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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    Xcel Energy announces EV smart charging pilot program with carmakers
    Excel Energy has announced a new electric vehicle (EV) smart charging pilot project that will enable users in Colorado, US, to make a switch to EVs at a time when production of renewable energy is high and demand on the energy grid is low, according to a press release on 30 September. “Achievin...
    BMW Group invests in US based lithium extraction technology startup Lilac Solutions
    To promote environment-friendly, resource-efficient extraction of lithium required for its large-scale electric vehicle (EV) plans, the BMW Group, through its venture capital fund BMW i Ventures, is investing in an innovative process developed by the US-based lithium extraction technology startup, L...
    07-Oct-2021 News Investments
    BMW rolls out technology updates for its iDrive 7
    BMW has rolled out upgrades for customers with iDrive 7, the German carmaker said in a press release on 22 September. The updates include features such as Amazon Alexa for iDrive 7, Uneven Road Surface warning, and Remote Engine Start on demand. To integrate Amazon Alexa Car in the iDrive 7,...
    27-Sep-2021 News New Products
    BMW uses dSPACE simulators for upcoming vehicle generation
    According to an official press release dated 21 September, dSPACE hardware-in-the-loop simulators are made up of both hardware and software components and will be used by the BMW Group at development sites around the world for comprehensive testing in areas such as electric drives, memory and energy...
    BMW, GaN Systems signs semiconductor capacity agreement
    According to the official website, Canada-based GaN Systems announced the signing of a comprehensive Capacity Agreement with BMW Group for GaN Systems' high-performance, automotive-grade GaN power transistors on September 14th. This has the potential to increase the efficiency and power density of c...
    IAA Mobility 2021: BMW plans to launch at least 1 BEV in nearly all segments it operates in by 2023
    In his keynote speech at the recently concluded IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, Oliver Zipse, chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG said that the German luxury carmaker plans to launch at least one fully electric model in the market in 90% of its current market segments by 2023. “The stron...
    14-Sep-2021 News New Products
    IAA Mobility 2021: BMW unveils sustainability-focused i Vision Circular concept
    German vehicle manufacturer BMW announced via a press release on 6 September that it would be unveiling its sustainability-focused i Vision Circular concept vehicle at the IAA Mobility this year. According to the company’s press release, the new compact vehicle, designed for the ...
    10-Sep-2021 News New Products
    IAA Mobility 2021: BMW Group to demonstrate automated valet parking
    BMW Group will showcase premium urban mobility solutions at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, Germany, the automaker said in a press release on 7 September. Automated Valet Parking project, which was developed together with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and other partners wi...
    08-Sep-2021 News New Products
    BMW to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions using innovative sustainable materials
    Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse announced at a media event in Munich on the 2 September that BMW Group aims to reduce lifecycle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 40% by 2030 by employing a unique sustainability strategy to the use of materials in its ca...
    BMW ties up with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone for 5G telecommunications
    BMW has tied up with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone to integrate 5G and Personal eSIM networking into cars, the German automaker said in a press release on 2 September. Vodafone is offering the first 5G mobile radio contract. An existing multi-SIM contract can be extended with the Vodafone One Num...
    BMW Group plans to sell 10 million all-electric vehicles over the next 10 years
    German luxury carmaker BMW Group looks to sell around ten million all-electric vehicles globally as part of its larger plan to achieve climate neutrality, the company said in a press announcement on 2 September. “During the next ten years or so, the company will be putting around 10 million all...
    03-Sep-2021 News New Products
    AMTE Power to partner Sprint Power in UK government-backed project CELERITAS
    UK-based manufacturer of lithium-ion (Li-ion) and sodium-ion battery cells AMTE Power plc will partner Sprint Power in a new UK Government funded project called CELERITAS to develop ultra-fast charging systems for electric (EV) and fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs), the company said in a press release on 1...
    BMW to present iX5 Hydrogen SUV at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, Germany
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer, BMW, has announced that it will be showcasing its new hydrogen-powered vehicle, the iX5, at the upcoming IAA Mobility 2021 event in Munich, Germany, in September. According to a press release issued by BMW on 17 August, the company stated that the hydrogen f...
    18-Aug-2021 News New Products
    BMW launches new iX3 with fifth-generation eDrive technology
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, BMW, has announced the newest version of its pure electric sports activity vehicle (SAV), the iX3. According to a press release issued by BMW on 11 August, this updated vehicle features the fifth generation of the company’s eDrive technology. The ve...
    17-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new BMW 4 Series
    The second-generation BMW 4 Series is assembled at BMW’s facility in Dingolfing, Germany. Output of the new version of the two-door coupe is expected to peak at more than 45,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutawa...
    BMW rolls out updated BMW News app
    BMW has rolled out its upgraded BMW News app to "millions" of vehicles, it said in a press release on 13 July. This will cater to the growing demand for in-vehicle news and infotainment podcasts. The News app is an integrated vehicle application in BMW's Operating System 7 and does not need a r...
    16-Jul-2021 News New Products
    BMW and Amazon launch quantum computing challenge for automotive startups
    According to an official press release dated 13 July, BMW Group has launched a quantum computing challenge in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), encouraging researchers and startups to submit innovative quantum algorithms to address specific industrial challenges. BMW stated that it ha...
    BMW upgrades My BMW app and MINI app
    German carmaker BMW has updated its consumer-focused connected car My BMW app and the MINI app, it said in separate press releases on 12 July. The My BMW app offers direct interface between the driver and their vehicle and a communication channel with BMW dealers and the BMW brand, wh...
