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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    12-Apr-2021 News OEM Purchasing Pinned
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    BMW iX3 all-electric SUV to feature optional Tenneco CVSAe damper
    Tenneco has supplied its Continuously Variable Semi-Active Suspension with external valve (CVSAe) technology as an option on the BMW iX3 all-electric SUV, according to a company press release on 20 April. The new crossover electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) will be the first of 13 BMW n...
    BMW to develop automotive solid-state battery by 2030
    The BMW Group is accelerating its development for battery technology, thereby supporting the ramp-up of a European cell and battery value chain. According to a press release issued by BMW on 19 April, the company aims to develop a automotive application-capable solid-state battery by the end of this...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Yokohama Rubber supplies ADVAN Sport V107 tires for BMW’s iX3
    The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. announced in a press release on 5 April 2021, that it is supplying its “ADVAN Sport V107” tires to the BMW’s new iX3, the first Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) with an all-electric-drive system from the BMW brand. The tire supplier began shipping the tires to the BM...
    BMW recalls 16,850 vehicles in Australia over issue with blower controller
    BMW has issued a recall of 16,850 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the blower controller, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 12 April 2021. The recall affects model year (MY) 2007–10 BMW E70 X5 and BMW E71 X6 vehicles. Significanc...
    12-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    BMW signs USD334.5 million contract to source lithium from Livent
    BMW has announced that it will source lithium from US-based Livent, according to a company press release on 30 March. The multiyear contract, which is worth around EUR285 million (USD334.5 million), will begin from 2022, in which Livent will supply lithium directly to BMW Group’s battery cell manu...
    bp joins BMW, Daimler Mobility as investor for Digital Charging Solutions
    BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG have joined bp in a drive to extend and significantly improve electrification, making electric vehicle (EV) charging more convenient and simpler for EV owners. According to a press release issued by BMW on 30 March, the company stated that the three companies will b...
    My BMW app updated with new functionalities
    BMW has updated its My BMW app with new functions from March, the German automaker said in a press release on 31 March. The app will now be available in Japan, Australia and 10 other countries and be rolled out in the USA and Canada from mid-April. The software architecture of the app has been devel...
    Updated MINI app to be launched in 21 countries worldwide
    The MINI App—first introduced in July 2020 and launched in 33 markets (mainly in Europe), has been updated and now made available in the United States, Russia, Japan, Australia, and 17 other countries, and will be offered in Mainland China from April 2021, according to a company press release...
    01-Apr-2021 News Investments
    BMW, PG&E expand smart EV charging partnership
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the BMW Group in a press release on 22 March, an expansion of their partnership focused on smart charging electric vehicles (EVs) with excess renewable energy to support grid reliability. The companies will work together to send signals to participants...
    BMW will launch ‘Neue Klasse’ range of EVs from 2025
    German luxury automaker, BMW, has announced that from the middle of the decade, a new generation of models will take premium mobility to a new level from a technological perspective. According to a press release issued by BMW on 17 March, the company also stated that the ‘Neue Klasse’ or ‘New ...
    23-Mar-2021 News New Products
    BMW invests in CO2-free steel production method developed by Boston Metal
    The BMW Group is investing in a method for carbon dioxide (CO2)-free steel production developed by American startup Boston Metal, through its venture capital fund, BMW i Ventures, according to a press release on 12 March. Moving forward, Boston Metal plans to industrialize the new method for steel p...
    15-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Radioplayer ties up with BMW for services across Europe
    Radioplayer has announced a smart radio partnership with BMW Group, according to a company press release on 8 March. Radioplayer will improve radio experience in BMW cars across Europe starting in 2022. BMW Group will leverage the official broadcaster metadata from Worldwide Radioplayer API (WRAPI) ...
    BMW selects NewMotion as partner for smart charging solutions in Italy
    BMW Group Italy has selected European smart electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions provider, NewMotion, as their partner for home and business charging solutions, according to a press release from NewMotion. This means that BMW and MINI private customers will be able to choose between three opt...
