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BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Final world debuts list

8 May 2018

Multiple brands revealed concept, prototype and production model world premieres during the press preview days of AutoChina 2018. The show has just closed its doors to the public.


Is Jaguar now an SUV oriented brand too?

27 February 2018

This piece was initially prompted by the appearance of the new Volvo V60, to universal acclaim, which brought a wistful thought from me that it was a shame that Jaguar doesn’t have a wagon version of its XE as a competitor. From the initial pictures the V60 appears to be a fantastic looking car with all the usual virtues that Volvo-ness brings to the estate (wagon) genre. It looks unmistakably like its V90 sibling or as colleague Glenn Brooks put it in the office last week, "Honey, I’ve shrunk the V90."


Why new G01 BMW X3 is bigger than the original X5

5 February 2018

The definition of a compact SAV has changed somewhat since BMW began selling the first X3 in 2003. The proof? The new model is exactly half a metre longer than the original X5.


Hands-On Tech - BMW 5-Series

2 February 2018

Welcome to the fourth feature in our newest reporting series. Our Hands-On Tech, or HOT, Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. This month we take a closer look at the BMW 5-series. With more functionality than any other car we have tested to-date, BMW is definitely moving in the right direction in aligning a great connected user experience and safe driving. 

Latest interviews


BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer eyes digitalisation with enthusiasm

28 March 2017

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer likes to joke that his business card "takes five minutes to read" and that his full title - member of the board of management of BMW AG Mini, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, customer engagement and digital business innovation, BMW group - encompasses "all the fun stuff". A very big buck stops here.


BMW on the future of personalised, connected mobility

28 February 2017

Concluding just-auto’s series of interviews with OEMs that enjoyed the limelight at the most recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we spoke to executives of BMW to learn more about the carmaker’s Connected Window, i Inside Future sculpture and the future of personalised, connected mobility.


HERE Automotive on strategies to support autonomous driving

1 February 2016

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 on why partnering is essential in the infotainment and connectivity sector – Q&A Part 1

16 December 2015

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.

Latest news


Trump administration considering 25% tariff on imported vehicles

24 May 2018

The US Trump administration is considering a plan that would impose new tariffs - as high as 25% - on vehicles imported to the US on national security grounds.


BMW opens new R&D centre in Beijing

17 May 2018

BMW has opened a China R&D Centre in Beijing’s Shunyi District.


BMW 'go' for level four autonomous driving tests in Shanghai

16 May 2018

BMW Group has officially obtained the Shanghai Intelligent Connected Autonomous Driving Test Licence, issued by the Intelligent Connected Vehicle Road Test Promotion Team - consisting of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatisation, Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau and Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission.


BMW sales inch up in April

15 May 2018

BMW Group's BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands boosted April sales 1.2% year on year to 194,889 vehicles worldwide.


Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles

11 May 2018

In March 2003 Brazil's auto industry began producing flexible-fuel cars powered by engines capable of running either on ethanol or petrol, or any blend of the two.


BMW extends UK recall over sudden electrical failure

9 May 2018

BMW has extended a recall of cars in the UK after the BBC's Watchdog consumer activist programme found vehicles could cut out completely while being driven.


BMW opens new engine plant in Malaysia

4 May 2018

BMW and its local partner Sime Darby Motor opened a new engine assembly plant in Malaysia this week to cater for growing regional demand for its vehicles.


just-auto Plus only Yokohama supplies flagship Advan Sport V105 tyres for BMW M5 model

1 May 2018

Yokohama Rubber, announced that it is now supplying its global flagship "Advan Sport V105" tyres to Germany's BMW Group for use as original equipment on the automaker's new M5 model. The new BMW M5, which debuted in March 2018 released...


just-auto Plus only BMW Group selects Intertek as its external laboratory partner

24 April 2018

Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, announced its approval as an external laboratory partner to the BMW Group for realignment of the BMW Group Standard 93016. The designation was granted to the Intertek facility in...


BMW opens first UK Urban Store

20 April 2018

BMW has opened its first UK Urban Store at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent.


Magna opens new body and chassis plant in Mexico

20 April 2018

Global supplier Magna has opened a new body and chassis manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.


just-auto Plus only BMW Group announces key management changes

16 April 2018

Effective 1 August 2018, Robert Engelhorn will take over as director of BMW Group plant Munich. Engelhorn joined the BMW Group in 2011 and occupied various positions at the Munich and Regensburg plants. In 2016, he moved to the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA)...


