Media Alert: BMW GROUP TO PRESENT AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATIONS, INCLUDING INTERNET OF THINGS INTEGRATIONS, INTERIOR OF THE FUTURE, BMW CONNECTEDRIDE, AND FUTURE DRIVING EXPERIENCES AT THE LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER SOUTH PLAZA DURING THE 2016 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS.

Additional Showcases Include BMW Digital Services, Advancements in Electric Vehicle Charging and Lighting Technologies, Among Others.

 

BMW will return to Las Vegas for the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center (3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV) to showcase Internet of Things and Smart Home integrations, the Interior of the Future, Future Driving Experiences, and BMW ConnectedRide. BMW will have a presence at the South Plaza, located outside the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall, where BMW experts and representatives will be available for interviews on Wednesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 9, during show hours.

 

BMW will demonstrate how the all-electric BMW i3 can be further connected to drivers’ daily lives with Internet of Things and Smart Home integrations. Through advancements in R&D projects, drivers could precondition their homes and vehicles, remotely park their BMW i3 and schedule a charging program based on their daily agenda.

 

Interior of the Future advancements, Future Driving Experiences and BMW ConnectedRide will be revealed.

 

BMW will present Advancements in Mobility Solutions through innovative technologies for urban environments.

 

BMW will also demonstrate ConnectedDrive innovations currently available in the BMW 7 Series, including remote controlled parking, gesture control and touch command.

 

Test drives of the BMW 7 Series, BMW i vehicles and BMW M vehicles will be available on a first come, first served basis at the South Plaza during show hours January 6-9.  A valid Driver’s License is required.

 

 

DATE:            Wednesday, January 6 – Saturday, January 9, 2016

 

TIME:             Spokespeople are available for interview:

Wednesday, January 6: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT

Thursday, January 7:  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT

Friday, January 8: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT

Saturday, January 9:  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT

 

PLACE:         Las Vegas Convention Center

3150 Paradise Road

Las Vegas, NV

*Please note that BMW will have a presence at the South Plaza, located outside the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall.

 

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BMW of North America Announces New Corporate Communications Manager, Arts, Culture and Design

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 16, 2015 . . .Today, Alexander Bilgeri, Vice President BMW Group Corporate Communications, announced that Phil DiIanni will assume the role of Corporate Communications Manager, Arts, Culture and Design effective December 16, 2015. Phil will be part of the BMW brand communications team led by Thomas Plucinsky, Department Manager, BMW Brand Corporate Communications. In his new role, Phil is responsible for communications on a diverse list of topics ranging from marketing campaigns and events, BMW i brand development, sponsorships, partnerships, arts & culture initiatives, to BMW’s U.S.O.C. involvement, sports initiatives, and Designworks USA projects.

 

Prior to joining BMW of North America, Phil was a Senior Vice President in Ogilvy Public Relations’ brand marketing practice where he worked on behalf of another automotive brand. He was also part of the interagency team whose work was a PR Week award finalist in the consumer campaign of the year category.

 

Phil has worked on behalf of BMW before as a vice president at Rubenstein Communications, Inc., where he worked on many major projects including the consumer launch of the BMW i brand in the U.S., several auto shows and the 2011 and 2012 BMW Championships. While at Rubenstein, Phil also represented Rolls-Royce Motorcars North America and handled communications surrounding the U.S. tour of the one-of-a-kind electric Rolls-Royce Phantom.

 

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 149 BMW motorcycle retailers, 124 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com.

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Journalist note: Information about BMW and its products in the USA is available to journalists online at www.bmwusanews.com and www.press.bmwna.com.

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BMW F45 / F46 (2 Series)

BMW F45

BMW F45

BMW F45 is 2 Series Active Tourer is a compact MPV produced by the German manufacturer BMW since 2014, and marketed as part of the 2 Series lineup. It is the first Front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout vehicle sold under BMW vehicle brand, designed to compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz B-ClassxDrive will be offered, as an option. The design is based on the BMW Concept Active Tourer, and is mechanically related to the MINI Countryman, also built by BMW.

BMW F45 Pre-production concepts

BMW Concept Active Tourer (2012):

BMW Active Tourer is a plug-in hybrid concept vehicle with 1.5-litre turbo 3-cylinder petrol engine derived from BMW 6-cylinder engines and a synchronous electric motor, lithium-ion battery, High Reflection Silver body colour, front-tilted BMW radiator grille, twin headlines with LED positioning lights (eyebrows) stretching far back into the side panels, multi-faceted front apron, integrated door openers, contrasted side sills with rising shadow line, 20-inch wheels, rear light clusters running well into the side panel, panorama sunroof with electronically adjustable brightness, 40:20:40-split rear backrests, centrally located vertical metal track is integrated in the back of the front seats, multifunction instrument display with 10.25-inch integrated screen, multicolour Head-Up Display with brightness automatically adapts to the light available, navigation system with 8-inch display, ECO PRO mode with coasting mode.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Paris Motor Show, followed by 83rd Geneva International Motor Show 2013, Auto Shanghai 2013.

BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor (2013):

It is a version of BMW Concept Active Tourer with transversely mounted 1.5-litre petrol engine with front-wheel drive, plug-in hybrid with electric motor, Gold Race Orange body colour, MoonWhite and MoonRock Grey interior leather upholstery, a carrier system for two bicycles (integrated into the interior).

The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 OutDoor in Friedrichshafen, followed by 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, followed by 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

BMW F45 initial release:

The vehicle was unveiled in 84th Geneva International Motor Show 2014, followed by 2014 Canadian International Auto Show, 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2014, 22nd Auto Mobil International Leipzig 2014.

Early models included 218i, 225i, 218d (150PS). 220d (190PS) was set to arrive in September 2014, followed by 220i (192PS) in November 2014.