    BMW announces new remote software upgrade for over 1 million vehicles
    BMW has announced the commencement of its biggest over-the-air (OTA) update of software, which will cover more than 1 million vehicles in over 20 models, according to a press release by the German carmaker on 22 March. Some of the key upgrades include deep integration of Amazon Alexa voice assist...
    24-Feb-2021 News New Products
    BMW plans to double PEV production at Dingolfing plant in Germany in 2021
    BMW is planning to double its plug-in electric vehicle production at its Dingolfing plant in Germany in 2021, the company announced in a press release on 19 February. Up from 20,000 PEVs manufactured in 2020, Dingolfing plant is expected to produce more than 40,000 PEVs this year. "We want to increa...
    BMW Group to launch Mini Cooper SE electric hatchback
    The BMW Group has announced that it will launch the new Mini Cooper SE electric hatchback in March 2021. According to a press release issued by BMW on 10 February, the company stated that this new electric hatchback will be driven by an electric motor that delivers 135 kW (181 bhp) of power. The ...
    16-Feb-2021 News New Products
    BMW to source aluminum produced using solar electricity
    German luxury carmaker, BMW, has announced that aluminum produced using solar energy will meet almost half the annual requirements of the light metal foundry at its facility in Landshut, Germany. According to a press release issued by BMW on 2 February, the company stated that it will commence sourc...
    BMW to launch plug-in hybrid variants of 3- and 5-Series sedans
    German premium vehicle manufacturer, BMW, has launched new entry-level plug-in hybrid models of the BMW 3-Series and the BMW 5-Series. According to a press release issued by BMW on 27 January, both model series will be supplemented by two further models each with electrified drive starting in March ...
    28-Jan-2021 News New Products
    BMW plans to double EV sales in 2021
    German premium carmaker, BMW, has announced that it aims to double the sales of its pure-electric models in 2021. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 15 January, the company stated that, including plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, it plans to achieve a 50% increase in sales of electrif...
    Pirelli supplies OE tires for BMW 8 Series
    Pirelli will supply tires as OE fitment for BMW 8 Series, the Italian tire manufacturer announced in a press release on 14 January. Pirelli will provide bespoke Pirelli P Zero and Cinturato P7 tires from 18 to 20 inches. According to the press release, a total of 78 original equipment homo...
    BMW's electrified car sales grow 31.8% y/y to 192,646 units in 2020
    BMW has reported that sales of its plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) from BMW and MINI brands grew 31.8% to 192,646 units in 2020 globally, according to a company press release on 12 January. Sales of fully electric vehicles rose by 13%, while plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sales climbed by almost 40%. In Europ...
    CES 2021: BMW previews next-gen iDrive system
    BMW has previewed its next generation iDrive system during the CES 2021, ahead of its official unveiling later this year, the company said in a press release on 11 January. According to the German carmaker, the new display and operating system “neatly bridges the gap between analogue and digital t...
    13-Jan-2021 News New Products
    BMW recalls 812 vehicles in US over electrical system issue
    BMW has issued a recall notice for 812 model year (MY) 2021 xDrive vehicles, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 9 December. The recall is expected to begin 1 February 2021. Significance: According to the recall notice, BMW ...
    31-Dec-2020 News Recalls
    BMW wants every fifth car it sells to be EV by 2023, says CEO
    BMW is aiming for electric vehicles (EV) to be 20% of its total sales globally by 2023, Reuters reported on 27 December citing BMW’s CEO, Oliver Zipse quoted in German daily Augsburger Allgemeine. “We are significantly increasing the number of electric vehicles. Between 2021 and 2023, we will bu...
    BMW, ArcherMind to form car software JV
    BMW is creating a joint venture (JV) with tech company ArcherMind Technology to develop automotive software, China Daily reported on 21 December. The deal is worth about CNY50 million (USD7.64 million). “We consider China to be the worldwide frontrunner in digital innovations and this new initi...
