08.11.2012

BMW IS THE OFFICIAL LIMOUSINE FOR BARCLAYS SINGAPORE OPEN FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

Singapore – BMW Asia and Performance Motors Limited (PML) today announced their partnership with Barclays Singapore Open 2012 as the official car partner.

 

This marks the fifth year of partnership between BMW and Barclays Singapore Open. This year, a fleet of 70 units of the new flagship BMW 740i limousines will be deployed to chauffeur players, officials and distinguished guests in style and comfort.
Slated from 8 to 11 November at the verdant course of Sentosa Golf Club, the high-profile golf event will feature top players from the international golfing arena who will test their mettle at the famed Serapong course and vie for the purse prize of US$6 million.

 

“As one of the three core sports of BMW, we have always maintained a strong connection with golf as a sport since our first professional golf tournament sponsorship in 1989. Therefore, we are extremely pleased to have been selected as the official limousine for such a prestigious golf tournament for the fifth consecutive year,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

 

For PML, golf has long been a sport that is close to the hearts of many BMW customers.

 

Mr Say Kwee Neng, Managing Director of Performance Motors Ltd said: “We are very honoured to be a part of this prestigious event as there are clearly strong synergies shared between golf and BMW. The sophisticated and elegant BMW 7 Series is similar to golf sport in many ways as they both advocate etiquette, foresight and perseverance, thereby making it the perfect ride for this prestigious tournament.”

The new BMW 740i has a 3-litre six-cylinder in-line engine that stands out with its majestic power and unparalleled high-revving character. The state-of-the-art powerplant is one of the first waves of highly efficient petrol engines to bring together BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, twin-scroll turbocharging, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and Valvetronic variable valve timing. The BMW 740i is packed with 320hp with a maximum 450Nm of torque on tap from as low as just 1,300 rpm.

01.11.2012

WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL BMW SIX-CYLINDER DIESEL ENGINE SET TO ARRIVE IN SINGAPORE. DEBUT OF BMW M PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES RANGE: BMW X6 M50d AND BMW X5 M50d.

Singapore. BMW Asia will soon debut its top-of-the-line 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine with Tri-turbo charging, via its BMW X6 M50d and BMW X5 M50d of the new BMW M Performance Automobiles range.

 

The arrival of this powerful engine has altered the conventional paradigm once again, by proving that both performance and efficiency can co-exist harmoniously. Despite the ability to generate up to 381hp with a maximum torque of 740Nm from 2,000 to 3,000 rpm on tap, the Advanced Diesel engine with triple-turbo technology of the BMW X5 M50d maintains at a low fuel efficiency of 7.5litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 199 g/km (in the EU combined cycle).

 

“Powered by the M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, this impressive engine is equipped with three turbochargers and advanced common-rail injection system for the first time. With its outstanding abilities, we trust it will only be a matter of time before this new engine enjoys the highest level of recognition just as its fellow award-winning ‘siblings’ have,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

 

World’s most powerful six-cylinder in-line diesel engine:
M Performance TwinPower Turbo with three turbochargers and advanced common-rail injection system for the first time.
Backed by impressive statistics, the advanced diesel engines are capable of significantly generating a maximum torque that has won over even the performance-minded drivers.

 

The high efficiency of diesel technology also ensures extremely low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. BMW has played a major role in the burgeoning appeal of the diesel engine, developing units which have time and again raised the bar in terms of sports performance and efficiency. The company’s record of diesel engine development, which began in 1983 with the launch of its first diesel model, now continues into another fascinating dimension.

 

The first of the new BMW M Performance Automobiles – founding a product category focusing on sporty driving pleasure – are powered by a diesel engine. The 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line unit, whose cover bears the M Performance badge, has all the necessary tools to fulfill the brief handed to the new breed: technology without parallel worldwide, the highest output ever achieved by a BMW diesel engine and outstanding levels of efficiency.

 

The BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d:
An imposing presence in both the acceleration and efficiency rankings.
Outstanding powertrain and chassis technology in combination with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive allow the BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe to display extraordinary poise and assurance. The BMW M Performance Automobiles based on the two BMW X models take these character traits to a whole new level. Thanks to the most powerful diesel engine in the BMW engine range, allied to the optimised power transfer, handling properties and aerodynamic balance for which M cars are renowned, the BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d set new standards in their respective classes in terms of sportiness, conceptual harmony and efficiency.

 

With its maximum output of 381 hp and peak torque of 740Nm the engine developed for the BMW M Performance Automobiles also brings a level of performance to the two BMW X models which no other diesel-powered car in their segments can match. The BMW X5 M50d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, the BMW X6 M50d in just 5.3 seconds, while average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle stands at 7.5 litres/100km for the Sports Activity Vehicle and 7.7 litres/100 km for the Sports Activity Coupé – only slightly above the figures for the existing diesel variants of the two models. CO2 emissions are 199g/km for the BMW X5 M50d and 204 g/km for the BMW X6 M50d.

 

M Performance TwinPower Turbo Technology:
More pressure, more output, more torque.
The coordinated interplay of turbochargers of different sizes endows an engine with instantaneous responsiveness at low revs and allows charge pressure to be increased according to need when the engine is placed under greater loads.

 

And now the company is set to become the world’s first carmaker to present a diesel engine which expands the principle of multi-stage turbocharging to incorporate a third turbocharger. The engine developed for the BMW M Performance Automobiles will, for the first time, see two comparatively small high-pressure chargers working with a larger low-pressure unit. The integration of an additional high-pressure turbo increases the engine’s capability when it comes to generating charge pressure, a key ingredient in taking the engine’s power output to the next level.

 

The M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology – including the requisite charge air cooling – is, like its predecessor, integrated into a small space in the main unit. Its compact construction puts the engine in a position to meet future pedestrian protection stipulations, while the arrangement of the three turbochargers is also part of an extremely intelligent system. Both the exhaust inflow to drive the turbos and the supply of fresh air, plus the channelling of compressed air to the combustion chambers, have been designed to ensure that the three compression units work as a team as effectively as possible at all engine speeds. Efficiency is further optimised by the variable turbine geometry of the two high-pressure chargers, which allows them to react even more precisely to the driver’s power needs.

 

Instantaneous responsiveness and precisely coordinated interplay.
One of the two small turbos is activated at engine speeds just above idle. Its low moment of inertia allows it to respond without delay to the slightest movements of the accelerator and therefore supply the combustion chambers with compressed air at an early stage. As revs increase, the flow of exhaust gas also reaches the larger turbocharger, which announces its arrival with the engine spinning at just 1,500 rpm. Working together with the small charger, it ensures that the impressive peak torque of 740Nm is generated at this low engine speed and maintained up to 3,000 rpm.

 

To further increase the performance of the large turbocharger, a greater volume of exhaust gas is required at around 2,700 rpm. If the driver calls up additional power, a vacuum-modulated exhaust flap instantly opens up another supply route, allowing extra exhaust gas to flow past the already active high-pressure charger to the large low-pressure turbo. The third turbocharger – integrated into this bypass line – also has a low moment of inertia and variable compressor geometry, which allow it to spring into action as soon as the exhaust flap opens. The result is additional charge pressure, generated by two sources at the same time. The large turbocharger is able to deliver its full output, while the second small turbo builds on the effect of its two active colleagues by supplying even more compressed air to the combustion chambers. This arrangement allows the turbocharging system to drive the engine with forceful and sustained thrust to its maximum output of 381 hp, which it notches up between 4,000 and 4,400 rpm. The maximum engine speed of the new diesel powerplant is 5,400 rpm.

 

In order to ensure that charge pressure is developed as effectively as possible, not to mention efficiently, both the exhaust flow and supply of fresh air to the turbos and the channelling of compressed air into the combustion chambers is regulated with maximum precision. If the large turbocharger is spinning at particularly high speeds, a vacuum regulator opens a wastegate valve to relieve the pressure and so avoid unwanted exhaust backpressure. The supply of fresh air is also controlled according to need by means of pneumatically activated flaps. For example, at low revs a bypass flap ensures that the air is channelled directly to the high-pressure charger, which spins into action very early. At less than 2,700 rpm a change-over flap keeps the air away from the third turbo, which is not yet active, to prevent unnecessary fluctuations in pressure.

 

Indirect charge air cooling enables the temperature of the air compressed by the three turbos to be reduced to the optimum level for increasing engine output. Both the main radiator positioned immediately in front of the combustion chambers and the intercooler behind the low-pressure charger are supplied by a low-temperature water circuit with separate electric pump.

 

Detailed optimisation enables higher combustion pressure, increased output and enhanced efficiency.
The new torquey and high-revving diesel engine also breaks new ground with its specific output of 93.6 kW per litre of displacement. However, the output possible using M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology is generated not in the turbochargers but in the core of the basic engine, which has therefore also been extensively modified. Maximum combustion pressure has risen from the 185 bar of the most powerful diesel engine in the existing BMW line-up to 200 bar.
As part of this development, the crankcase in the new 3.0-litre diesel engine features an innovative tie rod concept for the assembly of the main bearing caps and cylinder head. The sintered main bearing caps are given extra strength by a central screw. Like the crankcase, the cylinder head is also subjected to a special high-pressure compression process. This “HIPen” manufacturing concept sees the aluminium castings heated to solution annealing temperature and the casting pores created during manufacturing welded under high pressure. This process gives the finished component additional strength. A double diagonal bore ensures the interbore bridges have high thermal stability.