Early UK models included 218i (136PS), 218d (143PS). From November 2014, M Sport specification (including 18-inch M Sport alloy wheels, Dakota leather upholstery, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, Aluminium hexagon interior trim, M Sport aerodynamic styling, M Sport suspension and M Sport interior styling enhancements) becomes available.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport Package includes exclusive Estoril Blue body colour, M Aerodynamics package, M Sport suspension, 17 or 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, M leather steering wheel. The 225i Active Tourer with M Sport Package was unveiled in 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

BMW F46 2 Series Gran Tourer

BMW F46

BMW F46

BMW 218d Gran Tourer Advantage (F46)

The 2 Series Gran Tourer is a long-wheelbase, 7-seat version, released in June 2015.

Engines:

Petrol

Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
218i 2014– 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in) I3 single-scroll turbo (B38A15M0) 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)@4500–6000, 220 N·m (162 lb·ft)@1250
220i 2014– 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 twin-scroll turbo (B48B20) 192 PS (141 kW; 189 hp)@4700, 280 N·m (207 lb·ft)@1250
225i 2014– 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 twin-scroll turbo (B48B20) 231 PS (170 kW; 228 hp)@4750–6000, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1250

Diesel

Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
216d 2014– 1,496 cc (91.3 cu in) I3 turbo (B37D15) 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp)@4000, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1750–2500
218d 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (B47D20) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)@4000, 330 N·m (243 lb·ft)@1750–2500
220d 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (B47D20) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@4000, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1750–2500

BMW F22 (2 Series)

The BMW F22 2 Series Coupé and Cabrio are luxury compact coupés and convertibles produced by German manufacturer BMW since 2013 they are part of the 2 Series lineup. Although it is the successor of the 1-Series coupé, it is continuing the BMW 02 coupés as a successor in that segment. The name, 2-Series, is based on BMW’s rationalization of its model designations reserving odd numbers for 4-door sedans and even numbers for 2-door coupés and coupé-like cars. At launch, there are the basic models BMW F22: 218d, 220d, 220i, 225d, 228i, and the M235i internationally. From 2016, the range-topping M2 will also be available, as a coupé only.

BMW F22 History

BMW F22

BMW F22

The vehicle was unveiled in 2014 North American International Auto Show, followed by 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2014. Early models include the 220i, M235i (326PS), and 220d (184PS). 218d (143PS), 225d (218PS) were added in March 2014. 228i (245PS), M235i xDrive (326PS) were added in summer of 2014. On October 13, 2015, the BMW M2 has officially unveiled. Powered by a twin-scroll 3.0-litre straight-six, the M2 boasts 272kW at 6500rpm through to a 7000rpm redline. Torque is listed at 465Nm between 1400-5560rpm, while an overboost function knocks that up to 500Nm between 1450-4750rpm.

Early American and Canadian models include the 228i (243PS) and M235i (324PS).

2015 BMW 228i Coupé Track Handling Package

2015 BMW 228i Coupé Track Handling Package, which included Adaptive M Suspension with 10mm lower height, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on unique 18-inch light-alloy wheels, BMW Variable Sport Steering with mechanical steering rack, and M Sport Brakes (fixed four-piston front calipers, two-piston rear calipers, 13.4/13.6-inch front/rear brake discs, dark blue calipers with M logo), was set to be available in July 2014 (production) for both 6-speed manual and 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission-equipped BMW 228i Coupé models. The 2015 BMW 228i with Track Handling Package was unveiled in 2014 New York International Auto Show.

BMW M235i Racing

The M235i Racing is a racetrack version of the 2 Series developed by the BMW Motorsport division. It is used at the BMW M235i Racing Cup, a one-make cup within the VLN (Nürburgring Endurance Championship), and is sold to customer teams in other championships.

Its 3.0L straight-six engine develops a maximum output of 333hp (245kW). As a track car aimed at amateur drivers, the car features driver aids such as anti-lock brakes, traction control and dynamic stability control.

BMW M2 F22

In October 2015, BMW revealed the new flagship 2-Series, the M2. It is an indirect successor to the 1-Series M Coupé. The M2 Coupé will begin production in late 2015 and go on sale in the UK in April 2016, and will be making its world debut at the 2015 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show. The car is powered by the BMW N55 engine, tuned for 370 PS (272 kW; 365 bhp). With the 6-speed manual gearbox, the M2 will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds, or 4.3 seconds if equipped with the 7-speed DCT automatic. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), but the limiter can be raised to 270 km/h (168 mph) as an option. Although a convertible M2 is rumoured for production, only a coupé variant has been confirmed.

BMW F22 Engines:

Petrol

Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
218i (136PS) 2015– 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in) I3 twin scroll turbo (B38A15M0) 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)@4500–6000, 220 N·m (162 lb·ft)@1250–4500
220i (184PS) 2014– 1,997 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 twin scroll turbo (N20B20U0) 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp)@5000–6250, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1250–4500
228i (243PS) 2014– 1,997 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 twin scroll turbo (N20B20) 243 PS (179 kW; 240 hp)@5000–6500, 346 N·m (255 lb·ft)@1250–4800
228i (245PS) 2014– 1,997 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 twin scroll turbo (N20B20U0) 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp)@5000–6500, 350 N·m (258 lb·ft)@1250–4800
M235i (324PS) 2014– 2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin scroll turbo (N55B30) 324 PS (238 kW; 320 hp)@5800–6000, 447 N·m (330 lb·ft)@1300–4500
M235i (326PS) 2014– 2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin scroll turbo (N55B30O0) 326 PS (240 kW; 322 hp)@5800–6000, 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@1300–4500
M235i xDrive (326PS) 2014– 2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin scroll turbo (N55B30O0) 326 PS (240 kW; 322 hp)@5800–6000, 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@1300–4500
M2 (370PS) 2016– 2,979 cc (181.8 cu in) I6 twin scroll turbo (N55B30O0) 370 PS (272 kW; 365 hp)@6500, 500 N·m (369 lb·ft)@1450–4750

