Η BMW έδωσε νέες φωτογραφίες και videο από την 3 Series Touring ενώ παράλληλα ανακοίνωσε και τις πωλήσεις της για το πρώτο εξάμηνο του 2012 οι οποίες ανήλθαν σε 900.539 μονάδες, αύξηση 8.1% σε σχέση με τις 833.391 του 2010. Η BMW πούλησε 747.064 αυτοκίνητα +8.3% τους πρώτους έξι μήνες και 134.444 τον Ιούνιο (+4.0%), η Mini 151.875 αυτοκίνητα (+7.0%) τους πρώτους έξι μήνες και 32.337 (+3.9%) τον Ιούνιο, ενώ η Rolls Royce έχει πουλήσει από την αρχή της χρονιάς 1.600 αυτοκίνητα, 8 περισσότερα από πέρυσι.


Σε ότι αφορά την  Touring έκδοση της νέας Σειράς 3. Μηχανικά φορά τον 2.0-λιτρο turbo κινητήρα βενζίνης απόδοσης 245 ίππων στην έκδοση 328i, τον 2.0-λιτρο turbodiesel απόδοσης 184 ίππων στην έκδοση 320d και τον 3.0-λιτρο εξακύλινδρο σε σειρά πετρελαιοκινητήρα απόδοσης 258 ίππων στην έκδοση 330d.

Οι τετρακύλινδροι κινητήρες έχουν ως στάνταρ το 6-τάχυτο μηχανικό κιβώτιο ενώ ο 6-κύλινδρος 3.0-λιτρος πετρελαιοκινητήρας το 8-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο, το οποίο είναι διαθέσιμο και στον πρόσθετο εξοπλισμό των τετρακύλινδρων κινητήρων. Και τα δύο κιβώτια συνεργάζονται με το σύστημα Start/Stop. Από το επόμενο έτος η έκδοση θα είναι διαθέσιμη με περισσότερους κινητήρες ενώ θα υπάρχουν και τετρακίνητες εκδόσεις.

Η BMW 3-Series Touring είναι ελαφρώς μεγαλύτερη από τη προηγούμενη γενιά με τον χώρο αποσκευών να έχει αυξηθεί κατά 10%, αγγίζοντας τα 495 λίτρα. Τα πίσω καθίσματα αναδιπλώνονται με ποσοστό 40:20:40 κάνοντας τον χώρο αποσκευών να αγγίζει τα 1.385 λίτρα και διαθέτει ένα πίσω παράθυρο που ανοίγει ανεξάρτητα από το πορτμπαγκάζ, το οποίο ανοίγει και μέσω ενός ηλεκτρικού συστήματος. Στον επιπλέον εξοπλισμό υπάρχει μια μεγάλη γυάλινη πανοραμική οροφή καθώς και ράγες στην οροφή. Οι πωλήσεις της θα ξεκινήσουν στα τέλη του έτους και περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις σε αυτό το PDF και στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.

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BMW Group reports strongest first half year ever in sales

Munich. BMW Group achieved record sales for the first six months of the year, with a total of 900,539 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 8.1% over the same period last year (prev. yr. 833,391). The company also achieved its second highest sales volume ever in a single month, with 172,516 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide in June (prev. yr. 165,868/ +4.0%).

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, said in Munich on Friday: “We are very pleased with the positive result for the first half year. The BMW Group achieved record sales again in June and for the first six months of the year and we have an overall record for 2012 well in our sight. There will be additional new models arriving in the coming months, which are expected to bring further momentum in the second half of the year. As the world’s highest-selling premium car company, it is important to us to continue to maintain a good balance between Europe, Asia and the Americas and to continue making gains on all continents, in large and small markets.”

