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Last week, I enjoyed an entertaining trip to BMW's annual AGM and plant 'show 'n' tell' (links here in last week's TWTW column) and, as thre...
One of the many things I enjoy about covering BMW's annual financial results press conference (reports here, here, here and here) is the 'show and tell' side trips – such as the Leipzig i3 'factory within a factory' in 2014. This year, rather than travel to the former east Germany, we needed only to cross the road from BMW Welt in the northern outskirts of Munich to the company's oldest factory – built 'out in the country' in 1922 (to make aero engines, with an airport across the road on what became the 1976 Olympics site), and now landlocked by the much-expanded city, requiring ingenious solutions for further expansion, such as the new paint shop (of which more later).
I have to admit to being a little surprised at how much interest a new pickup truck attracted on just-auto this week. OK, a new segment for the automaker, Fiat, a little ingenuity in the barn-door, flexible configuration tailgate but, initially, only for South America. Perhaps the fact the name Chrysler is also appended to the word Fiat these days? And, given that South America is from where VW lobs the Amarok to the world, and the Renault-Nissan-Mercedes-anyone else want a rebadged LCV-alliance is working on several variations of the Japanese partner's Navara/Frontier truck for the globe, with some production in Argentina, I'd not be suprised to see this new Toro on sale, also in RHD, pretty much worldwide at some point. Fiat Brazil has exported light commercials widely before, including neatly packaged van and pick-up versions of the Uno it kept in production for decades.
While it may be true that worldwide sales of convertibles have peaked, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still good business to be had from this segment. Especially if you are BMW.
BMW not too long ago revealed a preview of a 1 Series sedan, something which could well be the perfect complement to the current hatchback range. A four-door should sell strongly in the US and China but the big question is this: is the company planning to switch its smallest high volume model to a front-wheel drive platform?
At the 2016 CES, Cat Dow talked with Floris Van Der Klashorst, vice-president of HERE Automotive. HERE's a creator of connected navigation solutions and since December 2015 has been owned by an alliance of the German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler.
Harman recently partnered with Renesas to improve its in-vehicle network and infotainment solutions. Matthew Beecham caught-up with Harman’s Phil Eyler, Executive Vice President and President of Infotainment to find out how this alliance and others are supporting the brand in a highly competitive sector. In Part 2, we interview Harman’s EVP and President Lifestyle Audio Division Michael Mauser about the audio innovations it is bringing to the market to sustain growth.
BMW has posted first quarter operating profit (EBIT) down slightly on last year due to currency headwinds and higher costs.
BMW has revamped its i3 with the introduction of a more powerful, 94Ah battery for both the i3 and the i3 Range Extender versions.
March 2016 saw the BMW Group sell more vehicles than in any other single month in the company's 100 year history, the automaker announced on Tuesday (12 April).
Under the new brand name "ReachNow", BMW Group is launching an enhanced car sharing service in the US city of Seattle. It says the programme is based on the successful business model currently operating in Europe under the name "DriveNow".
BMW is expanding its DriveNow car share service into the US, starting in Seattle under the brand name ReachNow.
BMW has unveiled its new NUMBER ONE>NEXT strategy aimed at setting new standards for connectivity and automated driving.
BMW Group has forecast new records for sales volume, revenues and earnings for 2016, the company said at its annual accounts press conference here in Munich today (16 March).
BMW is to add a high performance version and an SUV to its flagship 7-series range as well as an all-terrain luxury Rolls-Royce, board chairman Harald Krueger said here in Munich today.
Diesel will remain a central pillar of BMW’s CO2 strategy despite growing concerns in some quarters over emissions and the scandal surrounding VW’s so-called defeat device.
BMW Group achieved record unit sales in February up 7.9% year on year to 163,965 cars.
BMW Group said it achieved its sixth record-breaking year in succession in 2015, posting new highs for sales volumes, revenues and profit before tax, despite a "volatile" market environment.
The latest generation of the UK's top-selling convertible goes on sale in the country at the end of March although it will no longer be assembled in its home market.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed details of the latest 1.7m vehicle recalls by two major German automakers and said a third also plans to recall multiple vehicles from model years dating back over a decade. All are fitted with driver side airbags with potentially faulty Takata inflators.
Following a fifth consecutive year of record sales in 2015, BMW Group started 2016 with a record setting January, boosting sales 7.5% year on year to 152,879 cars.
BMW is spending THB220m (US$6.3m) on a new national parts distribution centre in Bang-Na, on the outskirts of the Thai capital Bangkok.
BMW Group is recruting about 30 young people for apprenticeships at its three key UK manufacturing sites in 2016.
GKN Driveline says its new lightweight VL3 constant velocity joint (CV Joint) system, which enables rear-wheel drive platforms to save more than 4kg of weight, has been selected by BMW to launch on the latest 7 Series.
Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is now Britain's biggest vehicle producer with its 489,923 units built in 2015 (up from 449,507 in 2014) nudging ahead of Nissan's 476,589 (500,238).
BMW's Mini brand has added 'All4' four wheel drive to its recently launched Clubman and claimed a couple of firsts - the brand’s first all-wheel drive model in the C-segment and the first all-paw model to be built at Oxford - the Countryman 4x4s are done under contract by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
Last year, 2015, new car registrations in Europe's Big Five markets passed the 10m units mark, increasing by 8.8% compared to 2014. All five markets posted positive growth with Germany leading the way with 3.2m units, up by 5.6%, although this was the lowest annual increase among the five countries.
Despite operating at just a third of the capacity of the Araquari, Santa Catarina state, assembly plant, BMW has decided to start building the X4 crossover locally in the second half of this year.
New vehicle sales in China jumped by 15.4% to 2.8m units in December, from 2.4m units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
Parking Assist? As of last night, so last decade. Now BMW has introduced remote controlled parking.
After so much hype, it was inevitable: official images of the next BMW 7er have appeared a few hours ahead of tonight's official media preview.
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