Diesel

Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
218d (150PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (B47D20) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)@4000, 330 N·m (243 lb·ft)@1750–2250
220d (184PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (N47D20O1) 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp)@4000, 380 N·m (280 lb·ft)@1750–2750
220d (190PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (B47D20) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@4000, 400 N·m (295 lb·ft)@1750–2500
225d (218PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo (N47D20T1) 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)@4400, 450 N·m (332 lb·ft)@1500–2500

Marketing:

As part of BMW i Brand Campaign in the US, a BMW 2 Series TV commercial titled ‘Torch’ was premiered leading up to and during NBC’s broadcast of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

BMW F20 / F21 (1 Series – 2nd generation)

BMW F20

BMW F20

BMW F20 is the second generation BMW 1 Series range comprises three-door hatchback (model code F21) and five-door hatchback (F20) models. Like its E87 predecessor, it uses a longitudinally-mounted engine, aluminum multi-link suspension and a rear-wheel drive chassis (however some models are available with all-wheel drive).

Transmission options are a six-speed manual or an eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic.

BMW F20 History:

The BMW F20 five-door hatchback was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Early models included the 116i, 118i, 116d, 118d, 120d. In 2012, the 125i, 125d and 116d EfficientDynamics Edition models were introduced. The 114d, 120i and xDrive models were also introduced.

The F21 three-door hatchbacks were added in 2012. The M135i was unveiled in 2012 Geneva International Motor Show. In November

BMW F21

BMW F21

2012, the M135i xDrive, 118d xDrive and 120d xDrive were released.

2nd Generation LCI (Facelift)

  • F20 LCI (2015–actual): five-door hatchback
  • F21 LCI (2015–actual): three-door hatchback

Trim:

BMW 1 Series (Australia)

Trim variations include the Sport Line and Urban Line, which differ by alloy wheels, kidney grille and other appearance-related features. There is also the M-Sport line that is optional on the rest of the 1-Series range and standard on the M135i.

BMW F20 Engines:

Petrol engines

Model Engine code Power Torque 0–100 km/h (s) (MT/AT)
116i N13B16 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) @4000 180 N·m (133 lb·ft) @1100 11.2/na
118i 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @4400 220 N·m (162 lb·ft) @1350–4300
240 N·m (177 lb·ft) @1500–3500 (overboost)
8.5/9.1 (2011)
8.5/8.7 (2012–present)
120i 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) @4800 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) @1500–4500 7.4/7.2
125i N20B20 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) @5000 310 N·m (229 lb·ft) @1350–4800 6.4/6.2
M135i N55 320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp) @5800 450 N·m (332 lb·ft) @1250–5000 5.1/4.9

Diesel engines

Model Engine code Power Torque 0–100 km/h (s) (MT/AT)
114d N47D16 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @4000 235 N·m (173 lb·ft) @1500–2750 12.2/na
116d EfficientDynamics Edition 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) @4000 260 N·m (192 lb·ft) @1750–2500 10.5/na
116d N47D20 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) @4000 260 N·m (192 lb·ft) @1750–2500 10.3/10.7 (2011)
10.3/10.3 (2012–present)
118d 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp) @4000 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @1750–2500 8.9/8.9 (2011)
8.9/8.6 (2012–present)
120d 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp) @4000 380 N·m (280 lb·ft) @1750–2750 7.2/7.3 (2011)
7.2/7.1 (2012–present)
125d 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) @4400 450 N·m (332 lb·ft) @1500–2500 6.5/6.3

BMW F20 Reception

Emerging as the winner of the best sports car $50-100K category for the second consecutive time, the BMW M135i was awarded the title at the 2013 ‘Australia’s Best Cars’ awards held in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2009, the BMW 135i was awarded the Best Sports Coupe under $150K at the 2009 Wheels Gold Star Car Awards for exceptional driving experience.

Andy Priaulx leaves BMW Motorsport after 13 years.

Whether in the DTM, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (WTSCC), or countless other championships: week after week BMW teams and drivers around the world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.

His last big appearance, for now, in the BMW family was a very emotional one: Andy Priaulx (GB) was presented with an honorary award at last week’s Season Review in the BMW Museum, and took the opportunity to bid farewell to many of those who have accompanied him over the past 13 years. Priaulx has left in search of a new challenge next year. He will announce details of precisely what this is in January. However, he is already certain of a place in the BMW Motorsport history books. Between 2005 and 2007, Priaulx won three titles in a row with BMW Team RBM in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). In 2005, he was also victorious at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (DE) in a BMW M3 GTR. In total, he amassed more than 50 victories in BMW cars and played a key role in the manufacturer’s return to the DTM in 2012. Speaking in an interview, he looks back on his successful time with BMW.

Three questions for ... Andy Priaulx.

Andy, how emotional was it, saying farewell to the BMW family after 13 years?
Andy Priaulx: “Very. On that evening it was very tough emotionally to be confronted with all the fantastic memories I have of my time with BMW Motorsport. At the same time, it was also very nice. Thanks to BMW, my dream has come true for the last 13 years. Although I am now heading off in search of a new challenge, I will never forget what I have achieved with BMW Motorsport. That evening, I said 'Auf Wiedersehen' to what has been my family for the past 13 years.”

What are your fondest memories?
Priaulx: “I have had the privilege of driving some of the best racing cars in the world, and have achieved fantastic success with them. I will obviously always have particularly fond memories of my three world titles in the WTCC and victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. I had a great time here.”