 

The geometry of the crankshaft and connecting rods has been further optimised and they are now made from higher-strength materials. Added to which, hub bushings and bowl rim remelting enhance the effect of the increase in piston compression height.

 

Higher pressure also raises the efficiency of the injection system.
The injection system of the new six-cylinder in-line diesel engine has also benefited from a rigorous process of further development. The common-rail direct injection system plays its part in enhancing the engine’s efficiency and promoting clean combustion by sending extremely precise quantities of fuel into the cylinders. The upgraded system raises the injection pressure of the piezo injectors to 2,200 bar. During each power stroke, three pre-injections, one main injection and four post-injections of fuel take place. An ultra-high-performance pump channels the fuel to the combustion chambers through a common rail made from forged stainless steel.
The output and capacity of the cooling system have been given another boost, too. An additional low-temperature circuit supplied by an electric water pump controls the temperature of the intercoolers. The exhaust treatment system includes a diesel particulate filter and oxidation catalytic converter, which is located close to the engine in the same casing. More efficient exhaust cooling, meanwhile, minimises the formation of nitrogen oxides.

 

New six-cylinder engine with three turbochargers – a milestone in the glittering history of BMW diesel engines.
The engine developed for the BMW M Performance Automobiles represents a new high water mark in the illustrious history of diesel engines at BMW. The premium carmaker has offered customers diesel-powered models since 1983. The BMW 524td that kicked off this fine tradition quickly earned itself the status of the sportiest diesel model on the market. Its engine developed 115 hp and delivered the best performance yet also the lowest fuel consumption of any car in its class. Since then, diesel BMWs have regularly emerged as the most efficient models in head-to-head tests. A host of prestigious awards – such as the Engine of the Year Award – and the impressive success of diesel-powered BMW models on the track headline the company’s unrivalled expertise in the development of diesel technology.
And so it is entirely in keeping with the company’s proud heritage that the first BMW M Performance Automobiles are now set to line up with a diesel engine under the bonnet. The unit developed to power them fulfils its sporting brief with leading performance in a range of disciplines and, in so doing, dismantles the historic contradiction between driving pleasure and economy even more effortlessly than ever.

 

More power, easy control – building on a fine tradition.
The origins of BMW M GmbH lie in the development and production of racing cars, which wasted no time in achieving head-turning success – notably in touring car competition. The clear sporting potential that filtered down into standard roadgoing BMW models whetted many customers’ appetites for extra power. Just a few years after BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded, in 1972, the first BMW 5 Series models gained the necessary engine, power transfer and chassis modifications to respond to those owners’ wishes. Then, in 1980, a new model was added to the BMW 5 Series range; the BMW M535i was powered by a 3.5-litre straight-six engine developing 218 hp and only previously available for the BMW 6 Series and BMW 7 Series. To make the most of its significant power advantage, this model also came in for precisely judged modifications to its chassis, brakes, gearbox and rear differential, as well as special tyres and rims, sports seats and a leather steering wheel. Aerodynamically optimised front and rear spoilers could also be specified as an option.

 

A BMW M535i was also developed on the basis of the second-generation BMW 5 Series and went on sale from 1984 to 1987. With its increased output channelled seamlessly into dynamic flair and aerodynamically optimised body components setting it apart stylistically from its 5 Series siblings, the M535i introduced drivers to a whole new level of driving pleasure yet also provided unrestricted everyday usability. This concept enjoyed sustained success over many years, even after the high-performance BMW M5 sports car was unveiled in 1985. And now it has been revived in a fresh and contemporary new form with the arrival of the BMW M Performance Automobiles.

 

“With the BMW M Performance Automobiles, we will be targeting at customers who are looking for more emotionality and greater performance, without wanting to forgo the everyday usability of their cars. By leveraging on the full expertise of BMW M GmbH and its decades of motor sport experience, we are now able to translate outstanding engine power into excellent dynamics as demonstrated through the BMW M Performance Automobiles,” concluded Mr Fiorentinos.

 

Both the BMW X6 M50d and BMW X5 M50d are slated to arrive in Singapore later in November 2012.  

25.10.2012

THE BMW ACTIVEHYBRID 3: WHEN ENHANCED EFFICIENCY MEETS INCREASED DYNAMICS.

Singapore. BMW Asia has announced the launch of the BMW ActiveHybrid 3, which sees the BMW ActiveHybrid technology resulting in a significant boost in driving enjoyment while substantially reducing fuel consumption and emissions once again.

 

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is powered by a 306 hp six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and comes with a maximum torque of 400Nm between 1,200 and 5,000 rpm. The foundation of its powertrain starts with the award-winning unit found in the BMW 335i that is renowned for its free revving capability, pulling power and efficiency. Coupled with the electric motor, the combined system output can generate up to 340hp and a maximum torque of 450Nm from 1,200 to 5,000 rpm.

 

Its electric motor is supplied with energy by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery integrated underneath the luggage area while still maintaining practicality with folding rear seats. Power from the two drive systems is transferred to the rear wheels by the eight-speed automatic transmission. In addition to its full-hybrid construction, which enables purely electric and therefore local emission-free driving in urban conditions or when coasting, the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 boasts not just highly sporty performance but also a 18 percent improvement in fuel economy over the BMW 335i.

 

“BMW has developed its intelligent hybrid drive technology to the next level with this further ActiveHybrid production model. This full hybrid is highly efficient and is further able to operate solely on electric power for zero-emission whilst driving around town. At the same time, it is also capable of very sporty performance comparable to that of the dynamic-driving BMW 335i,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

 

Superior efficiency:
ECO PRO mode including coasting and intelligent energy management.
In order to exploit the potential of the BMW ActiveHybrid technology, the intelligent energy management of the power electronics uses a host of innovative functions to ensure the drive system runs efficiently. Charging of the high-performance battery primarily takes place during coasting or braking, the electric motor performing the role of a generator feeding energy into the high-voltage battery. By contrast, under acceleration the electric motor takes on a boost function. Here, it assists the petrol engine by generating an ultra-dynamic burst of power, lending the BMW ActiveHybrid 3’s sporty driving experience a sharper edge.

 

Moreover, while coasting at speeds of up to 160 km/h in ECO PRO mode, the combustion engine can be switched off and fully decoupled from the transmission. This coasting mode combines comfortable driving with optimum utilisation of the kinetic energy already generated. To avoid periods with the engine running at idle at junctions or in traffic tailbacks, the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 deploys its hybrid start-stop function.

 

Design:
Sporty elegance with individual accents.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 sees the sporty yet elegant body design of the BMW 3 Series Sedan complemented by bespoke touches which highlight its innovative drive technology. The “ActiveHybrid 3” lettering on the C-pillars and at the rear, along with the matt chrome exhaust tailpipes, set the exterior apart from the other models in the range. Further accents come courtesy of the standard satin-finish window surrounds and the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow features in the side graphic. Also available as standard are 18-inch Streamline light-alloy wheels displaying exceptional aerodynamic efficiency.

 

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 also stands out visually with door sill strips bearing “ActiveHybrid 3” badge, an aluminium plate on the gearshift lever knob with the same ID, and a bespoke engine cover. In addition, all three Sport, Modern and Luxury Lines as well as the M Sport package are available for the ActiveHybrid 3.

 

High-grade standard fittings, wide-ranging options.
The selection of interior colours, upholstery and interior trim elements reflects the range offered for the other BMW 3 Series Sedan variants. Added to the standard-fitted array of comfort-enhancing features is also a two-zone climate control system with stationary air conditioning. A wide range of driver assistance systems and BMW ConnectedDrive mobility services, as well as virtually all the other optional extras available for the conventionally powered BMW 3 Series Sedan, can also be optionally specified for the BMW ActiveHybrid 3.

 

Production at BMW Plant Munich.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will be produced at BMW Plant Munich alongside other BMW 3 Series models. The integration into the production process of BMW ActiveHybrid technology is underpinned by the efficient combination of state-of-the-art automated process engineering and the skilled craftsmanship of specially trained employees.

 

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 in Singapore will come standard with the following features: Rear view camera, Park Distance Control (front and rear), Surround View, Park Assistant, and Harman Kardon Surround Sound system, just to name a few.

 

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is currently retailing at Performance Motors’ showrooms.

22.10.2012

BMW IS THE OFFICIAL LIMOUSINE FOR SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY WEEK 2012.

Singapore. BMW has been selected as the official limousine for the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2012 for the second consecutive year. To mark the occasion, BMW and Performance Motors Limited (PML) will deploy 40 units of BMW ActiveHybrid 5 to provide chauffeured rides for all VIPs, speakers, guests and foreign dignitaries attending the event.

 

SIEW 2012 is an annual week-long platform for energy professionals, policy-makers and commentators meant for discussions and the sharing of best practices and solutions within the global energy space.

 

Adhering to growing environmental concerns and BMW’s Efficient Dynamics strategy, BMW Group works towards actualizing an emissions-free, electric-powered vehicle so as to meet the growing demands for sustainable individual mobility in congested megacities around the world in the form of its new sub-brand – BMW i.

 

“Before the world’s current infrastructure is able to fully support the electric-powered cars, there has to be a link between the present and the future. We see ActiveHybrid cars as the perfect solution. With both a combustion engine and electric motor working hand-in-hand, an ActiveHybrid car offers the best of both worlds,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

 

“BMW’s commitment towards building cars with greater fuel economy and lower carbon emission is synonymous with what the global delegates of the SIEW 2012 hope to achieve. This is the main reason why BMW has been chosen as the official car for SIEW 2012,” added Mr Fiorentinos.

