BMW 2-Series Convertible with M Performance parts (1)

Η BMW διατήρησε και φέτος τα ηνία της μεγαλύτερης πολυτελούς αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίας από πλευράς πωλήσεων, με το BMW Group να ανακοινώνει πως μέσα στο 2015 θα παρουσιάσει 15 νέα μοντέλα. Η 2άρα το 2014 πούλησε 27.933 αυτοκίνητα μέσα στο 2014, ενώ η 2-Series Active Tourer πούλησε 13.091 αυτοκίνητα. Η Σειρά 3 πούλησε 476.792 αυτοκίνητα (+2%), η Σειρά 4 119.580 αυτοκίνητα, η Σειρά 5 373.053 αυτοκίνητα, η X4 21.688 αυτοκίνητα, η X5 147.381 αυτοκίνητα, ενώ πούλησε 17.800 i3 και i8 με τα 16.052 να είναι i3. Στόχος της είναι το 2015 να κάνει νέο ρεκόρ πωλήσεων.

Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις η BMW ανακοίνωσε τα M Performance αξεσουάρ της 2-Series Convertible, αποτελούμενο από νέους προφυλακτήρες, πλαϊνά skirts, spoilers,αεροτομή, διαχύτη, carbon καθρέπτες, μαύρη γρίλια και μαύρα γυαλιστερά διακοσμητικά. Επίσης υπάρχουν νέες ζάντες 19″, σπορ εξάτμιση και στο εσωτερικό η BMW έχει τοποθετήσει νέο Alcantara/Carbon τιμόνι, φωτιζόμενα μαρσπιέ, ανοξείδωτα πεντάλς, carbon διακοσμητικά και νέα πατάκια. H BMW 220d Convertible δυναμώνει και παράγει 204 άλογα (+14 άλογα), με τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα να τα κάνει σε 0,3 δευτερόλεπτα γρηγορότερα.

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BMW Group looks forward to continued growth in 2015

BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce confident of increased sales 15 new models will support growth strategy

Detroit/Munich. Following a fourth consecutive record year of sales in 2014, the BMW Group is confident that 2015 will see further sales growth. The company delivered more than two million vehicles to customers last year with a total of 2,117,965 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold, more than ever before in the Group’s history (prev. yr. 1,963,798 / +7.9%).

“With the launch of 15 new models planned for the year, we are confident that 2015 will see the momentum we’ve generated in the last years continue and that we will increase sales in all major sales regions, despite ongoing volatility in some markets”, said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW, at the Detroit Motor Show.

“In Europe overall, sales should continue to recover, especially in those southern European markets which are starting from a fairly low level”, Robertson continued. “The market in the USA had a strong year in 2014 and we believe it will continue to grow. Asia is also set to deliver further sales increases.”

Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce said in Munich on Monday, “Following last year’s model change of our core MINI 3 door model and the introduction of the new MINI 5 door, MINI had its best ever fourth quarter in 2014. We take that momentum into the new year. The average age of our model range in 2015 is around 2.5 years – that’s the youngest we’ve had for a long time – and we’ll be introducing the new MINI Clubman later this year. I’m confident that MINI sales will set a new record in 2015. The same goes for Rolls-Royce. With over 4,000 units delivered in 2014, the marque set a new sales record and I believe that success will be built on further this year. BMW Motorrad sold more maxi-scooters and motorcycles in 2015 than ever before. We are launching five new Motorrad models this year – they will ensure we keep the momentum of the last years going.”

2014 was the best year ever for the BMW brand. Deliveries of BMW vehicles totalled 1,811,719, an increase of 9.5% on the previous year (1,655,138). Sales in December also achieved a new high, up 14.2% on the same month last year (177,954 / prev. yr. 155,835).

