of the all-new BMW X7 and, of course the seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series. In January, I was also pleased to see sales of our electrified vehicles grow, despite model changeovers of two key models. By the end of this year, the number of BMW Group electrified vehicles on the roads around the world will total more than half a million.”

Munich. The long-term expansion of the BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. (BBA) Joint Venture has achieved a significant milestone: On Friday, a Special General Meeting of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. (CBA) in Hongkong approved the sale of a 25 percent shareholding in BBA to the BMW Group. Around 63 percent of the represented shareholders voted in favor of this step.

As announced in October on the 15th anniversary of BBA, the BMW Group intends to increase its stake in BBA from 50 percent to 75 percent and both partners signed a corresponding agreement. As part of the agreement the contractual term of the joint venture, which would currently expire in 2028, is to be extended to 2040. The transaction remains subject to the approval of the relevant authorities. The deal is scheduled to close in 2022 at the latest when the joint venture requirement for auto manufacturing in China will be lifted.

It is the BMW Group’s goal to further strengthen its long-term cooperation with CBA, increase production capacity in Shenyang and continue to expand the localisation of additional models including new energy vehicles (NEVs). Therefore, an investment of more than three billion euros in new and existing plant structures in Shenyang over the coming years was announced in October: In Tiexi, the site’s capacity will double. With its highly flexible production system, the new plant in Tiexi will be able to build vehicles with fully electric, partially electric and conventional drivetrains on a single production line. Further extensive remodelling and expansion measures will also be carried out at the neighbouring plant in Dadong. Its structure will be expanded to accommodate future BMW model variants and the expected increase in customer demand. As a result, from the early 2020s the total annual production capacity of BMW automobiles at the BBA plants will gradually increase to 650,000 units, creating 5,000 new jobs.

Market accounts for over 40% of BMW 7 Series sales +++ Local production of seventh BMW model in China announced +++ China’s crucial role in corporate strategy NUMBER ONE>NEXT

Shanghai.The BMW Group today celebrated the world premiere of the striking new BMW 7 Series in Shanghai, China. The choice of location for the event underlined the significance of the Chinese market for the company’s new flagship model: in 2018, 44% of global BMW 7 Series sales were made to customers in China (ca. 24,500 units). With the current ongoing launch of a whole range of new models, including the BMW 8 Series range and the BMW X7, today’s event was also an opportunity to showcase the BMW Group’s new luxury line-up. China will be a key market for these luxury vehicles. 

Speaking at the event, Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG and his two colleagues Nicolas Peter, Board Member for Finance and Pieter Nota, Board Member for Sales and Brand BMW, also underlined the wide-ranging strategic importance of China for every aspect of the company. China has been the BMW Group’s biggest single sales market since 2013, and the country is also home to the company’s most extensive R&D and production operations anywhere outside Germany.

Worldwide deliveries increase by 0.9% to 165,566 vehicles +++ BMW Motorrad continues on its path of growth +++ Focus on new markets and new segments and continue with model initiative

Munich. BMW Motorrad sold more motorcycles and maxi scooters in 2018 than ever before. Compared to the strong previous year, deliveries increased by a further 0.9%. As of December 2018 a total of 165,566 vehicles (previous year 164,153 units) were delivered to customers.

Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “2018 was another very successful year for BMW Motorrad. We achieved a sales record for the eighth time in succession. I would like to thank our customers most sincerely for the great trust they have placed in us again in 2018.

With this next sales record, BMW Motorrad takes another great step towards reaching its planned sales target of 200,000 units in the year 2020.

Eighth consecutive year of record sales +++ Best-ever sales figures for BMW, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad +++ BMW sales up 1.8%: 2,125,026 sold worldwide +++ More than 140,000 electrified vehicles delivered worldwide +++ Sales surge at BMW M GmbH: more than 100,000 sold +++ Positive sales outlook for 2019: further growth expected

Munich. The BMW Group has achieved its eighth consecutive annual sales record with a total of 2,490,664 (+1.1%) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce delivered around the world in 2018. Best-ever figures were achieved by both BMW and Rolls-Royce, while the company’s portfolio of electrified BMW and MINI vehicles grew sales by 38.4% compared with the previous year. This sales result reconfirms the BMW Group’s position as the world’s number one premium automotive manufacturer.

Positive outlook for 2019: sales growth expected to continue
Looking ahead to the next 12 months, the BMW Group believes its ongoing model offensive will result in continuing sales growth. “While we expect market conditions to remain challenging this year, new models like the all-new BMW X7 and the seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series, combined with an ever-greater focus on our customers and their needs, mean we at the BMW Group will continue on our successful course. We expect to grow sales slightly in 2019, while maintaining our clear focus on profitability,” said Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Brand BMW. 

Electrified vehicles sales up 38.4% year-on-year +++ BMW Group European market leader in electromobility +++ Krüger: Once again, we’ve achieved our ambitious target +++ Company set to continue leading role in technology innovation +++ 500,000 BMW Group e-vehicles expected on the roads by the end of 2019

Munich. The BMW Group sold more than 140,000 electrified (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) vehicles in 2018, thereby confirming its leading role in the field of electromobility. In total, 142,617 (+38.4%) electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were delivered to customers around the world last year.

“Since launching the BMW i3 in 2013, the BMW Group has rapidly grown its sales of electrified vehicles. With over 140,000 delivered in 2018, we have once again achieved our ambitious target,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “This great sales result and our impressive market share proves our vehicles are what the customer wants. In countries which offer appropriate infrastructure and regulatory support, we see how quickly electromobility can become the norm. I’m confident that by the end of this year, there will be a total of half a million electrified BMW Group vehicles on the roads, with much more to come as we continue to extend our model line-up over the next few years,” Krüger continued.

YTD deliveries total 2,008,849, increase of 3.4% ++ Electrified sales up 63.7% in first ten months: 78,096 delivered ++ Record sales continue for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad

Munich. For the first time ever at this point in the year, the BMW Group has delivered more than two million vehicles to customers around the world. A total of 2,008,849 vehicles have been sold in the first ten months of 2017, an increase of 3.4% on the same period last year. October sales of 197,601 (+0.8%) achieved the same high level as last year, despite the current changeover of the significant BMW X3 model, the new version of which is arriving in dealerships during November.

“Our sales results for the first ten months of the year confirm the broad range and appeal of our model line-up,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, BMW AG Management Board Member for Sales and Brand BMW. “Despite significant model changeovers and headwinds in some of our biggest markets, we have delivered over two million vehicles to customers in the first ten months of the year. Vehicles as wide-ranging as the BMW X1, the BMW 5 Series, 7 Series and the BMW i3, to name just a few, have all contributed to that growth,” he continued

Substantial upfront expenditure for tomorrow’s mobility ++ BMW Group will offer 25 electrified models by 2025 ++ Germany serves as innovation driver for mobility ++ Krüger: We are resolutely doing things the BMW way ++ Nine-month revenues and earnings up on previous year ++ EBIT margin in target range between 8 and 10 per cent

Munich. As set out in its Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, the BMW Group is committed to playing a key role in tomorrow’s mobility and is investing substantially in new technologies. Against this background, the Group can report after the first three quarters that it remains firmly on track to complete a highly successful financial year 2017. Through sustainable profitability, the BMW Group is strengthening the position of Germany as a centre of expertise and driver of innovation for tomorrow’s mobility and technologies. As the world’s leading provider of premium mobility, the BMW Group always focuses on the needs and desires of its customers and is continuing its ground-breaking work on the four ACES topics (Autonomous, Connected, Electrified and Services/Shared).

"We are resolutely doing things the BMW way, keeping our promises and raising the bar for our own ambitious targets," stated Harald Krüger in Munich on Tuesday. "We are investing substantially in tomorrow's mobility, enabling us to maintain our leading position of innovation and sustainable employment. In this way, we remain a dependable partner for society, policymakers and the environment as well as one of the most attractive employers worldwide.”

Electrified sales in first nine months 2017 higher than in whole of 2016 ++ Sales of electrified BMW and MINI vehicles +64.2% in year-to-date ++ Total BMW Group deliveries up 3.7% in first three quarters ++ Record sales continue for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad

Munich. BMW Group sales of electrified vehicles in the first three quarters of 2017 have exceeded those achieved in the whole of 2016; in September, electrified sales topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in a single month. With the company’s electrified line-up already totalling nine models, a total of 10,786 (+50.5%) BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were delivered in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,687 (+64.2%).

“We are pleased to see the ongoing, strong sales development of our unrivalled range of electrified vehicles, with independent reports* confirming our leadership in the field of electromobility,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, BMW AG Management Board Member for Sales and Brand BMW. “The BMW Group has the largest share of the electrified market worldwide; this year, we’ve already sold more electrified vehicles than in the whole of last year and we are well on track to deliver our target of 100,000 by year-end. The continued significant sales growth of these vehicles is due in part to the increasing availability of the BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid, which in some markets accounts for up to a third of BMW 5 Series sedan sales,” he continued.

August deliveries total 169,913, up 2.7% ++ BMW Group ytd sales increase 4.2% to 1,571,467 ++ New record sales for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad ++ Year-to-date electrified sales increase 67.0% to 57,895 ++ BMW 5 series and MINI Countryman PHEV drive August EV sales

Munich. August saw a new record achieved in BMW Group sales with deliveries in the month totalling 169,913 worldwide, a 2.7% increase year-on-year. The company also sold more vehicles than ever before in the first eight months of the year, with a total of 1,571,467 (+4.2%) vehicles delivered to customers around the world.

“When we announced our second quarter results in early August, we reported yet another quarter within our profit guidance and profitability remains our clear focus,” said Dr Ian Robertson, Management Board Member for Sales and Brand BMW. “While we continue to see headwinds in several key markets and have the model changeover of the BMW X3 and the BMW 5 Series in China, we have nonetheless achieved a new record level of sales for August. Our nine electrified vehicles continue to enjoy increasing success, with the two newest additions – the BMW 5 Series and the MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid variants – achieving strong sales,” he continued.

On September 7, Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management BMW AG, and Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management BMW AG for Development, provided an outlook on the International Motor Show IAA 2017. Here you will find the speech by Harald Krüger on the strategic alignment of the BMW Group with a strong focus on electro-mobility, as well as Klaus Fröhlich’s speech about the technological implementation of Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT.

BMW Group, Intel Corporation, Mobileye, an Intel company, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) signed a memorandum of understanding for FCA to join them in developing a world leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform +++ The cooperation allows the companies to leverage each other’s individual strengths, capabilities and resources +++ The platform will be scalable for Level 3 to Level 4/5 automated driving

MUNICH, 16 August, 2017 – BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in developing a world leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment.

The development partners intend to leverage each other’s individual strengths, capabilities and resources to enhance the platform’s technology, increase development efficiency and reduce time to market. One enabler to achieve this will be the co-location of engineers in Germany as well as other locations. FCA will bring engineering and other technical resources and expertise to the cooperation, as well as its significant sales volumes, geographic reach and long-time experience in North America.

Year-to-date electrified sales increase 74.8% to 50,711 ++ BMW Group delivers 1,401,551 vehicles in ytd, up 4.3% ++ BMW Group sales in July up 0.4% to 180,726

Munich. The BMW Group had its best July ever, with sales in the month totalling 180,726, a 0.4% increase year-on-year. The company also sold more vehicles than ever before in the first seven months of the year with a total of 1,401,551 (+4.3%) vehicles delivered to customers around the world.

“Following a record first half-year, our sales in July remain at a very high level, with profitability our primary focus,” said Dr Ian Robertson, Management Board Member for Sales and Brand BMW. “Despite continuing headwinds in the USA, as well as the model changeover of the BMW X3 and the BMW 5 Series in China, we were still able to achieve last year’s high sales levels, due to our policy of balanced global sales growth. Sales of our electrified vehicles continue to develop extremely well, with all nine of our electrified cars playing their role in this success,” he continued.

Growth in second-quarter revenues and earnings ++ EBIT margin in target range between 8 and 10 per cent ++ Well on track for 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017 ++ Additional co-operation partners for autonomous driving ++ Krüger: Forging ahead with e-mobility at top speed

Munich. After another strong performance in the first half of 2017, the BMW Group remains fully committed to implementing its Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT with the ultimate aim of shaping the mobility of the future and the transformation of the automobile sector. As the world’s leading provider of premium mobility, the BMW Group always focuses on the needs and desires of its customers and is continuing its ground-breaking work on the four ACES topics (Autonomous, Connected, Electrified und Services/Shared).

The Group's primary focus is on expanding electric mobility and automated driving. The BMW iNEXT will set new standards in both of these fields and will act as a technological spearhead. It will be manufactured at Plant Dingolfing from 2021, underlining the significance of Germany for future technologies and as a centre of competence for electric mobility. Germany will also serve as a key location for the development of autonomous driving. As part of the co-operation arrangements established with Intel and Mobileye, the first engineers from all three companies will move to the new development campus in Unterschleißheim near Munich in the course of the current year. Moreover, one year since the co-operation began, a number of other prestigious partners including Delphi and Continental have also joined the project.

Krüger: Sustainability as much part of us as Sheer Driving Pleasure ++ Innovative strength will ensure mobility Made in Germany ++ Forging ahead with e-mobility at top speed ++ Cutting-edge Euro 6 diesels reduce emissions and CO2 output ++ BMW Group supports EU-wide fleet renewal and offers free upgrade for Euro 5 diesels in Germany

Munich. Sheer driving pleasure, BMW i, EfficientDynamics: at the BMW Group, emotion and sustainability go hand in hand. The company’s strength as an innovator and its consistent future focus will ensure the success of premium mobility “Made in Germany”. From electric powertrains to cutting-edge, low-emission, low-carbon diesel solutions that meet Euro 6 standards, the BMW Group  sets the technological benchmark.

“Sustainability is as much a part of us as Sheer Driving Pleasure. With BMW i, we were the first German manufacturer to make a clear commitment to electric mobility,” BMW AG Management Board Chairman Harald Krüger explained. “But as well as emotion and pleasure, we are convinced that future mobility must be sustainable mobility. We are driving the transition as hard and as fast as possible and have launched more electrified vehicles than any of our established competitors.”

Flexible vehicle architecture to enable electrification of every model series ++ Fully electric MINI confirmed as MINI 3 door variant ++ Electric drivetrain Made in Germany, integrated into car in Oxford

Munich. Electrification is one of the central pillars of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT and the company has announced that all brands and model series can be electrified, with a full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain being offered in addition to the combustion engine option. Additional electrified models will be brought to market in the coming years and beyond 2020, the company’s next generation vehicle architecture will enable further fully-electric vehicles.

Today, the BMW Group announced that the new battery-electric MINI will be a variant of the brand's core 3 door model. This fully electric car will go into production in 2019, increasing the choice of MINI powertrains to include petrol and diesel internal combustion engines, a plug-in hybrid and a battery electric vehicle. The electric MINI’s electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at Plant Oxford, which is the main production location for the MINI 3 door model.