 

“BMW and Performance Motors has had vast experience in managing various high-level government and international events. We are honoured to be chosen for the secondconsecutive year as the official limousine for SIEW 2012. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 limousines will accord the visiting speakers and VIPs with a comfortable and luxurious ride while championing our belief in delivering a fuel efficient and environmentally friendly ride without compromising on power,” said Mr Say Kwee Neng, Managing Director of Performance Motors Limited.

 

BMW ActiveHybrid 5
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 brings together a BMW TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line engine, an electric drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox for the first time. The latest generation of BMW ActiveHybrid technology also adds precisely controlled – and therefore extremely effective – intelligent energy management to the mix. All of which gives the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 an exceptional balance of performance and fuel economy for the premium executive car class.

 

The drive system generates combined output of 340hp, allows the car to be driven on electric power alone up to 60km/h, accelerates the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds, cuts average fuel consumption to 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres and has CO2 emissions of just 149g/km.  

01.10.2012

BMW M PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES ARRIVES IN SINGAPORE - MUNICH AUTOMOBILES APPOINTED AS LOCAL AUTHORISED DEALER. DEBUT OF THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL SIX-CYLINDER DIESEL ENGINE.

Singapore. BMW Asia has announced that the soon-to-be launched BMW M Performance Automobiles model range will be retailing at Munich Automobiles Pte Ltd, which is also the world’s first dedicated BMW M dealer.

 

The BMW M Performance Automobiles, as the new BMW M GmbH product range, offers customers more ways to experience Sheer Driving Pleasure with an even sharper sporting edge. Packed with exceptionally powerful engines, enhanced agility and precise handling, the BMW M Performance Automobiles further offers emotion-laden design and unrestricted everyday practicality via its impressive fuel efficiency at the same time.

 

All models of the BMW M Performance Automobiles are based on current BMW models, which have undergone carefully targeted technical and design modifications by the vastly experienced team at BMW M GmbH.

 

“The premiere of the BMW M Performance Automobiles heralds the creation of a new category of performance vehicles, one which marks out the sporting potential of the latest BMW models in particularly vivid style,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director, BMW Group Asia.

 

“The BMW M Performance Automobiles will be making its Singapore debut via Munich Automobiles with the BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d, which will both be featuring ‘the world’s most powerful six-cylinder in-line diesel engine’. This is a newly developed six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo with three turbochargers that is capable of delivering a maximum output of 381 hp and a peak torque of up to 740 Nm in a split second.”

 

BMW M Performance Automobile
Building on a fine tradition.
The origins of BMW M GmbH lie in the development and production of racing cars, which wasted no time in achieving head-turning success – notably in touring car competition. The clear sporting potential that filtered down into standard road-going BMW models whetted many customers’ appetites for extra power. Just a few years after BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded, in 1972, the first BMW 5 Series models gained the necessary engine, power transfer and chassis modifications to respond to those owners’ wishes.

 

Then, in 1980, a new model was added to the BMW 5 Series range; the BMW M535i was powered by a 3.5-litre straight-six engine developing 218 hp and only previously available for the BMW 6 Series and BMW 7 Series. To make the most of its significant power advantage, this model also came in for precisely judged modifications to its chassis, brakes, gearbox and rear differential, as well as special tyres and rims, sports seats and a leather steering wheel. Aerodynamically optimised front and rear spoilers could also be optionally specified.

 

With its increased output channelled seamlessly into dynamic flair and aerodynamically optimised body components setting it apart stylistically from its 5 Series siblings, the M535i introduced drivers to a whole new level of driving pleasure yet also provided unrestricted everyday usability.
This concept enjoyed sustained success over many years, even after the high-performance BMW M5 sports car was unveiled in 1985. And now it has been revived in a fresh and contemporary new form with the arrival of the BMW M Performance Automobiles.

28.09.2012

BMW X1 sDRIVE20i.

Singapore. BMW Asia today announced the launch of the new BMW X1 sDrive20i. Driven by BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, this multi-award winning trailblazing crossover in the premium compact segment now comes with increased performance, greater fuel efficiency and lesser CO2 emissions.

 

“Since its introduction, the BMW X1 has enjoyed tremendous popularity with worldwide sales amounting to more than 300,000 units. It has further won numerous awards including ‘Off-Roader of the year’, ‘Red Dot award for outstanding product design’, ‘Auto Bild Design Award’, as well as a ‘five-star Euro NCAP rating’,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

 

“The latest BMW X1 sDrive20i comes fully-equipped with the latest Efficient Dynamics features promising better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. The new BMW X1 will also be available in either the BMW xLine or Sport Line, with the former offering a robust yet elegant look, while the latter presents an athletic and sporty appeal that cleverly reflects the drivers’ varying tastes.”

 

New four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology has equipped the 2.0-litre engine with twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection direct injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing.
As fitted on the BMW X1 sDrive20i, the four-cylinder engine develops maximum power of 184hp and peak torque of 270Nm, which is available between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm. Instantaneous power response helps the BMW X1 sDrive20i to complete the century sprint in 7.7 seconds with a top speed of 215 km/h. Simultaneous efficiency improvements against its predecessor are reflected in average fuel consumption (as per EU test cycle, depending on tyre format) of 6.7 litres per 100km (reduced by 6%) and CO2 emissions of 157 grams per kilometer (reduced by 5%).

 

Driving Experience Control including ECO PRO mode set new standards of efficiency.
A Driving Experience Control switch is now fitted as standard on the BMW X1 sDrive20i. This features an ECO PRO mode, which supports a relaxed, extra-fuel-efficient, low-rpm driving style. At the same time, ECO PRO mode also programs electrically powered convenience functions the air conditioning to operate at optimum efficiency. A special display in the instrument cluster lets the driver know by how much the driving range is being extended when using ECO PRO mode.
Auto Start-Stop, which comes standard, makes another big contribution to efficiency. This system automatically shuts the engine off when the vehicle is stopped in a traffic queue or at intersections.

 

State-of-the-art suspension technology for agile and safe handling.
The compelling agility of the new BMW X1 is complemented by superior and precisely controllable driving characteristics. Its high-end suspension technology and advanced stability systems strike an ideal balance between driving dynamics and ride comfort coupled with a high degree of active safety. The double-joint tie bar axle and electrical power assistance steering system of the new BMW X1 further contribute to safer and more precise handling.
Premiere of the BMW xLine and BMW Sport Line.

 

BMW Lines are now available on the BMW X1 for the first time, targeted at individualisation through exclusive, harmoniously matched design and equipment features.
The BMW xLine accentuates the robust diversity of the new BMW X1. It allows the sturdy versatility of the compact BMW X model to be overtly emphasised, comprising as it does underguard elements for the front and rear aprons, side skirt covers, air intake and kidney grille slats in Titanium Silver matt finish, as well as exclusive 18-inch alloys in Y-spoke design.

 

The distinctive charisma of the new BMW X1 is also brought to bear in the interior, starting with entry strips bearing the lettering “BMW xLine”, a sport leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, Ambient Lighting with colours that vary from white through to orange, as well as exclusive interior trim strips in Dark Copper high-gloss and floor mats with colour-matched piping. Another exclusive feature of the BMW xLine are leather Nevada seats. In conjunction with the BMW xLine, leather Nevada upholstery is standard, with the exclusive colour shades Terra and Oyster also used on the door trim panels and the lower section of the dashboard, while the head restraints feature a distinctive embossed “X”. As a further option, interior trim in Fineline Bay matt fine wood finish is available exclusively in combination with the BMW xLine.

 

The stand-out agility and dynamics of the new BMW X1 within the competitive environment can also be highlighted through exclusive and meticulously matched design and equipment features. Cue for the BMW Sport Line, which features a front and rear underguard, side skirt covers, air intakes and kidney grille slats in Black high-gloss, tailpipe finishers in Black Chrome, exclusive 18 inch light alloys in double-spoke style with bi-colour surfaces, and entry strips with “BMW Sport” lettering.

 

In the interior, sport seats upholstered in leather Nevada, a sport leather steering wheel and gear selector lever with red stitching, interior trim in Black high-gloss finish, floor mats with red piping and Ambient Lighting that can shift in colour from white to orange all contribute to an ambience that is explicitly geared to intensive driving pleasure. Also optionally available are leather sport seats in a choice of two colours (Black with Grey-Red piping or Coral Red with Grey-Black piping), while interior trim strips in Alumimium with accent line are an optional extra exclusive to the BMW Sport Line.

 

The BMW X1 will be available at Performance Motors from 30 September.

26.09.2012

BMW CONNECTEDDRIVE: RAISING THE BENCHMARK FOR CONVENIENCE, INFOTAINMENT & SAFETY IN THE NEW BMW 7 SERIES.

Singapore. A unique combination of driver assistance systems and mobility services has enabled the newly-launched BMW 7 Series to once again demonstrate its innovative edge and technical eminence over its rivals and enabled the opulent flagship BMW limousine to maintain its leadership position in the luxury segment.

 

BMW ConnectedDrive is an intelligent link-up between driver, car and the outside world that maximizes in-vehicle convenience, infotainment and safety via an extensive portfolio of technology features.

