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Speeches BMW Group Press Conference Los Angeles Auto Show 2019

Bernhard Kuhnt, President and CEO BMW of North America LLC

Good morning, acquire to a BMW Group! We’re vehement to be behind on
a West Coast in LA.

If we were with us in 2017, we remember we started with a
totally dull stand. We afterwards filled with several new cars and
concepts. Those concepts incited into prolongation models we showed in
2018 like a 8 Series and a X7.  All partial of a largest product
descent in a company’s history. 

Over these past years, a group has worked so tough to accomplish so
much.  As of Oct we have achieved certain sales expansion in 25 of
a past 26 months. And we are assured we can lift this positive
movement brazen together with a play network. Our success
underscores a ability to broach a right vehicles to a right
market, giving a business a choices they demand.

And alongside a extraordinary products comes a suggestive fasten to
a U.S.  In fact, this year we are celebrating a 25th anniversary
of a U.S. prolongation plant – Plant Spartanburg – a prominence we
are all unequivocally unapproachable of.

With a prolongation ability of adult to 450,000 vehicles any year, our
plant in South Carolina is a largest plant in a tellurian production
network. There we yield some-more than 11,000 American jobs and produce
some-more than 1,500 vehicles each day.

So we can see since we are so vehement about a story and a future
in a U.S.

Today we will uncover we 8 implausible vehicles, including four
universe premieres and a stirring motorcycle judgment I’m certain you’re
going to love. And once again we mix a best of performance,
oppulance and foundation for this market.

Now let’s start with dual cars creation their uncover premieres. 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, a BMW X5 M and X6 M.

Fresh from a prolongation line during Plant Spartanburg, these are the
newest members of a M family. The third era of a BMW M
Sports Activity Vehicle and Coupe will be accessible for a initial time
in both a 600-horsepower customary indication and a 617-horsepower
Competition model. [BMW X5 M and X5 M Competition: fuel consumption
combined: 13.0 – 12.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined:
296 – 291 g/km; BMW X6 M and X6 M Competition: fuel consumption
combined: 12.7 – 12.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 289 – 284 g/km]

The X5 M and X6 M also yield softened oppulance and comfort, while
also featuring a latest in motorist assistance, personal connectivity
and infotainment.  Both go on-sale in a open of 2020. The U.S. is
a biggest marketplace for a BMW M Brand – and California is a biggest
marketplace within a U.S. for BMW M. 

Now to deliver a subsequent exhibit – another automobile that’s really
ideal for this country. In fact, we can usually see it cruising down
a Pacific Coast Highway. I’d like to hand-over to BMW Motorrad CEO,
Markus Schramm. 

Welcome Markus!

 

Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad

Hello everybody! Welcome to a universe of BMW Motorrad!

We are unapproachable to be a many successful manufacturer of premium
motorcycles and scooters worldwide. 2019 is proof to be a good year
for BMW Motorrad once again. To date, we have already sole more
motorcycles than ever before. That means we are good on lane to
finish 2019 as a ninth record sales year in succession.

The U.S. is one of a many critical markets – and we would like to
contend a vast interjection to a group here – since year-to-date, we are the
usually motorcycle code in a U.S. to grasp expansion in a disappearing market.

Now, it is my pleasure to uncover we what’s next, to continue our
success story.

At a Villa d’Este we presented this BMW Motorrad Concept R18 for
a vast cruiser segment. The superb certain feedback was overwhelming.

The concentration of this judgment bike is on simplification. It is authentic
and rarely emotional; it is a precisionist – desirous by heritage.

For 2020, we are operative on a second judgment bike – a R 18/2 – I
brought some images with me for you.

This bike is built on a same pattern and shows a operation of
impression we are means to cover with that. The other bookend so to
speak: a modern, energetic tradition cruiser with a severe opening appeal.

It is my pleasure to endorse that a array bike will come to the
marketplace in a second half of subsequent year. The executive name for this BMW
cruiser will be BMW R 18.

Entering a Cruiser shred is an critical step in strengthening
a expansion of BMW Motorrad, generally here in a US market. We are
unequivocally assured that it’s going to be a vast success here – and a
miracle for a idea to lead a reward motorcycle market.