Is there anyone in particular that you would like to thank?
Priaulx: “Firstly, I would obviously like to thank BMW Motorsport for making it possible for me to live my dream. Beyond that, I cannot thank all the teams I have driven for enough. Not only were they all extremely professional, but it was also great fun to work with them every single time. At this point, I could list a lot of names of people who have helped me over the years, but I am sure I would still forget many. Because of this, I would just like to give a special mention to the Belgian BMW Team RBM, with whom I raced for a decade. Although we are going out separate ways in 2016, we will always remain friends. I wish BMW Motorsport all the best for the future.”

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Australian GT: The BMW M6 GT3 is set to do battle down under.
A new field of battle for the BMW M6 GT3: as of the 2016 season, the top GT racing model will also fight for points and podiums down under. The 585-hp racing car competes in the prestigious Australian GT Championship. The BMW M6 GT3 will be run by SRM Team BMW, which is owned by four-time and reigning Bathurst 1000 winner Steven Richards (NZ). The first model of the new BMW M6 GT3 is expected to arrive in Australia in February. The new figurehead of BMW Motorsport’s commitment to GT racing will make its race debut at the second round of the Australian GT Sprint Series, which forms part of the support programme for the Formula One Grand Prix in Albert Park, Melbourne (AU). The plan is for the BMW M6 GT3 to appear in all four events within the Australian GT Endurance Series. The first of these is on Phillip Island (AU) on 29th May. This is followed by the events at Sydney Motorsport Park (AU) from 26th to 28th August, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park (NZ) from 28th to 30th October, and Highlands Motorsport Park (NZ) on 13th November.

BMW Financial Services teams up with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Healing Arts Program to Brighten the Newly Renovated Pediatric Unit

SUPPORTING HEALING AND WELLNESS WITH ART

 

Spartanburg, SC, Dec. 11, 2015 – When it comes to the healing process, it’s not all about doctors and medicine. Emotional and mental wellbeing plays a large role in recovery time, especially with children, who are often frightened and lonely during their hospital stay.  Making pediatrics units inviting, decorative and bright is one way to make children feel more at ease.

 

Thanks to BMW Financial Services NA, LLC, a large colorful painting now hangs on the wall in Spartanburg Medical Center’s pediatrics unit.  The 12-bed pediatrics unit at Spartanburg Medical Center, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s flagship hospital, is staffed with 22 clinical staff members and serves more than 200 patients a month.

 

“It means a lot to receive art work like this,” said Devonne Gerstenacker, MSN, RN, CPN, CPS and nurse manager of pediatrics. “Having a bright environment makes our patients feel happier and that’s a big part of healing.”

 

“The paintings brighten up the area,” said patient care associate Martha Scott, RN. “We need that for our patients, many of whom are in the same room and surroundings for extended periods of time undergoing tough treatments.”

 

This is one of many community support programs BMW Financial Services engages in all over the country.  The company culture is rooted in sustainability, responsibility and giving back to local communities. During its annual “Driving Force” event, BMW Financial Services executives and dealers, together participate in community outreach.  

 

“Corporate Social Responsibility is in our DNA, said, Ed Robinson, CEO, BMW Financial Services. “We work closely with our dealers and invite them to join our efforts in local communities. Our teams have renovated a school in Punta Mita, Mexico, contributed to a foundation for sea turtle rescue and research in Boca Raton, Florida, donated to a number of Seeing Eye Dog programs, and now collaborated on a colorful six-panel mural-like painting to brighten the hospital and treatment facilities. It’s a wonderful part of our culture.”

 

BMW FS collaborated on the project with the Atlanta-based Foundation for Hospital Art, which provides art kits and other support for volunteers to create paintings. The Foundation for Hospital Art connected BMW Financial Services with Spartanburg Regional Foundation’s Healing Arts Program. Spartanburg County, in South Carolina, is home to the BMW Manufacturing Co., the BMW Performance Center and the BMW Zentrum Museum.

 

About BMW Group Financial Services

BMW Group Financial Services was established in the U.S. in 1992 to support the sales and marketing of BMW products. Since then, the Group has expanded to provide service to markets in multiple countries and continues to evolve beyond its role as a captive finance unit.

BMW Group Financial Services offers a wide range of leasing, retail and commercial financing and banking products tailored to meet the needs of the BMW customer. The Group also provides financing to BMW dealers for expanding dealership capabilities and enhancing overall operations. With more than $45 billion in serviced assets and 1,269,000 automotive lending customers across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, BMW Group Financial Services finances almost three-quarters of the BMWs sold or leased in North America. BMW Group Financial Services employs more than 800 people, including consultants and temporary workers, most of whom are located in the Hilliard, Ohio, Regional Service Center, which serves the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

 

In 2001, the MINI Financial Services division was established to provide support for the brand’s dealers and its customers by offering financing and leasing options and branded financial services products. Alphera Financial Services was established in 2006 to provide financial services to multi-brand dealers.

 

BMW Group Financial Services also offers credit card products through its subsidiary, the BMW Bank of North America. up2drive.com is a division of BMW Bank of North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW Financial Services NA, LLC. BMW Insurance Agency, Inc., a property and casualty producer is also part of BMW Group Financial Services.  Information about BMW

 

Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at:

www.bmwusa.com

www.bmwmotorradusa.com

www.miniusa.com

www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

 

About Spartanburg Regional Health System

 

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

 

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Media Contacts:

Steve Bottieri, BMW Financial Services

Email:  steven.bottieri@bmwfs.com

Phone: 201-307-4247

 

Jessica Pickens, SRHS

Email:  jpickens@srhs.com

Phone: 1-864-706-5624

 

BMW Group global sales achieve new high in November

Sales up 4.9% to total 197,480

Over 2 million vehicles delivered so far in 2015

Year-to-date increase of 6.9%

BMW i sales top 25,000 worldwide

Monthly sales of MINI 5 door double year-on-year

 

 

Munich. The BMW Group has achieved new record sales for November with a total of 197,480 (+4.9%) vehicles delivered to customers worldwide. This brings the total number of vehicles sold by the company so far in 2015 to 2,033,948 (+6.9%). It’s the first time the company has sold over 2 million vehicles by this stage in the year.