BMW Group categorically rejects accusations ++ BMW specific technology secures low emissions in real-life driving

Munich. Due to current media reports, the BMW Group considers it has become necessary to make its position regarding recent allegations clear.

As a matter of principle: BMW Group vehicles are not manipulated and comply with respective legal requirements. Of course this also applies to diesel vehicles. Confirmation of this is provided by the results of relevant official investigations at the national and international level.

The BMW Group categorically rejects accusations that Euro 6 diesel vehicles sold by the company do not provide adequate exhaust gas treatment due to AdBlue tanks that are too small.

Technology employed by the BMW Group is clearly differentiated from other systems in the market. We compete to provide the best exhaust treatment systems: unlike other manufacturers, BMW Group diesel vehicles employ a combination of various components to treat exhaust emissions. Vehicles which use urea injection with AdBlue (SCR) to treat exhaust emissions also employ a NOx-storage catalytic converter. With this combination of technologies, we fulfil all legal emissions requirements and also achieve a very good real-life emissions performance. This means there is no need to recall or upgrade the software of BMW Group Euro 6 diesel passenger cars.

BMW Group sales in first half-year up 5.0% to 1,220,819 ++ Electrified vehicles sales increase 80% to 42,573 ++ BMW Group delivers 232,620 vehicles in June, up 2.1% ++ BMW sales increase 2.0%, totalling 192,873 ++ MINI sales grow 3.0% to 39,443 ++ Market launch of MINI Countryman PHEV grows electrified range to nine models

Munich. BMW Group sales achieved their best ever June, with sales in the month totalling 232,620, a 2.1% increase year-on-year. It was also a record first half-year with sales of the BMW Group’s three premium brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, increasing by 5.0%; a total of 1,220,819 vehicles have been delivered to customers around the world so far this year.

“June rounds off our best ever first half-year and the BMW Group remains the world’s leading premium car company,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Brand BMW. “We’ve already sold more than a million BMW vehicles this year, which is a new first-half-year record. June also saw our successful electrification strategy expand still further to include the MINI brand, meaning customers can now choose from nine electrified BMW Group vehicles. With sales of these models up by eighty per cent compared with the first half of last year, we’re looking forward to celebrating delivery of the 200,000th electrified BMW Group vehicle later this year,” he continued.

Currently over 9,000 employees, creation of further 1,000 jobs by 2021 ++ US $ 8 billion invested since announcement of the plant, further US $ 600 million from 2018 to 2021 ++ Maximum production capacity of 450,000 units ++ Around 70 percent for export ++ World premiere of new BMW X3, BMW X7 coming in 2018

Munich/Spartanburg. The BMW Group has been a committed “local player” in the US market for a quarter-century: On 23 June 1992, the BMW Group announced its decision to build its US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Continuous expansion of the plant with extensive additions and the decision to build the successful BMW X models in Spartanburg have made the plant the largest manufacturing facility in the BMW Group production network within the space of 25 years. During the ceremony to mark the anniversary, the all-new BMW X3 rolled off the production line in Spartanburg. More than 1.5 million BMW X3 vehicles have been delivered to customers worldwide since it was first launched at the end of 2003. The new BMW X3 will be launched in fall 2017.

Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, stated at the ceremony: “The BMW Group’s success story in the US would not have been possible without the open arms and warm hearts of the people and elected officials in the great state of South Carolina and the surrounding region. Our relationship with South Carolina has been built upon decades of professionalism, mutual trust and respect – and goes far beyond just building great cars.”

208,447 vehicles delivered worldwide, up 5.1% ++ BMW sales grow by 5.3% to 177,050 vehicles ++ MINI sales increase by 4.2% to 31,124 vehicles ++ BMW Group year-to-date sales total 988,185, up 5.7% ++ Sales of electrified models increase by 80.6% (33,221) YTD

Munich. The BMW Group continued the positive sales trend of the past months, with sales in May totalling 208,447 vehicles, a 5.1% increase year-on-year. With its three premium brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group sold 988,185 vehicles in the first five months, up 5.7%.

“Customers around the world are excited by our innovative, new products,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, BMW AG Management Board Member responsible for Sales and Brand BMW. “In May, we once again achieved sustainable, profitable growth across our three premium automotive brands, as well as at BMW Motorrad,” he continued. “Growth at BMW has been in part driven by our expanding electrified range – sales of these vehicles have risen over 80% in the first five months. With eight models, the BMW Group offers its customers the broadest range of electrified premium vehicles available on the market today.”

Major expansion of BBA Plant Dadong in Shenyang ++ Total capacity in Dadong and Tiexi up to 450,000 units per year ++ Investment of one billion euros ++ Start of production for new long-wheelbase BMW 5 Series Sedan

Munich/Shenyang. BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) today opened the newly-built north section of its automotive plant in Dadong/Shenyang, China. The first long-wheelbase version of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan rolled off the production line during the opening ceremony. The northern extension comprises all production areas of a full plant and boasts a highly-advanced production system with the latest sustainability standards. With its two production locations in Dadong and Tiexi, BBA will have a total annual capacity of up to 450,000 units.

“The Dadong plant demonstrates the success of our joint venture and the BMW 5 Series in China. The extension of the northern section underlines our clear commitment to the Chinese market. BBA has invested a total of one billion euros in the expansion of its Dadong production location over the past three years. The locally-produced BMW 5 Series has been an unmitigated success: It was the top-selling vehicle in the premium segment in China in 2016 and we expect it to remain the leader in its segment,” remarked Dr. Nicolas Peter, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Finance, at the opening ceremony in China.

Munich. During an inaugural visit to Germany, United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today visited the BMW Group’s Munich headquarter and manufacturing plant. Secretary Acosta and staff from the Department of Labor were received by Harald Krüger, Chairman of the BMW AG Board of Management. The visit included an extensive tour through the BMW Group’s production and technical apprenticeship training facility, with opportunities for discussions through all levels of the company from board members to young apprentices just starting their training.

This high-level visit builds on the initiative to strengthen skilled US-workforce training started during Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House in March of this year. During a roundtable with the German Chancellor and US President, Harald Krüger and five other CEOs from both German and United States industry agreed to use  the German apprenticeship model as a basis for a co-operation to prepare the US workforce and the manufacturing sector in particular for the labor market of the 21st century.

192,494 vehicles delivered worldwide in April, up 7.4% ++ BMW sales increase 9.4%, totalling 164,641 ++ BMW Group year-to-date sales total 779,736, plus 5.8% ++ Over 25,000 electrified models sold in year-to-date, up 82.7%

Munich. BMW Group sales achieved a new all-time high for April, with sales in the month totalling 192,494, a 7.4% increase year-on-year. The first four months of the year also set a new record, with sales of the BMW Group’s three premium brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, increasing by 5.8% to 779,736.

“Thanks to the strength of our model line-up, the BMW Group continues to achieve sustainable, profitable sales growth month after month,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Brand BMW. “Customer demand is high across the range with a number of stand-out models, including the X1, the 5 Series and the 7 Series. As availability of the new BMW 5 Series ramps up, demand for this new generation is twice as high as for the previous model at this point in the market launch,” he continued. “With demand for our electrified vehicles up over 80%, I’m confident that we’ll achieve our target of delivering 100,000 electrified cars on the road this year, underlining our industry-leading position in the field,” he added.

Munich. At today’s Annual General Meeting, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger announced the arrival of a new concept car. The BMW Group will present a design study at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on 26 May 2017 which provides an exclusive look ahead to the BMW 8 Series Coupe slated for 2018. The concept car embodies uncompromising dynamics and contemporary luxury – the essence of a modern BMW coupe.

“The BMW 8 Series Coupe will build on our tradition of luxurious sports coupes and add a genuine dream car to our line-up – a slice of pure automotive fascination,” says Krüger, looking ahead to the new model. “The 8 Series Coupe will underpin our claim to leadership in the luxury segment. I can tell you today that this will be a true luxury sports coupe.”

Up to 550 electrified carsharing-vehicles in Hamburg by 2019 ++ Expansion of public charging infrastructure ++ Privileges for electric vehicles and car-sharing

Munich/Hamburg. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the BMW Group today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a strategic partnership concerning urban mobility. It aims to expand the Hamburg based fleet of electrified DriveNow vehicles to around 550 by 2019. DriveNow is the car-sharing joint venture between the BMW Group and SIXT SE. Plans call for around 400 pure electric vehicles and about 150 plug-in hybrids. At the same time, Hamburg intends to provide a total of 1,150 charging points in stages by 2019 and will become the first city in Germany to offer a significant number of parking spaces for car-sharing and electric vehicles.

“With Hamburg as our strong partner, we want to continue expanding our highly-attractive options for sustainable individual mobility in the city and help improve environmental conditions in urban areas,” explained Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, Customer Engagement and Digital Business Innovation BMW Group. “DriveNow is already a genuine success story – in Hamburg and in other cities. I firmly believe this is an important step to win over even more users for electrified car-sharing,” Schwarzenbauer continued.

Significant revenues and earnings growth ++ Automotive segment EBIT margin within target range ++ Sales of electrified vehicles doubled ++ Made in Germany: BMW iNEXT to be produced in Dingolfing ++ BMW Group reaffirms outlook for full year 2017 ++ Krüger: Focus on profitability and rigorous implementation of Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT

Munich. The BMW Group has begun the financial year 2017 with a solid first quarter and made excellent progress in terms of implementing Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT. Deliveries of electrified vehicles, for instance, doubled to nearly 20,000 units in the first quarter. In addition, the BMW Group announced its intention to build the BMW iNEXT as the company’s technological spearhead at its Dingolfing plant. The iNEXT, which is due to be unveiled in 2021, will set the benchmark in terms of automated driving, electrification and connectivity. The decision underlines the significance of Germany as a location for developing future technologies and shaping tomorrow’s mobility.

The BMW Group recorded significant first-quarter growth in terms of both revenues and net profit. Alongside a solid operating performance, positive valuation-related earnings effects included in the financial result also contributed to the sharp rise in profit before taxes. “We shall continue to focus on rigorously implementing Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT and ensuring sustainable high profitability in order that we can shape future mobility by leveraging our own resources. That is how we will measure our success,” commented Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Thursday.

BMW Group Plant Dingolfing to produce BMW iNEXT from 2021 ++ Plants will be able to build vehicles with combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive train in parallel

Munich/Dingolfing. The BMW Group today announced its plans to expand electro-mobility. At a meeting with Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner, Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of the BMW Group, responsible for Production said: “The BMW Group is a pioneer and an innovator in electro-mobility. We will begin producing the fully electric BMW iNEXT here at our Dingolfing plant in 2021. This decision will further strengthen our German production locations, which, with their innovation capabilities, play a leading role all across our production network. In the area of electro-mobility, in particular, our aim is to ensure end-to-end systems expertise within the company.”

BMW Group plants worldwide will benefit from the German sites’ production expertise and technology knowhow. At nine locations around the globe, the company already produces nine electrified models, including eight plug-in hybrids. The all-electric BMW i3, which is manufactured at BMW Group Plant Leipzig, will be joined by the first fully electric MINI in 2019, a fully electric BMW X3 in 2020 and the BMW iNEXT from 2021. The Dingolfing plant does produce components such as high-voltage batteries and electric engines for these vehicles.

Munich. In the first quarter of the financial year 2017, the BMW Group achieved a profit before tax of € 3,005 million (2016 Q1: € 2,368 million / +26.9%). This result exceeds current market expectations and was driven in particular by positive valuation effects.

The significant increase of the profit before tax was largely due to the following effects in the financial result:

  • A positive valuation effect of € 183 million in connection with the participation of new investors in the mapping service HERE
  • An increase in the other financial result of € 122 million, driven mainly by valuation effects
  • A higher profit contribution from the Chinese joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd

Group revenues totalled € 23,448 million in the reporting period, an increase of 12.4% compared with last year’s figure of € 20,853 million.

254,862 vehicles delivered worldwide in March, up 5.9% ++  BMW sales increase 5.3%, totalling 212,093 ++ MINI sales grow 8.7% to 42,447 ++ BMW Group sales in first quarter up 5.3% to 587,237 ++ More than half a million BMWs sold in first quarter ++ Almost 20,000 electrified models sold in first quarter ++ Sales growth achieved in all major sales regions

Munich. BMW Group sales achieved their best ever March, with sales in the month totalling 254,862, a 5.9% increase year-on-year. It was also a record first quarter with sales of the BMW Group’s three premium brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, increasing by 5.3%; a total of 587,237 vehicles have been delivered to customers around the world so far this year.

“We’ve achieved a strong start to the year, with our X-family models and the BMW 7 Series being the main growth drivers,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Brand BMW. “March was the first full sales month for the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and the customer feedback for this benchmark car is already very positive,” he continued. “Our electrified models also continue to show extremely strong growth, with almost 20,000 sold in the first quarter, meaning we’re on track to achieve our target of 100,000 electrified vehicle sales this year. As we start the biggest model offensive the company has ever undertaken, I’m confident 2017 will be another record year for the BMW Group, retaining our leading position in the industry,” he added.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Worldwide 2,367,603 vehicles delivered, up 5.3% ++ BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad all achieve new sales records ++ BMW annual sales top 2 million for the first time, up 5.2% ++ MINI sales top 360,000 vehicles for first time, up 6.4% ++ Over 62,000 electrified vehicles sold in 2016 ++ More than 1 million vehicles delivered in Europe ++ Over half a million vehicles sold in Mainland China

Detroit / Munich. The BMW Group achieved its best ever sales in 2016, the sixth year in a row the company has set a new sales record, maintaining its position as the world’s leading premium car company with its three brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. Having recorded steady sales growth throughout the year, a total of 2,367,603 BMW Group vehicles were sold around the world in 2016, an increase of 5.3% compared with the previous year.

“As our model line-up has expanded, so have our sales, making 2016 our most successful year ever,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW, speaking at the North America International Motor Show in Detroit. “Despite headwinds in some markets, our policy of balanced global sales has paid off, as we increased our worldwide sales month by month,” he continued. “The sales development of our electrified vehicles has been particularly positive, with more than 62,000 delivered in 2016. I am confident we can continue this momentum and build on our course of profitable, sustainable growth into 2017,” he added.

Worldwide 209,743 vehicles delivered, up 6.2% ++ Year-to-date sales increase 5.8%: 2,152,393 vehicles sold ++ BMW year-to-date deliveries up 5.6% to 1,824,490 ++ MINI sales climb 7.4% in first eleven months: 324,417 delivered ++ 55,000 electrified BMWs sold in year-to-date

Munich. Sales of BMW Group vehicles achieved a new record for November with total sales of 209,743 units, an increase of 6.2% on the same month last year. This result brings the year-to-date sales total to 2,152,393, an increase of 5.8% compared with the same period last year.