    BMW warns chip supply shortage 'critical', may lead to further production loss
    According to a Reuters press release dated 2 July, BMW warned that a chip shortage that has plagued the automotive industry may result in additional lost production, that it showed no signs of abating, and supply would remain tight in the second half of the year. The German automaker’s pro...
    SiriusXM's audio entertainment service to be standard feature in MINI models in US
    SiriusXM has announced that its audio entertainment service will come as a standard feature in all model year (MY) 2022 MINI models sold in the United States, according to its press release on 29 June. MINI owners will also receive a 12-month subscription to SiriusXM's All Access package. This ...
    BMW to fund USD6.2 million to TUM for quantum computing research in automotive applications
    BMW has announced that it would fund EUR5.1 million (USD6.2 million) for Technical University of Munich’s (TUM) research on quantum computing for automotive applications, according to its press release on 16 June. The funding will be available over a period of six years. “It is clear to the B...
    BMW starts road-testing of i Hydrogen NEXT fuel cell SUV
    The BMW Group is testing prototypes of the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT fuel cell sports utility vehicle (SUV) in everyday conditions on European roads. According to a press release issued by BMW on 16 June, these tests will examine how effectively the carbon dioxide (CO2)-free drivetrain, model-specific cha...
    17-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Forschungszentrum Jülich collaborates with German OEMs to work on Quantum AI for auto industry
    Forschungszentrum Jülich is participating in a project for quantum AI applications in the auto industry, along with German automotive heavyweights BMW Group, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen as well as Bosch, it said in a press release dated 9 June. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligenc...
    BMW among founding members of Quantum Technology and Application Consortium
    BMW is one of the 10 German corporations that founded the Quantum Technology and Application Consortium (QUTAC), the automaker said in a press release on 10 June. The goal of the consortium is to develop the existing fundamentals of quantum computing for multiple applications, including au...
    BMW launches X3, X4, 4 Series Gran Coupé with 48V mild hybrid powertrain option
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, BMW, has announced that it will be providing mild hybrid powertrain options for its new X3 and X4 SUVs, as well as the 4 Series Gran Coupé. According to press releases issued by BMW on 9 June, the company stated that the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, the...
    09-Jun-2021 News New Products
    BMW plans to build 360,000 EV charging stations in mainland China
    BMW plans to add 360,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across mainland China this year, reports Nikkei Asia. Significance: Based on its plans around improving charging infrastructure across mainland China, BMW said that it will collaborate with local players, including EV charging infra...
    04-Jun-2021 News Investments
    EasyPark Group completes acquisition of digital parking services provider PARK NOW
    EasyPark Group has completed the acquisition of digital parking services company PARK NOW Group, it said in a 1 June press release. The acquisition has been approved by relevant authorities, and all assets and liabilities have been transferred from the shareholders BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG ...
    BMW rolls out remote software upgrade for 1.3 million vehicles with BMW OS7
    BMW will roll out new remote software upgrade for 1.3 million vehicles with BMW Operating System (OS) 7, the German automaker said in a press release on 1 June. Upgrade includes integration of Amazon Alexa in four more markets, and integration of the traditional destination entry in BMW Maps. Its La...
    02-Jun-2021 News New Products
    BMW, Daimler, and Ford to store car data locally as China plans new rules
    BMW, Daimler, and Ford have set up facilities in mainland China to store vehicle data generated locally, Reuters reported on 27 May. Ford Motor had established a data center in mainland China in the first half of last year and was storing all vehicle data locally. BMW said it operates "local data ce...
    BMW begins batteries, battery modules production for iX, i4 at Dingolfing facility in Germany
    BMW has begun manufacturing the fifth-generation high-voltage batteries and battery modules for use in the BMW iX and i4 models at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing, Germany, according to a company press release on 26 May. Simultaneously, BMW is also increasing production ca...
    27-May-2021 News New Products
    BMW to source Pirelli tires with sustainable rubber for X5 PHEV
    The BMW Group is equipping its cars with Pirelli’s tires made of certified sustainable natural rubber and rayon, according to a company press release on 19 May. Rayon, a wood-based material used to strengthen the tires has been used in Pirelli’s 22-inch tires, which will be equipped in the BMW X...
    BMW Group sets goal to reduce over 200 million tons of CO2 emissions by 2030
    The BMW Group has announced its mission for sustainable mobility with goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG) at its Annual General Meeting on 12 May, according to a company press release. The goals include avoiding emission of over 200 million tons of CO2 by 2030, which it claims is equiv...
    BMW is producing fuel cell parts for BMW i Hydrogen NEXT in Landshut, Germany
    The Lightweight Construction and Technology Centre (LuTZ) in Landshut, Germany, produces essential components for the hydrogen-electric drivetrain that will be installed in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT from late 2022, and supplying them for installation of the fuel cell system in Munich. According to ...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    BMW, Ford invest in solid-state battery startup Solid Power
    Solid-state battery supplier, Solid Power has announced a USD130 million Series B investment round led by the BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, and Volta Energy Technologies, according to a company press release by Solid Power on May 3. Ford and the BMW have also expanded their existing agreements with...
    04-May-2021 News Investments
    BMW starts battery component production in Leipzig and Regensburg, Germany
    The BMW Group is now producing high-voltage batteries and battery components at its locations in Leipzig and Regensburg, in addition to its Dingolfing facility. According to a press release issued by BMW on 30 April, the Leipzig plant will launch series production of battery modules, while the Regen...
    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
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