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In with the new: A detailed look at the key changes ahead of the 2013 DTM season.
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Munich (DE), 18th April 2013. Just 18 days to the start of the new DTM season in Hockenheim (DE). When the eight BMW drivers take to the iconic racetrack under competitive conditions for the first time this year, a lot will have changed since last year’s successful season. Not only will 2012 champion Bruno Spengler (CA) line up with the number 1 on his BMW Bank M3 DTM, but innovations such as option tyres, DRS and the new race weekend format will throw up new challenges for the BMW teams. BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt gives a brief run-down of the most important changes ahead of the season-opener. 

Jens Marquardt on…

 …the BMW M3 DTM.

“Based on the experience we gained last season, we have generally made the car more robust. As we are limited in terms of the amount of further development work we can carry out on the aerodynamics, we have tended to focus more on other areas. In particular, improvements to the set-up of our BMW M3 DTM can make all the difference on race weekends. The race engineers in the individual teams, together with the drivers, play a key role in that regard.” 

…the new format for DTM race weekends.
“In 2012 we were newcomers to the DTM and initially had to get used to the series and the specific processes involved. We succeeded in this at the first attempt. The reduction of race weekends to two days now poses another challenge for everyone involved. When preparing for the 2013 season, we primarily tried to improve the interplay between the mechanics in the garage, as well as the communication between engineers and crews. We strived to make the entire structure more efficient. In order to simulate the new conditions, we erected everything just as it would be on a race weekend for the first time at the test in Hockenheim – from the pit wall to the radio network. Generally speaking, we welcome the new race format, as we believe it will make the weekends compacter and more exciting.”

…the new team, BMW Team MTEK.
“Perhaps our biggest challenge over the winter was to assemble and integrate our fourth team, BMW Team MTEK. Ernest Knoors’ outfit had just a few months in which to prepare for the first outing. Furthermore, we at BMW Motorsport obviously had to adapt the entire infrastructure to suit four teams and eight cars. The structure of meetings also changed, because you simply need more time for everything, particularly communication between everyone involved when you have eight drivers and eight cars. That also fell into place very well during the preparations.”

…the Drag Reduction System (DRS).
“We tested the DRS for the first time at the start of the year. The first time we took to the track with this system, the challenge was to integrate it in one car per manufacturer in such a way that it did not affect the normal testing. The DRS has consistently been further developed since then. We have carried out a stress test on the system, and it is now ready to be used at races.”

…the option tyre.
“The option tyre was developed to make the DTM even more exciting. It is faster than the normal tyre over the first few laps – only the race itself will reveal exactly how much faster. However, the tyre does degrade after a certain time. Even after the tests, we do not know exactly how it will behave. We will only find that out in Hockenheim when we use the tyre in a race for the first time. Even then, however, we will not be able to say exactly how it will function on the remaining circuits. So, even after testing, there is still a certain unknown quantity in this area.”

…the interplay between option tyres and DRS.
“The combination of the two changes, both the option tyre and DRS, also promises to provide some exciting moments. We endorse the use of both elements, and see them as a good decision for the sport and the fans.”

 
 
 

DRIVERS EMBRACE FORD’S REAR VIEW CAMERA – THE BLUE OVAL’S FASTEST-GROWING DRIVER AID

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  • Rear view camera technology that helps make reversing and parking easier is Ford’s fastest-growing driver assistance feature
  • European customers bought 55,000 vehicles equipped with rear view cameras in 2012 (over 11,000 of these were in the UK) – 45 per cent more than in the previous year across Europe – as advanced technology becomes available to all
  • Cameras already introduced across the vast majority of the Ford range, including Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus C-MAX, Grand C-MAX, Mondeo, Galaxy and S-MAX

BRENTWOOD, Essex, April 17, 2013 – Reversing and parking are among the biggest sources of stress for many drivers, and now more and more Ford customers are buying cars that make those activities easier.

Ford’s fastest-growing driver assistance technology of 2012 was the rear view camera that helps drivers with reversing manoeuvres including parking. Ford customers in Europe bought 55,000 cars equipped with rear view cameras, over 11,000 of which were in the UK.  This represents an increase of 45 per cent on the 38,000 sold in 2011 in Europe – making it the third best-selling driver aid.

Ford also sold more than 100,000 vehicles in Europe equipped with Active Park Assist, the second best-selling aid, which helps drivers parallel park at the touch of a button, and without touching the steering wheel.

“Parking is the latest example of a tough, stressful task rendered simple by technology,” said Ford chief engineer Christof Kellerwessel. “Before GPS, you had to read a map or ask directions. Technology that was once unaffordable or far-fetched can now improve the lives of many.”

Ford’s rear view camera shows obstructions such as low obstacles, animals and children, on a screen in the instrument cluster or in the rear view mirror. It debuted on the Ford Kuga in 2008; was introduced on Mondeo, Galaxy and S-MAX in 2010; and has since has been rolled out across Focus, Grand C-MAX, C-MAX, Fiesta and B-MAX.

Ford’s Active Park Assist system, which was launched on Ford C-MAX in 2010 and is also available on Focus and new Kuga, uses ultra-sonic sensors to identify suitable parking spots. Active Park Assist automatically steers the vehicle while the driver controls the gears, throttle and clutch.

A Ford survey revealed that nearly one third of European drivers said they needed more than one attempt at parallel parking and new drivers rated parallel parking as being as stressful as Christmas shopping and twice as nerve-racking as motorway driving or a visit from the in-laws.*

Adjustable Speed Limiter technology again topped the list of “must-have” features with 270,000 vehicles sold equipped with the technology. It allows drivers to set a maximum speed in order to reduce the risk of speeding fines or bans through inadvertently exceeding the legal limit. The system enables drivers to set a top speed between 10mph and 100mph; it can be temporarily overridden by pressing the accelerator firmly.

“Our driver assistance technologies really do make a difference in day-to-day driving.” added Kellerwessel. “We’re committed to democratising these features and making motoring less stressful for ever increasing numbers of customers.”

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*Survey carried out in six European markets – UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Russia – by TNS in May 2011. Sample size of 1,000 per country except Russia, with 1,500.

 
 
 
BMW i Innovationstage 2013.
18. April 2013 10,280de -0830 Auto schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

Mit dem BMW i3 wird die BMW Group noch in diesem Jahr ein elektrisch angetriebenes Serienfahrzeug auf den Markt bringen, das für eine neue, nachhaltige Mobilität im urbanen Raum steht. Als erstes Premium-Elektrofahrzeug stellt sich der BMW i3 damit den gesellschaftlichen, ökologischen und ökonomischen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit. Das Konzept mit bislang einzigartiger Fahrzeugarchitektur erfordert nicht nur den Einsatz moderner Leichtbaumaterialien, sondern ebenso innovative Produktionsprozesse. Auch hier spielt das Thema Nachhaltigkeit für die BMW Group eine herausragende Rolle. Der BMW i3 war das erste Fahrzeugprojekt, für das Nachhaltigkeitsziele vereinbart wurden, die mit dem gleichen Nachdruck wie Kosten- und Gewichts- oder Qualitätsziele verfolgt wurden. Ziel ist es dabei auch, Umweltauswirkungen aus der Produktion so gering wie möglich zu halten. Im Fokus stehen daher Aspekte wie Energieversorgung und Wasserverbrauch, Lösungsmittelemissionen und Abfallaufbereitung.

Carbonfaser-Produktion mit Wind- und Wasserkraft. 
Schon bei der Herstellung und Verarbeitung von kohlenstofffaserverstärktem Kunststoff (CFK) legt BMW größten Wert auf Umwelt- und Ressourcenschonung sowie auf möglichst regenerativ erzeugte Stromversorgung. Dabei hat die BMW Group von der Faserproduktion bis hin zum Recycling der Fasern und Verbundstoffe Durchgriff auf sämtliche Prozessschritte. Das zeigt die hochmoderne CFK-Produktionskette besonders deutlich, die im amerikanischen Moses Lake beginnt und über Wackersdorf und Landshut bis zur Endfertigung in Leipzig reicht. In Moses Lake wird beispielsweise der benötigte Strom umweltfreundlich aus 100 Prozent Wasserkraft gewonnen, der Strombedarf im Werk Leipzig vollständig aus selbst erzeugter Windenergie gedeckt.

BMW Werk Leipzig: Strom zu 100 Prozent aus Windenergie. 
Das BMW Werk Leipzig präsentiert sich gleich in mehrfacher Hinsicht als einzigartig. So wird der für die Produktion benötigte Strom direkt vor Ort durch Windkraft erzeugt. Dabei liefern die vier auf dem Werksgelände installierten Windkraftanlagen mehr Strom, als für die Fertigung der BMW i Modelle in Leipzig erforderlich ist. Neben der CO2-freien Stromversorgung setzt das Werk weitere Bestmarken: Im Vergleich zum bereits sehr effizienten BMW Produktionsdurchschnitt konnten bei der BMW i Fertigung noch einmal 50 Prozent Energie und 70 Prozent Wasser eingespart werden.

CFK-Serienfertigung: hohe Prozesssicherheit, schnelle Taktzeiten.
Im BMW Werk Leipzig setzt die Serienfertigung des BMW i3 nicht nur in Hinblick auf den Umweltschutz neue Maßstäbe. Der Einsatz von Carbon-Komponenten ist für die automobile Großserienproduktion einzigartig, denn bisher galt die großflächige Verwendung von CFK als zu teuer, die Verarbeitung und Fertigung als zu aufwendig und nicht flexibel genug. Doch nach über zehn Jahren intensiver Forschungsarbeit und Optimierung der Prozesse, Materialien, Anlagen und Werkzeuge verfügt die BMW Group als einziger Automobilhersteller über das erforderliche Know-how, um CFK in der Großserienproduktion einzusetzen. Dabei ist der Prozess einmalig, die Taktzeiten auch für komplexe CFK-Komponenten sind ungewöhnlich kurz. Gleiches gilt für das eigens entwickelte Klebeverfahren, mit dem die einzelnen Bauteile im Karosseriewerk voll automatisiert zusammengefügt werden.            

Weltweit einmaliges Recyclingkonzept. 
Schließlich hat die BMW Group im Laufe der BMW i Entwicklungsarbeit ein weltweit einmaliges Recyclingkonzept für CFK-Bauteile, Karosserieteile und sortenreine Produktionsabfälle bis zur Serientauglichkeit entwickelt. In verschiedenen Verfahren werden die hochwertigen Wertstoffe wiederverwertet und entweder dem Produktionsprozess erneut zugeführt oder in anderen Anwendungen eingesetzt, um wertvolle Ressourcen zu schonen. Auch für ausgemusterte Energiespeicher hat BMW eine sinnvolle Zweitverwendung vorgesehen.

E-Mobilität: Der Weg ist frei. 
Mit einer Reichweite von bis zu 160 Kilometer erfüllt der BMW i3 die Mobilitätsansprüche seiner Nutzer in Ballungsräumen. Das Aufladen selbst gestaltet sich denkbar einfach und kann zu Hause, am Arbeitsplatz oder an öffentlichen Ladesäulen gleichermaßen erfolgen. Zudem hält BMW i unter dem Label 360° ELECTRIC ein umfassendes Produkt- und Service-Angebot bereit, das individuelle Kundenbedürfnisse abdeckt. Schließlich treibt BMW i zusammen mit verschiedenen Partnern den Ausbau der öffentlichen Ladeinfrastruktur inklusive komfortabler Reservierungs- und Bezahlsysteme mit Hochdruck voran.

eDrive: zuverlässig, sicher und langlebig. 
Zuverlässigkeit und Sicherheit der elektrischen Komponenten spielen für die BMW Group selbstverständlich eine wichtige Rolle. Gut zu wissen, dass die Lithium-Ionen-Batterie des BMW i3 mindestens ein ganzes Fahrzeugleben hält. Dafür sorgen beispielsweise ein intelligentes Batteriemanagement sowie ein eigens entwickeltes, effektives Heiz-/Kühlsystem. Zudem erfüllt der BMW i3 wie alle BMW Fahrzeuge die hohen Ansprüche des Unternehmens, die über die gesetzlichen Anforderungen noch hinausgehen.

Service- und Reparaturfreundlichkeit auf bekanntem Niveau. 
Selbst im höchst unwahrscheinlichen Fall einer Störung können fehlerhafte Komponenten ermittelt, einzelne Module oder die komplette Batterie ausgetauscht werden. Ähnliches gilt auch für Schäden an der Karosserie, die infolge eines Unfalls entstehen. Denn die Reparaturfreundlichkeit des BMW i3 stand schon in der Konzeptionsphase des Fahrzeugs ganz oben im Lastenheft. So hat BMW speziell für die Kunststoffbeplankung und die CFK-Bauteile des BMW i3 zeitsparende Reparaturmethoden entwickelt. Im Ergebnis liegen die kompletten Unfallinstandsetzungskosten auf gleicher Höhe wie bei einem BMW 1er.