“We have achieved yet another month of solid growth across all the BMW Group’s premium brands,” said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW. “We have grown our sales every month since November 2011 – five years of continuously increasing sales, in line with the expansion of our model range. The addition of our electrified vehicles has made a significant contribution to that growth and that segment is growing month for month,” he added.

Joint Venture to deploy a high-powered DC charging network for battery electric vehicles (BEV) covering long-distance travel routes in Europe ++ Power levels up to 350 kW significantly reduce charging time compared to available systems ++ Build-up of about 400 ultra-fast charging sites planned in Europe ++ Network is based on the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard which uses a connector that is fully compatible with most current and next generations BEVs ++ Unprecedented collaboration of the automakers would form a brand-independent network for charging infrastructure

Stuttgart, November 29, 2016 – BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. The goal is the quick build-up of a sizable number of stations in order to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicle drivers. This will be an important step towards facilitating mass-market BEV adoption.

The projected ultra-fast high-powered charging network with power levels up to 350 kW will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. The build-up is planned to start in 2017. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020 the customers should have access to thousands of high-powered charging points. The goal is to enable long-distance travel through open-network charging stations along highways and major thoroughfares, which has not been feasible for most BEV drivers to date. The charging experience is expected to evolve to be as convenient as refueling at conventional gas stations.

Worldwide 196,002 vehicles delivered, up 2.3% ++ Year-to-date sales rise 5.8%: 1,942,642 vehicles sold ++ BMW year-to-date deliveries up 5.5% to 1,646,743 ++ MINI sales up 7.3% in first ten months: 292,823 delivered ++ 100,000th electrified BMW delivered since launch of BMW i

Munich. Sales of BMW Group vehicles were higher than ever before in October, with total sales of 196,002 units, an increase of 2.3% on the same month last year. This result brings the year-to-date sales total to 1,942,642, an increase of 5.8% compared with the first ten months of last year.

“All the BMW Group’s premium brands have contributed to this latest set of record sales results and I am confident this will continue as we head towards year-end,” said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW. “We’ve just seen the sale of our 100,000th electrified vehicle, underlining our success in the increasingly important electro-mobility segment,” he continued. “Our strategy of flexible, global sales enabled us to offset headwinds in some markets by strengthening sales in other regions, ensuring that profit can remain our focus worldwide.”

Third quarter: Net profit up 15 percent ++ Automotive segment: EBIT margin remains in target range ++ Full year 2016: Forecast reaffirmed ++ E-mobility: Over 100,000 electrified BMW vehicles on the streets today ++ E-mobility: BMW Group to expand electrification of core brands to include MINI and BMW X3 battery versions

Munich. The BMW Group continued to chart a course of profitable growth in the third quarter 2016 and revealed how the next stages of its Strategy Number ONE > NEXT will be implemented. As the world’s leading provider of premium products and services for individual mobility, the BMW Group recorded its best ever third quarter sales volume and net profit figures. The company also published details regarding the second phase of its electrification strategy.

“We posted new record earnings and continued to grow profitably – thereby maintaining a strong basis for the consistent implementation of our strategy,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on Friday. “We are already achieving measurable success in the areas in which the entire sector is judged, namely our successful electrification strategy, with more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the roads already today, and our consistent achievement of high profitability, which enables us to finance future investments from our own resources.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

180,080 automobiles delivered worldwide, up 4.0% ++ Year-to-date sales increase 5.5%: 1,343,217 vehicles sold ++ BMW deliveries up 4.0% in July: 153,392 vehicles worldwide ++ MINI sells 26,439 in July, up 4.0% ++ Europe and Asia continue strong growth trend ++ BMW’s electrified models exceed expectations

Munich. BMW Group achieved a new July sales record with a total of 180,080 vehicles delivered to customers around the world, an increase of 4.0% on the same month last year. Coming off the back of a record first half-year, this solid start to the third quarter sees year-to-date sales climb 5.5% with 1,343,217 vehicles delivered worldwide.

“The BMW Group continues to deliver sustainable, profitable sales growth month after month,” said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW. “While we see growth across our range, the fact that the planned production for our electrified 7 Series, 3 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer models is already sold out this year demonstrates our strategy of rolling out electrification on all models is the right one. We will, of course, now respond to this high customer demand,” 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.”

227,849 automobiles sold worldwide, up 9.1% ++ Year-to-date sales up 5.8% with 1,163,139 vehicles delivered ++ BMW sales up 9.7% in June: 189,097 vehicles sold ++ MINI delivers 38,282 in June, increase of 6.3% ++ Double-digit growth in Asia and Europe ++ Over 6,000 new BMW 7 Series sold in June ++ BMW iPerformance records strong sales in Europe

Munich. Sales at the BMW Group set a new June record with a total of 227,849 vehicles delivered to customers around the world, an increase of 9.1% on the same month last year. This latest record month means that the company has achieved its best ever first half-year sales: year-to-date deliveries are 5.8% up on the same period last year with a total of 1,163,139 vehicles sold.

“With our three premium brands, we’ve achieved good first half-year growth, with sales in Europe and Asia showing particularly strong results,” said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW. “Our focus continues to be on ensuring sustainable, profitable growth in sales and despite headwinds in some markets, our June results confirm that we are achieving just that,” he continued.

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.

Best May ever: 198,354 automobiles sold worldwide, up 5.3% ++ Year-to-date sales up 5.0% with 935,288 vehicles delivered ++ BMW sales up 5.0% in year-to-date: 797,457 vehicles sold ++ MINI delivers 136,617 cars in first five months, up 5.2% ++ Mainland China grows 7.1% in May: 40,123 vehicles sold ++ Strong Plug-in Hybrid sales in Europe

Munich. The BMW Group achieved its best-ever May in terms of sales with a total of 198,354 vehicles delivered to customers around the world, an increase of 5.3% on the same month last year. This continuing growth means the company’s automotive sales in the year-to-date are 5.0% higher than at the same point in the year in 2015, with a total of 935,288 vehicles sold globally so far this year.

"Our sales continue to show sustainable growth, well in line with our expectations," said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management with responsibility for Sales and Marketing BMW. "Our target is to ensure profitable growth in sales and thanks to our attractive model line-up, that’s what we are achieving," he continued.

Record sales for BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad ++ BMW Group automobile sales up 1.9% in April: 179,285 units ++ Year-to-date sales total 736,931, up 4.9% ++ Europe and Asia lead sales growth in first four months ++ BMW i3 sales up 50.7% on same month last year ++ Strong start for BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid

Munich. April saw the BMW Group’s steady growth in sales continue with BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad all achieving new records. In April, a total of 179,285 BMW Group automobiles were delivered to customers around the world, an increase of 1.9% on the same month last year. This on-going, sustainable growth is reflected in the year-to-date figures, with a total of 736,931 BMW Group vehicles sold in the first four months of 2016, 4.9% more than in the same period last year.

“Following on from our best-ever sales month in March, we have once again achieved sustainable and profitable levels of growth across the BMW Group product line-up,” said Dr Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing BMW. “Despite headwinds in some markets, the overall global picture remains positive for the year,” he added.

New sales volume and earnings records in first quarter ++ Profit before tax 4.4% higher at € 2.37 billion ++ EBIT margin of 9.4% in Automotive segment ++ Group net profit up by 8.2% to € 1.64 billion ++ BMW Group reaffirms outlook for full year 2016

Munich. The BMW Group continued to steer a successful course at the beginning of an important year of centenary celebrations by posting new highs for sales volume and earnings in the first quarter of 2016.

“Our first-quarter performance is further proof of our ability to generate positive earnings with our core business, despite a volatile environment,” stated Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on Tuesday. “The decisive factor for us is not short-term profit but sustainable, profitable growth. From this position of strength, we intend to play a pioneering role in transforming and shaping the world of individual mobility going forward.” The BMW Group presented its Strategy Number ONE > NEXT in March, setting the framework for its continued commitment to drive the change of the future mobility.

BMW delivers over 200,000 vehicles for first time in single month ++ MINI achieves all-time record monthly sales ++ BMW Group sales grow 3.5% in March to total 240,659 ++ Year-to-date sales total 557,605, up 5.9% ++ First three months’ sales in Europe up 9.5%; Asia +10.0% ++ BMW Motorrad sales achieve new monthly record

Munich. March 2016 saw the BMW Group sell more vehicles than in any other single month in the company’s 100 year history. A total of 240,659 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were handed over to customers around the world, an increase of 3.5% on the same month last year. In the first three months of the year, sales increased 5.9%, totalling 557,605 vehicles.

“March 2016 has been the best single month ever for BMW Group sales and I’m delighted to see that our innovative product range is enabling us to achieve ongoing, sustainable and profitable growth,” said Dr Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing BMW. “Globally, I am confident that we will see this positive trend continue through the year,” he added.

Car-sharing 2.0 offers new and innovative services ++ BMW Group remains the driving force for individual mobility of the future ++ Consistent implementation of the strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT

Seattle. Under the new brand name “ReachNow”, BMW Group is launching an enhanced car sharing service in Seattle (USA) today. The programme is based on the successful business model currently operating in Europe under the name “DriveNow”. Customers in the USA will soon be able to choose further future-oriented services for bespoke individual mobility. ReachNow is starting in Seattle with an initial fleet of 370 BMW and MINI vehicles. 20 percent of the entire fleet is made up of BMW i3 electric vehicles. In addition to Seattle, ReachNow will be expanded into further cities in the USA.

This move is in line with the company’s strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, as outlined by BMW AG Management Board Chairman Harald Krüger three weeks ago. The strategy states that the development of customer-oriented mobility services will be one of the company’s central business fields in the years ahead.

BMW Group to expand BMW i product range +++ New BMW iNEXT to set standards for future technologies +++ Project i 2.0 will ensure leading role in automated driving +++ Digital services make mobile life easier for customers +++ New luxury-class models planned for most profitable segments +++ Profitability remains key focus – targets set until 2020 +++ Harald Krüger: combining operational excellence and new ways of thinking

Munich. Following its sixth record-breaking year in succession, the BMW Group has revealed initial details of its new strategy. With its Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, the world’s leading provider of premium products and services for individual mobility is setting out the framework to shape change in the automobile sector. The BMW Group intends to remain the driving force behind premium individual mobility. With a clear focus on people and their environment, the BMW Group aims to deliver solutions that are both ground-breaking and responsible.

“Throughout its 100-year history, the BMW Group has always reinvented itself. As a pioneer of new technologies, the company has shaped change, within both the industry and the world of mobility,” commented Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at the Annual Accounts Press Conference in Munich on Wednesday. “We are setting the standard with our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, both now and in the future. We will lead the BMW Group into a new era, one in which we will transform and shape both individual mobility and the entire sector in a permanent way.”

New highs forecast in sales volume, revenues and earnings +++ EBIT margin of 8 - 10% targeted for Automotive segment +++ Target: slight increases in sales volume and pre-tax profit

Munich. The BMW Group is set to continue its success story in 2016. “We are targeting new highs for sales volume and group profit before tax,” stated Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG at the Annual Accounts Press Conference in Munich on Wednesday. The BMW Group also expects to remain the world's leading premium manufacturer of vehicles in 2016.

Group profit before tax is forecast to improve slightly. The BMW Group benefits from its strong brands, attractive product range and the expectation that international automobile markets will continue their generally upward trend. These favorable factors contrast with rising personnel expenses, intense competition and high levels of upfront expenditure for new technologies. The global political and economic environment is also expected to remain volatile.

 

Monthly sales grow 7.9% to total 163,965 worldwide +++ Year-to-date sales total 316,846, up 7.7% +++ BMW ytd deliveries increase 8.3% with 277,304 units sold +++ MINI ytd sales total 39,237, up 4.1% +++ Year-to-date sales in Europe up 11.4%; Asia increases 12.1% +++ BMW Motorrad delivers 17,323 units in year-to-date, up 12.1%

Munich. In its centenary year, the BMW Group continues to grow its global sales. February saw a new record number of customer deliveries with a total of 163,965 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles handed over to customers around the world, an increase of 7.9% on the same month last year. In the year-to-date, 316,846 units have been sold, an increase of 7.7% compared with the same period last year.

“As we activate our year of centenary events, I’m delighted that our sales continue to grow at a sustainable rate,” said Dr Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing BMW. “As we expected, we are seeing tailwinds in some markets but headwinds in others. However with our innovative new models, we remain optimistic that we will continue to achieve steady sales growth as the year progresses,” he added.

New highs for sales volume, revenues and profit before tax +++ BMW Group achieves targets for financial year 2015 +++ Group revenues up 14.6% to € 92.2 billion +++ Group profit before tax exceeds 9 billion euros for first time +++ EBIT margin Automobile segment of 9.2% within target range +++ Group net profit increased by 10% to € 6.4 billion +++ Record dividend: € 3.20 per share of common stock proposed +++ Associate bonus paid highest in German premium auto industry

Munich. The BMW Group achieved its sixth record-breaking year in succession in 2015, posting new highs to date for sales volumes, revenues and profit before tax, despite a volatile market environment.

"We have met all of our ambitious targets for the financial year", stated Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG on Wednesday in Munich. “With another set of impressive figures in its centenary year, the BMW Group remains the world's leading provider of premium vehicles and mobility services.”

2016 sees the BMW Group celebrate its centenary under the motto THE NEXT 100 YEARS. Throughout its history, the company’s image has been defined by a future focus and pioneering action – all made possible by its extraordinary team of employees, who share a fascination for mobility which is integral to all our lives.

“At the BMW Group, we are always on a quest for the best solution. It’s part of our DNA,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at the Centenary Event in Munich on Monday. “It’s also the spirit of our collaborations, a recurring theme that permeates our corporate and leadership culture.”

The BMW Group’s foundations are to consolidate as the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt +++ Foundation will develop Eberhard von Kuenheim Fund for impact investing +++ Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten: €30 million to support BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt +++

To mark its centenary year, the BMW Group is enhancing its commitment to social responsibility. The capital of its foundation, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, will be increased by €50 million to a total of €100 million. In addition, annual donations will be made to support project work. In 2016 the donation will amount to another €5 million. Further financing will be provided by major shareholders Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten, who will support the foundation’s project work with an additional €30 million.

First month sees sales grow 7.5% to total 152,879 worldwide +++ BMW delivers 133,883 units – increase of 7.5% +++ New BMW X1 grows sales 60.4% +++ New BMW 7 Series: sales increase 26.3% +++ MINI sales climb 8.6% to total 18,867 +++ MINI 5 door deliveries up 49.2% on previous year +++ Sales in Europe and Asia increase by around 10% +++ BMW Motorrad sales grow 19.6% with 7,488 units delivered +++

  • First month sees sales grow 7.5 % to total 152,879 worldwide
  • BMW delivers 133,883 units – increase of 7.5 %
  • New BMW X1 grows sales 60.4 %
  • New BMW 7 Series: sales increase 26.3 %
  • MINI sales climb 8.6 % to total 18,867
  • MINI 5 door deliveries up 49.2 % on previous year
  • Sales in Europe and Asia increase by around 10 %
  • BMW Motorrad sales grow 19.6 % with 7,488 units delivered
Following its most successful sales year ever, the BMW Group achieved a record numbers of customer deliveries in the first month of the new year. A total of 152,879 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were handed over to customers around the world in January 2016, an increase of 7.5% on the same period last year.