 

“BMW ConnectedDrive reflects the philosophy of integration of the vehicle, driver and environment in an intelligent network. Through intelligent interaction between online services, driver assistance systems, call centre services and integration solution for smartphones support, Connected Drive plays a pivotal role in providing BMW drivers with more comfort, the right information at the right time, as well as that reassuring feel of being safe while on the roads,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

 

Some of the new Connected Drive features that are making their debut in the new BMW 7 Series, include; Anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant that can partially dim to avoid dazzling the oncoming vehicle; and Driving Assistant Plus which will intervene by decelerating the vehicle or even pulling the brakes to avoid a collision; Park Assistant that facilitates parallel parking alongside the road; contactless bootlid opening system that opens the tailgate with a leg-movement sensor while the driver’s hands are full; just to name a few.

 

New-generation Navigation System Professional: display and control in the third dimension.
The latest-generation Navigation system Professional is compelling at first glance for its revised design and honed operating system. The tried-and tested menu navigation has been consciously retained and augmented by further functions. The user interface has benefited from a complete graphic revision and now comprises 3D elements throughout, while the entire architecture of the individual menus is now presented in virtual, three dimensional spaces. Thanks to its 1.3 GHz processor and dedicated 3D graphics card, using the system with its high-quality animations and dynamic transitions is an experience, supported by imagery boasting unprecedented levels of contrast and brilliance.

 

The PIE menu: greater operating convenience at a click.
The interactive map view also comes with the option of selecting special functions directly from the map: using the iDrive Controller, the driver can mark a spot in the interactive map to open the PIE menu. This radial menu offers quick and easy access to a host of options. Depending on the information stored, the driver can have POIs in the area flagged up, read up on any stored details, start navigation to any of the points, alter the map view and have the current location or destination displayed. If further information on a POI – e.g. telephone number, online data or email address – is also stored, the driver can instantly access these and make a call, visit the homepage or compose an email.

 

Split-screen display with more detailed guidance views.
The split screen in the central information display likewise comes with added functions. To facilitate the driver’s orientation while entering the destination by selecting the country, city and road, the chosen location is additionally displayed in the map view on the split screen. If required, the zoom function can be used to verify whether the destination shown in the relevant section of the map is the intended one.

 

For the navigation process itself, the familiar low-level guidance via arrows in the split screen has now been joined by a high-level guidance variant. This is automatically activated when the driver reaches a certain point ahead of the next navigation instruction. From a specified distance, which varies according to the category of road, the arrow display turns into a schematic, perspective view of the surroundings, offering the driver even better orientation thanks to its enhanced depiction of the location and precise lane guiding. For an optimal picture, the perspective view changes in stages to a top view of the junction or intersection as the vehicle approaches it, while a dynamic vehicle indicator pinpoints the car’s current position.

 

Then there is the 3D city model option that offers an impressive view to aid navigation. If the relevant representation of the city is stored in the car, a highly realistic depiction of the surrounding streets and houses makes it easier for the driver to find his way around.

 

The multifunctional instrument cluster display.
In place of the classic instrument cluster in which four circular analogue dials inform the driver of speed, rpm, tank level and oil temperature, the new BMW 7 Series now offers, for the first time, a multifunctional instrument display. The basic layout with four circular dials is retained, while a virtually invisible 10.25-inch integrated screen provides an entirely novel and engaging display experience that deliberately evokes modern electronic devices. It allows the driving experience modes COMFORT, SPORT and *ECO PRO to be individually shown, for example. In addition to colour differentiation, the information content of the instruments is also varied according to the driving mode selected, thus presenting the driver with a display that is optimally adapted to the situation at hand.

 

(*ECO PRO mode is not available for the BMW 760i / Li.)

 

BMW Night Vision.
At the heart of the Night Vision system is an infrared thermal imaging camera integrated into the BMW kidney grille. This provides a live video image which clearly highlights any objects giving off heat, despite being far beyond the range of the high beam. The system recognises pedestrians, cyclists and animals in plenty of time, even when they are outside the headlights’ beam of light. The automatic pedestrian recognition control unit then analyses the image to determine whether the vehicle is on a collision course with any pedestrians or cyclists. If a person at the roadside is deemed to be potentially at risk, a high-resolution icon will flash up in the central Control Display or the BMW Head-Up Display as a warning.

 

Anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant with intelligent control.
The BMW 7 Series is now available with Adaptive LED Headlights which provide a further safety boost when driving at night. The bright white light they emit illuminates the road ahead with an exceptional intensity. Together with the High-Beam Assistant, the Adaptive LED Headlights with cornering lights as well as variable headlight distribution, they continue to represent the ultimate in lighting technology. The anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant in conjunction with Adaptive LED headlights ensures that the driver can enjoy optimal visibility at all times without having to switch manually between high and low beam. The system uses a camera integrated into the rear-view mirror to identify vehicles travelling up to 400 metres in front. Oncoming traffic is picked up when it is still 1,000 metres away. With the High-Beam Assistant activated, the headlights are partially masked as and when required in order to eliminate the danger of dazzling vehicles as they draw closer. If necessary, however, the High-Beam Assistant can also adapt to the traffic situation by switching to low beam on one or both sides.

 

Driving Assistant Plus brakes to a halt if required.
The Active Cruise Control system Driving Assistant Plus builds on the familiar cruise control system with Stop & Go function (ACC with Stop&Go). For an enhanced interpretation of the traffic situation ahead, the full-range radar sensors are now supplemented by a front-mounted camera on the rear-view mirror. When driving in heavy-flowing traffic or traffic jams, the driver is able to safely move along with the flow and let the vehicle’s automatic systems handle the tasks of stopping and pulling away again as well as approaching junctions where there are already vehicles waiting ahead. Combining radar and video data in this way improves detection of other vehicles and cuts the system’s reaction time. If a vehicle ahead brakes very sharply in free-flowing traffic, requiring the driver to take action, he is prompted to do so by a two stage warning. Simultaneously to this, the activation thresholds of the Brake Assist system are lowered, activating the brake priming function in the process. If the driver fails to react to the acute warning, Driving Assistant Plus will intervene to decelerate the vehicle itself, even braking it to a stop depending on the situation. With Driving Assistant Plus, the upper limit of the operating range for the Active Cruise Control with automatic distance control has now been increased by 30 km/h, meaning it is available at speeds between 30 km/h and 210 km/h. The intelligent cruise control function continues to be active at speeds above 210 km/h.

 

Active Protection monitors the driver’s behaviour at the wheel.
The BMW 7 Series now boasts an even more extensive Active Protection safety package thanks to the addition of the Attentiveness assistant. The system’s electronics analyse driving behaviour on the basis of various signals such as steering angle, road speed and other engine parameters. If the system increasingly detects telltale signs of fatigue starting to build up, the central Control Display encourages the driver to take a break by displaying a coffee cup symbol. At the start of every journey when the driver and front passenger fasten their seat belts, the Active Protection motorised belt retractors reduce any belt slack. If the car enters a critical pre-crash scenario, the driver and front passenger belts are pulled tight, and the side windows and sunroof are closed. Active Protection deduces that a collision is likely based on data from the front-mounted camera or radar, an emergency braking manoeuvre initiated by the driver, or the onset of heavy understeer or oversteer. If a crash is unavoidable, the system will automatically brake the car afterwards without any intervention required from the driver. Following the initial impact, the car is slowed to a standstill with a maximum deceleration rate of 5 m/s² and its brakes then locked for a further 1.5 seconds. This reduces the likelihood of – or even prevents – a secondary collision.
Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display using road sign symbols.
In combination with the Professional or Business navigation system, an optional Speed Limit Info is available to keep the driver notified of the detected speed limit for the current stretch of road. The front-mounted camera integrated into the rear-view mirror continuously monitors road signs, including variable-message overhead signs on motorways and dual carriageways. This information is checked against the navigation system’s database of speed limits. The camera is also able to take into account additional signs or temporary restrictions, for example at roadworks. As with speed limits, a No Passing Info display can now also be flashed up in the instrument cluster or BMW Head-Up Display in the form of a road sign until the restriction has been lifted. Furthermore, drivers now have the benefit of a Speed Limit Device, which caps the car’s maximum speed at between 30 and 230 km/h, as set by the driver.

 

Yet more unrivalled driver assistance systems and mobility services.
Apart from the highlights detailed above, BMW ConnectedDrive in the BMW 7 Series encompasses a host of sophisticated features and technologies designed to delight anyone seeking supreme convenience, infotainment and safety.
These include the existing full-colour BMW Head-Up Display, the rear view camera and Surround View, Parking Assistant, and contactless bootlid opening system.

13.09.2012

BMW M PERFORMANCE ACCESSORIES - DRIVING PLEASURE MADE TO MEASURE, INSPIRED BY MOTOR RACING.

Singapore. BMW Asia has introduced the original BMW M Performance Accessories range specially developed for the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the new BMW 3 Series Sedan and the new BMW 1 Series. The retrofit components designed in close collaboration with BMW M GmbH in the areas of powertrain, suspension, aerodynamics and cockpit provide a tangible increase in driving dynamics by reducing weight and optimising aerodynamic properties. What is more, they add a striking touch of sporty style in the appearance and interior styling of each vehicle.