The BMW Group made gains on all continents in the month under review. In Europe, sales increased by 1.5% to 92,686 vehicles (prev. yr. 91,356). Year-to-date, BMW Group sales remain at last year’s level with 437,066 vehicles delivered to customers in Europe (prev. yr. 437,399/ -0.1%). The BMW 3 Series Touring, which accounts for two thirds of BMW 3 Series registrations in the German home market, is expected to bring further momentum to European markets with its launch in September.

In Asia, the BMW Group delivered 237,875 vehicles in the first six months of 2012 and reported a growth of 25.7% compared to the same period in 2011 (prev. yr. 189,254). In the month under review, 38,352 vehicles were delivered (prev. yr. 34,836 / +10.1%). Several Asian markets saw strong double digit growth in the first half year including smaller markets such as Indonesia (1,061/ +48.0%), and larger markets such as Japan (27,698/ +27.4%) and China. Mainland China accounted for 23,930 deliveries in June, an increase of 13.1% over the same month last year (prev. yr. 21,158). Due to a model changeover, some models were not available in the month under review. Year-to-date, 158,956 BMW and MINI vehicles have been sold in Mainland China (prev. yr. 121,614) which reflects an increase of 30.7%. The uptake of the new BMW 3 Series Long Wheelbase, available as of mid-July, is expected to provide for further robust growth in China in the second half of the year.

America saw a slight increase in growth with 35,116 vehicles delivered in June (prev. yr. 34,414 / +2.0%). In the first six months, 194,620 vehicles have been delivered to customers in America, which reflects an increase of +8.8% on the previous year (178,901).

In the U.S., 27,720 vehicles were delivered last month, an increase of +3.2% on the same month last year (prev. yr. 26,865). Year-to-date, the BMW Group is up 10.5% on sales of 158,563 in the first six months of 2012 compared to 143,521 in the same period in 2011. The arrival of the new BMW 3 Series with xDrive, as well as the BMW X1 in September is expected to give BMW sales in the US a strong boost in the second half of the year.

BMW: Worldwide sales of BMW brand vehicles climbed to 139,869 units (prev. yr. 134,444 / +4.0%) in the month under review. A total of 747,064 BMW brand vehicles (prev. yr. 689,884) have been delivered to customers worldwide since the start of the year – an increase of +8.3%. The BMW 1 Series 5-door Hatch was one of the brand’s growth drivers in the first half year with close to 90,000 units sold, an increase of 51.0% over the same period last year (89,490/ prev. yr. 59,249) The 3-door version of the BMW 1 Series Hatch will be available as of September. The BMW 3 Series Sedan reported healthy gains in the first six months with a total of 135,976 vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 15.4% compared to last year (prev. yr. 117,802). Demand for the BMW X3 remained strong, with sales climbing 38.4% to 74,098 vehicles in the first half year (prev. yr. 53,520).

The BMW 6 Series has also had an excellent customer response with over 10,000 vehicles sold in the first six months, an increase of 222.0% over the same period last year (10,346/ prev. yr. 3,213). Revised editions of the flagship BMW 7 Series and BMW X1 will be launching in many markets across the globe in July and are expected to provide further momentum for BMW brand sales.

MINI: Worldwide sales for MINI climbed 3.9% to 32,337 vehicles in the month under review (prev. yr 31,112). Year-to-date, MINI sales are up +7.0% to 151,875 units compared to 141,915 in the first six months of 2011. Demand for the MINI Countryman remained strong  with close to 50,000 cars delivered to customers in the first half year, an increase of +23.4% compared to the same period in 2011 (49,588/ prev. yr. 40,174). MINI saw robust growth in several Asian markets in the first half year, including Mainland China with 11,356 cars (prev. yr. 8,445/ +34.5%) and Japan with 8,332 cars (prev. yr. 6,312/ +32%). In the U.S., MINI experienced solid growth with sales up 7.5% on volume of 32,059 compared to 29,816 in the first six months of 2011.