 
 
 

PUMA SE: PUMA appoints Björn Gulden as new CEO

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Herzogenaurach, Germany, 18 April 2013 - The Administrative Board of PUMA SE today appointed Björn Gulden (47) as the Sportlifestyle company's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 1 July 2013. He succeeds Franz Koch who left the company at the end of March.

Björn Gulden brings to PUMA an extensive international experience of nearly 20 years in the sporting goods and footwear industry, where he held a variety of management positions. He has been CEO of Danish jewellery brand Pandora since the beginning of 2012. From 2000 to 2011, the Norwegian native was Managing Director of Europe's largest footwear retailer, Deichmann, where he also headed the US-subsidiaries Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway Shoes as CEO and President. Prior to 2000, he held several management positions at outdoor apparel company Helly Hansen and sporting goods firm Adidas, where he was Senior Vice President of Apparel and Accessories.

"With Björn Gulden, we are pleased to have an experienced sports industry expert with proven leadership quality and know-how in managing sports and footwear brands taking up the reins of PUMA," said Jean-François Palus, Chairman of the PUMA Administrative Board and Group Managing Director of Kering, PUMA's majority shareholder. "I am absolutely convinced that Björn Gulden is the perfect fit to lead PUMA through its continuing restructuring and transformation program on its mission to become the most desirable and sustainable Sportlifestyle company in the world."

Björn Gulden, new CEO of PUMA said: "I am honoured and look forward to taking on the position as CEO of PUMA, one of the industry's most exciting and powerful brands. PUMA enjoys an enormous potential - both in the Performance and in the Lifestyle markets, and I am eager to help unlock this potential and further grow the company in the years to come."

The former football professional who played among others for German Bundesliga club 1. FC Nürnberg studied Business Administration in Norway and obtained an MBA from Babson Graduate School of Business in Boston. Fluent in Norwegian, English and German, he will be based at PUMA's headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

 
 
 

Mix Match, Makio Hasuike innovative design for MH Way - Eco friendly,  Made in Italy, Customizable and Convertible...

17. April 2013 10,278en -1600 Accessory schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

Mix Match comes from an ideal of aesthetic purity and immediate gesture. The “monovolume” bag is physically and aesthetically compact and light.
A naive figure that concentrates and intensifies a deep desire for simplicity and immediacy: the sole opening is closed with two elastic bands to hold down the flap.
In keeping with his unique approach to design, Makio Hasuike updates his vision of the bag as product, thanks to a very innovative idea. In this project industrial logic
becomes a useful tool at the service of poetic renewal.

The application of an industrial technological process, that of the moulded object, forms the basis for new expressive/aesthetic impact and surprising freedom of use.
“I wanted to make a simple form, almost as if to sum up the history of the folder, starting with the kind made for school.
It is a new path for the use of this material and this production process, which at the same time takes us back to basics.
This new project gives us the sensation of having returned home, after many wanderings” says Makio Hasuike.

 
 
 
Long Beach next for BMW Z4 GTE debut season.
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Munich (DE), 17th April 2013. BMW Team RLL travels to Long Beach, California (US) on April 20th for the second round of the 2013 American Le Mans Series season and the next act in the debut season of the BMW Z4 GTE.

The new cars had an excellent first race at the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring (US) in March. Running competitive lap times at the sharp end of the GT field for the first two-thirds of the race, the team ultimately finished fourth and seventh after mechanical problems hindered any chance of challenging for the podium. 

With some five weeks to integrate the findings from Sebring, the team led by Bobby Rahal (US) is confident the new cars are ready for Long Beach – a race the team has always finished with at least one car on the podium. 

In 2009, the debut year of the BMW M3 GT, Dirk Müller (DE) and Tommy Milner (US) finished third in the No. 92 car. In 2010, Bill Auberlen (US) and Milner drove the No. 92 BMW M3 GT to third. 2011 saw Joey Hand (US) and Dirk Müller win the race from pole on the way to the drivers’ title. Last year Hand and Müller finished second in the No. 56 car. 

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal of BMW Team RLL):

“We have had very competitive cars here over the last four years; we have been on the podium every year and won in 2011. While I think we are at a top-speed disadvantage currently with the BMW Z4 GTE, the car has very good handling and on a street circuit that’s probably the most critical part. I suspect we can be competitive again this year even though the car is new. Certainly we are optimistic, although, as we saw at Sebring, the competition is extremely tight and there are more players now that actually have a chance of winning the race.” 

Bill Auberlen (BMW Z4 GTE – car number 55):

“Long Beach is an amazing jewel on the ALMS calendar.  I have never won my home race and enough is enough. I have been all over the podium, but a victory has been very hard to come by. I’ve driven more than a few BMWs in my career and I know the new BMW Z4 GTE has all the right moves to reach that top step.” 

Maxime Martin (BMW Z4 GTE – car number 55):

“I'm really excited about discovering the Long Beach track. A street circuit is always difficult to learn, but I'm looking forward to it! Bill is the perfect team mate for this race because of his experience at his home race. I'm sure I will be up to speed quickly.” 

Dirk Müller (BMW Z4 GTE – car number 56):

“After a really successful debut with our new BMW Z4 GTE I am looking forward for the next highlight at Long Beach. The track suits my driving style and I love the street circuits. The team has been working hard following Sebring and I am excited to bring momentum from the VLN win at the Nürburgring this past weekend.” 

Joey Hand (BMW Z4 GTE – car number 56):

“A key to success at Long Beach is to unload fast. We’ve been able to do that most every year and I don’t see any reason that we won’t do it again this year. With a lower centre of gravity and a wider stance than our previous BMW M3 GTs, the new BMW Z4 GTE should be more agile and easier to place in the confines of the Long Beach circuit.”

 
 
 
World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans: Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas in the LMP1-Porsche
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Timo Bernhard & Romain Dumas in Silverstone

Stuttgart. The first two drivers to contest the top class of the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 hour race are confirmed. Le Mans overall winners Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) will take the wheel of the new LMP1 vehicle from Weissach in the 2014 season. Already this year the two Porsche works drivers Bernhard and Dumas will commence testing the new Le Mans racer.

“Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas are regarded as some of the fastest and most experienced sports car pilots in the world. I’m very pleased that we have these two men contesting the World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours for us from 2014”, says Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board – Research and Development at Porsche AG. “I particularly appreciate about the two is their competence as test drivers. For this reason the pair is already closely integrated in the development programme of our new car and will embark on an intensive test schedule from the middle of this year”, says Fritz Enzinger, director LMP1-project.

Timo Bernhard comes from Porsche’s own junior development programme. In 1999, Porsche recognised the talent of the then 18-year-old and coached him in the Porsche Junior Team to become a professional race driver. In 2002, Bernhard was signed on as a works driver and since then has notched up victories and championship titles all over the world. In 2010 he was voted “Race Driver of the Year” by Germany’s automobile club ADAC for his outstanding achievements. Bernhard is the only race driver to have clinched overall victory at all four of the most famous sports car classics. He won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2010, in 2003 the Daytona 24 Hours, the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2004, and a total of five times at the 24 hour race on the Nürburgring – another record.

Romain Dumas joined the circle of Porsche factory drivers in 2004. Previously he attracted attention in the Formula 3, Formula 3000, at international GT races as well as the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. He is one of the most experienced pilots at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. All together, Dumas has contested his favourite race at La Sarthe twelve times. With Timo Bernhard, he scored overall victory there in 2010 at the
wheel of an Audi. Together, the pair also celebrated huge successes in the U.S. in the RS Spyder sports prototype. In 2007 and 2008, the two Porsche works drivers convincingly clinched the title in the American Le Mans Series. Bernhard shared the cockpit with Dumas at four of his five wins at the Nürburgring 24 hour race. Moreover, in 2010 Dumas celebrated overall victory in Spa at the wheel of a Porsche 911.
 
 
 

New Name and New Articles of Association for Italy's National Footwear Industry Association

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At today’s extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting held in Bologna, the Association that represents and safeguards the Italian footwear industry has deliberated on its new articles of association, in view of the upcoming national election meeting to be held in June. At the meeting, the shareholders also resolved upon the association’s new name: Assocalzaturifici Italiani.

This decision testifies to the renewal process undertaken by the Association in the wake of the restyling of theMICAM. A Committee has also been designated, appointed with the task of establishing the procedures for the election of the Chairman in June.

“The new name and articles of association are part of an underlying renewal strategy,” said the Chairman of Assocalzaturifici Italiani, Cleto Sagripanti. “This is an important moment of transition for the Association, which intends to remain faithful to its history and tradition, but which also wishes to – and must – raise to the new challenges ahead. To this end, it has brought its articles of association up to date, with a view to becoming an increasingly important point of reference for businesses in this sector”.

 
 
 
The BMW Concept X4. The next chapter in the Sports Activity Coupe story.
17. April 2013 10,274en -1440 Auto schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

Munich. Every new BMW X model is a trailblazer. Indeed, the world premiere of the first BMW X model (the BMW X5) in 1999 saw the BMW Group call into being the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment – one in which BMW X models remain the market leaders. The BMW X3 and BMW X1 were likewise the first SAVs in their class and continue to set the pace among their rivals today. This development took on a new dimension in May 2008 with the introduction of the BMW X6 – the first Sports Activity Coupe (SAC). This still unique concept brought together the rugged looks of a BMW X model with the emotional aura and sporting character of a BMW Coupe for the first time. The enduring popularity of BMW’s first SAC is borne out by its consistently high sales figures. The short history of the BMW X range is already a successful one. Since the first BMW X model took to the stage, average sales across the BMW X line-up have progressed on a constant upward curve: one in four new BMW cars is now a BMW X model.

With the BMW Concept X4, the BMW Group offers a preview of the future of the BMW X family. It takes no more than a first glance to see how smoothly the qualities of a BMW X model can blend with the genes of a BMW Coupe. The new Sports Activity Coupe concept from BMW is poised to continue the success story of the BMW X6 in a new vehicle class. Eye-catching proportions, tight contours and numerous high-quality details produce an unrivalled product character brimming with emotional appeal, dynamism and the sturdiness you would expect from a BMW X model, while at the same time holding out the promise of outstanding performance and driving dynamics. All of this can be experienced when the BMW X4 production model rolls out of the factory for its market launch, scheduled for as early as 2014. The second Sporty Activity Coupe in the brand´s model range will be built at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the USA, the competence centre for BMW X models which also produces the BMW X5, BMW X6 and BMW X3.

The sporting character of the BMW Concept X4 is articulated by its dynamic linework as well as its proportions. With a body length of 4,648 mm, a wifth of 1,915 mm and a height of 1,622 mm, its exterior dimensions signal sporting elegance and powerful robustness. In addition t a long bonnet, short overhangs and set back passenger cell, its signature BMW features include a long wheelbase measuring 2,810 mm, while 21 inch light alloy wheels lend an added flourish to the athletic bearing of this Sports Activity Coupe.

A front end with an urban sporting presence.

The front-end styling of the BMW Concept X4 exudes hallmark BMW dynamics and the rugged purpose and presence of a BMW X model in equal measure. Classical BMW features such as the kidney grille and stylised twin circular headlights give the front end a clear identity and ensure it shines out as a BMW the first time you set eyes on it. The BMW Concept X4 lavishes both these front-end design icons with meticulous detail and three-dimensional depth. The large kidney grille stretches out within a solid-looking surround. The high-gloss frame is open to the sides and at its lower extreme, lending it an almost “floating” appearance in the centre of the front end. The grille features prominently sculptured bars with ultra-stylish detailing. The hollowed out, high-gloss black bars have a milled lower third with a matt finishing, which lends the kidney structure extra visual depth. And the grille also comprises additional air apertures to ensure an increased supply of cooling air to the engine.

The kidney grille is flanked by dynamically contoured full-LED headlights. Inside the light units, a flowing, hexagonal interpretation of the familiar BMW twin circular appearance points to an unwavering focus on the road ahead. The horizontal continuation of the inner light elements creates a visual connection with the grille, accentuating once again the width of the front end.

This dynamic impression extends to the front apron. In keeping with
BMW Coupe tradition, the side air intakes are larger than the inner units and make a visual feature of the increased cooling air requirement – while satisfying that need. Together with the car’s wide track and low centre of gravity, the intakes represent a promise of exceptional performance capability. The side air intakes pick up on a stylistic theme from the kidney grille; their black horizontal bars are, like the grille’s, partly milled out but boast gleaming chrome edges. It all makes for an enticing contrast of materials, a fusion of high-end quality with the characteristic robustness of BMW X vehicles.
This design theme concludes in the underride protection element, where three milled out, gleaming chrome elements present a high-quality take on the modern preference for minimalist solidity.

Side view with an extrovert edge.