 

The diversity and harmoniously coordinated qualities of the BMW M Performance accessories program include; a BMW M Performance aerodynamic package, 19-inch BMW M Performance light alloy wheels, a BMW M Performance brake system and BMW M Performance Top Stripes. Additional accentuations are provided by a rear spoiler, rear fins, carbon exterior mirror caps and radiator grille in high-gloss black, also from the BMW M Performance accessories program. In the interior, the BMW M Performance steering wheel with Race Display, interior strips in Alcantara/carbon, BMW M Performance stainless steel pedals and the gearshift lever knob and handbrake handle with Alcantara gaiter make for a distinctly sporty atmosphere.

 

Like the BMW M Performance products already available for the high-performance sports cars BMW M3, BMW 1 Series M Coupe, BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M, the program developed for the models of the BMW 5 Series, BMW 3 Series and BMW 1 Series ensure an authentic transfer of M specific motor racing technology to everyday driving. The BMW M Performance accessory products reflect the excellent standards of the BMW Group in terms of design, quality and safety. They are subject to the comprehensive BMW warranty terms. And retrofitting these items has no impact whatsoever on the warranty terms as applicable to the vehicle in question. Sales and installation are taken care of by the BMW and BMW M dealer network, BMW subsidiaries and BMW Service authorised workshops.

 

Optimised aerodynamic properties, powerfully expressive design.
With the BMW M Performance accessory products in the area of aerodynamics, not only is air conduction effectively optimised but also the dynamic charisma of the respective vehicle. These products can be installed in vehicles fitted with the M Sports package optionally available ex works or a retrofitted M aerodynamic package. This lends even greater individual emphasis to the dynamic character of a vehicle which already has a sporty design.

 

The product portfolio includes aerodynamic components for the front section, diffuser inserts for the rear apron and side sill foliations with M Performance inscription. In addition, the dynamics of the side air ducting is given further emphasis by the use of the BMW M Performance side sill attachments on the new BMW 1 Series and the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. BMW M Performance rear and roof edge spoilers, rear fins, black radiator grille and Top Stripes are also offered in model-specific design. Other products derived from motor racing include BMW M Performance exterior mirror caps in carbon finish and a carbon rear spoiler: these are also available for the new BMW 3 Series and the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

 

A tangible increase in dynamic performance: BMW M Performance accessory products in the area of suspension.
A definite bonus in terms of agility and precision in drivability is provided by the BMW M Performance accessory products in the area of suspension. A BMW M Performance suspension with distinctively sporty settings and a particularly large-scale yet weight-optimised BMW M Performance brake system are available for the new BMW 1 Series and the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. The brake system, featuring aluminium fixed calipers at both front and rear, guarantees a constantly high level of deceleration even under high thermal stress. Its perforated, inner-vented sports brake discs measure 370 x 30 millimetres at the front (diameter x thickness) and 345 x 24 millimetres at the rear. The brake calipers are fitted with four and two pistons each at the front and rear respectively and can be recognised by the four-colour M logo.

 

The BMW M Performance accessory range also includes exclusive light alloy wheels specifically designed for each model. 20-inch M light alloy wheels in V-spoke design are available for the BMW 5 Series Sedan: these are offered in the colour Liquid Black or in the bi-colour finish characteristic of BMW M Performance and can be used with mixed tyres. The M light alloy wheels in double spoke design developed for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan and for the new BMW 1 Series likewise have a striking bi-colour appearance. The weight-optimised forged wheels effectively contribute to the reduction of unsprung masses, thereby enhancing the agility and steering response of the vehicle. They are available in the 19-inch size for the BMW 1 Series and as 20-inch wheels for the BMW 3 Series Sedan, both with mixed tyres.

 

High-quality materials, innovative technology, characteristic design: cockpit in sports car style.
Owners of a BMW 5 Series Sedan, a new BMW 3 Series Sedan or a new BMW 1 Series will also be able to selectively customise the interior of their vehicle with BMW M Performance accessory products, allowing especially intensive enjoyment of the driving experience typical of the brand. For example, the BMW M Performance sports steering wheel is available for the current models of these series. It has a rim which is flattened at the bottom, a carbon trim element and a central marking in red leather at the 12 o'clock position, while its Alcantara covering provides an excellent grip and pleasant haptics in all temperatures. The version of the steering wheel designed for the BMW 5 Series Sedan also features an "M Performance" model inscription on the trim element.
A BMW M Performance sports steering wheel including Race Display will also be available for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan and the new BMW 1 Series in October/November 2012. An OLED display is integrated in the upper section of the steering wheel rim showing a range of technical data such as oil and cooling water temperature as well as the shift point indicator. A number of different display modes can also be activated using the steering wheel's multifunction buttons. In the Efficient Dynamics mode, information is provided on optimised fuel efficiency. The Sports mode enables the use of a stopwatch function as well as display of transverse acceleration rates. In the Race mode, time can be measured to the nearest hundredth of a second and there is also a memory function.

 

For further enhancement of the driver workspace in the style of a sports car, there are BMW M Performance stainless steel pedals, the BMW M Performance driver footrest, interior strips in Alcantara and carbon and a carbon handbrake handle with Alcantara gaiter. Depending on the configuration of the vehicle, the gearshift lever or gear selector switch is also available in carbon. In the products developed for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan and the new BMW 1 Series, an open-pore carbon is used for the first time which creates a harmonious, discreet overall impression due to its matt structure combined with the Alcantara surfaces. Selected products are also labelled with the "M Performance" inscription or the M logo so as to emphasise their sporty styling.

 

Both in terms of style and function, all BMW M Performance products are specifically geared towards further enhanced driving dynamics as well as adding a touch of sporty flair to the outward appearance and interior character of the respective vehicle. All components of the BMW M Performance accessory program are available individually. This allows drivers to add clear sporty accentuations in the areas which are particularly important to them personally. Thanks to their precisely harmonised qualities, BMW M Performance accessory products can also be combined to create an integrated package for increased dynamic performance and driving pleasure.

 

The BMW Performance Accessories is now available at all local authorised BMW dealers; Performance Motors Ltd and Munich Automobiles Pte Ltd. Please contact the respective dealers for more information.

17.08.2012

BMW ASIA CONTINUES AS THE OFFICIAL CAR FOR STANDARD CHARTERED MARATHON SINGAPORE 2012 FOR 2ND YEAR.

Singapore. BMW Asia today announced its appointment as the official car for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2012 (SCMS) for the second consecutive year. Additionally, BMW Asia will be offering a brand new BMW X1 sDrive20i as the winning prize.

 

“BMW is very excited to be the co-sponsor and official car of the Standard Chartered Marathon 2012 for the second consecutive year. Many may not realize that marathon running and BMW cars have so much in common. While marathon runners aim to cover as much distance with as little energy spent, BMW cars are engineered to achieve more power without compromising on fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions thanks to the Efficient Dynamics technology,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

 

The philosophy behind the Efficient Dynamics technology comprises of a highly efficient engine through air and fuel management, minimised energy loss, lightweight design and superior aerodynamics. In principle, these are also core aspects of marathon running; proper breathing techniques, efficient use of energy and lightweight or aerodynamic running gear.

 

BMW’s Participation in Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2012
Similar as before, BMW Asia will be unveiling a series of initiatives aimed at further engaging participants and improving the race experience for SCMS 2012 runners, in the lead up to and during the race on 2 December 2012.

 

Runners of the Full and Half Marathon will also have a chance to win a brand new BMW X1 sDrive20i by joining Team BMW. This will be complemented with a series of activities including running clinics where runners will be given expert coaching to hone their technique and performance ahead of SCMS 2012.

 

BMW will also be sponsoring the pacers programme for Full Marathon runners to help them improve and achieve their personal bests. And as the official car, a fleet of more than 20 BMW cars will be deployed to provide medical, logistics and operational support on race day.

 

Win the BMW X1 sDrive20i
All Singapore citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents, who are 18 years and above as of the date they signed up for either the Full Marathon or Half Marathon race category of the SCMS 2012, will be eligible to win the BMW X1 sDrive20i simply by registering for Team BMW. A point system and random draw will then determine the lucky winner of the BMW X1 sDrive20i, which will be conducted on 12 December 2012.

 

The BMW X1 is a tremendously popular compact all-rounder that has proved to be a bestseller with more than 300,000 units already delivered worldwide. The stand-out position of the BMW X1 is also reflected in the many national and international prizes bestowed on the BMW X model in recognition for its designed, deriving characteristics and high safety levels, including; Readers’ Choice for Off-Roader of the Year by “OFF ROAD” magazine, Red Dot Designed Award 2011 and 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating, just to name a few.

 

Now, the new BMW X1 comes equipped with a more powerful engine powered by BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a broad spread of BMW EfficientDynamics technology fitted as standard to give the sports utility vehicle the tools to further increase its lead over the competition in terms of sporting ability and efficiency.

03.08.2012

BMW GROUP WINS COPIOUS AWARDS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE BRAND CONTEST 2012. 48 OF THE COVETED PRIZES GO TO PROJECTS BY THE BMW GROUP, 14 OF THEM TO BMW GROUP DESIGN.

Munich. The Automotive Brand Contest – a prestigious international design competition – saw the German Design Council acknowledge projects by the BMW Group with a total of 48 awards. BMW Group Design was named a winner 11 times. In the Exterior category this included the BMW i8 Concept Spyder, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, MINI Roadster and the motorcycle models BMW S 1000 RR and Husqvarna Nuda 900 R. Among the winners in the Interior category were the BMW i8 Concept Spyder, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, MINI Roadster and BMW 3 Series Sedan. In the Events category, the BMW Design Studio Live won over the panel of experts, while the design installation COLOUR ONE for MINI by Scholten & Baijings earned the special accolade “Best of Best”. In addition, the BMW Group Design Team received an award in the special Team of the Year category and in the Image Film category for its film on the BMW Zagato Coupe. The BMW i8 Concept took a prize in the Innovation of the Year category, while several BMW brand campaigns were also honoured.