ROLLS-ROYCE: Rolls-Royce continued the sustainable growth that was forecast at the beginning of 2012. At half-year, the manufacturer of super-luxury motor cars reported sales of 1,600 motor cars worldwide, which is slightly above the same period in 2011 (prev. yr.: 1,592). Rolls-Royce looks forward to another record year, with production of Phantom Series II starting in September and delivery to worldwide markets following shortly after.

Motorcycles: In the first six months of 2012, BMW Motorrad sold 59,189 vehicles, which was slightly below the same period last year (prev. yr. 60,580/ -2.3%. In the month of June, 10,271 vehicles were sold (prev. yr. 11,831/ -13.2%). BMW Motorrad is expecting stronger growth in the second half of 2012 and aims to achieve an overall sales record for the whole year. Husqvarna Motorcycles recorded a rise in deliveries for the sixth month in a row. Year-to-date, Husqvarna delivered 5,235 motorcycles (prev. yr. 3,530 units), an increase of +48.3%. In June, 815 vehicles (prev. yr. 450 units) were delivered to the Husqvarna dealership network, +81.1 % more than in the same month of the previous year.

BMW Group sales in/up to June 2012 at a glance

In June 2012 Comp. to previous year Up to/incl. June 2012 Comp. to previous year
BMW Group Automobiles 172,516 +4.0% 900,539 +8.1%
BMW 139,869 +4.0% 747,064 +8.3%
MINI 32,337 +3.9% 151,875 +7.0%
Rolls-Royce 1,600 +0.5%
BMW Motorrad 10,271 -13.2% 59,189 -2.3%
Husqvarna Motorcycles 815 +81.1% 5,235 +48.3%

The BMW Group

The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 29 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2011, the BMW Group sold about1.67 million cars and more than 113,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2011 was euro 7.38 billion on revenues amounting to euro 68.82 billion. At 31 December 2011, the BMW Group had a workforce of approximately 100,000 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last seven years.

The new BMW 3 Series Touring: Dynamic flair and practicality wrapped in a sporty and elegant design.

  • Cutting-edge Touring concept combines dynamic performance, elegance and versatility in a perfectly proportioned overall package.
  • More space for passengers and luggage: 495 litres of stowage room sets the benchmark in this segment.
  • 40:20:40 folding rear seat bench (standard), rear window opens separately from the electrically operated tailgate (standard), separate partition net and luggage compartment cover. The latter can also be stored in the underfloor compartment.
  • Modern Line, Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport package plus an extensive selection of assistance systems, including full-colour Head-Up Display.
  • All engines operate efficiently and powerfully with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, Auto Start-Stop function and ECO PRO mode. Eight-speed automatic gearbox available for all models.
  • Sporty suspension with enhanced ride comfort, Electric Power Steering, M Sport options with new aerodynamic package.

The new edition of the BMW 3 Series Touring makes its mark in the premium sports estate segment with its hallmark BMW dynamic prowess, enhanced practicality and versatility, and a range of standard equipment features assembled to meet the challenges of everyday life. Its larger interior is extremely versatile and designed to adapt to everything its customers’ modern, active lifestyles can throw at it. In this role, the new BMW 3 Series Touring convinces equally as both a sporty, elegant and dynamic way to eat up the miles and a comfortable and spacious vehicle for sports and leisure pursuits.

Its harmonious proportions ensure the new BMW 3 Series Touring appears from every angle as if cut from a single mould and proves that impressive practicality and dynamic design need not be mutually exclusive. The sweeping silhouette with smoothly sloping roofline, side windows extending well back to the rear and a powerful rear end all combine to create a distinctive Touring character and highlight the huge potential of the new BMW 3 Series variant at first glance.

Alongside its extra practicality and versatility, the new BMW 3 Series Touring also benefits from enhanced ride comfort, the availability of the new Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line equipment packages, and the materials and colour concept familiar from the recently introduced Sedan. The M Sport package will also be available from launch.

