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November Award Wins. BMW Fleet News / 27-Nov-2014

November Award Wins.

November Award Wins.

November has been an exceptional month for BMW Group with a further six awards being added to our already extensive collection of accolades.
We are extremely proud of winning the following awards which highlight both our sustainable credentials and the excellent reliability of our product.
GreenFleet Awards
Fleet Manufacturer of the Year
FN50 Awards
Most Reliable Carmaker
Most Reliable Car: BMW 3 Series
ACFO Awards
Environmental Initiative of the Year: BMW i3
Green Vehicle of the Year: BMW i3
QSi Awards
Best Estate Car: BMW 520 SE Touring

Spotify app integration within your BMW. BMW Group UK / 18-Nov-2014

Spotify app integration within your BMW.

Spotify app integration within your BMW.

Spotify ( is a famous and widely used music streaming service available for Smartphones, desktops and tablets with over 20 million songs that can be added to personalised playlists.
Spotify users can access the music service in their BMW car with ConnectedDrive and their iPhone. Users can listen to their favourite songs, browse through their playlist or use Spotify radio. In offline mode, no data connection is needed (requires Spotify Premium account). The integration with BMW enables controlling of all relevant features of the app.
Installation of Spotify.
1.Download the latest Spotify app from the iTunes App Store.
2.Start the Spotify app on the iPhone.
3.Connect the iPhone cable to the centre console of your BMW prior to setting off.
4.Launch the integration found in “ConnectedDrive” on the compatible BMW headunit.
Only in conjunction with iPhone 4S or later, running iOS 7.x or later, Android availability to be confirmed. Requires BMW Apps Interface (6NR / 6AK) and a compatible headunit, for more information please contact your BMW Retailer.

BMW named most sought after manufacturer for company car ownership. BMW Fleet News / 28-Oct-2014

BMW named most sought after manufacturer for company car ownership.

In a survey of over 2,000 fleet decision makers, 19% voted BMW as the most desirable car for them to own.
Simon Staplehurst, Commercial Manager at Sewells Research and Insight who conducted the survey, recognised that “Fleet Managers [are] torn between delivering what their drivers want, which is everyday prestige, against what their budgets can deliver.”
BMW bridges the gap between these two requirements, offering the prestige of a premium brand, whilst also providing a selection of small to mid-size vehicles that come with exceptional practicality and efficiency.
Simon Staplehurst added, “Although premium brand cars will cost more in the short term, the re-sale values are higher, making them a cost effective option for businesses looking to entice and reward employees with a company car.

Tax discs abolished from October 1 2014. BMW Fleet News / 20-Oct-2014

Tax discs abolished from October 1 2014.

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is changing. From October 1, UK vehicles are now no longer required to display a tax disc in the windscreen, although VED is still payable for cars driven or registered on the road.
Automatic Number Plate Readers (ANPR) will be used by the DVLA and police to check compliance entirely electronically in future, a move that’s anticipated to save some £10million a year in fleet and leasing company administration.
The DVLA will still send out reminders before the VED is due to expire and refunds will be paid automatically, although vehicle sellers will be responsible for informing the DVLA of a change of ownership by completing and returning form V5C, or risk a possible £1,000 fine.
Sellers will get an automatic refund for any full calendar months of vehicle tax left. And as tax will no longer be transferable with a vehicle, a buyer will need to ensure a car is licensed before driving it.
The changes mean a driver – not necessarily the registered owner – could be issued with a non-endorsable fixed penalty for driving an untaxed car. Similarly, an owner can be fined £80 for using an untaxed car (one not registered with a Statutory Off Road Notice, or SORN) and may also be charged back tax.
To check on the status of your vehicle’s tax, visit

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.”
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