In its first full year on the market, the BMW 2 Series Coupé has been delivered to a total of 27,933 customers while 13,091 customers have taken delivery of the 2 Series Active Tourer during the three months it has been on sale. Sales of the segment-leading BMW 3 Series were up on last year, totalling 476,792 (prev. yr. 467,672 / +2.0%). Deliveries of the BMW 4 Series models totalled 119,580 in 2014. The BMW 5 Series, which also leads it segment globally, saw sales increase 1.7% this year, with a total of 373,053 delivered to customers worldwide (prev. yr. 366,992). The BMW X4, which went on sale in July, has been delivered to 21,688 customers while the new third-generation of the BMW X5 has increased sales by 37.4% compared to last year (147,381 / prev. yr. 107,231).

Around 17,800 customers have taken delivery of an innovative BMW i vehicle in 2014. Global deliveries of the BMW i3 total 16,052; nearly three-quarters of those sales occurred in the second half of the year, following the vehicle’s late-spring market launch in several major markets including the USA. The keys to a total of 1,741 BMW i8s have been handed over to customers since it went on sale in the summer.

Despite the change in the core MINI model this year, annual sales remained around last year’s record level with a total of 302,183 vehicles delivered to customers (prev. yr. 305,030 / -0.9%). MINI has had its best ever December with sales up 20.7% compared to the same month in 2013 (36,773 / prev. yr. 30,455). In December, sales of the 3 door MINI were up 33.9% (16.418 / prev. yr. 12,262) while a total of 6,954 customers took delivery of a new 5 door MINI in the last month of 2014. The MINI Countryman saw sales grow 5.0% across the year (106,995 / prev. yr. 101,897) while deliveries of the MINI Paceman totalled 15,567 in 2014, an increase of 6.0% (prev. yr. 14,687).

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced record sales results for a fifth consecutive year, with 4,063 units (prev. yr. 3,630 / +11.9%) sold globally during 2014, more than ever before in the brand’s 111‑year history. Strong sales were reported worldwide, with double-digit increases in most regions. This exceptional growth means that deliveries have more than quadrupled since 2009. Sales were driven by strong orders for Ghost Series II, launched in November, and Wraith, which enjoyed its first full year of sales, while the Phantom remains the company’s pinnacle product.

BMW Motorrad has achieved a fourth successive sales record, selling 123,495 motorcycles and maxi-scooters in 2014, an increase of 7.2% (prev. yr. 115,215). In December, 7,032 vehicles were sold, 10.9% more than in the same month last year (6,343).

The BMW Group achieved growth in all major sales regions in 2014

In Europe, a total of 913,803 BMW and MINI brand vehicles were delivered to customers (prev. yr. 858,990 / +6.4%). All European markets have experienced growth in 2014. The BMW Group’s home market, Germany, saw sales increase 1.7% across the year with 273,433 new vehicles registered (prev. yr. 268,838). Sales in the region’s second biggest market, Great Britain, grew 8.4% in 2014 (204,749 / prev. yr. 188,837) while a total of 67,449 BMW and MINI vehicles were delivered in France, an increase of 5.3% (prev. yr. 64,082).

Sales of BMW and MINI vehicles in Asia grew by 13.8% in 2014 with sales totalling 656,395 (prev. yr. 576,616). This level of sales growth was reflected in the December figures – deliveries in the last month of the year totalled 61,295 (prev. yr. 54,546 / +12.4%). The year saw sales in Mainland China grow by 16.7%, with a total of 455,979 BMW and MINI vehicles delivered to customers (prev. yr. 390,713). Strong sales growth was also experienced in South Korea, where 46,400 customer deliveries were made, an increase of 17.3% on the previous year (39,558).

Sales growth of 3.9% was recorded at year-end in the Americas (481,056 / prev. yr. 462,891). The USA was the region’s main growth driver in 2014, annual sales there were up 5.3% to total 395,850 (prev. yr. 375,782). Canada also saw positive growth of 1.2% (38,188 / prev. yr. 37,723) while sales in Mexico increased by 6.5% compared to the previous year (14,902 / prev. yr. 13,992).

Double-digit growth was recorded in the Middle East region with a total of 30,148 BMW and MINI vehicles sold in 2014, an increase of 22.6% compared to the previous year (24,596). December sales in the region were up 30.4% with a total of 2,511 vehicles delivered to customers in the last month of the year (prev. yr. 1,926).