The qualities of a BMW X model merge with the values of a BMW Coupe in the muscular silhouette of the BMW Concept X4. Its proportions present a persuasive case for the BMW Concept X4 as the most dynamic vehicle in its segment. In hallmark BMW style, a longer wheelbase, relatively long bonnet, short overhangs and a set-back greenhouse lend the car an undeniable dynamism even when standing still. The striking interplay of surfaces creates a vibrant contrast of light and shadow that exudes a feeling of agility and power. Prominently rising lines mould the flanks into a wedge shape and give the car as a whole a forward-surging momentum.

The coupe-style roofline sweeps elegantly downwards and makes the car appear longer. Below, the windows extend well to the rear, where they are bordered by a dynamic interpretation of BMW’s signature Hofmeister kink. The stretched and shallow band of glass creates a persuasively dynamic link between the greenhouse and vehicle body, the slim glass surface giving the body an impressively powerful appearance. At the same time the visual centre of gravity is lowered, underlining the sporting mission statement summed up by the car’s flanks.

The BMW Concept X4’s contours include a new interpretation of the familiar BMW swage line, a pair of dynamic lines defining the eye-catching impact of the side view. A concave area under each swage line lends the flanks an almost sculptural expression – at once robust and dynamic. The surface volumes and definition of the contours deepen as they extend towards the tail and imbue the rear end with added stature. Here, the powerfully flared wheel arches team up with the concave surface below the rear swage line to visualise the power rippling through the rear wheels. The radiant exterior paint shade Long Beach Blue is a perfect match for the elaborately structured volumes and contours, and brings particular depth to the expressive design language.

Fitting the BMW X template, the wheel arches of the BMW Concept X4 are large and almost square in design. This prominent emphasis on the wheels draws further attention to the car’s planted stance and long wheelbase, while at the same time providing a visual showcase for the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The pared-back, matt black protective cladding provides the final element of bodywork before the BMW Concept X4 meets the road.

Expressive 21-inch bi-colour light-alloy wheels round off the car’s appearance when viewed from the side. Intricate, high-gloss polished spokes provide visual allure, while behind them dark-coloured flame surfaces contribute an impressive feeling of depth.

Cutting-edge presence for the rear.

The rear of the BMW Concept X4 takes the sporting, width-accentuating elements of the front-end design and reproduces them with an emphatically horizontal flavour. The body’s lines and the slim LED tail lights positioned at the outer edges of the rear emphasise the muscular wheel arches and wide track. Below, horizontal lines split the rear visually into sections, while light surfaces reduce the car’s visual height and underline its width.

The shallow rear window gives the vehicle body an even more powerful impression and its broad shoulders a show-stealing presence. Looking further down, the L-shaped rear lights of the BMW Concept X4 underscore its consummate stance on the road. A full-sized inner element in the tail lights, meanwhile, replicates the signature BMW “L” shape in three-dimensional form and with impressive depth.

The most striking element at the back of the car is the rear apron, which provides a wide, full-length interpretation of the front apron’s large outer air intakes. The apron’s cut-out picks up the two exhaust tailpipes in a dynamic sweep before diverting the gaze to the wheels. Body-colour elements reaching well down towards the road surface provide a high-quality border for the rear end and re-emphasize the road-focused proposition of the BMW Concept X4.

The underride protection acts as the body’s lowest edge. Matt black surfaces lower the car’s perceived height and accentuate the robust BMW X character of the rear. As at the front of the car, three milled elements in gleaming chrome add a sophisticated touch to the underride protection.

 
 
 

HRH The Earl of Wessex Visits Bentley Motors

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  • Tour of Bentley’s state of the art factory
  • Meets Bentley Colleagues and views craftsmanship
  • Bentley hosts launch of Cheshire Community Foundation

(Crewe, 17th April 2013). Bentley Motors was delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex to the Company’s historic Pyms Lane factory in Crewe yesterday. The Earl, who had a number of engagements within the region, had the opportunity to tour the factory and meet a number of colleagues who make some of the world’s finest high luxury cars.

Bentley Motors has close links with the Royal Household, having worked with other UK automotive companies in 2002 to make the State Limousine which proudly carries the “Winged B” of the Bentley marque. His Royal Highness was able to see the craftsmanship in wood and leather that goes into the State Limousine as it does all other Bentleys. However, he was also able to see how the Crewe plant has been transformed over the last decade into a state-of-the-art automotive production facility which marries traditional skills with advanced manufacturing and engineering excellence.

During the visit, His Royal Highness met a number of the Company’s Apprentices. Bentley has always been strongly committed to skills development and apprenticeships and is very active in promoting careers in the industry. Its highly regarded Apprenticeship programme not only provides individuals with the training and work experience essential to a career in the industry but it also delivers significant business benefits to the company, helping it remain globally competitive.

Speaking about the visit, Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, said:

“It was an honour for Bentley to welcome His Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex. We are very proud of our production facility in Crewe and even more proud of the thousands of highly skilled colleagues who work here. We were delighted that His Royal Highness had the opportunity to meet a number of Colleagues as they are all ambassadors for the Company and are helping deliver an increasingly successful business that is growing around the world.”

His Royal Highness also launched the Cheshire Community Foundation at an evening reception held at Bentley Motors last night. The Foundation is a new charity which aims to ‘Make Cheshire Better’ by connecting local philanthropists with local charitable causes. The event was hosted by Bentley and attended by over 100 guests, dignitaries and business leaders from the region. Bentley is contributing to the charity through the Bentley Fund.

 
 
 
The renault network is transforming and committing to a new customer relationship
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Renault is pursuing excellence in its relationship with customers by rethinking the whole customer experience – before, during and after a purchase. The aim is to offer customers a seamless experience from the Internet to the physical retail network. This ambitious global program – named C@RE inside the company – includes all the Sales & Marketing business lines involved in customer experience. Delivering on a new customer promise, C@RE will be rolled out across Renault’s global network between now and end-2016.

The C@RE program is focused on customers and their behavior and expectations in terms of sales and after-sales service. It was developed in response to two main findings:

  • Customers demand increasingly high standards, often based on their experience in other retail sectors, 
  • The widespread use of digital media in all areas of life is changing behavior and expectations all over the world. A total of 94% of customers browse the Internet before coming in to a dealership.

A seamless, integrated customer experience

To satisfy these new expectations, Renault has set up a smooth, continuous link between digital interfaces and the physical retail network. Called C@RE (for Customer Approved Renault Experience) internally, this integrated program incorporates the three key moments in the purchase experience: conquest, conversion and loyalty. The program offers customers: 

  • Easy-to-access information about the brand and products online, on www.renault.com, on the www.renault.country sites, and on social networks,
  • A richer, interactive, innovative customer experience at dealerships, where the quality of the relationship with sales assistants and service advisors is a priority,
  • Loyalty offers tailored to their profiles and vehicles.

C@RE offers customers a seamless experience where there are no boundaries between the virtual and real worlds. Customers can now move from one phase to another without losing information or contact. This saves time and simplifies the relationship between customers and the brand. Customers no longer have to explain what they are looking for to a new person each time.

The C@RE program consists of 40 projects. The most visible projects for customers are the 3D configurator, the My Renault customer personal space portal, the Renault Stores, behavioral training for technicians and sales staff, the Customer Promise, touch tablets, and Pit Stop Servicing.

Quote from Jérôme Stoll, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing and Light Commercial Vehicles

A carmaker’s strength is measured by its skill in the three business areas of design, manufacturing and sales and its ability to create value and offer it to our customers. Renault is increasingly recognized for its engineering and quality manufacturing. We must now earn recognition for excellence in customer experience. To revolutionize the car buying experience, we have to break down the barriers between our sales and marketing organizations by creating a link between the physical outlets and the web, before, during and after a purchase. That’s a major priority for me.

Before sales: meeting customers wherever they are

Today’s automotive customer is highly informed, well connected and likes to site hop. Before coming in to a dealership, customers do research online, browse websites, consult forums, and rate their experiences of the brands they buy. Customers have a permanent choice between multiple channels: dealership, web, email, smartphone, call center, connected vehicle, etc.

An integrated, multichannel digital experience with enriched content

Renault is simplifying and enhancing the customer experience by making it easier to browse the websites, connecting the systems and enriching the content. A new 3D vehicle configurator was brought out for the launch of New Clio in 2012. The configurator is now being extended to include all the models in the range.

Starting in the second half of 2013, when they come in to a dealership, customers will be able to pull up the vehicle they configured beforehand on a computer, tablet or smartphone via the www.renault.country website (e.g. www.renault.fr).

As well as being able to save configurations, customers can access an array of services from their computers, tablets or smartphones: request information and brochures, book test drives, track orders, enquire about financing, book appointments online, purchase services and accessories online, submit complaints, etc. 

Sales: welcoming, functional Renault stores

A dealership is not just a car showroom; it’s also a place customers visit when they drop off and pick up their cars at the workshop. With the new Renault Stores, the brand hopes to transform customer experience at dealerships. Renault is creating more welcoming, comfortable, multipurpose spaces that extending the information and services available on digital media. The concept offers a more colorful environment with new furniture to reflect the Renault brand’s passionate enthusiasm and closeness to customers.

Renault Stores have a single entrance, making all the services easily accessible for customers.

An organized, clearly laid out showroom 

The Renault Stores have a clear, intuitive layout, which showcases the products and services on offer. The layout includes:
- A Renault Road that takes customers from the entrance to a welcoming area, where they can get information about the brand and its products, have a cup of coffee, and check their emails over a free WiFi connection.
- Themed areas (New, Passion, Renault Z.E. Electric Vehicle, Sports, Family, etc.), which are very visible, so customers can find their way around more easily and wander freely between the vehicles.
- An accessories area that showcases the range of accessories and promotes seasonal offers: e.g. snow chains in winter, or bike racks in summer,
- A delivery area that makes the handover a special moment, because buying a new car is an important experience for customers.

Advanced, user-friendly technology

The Renault Stores are investing in new digital technology to enhance the relationship between customers and advisors. The devices are intended for use by staff, as well as customers, to pull up the vehicle configuration they personalized before coming in to the dealership.

At end-2012, 1,500 dealerships in 20 countries had introduced iPads® with a vehicle configurator. In 2013, Renault started to use touch tablets for after-sales service. And by end-2014, all the Renault Store will have the new devices and all staff will have been trained in how to use them.

Trained staff

A new sales concept is only as good as the people who bring it to life. The Renault Academy therefore designed a major training program for the brand’s sales assistants and service advisors. Since 2011, almost 20,000 employees from 17 countries have been trained in Serious Games or attended “Let’s Change the Customer Relationship”. 

After sales: customers are known and rewarded for their loyalty

Customer satisfaction and loyalty are key objectives of the C@RE program. Through a Customer Promise rolled out globally since late 2011, Renault is stating its strong commitment to the satisfaction of all its customers. With the My Renault program, Renault has moved to a new stage of the promise by personalizing its relationship as the brand with each of them: the idea is to get to know each customer better in order to identify his or her needs and anticipate his or her expectations. Renault is also simplifying the after-sales offering by introducing flat-rate maintenance deals in its main markets.

The Customer Promise: Renault’s global commitment

Renault is committed to delivering faultless service quality. Since end-2011, this has taken the form of a Customer Promise, which is displayed across the sales network.

Renault’s Customer Promise consists of eight commitments, and takes local market needs into account. There is a common core of three commitments:
- “We will keep you informed about your order until delivery”,
- “We will hand over your vehicle at the agreed time and price”,
- “We will not charge you for any work performed without your consent”.
These commitments reflect the DNA of Renault service all over the world.
The other five commitments of the promise are adapted locally, depending on the maturity of the market and the main reasons for customer dissatisfaction. Commitments might be related to Internet requests, test drives, loyalty benefits, etc. For example, a customer in Argentina, one of the Renault brand’s historical markets, does not have the same expectations as a customer in Russia, a fast-growing recent market. 

The My Renault program

To develop an ongoing, personalized relationship between the customer and the brand, Renault has designed the My Renault customer loyalty program. This is a personal space, where customers can upload their personal information, profile, type and age of their vehicle, monthly mileage, type of credit, etc., with the assistance of a Renault advisor if they wish. Customers who provide this information are known and recognized when they come into a dealership and will receive offers tailored to their vehicles and current needs.
Personalized services available on My Renault include or soon will include: tracking progress of a vehicle order, a personalized servicing program for the vehicle, a record of visits to the workshop, online appointments, and ordering R-Link apps for vehicles with R-Link technology.

My Renault also proposes exclusive offers to reward loyalty.
At end-March, 1 million customers were signed up with My Renault. By the end of his year, Renault estimates that 1.5 million customers will have a My Renault space, which is one in four owners of a Renault vehicle 0-5 years old.

Flat-rate maintenance packages

To make the range of after-sales services clearer, Renault is introducing flat-rate packages for all maintenance operations. A list of 24 packages makes it much easier for customers to find their way around the range of services, which previously included 40,000 possible rates.

