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LATEST NEWS@BMW.

LATEST NEWS@BMW.

LATEST News@BMW.
May | 2016.01.01

CELEBRATING THE CENTENARY OF BMW. A TOAST TO THE NEXT 100 YEARS.

The 7th of March 2016 marked 100 years to the day that BMW AG was entered into the commercial register.


To mark the occasion, BMW Group hosted a centenary celebration at the BMW Headquarters in Munich. Among the festivities which included a recap of the pioneering moments and milestones that forged the BMW brand; the BMW Vision Vehicle was also unveiled. This futuristic model was a tribute to the spirit of innovation within BMW, and was the first to be revealed - with MINI, Rolls Royce and Motorrad models set to follow suit during the Vision Vehicle World Tour.


Another exciting chapter in the centenary rollout was the launch of the interactive BMW Museum app which allows users to get in depth, personalized info when touring the exhibits. The museum, will also host a special exhibition entitled "100 Masterpieces. BMW Group – 100 years of innovative strength and entrepreneurial courage”. It will feature vehicles, images, videos and articles that have never before been seen. The exhibition will not simply be restricted to the Museum Bowl, but will add to a theme and unite new pieces with the permanent exhibits of the BMW Museum. 100 Masterpieces is open to the public from 10 March 2016 to the end of September 2017.


Bringing it closer to our shores, the BMW Group, together BMW South Africa have reaffirmed their relationship with a shared commitment to innovation and mobility. BMW Plant Rosslyn was the first non-German BMW Plant. Looking to the future, BMW South Africa has already begun the journey to manufacturing the new generation BMW X3 at Plant Rosslyn. The deal, which is valued at RB Billion, will see the automotive industry and economy of South Africa uplifted through the BMW Group's investment.

May | 2016.01.01

THE BMW M6 GT3 DEBUT. EARNING ITS STRIPES ON THE TRACK.

The 2016 endurance racing season has officially kicked off at the Nürburgring Nordschlele in Germany with the VLN Endurance Championship. Amongst the early highlights of the season, was the BMW M6 GT3, which successfully completed its first race kilometres in the "Green Hell".

 

This debut was a great opportunity for the ROWE Racing, Schubert Motorsport and Walkenhorst Motorsport teams to test the BMW M6 GT3 under race conditions, ahead of the 24-hour race in May.

 

Overall there were some mixed but promising results. ROWE Racing used the event as an opportunity to fine-tune the BMW M6 GT3's performance. Schubert Motorsport followed suit, finishing outside of the top 10, but gaining a wealth of knowledge when it came to testing and troubleshooting.

 

Walkenhorst Motorsport enjoyed yet another success on the racetrack when one of their BMW M6 GT3's was placed 7th. The car was driven by Mattias Henkola (FI) and Michele Di Martino (DE). To finish in the top 10 during a debut is no small feat for both the drivers, and the BMW M6 GT3, to accomplish. It is a result to be proud of.

 

Overall, the teams were pleased with the outcome. While some cars were unable to finish due to technical difficulties, it was an opportunity to improve ahead of the next race. This is certainly only the beginning for the BMW M6 GT3 and fans can look forward to many more appearances on the track.

 

As many of the teams and drivers remarked, the day was one for learning - and in that pursuit was a great success.

February | 2016.02.02

THE EXCEPTION RULES. THE ALL-NEW BMW 7 SERIES.

The BMW Group has a long tradition of creating the automotive future. We believe the best way to predict the future is to create it. Thanks to the combination of game-changing innovations, benchmarking comfort and flawless craftsmanship, with the all-new BMW 7 Series we are creating tomorrow’s luxury today.

The all-new BMW 7 Series has a commanding presence with its forward-surging front and powerful rear which radiate authority. The broad frame of the large and upright kidney grille is enhanced by its uniquely distinctive design detail. The air vents with their Chrome slats are visible and actively regulate the airstream. If the cooling demand for the engine increases, the air vents are opened. When closed they improve aerodynamics and ensure a striking presence.

The interior of the all-new BMW 7 Series is the ideal blend of ambient mood lighting, hand-crafted materials, spacious design and ground-breaking technology. The BMW Touch Command tablet with 7" display, integrated into the rear centre armrest, brings an unparalleled degree of control to passengers. Connected to the vehicle's systems, it offers comprehensive operation and setting options. Amongst other things, the tablet gives occupants the ability to adjust the rear and front passenger seats, air conditioning, interior lighting as well as control over various entertainment functions.

The Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge in the long wheelbase model creates an open and light-filled sensation of space and can be illuminated when required. An impressive mood is created by a light design made up of more than 15,000 light elements. The light design can be switched between the six colours of the Ambient interior lighting, creating an unforgettable atmosphere.

Lighting the future today is BMW Laserlight, a technology that illuminates up to 600 metres, twice that of conventional LED lights for exceptional night time visibility and safety. A blue design accent distinguishes the BMW Laserlight technology in the headlights and highlights the technological prowess of the all-new BMW 7 Series.

February | 2016.02.01

BRED FOR THE RACETRACK. THE BMW M4 GTS.

The BMW M4 GTS continues the success story of the BMW M3 GTS and steps into the long tradition of M3 leading high performance models. Advanced technology and engineering from BMW M GmbH assure of complete control on any road and track. This vehicle provides precise handling at high speed, it is proficiency in motion. Street legal and racetrack ready, it is undeniably exceptional.

 

The BMW M4 GTS is a legendary development fine-tuned to achieve even higher levels of performance. Recording a ground-breaking lap time of 7 minutes and 28 seconds on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds with 368 kW of output. The top speed is 305 km/h with performance enhanced by the innovative water-injection system.

 

Dramatically igniting the engine’s abilities, the revolutionary water-injection technology sprays water into the air intake collector and lowers the temperature of the air by 25 C. This then drops combustion heat, boosts engine efficiency and assures of unprecedented performance and power in the BMW M4 GTS.

 

Going to new extremes is the hallmark of the BMW M4 GTS. The M-specific 3-way coilover suspension with modified stabilizers and the milled aluminium swivel bearings enable the suspension to be lowered continuously up to a maximum of 20 mm at the front and 17 mm at the rear, and the damping can also be adjusted to suit the current driving situation. The compression level can be adjusted separately to enable quicker or slower compression. These modifications can be done for the compression and rebound stages to adapt to varied race track characteristics and requirements. The carbon rear wing has three settings to minimise comparable drag, dependent on road surface, or for absolute control over speed gain and power shift.

February | 2016.02.01

BMW IS SUCCESSFUL IN THE “AUTO MOTOR UND SPORT” READERS’ VOTE.

Three awards go to BMW in the “auto motor und sport” readers’ vote "BEST CARS 2016": the new BMW 7 Series and the also in 2015 launched second generation of the BMW X1 were the readers’ first choice in their respective categories (“Luxury Performance Segment” and “Compact SUV”) just a short time after their market debuts. And for the sixth time in succession readers chose the BMW 5 Series for the BEST CARS award in the “Upper Mid- Range” category. These achievements once again emphasise the role of BMW as the world’s leading premium manufacturer.

 

BMW 7 Series swiftly asserts its superiority within its category.
Having seen its public debut in autumn 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new BMW 7 Series attracted 22 per cent of readers’ votes in the category “Luxury Performance Segment”. BMW has set a new benchmark with the sixth generation of this luxury sedan. Its numerous innovations include a body structure with Carbon Core, making the new BMW 7 Series up to 130 kilograms lighter than the previous generation.

 

BMW 5 Series once again wins the “Upper Mid-Range” category.
The BMW 5 Series has been at the top of the best-seller lists for premium business models for half a decade. Last year more than 347,000 of the model were purchased worldwide – and this popularity is reflected in the “auto motor und sport” “BEST CARS 2016” awards: here the BMW 5 Series made it to the top of the winner’s rostrum for the sixth time in succession, this year attracting 23.7 per cent of the votes in the “Upper Mid-Range” category.

 

The new BMW X1 impresses readers.
The second model generation of the Sports Activity Vehicle BMW X1 went on the market in 2015 with a body design that is characteristic of the new generation of the BMW X model family. It combines robust proportions with dynamic lines, giving the BMW X1 a supreme presence. Transversely installed engines and five centimetres of additional roof height provide a definite bonus in terms of interior space and load capacity as well as increased versatility, though according to “auto motor und sport” the BMW X1 still remains “as agile as ever”.