    BASF becomes preferred supplier of paint related products to BMW
    BMW has selected BASF as a preferred partner for the sales of paint related products (PRP) for BMW global refinish network for the next two years, BASF announced in a press release on 7 December. Glasurit and R-M continue to be recommended for refinish paint repairs of BMW and MINI cars at all BMW a...
    Semiconductor supply constraints expected to resolve by second half of fiscal year 2021
    With demand falling for most part of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, carmakers and tier-1 suppliers have reduced their inventory. Automotive semiconductor vendors have canceled orders to external foundries, while internal capacity was halted or slowed either intentionally or as a result of reduce...
    OEMs launching 5G-enabled cars years before the technology goes mainstream 
    The introduction of 5G telecommunication services is going to be a game-changer for the automotive industry. Its low latency properties will drive growth in connected and autonomous vehicle markets while enabling data and signal sharing in real time, which is crucial for maintaining safety in t...
    Mapbox launches Navigation SDK for automotive market
    Mapbox has relaunched its Navigation SDK specifically for the automotive industry, it said in a press release on 14 December. It includes a location engine, which is rewritten with dead reckoning, electronic horizon, intelligent offline capabilities, electric vehicle (EV) routing and building on its...
    BMW conducts final winter testing of all-electric iX
    BMW is conducting final winter testing of its all-electric iX sport activity vehicle (SAV) ahead of its scheduled market launch in 2021, the company said in a press release on 9 December. The German carmaker is carrying out endurance test of the new electric vehicle (EV) under extreme cold weather i...
    11-Dec-2020 News New Products
    BMW to increase use of 3D printed parts in small series manufacturing
    The BMW Group aims to increase the use of 3D printed parts in small series manufacturing. According to a company press release on 10 December, the automaker is taking the next step in the systematic integration of industrial 3D printing processes. The company aims to industrialize additive manufactu...
    BMW intensifies focus on sustainable procurement amid growing shift towards e-mobility
    The BMW Group is gearing up its purchasing for future growth in e-mobility and sustainability. According to a press release issued by BMW on 10 December, the company stated that the expansion of e-mobility makes value creation in the supplier network important with respect to carbon dioxide (CO2)&nb...
    BMW launches new-generation app for electromobility in 30 European markets, mainland China and South Korea
    BMW has announced the launch of a new-generation app for customers in 30 European markets, mainland China, and South Korea to support individual electromobility, according to a press release by the German automaker on 3 December. The new-generation app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store...
    09-Dec-2020 News New Products
    BMW teams up with Amazon Web Services for data-related services
    Amazon Web Services has partnered with BMW to innovate with the help of data, a company press release on 8 December read. The partnership will allow for the development of cloud-enabled solutions to improve performance and sustainability across the entire automotive life cycle, from vehicle design t...
    NewMotion, BMW partner for home charging solutions and services in Germany
    NewMotion and BMW have partnered to offer home charging solutions and services to BMW customers in Germany, NewMotion announced in a press release on 23 November. Buyers and lessees of BMW and MINI electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) will be able to purchase a smart charge poi...
    SGL and Koller develop composite windshield for BMW
    SGL Carbon and Koller Kunststofftechnik GmbH have developed composite windshields for a future high-volume model of BMW Group, SGL said in a press release on 16 November. In August this year, SGL Carbon received a multiyear order from Koller for the production of novel carbon fiber profiles for seri...
    20-Nov-2020 News New Products
    BMW to invest USD473.9 million in new Munich assembly plant in Germany for electrified vehicles
    German automaker, BMW, has announced an investment of EUR400 million (approximately USD473.85 million) to establish a new vehicle assembly at its main plant in Munich. According to a press release issued by BMW on 18 November 2020, the company will be concentrating its European production activities...
    Suppliers to the new BMW X7
    The first-generation BMW X7 is assembled at BMW's facility in Kaliningrad, Russia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW X7 from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 2,200 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or ...