The flat-rate maintenance packages have been rolled out in Turkey, Morocco and Mexico. They will be operational in Renault’s top 24 countries by end-2013.

One of the innovative after-sales services: Pit Stop Servicing

This is a quick service, performed by two mechanics simultaneously, who divide the tasks in a precise order. The vehicle is returned to the customer within an hour at no additional cost. For the dealership, Pit Stop Servicing is a way to optimize workshop capacity and offer customers an innovative service.

Program dates and implementation

In 2012, projects from the program were trialed in seven pilot countries (Algeria, Italy, Brazil, Belgium, France, China, and Russia). In 2013, the program entered the implementation phase. By 2016, 30 countries will have implemented C@RE, which will cover more than 4,000 dealerships around the world.

 
 
 

Zenith forever comtemplating daring vistas - 2013: In keeping with its tradition, Zenith continues to innovate

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The website also gets a new look

When Georges Favre-Jacot started his watchmaking company in 1865, he was already convinced that emotion arises from a combination of daring and authenticity. Later, to suggest that his brand offered the ultimate in expertise and high standards, he renamed the company after the highest point in the sky: Zenith.

The founder proved he was daring right from his first year in business. This visionary man had enormous light-filled workshops built in Le Locle, a small town in the Swiss canton of Neuchatel, with the goal of bringing all the skilled watchmaking trades together under one roof. The very first integrated watchmaking “Manufacture” was born, and has remained there since. It enabled him to develop and produce all of the components and control the entire manufacturing process – for the movements, of course, but also for enamelled or painted dials, and even cases. He lost no time in teaching his craftsmen about his calling: continually inventing watches unlike any other, with complete creative freedom, and building them from start to finish.

In fact, innovation was to become a Zenith tradition – to such an extent that over its history, the Manufacture has registered more than 300 patents, created over 600 movement variations, and set the absolute record for chronometer prizes with 2,333. The first integrated automatic chronograph movement, launched in 1969, operated at the exceptional frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour, and the El Primero chronograph continues to set standards to this day. It is also still the world’s most accurate series-produced calibre.

Such extraordinary feats would have been impossible without the men and women who performed them. While the company has, most of all, the talent and passion of its craftsmen to thank for its reputation that has endured generation after generation, it also owes its renown to the amazing projects it has supported over time, undertaken by some extraordinary personalities from among aviators, explorers, and adventurers. From Louis Blériot in 1909, through Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who discovered the South Pole in 1911, to Felix Baumgartner in 2012, Zenith’s history is replete with figures who epitomise its legacy of nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of those who brave conventions to find freedom and fulfilment.

Within the watchmaking context, brands have to set themselves apart. This is primarily accomplished through the creation of distinct “worlds.” A long-established brand such as Zenith holds fast to its founding values, with which everyone – customers and employees alike – can identify.

Reaffirming the brand values

As an integral part of a brand’s heritage, values enable the brand to construct a “moral framework,” a guideline that underlies all of its external and internal discourse. Zenith’s values have always clearly shown through in its decisions, actions, and collections. They are now stated explicitly.

Authenticity is a value that links the heritage of the past with the promises of the future. The word also implies that the brand is one of the very few manufacturers that design and develop their own movements. It is a reminder, if one were needed, that Zenith is a credible, legitimate brand. Manufacturing a Zenith watch and its components involves a total of 80 specialist trades, in a process lasting nine months on average. All of our craftspersons, regardless of their technical or artistic speciality – from miniaturisation through working with shapes and materials, or prototype manufacturing and logistics, to timekeeping – share this passion for excellence and love to dedicate their talents to making timepieces they know will endure.

Daring is fundamental to the Zenith spirit – the spirit of innovation – which has been a deeply rooted part of its heritage since the very beginning. This value is tied to the kind of vision Georges Favre-Jacot showed in the early days of his company when he created the first integrated Manufacture in the history of modern watchmaking. Some of the company’s many inventions have been a part of this never-ending quest. Examples include El Primero, the first series-produced integrated automatic chronograph movement, which operates at the exceptional frequency of 10 vibrations per second, i.e., with tenth-of-a-second accuracy; the Gravity Control system, which counteracts the effects of gravity and which Zenith is the only manufacturer to offer; and finally the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane, a world first that not only brings together these two guarantors of absolute accuracy, but also provides an answer to the loss of isochronism as the watch winds down. The daring that Zenith has always shown can be equated with that of aviation pioneers such as Louis Blériot and Léon Morane, or of those who push back the limits of impossibility, such as Felix Baumgartner.

Finally, the last and probably the most subtle of the three values – pleasure – is to be understood in the sense of accomplishment, the satisfaction of having nothing to prove yet giving oneself the means always to forge ahead, with one’s watch as a companion. It is a value that implies recognition, that scorns ostentation but savours the present moment, and in itself justifies the fact that Zenith has always supported the wildest and craziest of projects.

Watchmaking complications continue to fire the imagination, despite the spread of virtual reality and the Internet. Today, more than ever, Zenith is still a constant companion of dream chasers.

Asserting brand identity
Having restated its values, Zenith can assert its brand identity: authentic, high-end, passionate and free-spirited. All these are descriptions that bespeak excellence and attitude, words that imply high standards and technical quality, but also emotion, and that are being translated into a new international marketing campaign, a new online presence, and a new booth at Baselworld 2013.

A new image means a new marketing campaign
The new creative proposal puts the “rational” part of the brand’s heritage – the product – firmly centre stage, because it is in seeing the product that someone will fall in love with it, that the first emotions will begin to stir.

For example, while the watch remains central to these first five campaign visuals, it is accompanied by a close-up of one of the technical details in the brand’s repertoire, which exists in complete harmony within a landscape imbued with the spirit of each collection.

Moon phases, a product of the Manufacture’s many areas of expertise, have been added to the Captain Grande Date Moonphase’s Elite 670 ultra-thin movement. The Captain Winsor Annual Calendar brings this ingenious complication together with the legendary El Primero movement for the first time. The mechanism of the 1969 El Primero Chronomaster’s automatic high-frequency column-wheel chronograph is revealed through an open dial. The El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Tribute to Felix Baumgartner showcases the full power of the Striking 10th and Flyback functions. The Pilot Big Date Special’s large date and luminescent hour-markers elegantly evoke the first Zenith pilot’s watches, which were famous for their accuracy and legibility. Finally, the “Gravity Control” gyroscopic module and fusee-chain transmission mechanism make the Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane the world’s first imperturbable timepiece, which goes so far as to defy the forces of nature.

However, and this is no doubt a delightful paradox, the “rational” part has a great deal to do with the emotion felt when one contemplates the visuals. Because, far from confining themselves to this technical side, the visuals go so far as to create worlds in line with the watch they illustrate and the sensations it mediates, and also spaces of freedom that favour self-fulfilment, discovery, an enterprising spirit. These worlds are naturally tied to the collection names – the sky for Pilot, the sea for Captain – or, more generally, to the idea of escape, of travel, of “elsewhere” – vast expanses for Academy, distant horizons for El Primero, and so on.

The main message, “Follow your own star”, perfectly reflects the spirit in which the Manufacture was founded: accompany each owner in his projects, his endeavours, and become his echo, his alter ego. The catch phrase is unique, regardless of the model, because owning a Zenith watch partakes of a unique state of mind. It is of course also an allusion to the brand with the guiding star!

The black-and-white colour scheme of the mood visuals, which emphasises the brand’s authenticity, contrasts with the warm colour of the materials, making the timepieces stand out.

The website also gets a new look

www.zenith-watches.com

Zenith’s new website is the result of thoughts on repositioning the brand’s digital presence. For example, rather than existing as a simple sales platform, it will let visitors immerse themselves in an elegant, serene world marked by the brand’s values, to enjoy what could be called “the Zenith experience.”

Everything has been thought of to offer improved accessibility across all platforms – PCs, tablets and smartphones – and optimal use of the digital potential of web-to-store, or pre-shopping, the next stage in e-commerce which is advancing at a double-digit rate toward its 2015 introduction.

Visitors will also find a valuable source of information, especially the collection sections and product sheets. The Ladies’ Watches, Limited Editions and Preview pages will now be accessible from the home page. The Manufacture, Fine Watchmaking and Icons tabs will have enhanced content with, for example, the history of the legendary El Primero movement, a descriptive tour of the Manufacture, a presentation about the movements, and also a focus on personalities who have played a part in creating the brand’s aura, including Georges Favre-Jacot of course, and also Louis Blériot, Felix Baumgartner, as well as the company’s craftspersons.

In addition to brand news, which will be updated regularly, in particular via a newsletter, a new tool will facilitate sharing on social networks and provide access to a dedicated press area containing all downloadable material – press releases and press packets, images, and films.

Finally, improved ergonomics, quicker file downloads, and optimisation for smartphones will be complemented by a faster and easier store locator mode complete with directions, along with the means of establishing priority contact through forms for requesting an appointment or information.

 
 
 
Ein Modell schreibt Erfolgsgeschichte. 6 Millionen BMW 5er aus Dingolfing.
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Aus 1 mach 6 Millionen: Mitarbeiter aus dem BMW Werk Dingolfing begrüßen zusammen mit Werkleiter Wolfgang Stadler den ...


Dingolfing. Der sechsmillionste BMW 5er aus Dingolfinger Produktion ist gestern (16. April) vom Montageband gerollt. Das Jubiläumsfahrzeug – ein BMW 530d xDrive – geht an einen Kunden aus der Region.

„Der neue Zweiliter-Vierzylinder-Wagen der Bayerischen Motoren Werke trägt, abweichend von der bisherigen Typenbezeichnung, die Modellbezeichnung BMW 520 – ausgesprochen: Fünf zwanzig. Dabei kennzeichnet die erste Ziffer den Wagentyp, die zweite und dritte die Motorisierung.“ Mit dieser Erklärung wurde auf der IAA 1972 eine neue BMW Automobilgeneration vorgestellt – die BMW 5er Reihe, die seit September 1973 im damals neuen Fahrzeugwerk 2.4 mit etwa 5.000Mitarbeitern in Dingolfing gebaut wird. Die Tagesproduktion des neuen BMW 5ers lag anfangs bei etwa 350 Fahrzeugen, das Werk war ursprünglich auf 400 täglich ausgelegt.

Im September 2013 wird das BMW Werk Dingolfing 40 Jahre alt und die Bilanz kann sich sehen lassen: Als am Dienstag, den 16. April, der sophistograue BMW 530d xDrive  vom Dingolfinger Montageband rollte, war es nicht nur der 6 Millionste BMW 5er aus Dingolfinger Produktion – mittlerweile sind insgesamt 8.727.367 Fahrzeuge von den Dingolfinger Montagebändern gerollt. Im Jahr 2012 erreichte das Werk mit rund 330.000 Einheiten das zweitbeste Ergebnis in seiner Geschichte und beschäftigt heute über 18.500 Mitarbeiter. 1973 bildete BMW in Dingolfing noch 264 Auszubildende aus. Heute sind es rund 800 in 12 Ausbildungsberufen.  

Die Tagesproduktion beträgt rund 1.500 Fahrzeugen – und das bereits das zweite Jahre in Folge. Das Rückgrat des Werks ist der BMW 5er - mit aktuell mehr als 1.000 Fahrzeugen pro Tag und einer Stückzahl, die mehr als zwei Drittel der Dingolfinger Jahresproduktion ausmacht.

Seit ihrem Verkaufsstart im Januar 2010 überzeugt die sechste Generation des 
BMW 5ers Kunden weltweit mit seiner einzigartigen Kombination aus Design, Technik, Dynamik und Komfort - egal ob als Limousine, Touring oder Gran Turismo, ob als Benziner, Diesel oder Hybrid. So behauptete der BMW 5er bei der ams-Wahl zu „Die besten Autos 2012“ bereits zum 3. Mal in Folge seinen Spitzenplatz in der oberen Mittelklasse. Darüber hinaus siegte die BMW 520d Efficient Dynamics Edition Blue Performance bei der Auszeichnung „Gelber Engel“ des ADAC in der Kategorie „Auto der Zukunft“.

Dazu Werkleiter Wolfgang Stadler: „Unsere Mitarbeiter produzieren den BMW 5er in höchster Qualität. Ihnen gehört meine volle Anerkennung. So hat der BMW 5er in der sechsten Generation eine Ausgewogenheit und Reife erreicht, die ihn zusammen mit der Vielzahl an Innovationen zu einem unschlagbaren Angebot macht. Nicht umsonst ist der BMW 5er weltweit führend in seinem Segment.“

 
 
 
MINI expands its international production network: Local production begins at the Chennai plant in India.
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MINI Countryman in India. (03/2014)


Munich. In response to increasing worldwide demand for premium cars from the British MINI brand, the BMW Group is extending its international production network by additional local production plants for select MINI models. This adds another chapter to the global success story of MINI. For the first time since the relaunch of the brand in 2001, preparations are under way for the local production of MINI cars for several growth markets outside Europe. As a result, cars from the British premium brand will be rolling off assembly lines beyond Europe for the first time later this year. Local production for the MINI Countryman is currently being prepared at the BMW plant in Chennai (formerly Madras), which meets the same stringent quality standards applied to all production of BMW Group models.

