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BMW Group UK Encourages Girls to go Technical BMW Technology / 24-Sep-2014

BMW Group UK Encourages Girls to go Technical

Girls have an exciting and unique opportunity to follow MINI production from body panels to engine building to a completed car rolling off the line on BMW Group UK’s 2014 Girls Go Technical programme. The programme encourages young females aged between 15 and 24 to consider a technical career within automotive manufacturing and will run during half-term from Monday 27th October – Friday 31st October at the three plants in the company’s MINI and BMW UK production network in Birmingham, Oxford and Swindon.
Simon Farrall, Head of Apprentice and Associate Training at BMW Group UK said: “Investment in young people is a key part of our development strategy for our manufacturing plants. The automotive industry is still considered as a more appropriate career path for boys and our programme is designed to address this inequality and attract more girls to consider a technical career in this field.
“On completion of the programme, the participants will have gained an insight into the manufacturing processes and experienced the day-to-day challenges encountered by engineers and technical apprentices as well as augmenting their interview and job application skills.”
The girls will spend four days at the heart of MINI and BMW’s UK production network not only at the manufacturing site closest to their home region for in-depth work experience but also touring MINI Plant Oxford where they will see MINIs being built.  
All participants will have the opportunity to take part in activities in the Oxford plant’s bespoke training school featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, dedicated computer study areas and a fully-equipped workshop.
“Working in the car manufacturing industry is an absolutely amazing experience”, said Rebecca Pallet, a current apprentice at MINI Plant Oxford. “I’ve always wanted to be able to build cars and with BMW Group’s support I can now pursue my dreams. I hope my example will encourage other girls to apply for our apprenticeship programme.”

The BMW 2 Series Convertible / 17-Sep-2014

The BMW 2 Series Convertible

The BMW 2 Series Convertible

BMW announced the arrival of the third model in its 2 Series portfolio, the BMW 2 Series Convertible on 10th September. It will join the 2 Series Coupé and 2 Series Active Tourer in the line-up from February 2015, with prices starting at £29,180 OTR. The new car replaces the 1 Series Convertible, the most successful car in its class with global sales of more than 130,000 units, and the only one with rear-wheel drive. 
The BMW 2 Series Convertible will be available with a choice of four engines, including a new 2.0-litre diesel for the 220d and, for the first time in a BMW convertible, an M Performance variant, the M235i. Fuel economy improvements over the previous model average 18 per cent. The 2 Series Convertible also brings significant improvements in passenger space and access, acoustic comfort, style, dynamism and equipment, while the ConnectedDrive services for the first time include wireless updating of navigation data. 
The BMW 2 Series Convertible is longer (by 72mm) and wider (by 26mm) than the model it replaces, and has a wheelbase which has been elongated by 30mm. These increases have been put to good use to enhance passenger access and space, increase driving enjoyment with the roof down and change the proportions so that BMW’s latest compact convertible looks even more stylish.  

BMW has been ranked as the best premium vehicle supplier in a major new survey conducted by Fleet News. BMW Fleet News / 02-Sep-2014

BMW has been ranked as the best premium vehicle supplier in a major new survey conducted by Fleet News.

We are pleased to announce that BMW has been ranked as the best premium vehicle supplier in a major new survey conducted by Fleet News. This was voted for by the Fleet200; a group of fleet operators collectively running half a million fleet vehicles, within some of the UK’s biggest businesses across a vast number of industry sectors.
The survey also found BMW models to be among the most popular cars for fleets, appearing on more choice lists than many other manufacturers. The national survey, forming part of a research project into the fleet market, was carried out by Fleet News sister company Sewells Research & Insight, an innovative automotive insight business.
The Fleet200 was created in 2010 to provide a unique insight into key trends and changes in the fleet market. Members include representatives from the UK’s largest 200 fleets. They meet four times a year to discuss key industry issues, providing an annual update sent directly to end-user fleet operators.

/ 27-Feb-2014

BMW i3 crowned UK Car of the Year 2014.