Full-year sales up 6.1% to total 2,247,485 +++ 2015 was BMW and MINI’s most successful year ever +++ BMW sales increase 5.2% to total 1,905,234 +++ MINI sales achieve 12.0% increase to total 338,466 +++ Around 30,000 BMW i vehicles sold in 2015 +++ Deliveries increased in all major sales regions +++ Almost one million vehicles sold in Europe +++

2015 was the most successful year ever for the BMW Group with annual sales setting a new record for the fifth year in a row. A total of 2,247,485 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles were delivered to customers around the world last year, an increase of 6.1 % on the previous year. December 2015 saw 213,537 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold (-0.8 %).

  • Full-year sales up 6.1 % to total 2,247,485
  • 2015 was BMW and MINI’s most successful year ever
  • BMW sales increase 5.2 % to total 1,905,234
  • MINI sales achieve 12.0 % increase to total 338,466
  • Around 30,000 BMW i vehicles sold in 2015
  • Deliveries increased in all major sales regions
  • Almost one million vehicles sold in Europe

Over two million cars produced worldwide, more than one million thereof in Germany. BMW Group Plant Spartanburg number one according to volume. Substantial investment in the production network.

With the end of the year fast approaching, it is apparent that the BMW Group’s production network will be posting new record highs for the business year 2015. Due to the high customer demand and the launch of numerous new models, such as the new BMW 7 Series, the international plant network has shown an excellent capacity utilization. Oliver Zipse, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Production, is satisfied with the performance: “The BMW Group’s two-millionth car rolled off the assembly lines back in November. And 2015 marks the fifth time in a row that our German plants have produced well over one million vehicles a year.”

Sales up 4.9% to total 197,480 +++ Over 2 million vehicles delivered so far in 2015 +++ Year-to-date increase of 6.9% +++ BMW i sales top 25,000 worldwide +++ Monthly sales of MINI 5 door double year-on-year +++

  • Sales up 4.9 % to total 197,480
  • Over 2 million vehicles delivered so far in 2015
  • Year-to-date increase of 6.9 %
  • BMW i sales top 25,000 worldwide
  • Monthly sales of MINI 5 door double year-on-year
The BMW Group has achieved new record sales for November with a total of 197,480 (+4.9 %) vehicles delivered to customers worldwide. This brings the total number of vehicles sold by the company so far in 2015 to 2,033,948 (+6.9 %). It’s the first time the company has sold over 2 million vehicles by this stage in the year.

AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG successfully conclude HERE acquisition +++ HERE as leading provider of technology for digitized world of mobility +++ Data from vehicle sensors to accelerate development of open location platform +++ HERE to expand business in all areas and win further customers beyond automotive +++ Shareholders open to other partners and investors from all industries +++

  • AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG successfully conclude HERE acquisition
  • HERE as leading provider of technology for digitized world of mobility
  • Data from vehicle sensors to accelerate development of open location platform
  • HERE to expand business in all areas and win further customers beyond automotive
  • Shareholders open to other partners and investors from all industries

+++ Increased pace in the battle against climate change +++ Commitment to a clear course to achieve the 1.5-degree target +++ 50% reduction in global CO2 use-phase emissions by 2030 +++ Over 40% reduction in CO2 emissions during life cycle +++ Circular economy: Up to 50% use of secondary material planned +++ E offensive: Delivery volume for battery cells almost doubled – ten million all-electric vehicles within ten years +++ BMW i Vision Circular demonstrates the potential of a car that is consistently aligned to material cycles +++ Four additional concept vehicles for a pioneering sustainable mobility mix on two and four wheels +++ All-electric core models BMW iX and BMW i4 celebrate their motor show premiere +++
 

Munich. The BMW Group is putting circular economy and sustainable urban mobility at the centre of its presence at the 2021 IAA Mobility. At the motor show, the company is consistently demonstrating its sustainability and CO2 targets as well as its concrete measures and concepts to achieve these goals.

More stringent CO2 targets and consistent focus on a circular economy

The BMW Group is increasing the pace of its efforts to combat climate change. Looking ahead to the introduction of the Neue Klasse, the company is further strengthening its self-defined objectives, announced in summer last year, to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, whilst also committing itself to a clear course that supports the 1.5 degree target for the limitation of global warming. The Neue Klasse will also see the BMW Group hugely increase its use of secondary materials with a firm focus on the principles of the circular economy, whilst also promoting better framework conditions for establishing a market for secondary materials.

+++ Measures to achieve 1.5-degree goal: BMW Group backs sustainable, innovative materials and circular economy +++ Higher recycling rates and material substitutions for faster reduction of lifecycle CO2 emissions by 2030 +++ Innovative materials research and collaborations key factors in combating climate change +++
 

Munich. The BMW Group is stepping up its fight against climate change with a unique sustainability strategy and clearly defined CO2 targets, as announced by Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG at a media event in Munich.

The main focus of the company’s pioneering strategy is, on the one hand, to drastically reduce CO2 per vehicle by 2030. On the other, with the introduction of the “Neue Klasse”, the BMW Group will be massively promoting the use of secondary material and the forward-looking principles of the circular economy. The BMW Group is committing to a more sustainable pathway, with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C.

+++ Zipse: “We are committed to a clear course to achieve the 1.5 degree target” +++ 50% reduction in global CO2 use-phase emissions by 2030 +++ Over 40% reduction in CO2 emissions during life cycle +++ Ten million all-electric vehicles within ten years +++ Secondary first: Up to 50% use of secondary material planned – initiatives to develop the market are required +++ Cooperation with BASF and ALBA on plastic recycling +++ Resource scarcity and social responsibility: BMW Group focussed on circular economy for sustainable materials +++ RE:BMW – circular economy at the IAA Mobility in Munich +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is increasing the pace of its efforts to combat climate change. Looking ahead to the introduction of the Neue Klasse, the company is further strengthening its self-defined objectives, announced in summer last year, to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, whilst also committing itself to a clear course that supports the 1.5 degree target for the limitation of global warming. The Neue Klasse will also see the BMW Group hugely increase its use of secondary materials with a firm focus on the principles of the circular economy, whilst also promoting better framework conditions for establishing a market for secondary materials. 

To achieve a further reduction in CO2 emissions, the focus is on the utilisation phase of vehicles, which account for 70% of the BMW Group’s CO2 footprint. By 2030, the CO2 emissions per vehicle and kilometre driven will be at least halved from 2019 levels. The commitment of all manufacturers when it comes to combatting climate change can best be compared when looking at the entire life cycle of a vehicle, including production and upstream supply chain. Here, the BMW Group is planning a reduction of CO2 emission per vehicle of at least 40%

+++ Zipse: "Great innovative strength and successful transformation" +++ Group EBT at just under € 6 billion following release of provision for EU antitrust proceedings +++ Earnings driven up by higher sales volume and good pricing – Automotive segment EBIT margin at 15.8% +++ Free cash flow of € 4.9 billion for six-month period to 30 June +++ Deliveries of electrified vehicles more than doubled (+167%) +++ Second half-year likely to be affected by supply bottlenecks and high prices for raw materials +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group continued performing dynamically in the second quarter, setting new record figures for sales, earnings and net profit. Demand for the Group’s premium vehicles has remained strong, with continued good pricing.

Reported figures for the second quarter improved significantly compared to one year earlier, when the BMW Group posted a loss due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, sales and earnings have also grown solidly compared with the financial year 2019.

“Our performance has benefited from strong customer demand during the first half of the year, enabling us to achieve significant growth. However, in light of a number of prevailing risks, including raw materials prices and a shortage of semiconductors, the second six-month period is likely to be more volatile for the BMW Group," said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Tuesday: "Despite short-term challenges, we remain focused on the Group’s long-term strategy of leveraging our great innovative strength and sustainable profitability as the basis for successfully shaping the transformation of our industry. In doing so, we are committed to finding the best technological solutions to drive forward the progress of digital connectivity and sustainable mobility." 

+++ No suspicion of unlawful defeat devices against BMW Group +++ European Commission enters uncharted territory for antitrust law +++ Settlement agreed after most allegations dropped +++ Applying for leniency was not an option for the BMW Group +++ Talks had no influence on company's product decisions and therefore did not disadvantage customers at all +++ BMW Group took own approach to exhaust gas treatment from the start +++

 

Munich. After reviewing an extensive statement submitted by the BMW Group, the European Commission has dropped most of its charges of antitrust violations. With the withdrawal of most of the original allegations, the Board of Management of BMW AG has agreed to a settlement proposed by the European Commission that will bring these proceedings to an end.

No suspicion of unlawful defeat devices against the BMW Group

The following aspect is particularly important to the BMW Group: The European Commission has once again confirmed that the investigation concluded with this settlement solely concerned possible infringements of competition law. The fine notice issued by the European Commission also states that there is no indication of collusion between the parties relating to the use of prohibited defeat devices to manipulate exhaust gas tests. This underlines that there has never been any allegation of unlawful manipulation of emission control systems by the BMW Group.

Unlike some of its competitors, the BMW Group never considered reduced, illegal emission control.

+++ BMW Group sales +39.1 percent higher year-on-year; 1,339,080 vehicles sold in first six months +++ Sales up +7.1 percent from pre-crisis year 2019 +++ Sales increase for all brands and regions +++ Deliveries of electrified vehicles more than doubled (153,267 vehicles, +148.5%) +++ Pieter Nota: “Strong sales for first half-year – continuing on growth track with decisive expansion of electrification” +++

 

Munich. With a total of 1,339,080 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles (+39.1%) delivered to customers, the BMW Group ended the first half of 2021 with a new all-time high in sales. All brands reported higher sales for the first six months of the year and, during the same period, the company grew its sales in all regions of the world. BMW Group sales for the first half-year were also clearly higher than in the pre-crisis year 2019, with an increase of +7.1 percent.

“We are on course to achieve solid, profitable sales growth,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Thanks to our strong model line-up, high customer demand worldwide and our excellent operating performance, we were able to achieve a new all-time high in sales in the first half of 2021. It is particularly pleasing that we were able to more than double our sales of electrified vehicles,” continued Nota.

+++ Highest standards of flexibility: All drive train variants on one line +++ Successful transformation of BMW Group plants towards e-mobility and digitalisation +++ Half of Dingolfing's production volume will be electrified by mid-decade +++ Nedeljković: “setting ourselves ambitious goals for the most sustainable production” +++

 

Dingolfing. Standard production of the fully-electric BMW iX* began today in Dingolfing. The plant in Lower Bavaria now produces vehicles with all drive train variants, i.e. combustion-engine vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fully-electric models, on a single line. Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production: “The launch of the BMW iX* marks another milestone in our expansion of electrification and demonstrates our production network's successful transformation towards electromobility and digitalisation.”

The BMW iX* is being manufactured at the BMW Group’s largest European production plant on an assembly line with the flexibility to build a mix of BMW 5 Series, 7 Series and 8 Series models. To handle this flexibility and variety of drive trains, vehicle assembly in Dingolfing has been expanded and refurbished. The BMW Group has invested a total of more than 400 million euros in producing the BMW iX* at the Dingolfing vehicle plant. Many of the remodelling and structural measures required for the BMW iX* are already benefiting future generations of the BMW 7 Series and 5 Series that will come off the production line in Dingolfing in the coming years. Fully-electric variants have also been announced for both model ranges.

 

*Fuel consumption/emissions data: 
BMW iX xDrive40: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 22.5-19.4 (WLTP); CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km
BMW iX xDrive50: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 23.0-19.8 (WLTP); CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km
BMW i4 eDrive40: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 20-16 (WLTP); CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km

+++ Recycling tools at plants in Germany and Austria saves seven tonnes of tungsten per year +++ Lowers energy consumption by 70% and CO2 emissions by more than 60% compared to primary tungsten +++ Wendt: “We will significantly increase the percentage of recycled raw materials by 2030 and use raw materials multiple times in a circular economy” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is making raw materials considered to be so-called conflict minerals a special focus of its sustainability strategy. This includes ores where mining or trading is often associated with violations of environmental and social standards. Tungsten is an example of this: Once considered an irritating by-product of tin mining, since it “ate up” the tin ore, it took a few hundred years for carbide’s unique properties to be recognised: heavy like gold, hard as a diamond and dozens of times more heat-resistant than iron. Today, it can be found in the vibration alarm of mobile phones and light bulb filaments, as well as drill and milling bits for industrial machinery used in producing cars.

Munich. Based on the progress of the proceedings, BMW AG expects, compared with the statement of objections of 5 April 2019, that the EU Commission will significantly reduce its allegations against BMW AG in terms of content and duration.

The subject matter of the proceedings is whether German automobile manufacturers cooperated in technical working groups to restrict competition in the development and rollout of emission-reduction technologies. The legal conformity of diesel vehicles is not subject of the proceedings. The BMW Group is not and has not been accused of unlawful manipulation of emission control systems.

On 5 April 2019, BMW AG had recognised a provision of around €1.4 billion. Based on the new information, BMW AG continues to consider it more likely than not that the EU Commission will issue a fine to BMW AG. However, the significant limitation in the scope of the allegations has led to a revaluation of the provision. This revaluation will result in a positive effect on earnings of around €1 billion in the second quarter of 2021.

+++ 22-inch tyres using certified sustainable natural rubber and rayon, a wood-based material used to strengthen the tyres +++ Plantations certified to standards of independent Forest Stewardship CouncilTM (FSCTM) organisation +++ Wendt: “We are helping preserve biodiversity and forests to counteract climate change” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is stepping up its activities in the field of sustainability, becoming the first automotive manufacturer worldwide to equip its cars with tyres using certified sustainable natural rubber and rayon, a wood-based material used to strengthen the tyres. The company will source 22-inch tyres in the first instance exclusively from Pirelli and, from August of this year, will use them in the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid (fuel consumption combined: 1.7-1.2 l/100km (WLTP), 2.1-1.6 l/100 km (NEDC); power consumption combined: 27.7-24.3 kWh/100 km (WLTP), 25.2-23.5 kWh/100 km (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined: 39-27 g/km (WLTP), 47-37 g/km (NEDC)). Certification of the rubber plantations and the complex supply chain for natural rubber and rayon takes place in accordance with the strict standards of the independent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

“As a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability and take responsibility,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “We have been committed to improving cultivation of natural rubber and increasing transparency in the supplier network since 2015. The use of tyres made of certified natural rubber is a pioneering achievement for our industry. In this way, we are helping preserve biodiversity and forests to counteract climate change.”