BMW Group sales in/up to December 2014 at a glance

  In December 2014 Comp. To previous year Up to/incl.December 2014 Comp. Toprevious year
BMW Group Automobiles 215,217 +15.2% 2,117,965 +7.9%
BMW 177,954 +14.2% 1,811,719 +9.5%
MINI 36,773 +20.7% 302,183 -0.9%
Rolls-Royce 490 -1.2% 4,063 +11.9%
BMW Motorrad 7,032 +10.9% 123,495 +7.2%

BMW M Performance Parts for the BMW 2 Series Convertible.

Munich. At BMW the letter M signals the presence of high performance and a very special brand of sporting allure. And now Original BMW Accessories from the M Performance range can be specified for the new BMW 2 Series Convertible, stylistic and technical modifications combining to elevate the joy of sporty driving to even higher levels.

Extra dynamism for the exterior.

Side skirts and skirt decals with M Performance lettering lend the BMW 2 Series Convertible extra sporting appeal, as does the rear diffuser. They also match up nicely with the exclusive front grille with black trim surround and the carbon exterior mirror caps. BMW M Performance accent strips which run along the flanks of the car below the crease line inject fresh visual momentum, while attractive BMW M Performance 19-inch light-alloy wheels in 405 M and 624 M styling advance the cause of exclusive sportiness. The 624 M can be ordered in either a bi-colour (matt black / milled) or a polished variant. A stainless steel silencer with chromed tailpipe embellishers and inscribed M logo ensures the car signs off in dynamic fashion. Customers can also specify the tailpipe embellishers in carbon.

High-quality carbon for a more sporting interior. 
The BMW M Performance Accessories range offers a host of finely matched products made from high-quality carbon (some combined with Alcantara) for the interior of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. These include the selector lever trim or – in manual cars – the gearshift lever with Alcantara gaiter, as well as a handbrake grip likewise with Alcantara gaiter. The centre console trim, centre armrest and interior trim strips can also be retrofitted in carbon as accessories. Alcantara steering wheels with carbon trim, which can be specified with or without an integrated Race Display, are impressively grippy and provide a sporty feel.

Like the easy-care BMW M Performance floor mats with eye-catching M Performance lettering, the attractive BMW M Performance pedal covers and footrest in stainless steel also emphasise the sporting character of the BMW 2 Series Convertible. Another highlight feature is the BMW M Performance key case, with its sophisticated Alcantara/carbon material combination and blue hex bolt. LED door sill plates in stainless steel with illuminated M Performance lettering even bring a sporty sense of occasion to climbing aboard.

Boosting performance with the BMW M Performance Power Kit. 
The BMW M Performance Power Kit for the BMW 220d Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 4.7–4.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 124–116 g/km)* boosts engine output by 11 kW/14 hp – from 140 kW/190 hp to 151 kW/204 hp – and cuts the car’s 0 – 100 km/h time by 0.3 seconds. To this end, the engine control unit (including engine data update) and the other hardware components, such as the larger-capacity intercooler, work together to maximum effect. However, despite the higher engine output, there is no increase in fuel consumption in the ECE test cycle. Another highlight for connoisseurs of sporty driving is the BMW M Performance limited-slip differential, which reduces slip through the driven wheels when one loses grip. This allows it to optimise traction and thus give the car’s on-limit handling even greater precision. The BMW M Performance lightweight sports brake discs optimise deceleration (even in the wet) thanks to their special perforation and grooving, and reduce unsprung mass thanks to their lower weight. They also accentuate the car’s sporting profile, especially if light-alloy wheels with an open design are fitted.

Original BMW Accessories increase the value of the car.
In contrast to many third-party products, Original BMW Accessories – which include the range of BMW M Performance Parts – are always matched perfectly to the model in question and are permitted for use with that vehicle. The car’s warranty, moreover, remains unaffected. All of which means the high-quality selection of Original BMW Accessories enhances not only the car’s driving pleasure, but its value as well.

* The fuel consumption figures were calculated on the basis of the ECE test cycle, depending on the tyre format selected.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über fuel consumption, die CO2 emissions und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at LeitfadenCO2 (GuidelineCO2) (PDF ‒ 2.7 MB).