BMW i3 crowned UK Car of the Year 2014.
The BMW i3 has been honoured with the title of UK Car of the Year 2014, at the inaugural awards. It has also triumphed in the 'Supermini' category, while the BMW 5 Series came out on top in the 'Executive' car class. 
The UKCOTY Awards bring together judges from all corners of the UK, as well as from a wide variety of backgrounds, to make this the most complete judging panel of any motoring awards. The awards aim to provide an independent set of awards for the car industry, highlighting the best vehicles in the market in a range of categories for UK buyers. 27 journalists judged cars across 12 categories for the first UK Car of the Year awards.
Guy Bird, UKCOTY judge, said of the BMW i3: “‘Game-changing’ is such a cliché but that is what i3 is. From the eco-focused technology that underpins it, to the modern and functional design and material choices – including the most original production car interior this century – the i3 is far more than just a new car. Indeed, with its connected drive approach seeking to make links with other forms of transport and the surrounding infrastructure, rather than simply impose itself upon its environment, the i3 represents the start of a whole new way of thinking about getting from A to B.”
Uwe Dreher, BMW UK Marketing Director, commented on the win: “For the BMW i3 to be voted as the first ever UK Car of the Year is real testament to the years of research and development that have gone into making BMW’s first electric production car.  The BMW i3 has pushed the boundaries in every way from sustainable production, to its unique construction and revolutionary ownership proposition. The judging panel clearly recognise this and we are delighted to be given such an independent accolade.”
The new BMW i3 is the first model to launch within the BMW i range.  Two BMW i cars are confirmed for production, the fully-electric BMW i3 megacity vehicle and the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car. The BMW i3 is BMW’s first fully-electric production car and is priced from £369 a month* or £25,680** OTR. First deliveries of the BMW i3 were made to customers in the UK in February 2014, meanwhile the BMW i8 will go on sale in the UK in 2014 priced at £99,845 OTR.
*Finance based on a 36 month Personal Lease agreements for models stated. Initial payment £2,995.00 inc VAT and contract mileage of 24,000 miles. Figures shown incorporate Government plug-in car grant.  Excess mileage and vehicle condition charges apply. Subject to status and available to over 18’s in the UK only (not the Channel Islands or Isle of Man). Retail customers only. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. Prices are correct at the time of going to print (July 2013) and are subject to change without notice. Lease is provided by BMW Financial Services, Europa House, Bartley Way, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9UF. Participating dealers only.
**With £5,000 OLEV Government grant.

/ 28-Jan-2014

Car buyers urged to Go Ultra Low in new marketing campaign.

Car buyers urged to Go Ultra Low in new marketing campaign.


·         Government and automotive industry launches campaign encouraging drivers to consider ultra low emission vehicles
·         Deputy Prime Minister urges drivers to ‘Go Ultra Low’
·         Campaign backing from BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall
·       Government announces £8.8m of new charging infrastructure
·       Campaign website www.goultralow.com gives motorists everything they need to know about owning a ULEV 
The Deputy Prime Minister has joined with the UK automotive industry to launch ‘Go Ultra Low’, a 12-month campaign to help motorists understand the benefits, cost savings and capabilities of some of the most efficient, modern and technology-packed low emission vehicles on the market.
Backed by some of the world’s biggest players – BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall - the new campaign will explain the benefits of this raft of new vehicles with information about their impressive range, their low running costs and just how easy they are to keep charged. www.GoUltraLow.com provides a one stop shop for information about owning and running a vehicle; the makes and models available and infrastructure advice.
In the last three years alone, almost 20 electric and plug-in cars and vans have been launched as vehicle manufacturers invest in innovative new ways to cut or eliminate fuel costs and lower emissions. With the average driver clocking up less than 30 miles a day, the ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign asks drivers: ‘What are you waiting for?’ when it comes to opting for a car with either zero tailpipe emissions, or less than 75g/km of CO2.
The collaborative campaign is the first of its kind, bringing together the Department for Transport, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, SMMT and a group of leading car manufacturers; BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “These vehicles have multiple benefits - they drive down emissions, save money with extremely low running costs and create the kind of high-tech engineering and manufacturing jobs we want to see in British.”             
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT said; “This is a significant development as government and some of the country’s leading automotive brands pool resources to fund a campaign that will raise awareness of the benefits and capabilities of these new technologies. The ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign will help the public understand how these new cars work and how they could be a perfect fit for their personal, business or fleet needs. Given the importance of running costs and environmental performance to new car buyers, we hope the campaign will encourage more people to consider going ultra low.”
As well as www.GoUltraLow.com, the campaign will see national print advertising, a radio advertising campaign, celebrity ambassadors programme, online community campaigns and fleet partnerships through the course of 2014.
To coincide with the campaign launch, the Deputy Prime Minister outlined the government’s latest £8.8m investment in chargepoint infrastructure. It will include:
  • £5.5m for 140 new rapid chargepoints that can fully recharge an ULEV in 30 minutes – the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee at a service station. These will be in towns and on major roads where there has been a historic lack of chargepoints, creating a UK-wide network of around 500 rapid chargepoints.
  • £600,000 for 80 more chargepoints at train stations car parks, making it easier for commuters and other rail users to cut the environmental impact of their whole journey.
  • Grants of £2.7m awarded to public sector organisations to install over 450 chargepoints on their own estate for their staff, fleets and visitors. The public sector is seeking to lead by example by demonstrating commitment to ultra-low emission transport. The successful organisations include a central government department (MOD), two of the devolved administrations (Scotland and Northern Ireland), Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, a number of NHS trusts, two fire and rescue services (Devon & Somerset and London), a police force (Gloucestershire), and several local authorities.

The government has also committed to invest £5 million to introduce electric vehicles across the government, and wider public sector, fleets this year. 
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