 

115,239 participants chose their favourites from among 364 vehicles.
The BEST CARS awards presented by the German automobile magazine “auto motor und sport” are highly coveted - readers have been given the opportunity to choose their favourite for 40 years. This year there were a total of 364 vehicles to choose from in eleven categories, and 115,239 participants cast their vote by post or online. The BEST CAR awards were presented on January 28th at a gala event held at the International Congress Center Stuttgart in Messe Stuttgart. In addition to its three class victories, the excellent overall showing by BMW also included five more top three placements for the models BMW i3, BMW 2 Series Coupé, BMW 3 Series, BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer/Gran Tourer.

November | 2015.11.27

ORIGIN M. THE BMW M2 COUPÉ.

Remarkable athleticism and unprecedented design define the BMW M2 Coupé. Excellence forms part of every feature, each detail. Compact and powerful with exceptional engineering, the BMW M2 Coupé defies convention.
The exterior design is crafted to deliver seamless agility and the best in class performance. The compact form effortlessly assures of its motor racing heritage and capability. Large air inlets alongside the low-slung front apron ensure increased cooling of the powerful engine and cutting-edge aerodynamics. The M kidney grill with double slats is both muscular and definitive, sporty attributes instantly recognisable and fine-tuned to perfection.
The interior of the BMW M2 Coupé offers superb workmanship and distinguished style. The distinctive and exclusive M logo is embossed on the seats, emphasising the BMW focus on eye-catching design. The M logo sits under the headrests of the sports seats, with contrast stitching in Polar Blue.
Powerful engine capability and exuberant performance are driven by the M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder petrol engine. Delivering 272 kW with with 500Nm (with Overboost) of torque and going from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, the engine of the BMW M2 Coupé is extraordinary. The 7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic takes M to the next level with the impressive Launch Control feature for optimal acceleration from a standing start.
The BMW M2 Coupé ignores convention, defying the laws of physics.

November | 2015.11.30

EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN. THE ALL-NEW BMW X1.

The all-new BMW X1 revitalises the compact SAV market with its exceptional engineering and intelligent design. Dynamically different, the all-new BMW X1 creates the adventure.

The all-new BMW X1 has a rugged yet bold stance that takes on the road with effortless presence. Proportions are finely crafted with angular wheel arches and compact design conveying boundless energy.

Within the versatile and spacious interior is a 36mm increase in driver seating height for improved visibility and control. The view of the open road is enhanced by raised seating levels throughout and the rear passengers enjoying 37mm of additional leg room.

Premium workmanship and materials define every aspect of the interior, from the leather steering wheel to the luggage capacity and the built-in storage. The storage compartment package adds space beneath the front seats, in the rear centre armrest and aesthetically appealing storage nets on the front seatbacks.

Power and control are further enhanced by BMW EfficientDynamics that introduce comprehensive aerodynamics to minimise drag and optimise performance. The bonnet, bumper supports and various chassis components are crafted from aluminium, reducing overall weight, and air curtains and wind deflectors ensure streamlined perfection on the road.

November | 2015.11.30

NEW ERA FOR BMW SOUTH AFRICA’S PLANT ROSSLYN.

The BMW Group today reaffirmed its long term commitment to South Africa by announcing that it will invest a total of R6 billion at its Rosslyn Plant in Pretoria in the coming years. The investment, one of the biggest in the local automotive industry, will enable Plant Rosslyn to produce the next generation of the BMW X3, which will be sold locally and exported to various countries.

The production of the next generation BMW X3 at Plant Rosslyn will replace the BMW 3 Series Sedan, which will now be allocated to other plants within the global BMW production network. BMW Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina, USA, will also continue to produce the next generation BMW X3.

“The potential for Africa as a future market for exports as well as the newly reviewed Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) enables South Africa to play a significant role in the manufacturing industry and production of high quality cars. This is evident in the J.D. Power Platinum Plant Quality award we received earlier this year. Our passion for perfection at BMW Plant Rosslyn has demonstrated that we are highly competitive within the global BMW production network both in terms of cost of production and quality. We are excited about the future prospects of Plant Rosslyn and cannot wait to start with the production of the next generation BMW X3. We believe there is an opportunity to increase the localisation of components when we start producing this car,” said Mr Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW Group South Africa.

More than three billion Rands (R3bn) will be invested in new state-of-the-art facilities and operations of the plant. An additional R3bn will be for suppliers, launch costs and training of associates.