+++ RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE, RE:CYCLE – BMW Group makes circular economy central theme of IAA MOBILITY 2021 +++ “Neue Klasse”: “Secondary first” approach to development +++ Next-generation battery cells: Carbon footprint of high-voltage batteries to be reduced by half +++ CO2 goals for 2030 validated by Science-Based Targets Initiative +++ All production and locations to become completely net carbon neutral from 2021  +++ At least 50 percent of global sales from fully-electric models by 2030 +++ Zipse: “We want to play a pioneering role in the circular economy” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is underpinning its mission for sustainable mobility with ambitious goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases: At today’s Annual General Meeting, the company announced that it will avoid emission of over 200 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030. This is equivalent to more than 20 times the annual CO2 emissions of a city with over a million inhabitants, like Munich. To achieve this, the BMW Group is reducing its vehicles’ carbon footprint throughout their lifecycle – from raw material extraction, through production and the use phase, to end-of-life recycling. Going forward, using fewer resources will be one of the priorities.

“A climate-friendly car is not created solely by using green power. We must design our vehicles for sustainability from the very first day of development: reducing the amount of material used to manufacture them and, above all, planning for reuse and recycling from the very beginning. In the face of rising raw material prices, this is not just an environmental, but also a business imperative,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at the Annual General Meeting in Munich on Wednesday. “The technology for this is extremely demanding: That is why we want to lead the way on the circular economy and play a pioneering role. We are already working on quotas for the use of secondary material in our “Neue Klasse” that are both concrete and ambitious to meet our high standards. 

+++ Zipse: "BMW Group highly profitable and sustainable" +++ Deliveries of electrified vehicles more than doubled +++ Free cash flow of € 2.5 billion in first quarter +++ Sustainable mobility needs more than just an e-drive +++ Earnings boosted by higher deliveries and better pricing +++ Automotive segment EBIT margin at 9.8% +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group continued to grow extremely dynamically in the first quarter 2021 – as demonstrated by its outstanding reported figures. The Group is systematically driving its transformation process at a high pace, reaching new milestones in terms of e-mobility, digitisation and sustainability. At the same time, it was able to strengthen its business model in the first quarter of the year and to grow further.

"The first quarter shows that our global business model is a successful one, even in times of crisis. We remain firmly on track for continued sustainable, profitable growth," said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Friday. "Our strategy is based on retaining a keen focus on providing attractive high-tech products that are destined to shape the changing world of mobility going forward. With this clear vision, we are already developing the next major technological leaps that will continue to fascinate our customers ten years from now."

+++ Taking a successful Joint Development effort to the next level +++ 20 ampere hour (Ah) multi-layer all solid-state batteries in production +++ 100 Ah cells for automotive vehicle integration in 2022 +++ Automotive-compatible all solid-state battery by the end of the decade – BMW demonstrator vehicle well before 2025 +++

 

Louisville, Colorado, USA. Solid Power, an industry-leading producer of all solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, today announced a $130 million Series B investment round led by the BMW Group, Ford Motor Company and Volta Energy Technologies. Ford and the BMW Group have also expanded existing joint development agreements with Solid Power to secure all solid-state batteries for future electric vehicles.

The investment positions Solid Power to produce full-scale automotive batteries, increase associated material output and expand in-house production capabilities for future vehicle integration. The BMW Group and Ford aim to utilize Solid Power’s low-cost, high-energy all solid-state battery technology in forthcoming electric vehicles.

+++ BMW Group now producing high-voltage batteries and battery components at three locations in Germany alone: Dingolfing, Leipzig and Regensburg +++ Less than a year from decision to start of production in Leipzig and Regensburg +++ Production of battery components for BMW Group’s fifth generation of fully-electric vehicles +++

 

Munich/Leipzig/Regensburg. The BMW Group is launching production of battery components at its plants in Leipzig and Regensburg and expanding its e-drive production network. It has been less than a year since the decision was made to expand production capacity for e-drives in Germany. BMW Group Plant Leipzig will launch series production of battery modules on Monday, 3 May 2021, while BMW Group Plant Regensburg began coating battery cells for high-voltage batteries in April 2021. High-voltage batteries will also be produced in Regensburg from 2022. “We expect at least 50 percent of the vehicles we deliver to our customers worldwide to be fully electric by 2030,” said Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice President Production Engines and E-Drives. “And we are systematically expanding our production network for electric drive trains in response to this.”

The company is investing more than 250 million euros in its Regensburg and Leipzig locations alone to supply the BMW Group’s growing number of electrified vehicles with high-voltage batteries. High-voltage battery components will be used in production of the BMW iX* and BMW i4, both of which will be released onto the market shortly. The production systems are highly flexible and will also supply battery components for other BMW Group electrified vehicles in the future.

Munich. BMW AG reports sales growth in all significant regions of the world, in particular in China, and all brands in the first quarter of 2021. In addition, positive price and mix effects, as well as high demand for pre-owned cars, also lead to key financial performance figures of BMW AG which exceed market expectations in a positive current environment.

Based on preliminary figures for the first quarter 2021, Automotive segment EBIT is €2,236 million (Q1 2020: €229 million), Financial Services segment EBT is €787 million (Q1 2020: €484 million) and Group EBT is €3,757 million (Q1 2020: €798 million). The Automotive segment EBIT margin is 9.8% (Q1 2020: 1.3%).

The positive operating performance and the continued focus on working capital management lead to the free cash flow of €2,522 million (Q1 2020: -2,218 million) in the Automotive segment, also exceeding market expectations.
The definition of the above-mentioned financial indicators is provided on pages 327 and 328 of the BMW Group Report 2020. Further details will be published in the Quarterly Statement for the period to 31 March 2021 on 7 May 2021.

+++ The two industry leaders are revolutionising virtual planning and engineering for highly complex manufacturing systems +++ Omniverse platform allows different applications to connect, with unrestricted compatibility +++ Greatly enhancing the speed, precision and efficiency of the planning process +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group and NVIDIA are generating a completely new approach to planning highly complex manufacturing systems – with the Omniverse platform. The virtual factory planning tool integrates a range of planning data and applications and allows real-time collaboration with unrestricted compatibility. As industry leaders, the BMW Group and NVIDIA are setting new standards in virtual factory planning.

Milan Nedeljković, BMW AG Board Member for Production: “Together we’re about to make a huge leap forward and open up completely new perspectives in the field of virtual, digital planning. In the future a virtual representation of our production network will allow us to realise an innovative, integrated approach to our planning processes. Omniverse greatly enhances the precision, speed and consequently the efficiency of our planning processes.” 

+++ BMW Group sells 636,606 vehicles in Q1 (+33.5%) +++ Sales higher in all major regions of the world +++ Sales growth at BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce +++ Electrified vehicle sales more than double +++ Pieter Nota: “All-time sales high in first quarter underlines our ambitious growth targets” +++

 

Munich. In the first three months of the year, the BMW Group delivered a total of 636,606 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers (+33.5%) and achieved a new all-time high for the first quarter. Between January and March, the company increased its sales year-on-year in all major regions of the world. All BMW Group brands posted sales growth worldwide during this period.

“We continued our growth momentum in the first quarter of this year, selling more vehicles than ever before in this period. This all-time high in sales underlines our ambitious growth targets for the year,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Our sales performance was boosted by strong demand for our electrified vehicles, in particular. In the past three months, we doubled our global sales of electrified vehicles compared to the same period last year. This puts us on track to deliver more than 100,000 fully-electric vehicles this year, with at least a million electrified vehicles on the roads in total by the end of this year,” Nota continued.

New responsibilities at BMW Welt and BMW Group Classic

 

Munich. Change of leadership at BMW Welt – as of 1st July 2021 Tatjana Bister (51) will take over as head of the BMW Group's international experience and delivery centre. After five years as head of the BMW Group retail outlet in Vienna she moves to Munich and the BMW Welt, Bavaria's most popular tourist attraction. Before joining the BMW Group in 2016, she held various international management positions.

Tatjana Bister is going to take over this function from Helmut Käs (55), who will be appointed as the new head of BMW Group Classic and BMW Museum as of 1st May 2021 – after leading the BMW Welt for almost seven years he succeeds Ulrich Knieps, who retired at the end of 2020.

Helmut Käs has been with the BMW Group since 1990. Prior to his role at the BMW Welt, he was in charge of the BMW retail outlet in Fröttmaning and previously he was the long-time head of MINI Munich.

+++ Daimler Mobility AG and BMW Group significantly strengthen the customer offering of Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS) by adding bp as the third shareholder with a stake of 33.3%. +++ DCS is a leading developer of digital charging software for automotive manufacturers and vehicle fleet operators. Its in-car software integration provides EV drivers with seamless access to one of Europe’s largest charging networks. +++ DCS already offers access to 228,000 charging points in 32 countries. The addition of bp is expected to provide DCS customers access to an additional 8,700 charging points across Europe including ultra-fast charging (more than 150kw) and develop new integrated offers for fleets (including fuel and charge) as a first step +++ The partners intend to drive forward the transition to electrification. +++

 

London/Munich/Stuttgart. bp agreed to join BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in their drive to extend and significantly improve electrification, making electric vehicle charging more convenient, simpler and seamless for drivers.

Under their agreement, bp will become a 33.3% partner alongside BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG in Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS), one of Europe’s leading developers of digital charging solutions for automotive manufacturers and vehicle fleet operators. bp’s acquisition of the stake in DCS will be subject to regulatory approval. The terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

DCS’s services are important for the electrification strategies of the automotive industry. The company works with OEMs to integrate its charging solutions into vehicle operating systems. The BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG operate mobility services under the umbrella of the YOUR NOW Joint Ventures. Digital Charging Solutions GmbH stands behind the CHARGE NOW brand and operates charging services such as “Mercedes me Charge”, “BMW Charging” and “MINI Charging”. DCS already offers access to 228,000 charging points in 32 countries giving OEMs, fleet customers and EV drivers extensive access to charging infrastructure across Europe.

+++ Multi-year contract worth around 285 million euros with US company Livent +++ Responsible extraction of lithium in Argentina +++ Participating in study of sustainable lithium extraction in South America +++  Wendt: "Making ourselves technologically, geographically and geopolitically less dependent on individual suppliers" +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group will be accelerating its expansion of e-mobility in the coming years. By 2030, at least half the company’s global sales are expected to come from fully-electric vehicles. This will also increase the need for lithium, an important raw material for production of battery cells. For this reason, the company will now source lithium from a second leading supplier, US-based Livent. The value of the multi-year contract will total around 285 million euros. Livent will supply the lithium directly to the BMW Group’s battery cell manufacturers from 2022 on.

“Lithium is one of the key raw materials for electromobility. By sourcing lithium from a second supplier, we are securing requirements for production of our current fifth generation of battery cells. At the same time, we are making ourselves technologically, geographically and geopolitically less dependent on individual suppliers,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

+++ BMW i4 to be launched three months ahead of schedule +++ BMW Operating System 8 installed for first time in new BMW iX* – world's largest fleet for over-the-air upgrades by end of 2021 +++ Breadth over niche: around 90 percent of market segments to have fully electric models by 2023 +++ Deliveries of fully electric models to grow by well over 50 percent annually on average by 2025 +++ ‘Neue Klasse’ to spearhead product range from 2025 +++ Fully electric models to account for at least 50 percent of global deliveries by 2030 +++ MINI to become a fully electric brand by the early 2030s +++ Circular economy as goal for future product generations +++ Outlook: Significant increase in Group profit before tax +++ Zipse: “Transformation will give BMW a competitive edge” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group has entered 2021 with ambitious targets for growth and profitability and will be putting the first forerunners of its far-reaching technology offensive on the roads in the coming months. At the same time, it has set the course for a comprehensive realignment. From the middle of the decade, a new generation of models will take premium mobility to a new level from a technological perspective.

“The BMW Group has ambitious plans for 2021. We have started the new year with strong momentum and are aiming to return to pre-crisis levels as swiftly as possible – and go even further,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. “We have a clear roadmap for making the transformation of our industry a real competitive advantage for BMW in the coming years: uncompromisingly electric, digital and circular.”

+++ New method from Boston Metal to be industrialised in mid-decade +++ BMW Group continuously reducing CO2 emissions in its steel supplier network +++ Focus on secondary material and closed-loop material cycles at BMW Group press plants +++ Wendt: “Around two million tonnes less CO2 across our steel supplier network by 2030” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is systematically implementing its sustainability goals. As announced today, the company is investing in an innovative method for CO2-free steel production developed by American startup Boston Metal, through its venture capital fund, BMW i Ventures. Over the coming years, Boston Metal plans to expand the new method for steel production on an industrial scale. The investment is part of the BMW Group’s far-reaching sustainability activities aimed at significantly reducing CO2 emissions across the supplier network.

“We systematically identify the raw materials and components in our supplier network with the highest CO2 emissions from production. Steel is one of them, but it is vital to car production. For this reason, we have set ourselves the goal of continuously reducing CO2 emissions in the steel supply chain. By 2030, CO2 emissions should be about two million tonnes lower than today’s figure,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

+++ Group profit before tax for second half-year up 9.8% year-on-year +++ Q4 EBIT margin of 7.7% in Automotive segment +++ Full-year EBIT margin at higher edge of target range +++ Free cash flow of € 3.4 billion despite lockdowns above previous year +++ Dividend of € 1.90 per share of common stock proposed +++ Zipse: "Starting 2021 with a favourable tailwind"

 

Munich. The BMW Group’s profitable performance in the second half of the financial year 2020 provided a good tailwind going into 2021. Despite the global pandemic, the premium automobile manufacturer recorded an impressive pre-tax profit for the final six months of the year amounting to € 4,724 million, 9.8% up on the previous year’s already high figure of € 4,303 million.

Following the pandemic-related downturn in earnings in the second quarter, the BMW Group has therefore made a swift return to a more familiar profitable course. In the second half of the year, it delivered over 1.36 million units to customers, significantly more than in the corresponding period one year earlier. Volumes and earnings grew respectively in the final quarter of the year. 

+++ BMW Group Report 2020 combines Annual Report and Sustainable Value Report for the first time +++ Company-wide, transparent reporting for all stakeholders +++ Official validation of CO2 targets by Science-Based Targets Initiative +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group is embarking on a new chapter in its reporting: For the first time, it will be combining its Annual Report and its Sustainable Value Report for the reporting year 2020 in a single Integrated BMW Group Report. After the Board of Management redefined the company's central sustainability goals in 2020, integrated reporting marks the next logical step – thanks to integrated management of the company. Henceforth, the Integrated Report will be published to coincide with the BMW Group Annual Conference, outlining the company’s economic performance, as well as its contribution to the environment and to society.