    BMW unveils electric autonomous concept MINI Vision Urbanaut
    BMW has unveiled an electric autonomous concept Vision Urbanaut under the MINI brand, the company announced in a press release on 17 November. The concept has been conceived from the outset as an electrically powered vehicle with automated driving functions. "The MINI brand has always stood for 'Cle...
    18-Nov-2020 News New Products
    C- and D-segment vehicles to drive demand for semi-active damping systems
    The focus on ride quality is increasing and so is the demand for advanced, cost-effective suspension systems. Automotive suspension systems range from simple, passive spring-based systems to cutting-edge active systems that can independently raise or lower the height of vehicle at each wheel in resp...
    BMW unveils all-new iX electric SAV, to go on sale by end-2021
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, BMW, has unveiled the new iX. According to a press release issued by BMW on 11 November, the company stated that this vehicle is based on the BMW Vision iNEXT concept, and is currently still in series development phase. The BMW iX sports activity vehi...
    12-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Auto software developer KPIT secures order from BMW for EV charging platform
    Independent automotive software development and integration partner, KPIT, has announced that it has signed a large-scale order with the BMW Group. According to a press release issued by KPIT on 11 November, the company stated that this order covers software development, integration, and maintenance...
    BMW announces two new all-electric crossovers under MINI brand
    In a press release dated 28 October, BMW has announced that it will launch two new all-electric crossovers under the MINI brand. The future core portfolio of all-electric vehicles will include the MINI 3-Door Hatch, a new crossover model in the small-car segment and a compact crossover model. The Ge...
    29-Oct-2020 News New Products
    BMW to invest USD177.8 million at Germany’s Rogensburg plant to produce battery cells for EVs
    BMW is further expanding its Germany-based production capacities for electric drives. According to a company press release on 21 October, the automaker is investing over EUR150 million (USD177.8 million) in its Regensburg site in Germany to supply the growing number of electrified BMW Group vehicles...
    22-Oct-2020 News Investments
    BMW produces 200,000 units of all-electric i3
    In a press release dated 16 October, BMW informed that it has cumulatively produced 200,000 units of all-electric sedan i3. The 200,000th BMW i3 model rolled off the production line at BMW Group plant in Leipzig, Germany. Significance: BMW started production of the i3 in 2013. The BMW i3 with 125...
    BMW picks HERE and Cedar Electronics for traffic camera information service to US customers
    HERE Technologies announced that BMW has selected Cedar Electronics and the company to offer a new connected car service alerting drivers of traffic camera locations in advance in the United States, a company press release on 15 October. The BMW Traffic Camera Information offers BMW owners&n...
    BMW expands EV charging solutions for home and public charging
    BMW Charging and MINI Charging has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for home, workplace, and public charging to coincide with the market launch of BMW’s fifth-generation electrification kit, BMW announced in a press release on 14 October. Home charging options have been expand...
    SiriusXM with 360L platform to become standard on most MY 2021 BMW vehicles
    SiriusXM has announced that its audio entertainment service will be a standard feature in all BMW models in the United States beginning with model year (MY) 2021, a company press release on 14 October read. Customers will get a 12-month subscription to SiriusXM's top tier All Access package ...
    Rheinmetall special hydrogen recirculation blower to BMW
    As part of its participation in the German government’s “FC Komp” research and development (R&D) project that is working to develop a highly integrated, high-power fuel cell drive system, German automotive components supplier Rheinmetall is providing its special hydrogen recirculation blow...
    BMW starts production of all-electric iX3 in China
    BMW has rolled out the first unit of its new all-electric iX3 from the production line at BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) plant in Shenyang, China, the automaker announced in a press release on 2 October. “Today, we begin production of the BMW iX3, the first pure electric model from our core BMW b...
    05-Oct-2020 News New Products
    BMW expands automotive software development team in Brazil
    BMW has expanded its automotive software development team in Brazil, the German carmaker said in a press release on 28 September. BMW, which currently has a core of six software development teams, plans to expand to 10 teams by the end of 2022. The Brazilian teams work with cloud solutions to optimi...