And now, Roland, greatfully start a engine.

Now I’d like to palm over to Pieter Nota, a member of a house for
customers, brands and sales.

 

Pieter Nota, Member of a Board of Management of BMW AG,
Customer, Brands and Sales

Good morning! Ladies and Gentlemen, here is a new entirely electric
MINI! [combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; sum electricity
consumption: 16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km] 

It’s a MINI many business have been watchful for, and we are
anxious about a unequivocally certain response, with some-more than 80,000
people induction their interest.

It’s a ideal city car: complicated and inspired, sum with classic
MINI go-kart feeling and, of course, 0 emissions.

The MINI Electric is a serve critical miracle in our
foundation strategy. By a finish of this year, we will have a
sum of 12 entirely electric and plug-in hybrid models available. That
includes a new BMW X3 and X5 plug-in variety – that are both made
during a plant in Spartanburg, and will shortly be on their approach to
business worldwide. [BMW X3 xDrive30e: fuel expenditure combined: 2.4
– 2.1 l/100 km; sum appetite consumption: 17.2 – 16.4 kWh/100 km;
sum CO2 emissions: 54 – 49 g/km / BMW X5
xDrive45e: fuel expenditure combined: 2.0 – 1.7 l/100 km; combined
electric appetite consumption: 23.5 – 21.5 kWh/100 km; sum CO2
emissions: 47 – 39 g/km]

The tellurian success of a X family of vehicles from Spartanburg makes
BMW a biggest net exporter of vehicles from a U.S. by value.

The BMW X3 is one of a many renouned vehicles worldwide. Next year
we will launch a fully-electric BMW iX3. This underscores what we
call a “Power of Choice”:

From rarely fit explosion engines, and plug-in hybrids, to
pristine electric drivetrains: We wish to offer a right indication with the
elite expostulate train, for each customer, in each segment, across
a globe.

We know that some-more and some-more people in a U.S. – like here in
California – wish to expostulate emission-free. And we are responding that
call: We sell some-more electrified vehicles here, than any other non-U.S.
automobile company.

By 2023, we will offer 25 electrified vehicles, some-more than half of
them entirely electric.

At a BMW Group, we trust electric vehicles can usually make a real
grant to meridian insurance when a whole value sequence is
sustainable. Our judgment of tolerable mobility goes distant over the
car. Take charging, for example…

Right here in California, we are auxiliary with a Straus Organic
Dairy Farm to emanate “green energy”. We are co-funding their work with
bio-digesters – to emanate renewable appetite that reduces hothouse gas
emissions and is one of a cleanest appetite sources accessible in
California. Soon we will be means to assistance furnish as many electricity,
as a whole BMW and MINI Electric Vehicle competition in California consumes.

Once again, we are pioneering a approach brazen – a team-work with
Straus Organic Dairy Farm is a unequivocally initial of a kind in the
automobile industry.

Let’s get behind to MINI – that not usually has civic roots, though also a
clever racing heritage. Customers have enjoyed dual generations of the
super sporty MINI John Cooper Works GP – and today, we are delighted
to benefaction a third generation! [combined fuel consumption: 7.3 l/100
km, sum CO2 emissions: 167 g/km]

Ladies and Gentlemen,

With some-more than 300 horsepower and a tip speed of 165 miles per hour,
this is not usually a many absolute GP produced, it is a fastest
prolongation MINI ever!

It is full of racing technology, holding MINI’s “driving fun” to a
whole new level.

As you’ve usually seen in a film, we put it by a paces on the
competition lane during development. It finished a mythological German
Nordschleife in reduction than 8 minutes, putting it in a fasten of
genuine sports cars.

This MINI is positively stirring to drive, and sets a new benchmark
in a tiny automobile segment. It will be expelled in 2020, with a limited
book of 3,000 units.

I consider they demeanour good together, and uncover dual unequivocally sparkling ways to
knowledge MINIs hallmark “go-kart feeling”.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As we see, a product descent during a BMW Group continues. Over
a past dual years, scarcely all a array have been newly launched or
updated: From a BMW 1 Series to a 7 Series, from a X1 to a X7.