Dr Nicolas Peter, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Finance: “The BMW Group Report 2020 shows that our business model and sustainability cannot be separated. We manage the BMW Group according to both financial and non-financial parameters and report these in a transparent manner every year. As a premium manufacturer, we seek to set a good example for the industry and take responsibility. Key sustainable development indicators are given equal weighting in our reporting with financial figures.” 

+++ The proposed acquisition of PARK NOW Group enables EasyPark Group to take the next strategic step in becoming a cutting-edge global digital mobility player through combining state-of-the-art technology and coverage. +++ Both shareholders, BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG, have evolved PARK NOW Group into a global provider of digital parking services. +++ The intended sale of PARK NOW Group to EasyPark Group will expand the coverage of state-of-the-art digital parking and mobility services - offering both on- and off-street parking, parking guidance (Find & Park), electrical vehicle charge functions and seamless in-car integration. +++

 

Munich/Stuttgart/Stockholm – As announced at today’s signing, BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG have agreed to sell their joint venture PARK NOW Group to EasyPark Group, subject to prior approval by the relevant authorities. PARK NOW is the parking operation of the carmakers’ YOUR NOW Joint Ventures along with services for car sharing (SHARE NOW), ride hailing and trip planning (FREE NOW/REACH NOW), as well as charging (CHARGE NOW) in Europe, and North and South America. EasyPark, a strong and highly experienced international player that this year celebrates its 20-years anniversary, intends to acquire PARK NOW in order to further expand its business activities according to their global growth plan.

Under the umbrella of PARK NOW Group, both owners of the YOUR NOW Joint Ventures have developed a global provider of digital parking services in recent years. PARK NOW operates under the brands RingGo, PARK NOW, Park-line and Parkmobile in 11 countries. PARK NOW Group offers a broad portfolio of digital services related to parking − both in car parks and on-street in more than 1,100 cities. Customers can reserve, book and pay for parking spaces online in advance via the app. 

+++ Export value from US Plant Spartanburg totals more than 8.9 billion US dollars in 2020 +++ New production record for second half-year +++ Growing percentage of electrified vehicles +++

 

Spartanburg / Munich. For the seventh consecutive year, the BMW Group leads the US in automotive exports. Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina exported 218,820 vehicles with an export value of more than 8.9 billion US dollars in 2020. The BMW Group produced a total of 361,365 vehicles at the plant. About 218,000 of these units were manufactured in the second half of the year, setting a new plant record.

“Claiming the top spot once again for US automotive exports is a direct result of the commitment and dedication of the Plant Spartanburg team during the challenging 2020 production year,” said Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Production. “Despite the difficult conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic, the plant was able to set a new production record in the second half of the year. This not only demonstrates the strong appeal of our products, but also the exceptional flexibility and outstanding performance capabilities of our production network.”

+++ Focus on sustainability: (digital) event series dedicated to sustainability all year round +++ New set of events: what will our future be like in 100 years’ time? Based on the ambitious long-term study from 2b AHEAD ThinkTank, Europe’s largest trend research institute +++ Continuation of the “Reclaim the Future!” series in cooperation with the 1E9 think tank. Theme: how do pioneering technologies from the tech community influence our future?

 

München. In 2021, the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt will be exploring the big issues of our future. Now in its third year, visitors can once again look forward to inspiring, digital live formats and expert talks featuring top-class speakers. Since October 2019, the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt has been a progressive platform that invites experts from different disciplines and movers and shakers with an innovative spirit to share their visions of the future. It’s a source of inspiration and actively promotes discussions on all issues of tomorrow. True to the slogan EXPLORE THE FUTURE. GET INSPIRED. JOIN THE CONVERSATION.
In 2021, the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt will focus on established digital and hybrid formats, allowing participants access to keynotes and discussion groups including ideas, concepts and technologies that could affect future living. This means the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt is playing an active part in shaping the future.

In its own (digital) event series, the FUTURE FORUM by BMW Welt will dedicate the whole year to sustainability in all its dimensions. It will carry on working with the 1E9 think tank, but will also start an exciting and inspiring series of events with 2b AHEAD ThinkTank. All live streams are free and can be accessed on the FUTURE FORUM website and on the BMW Welt & BMW Museum Facebook page

+++ Aluminium produced using solar energy will meet almost half the annual requirements of the light metal foundry at Plant Landshut +++ Triple-digit million-euro contract with Emirates Global Aluminium to supply 43,000 tonnes of aluminium in 2021 +++ BMW Group also plans to source aluminium produced with green power long-term, with CO2 savings of around 2.5 million tonnes by 2030 +++ Wendt: “Will reduce CO2 emissions in the supplier network by 20% by 2030” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group will begin sourcing aluminium produced using solar electricity with immediate effect. This marks an important milestone on the road to the company’s goal of lowering CO2 emissions in its supplier network by 20% by 2030. Since producing aluminium is highly energy-intensive, the use of green power – such as solar electricity – offers considerable potential for reducing CO2 emissions. That is why the BMW Group also plans to source aluminium produced with green power in the long term – enabling it to avoid approx. 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over the next ten years. This is equivalent to about three percent of the CO2 targets the company has set for its supplier network.

“We aspire to lead the way in sustainability and implement our sustainability goals in a systematic manner. We will be able to meet over 50% of our CO2 targets for the supplier network, just by using green power. The use of solar electricity for producing aluminium is a major step in this direction,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

Munich. The BMW AG’s preliminary Automotive segment Free Cash Flow for the fourth quarter 2020 is around € 2.8 billion (Q4 2019: € 1.5 billion), leading to around € 3.4 billion (2019: € 2.6 billion) for the full year 2020 and thus exceeds current market expectations.

 

The better than expected Free Cash Flow development of the Automotive Segment in the fourth quarter 2020 is driven mainly by the following effects:

  • Positive operating result in the Automotive segment

  • Continued focused management of inventories

  • Lower than expected consumption of warranty provisions as a result of lockdown measures

  • Higher down payments received from BMW Group dealerships, most notably in China in line with the positive market development and in the UK relating to Brexit

The positive operating result of the Automotive segment in the fourth quarter is partially due to better than expected remarketing results in the pre-owned car market. This also has a positive effect in the Financial Services segment, leading to a Return on Equity for the segment which is only slightly down on prior year as opposed to a moderate decline as indicated in the current outlook.

Due to the faster recovery in many markets in the second half of 2020 and consequent cost management, the EBIT margin in the Automotive Segment for the full year 2020 is at the upper end of the 0 - 3% corridor. The Group EBT remains within the outlook and in line with market expectations.

The definition of Free Cash Flow and Return on Equity can be found on pages 244 and 245 of the BMW Group Annual Report 2019. Further details will be published on 17 March 2021 in the Group Financial Statements 2020 of BMW AG.

Pieter Nota: Strong demand and profitable growth expected +++ Gains of more than 50 percent: electromobility as significant growth driver +++ Plans to double sales of fully-electric vehicles +++ Annual investment of triple-digit million amount up to 2025 in digitalisation of sales and marketing creates basis for best customer experience +++ Digital aftersales upgrades will drive highly profitable optional equipment business +++ Performance marketing for personalised, targeted customer approach +++ Customers to receive individual tailored offerings, with all products and services from single source +++ Retail partners play crucial role at point of sale and in providing service

 

Munich. After achieving an all-time sales high in the fourth quarter of 2020, the BMW Group is optimistic about the current year. The company is realigning its Sales and Marketing division in close collaboration with its retail partners – with the aim of offering the industry's best premium customer experience.

“We are optimistic about 2021 and look forward to resuming our profitable growth, thanks to strong demand for our fresh product line-up,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales. “We want to increase sales of our electrified vehicles by more than half in 2021. This underlines the importance of electromobility as a major growth driver for our company,” Nota continued. The company also aims to double sales of fully-electric vehicles this year. The introduction of the fully-electric MINI* and BMW iX3* last year will be followed in 2021 by the start of production for the fully-electric BMW iX in Dingolfing and the BMW i4 in Munich.

The BMW Group has now increased the number of electrified vehicles (fully-electric and plug-in hybrid) in its line-up to 13 models, available in 74 markets around the globe. The BMW Group plans to virtually double the number of electrified vehicles it offers to 25 models by 2023: More than half of these will be fully electric.

BMW Group sells 2,324,809 units in 2020 (-8.4%) +++ BMW Q4 sales up 4.3% from previous year (600,799 vehicles) +++ Sales of electrified vehicles increase by a third (+31.8%) +++ As promised: BMW Group meets EU CO2 fleet targets in 2020 +++ Pieter Nota: “Responded to the effects of the corona pandemic with agility in sales management and production. Have overfulfilled EU CO2 fleet targets with under 100 g/km.”

 

Munich. The BMW Group once again confirmed its position as the world’s leading premium automotive manufacturer last year, with a total of 2,324,809 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles (-8.4%) delivered to customers worldwide. 686,069 vehicles were sold at Group level in the fourth quarter, an increase of three percent (+3.2%) year-on-year. Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles climbed almost 40 percent (38.9%) compared to the previous year, reflecting strong customer interest in this drive train variant.

“We responded to the effects of the corona pandemic with great agility in sales management and production. As a result, we succeeded in concluding the year with a strong fourth quarter and once again we lead the premium segment worldwide," underlined Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. "Thanks to our Efficient Dynamics technologies and the more than 135,000 electrified vehicles we delivered in Europe, we overfulfilled our CO2 fleet targets in the EU and were even able to go below the mandatory limit by a few grams," Nota continued.

BMW Group named “World’s most attractive employer” (automotive) and again takes number-one spot in Young Professionals Barometer 2020. +++ Ilka Horstmeier: “Being a highly attractive employer helps us recruit the best talents in a highly competitive market.” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group has ranked among the leaders for employer image in both national and international comparisons for years. The company earned top positions again this year in numerous studies measuring employers’ perceived attractiveness.

The BMW Group has successfully defended its number-one spot in the Trendence Young Professionals Barometer in Germany since 2012 and came out on top for the ninth consecutive year in 2020. At the same time, a majority of students in Germany rated the BMW Group among the top companies this year, earning it second place in the business category in the Trendence Graduate Barometer 2020. The BMW Group also ranked fourth in the engineering category and sixth among young IT talents – making it the most attractive company in the automotive sector for IT graduates. The BMW Group also moved up one place from last year in the current Trendence School Leaver Barometer and now ranks fourth.

High level of supply chain flexibility speeds up transformation towards e-mobility +++ Extensive measures to ensure compliance with environmental and social standards and secure access to many critical raw materials +++ Sustainability measures in supply chain delivering results: CO2 emissions reduced by 17% in BMW iX* +++ Wendt: “Sustainability is an integral part of all purchasing activities” +++

Munich. The BMW Group is increasingly gearing up its purchasing for future growth in e-mobility and setting new standards for sustainability. The expansion of e-mobility makes value creation in the supplier network more important than ever, both with respect to CO2 emissions and sourcing of so-called critical raw materials, like those needed for producing battery cells.

“We believe sustainability is an integral part of all purchasing activities. So, as we accommodate the planned growth in electrified vehicles in the supplier network, we are at the same time integrating our sustainability requirements into all contract awards. In this way, we are taking sustainable development to the next level. Particularly as a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability and take responsibility,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. 

Zipse: “Third-quarter performance underlines BMW Group’s operational strength” +++ Peter: “We are in an intense cost competition” +++ Profit before tax in Q3 rises to approximately € 2.5 billion +++ Return on sales of 9.4% in Q3 +++ Free cash flow in Q3 exceeds € 3 billion +++ EBIT margin for Automotive segment within 2020 target range for nine-month period +++ E-autos to be manufactured at all German plants by 2022

 

Munich. The BMW Group increased sales volume and net profit in the third quarter of 2020 and, at the nine-month stage, is on track to meet its targets for the full year. The BMW Group was able to benefit during the third quarter from regional upturns in demand as well as from the attractive model portfolio on offer to customers. At the same time, cost efficiency and cash management remain decisive factors in coping with the ongoing impact of the corona pandemic in its varying regional forms to the best possible extent.

“The third-quarter performance underlines the BMW Group’s operational strength and ability to perform well within a challenging environment. We improved Group earnings compared to one year earlier and are therefore firmly on track towards achieving our targets for the full year. We manage our day-to-day operations closely, taking regional fluctuations in demand into account, and can respond to changing market situations at any time,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. In this way, the Group generated profit before tax in the region of € 2.5 billion in the third quarter. Free cash flow in the Automotive segment was in excess of € 3 billion. “We are shaping the transformation of our industry from a position of strength and are very well positioned for the years to come. At the same time, we are already strategically and technologically aligning the Group for the period after 2025 – including key aspects such as vehicle architectures and planning for vehicle production by plant.”

Munich. The preliminary free cash flow for the Automotive segment of BMW AG in the third quarter 2020 amounts to €3,065 million (previous year: €714 million) and thus exceeds current market expectations.

This was due in particular to a faster recovery in several markets, which led to higher sales growth. In addition, a focused management has led to an optimisation of working capital and a further reduction of fixed costs and capital expenditure.

The impact of this development on the free cash flow for the Automotive segment for the full year will be communicated with the release of the Quarterly Statement to 30 September 2020. 

BMW Group sells 675,680 units in third quarter (+8.6%) +++ Europe region delivers 275,618 vehicles to customers in Q3 (+7.1%) +++ China up 6.4% after first nine months (559,681 vehicles) +++ Sales situation still reflects regional impact of coronavirus pandemic +++ Pieter Nota: “Sales growth of almost 50 percent for electrified vehicles in third quarter”

 

Munich. The BMW Group posted solid year-on-year sales growth of 8.6 percent in the third quarter, with a total of 675,680 vehicles delivered to customers. As expected, the sales performance from January to September meanwhile reflects the global impact of the Corona Pandemic. During this period, the company sold 1,638,316 (-12.5%) premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles worldwide.

“Thanks to our strong model line-up, we were able to increase our third-quarter sales year-on-year, despite the lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Customer, Brands, Sales. “We are especially pleased with the sales growth of almost 50 percent in electrified vehicles. This makes electromobility a substantial growth driver. We have already delivered around 10,000 fully-electric MINIs* since the start of the year. This shows how much our customers appreciate this car,” Nota continued. 

The heart of the BMW Group's worldwide R&D network +++ Smart Building as innovation platform for 4800 vehicle developers +++ Space for 100 state-of-the-art test benches and 200 laboratories +++ Flagship for Germany as a location for research with an investment of approx. 1 billion euros +++ Setting the pace of transformation in automotive development

Munich. With the FIZ Projekthaus Nord, which went into operation today, the BMW Group is opening the new heart of its global research and development network. The architecturally impressive building complex makes the successively expanded Munich Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ) one of the largest R&D locations in Europe and manifests the clear commitment to Germany as a location for research and development. The FIZ Projekthaus Nord is a milestone of the long-term "FIZ Future" program, in which the company has already invested about 1 billion euros.