 

“The steady sales growth we’ve shown throughout the year so far reflects the great new products we currently have on the market,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing BMW. “From the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to the BMW X6 and the BMW i3, we are seeing a very positive customer response to a wide range of products, resulting in sustained sales momentum,” continued Robertson.

 

Sales of BMW brand vehicles in November were 5.6% higher than in the same month last year, with a total of 167,853 vehicles delivered to customers. In the year-to-date, 1,728,553 BMW vehicles were sold around the world, an increase of 5.8% on the same period last year.

 

Products throughout the BMW range achieved sales growth. Monthly deliveries of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, for example, are 55.8% up on November last year (6,088) while sales of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé are 36.7% higher than the same month last year (5,997). The BMW X Family continues to be a strong growth driver with sales of BMW X3 climbing 22.8% in November (14,115) while monthly sales of the BMW X6 more than doubled to total 4,209.

 

In the year-to-date, a total of 21,052 BMW i3s have been delivered to customers worldwide, with 2,194 of those sales made in November, an increase of 32.2% on the same month last year. So far this year, 4,549 BMW i8s have been handed over to customers, making the BMW i total for the year-to-date 25,601.

 

November was a record month for the MINI brand with sales totalling 29,271, just above the extremely high sales result achieved in November last year (+0.9%). MINI sales for the year-to-date are also higher than ever, with a total of 302,091 delivered to customers so far in 2015 (+13.8%). Monthly sales of the 5 door MINI are more than twice what they were in November last year, with a total of 8,510 delivered to customers worldwide.

 

In line with the company’s policy of striving for balanced sales around the world, sales growth was achieved in all regions in November.

 

Steady sales growth continues in Europe, where deliveries were up 6.8% in November (85,999); the year-to-date figure for the region is 9.7% higher than the same period last year (902,223). In Germany, the BMW Group’s home market, sales increased 5.7% in November, with a total of 24,056 new BMW and MINIs registered. Sales in southern Europe are showing sustained growth with deliveries in Italy, for example, up 15.8% in November to total 7,036 while sales in Spain increased 18.6% to a total of 4,227 vehicles.

 

In the Americas, sales of BMW and MINI vehicles rose by 2.5% compared with November last year (45,169), whilst year-to-date sales in the region are up 5.3% (447,445). Deliveries to customers in the company’s second biggest market, the USA, were 1.2% up on November last year, totalling 36,447. In Canada, deliveries rose 19.4% compared with the same month last year (4,111) while monthly sales in Mexico increased by 22.5% to total 1,654.

 

Sales of BMW and MINI vehicles also increased in Asia, where deliveries in November were up 4.7% compared with the same month last year (60,547). So far this year, a total of 621,671 BMW and MINIs have been sold in the region, an increase of 4.5%. Monthly sales in Mainland China totalled 41,090 (+3.2%).

 

Sales in the Middle East region climbed 34.2% compared with November last year, with a total of 3,271 vehicles delivered to customers.

 

Deliveries at BMW Motorrad also continued to grow in November. A total of 7,844 units were sold in the month, an increase of 5.8% compared with the same month last year. In the year-to-date, 129,466 customers worldwide have taken delivery of a BMW Motorrad vehicle, an increase of 11.2%.

 

 

BMW Group sales in/up to November 2015 at a glance

 

In November 2015

Compared with

previous year

Up to/including

November 2015

Compared with

previous year

BMW Group Automobiles

197,480

+4.9%

2,033,948

+6.9%

BMW

167,853

+5.6%

1,728,553

+5.8%

MINI

29,271

+0.9%

302,091

+13.8%

BMW Motorrad

7,844

+5.8%

129,466

+11.2%

 

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The BMW Group

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In 2014, the BMW Group sold approximately 2,118 million cars and 123,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2014 was approximately € 8.71 billion on revenues amounting to € 80.40 billion. As of 31 December 2014, the BMW Group had a workforce of 116,324 employees.

 

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BMW E87 / E81 / E82 / E88 (1 Series – 1st generation)

BMW E87

BMW E87

BMW E87 is the first-generation BMW 1 Series is a compact executive car produced by the German automaker BMW since 2004, when it replaced the BMW 3 Series Compact as the smallest and least expensive vehicle in the BMW range. The 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks were replaced by the F20 and F21 models in 2012, while the E82 coupé and E88 convertible variants were replaced by the 2 Series F22 and F23 in 2013.

Available in 3-door hatchback (model code E81), 5-door hatchback (E87), coupe (E82) and 2-door convertible (E88) body styles, the 1 Series features a rear-wheel drive chassis, 50:50 weight balance, longitudinally-mounted engine and aluminum multilink suspension as well as a range of petrol and diesel engines. The 1 Series accounted for nearly one-fifth of the total BMW sales in 2008.

BMW E87 History:

BMW E87 1 Series was developed alongside the E90 3 Series. Design work was done by Christopher Chapman in 2001, which was frozen for series production at the end of 2001. The 2002 CS1 Concept previewed the 1-Series design elements at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show.

BMW E81

BMW E81

BMW E87 1 Series was launched globally in Autumn 2004 and shares many structural, chassis, powertrain, hardware and electronic elements with the larger E90 3-Series. The model was started to provide a lower point of entry into the BMW range as the 3 Series moved gradually up-market. Initially launched as a five-door hatchback, a three-door version was also launched in July 2007.