All of this has had a certain impact on a worldwide sales and we
have achieved a strongest initial 10 months ever. Whilst we have been
flourishing a business altogether, a sales in a oppulance segment
increasing by roughly 60%, in a year to date.

And we would like to appreciate a business and group here in a US – for
a certain grant we have done to a worldwide sales this
year. Last month, a BMW code achieved some-more than 9% expansion here, and
that is fantastic! Thank you!

We are unequivocally assured that serve new models will continue that
certain momentum. So now, let’s take a demeanour during what else is new during BMW.

Our four-door Gran Coupés from a 4 Series and 8 Series are among
a many superb vehicles in a BMW line-up.

Today, I’m gay to benefaction a code new indication that will take this
intensely successful automobile judgment to a compress class: Our first
ever BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé. Here it is!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The universe premiere of a new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé! It is another
sparkling serve to a compress category and completes a sporty and
stylish BMW Gran Coupé family.

We are certain it will seductiveness to younger customers, with a modern,
distinguished pattern and versatility. Not to discuss a best-in-class
pushing experience, and cutting-edge connectivity.

The M235i xDrive – boasts a BMW Group’s many absolute four-cylinder
engine – and business will be anxious by a flexible and precise
pushing behavior. Quite simply – it is a loyal BMW – full of sporty
DNA. [BMW M235i xDrive: fuel expenditure combined: 7.1 – 6.7 l/100 km;
CO2 emissions combined: 162 – 153 g/km]

Speaking of sporty, let’s now pierce to BMW M. To tell we more, please
acquire Markus Flasch, CEO of M GmbH. Thank you!

 

Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH

Good morning! It’s good to be here!

The mint BMW M2 CS is a serve serve to a M portfolio –
holding a M2 to a subsequent level. [fuel expenditure combined: 10.4 –
9.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 238 – 214 g/km]

Highlights are a endless and manifest use of CO fiber. Front
splitter, sandwich-designed roof, gurney, behind diffusor and mirror
caps. Plus a hood with a familiar executive atmosphere vent. The outcome is a
automobile with a unequivocally low core of gravity, good downforce and best aerodynamics.

With 444 stop horsepower, a M2 CS is ideal for a racetrack,
though also a illusory automobile for bland use. And a good news for
purists: it comes with a primer gearbox as standard.

There’s even more: The M2 CS is a basement for a M2 CS Racing.
Amateur racing and Clubsports are a vast partial of BMW M and BMW Motorsport.

Now, let’s take a demeanour during a tip indication in a range, a BMW M8
Competition Gran Coupé. The ideal multiple of luxury, space and
high performance! [fuel expenditure combined: 10.7 l/100 km;
CO2 emissions combined: 244 g/km] 

With 617 stop horsepower, it sprints from 0 to 60 mph in usually 3
seconds straight. That’s what we can design from a BMW 4.4-litre V8
engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology.

With racetrack DNA, it’s as sharp, accurate and flexible as it can get.
On a other hand, it simply exudes luxury. Especially a First
Edition model. Only 400 cars will be built in this tone and trim
after a marketplace launch subsequent year.

What a good year we’ve had so far! To date, we have already sold
some-more cars, than we did in a whole of 2018. And we have many more
sparkling models to come. What a good awaiting for 2020! With that,
I’d like to palm behind to Pieter Nota.

 

Pieter Nota, Member of a Board of Management of BMW AG,
Customer, Brands and Sales

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The perfect series of new vehicles and universe premieres we showcased
today, unequivocally underlines how critical a US marketplace is to us. Now I
would like to move some other highlights behind on stage, since it
creates a truly considerable picture. Let’s start with a highly
romantic BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 – and afterwards a many absolute MINI
ever, a MINI John Cooper Works GP – and last, though positively not
least, a new serve to a compress class, a initial ever BMW 2
Series Gran Coupé.

Ladies and Gentlemen, appreciate we for fasten us today. Now we would
like to ask my colleagues to come behind on stage.  Thank you!