The new MINI assembly facility has been brought on stream just a year after the start of MINI sales in India and will help to meet the steadily increasing demand for MINI cars in the Indian market.

The first models to be locally produced  in Chennai will be the MINI Cooper D Countryman and the MINI One Countryman.

Over recent times India has become an increasingly significant market for the BMW Group, which has operated its own sales company on the subcontinent since 2007. At the start of 2012, MINI opened its first five showrooms for cars from the British brand in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, making India the 100th market in the global MINI sales network. A total of 302 cars were sold here in between March and December 2012.

The BMW Group’s decision – in line with its “production follows the market” strategy – to carry out local production of the MINI Countryman in India responds to the burgeoning interest within the country in innovative and high-quality vehicle concepts. MINI is the first premium manufacturer to be represented in the locally ultra-important small car segment, and is expecting the Indian car market as a whole to experience high growth rates over the medium and long term.

BMW’s Chennai production plant was built in March 2007 and has since taken on production of the BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series as well as the BMW X1 and BMW X3 models. The facility, which has a production area covering around 13,000 square metres (approx. 140,000 sq. ft.), is located in the Mahindra World City business zone in the southwest of India, roughly 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Chennai. State-of-the-art machine technology, highly skilled employees and advanced manufacturing processes provide all the necessary ingredients for the production of premium cars to the highest quality standards.

Expansion of the international production network.
The ramping up of international production capacity is primarily aimed at providing a rapid and flexible supply line to the increasing number of customers in emerging markets. MINI delivered a record 301, 526 vehicles to customers worldwide in 2012, with markets on the American and Asian continents making a particularly strong contribution to this 5.8 per cent increase in sales over the previous year. The MINI brand will continue to broaden its global perspective over the coming years, and the strengthening of its international production network is intended to assist in that process.

Five of the seven models in the current MINI line-up are produced in the brand’s native Britain. The MINI plant in Oxford represents the central pillar in the BMW Group’s British production network, which also includes the Hams Hall engine factory in Birmingham and the press shop in Swindon. The MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman, meanwhile, roll off the assembly line at MINI’s production and development partner Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria and are also supplied with engines from Hams Hall.

The BMW Group is investing heavily in the expansion and modernisation of the three locations that make up the MINI production triangle in Britain. Among the factors behind the move is the planned next stage in the expansion of the MINI model family, which will further bolster the brand’s global success.
 
 
 

Introducing the world-first production version of the Volvo S60 Polestar

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Developed from 17 years of motorsport experience, and sharing DNA with the 508bhp Volvo S60 Polestar Concept Car, the first road car from Polestar to be put into production is here - the Volvo S60 Polestar.

"We have built a car that we, as car enthusiasts, want to drive,"
says Christian Dahl, Managing Director of Polestar. "This is a driver's car, bringing out the very best of the already competent Volvo S60 chassis with our experience and technology from motorsport.

"We received a fantastic response to our Volvo C30 and S60 Polestar concept cars, so we are very happy to now introduce our first production car to the Australian market. This is an important step forward for Polestar, one that promises an exciting future."


Australia pilot market for limited edition project
A limited production run has been developed exclusively for the Australian market as a pilot project, with the first cars being delivered to customers in late June 2013. Introduction of the Volvo S60 Polestar to further markets is under investigation pending the response of the Australian introduction.

"The Australian market for performance cars is, and has always been, strong,"
says Matt Braid, Managing Director of Volvo Cars Australia. "We are delighted to be able to offer our customers the Volvo S60 Polestar, a car more than capable of getting into the thick of the action in this competitive segment of the market.
"The work done by Polestar on the S60 is impressive to say the least - they have transformed the already fun to drive Volvo S60 into a great handling driver's car."


Extensive chassis development - by racing drivers
Key to the development of the Volvo S60 Polestar was the extensive work done on the chassis over thousands of test kilometers in Europe - from the fast autobahns in Germany to the twisty roads of southern Spain, and the freezing cold of northern Sweden.
Volvo Polestar Racing driver Robert Dahlgren, a 33-year-old Swede with 10 years as a Volvo factory racing driver under his belt, has been an integral part of the development work.
"The Volvo S60 Polestar is a car that we are truly proud of, our first step to a production car available to the customers," said Robert Dahlgren, Volvo Polestar Racing driver.
"We have taken the best bits of the standard S60 T6 and our S60 Polestar Concept Car, creating a vehicle that puts a smile on your face when you drive it over your favourite twisty road. At the same time, it is more than capable of everyday driving, too.
"This is, in my eyes, a very good combination of the Volvo and Polestar core values: safety and performance."


Cutting-edge technology straight from the racetrack
Just as important as the men and women from Polestar who developed the car is the technology underneath it.
The Volvo S60 Polestar shares technology from the Polestar racing cars, like dampers from Öhlins, high capacity brakes, and the extensively developed, highly-tuned chassis.

A new aerodynamic package has also been developed, including a front splitter, rear wing and diffuser - all having been tweaked and modified in the Volvo Car Group wind tunnel in collaboration with the Volvo Research and Development team.
The six-cylinder turbo-charged Volvo T6 engine has been optimised by Polestar with a bigger turbo, new intercooler, revised engine mapping and racing exhaust to produce 350bhp or 257kW and 500+Nm.
The S60 Polestar accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, via a Polestar-tuned six-speed automatic gearbox - which also features a launch control system - and a Polestar-tuned Haldex 4WD system. The car is governed to a top speed of 250km/h.

Technical Specifications
Performance

  • 0-100 km/h 4.9 sec
  • Top speed 250 km/h - limited

Engine

  • 6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc
  • 257kw (350bhp) @ 5700 rpm
  • 500+Nm @ 2800-4750rpm
  • Max 6500 RPM
  • Polestar engine software
  • New Borg Warner turbo
  • New intercooler
  • 2.5" stainless full-flow exhaust system with 3.5" tail pipes.

Chassis

  • Polestar Öhlins, 2-way adjustable shock absorbers
  • Upgraded springs
  • o 60N/mm front, 65N/mm rear. (80% stiffer than stock)
  • Upgraded stabilizers front and rear
  • Upgraded rear tie blades
  • Upgraded top mount in front and rear
  • Upgraded toe link arms in rear
  • Strut brace with carbonfiber enforcement
  • 235/40R19, Michelin Pilot Super Sport
  • Bespoke Polestar rims, 8x19" ET51

Weight

  • 1684kg - same as standard S60 T6 R-Design

Drivetrain

  • AWF21 automatic gearbox
  • o Launch control
  • o Modified transmission software for faster shifts and launch control
  • o Modified AWD software for more rear torque

Brakes

  • Front:
  • o 336x29 mm ventilated discs
  • o Jurid 958 performance brake pad
  • Rear:
  • o 302x22 mm ventilated discs
  • o HP2000 Brembo performance brake pads

Aero

  • New Polestar front splitter corners
  • New Polestar rear spoiler
  • New Polestar diffuser

Interior/Exterior

  • Polestar door trims
  • Polestar badge on front grille
  • Polestar badge on boot
  • Polestar gear shift knob
  • Polestar badge on engine
  • Polestar limited edition plate on door sills and steering wheel
  • Black outside mirror covers
 
 
 
Back in stock after decades: BMW Group Classic offers faithful replica of the BMW 328 gearbox.
17. April 2013 10,267en -1000 Auto schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

Meticulous remanufacturing creates authentic replacement for the gearbox of the 1930s sports car classic – Reconstruction in consultation with FIVA and the FIA – Exclusively available through the BMW Classic Center.

Munich. For owners of automotive collectors’ items bearing the BMW logo, BMW Group Classic is the first port of call in the search for replacement parts. The current range on offer through its affiliated BMW Classic Center comprises some 40,000 components and is steadily expanding. The most recent addition to the catalogue is an authentically reproduced gearbox for the classic BMW 328 sports car.

Manufactured between 1936 and 1940, this model ranked as a dream sports car in its day and, with a total run of just 464 units, became a coveted rarity even during its production years. It is not known how many of these models have survived, but based on their appearances at classic events one may assume a substantial number are still around today. Owners of this open-top vintage sports car share the earnest desire of many classic enthusiasts to possess a car that is as original as possible and in the best possible condition. It’s a wish come true thanks to the remanufacture of the original Hurth gearbox, a component that was sorely missed for decades but can now be purchased once again.

Complete original gearboxes were previously unavailable for the BMW 328. Frequently synchro gearboxes from other manufacturers were used instead, although they differed from the Hurth gearbox in key details, particularly regarding their configuration – they did not share the original pattern of non-synchronised first and second gear and gears three and four with cone synchronisation. A partnership between BMW Group Classic and automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG has now come up with a solution. Indeed, for the specialists based on Lake Constance in southwest Germany there was a historic precedent for this collaboration: in the 1990s ZF took over a company division of the original gearbox suppliers Hurth.

And so the experts from BMW Group Classic and ZF have followed in the footsteps of their historic predecessors in several ways. Together they completed the most complex project to date in the field of component remanufacturing for classic BMW automobiles. Providing guidance for the authentic new edition of the gearbox were original transmissions from vehicles in the BMW Group Classic collection and contemporary construction drawings held in Eisenach’s city archives. As the original gearbox had been repeatedly modified, a number of variants and construction plans had to be analysed and compared. Barring a few details such as optimised materials used in current production and a reinforced bearing for the second gear, the “new-old” gearbox now fully complies with the factory status in the later production period of the BMW 328.

The entire development and production process was carried out in close consultation with the FIA (International Automobile Federation) and FIVA, the international body representing classic vehicle clubs, both of whom confirmed the authenticity of the gearbox. The sanction of these institutions is important especially for gaining entry to official events. The first prototypes of the new-old gearbox already demonstrated their reliability in the 2012 Mille Miglia, the world’s best-known classic car race.

A production run of 55 units of this faithfully reproduced component is now on offer to owners of a BMW 328 who might be seeking such a replacement. Sales of the replica gearboxes, which are manufactured by ZF, are available exclusively through the BMW Classic Center. Overall, this project sustainably corroborates the BMW Group Classic claim that original core components can and should be used in classic automobiles. For fans of historic vehicles, the BMW Classic Center offers a comprehensive range of products and services, from spare parts all the way to full restoration. Through the remanufacture of close-to-original components – for the legendary BMW 328 as well as numerous other models – vital work will continue to be done in the future to preserve such automotive rarities.

 
 
 

H&M to dress the Swedish teams for 2014 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

17. April 2013 10,266en - 0915 Fashion schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

H&M is proud to announce it will dress the Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi 2014, and the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016. The four year contract with the Swedish Olympic Committee and Swedish Paralympic Committee will see H&M create outfits for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The collection will also include a full and extensive wardrobe for all the Swedish teams to wear in the Olympic village for both training and leisure. The pieces will be developed in collaboration with the Swedish Olympians, who will give their input and test the garments in the collection. They will also be collaborating on H&M’s new expanded sports collection, as H&M strengthens its commitment to function and performance in sports clothing.

“It is such an honour for H&M to dress both the Swedish Olympians and Paralympians for the upcoming Games in Sochi and Rio. The designs will bring together sport and fashion in a totally new way and have Swedish heritage as a proud influence on the collection,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design.

“I am very pleased to announce this long-term partnership with H&M, starting with H&M equipping the Swedish Olympic team for the Winter Games in Sochi 2014. H&M’s approach is innovative and exciting, involving a group of our athletes in the design process. We are proud to be working with H&M, a Swedish brand which is known throughout the world,” says Stefan Lindeberg, chairman of the Swedish Olympic Committee.

“To represent our country wearing clothes from a Swedish company will strengthen the team, our team spirit and image to the outside world, especially when it is an internationally renowned brand like H&M. I’m really happy that H&M has invited us to take an active part in creating the clothing that the Swedish team can wear with pride during the Olympic Games at Sochi in 2014 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016”, says Anja Pärson, former alpine skier and multiple Olympic medallist.

The Olympians will also give their input to H&M’s expanded Sport concept, offering their knowledge and experience to create a new and extensive range of sportswear pieces for H&M’s customers worldwide. Debuting in January 2014, the result will mean an H&M sports collection that has been tested by world class professional athletes, where performance and function are paramount, always with great style and at a price that will make it available to all.