The 1 Series Coupé (E82) was unveiled in Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) 2007, which went on sale on 24 November 2007.

The 1 Series coupe (E82) and convertible (E88) went on sale in the United States and Canada for the 2008 model year was the 128i and the 135i in June 2007. Other countries received the 120i and 125i in both platforms. The convertible, unlike the 3 Series convertible, uses a soft-top instead of a folding hardtop.

The North American introduction of the coupe and cabriolet was during the second quarter of 2008, which was credited for helping BMW overtake Lexus as the top luxury brand.

The first-generation 1 series shares over 60% of components with the E90 3-Series including front and rear suspension.

BMW E82

BMW E82

Updates:

In 2007 the 1 Series lineup expanded considerably with the introduction of a three-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles. There was also a mid-generational refresh as engines were upgraded and more fuel efficient, along with new bumpers and other exterior and interior updates.

In 2011, the coupé and cabriolet bodies gained a facelift. Exterior changes to the model were minor headlight and taillight revisions, new front/rear bumpers and minor revisions to the interior. The only new engine was the N55 which replaced the N54 twin-turbo, with power and torque output remaining the same. Even though many engines are same, the facelifted 1 Series fuel consumption is slightly higher in some models such as the 123d, and slightly lower in some models such as the 120i.

Market:

The 1 Series Coupé was marketed in the US as a successor to the BMW 2002, a two-door from the 1970s known for its light weight and relative high performance at the time and its long bonnet, slim cabin and short rear.

BMW E88

BMW E88

In the 1-series hatchback commercial, Kermit the Frog was shown driving a BMW 1 Series around in a desert making figure eights, showcasing the car’s agility.

Jeremy Clarkson and other journalists raised aesthetic complaints about the 1-series, adding at the end of his review for the Sunday Times ‘The 1-series is crap.’

Critical response has changed in recent years with the introduction of the Coupé, and convertible model – which have been described as ‘returning BMW to its roots’, and the 135i has been described as the successor of the original E30 M3 of the 1990. Clarkson himself awarded the 2008 model five stars, and had the following to say: ‘The 135 coupé is the best car BMW makes.’

The BMW 118d (not sold in North America) won the ‘World Green Car Award’ in 2008 as a performance-oriented car with CO2 emissions and fuel consumption comparable to Toyota Prius.

Motorsports:

In 2006, a BMW 120d modified with a BMW customer racing kit entered by “Schubert Motors” placed 5th at the Nurburgring 24 Hours in a field of 220 cars, including the more powerful Porsche 911 GT3BMW M3 and Lamborghini Gallardo.

Models:

  • 116i: Four-cylinder petrol, available in 3-door hatchback and 5-door hatchback body styles. In early 2006 the 5-speed manual transmission was phased out in favor of the 6-speed gearbox available across the rest of the range.
  • 116dFour-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback and 5-door hatchback body styles.
  • 118iFour-cylinder petrol, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback and convertible body styles. In early 2006 the 5-speed manual transmission was phased out in favor of the 6-speed gearbox available across the rest of the range.
  • 118d: Four-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles.
  • 120iFour-cylinder petrol, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles.
  • 120dFour-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles.
  • 123dFour-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles. Features a twin turbo design producing 204 bhp.
  • 125i: 3.0L, six-cylinder petrol engine (N52: 218 HP), available in coupe and convertible body styles.
  • 128i: 3.0L, six-cylinder petrol engine (N52: 230 HP), available in coupe and convertible body styles, limited to the North American market.
  • 130i: 3.0L, six-cylinder petrol engine (N52: 265 HP), available in 3-door hatchback and 5-door hatchback body styles.
  • 135i: BMW 135i in Alpine White with BMW Performance upgrades:

Six-cylinder turbocharged petrol, available in coupe and convertible body styles. According to the BMW website the 135i Coupé produces 302 hp (225 kW), and accelerates from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds, however Car and Driver magazine recorded 4.7 seconds for 0-60 mph acceleration, and a quarter mile time of 13.3 seconds at 106 mph (171 km/h). Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.3 mph). Fuel efficiency is increased to 30.7 mpg-US (7.7 L/100 km; 36.9 mpg-imp), an improvement of 18% compared to its predecessor.

2007-10 model year BMW 135i coupe/cabriolet models were equipped with the N54 biturbo inline-6 engine, mated to a six-speed manual or optional six-speed “Steptronic” automatic transmission. For the 2011 model year onwards, the powertrain was changed to the N55 single (twin-scroll) turbo inline-6(making the same horsepower and torque output, but with lower fuel consumption and quicker turbo responsiveness), paired to a six-speed manual or optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The short-lived 1 Series M Coupe retained the N54 biturbo inline-6, albeit in a higher state of tune.

The differential fitted to the 135i is the first in the world to use double-helical ball bearings. These bearings operate at a lower operating temperature(which can be reached more quickly), due to the reduction of fluid required in the differential.

Special standard features of the 135i included adaptive xenon headlights, sport suspension settings, 18″ wheels, high-performance brake system (6 piston front calipers with 338mm discs, and 2 piston rear calipers with 324mm discs), and a new DSC program that improves acceleration out of corners.

  • 135is Coupé and Cabriolet: The BMW 135is was a tuned version of 135i’s:

N55 twin-scroll turbo straight six making 320 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, increases of 20 and 17 versus a standard 135i. The 135is also receives an upgraded cooling system with a more-powerful radiator fan and an auxiliary radiator, plus a M Sport Body. The performance of the 135is is close to that of the limited-production 2011 BMW 1 Series M.

The BMW 135is (E82) coupe/cabriolet was sold only in Canada and the United States, as the European market received the next-generation 1 Series, the 2013 BMW M135i (F20) 3-door and 5-door hatchback. Despite the differences in chassis, both the 135is and M135i share the same engine, however for their optional automated transmissions the 135is has a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox while the M135i has an 8-speed automatic.