Leading the way: more space for luggage and clever details. With 97 millimetres added to the car’s overall length and 50 millimetres to its wheelbase, the new BMW 3 Series Touring offers extra room for passengers and luggage alike. Plus, this additional space can be adapted for a variety of uses, allowing the new car to turn its hand to a range of activities. A 35-litre increase in capacity (to 495 litres) means the load compartment can offer more space than any of the Touring’s rivals (1,500 litres with the rear seat backrests folded down). Standard equipment designed to meet the challenges of everyday life, such as the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat bench, the electrically operated tailgate with separate rear window opening, the stainless steel protective strip on the comfortably low loading sill (62 centimetres from the ground), the separate partition net and a luggage compartment cover that stows away neatly into an underfloor compartment highlight the ability of the new BMW 3 Series Touring to adapt as required to the situation at hand.

Made-to-measure options like the adaptive attachment system with variable plug-in elements for the load compartment floor, the hands-free tailgate opening function as part of the Comfort Access option, and the electrically pivoting trailer coupling make it even easier to transport a variety of gear.

The range kicks off with the BMW 328i, 330d and 320d Touring. Agility and dynamic performance are among the other qualities which set the new BMW 3 Series Touring apart. Customers can choose from three refined, economical and punchy engines at launch, all of which boast BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Alongside the new four-cylinder petrol unit developing 180 kW/245 hp and the 2-litre diesel with 135 kW/184 hp, the line-up also includes an optimised six-cylinder diesel producing 190 kW/ 258 hp that combines sporty dynamics with significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions. All engines fulfil the stipulations of the EU5 exhaust standard, while the 320d diesel unit can meet EU6 specification, if desired. The Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode, meanwhile, opens up extra fuel-saving potential for all engine variants.

A sporty six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels in the four-cylinder models. And BMW also offers an innovative eight-speed automatic transmission – fitted as standard in the six-cylinder diesel model – as an option. A further option is the eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts on the steering wheel. Both transmission variants link up with the fuel consumption-reducing Auto Start-Stop function.

Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components and new tuning, the torque steer-free Electric Power Steering, an up to 40-kilogram lighter overall weight and finely-balanced axle load distribution set the seal on the car’s dynamic concept. State-of-the-art electronic control systems enhance the dynamic potential of the new BMW 3 Series Touring and help to ensure it displays the perfect combination of sporting prowess and ride comfort. The new Touring can be optionally ordered with M Sport suspension, lowered by ten millimetres, or the electronically controlled Adaptive M Sport suspension.

BMW EfficientDynamics. In addition to its enviable practicality and sporting dynamics, the outstanding fuel economy of the new BMW 3 Series Touring helps maximise driving pleasure. The key here is the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, whose influence can be seen in virtually every area of the new model. In addition to the ultra-frugal petrol and diesel engines, the intelligent lightweight construction concept, optimised aerodynamics and other measures including the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Optimum Shift Indicator and on-demand operation of ancillary components, ensure that the powerful BMW 3 Series Touring also boasts impressively low fuel consumption and emissions. The Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode offers further potential for cutting down on fuel. It encourages an efficient driving style and enables savings of up to 20 per cent.

BMW ConnectedDrive. An extensive selection of driver assistance systems and mobility solutions, offered as standard or as options under the BMW ConnectedDrive programme, allows the new BMW 3 Series Touring to set the benchmark in its segment in terms of safety, convenience and infotainment. One highlight of the range is the latest-generation full-colour Head-Up Display, which projects key information onto the windscreen in sharp resolution. Included alongside an array of other comfort and safety-enhancing assistance systems is extremely effective interface technology that allows extensive use of external mobile phones and numerous Bluetooth office functions for internet-based services. The Apps option and the free BMW Connected app provide a gateway to services such as social networks, web radio and the iPhone calendar function. Finally, information and office services along with travel and leisure planners further enhance the individual convenience and comfort of travelling in the new BMW 3 Series Touring.