“At the BMW Group, we constantly evaluate our plant allocation to ensure it reflects and accommodates market demand. With the decision to produce the next generation of the BMW X3 in Rosslyn we strengthen the position of South Africa in our global production network. It also follows our strategy that production follows the market. We will continue to adapt the BMW Group to meet future challenges,” says Mr Oliver Zipse, Chairman of BMW Group South Africa and Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Production.

Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for BMW Sales and Marketing, and a previous Managing Director of BMW Group South Africa, says that the BMW X models have proved to be very desirable, ever since the BMW X5 founded the Sports Activity Vehicle segment in 1999. “These vehicles now represent some of the most successful model ranges in the BMW line-up, accounting for 28% of our total global sales. This realignment of production at Plant Rosslyn is in response to the continuing growth of the SAV segment worldwide and we will be expanding the X-range in the coming years, building the new X7 in Spartanburg, USA.”

November | 2015.11.30

BMW HOLIDAY CHECK. BMW AFTERSALES.

You’ve probably already booked the accommodation, put in your leave and started planning your itinerary – but have you checked your car ahead of your travels?

Before you set off on your journey, why not take advantage of the complimentary BMW Holiday Check, available to all our customers? If you’re out of Motorplan, you will also qualify for courtesy roadside assistance for 12 months, as part of the offer.

October | 2015.10.02

THE BMW 3 SERIES 40 YEAR LIMITED EDITION. #40YEARSOF3.

The BMW 3 Series Sedan is the evolution of excellence and the exhilaration of the drive. It is the embodiment of self-expression and unrivalled driving dynamics with 40 years of passion and power behind the wheel.
To celebrate this icon, BMW has combined the latest in technology and intelligent design to create a collector’s dream - the BMW 3 Series 40 Year Limited Edition. This exclusive edition will be limited to only 400 vehicles and will feature a selected range of colours and materials to develop an entirely unique character. Along with the premium Harman Kardon sound system and limited edition badging, this vehicle’s excellence is maintained.
Over the past 40 years, the already impressive BMW 3 Series Sedan has been consistently refined and crafted to ensure that its aesthetics, performance and efficiency are always at the forefront of what is possible. The BMW 3 Series 40 Year Limited Edition is a testament to these innovations, setting a new benchmark in bespoke driving refinement.

September | 2015.09.10

BMW SOUTH AFRICA CHAIRMAN, OLIVER ZIPSE, OFFICIALLY PRESENTS THE JD POWER AWARD TO PLANT ROSSLYN.

Mr Oliver Zipse, Chairman of BMW Group South Africa and Member of the Management Board of BMW AG responsible for Production, officially presented the prestigious JD Power trophy to Mr Stefan Huelsenberg, Director of BMW Plant Rosslyn, in Pretoria.
During his address to staff at BMW Plant Rosslyn, Zipse said; “Your hard work and dedication have made Plant Rosslyn the best plant in the world in the Initial Quality Study 2015. This is the second time a BMW plant anywhere in the world has won a platinum award in the IQS Study. Congratulations on this award! You have shown that you are serious about your “passion for perfection.” Plant Rosslyn is an important part of our international production network. We want the success story of BMW Group South Africa to continue. We are here to stay.”
In June this year, BMW South Africa's Rosslyn Plant was awarded the Platinum Plant Quality Award in the J.D. Power 2015 Initial Quality Study (IQS) for producing BMW 3 Series models with the fewest defects or malfunctions. Plant Rosslyn last received this award in 2002 with an IQS score of 85 pp100 (problems per 100 vehicles surveyed).
The IQS is based on responses from more than 84,000 purchasers of new 2015 model vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study was conducted between February and May 2015.
Plant Rosslyn is an iconic production facility within the BMW Group. Situated north of Pretoria, Rosslyn is the first foreign plant and was established in 1973, representing a cornerstone of the BMW Group's global production network of 30 sites in 14 countries. The plant currently produces the BMW 3 Series Sedan for local and export markets around the world. In 2014, BMW 3 Series Sedan exports from Plant Rosslyn increased by over 17% to 68,771. This mass export secured BMW South Africa's position as the country's leading exporter of premium vehicles. In February this year, Rosslyn reached another milestone producing its one millionth vehicle.