    BMW to start battery module production at Leipzig plant in Germany from 2021
    BMW is further expanding its production capacities for electric drives in Germany. According to a company press release on 23 September, the automaker’s Leipzig plant in Germany is expected to start large-series production of battery modules as early as in mid-2021. These battery modules will be u...
    24-Sep-2020 News Investments
    BMW recalls 300 vehicles in US to replace headlights
    BMW is recalling nearly 300 vehicles in the United States to replace headlights, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2020–21 BMW X5 and X5M, X6 and X6M, and X7 sport utility vehicles (SUVs). T...
    18-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    BMW Brilliance Automotive expands production capacity for batteries in China
    BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA), the mainland China-based joint venture (JV) between BMW and Brilliance Auto, has expanded its battery factory at the Tiexi location, China, with a new battery center, BMW announced in a press release on 14 September. The new center will immediately start  produc...
    15-Sep-2020 News Investments
    BMW recalls 4,265 vehicles in US over headlamps issue
    BMW and Toyota are recalling 4,265 vehicles in the United States due to some headlamps issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 27 August. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2019–20 Z4 sDrive30i, Z4 M40i and MY 2020 Toyota ...
    15-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    BMW recalls 700 vehicles in US over issue with battery modules
    BMW is recalling approximately 700 vehicles in the US over issue with battery modules, according to a report by cars.com citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2020 Mini SE Countryman, MY 2020–21 BMW X3 and MY 2021 BMW 330e an...
    07-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    Impact of 48V technology on automotive thermal management systems
    One of the most significant developments in recent times in the automotive field is the emergence of 48V electrical architecture. Steadily increasing levels of electrification in vehicles, from the introduction of electric power steering to large infotainment system displays, are placing heavie...
    BMW launches 545e plug-in hybrid sedan
    German luxury and sports vehicle manufacturer BMW has introduced the newest plug-in hybrid variant of its range-topping 5-Series sedan, the 545e xDrive. In a press release issued by BMW on 12 August, the company announced that the BMW 5-Series lineup will now include five plug-in hybrid mo...
    14-Aug-2020 News New Products
    BMW Group aims to sell 7 million electrified vehicles globally by 2030
    As part of its commitment to the goals of the Paris climate agreement, BMW has announced that it targets to sell 7 million vehicles with electrified drive systems by 2030. In a press release issued by BMW on 12 August, the company also stated that two-thirds of these vehicles would be pure electric ...
    Is there a safe haven for diesel powertrain technology?
    The push for environmentally friendly vehicles has been increasing drastically over the past few years, and vehicles powered by diesel have always been bearing the brunt of it. This friction has become even more apparent after various diesel emissions scandals that hit the industry, which have resul...
    BMW launches ‘eDrive Zones’ geo-fencing technology in UK
    BMW has launched its ‘eDrive Zones’ technology in London and Birmingham in the United Kingdom, the automaker announced in a press release on 7 August. BMW eDrive Zones trigger an automatic change to the purely electric operating mode as soon as the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) enters a...
    11-Aug-2020 News New Products
    German government grants EUR60 million to BMW for battery research
    German government has granted EUR60 million (USD70.3 million) to BMW for battery cell research. Federal Ministry of Economy And Energy (BMWi) announced in a press release on 29 July. The aim of the now funded BMW research is to develop, pilot, and test a new and highly innovative generation of lithi...
    BMW announces strategy to increase use of secondary material in new vehicles
    In a press release dated 27 July, BMW announced that it is planning to increase use of secondary material in new vehicles by 2030. The main aim of the strategy is to reduce CO2 emissions and increase resource efficiency. BMW is looking to significantly reduce CO2 emissions per vehicle by at least on...
    BMW to open new battery cell plant in Germany
    BMW is planning to open a new plant for producing lithium-ion battery cells in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 29 July. The automaker will build the pilot plant in Parsdorf, near Munich, and is scheduled to go into service in late 2022. BMW will invest EUR110 million (USD129 mil...