Professor Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter, Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management for Development, Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management for Human Resources, and Manfred Schoch, Chairman of the General Works Council of BMW AG, jointly ramped up the first of a total of 100 ultra-modern test benches on Friday, thus officially opening the progressive building.

Zipse: “Cautiously optimistic for second half of year” +++ Profit before tax after first half year at ca. € 500 million +++ Revenues and earnings impacted by Q2 market downturns +++ Strict inventories management helps safeguard cash flow +++  CO2 targets now set up for complete vehicle life cycle to 2030 +++ Far-reaching product strategy: significant CO2 reductions with over seven million electrified vehicles

Munich. At the halfway stage, the BMW Group remains on course towards achieving its targets for the full year. After implementing controlled cutbacks at many of its plants in March as a response to the foreseeable drop in global demand, the Group initiated a coordinated restart of its production facilities in the second quarter. Since mid-June, all its manufacturing plants have again been working in regular shifts. Nonetheless, cost efficiency and cash management remain decisive factors for best controlling the consequences of the corona pandemic.

“Our swift responsiveness and consistent management strategy enabled us to limit the impact of the corona pandemic on the BMW Group during the first half of the year,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. Despite a significant market decline following the corona pandemic the BMW Group was able to achieve a positive profit before tax of € 498 million in the first half year. “We are now looking ahead to the second six-month period with cautious optimism and continue to target an EBIT margin between 0 and 3% for the Automotive segment in 2020. We are monitoring the situation very closely and managing production capacities in line with market developments and regional fluctuations in customer demand.” 

Board of Management and executive management will be measured against new sustainability targets +++ First-ever CO2 goals for full lifecycle up to 2030 +++ Science-Based Targets form basis for new goals +++ Far-reaching product strategy: Major CO2 reduction with more than seven million electrified vehicles +++ Carbon emissions from production and sites to be lowered by 80% per vehicle +++ BMW Group aims for most sustainable supply chain industry wide +++ Circular economy as vision for resource management +++ Zipse: “Sustainability and premium will be inextricably linked in the future”

Munich. The BMW Group is making sustainability and resource efficiency central to the company’s strategic direction. Chairman of the Board of Management Oliver Zipse announced initial details of this strategic direction in Munich today and presented the targets the company has set itself for the phase up to 2030. The BMW Group is building on a strong foundation: Over the past years and decades, the company has repeatedly set standards in terms of sustainability. The principle of continuous improvement will remain at the heart of the strategy to reduce CO2 emissions and increase resource efficiency.

“I firmly believe the fight against climate change and how we use resources will decide the future of our society – and of the BMW Group. As a premium car company, it is our ambition to lead the way in sustainability. That is why we are taking responsibility here and now and making these issues central to our future strategic direction,” said Oliver Zipse. “This new strategic direction will be anchored in all divisions – from administration and purchasing to development and production, all the way to sales. We are taking sustainability to the next level.”

BMW Group Landshut plant assumes key role for BMW iNEXT – Innovations totalling more than 50 million Euros for future issues +++ Innovative kidney grille – central high-tech component for highly automated driving +++ Opening of new production facility with Bavaria’s economics minister Hubert Aiwanger and board member Dr. Andreas Wendt +++ Wendt: “Automated driving is a great chance for Germany as an industrial location – in-house component production serves more than ever as an innovation hub”

Munich/Landshut. The Lower Bavarian BMW Group Landshut plant again assumes its role as an innovation driver for the automotive future: With a number of important high-tech components, it will give the BMW iNEXT, which starts rolling off the assembly line in Dingolfing from 2021, a face. The BMW iNEXT is the BMW Group’s first all-electric production vehicle prepared for fully automated driving. Today, Dr. Andreas Wendt, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network, and Hubert Aiwanger, Deputy Prime Minister of Bavaria and the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, opened a new production facility at the Landshut location. The innovative kidney grille – the “eye” – for the BMW iNEXT will be produced there.

The technologically complex kidney grille is vital for highly-automated driving: It allows the integration of camera technology, radar functions and further sensors required for highly developed driver assistance systems into the front end of the vehicle. The BMW Group Landshut is investing a total of over 50 million Euros in innovative components for the BMW iNEXT and further future vehicle models.

Order volume of 2 billion euros from 2024 +++ Sustainable production using 100% wind and hydroelectric power +++ Oliver Zipse: “For an effective contribution to climate protection BMW Group aims to improve its products’ overall environmental balance”

Munich. The BMW Group is driving the expansion of electromobility and has signed a long-term supply contract worth 2 billion euros for battery cells with the Swedish company Northvolt. The battery cells will be produced in Europe at the Northvolt gigafactory currently under construction in Skellefteå in northern Sweden (series plant Northvolt Ett) from 2024.

A decisive aspect for the BMW Group: Northvolt will obtain 100 percent of the energy needed to produce the battery cells regionally in northern Sweden and exclusively from wind and hydroelectric power. Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: “To make an effective contribution to climate protection, we aim to improve our products’ overall environmental balance – from resources to recycling. This applies in particular to energy-intensive production of high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles. That is why we now have a contractual agreement with our cell manufacturers that they will only use green power to produce our fifth-generation battery cells.”

Supply contract signed with Managem Group (contract period: 2020 – 2025) +++ BMW AG Board of Management member for Purchasing Andreas Wendt: “We are systematically driving electrification of our vehicle fleet. Sustainability plays a central role in expanding electromobility.”

Munich. The BMW Group is driving the expansion of electromobility and sourcing the cobalt it needs as a key raw material for battery cells directly. Recently the BMW Group signed a supply contract with Moroccan mining company Managem Group. “The contract has a volume of around 100 million euros,” said Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. With this order the BMW Group will cover about a fifth of its cobalt needs for the fifth generation of our electric drive trains. The company will source the remaining four fifths of its cobalt needs from Australia. The contract between the BMW Group and the Managem Group is for a term of five years (2020 – 2025). The two companies already signed a memorandum of understanding on the direct purchase of cobalt from Morocco in Marrakesh in January 2019.

“Cobalt is an important raw material for electromobility. By signing this supply contract with Managem today, we are continuing to secure our raw material needs for battery cells,” said Wendt. “We are systematically driving electrification of our vehicle fleet. By 2023, we aim to have 25 electrified models in our line-up – more than half of them fully-electric. Our need for raw materials will increase in line with this. For cobalt alone, we expect our needs to roughly triple by 2025.”

Total sales affected by the impact of the worldwide pandemic +++ Initial signs of recovery in individual markets at the end of Q2 +++ 962,575 vehicles delivered (-23.0%) in year to date +++ BMW Group sold 218,876 automobiles in June (-9.0%) +++ Pieter Nota: "China sales in second quarter above previous year"

Munich. As expected, BMW Group sales figures for the first six months of this year were impacted by the effects of the temporary closure of retail outlets worldwide. The company delivered a total of 962,575 (-23.0%) premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers worldwide in the first half-year.

“We are following the development of global demand very closely and continue to plan for various scenarios so we can respond quickly as regions around the globe recover from the coronavirus pandemic at different speeds,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “We are seeing a positive development in China, where our second-quarter sales were once again higher than in the previous year,” underlined Nota. “Demand for our electrified vehicles also outperformed the market trend in the first half of the year. Our wide range of plug-in hybrid models and the new fully-electric MINI are in high demand among our customers,” he added.

Vehicle deliveries in first half-year by brand
A total of 842,153 (-21.7%) BMW vehicles were delivered in the first six months of the current year.
The MINI brand sold 118,862 (-31.1%) units during the same period. In the first half of the year, a total of 61,652 (+3.4%) electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were handed over to customers.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars reported sales of 1,560 (-37.6%) vehicles in the first half of the current year.
A total of 76,707 (‑17.7%) motorcycles were also sold between January and June. 

BMW Group opens Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing and expands manufacturing capacity +++  E-drives for 500,000 electrified vehicles +++ Start of production for fifth-generation BMW e-drive +++ Competence Centre will employ up to 2,000 staff in medium term +++ Investment of more than 500 million euros by 2022 +++ Successful transformation of BMW Group’s biggest European production site

Munich/Dingolfing. The BMW Group is stepping up its e-mobility ramp-up and setting new standards for the transformation of the industry with its production. Today, at its largest European manufacturing location in Dingolfing, the company opened the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production. Having produced electric powertrain components in Dingolfing since 2013, the BMW Group is now expanding its capacity significantly. Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder and Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse symbolically launched production of the new, highly integrated BMW e-drive, which combines the electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a central housing. The new generation of the BMW e-drive will be used for the first time in the new BMW iX3, which will go into production in China in late summer.

At the Competence Centre in Dingolfing, the BMW Group will produce electric powertrain components such as battery modules, high-voltage batteries and electric motors on eight production lines. Over the coming years, the company will set up four additional lines, which will boost the location’s production capacity significantly. 

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and BMW Group South Africa are supporting the South African government in its efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by providing 750 new hospital beds +++ BMW Group South Africa, which operates a production plant in Rosslyn in the Gauteng region, is providing the project with financial assistance of around 2.7 million euros +++ BMW Group South Africa has been involved with various social projects in Gauteng for almost 50 years and will continue with this during the coronavirus crisis as an investment in the community and its employees

Munich / Pretoria. Today, in a virtual ceremony, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse, German Minister of Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller and South African Minister of Health Zwelini Lawrence Mkhize signed a joint memorandum of understanding.
The agreement includes an emergency coronavirus package, with the three partners working together to help expand medical infrastructure at nine hospitals and four clinics in the Gauteng region. In addition to masks and disinfectant, the Gauteng region will also be provided with 750 additional hospital beds and 150 mobile oxygen tanks no later than July.
South Africa is currently among the regions of the continent hardest hit by COVID-19. As in many other African countries, there is also a lack of emergency beds, ventilators and laboratory facilities.

Both companies will continue to pursue their own development path +++ Technological understanding of both partners remains a good fit +++ Successful collaboration to continue in other fields as planned +++ Fröhlich: “Current technology puts us into excellent position for many years” +++ Schäfer: “Sounding out possibilities with partners outside automotive sector”

Munich/Stuttgart. The BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG are putting their cooperation on development of next-generation technology for automated driving temporarily on hold. Following extensive review, the two companies have arrived at a mutual and amicable agreement to concentrate on their existing development paths – which may also include working with current or new partners. Both explicitly wished to emphasise that cooperation may be resumed at a later date and that the two organisations’ underlying approach to matters such as safety and customer benefits in the field of automated driving remains highly compatible.

The BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG are both working separately on current generations for highly-automated driving and have achieved major progress in this field in the past. However, the BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz AG were unable to hold detailed expert discussions and talk to suppliers about technology roadmaps until the contract was signed last year. In these talks – and after extensive review – both sides concluded that, in view of the expense involved in creating a shared technology platform, as well as current business and economic conditions, the timing is not right for successful implementation of the cooperation.

Solution mutually agreed by company management and employee representatives +++ High level of vocational training will be maintained +++ Horstmeier: “We continue to do things the BMW way” +++

Munich. In constructive dialogue with the German Works Council, the BMW AG has agreed to a package of personnel measures that balances the future competitiveness of the company with the interests of the workforce. Having applied existing flexibility instruments, such as reducing working time and leave account balances, as well as short-time working, further steps are needed to make the BMW Group more resilient to external influences and market fluctuations. The objective is for the company to achieve planned workforce reductions through attrition and voluntary agreements and maintain the same high level of vocational training as last year.

“We will continue to do things the BMW way and develop solutions in constructive dialogue with employee representatives. We have agreed on a forward-looking package of measures that will help improve the company’s earnings in the short term, but will also preserve our capacity for innovation in the long term,” said Ilka Horstmeier, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Human Resources and Labour Relations, in assessment of the agreement reached. “This will ensure we remain a reliable employer.”

Anke Schäferkordt takes over Renate Köcher’s seat

Munich. The current Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG, Dr.-Ing. Norbert Reithofer, has been re-elected to the Supervisory Board for a mandate period of five years at today’s Annual General Meeting. At a meeting of the Supervisory Board held after the shareholders’ meeting, he was also re-elected as its chairman. Reithofer has been associated with BMW AG for more than three decades. He joined the company in 1987 and was Chairman of the Board of Management between 2006 and 2015. He has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2015.

The Annual General Meeting also newly elected Anke Schäferkordt to the Supervisory Board for a mandate period of five years. The media manager takes over the seat of Prof. Renate Köcher, who stepped down early at the end of this year’s Annual General Meeting in agreement with the Supervisory Board. 

Liquidity remains at high level – investments prioritised +++ Q1 EBIT up due to high provision recorded in previous year +++ BMW Group updates outlook for Automotive segment EBIT +++ Q1: Product mix and pricing policy underpin revenues +++ Production to be ramped up according to demand +++ Firm commitment to agreed CO2 targets and Euro 6d +++ Zipse: “Business model still future-proof after crisis”

Munich. The BMW Group is well prepared to react swiftly and decisively at all times to new developments during the corona pandemic by systematically identifying potential scenarios. This approach is all the more important given that the BMW Group expects the consequences of the corona pandemic to constrain the operations of the entire automotive industry for quite some time to come. It is also becoming apparent that delivery volumes in key markets are not going to return to normal in the space of just a few weeks. The BMW Group is developing strategies for various scenarios and is prepared to take additional measures to safeguard its financial position and use its underlying strength to steer itself through this challenging phase.

“Quite clearly, the situation remains serious and market forecasts are subject to constraints under these circumstances. We are gradually ramping up our production again according to demand in each market. However, we are monitoring developments extremely closely to be able to respond with maximum flexibility," said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. "We are keeping a tight rein on inventory levels because liquidity has absolute priority in this situation."

Munich. The Board of Management of BMW AG has decided today to update its guidance for the financial year 2020. The decisive factor for the adjustment is that the measures to contain the corona virus pandemic are lasting longer in several markets and are thus leading to a broader negative impact than was foreseeable in mid-March. It is therefore apparent that delivery volumes in these markets will not – as was previously assumed - return to normal within a few weeks. The highest negative impact is expected in the second quarter of 2020.

The economic shifts caused by the pandemic make it difficult to provide a reliable forecast. The outlook is therefore subject to a high degree of uncertainty. To reflect this uncertainty, the company has widened the range for the EBIT margin for the Automotive segment and now expects a range between 0% and 3%.

Protecting employees and taking responsibility for society +++ Safeguarding liquidity and the company’s long-term success +++ Around 80% of retail outlets closed in Europe; 70% in the US +++ BMW Group sells 477.111 vehicles in first quarter +++ Pieter Nota: “China shows first signs of recovery” +++ Plus 14% electrified vehicles. On track to meet CO2 targets

Munich. During the current coronavirus pandemic, protecting employees and taking responsibility for society are the number one priority for the BMW Group. At the same time, it is important to safeguard the company’s liquidity and secure its long-term success. The sales result for the first quarter was overshadowed by the global impact of COVID-19 and the effects of the temporary closure of a large number of retail outlets. The BMW Group delivered a total of 477,111 (‑20.6%) premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers in the first three months of this year.