 
 
 

Burberry Group plc - Second Half Trading Update - Highlights for the six months to 31 March 2013

17. April 2013 10,265en - 0800 Fashion schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

 Total revenue £1,116m, up 9% underlying

·     Retail revenue £840m, up 13% underlying

-    Retail now 75% of group revenue

-    Comparable store sales up 7%

-    Led by Asia Pacific, especially Greater China

-    Double-digit growth in all four product divisions

-    Outerwear, mens and digital outperformed

-    FY 2014: low to mid single-digit % increase in retail revenue planned from net new openings

·     Wholesale revenue £220m, down 3% underlying, as guided

-    Wholesale now only 20% of group revenue

-    North America, Asia Travel Retail and Emerging Markets all up

-    European specialty store rationalisation continued

-     H1 2013/4: excluding Beauty, underlying wholesale revenue planned down about 10%

·     Licensing revenue £56m, up 3% underlying, consistent with guidance

-    Helped by launch of The Britain watch and Body Tender fragrance

-    FY 2014: excluding fragrance royalties, underlying licensing revenue expected to be slightly up

·     Further strategic and operational progress

-    Ten stores opened including Chicago flagship and Knightsbridge mens store

-    Strong brand momentum; Prorsum, London and leather bags outperformed

-    Personalised product and marketing initiatives for Prorsum AW13 show

-    1 April 2013: integration of Beauty

Angela Ahrendts, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"With three-quarters of our revenue now generated in retail, we are pleased with the 13% growth in this channel in the second half, driven by continued innovation in product, marketing and customer service, especially over Christmas and Chinese New Year. 

Looking forward, while we expect the external global environment to remain challenging, the team is intensely focused on optimising the significant opportunities that exist for the brand across geographies and product divisions, with particular emphasis on unlocking the potential of our digital platform and our newly-integrated fragrance and beauty business."

 
 
 
One World. One R 1200 GS. BMW R 1200 GS handed over to the BMW Museum.Final event at the BMW Museum in Munich on April 13th.
16. April 2013 10,264en - 1430 Motorcycle schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

Munich Five unique tours in five continents with a new BMW R 1200 GS.

“One World. One R 1200 GS. The ride of your life.” was the name of the game as BMW Motorrad sent five lucky winners off on the adventure of a lifetime. One woman and four men made the cut from a starting field of some 12,000 applicants around the world and would get the chance to ride the touring enduro ahead of its official launch. The widest spread of terrain, altitudes and climate zones the world has to offer has ensured this tour has been an experience that will stay with the riders forever.

The decision as to who should embark on this voyage of adventure was handed to a jury made up of well-known bikers: Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, motor sport legend Jutta Kleinschmidt, Hollywood action star Rick Yune and TV adventure rider Charley Boorman. They selected a five-strong group from among all applicants worldwide.

On January 25th 2013 the tour set off in Laos, continuing through New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and Europe. After covering 12,600 kilometres, the

R 1200 GS arrived at its destination last Saturday, April 13th - the BMW Museum in Munich. At the closing event, BMW Motorrad Head of Marketing Strategy and Marketing Communication Tim Diehl-Thiele presented the R 1200 GS - signed by all jury members and

participants - to Dr. Ralf Rodepeter, Director of the BMW Museum, in front of an audience of nearly 3,000. In future the motorcycle will be exhibited at the museum.

At around 3 pm on Saturday afternoon, Stephanie Rowe from the UK finished the last stage of the European tour in Munich. She had set out from Innsbruck that morning, riding the final distance of nearly 170 km to Munich with over 50 GS riders - including Herbert Unger, winner of the New Zealand tour and Alessio Cigolini, winner of the Laos tour - for the finale of the OWT at the BMW Museum.

The riders were welcomed in front of the museum on the first day of spring by 300 motorcycle enthusiasts who had travelled there especially for the occasion, including jury member Jutta Kleinschmidt.

Stephanie Rowe, who rode the R 1200 GS into the BMW Museum herself, said: “I couldn’t have expected anything like that! It was amazing and so much fun! The scenary was fantastic. And riding – AWESOME.”

 
 
 
Renault Group - Captur unleashed at L’Atelier Renault
16. April 2013 10,263en - 1405 Auto schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

Renault Captur is the star of the new show at L’Atelier Renault from April 13 to June 30, 2013. Come and explore the exhibition to find out more about the new urban crossover and its practicality, agility and smarts. The new model’s strengths and technological innovations are highlighted in a range of creative installations and events. 
 

  • Discover Renault Captur in all its facets 
  • Find out more about Captur technology and personalization through special demonstrators 
  • Create a Captur in your own image with a configurator
  • Express yourself in an art workshop 
  • Take home a souvenir photo-booth picture and win a prize in our Captur game
     

This spring L’Atelier Renault is hosting the Captur crossover, a fan of urban adventures and wide-open spaces alike. Visitors get to find out about Renault’s latest and greatest through an originally staged exhibition. And to express all of its freedom and mischief, Captur is hung vertically on a wall and suspended two meters above the ground in full flight.  

Along with the seven cars on show, the exhibition also features a range of special events:

- CAPTURE TECHNOLOGY
Find out more about Captur technology with an R-Link apps demonstrator, a virtual see-through system that “scans” the vehicle interior, and the Energy engine.

CAPTURE YOURSELF
Get comprehensive information on personalization possibilities thanks to interactive demonstrators on removable seat covers, interior and exterior personalization choices, and a Captur configurator.

CAPTURE DREAMS
Creative visitors can express all of their imagination at this workshop, dreaming up a landscape in their own image as part of a poetic installation.

CAPTURE THE DAY
A special photo booth is on hand for visitors, who can take home a Captur portrait. 

- CAPTURE GIFTS
Prizes are to be won in the Captur Game, with fresh updates every day. 
About L’Atelier Renault
Open daily from 10:30 am to 11:30 pm (and to 1:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays), L’Atelier Renault organizes special events year-round on Renault and the latest Renault news. The "L’Atelier Renault Café" restaurant-bar, with its suspended walkways and mezzanine, welcomes you all day long to enjoy a relaxing moment on the most beautiful avenue in the world. L’Atelier Renault also hosts a vehicle sales bureau, the Renault boutique, which sells brand merchandising, and a free Wi-Fi hotspot.
Follow « l’Atelier Renault » on internet (www.atelier.renault.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/latelierrenault) and Twitter (twitter.com/AtelierRenault).

 
 
 

Neues 1,5-Liter-EcoBoost-Triebwerk erweitert die globale Ford-Motorenfamilie mit Benzin-Direkteinspritzung

16. April 2013 10,262de - 1200 Auto schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com
  • Produktionsstart noch im April – zunächst im Werk Craiova/Rumänien
  • Auch das neue Aggregat hat die typischen Merkmale aller EcoBoost-Motoren: Turboaufladung, Benzin-Direkteinspritzung sowie variable Nockenwellenverstellung
  • Ford verfügt weltweit über Fertigungskapazitäten für jährlich 1,6 Millionen EcoBoost-Motoren

KÖLN, 16. April 2013 – Ford wird noch in diesem April mit der Produktion eines neuen EcoBoost-Motors beginnen. Es handelt sich dabei um einen Vierzylinder mit 1,5 Litern Hubraum. Der neue Motor wird von den Leistungs- und Drehmomentwerten ähnlich angesiedelt sein wie der aktuelle 1,6-Liter-EcoBoost-Benziner, also im Bereich um die 110 kW/150 PS bis 134 kW/182 PS – bei allerdings noch niedrigerem Kraftstoffverbrauch und noch geringeren CO2-Werten. Das neue Aggregat wird erstmals in der chinesischen Version des neuen Ford Mondeo zum Einsatz kommen – sein Debüt feiert er in den kommenden Tagen auf der Shanghai Auto Show 2013. Später wird dieser High-Tech-Motor für den Ford Fusion in Nordamerika erhältlich sein und außerdem auch für die nächste Ford Mondeo-Generation in Europa. Gebaut werden wird dieses Aggregat zunächst im rumänischen Ford-Werk Craiova. Weitere Produktionsstandorte außerhalb Europas werden folgen.

Der neue 1,5-Liter-EcoBoost-Motor ist das fünfte Mitglied der Ford EcoBoost-Motorenfamilie. Bei dieser konsequent nach dem „Downsizing“-Prinzip entwickelten Motorengeneration handelt es sich um Benzin-Direkteinspritzer mit Turboaufladung, hohen Einspritzdrücken und einer variablen Nockenwellenverstellung. Die Motoren kombinieren die Leistungsentfaltung eines hubraumstarken Motors mit der Kraftstoff- und CO2-Effizienz eines kleinen Motors – und das bei einem hohen Maß an Laufkultur. Damit leisten die Ford EcoBoost-Benzinmotoren einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Verringerung des Kraftstoffverbrauchs und zur Senkung der CO2-Emissionen von Ford-Fahrzeugen um bis zu 20 Prozent im Vergleich zu konventionellen Motoren mit gleicher Leistung.

Das neue 1,5-Liter-EcoBoost-Triebwerk hat einen Aluminium-Motorblock und teilt zahlreiche innovative Technologien mit dem preisgekrönten 1,0-Liter-EcoBoost-Motor, der im vergangenen Jahr zum „International Engine of the Year 2012“ gekürt worden war. So ist dieses 1,5-Liter-Aggregat der erste Motor von Ford, der eine vom Motormanagement angesteuerte Kupplung am Riemenantrieb der Wasser-Pumpe integriert, um die Warmlaufzeit zu reduzieren. Außerdem hat er einen wassergekühlten Ladeluftkühler für ein insgesamt effizienteres Motor-Wärmemanagement.

Seit der Einführung des ersten EcoBoost-Benziners im Jahre 2009 in Nordamerika, ein 3,5-Liter-V6-Triebwerk, hat Ford weltweit bereits mehr als 600.000 Fahrzeuge mit EcoBoost-Motoren verkauft. Dazu zählen in Deutschland vor allem der 2,0-Liter- und der 1,6-Liter-Vierzylinder- sowie der innovative und preisgekrönte 1,0-Liter-Dreizylinder-Motor. Bis zum Ende dieses Jahres werden fast 80 Prozent aller weltweit angebotenen Ford-Fahrzeugmodelle mit EcoBoost-Technologie erhältlich sein.

Die neue 1,5-Liter-Version ist ein wichtiger strategischer Schritt für Ford, um die weltweit wachsende Nachfrage nach Vierzylinder-EcoBoost-Motoren zu erfüllen. Dank der Verdreifachung der EcoBoost-Produktionsanlagen in Europa, Asien und Nordamerika im Zeitraum von 2010 bis 2013 verfügt Ford mittlerweile über Fertigungskapazitäten zur weltweiten Produktion von jährlich 1,6 Millionen EcoBoost-Motoren.

 
 
 
Maria Sharapova is returning to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as the clear favorite: "There is always room for another Porsche"
16. April 2013 10,261en - 1030 Auto schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com
“There is always room for another Porsche”

Stuttgart. Maria Sharapova is returning to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as the title-holder and No. 1 seed. The superstar from Russia is one of seven Top 10 players in the line-up at the world class tournament in Stuttgart (20 to 28 April). Looking back on her first appearance in the Porsche Arena a year ago gives her some very fond memories: “I just felt really comfortable from the moment I arrived.”

Maria, you won last year’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. How important was winning the tournament for you?

“Looking back at my win, I think it was a really important win for me. It ultimately led to my win at the French Open. For me, to get a win on clay at one of the toughest tournaments of the year, gave me huge confidence.”

What did you especially like about the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix?

“I just felt really comfortable from the moment I arrived. I have always heard how amazing the tournament was, so I was excited that it finally worked out in my schedule. It’s difficult to say what I especially liked. In Stuttgart everything is first class.”

Is it important for you to see more of the tournament city than just the hotel and the tennis court?

“I always love trying to see as much of the city I am staying in as possible. But if I am winning and am still in the tournament, it is really hard to find the time. It’s a pity sometimes but if I had the choice, I prefer the winning!”

All the players’ wishes are fulfilled at tournaments. What is of particular importance to you personally?


“I am kind of easy. I am not like some other players who have these large entourages following them everywhere. For me, staying in a really nice and comfortable hotel that is close to the tournament site is the most important thing for me and my team.”

In Stuttgart, you were the crowd favourite. How important for you is it that you are liked by the spectators?

“Playing in front of great crowds and competing at the highest level is what I live for. The crowd last year in Stuttgart was amazing and I look forward to seeing them again this year.”

Is it something special to play a tournament that you won the previous year? Are your expectations on yourself bigger as a result?

“It is always great coming back to a city and tournament where you have had success. You have those special memories when you step back on the court where you were holding the trophy.”

Talking about the trophy: you are generally seen as being the favourite for this year’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Is there still room in your garage for another Porsche?

“Of course. There is always room for another Porsche.”
 