    30-Jul-2020 News Investments
    BMW to offer X1 and 5 Series with four different drivetrains
    BMW has said that it will offer both X1 and 5-series with four different drivetrains in the future, according to a company press release on 27 July. These will include models with fully-electric, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), diesel, and petrol with 48-V technology drivertrains. BMW’s flagship 7 ser...
    29-Jul-2020 News New Products
    BMW i Ventures invests in startup GenXComm to increase speed of 5G deployment
    BMW i Ventures has announced an investment in US-based startup GenXComm, a company press release read on 28 July. The startup aims to significantly increase the speed of global 5G deployment. “GenXComm is ushering in the next revolution of computing and connectivity. Autonomous systems, li...
    29-Jul-2020 News Investments
    BMW plans to offer hydrogen fuel cell variant of X5 in small series from 2022
    The BMW Group will pilot the second generation of hydrogen drives in small series starting with the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT, which is based on the current BMW X5, from 2022 onward. According to a press release issued by BMW dated 24 July, the company stated that it had partnered with Toyota Motor Corpor...
    27-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Seven automakers to recall more than 34,000 vehicles in South Korea over faulty parts
    Seven automakers namely Hyundai, Kia, Renault Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Toyota, and Hanbul Motors (which imports Peugeot and Citroën vehicles into South Korea) are recalling more than 34,000 vehicles in South Korea to fix separate issues, according to a report by Yonhap News Agency on 17 Ju...
    24-Jul-2020 News Recalls
    BMW’s Landshut plant in Germany to manufacture hi-tech components for iNEXT model
    BMW has announced that its Landshut plant in Germany will manufacture hi-tech components for its iNEXT electric vehicle (EV), the automaker said in a press release on 22 July. BMW says the plant will produce kidney grille and innovative components for the cockpit and the electric drive system for th...
    BMW Munich plant readies for EV production
    BMW is converting its Group Plant in Munich to be ready for production of all electric vehicles (EVs), the company announced in a press release on 22 July. BMW will suspend plant operations from 24 July to 4 September for remodeling. “We are gearing up our Munich plant for the future. Once remodel...
    New audio entertainment platform ‘SiriusXM with 360L’ to be available in MY 2021 BMW vehicles
    SiriusXM has announced that its new audio entertainment platform SiriusXM with 360L will be available in model year (MY) 2021 BMW cars, a company press release read on 16 July. The platform will be available in the 2 Series Gran Coupe, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 8 Series, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, and ...
    BMW signs long-term supply agreement with Northvolt for battery cells
    BMW has signed a long-term supply agreement with Northvolt for sourcing battery cells, the automaker announced in a press release on 16 July. The order is worth EUR2 billion and will start from 2024. The battery cells will be produced in Europe at the Northvolt gigafactory currently under constructi...
    BMW to manufacture iX3's electric drive housing in Austria
    BMW is set to manufacture the electric drive housing for all-electric iX3 at its plant in Steyr, Austria, the company announced in a press release 14 July. BMW will increase the annual production capacity of the electric drive housing to 460,000 units by 2025. “We, in Steyr, stand for the highest ...
    16-Jul-2020 News New Products
    BMW unveils all-electric MY 2021 iX3 with newly designed eDrive technology
    BMW has unveiled the all-electric model year (MY) 2021 iX3 with fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, the company announced in a press release on 14 July. The  fifth-generation BMW eDrive electric motor produces maximum output of 286 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm. It gets a 80-kWh high-voltage...
    15-Jul-2020 News New Products
    BMW sources sustainable cobalt from Managem Group in Morocco
    BMW has signed a supply agreement with Managem Group in Morocco for sourcing sustainable cobalt, the company announced in a press release on 9 July. The order is worth EUR100 million (USD113 million) and is for the period between 2020 and 2025. The two companies already signed a memorandum of unders...