 

With such a rich haul of awards, the German Design Council corroborates the exceptional standard of the BMW Group. The formal award ceremony will take place at the Automotive Designers’ Night on 27 September during the 2012 “Mondial de l’Automobile” motor show in Paris.

 

The Automotive Brand Contest is the only neutral, international design competition for car marques and, since its inception in 2011, has evolved into an important event for the sector. This year, for the second time, the German Design Council recognises outstanding product and communication design and turns its attention to the essential significance of a brand and its design within the motoring industry. Here, the focus is on the consistent, all-round “stage management” of a brand across all media and products. An independent panel of experts including representatives from the media, design and brand communication, as well as from higher education establishments, judged the submitted works in a total of 12 competitive categories, ranging from Exterior and Interior to Brand Design and Advertising Campaigns. Prizes were also awarded in four special categories. Prize-winners are automatically nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, also presented by the Design Council.

 

The design of the BMW i8 Concept lends shape to the flawless interplay of technology and aesthetics. Its formal language and low-slung silhouette exude a sense of dynamic prowess, while the large windows and exposed aerodynamic features offer an unobstructed view of the concept car’s innovative lightweight design, underlining its commitment to maximising efficiency. The vehicle’s athletic character is also reflected in the state-of-the-art design of the interior, distinguished by its uncompromising focus on the driver and its use of renewable resources.

 

The sporty, emotion-led design of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder showcases the attributes of an open two-seater, coupling lightness, dynamics and efficiency with unusual aesthetics. The combination of intelligent lightweight design and cutting-edge hybrid technology helps the BMW i8 Concept Spyder on its way to genuine sports car performance, while its fuel efficiency figures are on a par with those of a small car. The sporty, dynamic impression is underscored by large body panels, a hunkered-down stance and numerous aerodynamic elements such as contact surfaces, spoiler lips, AirCurtains and aeroflaps.

 

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe combines the extraordinary aesthetics and dynamics of a classic BMW Coupe with a luxurious ambience, spawning a fascinating and utterly individual product personality. Its proportions – which are very low-profile for a four-door model – display sporting flair and luxury. With its low height and coupe roofline flowing into the rear, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe embodies the expression of pure BMW aesthetics. The design of the interior harmoniously links the front and rear seats to create the perfect alliance of elegance and dynamics. Decor elements and tautly sweeping surfaces stacked one on top of the other signal the exclusive nature of the 6 Series Gran Coupe.

 

The BMW 3 Series Sedan is the best-selling premium vehicle in the world. Now in its sixth generation, it sets new benchmarks in terms of sporting proficiency, elegance and comfort. The pioneering history of the model serves as an inspiration for the new sports sedan, whose powerful styling embodies a new interpretation and systematic evolution of the brand’s hallmark design. The new BMW face, with flat headlights extending as far as the BMW kidney grille, accentuates the dynamic and elegant design of the new BMW 3 Series range.

 

The BMW Zagato Coupe arose from a collaboration between automotive enthusiasts: it is a BMW as seen through the eyes of Italian coachbuilder Zagato. And this is firmly reflected in the design, too, where Zagato melds the styling cues of both companies to create an emotive coupe in the best Zagato tradition. The sculptural and visually arresting distribution of mass is a Zagato hallmark and lends the BMW Zagato Coupe a distinctive personality at very first glance. The treatment of the surfaces, on the other hand, is clearly inspired by BMW.

 

The MINI Roadster is an elegant and sporty small car for discerning drivers who value high-quality design, powerful engines and precision-tuned suspension. The typical MINI interpretation of a compact roadster unites purist sportiness with spontaneous enjoyment of driving around town with the top down. Padded stainless steel roll-over bars and the windscreen frame round off its elegant design while at the same time ensuring optimal safety for driver and passenger.

 

To mark the Salone del Mobile 2012, MINI presented the installation COLOUR ONE for MINI by Scholten & Baijings. This work by the internationally esteemed Dutch design duo explores the design of a MINI One by examining its composition down to the very smallest components, and in doing so dissecting the design process as such. The result is a new thought-provoking and inspiring interpretation which, employing the familiar Scholten & Baijings stylistic devices of colour and material, queries the rules of automotive design and casts a new light on them.

 

Visitors to Munich Creative Business Week 2012 were able to gain an insight into the genesis of the unmistakable BMW look at the BMW Design Studio Live at BMW Lenbachplatz. As part of the exhibition on the new BMW 3 Series, interesting background information on the design process was presented, while the highlight was being able to watch BMW Group designers working on a 1:1 clay model and offering some additional fascinating insights into the world of BMW product design.

 

The new BMW S 1000 RR motorcycle benefits not only from technical advances for the engine, suspension and cockpit; in terms of design, too, it has taken another leap forward. The tail section displays a noticeably leaner look, while the asymmetrical side panels have been discreetly revised and the centre airbox cover now has side aperture grilles. A new and striking identifying feature comes in the form of two winglets on the top of the panels for enhanced aerodynamic performance.

 

With its fresh and frisky look, the Husqvarna Nuda 900 R radiates an agile sense of sporting dynamics. The Nuda 900 is the first motorcycle to unite the BMW Group’s proven engineering prowess with elegant Italian flair. With its minimalist design, every element defines the athletic exterior that lends the bike its unique dynamic tension. This characteristic formal language extends all the way to the aerodynamically styled tail that takes its cue from a racing bike.

 

Last year, BMW Group Design took awards in the Automotive Brand Contest for its SESTOSENSO light installation, the BMW 328 Hommage and the BMW 6 Series Coupe.

16.07.2012

BMW CONTINUES TO BE SINGAPORE’S TOP PREMIUM CAR BRAND.

Singapore - BMW Group Asia has continued its lead as the top premium car brand and overall automotive brand in Singapore with a total of 2,647 vehicles registered (based on LTA figures for New Registration of Cars by Make, June 2012).

 

“We are very pleased that BMW is once again the brand of choice for Singapore car buyers. We attribute this popularity to our customer-focused business model that emphasizes on listening to what our clients truly want,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia. “It is precisely through the feedback gathered from our customers over the years that has led to the introduction of new body concepts such as the BMW X1, the Gran Turismo, and most recently, the 6 Series Gran Coupé. With the availability of such new products, we are now able to target niches that were previously not accessible via conventional models like the sedan, coupé and convertible.”

 

The popular BMW 5 Series executive sedan, meanwhile, has been key to this great success as it continues to be the top selling BMW model for year-to-date in 2012. The recently introduced BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is expected to give this interest a further boost, while its high-performing rendition; the BMW M5 has also been performing impressively with more than 50 units already sold since its launch in January. The new BMW 3 Series has also by far contributed notably to this result, alongside the evergreen flagship BMW 7 Series limousine.

 

When asked if there were any other contributive factors to this success, Mr Fiorentinos commented: “In addition, the well-recei

06.07.2012

BMW GROUP DESIGN WINS THE 2012 GREEN GOOD DESIGNTM AWARD FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Munich - A trio of BMW Group concept cars – the BMW i8 Concept, BMW i3 Concept and MINI Rocketman Concept – have been presented with the 2012 Green GOOD DESIGNTM Award for sustainable product design. This is the first time a BMW Group product has been among the winners of the annual Green GOOD DESIGNTM Award, which was launched in 2009 as a special off-shoot of the GOOD DESIGNTM Award. The world’s oldest and most prestigious design prize was founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann Jr.

 

The Green GOOD DESIGNTM Award aims to increase public appreciation of contemporary design and the sustainability considerations that go with it. To this end, the jury focused on criteria such as low energy consumption and a reduced reliance on fossil fuels. The coveted special prize is awarded by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, together with The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. More than 120 products, people, governments, environmental programmes and architecture projects from 27 nations were presented with the Green GOOD DESIGNTM Award in 2012.

 

The design of the BMW i8 Concept embodies the flawless interplay of technology and aesthetics. Its design language and low-slung silhouette exude a feeling of dynamic prowess. Large windows and exposed aerodynamic features offer an unobstructed view of the car’s innovative lightweight construction, showcasing its commitment to maximising efficiency. Its athletic character is also advertised by the state-of-the-art design of the interior, whose stand-out features are its rigorous driver focus and use of renewable raw materials.

 

The design of the electrically powered BMW i3 Concept offers an immediate indication of the car’s attributes. The i3 represents the dynamic interpretation of a visionary car for urban areas. Its futuristic one-box design provides maximum interior space on the smallest possible footprint. This innovative set-up allows the clear design of the interior to generate a feeling of freedom and openness and, in so doing, create a fresh and expansive perception of space.

 

The exterior appearance of the MINI Rocketman Concept picks up on the unmistakable design language of the classic MINI, while the concept’s overall form combines traditional values with innovative automotive design. The concept is a 3+1-seater with three doors and an exterior length of just over three metres. The MINI Rocketman Concept meets the demands of the mobile urban lifestyle of the future by exemplifying MINI brand values in their purest form. Clever functionality, smile-inducing agility, exceptional efficiency and irresistible design come together in an immensely attractive and ground-breaking small car concept for the premium segment – and retain an authentic MINI identity in the process.