 
 

theMICAMshanghai: the success of the first International Footwear and Leather Goods Exhibition in China exceeds all expectations

16. April 2013 10,260en - 0945 Shoe schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

5880 visitors attended theMICAMshanghai, the B2B fair that has drawn to an end today at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. The exhibition, which is the first Chinese edition of the professional high-end ShoEvent held in Milan twice a year, has been strongly advocated by the Mr. Cleto Sagripanti, Chairman of theMICAM, who confirms the positive feedback from exhibitors, buyers and media: “We are satisfied with the results of this first edition of theMICAMshanghai, and the high number of contacts established between exhibitors, investors and the specialized press with the participating firms. Our strict entrance policy has ensured that only qualified buyers were able to access the exhibition including a conspicuous number of local and international retailers interested in high quality products just like the ones exhibited at theMICAMshanghai.” the number of visitors is remarkable, considering the peculiarity of the Chinese market, where the ratio between the number of visitors and the retail outlets that are represented is much higher than in Europe.

This important result has been achieved through an intensive promotional campaign as well as exceptional partnerships. Starting from January 2013, theMICAMshanghai has been presented to industry media and professional buyers through an extensive media campaign and a roadshow held in the most important Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Hong Kong. All this was enabled by the support of ICE the Italian Trade Commission. Furthermore, the visibility of theMICAMshanghai has been enhanced by an agreement signed between the Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association (ANCI) and Fiera Milano with Shanghai Fashion Week, one of the most important and popular events in China, dedicated to the fashion system. theMICAMshanghai was the official footwear event partner of the Shanghai Fashion Week.

Mr. Enrico Pazzali, the CEO of Fiera Milano was also very satisfied with the first edition of theMICAMshanghai: “This success - he stated - rewards the collaboration between Fiera Milano and ANCI and shows how effective they can be together in supporting those Italian and foreign firms that aim to expand in the markets which nowadays represent the engine of the global economy. The success of theMICAMshanghai strengthens the prestige of Made in Italy in the Chinese luxury market.”

For its first edition theMICAMshanghai has put strong emphasis on the ‘learning’ dimension and offered a rich program of seminars to provide companies (many of which are making their debut in China) useful technical, legal and commercial information on the dynamics of the local market; and to provide Chinese buyers and media tidbits on the latest trends and fashion forecasts.

theMICAMshanghai has kept its promise to be an international event, with representatives from over 14 countries. Despite the wide presence of Italian companies (66% of exhibitors), the contribution of other countries has been fundamental to produce a world class event for the thousands of visitors who attended. Javier Garcia Lillo, Secretary General of the Federation of Spanish Footwear stated: "The majority of our 22 brands had a positive experience and has already 'confirmed their participation for the second edition of theMICAMshanghai." Such was also the reaction of the shoe makers of the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association, Appicaps, who, according to the words of Secretary General Pedro Silva "are very pleased with this first edition and many more will return to Shanghai for the October edition”.

"TheMICAMshanghai has proven to be a targeted event with selected visitors. The quality of the buyers was excellent which resulted into real business opportunities for our footwear manufacturers" declared Cristiano Körbes, Director of International Projects at Abicalçados, the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association. Similar appreciation was shared by Lemi Tolunay, Chairman of the Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters' Association: "We participated with enthusiasm to theMICAMshanghai by bringing 8 high quality Turkish brands and we are confident that the show will continue to grow and reap success."

The first International Footwear and Leather Goods Exhibition in China aims at becoming the landmark for international brands and Chinese footwear buyers. “Starting from as soon as tomorrow – concludes Cleto Sagripanti – “we shall be working tenaciously on the next edition of theMICAMshanghai, scheduled for October, to give a strong signal that we believe in this market and to double business opportunities in China for our exhibitors. "

The date for the presentation of the 2014 Spring-Summer Collection will be October 2013 in Shanghai at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre.

 
 
 

Tarifabschluss in der Lederwarenindustrie

16. April 2013 10,259de - 0905 Accessoire schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

Die Lohn- und Gehaltstarifverhandlungen in der Lederwarenindustrie sind am 11. April bereits nach der ersten Tarifverhandlung in Iphofen abgeschlossen worden. Nach mehrstündigen, intensiven Verhandlungen zwischen IG BCE und den Vertretern der deutschen Lederwarenindustrie konnte ein der allgemeinen wirtschaftlichen Situation angemessenes Ergebnis erzielt werden. Demnach werden die Entgeltsätze ab dem 1. April um 3% erhöht bei einer Laufzeit von zwölf Monaten bis zum 31. März 2014. Ab 1. April 2014 erfolgt eine weitere Erhöhung von 1,5% mit einer Laufzeit von acht Monaten bis zum 30. November 2014. Die Ausbildungsvergütungen erhöhen sich ab dem 1. April 2013 um 30 Euro monatlich.

Darüber hinaus wurde die bundeseinheitliche Regelung der Urlaubsdauer neu gefasst: Ab dem Urlaubsjahr 2013 beträgt die Urlaubsdauer einheitlich für alle Arbeitnehmer und Auszubildende 30 Arbeitstage. Manfred Junkert, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Bundesverbands der Schuh- und Lederwarenindustrie (HDS/L) ist mit dem Abschluss der Tarifrunde zufrieden: „Mit Blick auf die insgesamt zuversichtliche, von vorsichtigem Optimismus geprägte wirtschaftliche Situation der Lederwarenbranche halte die Erhöhung der Entgeltsätze um 3% bzw. in der Folge um 1,5% für ein akzeptables Ergebnis.“

 
 
 

Jürgen Stackmann to take over as Chairman of SEAT S.A.

15. April 2013 10,258en - 1620 Auto schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

  • James Muir moves to senior management function within the Group
Wolfsburg/Martorell, 15 April 2013 - Jürgen Stackmann (51) is to take over as Chairman of SEAT S.A. effective May 1, 2013. In this function he succeeds James Muir (54), who will assume a senior management function within the Volkswagen Group and will report direct to the Board of Management.

Jürgen Stackmann qualified as a bank clerk and holds a degree in business administration. He began his professional career with Ford in 1989, where he held various posts in Germany and the UK, including Marketing Director for German plants, Vice President Marketing at Ford Europe in London and finally General Manager Sales and Marketing for German plants. Stackmann joined the Volkswagen Group in 2010, initially holding responsibility for Sales and Marketing at ŠKODA AUTO a.s. Stackmann was placed in charge of Marketing at the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand effective September 1, 2012.

James Muir, who studied German language and literature and also holds a degree in European marketing, began his career in Sales at Ford UK in 1987. Until mid-2001 he held various senior management posts at Ford, the last as head of Marketing Services. He then became Project Director at Mazda Europe, before moving to Mazda UK as Managing Director. In 2003 Muir was appointed Vice President Sales, thus taking charge of Sales at Mazda Europe, and named President and CEO of Mazda Europe in 2005. He became Chairman of SEAT S.A. in September 2009, where he has been instrumental in successfully restructuring the company.

 
 
 
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS PROVIDES GHOST EXTENDED WHEELBASE TO FAB1 MILLION PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER CARE
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Left to right: Prof. Brian Cox, Mary Berry, Chris Evans and Gary Barlow


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents FAB1, a Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase set to support FAB1 Million and Breast Cancer Care.

Headed by Chris Evans, the FAB1 Million project is set to raise £1 million for Breast Cancer Care through making this bespoke Ghost available to hire over the next twelve months. This extraordinary car will make appearances at exclusive events as well as being available for hire for any special day, with all proceeds directly benefiting Breast Cancer Care.

In support of this exciting project and very worthy cause, the Rolls-Royce Bespoke team has prepared a very special motor car, combining numerous exclusive bespoke elements, from pink accented umbrellas, to hand-embroidered headrests featuring the Breast Cancer Care pink ribbon motif. Further enhancements include unique ‘FAB1’ treadplates and a Blushing Pink and Crème Light interior leather scheme. An uplit Spirit of Ecstasy adorns the silver satin bonnet.

In addition to providing a superior ride experience and ample legroom, the passenger experience of this exceptional Ghost Extended Wheelbase is enhanced with hand veneered picnic tables, 9.2 inch LCD screens and a champagne coolbox. Passengers will be able to relax with a chilled glass of champagne, indulge in a concerto, courtesy of a 10-channel amplifier and 16 speakers delivering 600 Watts of surround sound, or simply sink into sumptuous leather seats and lambswool footmats, relaxing into luxurious silence as they journey to their destination.

When I received the call from Chris Evans to support FAB1 Million, we immediately sprang into action,” said Jolyon Nash, Sales and Marketing Director. “It’s taken countless hours to create such a special car but every minute spent is absolutely worth it for such a valuable cause. We wish the project every success.” 

The project is set to launch on Thursday 18 April with a star-studded point to point drive in FAB1 from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
 
 
 
Renault - Laguna Collection 2013: the best of automotive technology for maximum driving enjoyment
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Renault has brought changes to its Laguna range which, more than ever, delivers the best of automotive technology for maximum travelling comfort and driving pleasure.

  • Renault Laguna Collection 2013 and Renault Laguna Estate Collection 2013 boast new, more dynamic front-end styling, including LED daytime running lights.
  • Automatic dual clutch EDC transmission is now available across the Laguna Collection 2013 range.
  • The Laguna, Laguna Estate and Laguna Coupé Collection 2013 catalogues feature a broad choice of particularly fuel-efficient powerplants. Available diesel engines are the 1.5 dCi 110 (4.2 litres/100km*), the Energy 2.0 dCi 130 or 150 (4.5 litres/100km*), the dCi 110 with automatic dual clutch EDC transmission (4.3 litres/100km*) and the 2.0 dCi 175 with automatic transmission. The list also features the 2.0 16V petrol engine.
  • Advanced technology for the Laguna line-up: the connected, in-dash multimedia Renault R-Link tablet, outstanding chassis performance thanks to 4Control technology and tailor-engineered Bose® audio.
  • Order books for Renault Laguna Collection 2013 will open across Europe at the end of April.

Dynamic styling in tune with its time

Instead of the former standard fog lights, Renault Laguna Collection 2013 and Laguna Estate Collection 2013 now feature LED daytime running lights which remain switched on in the dark – although dimmer – to underpin the range’s modernity and dynamism, day and night.
New 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels which further emphasise Laguna Collection 2013’s dynamic stance are also available.
The premium appeal of the Bose® equipment level has been reaffirmed thanks to new upholstery, new specific 17-inch wheels and a gloss black radio fascia.
Frugal, environmentally respectful engines for even lower running costs

Automatic dual clutch EDC transmission is now available across the Laguna range. Mated to the 1.5 dCi 110 engine, it returns fuel consumption of just 4.3 litres/100km*, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 113g/km* for Laguna and Laguna Coupé, and 115g/km* in the case of Laguna Estate, which makes Laguna Collection 2013 one of the most efficient cars in its class in terms of low CO2 emissions.
Under the bonnet of Laguna Collection 2013, the 1.5 dCi 110 diesel engine consumes just 4.2 litres/100km*, which equates to CO2 emissions of 109g/km* for Laguna and Laguna Coupé, and 112g/km* for Laguna Estate.
The Energy 2.0 dCi engine is available in 130hp, 150hp or 175hp form for Laguna and Laguna Estate Collection 2013. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, it uses just 4.5 litres of fuel per 100km* and emits only 118g of CO2/km* and 120g/km* in the cases of Laguna and Laguna Estate respectively. Mated to six-speed automatic transmission, the 2.0 dCi 175 engine emits 150g of CO2/km* on Laguna, Laguna Estate and Laguna Coupé Collection 2013, equivalent to fuel consumption of 5.7 litres/100km*.
The petrol engines available for Laguna and Laguna Estate Collection 2013 are the 2.0 16V, with a manual six-speed gearbox, and the TCe 180 mated to six-speed automatic transmission.
As exclusive as ever, Renault Laguna Coupé Collection 2013 can be specified with a 240-horsepower diesel V6 dCi. This engine drives through six-speed automatic transmission (185g of CO2/km* and fuel consumption of 7.1 litres/100km*). Laguna Coupé Collection 2013 can also be ordered with the TCe 180 petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission, or with the Energy 2.0 dCi 150 and 175 diesel powerplants. The 175hp variant of this engine comes with six-speed automatic transmission.
The best of automotive technology for the entire Laguna family: Renault R-Link, Bose® sound and the exceptional 4Control chassis
Laguna Collection 2013 is available with the new, connected Renault R-Link multimedia system incorporating the navigation system, radio, Bluetooth® telephony and audio streaming of music stored on portable devices. Renault R-Link also fulfils a number of vehicle-related functions, while a wide selection of applications can be downloaded directly to the system. Renault R-Link’s is controlled via the intuitive, user-friendly, seven-inch (18cm) touch screen display. Alternatively, the driver can use voice commands or the controls situated near the steering wheel.
Inside Laguna Collection 2013, the driver and passengers can enjoy exceptional audio quality thanks to the premium, tailor-engineered Bose® system which delivers exceptional sound reproduction. The Bose® system available for Renault Laguna Collection 2013 comprises 10 loudspeakers and a digital amplifier which incorporates the Bose® signal processor and individualised six-channel equaliser. A centrally-positioned loudspeaker built into the dashboard allows occupants to benefit from crystal clear, perfectly balanced sound, irrespective of whether they are sat on the right- or left-hand side of the car. The rear left wheel-well houses a bass speaker which reproduces rich, realistic bass frequencies throughout the cabin.
For genuine travelling pleasure and comfort, certain versions of Laguna Collection 2013 can be specified with the 4Control chassis. The 4Control system incorporates four-wheel steering and makes exceptional chassis performance an affordable reality for a high number of motorists. Benefits include even more incisive dynamic handling, greater manoeuvrability and unmatched steering precision, which intuitively maintains the car on the ideal cornering line, as well as driving enjoyment at all speeds and a remarkably high level of active safety.