    BMW's PEV sales grow 3.4% y/y to 61,652 units in H1 2020
    In a press release dated 7 July, BMW announced that its plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales globally grew 3.4% year on year (y/y) to 61,652 units in the first six months of 2020. In total, BMW’s car sales fell 21.7% y/y to 842,153 units globally.  Significance: BMW has been bolstering its...
    BMW to release vehicle software upgrade with new connectivity and navigation features
    BMW has said that it will release its most comprehensive vehicle software upgrade later this month with improved features for vehicle connectivity and navigation, a company press release on 2 July read. These features will be included in BMW vehicles with Operating System 7. The enhanced features...
    BMW opens new competence center for e-drives in Germany
    BMW has opened a new competence center for e-drives production in Dingolfing in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 2 July. The new center will expand the production capacity at the plant to manufacture e-drives for 500,000 electric vehicles (EVs). The BMW Group will produce electri...
    03-Jul-2020 News Investments
    BMW to issue remote updates of digital systems and software for Brazilian customers
    BMW will release remote software updates for its Brazilian customers, the German automaker said in a press release on 25 June. BMW's remote upgrade system, Remote Software Upgrade (RSU), is an over-the-air (OTA) update system that uses the internet embedded in the vehicles. “The BMW Group is a ...
    BMW-Great Wall Motor JV Spotlight Automotive begins construction of JV plant in Mainland China
    Spotlight Automotive, the joint venture between BMW and Great Wall Motor (GWM), has started construction of a new plant in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, in Mainland China, GWM announced in a press release on 23 June. The plant is expected to have a production capacity of 160,000 units annually. Un...
    30-Jun-2020 News Investments
    BMW opens new campus for 3D printing in Germany
    BMW has opened a new campus for developing additive manufacturing technologies and components, the company announced in a press release on 25 June. The new center brings together production of prototype and series parts under one roof, along with research into new 3D printing technologies, and assoc...
    29-Jun-2020 News Investments
    BMW, Toyota recall 2,800 vehicles in US over issue with steering gear tie rods
    BMW and Toyota are recalling nearly 2,800 vehicles in the United States over an issue with steering gear tie rods, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2019 BMW Z4 coupes, MY 2019–20 3 Series...
    24-Jun-2020 News Recalls
    New project for 3D Printing of spare and series automotive parts launched in Germany
    According to a press release issued by industrial 3D printing technology provider, EOS, on 5 May, the Polyline project consists of 15 industrial, science, and research partners that have come together from across Germany. The project has received EUR10.7 million (USD12.1 million) in funding ...
    17-Jun-2020 News New Products
    BMW completes homologation tests for all-electric iX3
    BMW has completed the homologation tests for all-electric iX3 sport utility vehicle (SUV) in mainland China and Europe, the company announced in a press release on 9 June. More than 340 hours of testing, including over 7,700 km of test drives, had to be completed within four weeks. “We are right o...
    12-Jun-2020 News New Products
    BMW launches MY2021 X5 PHEV in US
    BMW has launched the second generation model year (MY) 2021 X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 10 June. The sport utility vehicle (SUV) comes equipped with a 3L inline 6-cylinder turbocharged engine, and a 24-kWh battery which gives an estim...
    12-Jun-2020 News New Products
    Luxury and high-performance segments to drive demand of active damper control systems
    Ride comfort is one of the most important criteria for any new car buyer, especially considering that road infrastructure in many countries and regions across the globe may not be up to the mark. Automotive OEMs have and continue to invest significant amounts of time, money, and effort to make their...
    BMW partners with China’s State Grid on EV charging network expansion
    BMW has signed a cooperation agreement with the Chinese state-owned energy supplier State Grid for research and development (R&D) for electric vehicle (EV) charging technologies and expand China’s EV charging network to serve BMW customers, according to a report by China Daily on 5 June. Si...
    BMW 4-Series coupé to feature new cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system
    BMW has launched the 4-Series coupé with a new cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system included as standard, the German automaker said in a press release on 2 June. The navigation system enables precise calculation of routes and arrival times, updating of real-time traffic data at frequent intervals...