BMW opens new autonomous driving centre in Germany

12 April 2018

The BMW Group has opened an autonomous driving campus in Unterschleissheim. 


just-auto Plus only Greenlots network services selected for Thailand's EV charging network expansion

10 April 2018

Greenlots, a global provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging and grid management software, announced it was selected to provide its cloud-based network services for Thailand's leading state-owned utility, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand...


just-auto Plus only BMW Group US sales down 0.4% in March 2018

4 April 2018

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 1% in March 2018 for a total of 31,311 compared to 31,015 vehicles sold in March 2017. Through Q1 2018, BMW brand sales are up 3.0% year-over-year. BMW brand sales in March 2018 were once again led by BMW’s lineup...


BMW to expand EV recharging network in China

28 March 2018

BMW is expanding its recharging network in China to support the brand's growing electric and hybrid vehicle line-up in the country.


US made vehicles a niche market in South Korea

28 March 2018

Under revised trade rules agreed earlier this week, US automakers will be able to bring into South Korea 50,000 vehicles per automaker per year that meet US safety standards, not necessarily Korean standards, up from 25,000 vehicles previously.


BMW caps South African capacity

27 March 2018

BMW investment in its South African subsidiary has peaked and manufacturing capacity is unlikely to be increased beyond current levels, global production head Oliver Zipse has said.


BMW sells 10,000 i3 EVs in UK

27 March 2018

BMW UK is celebrating the sale of its 10,000th i3 EV which is sold as a pure electric BEV and with a range extender petrol engine generator.


Sila Nano joins BMW to develop next-gen lithium-ion batteries

23 March 2018

Sila Nanotechnologies ('Sila Nano'), a specialist in materials technologies for batteries, has announced a partnership with the BMW Group.


just-auto Plus only Kumho Crugen HP91 tyres selected for BMW X3

22 March 2018

BMW has elected to make the Kumho Crugen HP91 standard fit on the latest generation of its popular X3 model. Kumho tyres are already fitted to examples of BMW’s 1, 2 and 3 Series cars and the Munich-based motor manufacturer has now decided the HP91 is...


BMW sales set February records - again

14 March 2018

The BMW group has announced new monthly and year to date sales records for February 2018.


BMW 2017 results set new record

8 March 2018

The BMW Group has reported record results for full year 2017 - sales volume, revenues and earnings.


BMW to make EV batteries in Thailand

7 March 2018

BMW plans to spend THB400m (US$13m) to produce batteries for plug in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, starting next year. 


2018 GENEVA SHOW - World premieres list

7 March 2018

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the Geneva motor show are named below.


just-auto Plus only BMW reduces CO2 emissions with its new car fleet in Europe

7 March 2018

The BMW Group has reduced CO2 emissions from its new car fleet in Europe (EU 28) to 122 grams/kilometre. Compared to 2016, this marks a reduction of a further 2 gram/kilometre (2016: 124g/km). The BMW Group has been reducing CO2 emissions from its EU fleet for...


just-auto Plus only BMW Leipzig plant begins i8 Roadster production

6 March 2018

The BMW Group Plant Leipzig starts the series production of the BMW i8 Roadster. It is joined by the updated version of the BMW i8 Coupe in the line-up. Both vehicles are flexibly produced per customer demand in BMW Group Plant Leipzig within the same...


just-auto Plus only BMW Group US sales up 7.5% in February 2018

2 March 2018

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 4.2% in February 2018 for a total of 23,508 compared to 22,558 vehicles sold in February 2017. Collectively, the BMW X models had a very strong month of sales, led specifically by the BMW X1 (2,857 vehicles), BMW X3...


Qualcomm and partners to accelerate commercialisation of C-V2X

23 February 2018

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, is working with an ecosystem of leading carmakers and automotive suppliers to accelerate the commercial introduction of Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology using the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.


BMW Plant Rosslyn rolls off its last BMW 3 series sedan

22 February 2018

After 35 years, the last BMW 3 Series Sedan rolled off the production line at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn in Pretoria, South Africa. The plant has produced a total of 1,191,604 units and five generations of the BMW 3 Series. One in four BMW 3 Series Sedans of the current generation come from BMW Group Plant Rosslyn.

BMW news

Trump administration considering 25% tariff on imported vehicles

24 May 2018

The US Trump administration is considering a plan that would impose new tariffs - as high as 25%...


BMW opens new R&D centre in Beijing

17 May 2018

BMW has opened a China R&D Centre in Beijing's Shunyi District. As a part of BMW Group...


BMW 'go' for level four autonomous driving tests in Shanghai

16 May 2018

BMW Group has officially obtained the Shanghai Intelligent Connected Autonomous Driving Test Lice...


BMW sales inch up in April

15 May 2018

BMW Group's BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands boosted April sales 1.2% year on year to 194,889...


Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles

11 May 2018

In March 2003 Brazil's auto industry began producing flexible-fuel cars powered by engines ca...


BMW extends UK recall over sudden electrical failure

9 May 2018

BMW has extended a recall of cars in the UK after the BBC's Watchdog consumer activist progra...



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