Engines:

Note: production years are based on model year, not calendar year.

Petrol

Model Year Engine code Power Torque Acceleration
0–100 km/h
Top speed
116i 2004–2007 N45B16 85 kW (116 PS) 150 N·m (110 ft·lbf) 10.9 s (MT) 200 km/h (124 mph) (MT)
2007-2009 N43B16 90 kW (122 PS) 160 N·m (120 ft·lbf) 10.1 s (MT)
11.1 s (AT)
204 km/h (127 mph) (MT)
202 km/h (126 mph) (AT)
2009-2011 N43B20 90 kW (122 PS) 185 N·m (136 ft·lbf) 9.9 s (MT) 204 km/h (127 mph) (MT)
118i 2005–2007 N46B20 95 kW (129 PS) 180 N·m (130 lb·ft) 9.4 s (MT)
10.1 s (AT)
208 km/h (129 mph) (MT)
204 km/h (127 mph) (AT)
2007–2011 N43B20 105 kW (143 PS) 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) 8.7 s (MT)
9.2 s (AT)
210 km/h (130 mph) (MT)
210 km/h (130 mph) (AT)
120i 2004–2007 N46B20 110 kW (150 PS) 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) 8.9 s (MT)
9.3 s (AT)
212 km/h (132 mph) (MT)
208 km/h (129 mph) (AT)
2007–2011 N43B20 125 kW (170 PS) 210 N·m (150 lb·ft) 7.8 s (MT)
8.3 s (AT)
224 km/h (139 mph) (MT)
222 km/h (138 mph) (AT)
125i 2008–2011 N52B30 160 kW (218 PS) 270 N·m (200 lb·ft) 6.4 s (MT)
7.0 s (AT)
245 km/h (152 mph) (MT)
243 km/h (151 mph) (AT)
128i 2008–2011 N52B30 170 kW (231 PS) 271 N·m (200 lb·ft) 5.7 s (MT)
6.4 s (AT)
209 km/h (130 mph) (MT/AT)
241 km/h (150 mph) (MT/AT)(with Sport Package)
2008– N51B30 SULEV
130i 2006–2009 N52B30 195 kW (265 PS) 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) 5.5 s (MT)
6.3 s (AT)
250 km/h (155 mph) (MT/AT)
2009–2012 190 kW (258 PS) 310 N·m (230 lb·ft)
135i 2008–2010 N54B30 225 kW (306 PS) 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) 4.8 s (MT)
4.7 s (AT)
2011–2013 N55B30M0 4.6 s (DCT)
(estimated)
M 2011-2012 N54B30TO 250 kW (340 PS) 450 N·m (330 lb·ft) 4.3 s (MT) 249 km/h (155 mph) (MT)

Diesel

Model Year Engine code Power Torque Acceleration
0–100 km/h
Top speed
116d 2009–2011 N47D20 85 kW (116 PS) 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) 10.3 s (MT) 201 km/h (125 mph) (MT)
118d 2004–2007 M47TU2D20 90 kW (122 PS) 280 N·m (210 lb·ft) 10.0 s (MT)
2007–2013 N47D20 105 kW (143 PS) 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) 8.9 s (MT)
9.0 s (AT)
210 km/h (130 mph) (MT/AT)
120d 2004–2007 M47TU2D20 120 kW (163 PS) 340 N·m (250 lb·ft) 7.9 s (MT)
8.2 s (AT)
220 km/h (137 mph) (MT)
217 km/h (135 mph) (AT)
2007–2013 N47D20 130 kW (177 PS) 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) 7.5 s (MT)
7.7 s (AT)
228 km/h (142 mph) (MT)
226 km/h (140 mph) (AT)
123d 2007–2013 N47D20 150 kW (204 PS) 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) 6.9 s (MT)
7.0 s (AT)
238 km/h (148 mph) (MT)
236 km/h (147 mph) (AT)

Problems:

Honest John reports on his website: “Coil and injector problems on later 4-cylinder petrol engines. Timing chain failures on N47 diesel engines becoming very common.” The latter complaint was the subject of a BBC ‘Watchdog’ Consumer program in June 2013. The cost of repair was then a little over £4,000. BMW responded by saying that it would consider claims involving cars older than 3 years where a full BMW service history was available.

Production and sales:

The 1 Series is built in Regensburg and Leipzig, Germany.

Sales statistics according to BMW’s annual reports:

Year Total 5-door 3-door Coupé Cabriolet Note
2004 39,247 39,247 Launched in September.
2005 149,493 149,493
2006 151,918 151,918
2007 165,803 133,525 30,984 1,287 7 Facelift in March. 3-door version launched in May.
2008 225,095 122,666 49,559 26,304 26,566
2009 216,944 120,323 44,043 24,081 28,506
2010 196,004 113,030 31,980 26,191 24,803
2011 176,418
2012 226,829

BMW Motorsport announces details of its 2016 programme – Continuity the key for drivers and teams in the DTM.

Munich (DE), 4th December 2015. BMW Motorsport used its traditional season review in the BMW Museum in Munich (DE) to present its programme for the 2016 season. As well as the commitment in the DTM, next year’s other big story is set to be the debut of the BMW M6 GT3 and BMW M6 GTLM. BMW’s latest figurehead on the GT racing scene will go head to head with top-class opposition in GT racing series and endurance classics in Europe, as well as with teams and manufacturers in North America in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (WTSCC). The BMW M6 GT3 will also be in action in Asia and Australia.

While BMW Sports Trophy teams all over the world will once again do battle for race wins, titles and points towards the Driver and Team competitions, the re-aligned BMW Motorsport Junior programme enters its third year. BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi (IT) has one major goal in his sights for 2016: the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BR).