“We are reacting to the globally challenging sales situation caused by the corona pandemic and are flexibly adapting our production volume to demand. In this way, we are creating important conditions for the company's continued economic success,” underlined Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “In China, we are seeing the first signs of recovery with a strong order intake,” Nota continued. 

Traceability of parts and critical raw materials in complex international supply chains +++ BMW Group “PartChain” project targets industry-wide solution for secure data sharing +++

Munich. The BMW Group is using innovative digital technologies to optimise its processes. A good example of this is Blockchain, a technology that enables tamper-proof data sharing, with potential applications throughout the entire automotive value chain. The BMW Group is using this technology in purchasing to ensure the traceability of components and raw materials in multi-stage international supply chains. “In 2019, we conducted a successful pilot project for purchasing front lights. This year, we want to expand the project to a large number of other suppliers,” said Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. 

Zipse: “Solidarity and responsible action are called for” +++ Guidance 2020 affected by corona spread +++ Power of Choice: Next BMW 7 Series all-electric version +++ Unequivocal commitment to meeting CO2 targets +++ Quarter-on-quarter improvement in profitability in 2019 +++ Group revenues exceed 100 billion euros for the first time

Munich. The BMW Group is embracing the transformation of the automotive industry with great confidence and investing heavily in research and development with a view to shaping the mobility of the future for the benefit of its customers.

In the context of the spread of coronavirus, the Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Oliver Zipse, pointed out in Munich on Wednesday: “Solidarity and responsible action are called for. In our society it is the duty of the strong to protect the weak. The BMW Group therefore fully supports the measures aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus.” The BMW Group is responding to the foreseeable development in demand on the global automobile markets by adjusting production volumes at an early stage and will make full use of the broad range of instruments available to it to maximise flexibility. 

Zipse: "Embracing transformation with confidence" ++ Profit before tax up significantly in fourth quarter ++ Group revenues exceed 100 billion euros for the first time ++ Quarter-on-quarter improvement in profitability in 2019 ++ Solid free cashflow at 2.6 billion euros ++ Revenues in fourth quarter at record high ++ High upfront expenditure for R&D in 2019 ++ Unequivocal commitment to achieving CO2-targets ++ Dividend of € 2.50 per share of common stock proposed

Munich. The BMW Group has successfully concluded the financial year 2019, continuing the upward trend in profitability in the fourth quarter. At the same time, between October and December 2019, revenues reached their highest level ever for a single quarter, reflecting the growing proportion of vehicles from the upper luxury segment. Over the full year, Group revenues exceeded 100 billion euros for the first time and were more than twice as high as in 2009.

"In 2019, we improved our profitability from quarter to quarter – despite a challenging market environment. This shows that we have the right products on the road and that our strategy is effective," stated the Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Oliver Zipse, on Thursday in Munich. "We are embracing the transformation of our industry with confidence and trust in our innovative strength. We recognised the signs of change at an early stage and made preparations accordingly. Our full potential is now emerging – at exactly the right moment."

Klaus Fröhlich to step down from Board of Management at age 60 +++ Frank Weber will head Development division, effective July +++ Reithofer: “Competent successor to Klaus Fröhlich” +++ Zipse: “Excellent addition to Board of Management” +++

Munich. At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of BMW AG appointed Frank Weber (53) as a new member of the Board of Management. Effective 1 July 2020, Weber will assume responsibility for the Development division, taking over from Klaus Fröhlich, who will retire upon reaching the age of 60.

Frank Weber joined the BMW Group in 2011 as head of Total Vehicle Development and has been responsible for the Rolls-Royce product line and BMW luxury class later on. The mechanical engineer previously held various management positions at other automobile manufacturers, mainly in development.

BMW Group presents alternative for the programme at Geneva International Motor Show 2020 +++ Digital Press Conference with Oliver Zipse 

Munich. Due to the current situation, the Geneva International Motor Show 2020 has been canceled. While we certainly understand this decision, we also regret that the fair cannot take place as usual.

The BMW Group will carry out the program planned for Geneva including the world premiere of the BMW Concept i4 at a digital press conference with CEO Oliver Zipse in Munich at the originally scheduled time (Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 8.15 a.m. CET) and broadcast it via live stream. Further details concerning the live broadcast will follow as soon as possible.

BMW Group sales increase by 1.2% to 2,520,307 vehicles +++ Record BMW sales: up 2.0% to 2,168,516 units +++ Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad also post new all-time highs +++ Half a million electrified vehicles already delivered worldwide to date +++ Pieter Nota: “Targeting another slight sales increase in 2020” 

Munich. The BMW Group reported its ninth consecutive record year in 2019, with a total of 2,520,307 (+1.2%) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered to customers worldwide. The BMW, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands also posted new all-time highs for 2019. Sales of electrified BMW and MINI vehicles also increased compared to the previous year. By the end of 2019, the BMW Group had already half a million electrified vehicles worldwide on the road. The company confirmed its position as the world’s leading premium car company for the 16th consecutive year.

“Thanks to our major model offensive, we were once again able to increase our sales in 2019 and achieve another new all-time high,” underlined Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “This confirms our strategic approach, the “Power of Choice”, which allows our customers to choose the optimal drive train for their preferred model. In this way, we are able to meet our customers’ individual mobility needs worldwide,” added Nota. 

Next milestone: Doubling the number of electrified vehicles by end of 2021 +++ BMW 330e* handed over at BMW Welt +++ BMW iX3*: new balance between range and battery size +++ Comprehensive model offensive – also for electrified vehicles

Munich. As an e-mobility pioneer, the BMW Group has reached another electromobility milestone and already delivered half a million electrified cars to customers worldwide. Sebastian Mackensen, BMW Group Senior Vice President Market Germany, handed over the keys to a very special BMW 330e* to its future owner at BMW Welt today. 

"Half a million vehicles is the best proof: Our broad range of electrified vehicles is meeting exact customer needs. Now, we are stepping up the pace significantly: We aim to have one million electrified vehicles on the roads within two years. This is our contribution towards effective climate protection," said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.

Comprehensive e-vehicle product offensive
Next year, the BMW X3 will become the first BMW Group vehicle available with four different drive train variants: efficient diesel, petrol, plug-in hybrid and pure electric. The biggest market for the pure electric BMW iX3* is China, where it will also be produced for the global market. 

Dynamic growth in joint ventures’ mobility services: nearly 90 million customers – up 44 percent since start of 2019 +++ New umbrella organisation supports efficient steering and focusing of activities +++ FREE NOW increases gross merchandise value (run rate) / platform revenues significantly to reach new record of more than two billion euros

Munich/Stuttgart. Following the successful launch of the YOUR NOW joint ventures in February 2019, the companies are maintaining their dynamic growth course: Almost 90 million people currently use the joint ventures’ mobility services for car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking, charging and multimodal platforms, which are offered in over 1,300 cities worldwide.

The shareholders are now setting course for the joint ventures’ next phase of expansion, which will be focused on profitable growth. The services offered by the joint ventures will continue to be tailored to customer needs and clustered into three pillars: 1. FREE NOW. 2. SHARE NOW. 3. PARK NOW & CHARGE NOW. The introduction of a new umbrella organization, effective 1 January 2020, will support efficient management of these three pillars.

Rainer Feurer, Senior Vice President Investment of BMW Group: “As a shareholder, we firmly believe that combining the services into three pillars will strengthen the joint ventures’ impact and focus in a highly competitive, fast-growing environment. Both shareholders are backing the YOUR NOW business model and are determined to develop the joint ventures into a leading player in the mobility market.” Franz Reiner, CEO of Daimler Mobility AG: “We are setting the course for the YOUR NOW joint ventures to achieve sustainable profitability. At the same time, partnerships are increasingly important to success in the marketplace and, in this respect, we are open to further stepping up growth.”

Projected order volume totals 540 million euros +++ Raw material extracted sustainably at mines in Australia

Munich. As part of its electromobility expansion, the BMW Group is deepening its existing business relationship with Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. based in Jiangxi (China). The two companies have signed a supply contract for the lithium needed as a key raw material for battery cells. “The projected order volume totals 540 million euros. In this way, the BMW Group is securing 100% of its lithium hydroxide needs for fifth-generation battery cells in its high-voltage batteries,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.
The contract is for a term of five years (2020 – 2024). 

“Alongside cobalt, lithium is one of the key raw materials for electromobility. With the signing of this contract, we are securing our lithium needs for battery cells,” continued Wendt. “We aim to have 25 electrified models in our line-up by 2023 – and more than half will be fully electric. Our need for raw materials will continue to grow accordingly. By 2025, for lithium alone, we expect to need about seven times the amount we do today.”

Sustainability and security of supply are important factors in the expansion of electromobility. For the BMW Group’s purchasing experts, ethically responsible raw material extraction and processing begins right at the start of the value chain: They are intensively involved throughout our battery cell supply chains – all the way down to the mines themselves. Compliance with environmental standards and respect for human rights have absolute priority. “Sustainability is an important aspect of our corporate strategy and plays a central role in expanding electromobility. We are fully aware of our responsibilities: Lithium and other raw materials must be extracted and processed under ethically responsible conditions,” underlined Wendt. Ganfeng extracts lithium by mining so-called hard-rock deposits in Australia under the strictest sustainability standards. 

BMW brand sales up 2.9% to 194,690 vehicles +++ Significant growth of the BMW brand in the US and China +++ BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring post substantial sales increase +++ X models driving growth since start of 2019, up +23.1% +++ Nota: “Sales of electrified vehicles climb 18.4% to reach new all-time high”  

Munich. BMW Group sales continued their positive trend in November: Worldwide deliveries increased by 1.4% over the same month last year to 225,662 units. Deliveries in the year to the end of November were up 1.7% year-on-year, with a total of 2,296,174 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold.  

“After renewed growth in November, we continue to approach a new record for the full year as planned,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Our electrified vehicles also performed particularly well in November, with sales increasing by 18.4% to reach a new all-time sales high. Last month, one in five BMW 5 Series Sedans was a plug-in hybrid,” Nota continued. 

Total sales of BMW brand vehicles grew by 2.9% in November to 194,690 units. In the year to date, BMW brand sales increased by 2.4% to 1,972,394. Alongside the successful luxury segment, the new and revised BMW X vehicles, in particular, also contributed to the brand’s growth, with sales rising 23.1% to 870,267 vehicles in the year to the end of November. The popular BMW 3 Series Sedan (+33.7%) and Touring (+21.6%) also posted high double-digit growth in November.

BMW brand sales up 2.9% to 194,690 vehicles +++ Significant growth of the BMW brand in the US and China +++ BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring post substantial sales increase +++ X models driving growth since start of 2019, up +23.1% +++ Nota: “Sales of electrified vehicles climb 18.4% to reach new all-time high”  

Munich. BMW Group sales continued their positive trend in November: Worldwide deliveries increased by 1.4% over the same month last year to 225,662 units. Deliveries in the year to the end of November were up 1.7% year-on-year, with a total of 2,296,174 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold.  

“After renewed growth in November, we continue to approach a new record for the full year as planned,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales. “Our electrified vehicles also performed particularly well in November, with sales increasing by 18.4% to reach a new all-time sales high. Last month, one in five BMW 5 Series Sedans was a plug-in hybrid,” Nota continued. 

Total sales of BMW brand vehicles grew by 2.9% in November to 194,690 units. In the year to date, BMW brand sales increased by 2.4% to 1,972,394. Alongside the successful luxury segment, the new and revised BMW X vehicles, in particular, also contributed to the brand’s growth, with sales rising 23.1% to 870,267 vehicles in the year to the end of November. The popular BMW 3 Series Sedan (+33.7%) and Touring (+21.6%) also posted high double-digit growth in November.

Official inauguration of new joint venture "Spotlight Automotive Limited” +++ Important step in MINI’s electrification strategy +++ New plant with standard capacity of 160,000 units +++ Partners invest together approximately 650 million Euro +++ Innovative joint venture model with joint development and production +++ Win-win: Strengths of both partners complement each other

Zhangjiagang/Munich. The BMW Group and Great Wall Motor are driving e‑mobility forward by building a joint plant in China, where the BMW Group will produce future fully-electric models of its MINI brand. High-level representatives of the local Chinese government, Great Wall Motor and the BMW Group today announced the launch of the new joint venture, Spotlight Automotive Limited. The plant will have a standard capacity of up to 160,000 vehicles per year, which will require around 3,000 employees after the ramp-up phase. Both partners will together invest around 650 million Euro (more than five billion CNY). The construction phase is planned for 2020 to 2022.

The event took place in the city of Zhangjiagang in China’s Jiangsu Province, the location of the new automotive plant. Today’s official inauguration marks the next milestone in the relationship between Great Wall Motor and the BMW Group. In summer 2018, the 50:50 joint venture agreement was signed in Berlin in the presence of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

As well as production, the innovative joint venture model also includes joint development of battery-electric vehicles in the world’s largest market for electromobility. The joint venture envisages production of future electric MINI vehicles, as well as several models and brands for Great Wall Motor. Following the launch of the brand-new first-generation fully-electric MINI*, which will be built at Oxford and come to market in the first quarter of 2020, this is another important step towards the MINI brand’s electrified future. MINI Plant Oxford, which recently built the 10 millionth car since the brand’s launch in 1959, will remain the heart and home of MINI manufacturing, while the Spotlight Automotive joint venture will provide additional capacity and flexibility.

CATL order volume increased to 7.3 billion euros +++ Long-term supply contract with Samsung SDI worth 2.9 billion euros +++ Delivery of battery cells for fifth-generation electric drive trains from 2021

Munich / Seoul. The BMW Group is forging ahead with electromobility and deepening its existing business relationships with battery cell manufacturers CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited) and Samsung SDI. 

The original CATL order volume of four billion euros announced in mid-2018 will now be increased to 7.3 billion euros (contract duration from 2020 to 2031), with 4.5 billion euros for the BMW Group and 2.8 billion euros for the Chinese production site of the BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. (BBA) joint venture in Shenyang. The BMW Group is the first customer of the CATL battery cell plant currently under construction in Erfurt, Germany. “We strongly supported and played an active part in establishing CATL in Germany,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

The BMW Group has also signed a long-term supply contract for its fifth-generation electric drive trains with its second battery cell supplier, Samsung SDI. The contract, with value of 2.9 billion euros, extends from 2021 to 2031. “In this way, we are securing our long-term battery cell needs. Every cell generation is awarded in global competition to the leading manufacturer from both a technology and a business perspective. This ensures we always have access to the best possible cell technology,” Wendt announced at a supplier event today in Seoul, South Korea.