 

BMW Group Design has won the coveted GOOD DESIGNTM Award several times in recent years. In 2011 the prize went to the BMW 6 Series Convertible, BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW 1 Series M Coupe, BMW ActiveE, BMW K 1600 GT/GTL and BMW G 650 GS. And the previous year the BMW 5 Series Sedan, MINI Countryman, BMW S 1000 RR and BMW Concept 6 concept car were honoured with the renowned award.  

05.07.2012

MOVING ELEGANCE: THE NEW BMW 6 SERIES GRAN COUPÉ.

Singapore. BMW Asia today announced the launch of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, which sets new benchmark in the top-class segment in terms of aesthetics, emotionality and modernity. The third model in the BMW 6 Series line-up also happens to be the first four-door Coupé in the history of the brand.

 

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé will be available in two variants, namely; BMW 640i and BMW 650i, which will be retailing at Performance Motors Limited.

 

In view of the newly launched BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia said: “The introduction of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé sees BMW broadening the diversity of its model range once again. This particularly handsome addition is a unique combination of sporty driving pleasure, elegant design, exclusive interior ambience and travel comfort. Further, its level of practicality is unmatched by fellow premium four-door Coupés of its class.”

 

The design of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé showcases harmonious proportions, distinctive character and strikingly low-slung appearance, combined to achieve the same aesthetically pleasing effect of the BMW 6 Series.

 

The design: athletic elegance and an exclusive aura.
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé integrates the prominent looks and dynamics of a Coupé into a fresh new model with a fascinating character all of its own. The hallmark proportions of a BMW are reproduced in an unusually low-slung, sporty package given the car’s four-door construction. And they are defined by a fresh interpretation of the three-box design: a sweeping, powerfully contoured bonnet, a long wheelbase – giving the car an elegantly stretched appearance – and a set-back passenger compartment. In addition, its low height and a roof line that flows in a shallow arc into the rear allow the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé to set a new aesthetic benchmark for four-door cars.

 

The design of the interior creates a harmonious link between the front seats and the rear, and embodies the perfect combination of elegance and dynamics. The driver-focused cockpit, front passenger area bordered by elegantly sweeping surfaces and generously sized rear compartment combine joy in the car’s dynamic potential with travel comfort amid a stylish and luxurious ambience. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé comes with 4+1 seats, while a 113-millimetre longer wheelbase than the BMW 6 Series Coupé allows it to offer a noticeable increase in legroom for the rear passengers. Plus, a through-loading facility and folding rear seat backrests give a further boost to practicality and increase boot capacity from 460 litres to 1,265 litres.

 

More power, more efficiency: V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, including VALVETRONIC.
The top-of-the-line BMW 650i Gran Coupé debuts the latest generation of the 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW TwinPower technology. Its two turbochargers, which sit in the V between the cylinder banks, and High Precision Direct Petrol Injection are now joined by VALVETRONIC variable valve timing, which optimizes both efficiency and response.

 

The new technology package increases maximum power to 450hp, which is available between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm, and the maximum torque of 650 Nm between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm. Fuel consumption and emissions performance have been improved as well. The BMW 650i Gran Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds. Its average fuel consumption is 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions of 199 grams per kilometer.

 

Six-cylinder in-line engines plus BMW TwinPower Turbo technology: the ideal combination for petrol engine.
As embodied in the six-in-line petrol engine of the BMW 640i Gran Coupé, the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology again comprises a turbocharging system, High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC. Unlike on the V8 engine, however, twin-scroll turbocharging is used. The exhaust gas pulses from each bank of three cylinders are fed through two separate channels to the turbine wheel improves throttle response significantly and the result is a maximum power of 320 hp, at 5,800 to 6,000 rpm, from a displacement of 3.0 litres. Maximum torque of 450 Nm is on tap between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. The BMW 640i Gran Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption is at 7.7 per 100 kilometre, with CO2 emissions of 179 grams per kilometre.

 

Further, the power is managed by an eight-speed sport automatic transmission. With its extremely fast gear changes this unit is built for sporty driving, comfortable shifting and optimized efficiency. It is operated using the electronic gear selector on the centre console. For manual gear changing, this transmission comes with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts.

 

Equipment: exclusive features, innovative technology.
As well as the eight-speed sport automatic transmission and Adaptive Drive system (which comes with Dynamic Damper Control and Dynamic Drive), the high-quality and extensive range of standard equipment awaiting BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé customers includes electrically adjustable leather seats (sports seats for BMW 640i and comfort seats for BMW 650i), 4-zone automatic climate control, Adaptive LED headlights, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, the Navigation system Professional with HiFi system Professional, and automatically dimming exterior and rear-view mirrors. The range of cutting-edge driver assistance systems in the standard equipment list also includes BMW Head-Up Display and anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant.

 

Other features that come standard include; rear view camera, park distance control, LED fog lights and soft close function for the doors.

 

The selection of exclusive options allows customers to add their own individual touch. Highlights of the optional equipment range include Integral Active Steering, Active cruise control with Stop and Go function, BMW Night Vision with person recognition and the Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System (standard on 650i). Added to which, a bespoke M Sport package and options from BMW Individual developed exclusively for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé will be offered from launch.

 

Production at BMW Plant Dingolfing: quality of the highest order.
The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé will be produced at BMW Plant Dingolfing alongside the BMW 6 Series Coupé and Convertible, BMW 5 Series and BMW 7 Series Luxury Sedan.

03.07.2012

BMW GROUP AGAIN NAMED MOST SUSTAINABLE AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY.

Berlin. The BMW Group won two awards at yesterday’s SAM Group Sustainability Awards ceremony. The company earned SAM Gold Class Status and was also named Sector Leader, the best result among all vehicle makers. SAM Group presented the SAM Sustainability Awards for the first time in Germany.

 

SAM Group, headquartered in Zurich, is a sustainability rating agency founded in 1995. SAM Group’s Corporate Sustainability Assessments analyses over 2,000 listed companies every year.

 

At the awards ceremony in the Museum für Telekommunikation in Berlin, Michael Baldinger, CEO of SAM Group, paid tribute to the achievements of the BMW Group: “The BMW Group is a leader in terms of innovation management and has demonstrated a clear commitment to reducing negative environmental impact along the entire value chain.”

 

Harald Krüger, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, was there to accept the awards: “For the BMW Group, long-term thinking and taking responsible action along the entire value chain are the basis for economic success. We are delighted to receive this recognition from SAM Group. It honours the efforts made every day by our 100,000 employees worldwide.”

 

The BMW Group’s commitment to sustainability received several prestigious awards last year as well. For example, the company was named most sustainable auto company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the seventh consecutive year. For the past 10 years in a row, the BMW Group has also been listed in the FTSE4Good index, one of the most important indices for companies focusing on sustainable management. 2011 also marks the year when the BMW Group came in first among all vehicle makers in the CDP Global 500 Ranking.

 

For further information on how sustainable management is implemented at the BMW Group, go to www.bmwgroup.com/responsibility

02.07.2012

BMW GROUP AND TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION AGREE TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN COLLABORATION.

Tokyo/Munich. Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), met today with Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at BMW Group headquarters in Munich to announce the planned expansion of their existing cooperation initiated in December last year. The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understand-ing (MoU) aimed at long-term strategic collaboration in four fields: joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle, collaboration on powertrain electrification and joint research and development on light-weight technologies.

 

Also today, Norbert Reithofer and Akio Toyoda of TMC both signed a Joint Statement to reconfirm their companies’ shared intention to strengthen the long-term, strategic collabora-tion between them.

 

Reithofer said: “We aim to further strengthen our competitive position in sustainable future technologies. We signed an MoU to this effect today. Toyota and the BMW Group share the same strategic vision of sustainable individual future mobility. Together we have a great opportunity to continue leading our industry through this transformation.”

 

Toyoda added: “BMW and Toyota both want to make ever-better cars. We respect each other. And I think this is shown by our taking the next step only six months since the signing of our initial agreement. Toyota is strong in environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells. On the other hand, I believe BMW’s strength is in developing sports cars. I am excited to think of the cars that will result from this relationship.”

 

In March 2012, the BMW Group and TMC signed a binding agreement on collaborative research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery cells. In addition, the BMW Group and Toyota Motor Europe entered into a contract under which the BMW Group will supply highly-efficient 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe, starting in 2014.

 

Today’s MoU represents the companies’ agreement in December last year to identify and discuss other possible collaborative projects.  

22.06.2012

BMW GUGGENHEIM LAB OPENS IN BERLIN ON JUNE 15.

Berlin. June 15, 2012 – The BMW Guggenheim Lab opens today in Berlin, the second stop on the project’s six-year global tour. Offering free programs from June 15 to July 29, 2012, the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin is a temporary public space and online forum encouraging open dialogue about issues related to urban life.

 

A local think tank with a global perspective, the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin focuses on practical making and doing, with programs designed to empower residents with tools and ideas to actively engage in city change. The Lab is located in Prenzlauer Berg at Schönhauser Allee 176 in the Pfefferberg complex, a converted nineteenth-century brewery. The Lab is open Wednesday through Friday, 2–10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12–10 pm. All programs are free of charge and will be offered in German or in English with German translation.