    03-Jun-2020 News New Products
    New BMW 4 Series coupé to feature adaptive LED headlights
    The new BMW 4 Series coupé comes equipped with standard LED headlights with extremely slim contours, the automaker said in a press release on 2 June. The model features adaptive LED headlights with BMW laserlight available as an option. It also stylishly boasts darkened LED rear lights with eye-cat...
    03-Jun-2020 News New Products
    BMW to launch new 4 Series coupé with mild hybrid powertrain
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer BMW has launched the latest version of its 4 Series coupé two-seater sports sedan. According to a press statement issued by BMW on 2 June, the company has announced that this new vehicle will have its market launch in October 2020. BMW will equip all dies...
    03-Jun-2020 News New Products
    New BMW 6-Series GT launched with mild hybrid powertrain
    Germany-based luxury and sports car manufacturer BMW has introduced the newest version of its 6-Series GT. According to a press release issued by the company on 27 May, the new BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo will go on sale in the month of July and will be equipped with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. ...
    29-May-2020 News New Products
    New MINI Countryman features LED headlamps, fog lights as standard
    The New MINI Countryman features LED headlamps and LED fog lights as standard, the automaker said in a press release on 27 May. The model also features LED rearlights in Union Jack design. The latest version of these LED headlamps features a particularly high-quality design that emphasizes the techn...
    29-May-2020 News New Products
    Is water injection technology ready for mass-market adoption?
    Automotive OEMs across the globe are faced with the challenge of making their vehicles increasingly more efficient by cutting fuel consumption and emissions. A wide variety of measures exist for car manufacturers to employ and refine in order to achieve these desired effects, including improving the...
    BMW launches new X2 with plug-in hybrid powertrain
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, BMW, has announced the launch of the upgraded sports activity coupe, the BMW X2 xDrive25e. According to a press release issued by BMW on 27 May, this variant of the new X2 will be driven by a 1.5L, in-line 3 cylinder gasoline engine that is paired wit...
    28-May-2020 News New Products
    BMW launches new 5 Series in PHEV and 48V mild hybrid variants
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer BMW held the world premiere of its new 5 Series family, and the new version of this vehicle will be put on sale in both plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and mild hybrid avatars. According to a press statement issued by BMW on 27 May, PHEV technology has now been expande...
    27-May-2020 News New Products
    BMW to start production of all-electric iX3 in summer 2020
    BMW is planning to start production of its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) iX3 in summer this year, Automotive News Europe reported on 21 May, citing BMW CEO Oliver Zipse. The iX3 will be manufactured at BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture plant in Shenyang, China. “The preparat...
    22-May-2020 News New Products
    BMW employs AI to improve paint quality
    German automotive manufacturer BMW has announced that it has found a way to use AI in order to improve the quality and finishing of the paint job on its vehicles. According to a press release issued by BMW on 20 May, the company stated that the content of ultra-fine dust particles in paint line...
    5G NetMobil project develops real-time communication solutions for connected vehicles
    The 5G NetMobil project has developed real-time communication solutions for connected vehicles to improve safety and efficiency, Bosch said in a press release on 5 May. Bosch is one of the coordinators in the project along with Technische Universität Dresden and is among 16 partners developing i...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies ADVAN brand OE tires for BMW X3 and X4 models
    Yokohama Rubber is supplying its ADVAN brand of tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new BMW X3 and X4 models, according to a company press release on 30 April. The company began supplying its ADVAN Sport V107 tires for these two models since July 2019. The tire-maker is supplying tires ...
    SGL Carbon to supply glass fiber-based cover plates for battery enclosures to BMW
    SGL Carbon has received an order from BMW Group for supply of glass fiber-based cover plates for battery enclosures, according to a company press release on 21 April. The multiyear order will include the production of an innovative glass-fiber-based cover plate for the battery housing for usage in a...
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