“We definitely have an exciting 2016 motorsport season ahead of us,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “For one thing, BMW will be 100 years old, and that obviously gives us extra motivation to present the brand with as much success as possible to mark its anniversary. Plus, after many months of intense testing, we can hardly wait to finally see the BMW M6 GT3 and BMW M6 GTLM make their race debuts. I am certain that we, our customers and the fans will have a lot of fun with these cars. With this in mind, I am particularly pleased to be able to welcome ROWE Racing into the BMW family, as a new team responsible for running the BMW M6 GT3. Now in our fifth DTM season since returning to the series, we are putting our faith in continuity within our squad of drivers and teams. ‘Never change a winning team’ is our motto for 2016, when we hope to achieve more wins and titles.”

The 2016 BMW Motorsport programme in detail.

DTM: “Never change a winning team.”
In 2015, BMW recovered from a difficult start to the season to win the Manufacturers’ title in the DTM, thanks to a magnificent team spirit and improved performance over the course of the year. All four BMW DTM teams and five different drivers claimed race wins. Because of this, BMW Motorsport achieved the goal it set itself prior to the season: to be more successful across the board with the BMW M4 DTM than in 2014. In order to continue its DTM success story, which has seen BMW win seven of a possible 12 titles since 2012, BMW Motorsport is putting its faith in the same four teams and eight drivers as in 2015. Marco Wittmann (DE), Maxime Martin (BE), Bruno Spengler (CA), Timo Glock (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Tom Blomqvist (GB), António Félix da Costa (PT) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) will be behind the wheel in 2016. The eight BMW M4 DTMs will be run by the RMG, MTEK, RBM and Schnitzer teams.

WTSCC: Proven teams and drivers for the new car’s debut.
Two versions of the BMW M6 will make their race debuts in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (WTSCC): in the GTLM class, the BMW M6 GTLM will be run by BMW Team RLL, which enters its eighth season together with BMW Motorsport. The regular drivers also remain unchanged from 2015. Bill Auberlen (US), Dirk Werner (DE), John Edwards (US) and Lucas Luhr (DE) form an impressive quartet. They will receive support from BMW DTM drivers Farfus and Spengler, as well as Graham Rahal (US), at the Daytona 24 Hours. New to the squad is Kuno Wittmer (CA), who won the Drivers’ title in the GTLM class in 2014 and will compete at this year’s races in Daytona (US), Sebring (US) and Road Atlanta (US). Turner Motorsport will field two BMW M6 GT3s in the GTD class. BMW works driver Jens Klingmann (DE) will contest the entire season for Will Turner’s (US) team. The squad of drivers at Turner Motorsport will receive reinforcement for the endurance races by BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn (FI). The line-up for Daytona will also include BMW DTM drivers Wittmann and Martin.

24h races: New team and experienced drivers.
In 2016, the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring (DE) and in Spa-Francorchamps (BE) once again form the highlights of the European endurance season. Second place on the Nordschleife and victory in Spa with the BMW Z4 GT3 in 2015 have only served to raise levels of anticipation ahead of the debuts of the BMW M6 GT3 at these two classic long-distance races. As in previous years, BMW Sports Trophy Team Schubert will again compete at the Nürburgring with works support from BMW Motorsport. ROWE Racing joins the BMW family as a new works supported team in both endurance classics. The outfit from St. Ingbert (DE) has a wealth of GT and endurance racing experience, and has its sights set on achieving success for BMW from the word go in 2016 with the BMW M6 GT3. ROWE Racing will contest the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and in Spa-Francorchamps, as well as the whole Blancpain GT Series season. As usual, BMW Motorsport will make many of its top drivers available for the 24-hour races. The drivers who will strengthen the works teams’ driver line-ups in 2016 are DTM drivers Martin Tomczyk, Augusto Farfus, Marco Wittmann and Maxime Martin, WTSCC drivers Dirk Werner and Lucas Luhr, as well as Jörg Müller (DE), Jens Klingmann, Alexander Sims (GB), Richard Westbrook (GB), Nick Catsburg (NL) and newcomer Philipp Eng (AT).

BMW Customer Racing: BMW cars in action around the world.
The new BMW M6 GT3 will not only be in action at 24-hour races, but also in numerous GT racing series around the world. These include the ADAC GT Masters, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, VLN Endurance Championship, Blancpain GT Series, Asian Le Mans Series, International GT Open, Australian GT and Japanese Super GT Championship. Because of this, the car will be represented on four continents in 2016, and will be run by both existing BMW Z4 GT3 customer teams and new customer teams. The BMW M235i Racing starts its third season with a comprehensive update package. Participants in the BMW M235i Racing Cup will benefit from smoother rear-axle handling in 2016, thanks to a rear wing and a spherical suspension. Other upgrade parts, such as the brake system, will reduce running costs. Therefore, the BMW M235i Racing Cup class is set to remain a highlight of the BMW Sports Trophy programme in the future.

BMW Motorsport Junior programme: All good things come in threes.
The new concept for the BMW Motorsport Junior programme has proven to be a great success for the past two years, producing two promising winners in Jesse Krohn (FI) and Louis Delétraz (CH), who BMW Motorsport will continue to support as they take the next steps in their careers. In 2016, a new class of talented youngsters will be given the opportunity to receive comprehensive training, both in the racing car and in the fields of fitness, mental and simulator training.

Alessandro Zanardi: Fully-focussed on the Paralympics.
BMW Brand Ambassador Alessandro Zanardi (IT) will concentrate fully on defending his gold medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BR). He is determined to repeat the success he achieved with his handbike in London in 2012. Given his training workload over the coming months, Zanardi will not be involved in any specific motorsport projects.