 

“We are delighted to open the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin and begin a vibrant period of public discussion and debate about how citizens can shape the cities in which they live,” said Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. “We look forward to welcoming residents from throughout Berlin as well as visitors from around the world to join us in this groundbreaking urban experiment.”

 

“Together with the city of Berlin and the Guggenheim Museum, we look forward to following the vibrant discussions to come at the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin,” said Frank-Peter Arndt, Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG. “During more than 40 years of worldwide cultural engagement, we have always believed in the value of public dialogue and the support of innovative and unconventional ideas. The Guggenheim is the perfect collaborator to provide and ensure an open forum for this critical, multi-disciplinary exploration of urban life.”

 

The BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin is presented in cooperation with ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory.

 

BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin Programming
Under the umbrella of Confronting Comfort, the theme of the Lab’s first two-year cycle, programming for the Berlin Lab focuses on the importance of “doing and making” to bring about city change. The Lab explores issues of contemporary urban life, from infrastructure to technology to sustainability, through programs that encourage visitors to participate and share questions, answers, thoughts, and dialogue.

 

“The goal of the BMW Guggenheim Lab is to spark a conversation about the future of cities and to create a forum where people of all backgrounds can create and share ideas, said Maria Nicanor, Curator, BMW Guggenheim Lab. ―Berlin is the ideal city to develop the Lab’s philosophy further, precisely because of its deeply rooted system of citizen participation.”

 

Programs have been developed by the Berlin Lab Team (José Gómez-Márquez, Carlo Ratti, Corinne Rose, and Rachel Smith), an international, multidisciplinary group of innovators and experts led by Guggenheim curator Maria Nicanor, with contributions from local organizations. The schedule, which can be found on the BMW Guggenheim Lab website, will include more than one hundred events at the Pfefferberg site and throughout the city.

 

Programs concentrate on four main topics:

 

Empowerment Technologies (June 15–24)
José Gómez-Márquez, The Little Devices Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, and a pioneer in the field of health technology innovations, will lead a series of ―do-it-yourself workshops focused on building one’s own city by ―hacking and transforming urban spaces.

 

Dynamic Connections (June 27–July 6)
Rachel Smith, principal transport planner with AECOM, based in Brisbane, Australia, will lead programs focused on sustainable mobility and community-building.

 

Urban Micro-Lens (July 7–18)
Berlin-based artist and psychologist Corinne Rose, who works with photography and video and teaches at the Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland, will explore the intersection between psychology, architecture, and art with programs that address perception, communication, and emotions in city life.

 

SENSEable City (July 19–29)
Architect and engineer Carlo Ratti, who practices in Italy and directs the

 

SENSEable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, will lead programs examining how new technologies are transforming the way we understand, design, and live in cities.

 

“The city of Berlin is proud to join the BMW Guggenheim Lab in advancing its goal of engaging the public to identify new ideas and strategies for the challenges cities face today,” said Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin. “The Lab is a pioneering initiative that encourages open dialogue and different points of view, and that’s what Berlin- one of the most creative and innovative cities in the world-is all about.”

 

“We welcome the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin to Prenzlauer Berg and are thrilled that the Lab’s free programming will address issues of particular relevance to the neighborhood and the city,” said Matthias Koehne, Mayor of Pankow. “The communities of Pankow and Prenzlauer Berg and citizens throughout Berlin will make an important contribution to the Lab and provide a special perspective to this global project.”

 

In addition to programs based at the Pfefferberg site, the Berlin Lab offers avariety of citywide explorations, such as guided tours, field trips, and walking workshops. Details can be found on the BMW Guggenheim Lab website.

 

Activities at the BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin will be documented on the project’s blog, Lab | Log, which also will feature interviews with BMW Guggenheim Lab contributors. The public is invited to join the BMW Guggenheim Lab’s dedicated social communities on Twitter (@BMWGuggLab and #BGLab), Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Foursquare.

 

BMW Guggenheim Lab and GOOD Call for “City Forward” Ideas
In collaboration with GOOD, the BMW Guggenheim Lab has launched a worldwide, online call for ideas to "make" urban comfort, asking: "How would you transform a public space in your city to make it more comfortable?" The public is invited to submit forward-thinking, innovative, imaginative, surprising, or unconventional ideas that would enhance people's experience in a public space. Entries may be submitted to good.is/cityforward beginning June 19, 2012. Selected entries will be highlighted on the BMW Guggenheim Lab and GOOD websites and social media channels.

 

GOOD is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward. The GOOD.is website is an ongoing exploration of what GOOD is and what it can be.

 

Visitor Information
All BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin programs are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis during operating hours. Advance online registration is required for select programs. The Lab is open Wednesday through Friday, 2–10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 12–10 pm.

 

About the Architecture and Design
Lightweight and compact, with a structural skeleton built of carbon fiber, the mobile structure for the first two-year cycle of the BMW Guggenheim Lab has been designed by the Tokyo architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow as a “traveling toolbox.” The structure’s lower half is a present-day version of the Mediterranean loggia, an open space that can easily be configured to accommodate the Lab’s various programs. The upper part of the structure houses a flexible rigging system and is wrapped in a semitransparent mesh. Through this external skin, visitors are able to catch glimpses of the extensive apparatus of “tools” that may be lowered or raised from the canopy according to the Lab’s programming needs, transforming the ground space into a formal lecture setting, a stage for a celebratory gathering, or a workshop with tables for hands-on experiments.

 

The graphic identity for the first cycle of the BMW Guggenheim Lab has been developed by Seoul-based graphic designers Sulki & Min.

 

About the BMW Guggenheim Lab The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a joint initiative of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the BMW Group. Housed in a mobile structure designed by Tokyo architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow, the BMW Guggenheim Lab launched in the summer of 2011 in New York. Over six years, the BMW Guggenheim Lab will travel to a total of nine cities around the world in three successive two-year cycles, each with its own theme and structure. Following Berlin-the second stop of the tour-the BMW Guggenheim Lab will travel to Mumbai in winter 2012–13. Details about the Lab’s second cycle will be announced in the months to come. The BMW Guggenheim Lab is curated by David van der Leer and Maria Nicanor of the Guggenheim Museum.

18.06.2012

ENGINE OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2012: BMW GROUP SCORES WITH FOUR, SIX AND EIGHT CYLINDERS.

Four award-winners spanning a displacement range of 1.6 to 4.0 litres – BMW Group again emerges as the most successful auto manufacturer in the internationally renowned engine contest.

 

Munich / Stuttgart. Unbeaten titleholders and triumphant newcomers have secured the BMW Group’s renewed pre-eminence at the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards. Powerplants guaranteeing efficient power delivery in current BMW and MINI models topped no fewer than four out of eight displacement categories. The quartet of trophy-winners comprised two four-cylinder engines, a straight-six and an eight-cylinder.

 

Scooping up best-in-class wins were the 1.6-litre turbo unit of the MINI Cooper S, the four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that drives the new BMW 328i, among others, the straight-six with M TwinPower Turbo of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, and the V8 under the bonnet of the BMW M3. This year’s winners were selected by an international panel of judges made up of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries. The Engine of the Year Awards were presented against the backdrop of the Engine Expo trade fair in Stuttgart.

 

With these latest accolades, the BMW Group continues its winning streak in the world’s foremost engine competition. Thanks to the Group’s outstanding development expertise in this area, it has managed to notch up more than 50 class and overall wins at the International Engine of the Year Awards since 1999. In 2012, yet again, engines of widely differing design created for BMW and MINI models dominated a large number of displacement categories. Moreover, the latest title-winners span an unusually broad output spectrum ranging from 135 kW/184 hp to 309 kW/420 hp.

 

The 2012 competition saw the prize in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre displacement class handed to the engine that drives the MINI Cooper S, in a reprise of its success last year. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder develops peak output of 135 kW/184 hp with the help of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct petrol injection and variable valve control based on the BMW-patented VALVETRONIC technology. Among the key attributes of this unit are not only its eager power delivery but also exemplary efficiency for its class.

 

Likewise providing enhanced driving pleasure coupled with extremely low fuel consumption and emission figures is the new 2.0-litre engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The 180 kW/245 hp four-cylinder turbocharged unit with High Precision Direct Injection and VALVETRONIC instantly won over the judges to capture the trophy in the 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category. This engine is currently powering the new BMW 328i Sedan, BMW 528i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i, as well as the BMW X3 xDrive28i and BMW X1 xDrive28i models.

 

The top accolade in the 2.5-litre to 3.0-litre class went to a six-cylinder in-line engine whose technology has already wowed the judges several times previously. Both in 2007 and in 2008, this 3.0-litre powerplant with twin turbochargers, High Precision Injection and Double-VANOS took the overall prize in the Engine of the Year Awards. It serves as the basis for both the M TwinPower Turbo unit inside the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Delivering 250 kW/340 hp, this thrillingly high-revving straight-six has reached its highest output level. The upshot is truly outstanding performance that has garnered it a further Engine of the Year Award.

 

An achievement of this calibre is only exceeded by the string of successes claimed by the fourth BMW Group award-winner in 2012. For the fifth time in a row, the V8 engine of the BMW M3 high-performance sports car provides the measure of all things in the 3.0-litre to 4.0-litre displacement class. Bolstering the undiminished appeal of the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated engine are its hallmark M high-revving concept, peak output of 309 kW/420 hp and outstanding thrust. Beyond this, the eight-cylinder is compelling for its remarkable efficiency thanks to the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and other Efficient Dynamics technologies.

 

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