For versions of Laguna Collection 2013 equipped with 4Control technology and R-Link, a specific ‘4Control Monitor’ application will become available at a later date. It will provide drivers with a real-time visual overview of the 4Control system’s contribution to Laguna’s dynamic performance.
The 4Control chassis is available for those versions of the car powered by the Energy 2.0 dCi 130, Energy 2.0 dCi 150, Energy 2.0 dCi 175, TCe 180 or V6 dCi engines.
Quality, a fundamental feature of the Laguna Collection 2013 range

In addition to its dynamics (which are even further perfected by the 4Control chassis), Laguna III is widely acclaimed for its build quality, reliability and top level safety credentials.
At the time of Laguna III’s launch in 2007, one of the chief objectives for the model was to reposition Renault among the very best car manufacturers in terms of product and service Quality. Independent and in-house surveys both confirm that this mission has been fulfilled.
Renault Laguna Collection 2013 will go on sale in Europe from the middle of June.
(*) homologated fuel consumption and emissions data.

 
 
 
China: a Dual Offensive for Citroën’s Number One International Priority
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On 20 April, Auto Shanghai 2013 opens it door members of the press. This is a key date for CITROËN, which is present in the world’s leading automobile through it through two joint ventures:  DPCA for the C line and CAPSA for the DS line. With new products, concept unveilings, sales network development, and corporate showcase openings, the Brand is deploying a dual offensive on all fronts with the goal of winning over even more customers in China.

DS: a brand and a network in full deployment with three models launches and one new concept car

In April 2011, CITROËN made headlines by choosing Shanghai for the world premier of the DS5. Two years later, the DS3, DS4 and DS5 have been launched through a dedicated network, and in a few months the DS5 – and future DS models – will be produced locally at the Shenzhen production facility. In nine months, the DS network already totals 27 sales outlets in the main Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Canton and Shenzhen. By the end of the year, there will be 60 DS Stores in 50 cities. At the same time, the very first DS World – a corporate showcase dedicated to the DS – was inaugurated on Nanjing Road, Shanghai’s most prestigious thoroughfare. In addition to the DS5, the Number 9 concept car was also unveiled in China, at last year’s Beijing Auto Show. Today, the Brand is presenting its latest creation – Wild Rubis – to be premiered worldwide on the DS Stand at Auto Shanghai 2013.

DONG FENG CITROËN: attractive new products and an ever expanding network

Dong Feng CITROËN, the Brand’s initial joint venture, delivered 224,000 vehicles in 2012, an increase of 2.5%. Sales of the restyled CITROËN C-QUATRE reached a record high of nearly 120,000 units for the year, while the C5, which has also been restyled, enjoyed a strong year, with China now its largest market. Reflecting the popularity of the CITROËN sedans with Chinese customers, a new model was added to the line-up early this year – the CITROËN C4 L, a notchback version of the CITROËN C4 that targets the upper end of the compact-car segment. Produced locally at the Wuhan plant, the model has met with success, with more than 9,000 sales recorded at end-March. The CITROËN C-Elysée, which is scheduled for market launch in the second half of the year, will further enlarge the portfolio for Chinese customers. The dealership network is also growing, with 56 outlets added in 2012 for a total of 404 ‘4S’ units, plus the CITROËN Experience Center in Shanghai, a new corporate showcase inaugurated last December on Nanjing Road.

 
 
 
BMW Tate Live Performance Room: Liu Ding “Almost Avant-Garde”. Online on 16 May 2013 at 20:00 GMT.
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London. Liu Ding, Beijing-based artist and curator, will invite friends and colleagues to a party with a DJ mixing Baroque music and Chinese voices; 2-D reproductions of Tate artworks; and a spinning disco ball for a new work made for the BMW Tate Live Performance Room. “AlmostAvant-Garde” was created especially for an online audience and will be performed live on 16 May. Everyone is invited to enter the online BMW Tate Live Performance Room viawww.youtube.com/user/tate/tatelive

The recorded voices are taken from interviews Liu Ding conducted with Chinese artists and art critics active in the 1990s in which they describe their work, experiences, expectations and understanding of art. Liu Ding uses the work to reflect on the Chinese art community’s aspirations to be modern and contemporary. Translations will be projected onto the walls of the Performance Room.

BMW Tate Live Performance Room: Liu Ding “Almost Avant-Garde”

16 May 2013, 20:00 GMT

 Online at www.youtube.com/user/tate/tatelive

This innovative format offers international audiences an opportunity to experience entirely new live works at Tate and to join a discussion about the work online. Each performance is archived and available to view online after the live event. Previous artists in the series are Jérôme Bel, Pablo Bronstein, Emily Roysdon, Joan Jonas and Harrell Fletcher.

BMW Tate Live is a four-year partnership between BMW and Tate, which focuses on performance, interdisciplinary art and curating digital space. Now in its second year, new commissions for 2013 include those online for BMW Tate Live: Performance Room and live performances at Tate Modern for BMW Tate Live: Performance Events.

BMW Tate Live is curated by Catherine Wood, Curator, Contemporary Art and Performance, Tate and Capucine Perrot, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.

BMW Tate Live Performance Room

Audiences are invited to enter the online BMW Tate Live Performance Room viawww.youtube.com/user/tate/tatelive at 20.00 hrs in the UK and exactly the same moment across time zones on the specified dates - 15.00 hrs on the East Coast of America, 21.00 hrs in mainline Europe and 23.00 hrs in Russia. The global audience is encouraged to chat with other viewers via social media channels during the performance and to put questions to the artist or curator following it using their Twitter, Facebook or Google+ accounts. To get the latest updates follow@TateLive, using #BMWTateLive; Tate Facebook or Tate Google+.

BMW Tate Live 
BMW Tate Live is a four year partnership between BMW and Tate that features innovative live performances and events including live web broadcast, in-gallery performance, seminars and workshops. BMW Tate Live aims to reach an international audience through new forms of art, addressing audiences changing needs, tastes and interests in art. The initiative creates a new space for collaboration and a programme that encompasses performance, film, sound, installation and learning – areas where artists can take greater risks and experiment freely. The programme investigates transformation in all its guises and aims to provoke debate on how art can affect intellectual, social and physical change. More information at www.tate.org.uk/bmwtatelive.

 
 
 

New Era und Jeremy Scott mit gemeinsamer Kollektion: VOM LAUFSTEG AUF DIE STRASSE

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Die Lifestyle-Marke New Era launcht zusammen mit dem amerikanischen Fashion-Designer und Star-Stylisten Jeremy Scott im Sommer 2013 eine streng limitierte Capsule Collection. Die sechs extravaganten Kappenmodelle sind ab dem 20. Mai nur in Premium Stores, darunter Opening Ceremony, Colette, The Good Will Out und Browns, sowie ausgewählten New Era Flagship Stores erhältlich.

Angelehnt an seine Hauptkollektion „The Arab Spring“ veredelte der Kreative die klassische New Era Cap Silhouette mit ausgefallenen Optiken wie Straußen-, Schlangen- und Krokodilshaut auf Kunstleder sowie Canvas. Der Designer verwirklichte seine modische Vision auf den New Era Modellen 59FIFTY und 9FIFTY Snapback.

Jede Kappe entspricht einem von Jeremy Scott’s Laufstegmodellen, die während der New York Fashion Week im September 2012 zu bewundern waren – vom himmelblauen Schlangenhaut-Baseball-Jersey bis hin zum schwarz schimmernden Kroko-Print-Leder. Alle Designs bestechen durch aufwendige Stickereien, das einzigartige Jeremy Scott Innenfutter und das authentische New Era Flag Logo.

Dank seiner extrovertierten Designs erfreut sich Jeremy Scott nicht nur bei Stars sondern auch bei Streetwear-Fans großer Beliebtheit und sorgt mit seinen Kreationen immer wieder für Kontroversen. Inspiriert von der Kunst des Nahen Ostens machen seine neuesten Entwürfe für New Era keine Ausnahme und bestechen durch einen Mix aus exotischen Animal Prints und sportlichen Silhouetten.

Die Preise der exklusiven Jeremy Scott x New Era Caps liegen bei 85 Euro. Weitere Informationen unter www.neweracap.com.

New Era Flagship Store Berlin - Spandauer Brücke 7 - 10178 Berlin
The Good Will Out - Händelstrasse 41 - 50674 Köln

 
 
 

H&M SALES DEVELOPMENT IN MARCH 2013

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H&M Group total sales in March 2013 decreased by 4 percent including VAT in local currencies compared to the same month last year. Sales in comparable units decreased by 12 percent. Comparable units comprise the stores and the internet and catalogue sales countries that have been in operation for at least a financial year. The sales development should be seen in light of very strong comparable sales development in March 2012 when sales increased by 26 percent in total and by 16 percent in comparable units.

In March last year, the weather conditions were favourable for the season while the reverse was true in March 2013 with unusually cold weather and snow in many markets, particularly in Europe and North America. This has delayed the start of the season for the spring collections and sales have been negatively affected. The unusually cold weather has continued also in April, primarily in Europe.

The total number of stores amounted to 2,853 on 31 March 2013 versus 2,517 on 31 March 2012.
Percentage sales development for the month of April will be published in a press release on 15 May 2013 at 08.00 (CET).

Karl-Johan Persson, Managing Director  

 
 
 
INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S LARGEST ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS SHOWROOM IN SHENYANG, CHINA
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today officially announced the opening of a new showroom in Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning Province, China.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Shenyang is the sixteenth showroom in China and takes the position of world’s largest.

The 1,200 square metre space, covering two floors, can hold up to five Rolls-Royce models. The Shenyang opening forms part of sustainable growth plans for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in China.

At the opening ceremony, Henrik Wilhelmsmeyer, Regional Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Mainland China, said: “Rolls-Royce Motor Cars holds a remarkable 108 year legacy. This year in particular is very special, marking the 10th anniversary of the renaissance of the historic marque at the new Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England. We are delighted to celebrate such a milestone moment with the opening of the world’s largest showroom in the capital city of Shenyang in partnership with Shenyang Hong Lu Ming Zun. This development provides discerning individuals in the region direct access to the world’s pinnacle super-luxury marque.”

A Phantom Coupé, coated in midnight blue matched with seashell interior, was unveiled at the opening ceremony. Like other Phantom Series II models, the Coupé features significant improvements in design, drive-train and technology. It also plays host to a number of Bespoke elements such as silver twin coachline and blue seat piping to highlight its dynamic profile.

The all-new Shenyang showroom will meet increasing demand for Phantom and Ghost models in the region. Premium Bespoke personalisation services will also be available from the new facility, underlining the growing popularity of the service among Rolls-Royce owners in China and across the world. In the 10 years since production began at Goodwood, demand for the Bespoke service has grown to highest-ever levels of popularity. Nearly 95% of all Phantom family models and three out of every four Ghosts contain some element of Bespoke personalisation.

Last year, Rolls-Royce celebrated a third consecutive record year as 3,575 cars were delivered to customers across all corners of the globe, marking the highest annual sales in the 108-year history of the marque. 2013 is also set to be an exciting year for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in China and across the world.

Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history, launched at Geneva Motor Show, will also debut at the 2013 Auto Shanghai very soon. The new Gran Turismo presents the perfect marriage of super-luxury and refinement with power, style and drama. The bold, charismatic lines of Wraith are a brave step forward for Rolls-Royce, and will attract a new generation of confident and successful Chinese men and women to the marque.
 
 
 
On the finishing straight: BMW Motorsport completes its preparations for the DTM season with a four-day test in Hockenheim.
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Hockenheim (DE), 12th April 2013. The stage is set for the start of the DTM season in Hockenheim (DE) on 5th May, which is eagerly awaited by drivers, teams and fans alike. The four BMW teams and their rivals all completed their preparations for the first of ten races in 2013 with four days of testing at the same venue. The varying conditions – with some cool temperatures and heavy downpours – presented the eight BMW DTM drivers with a real challenge. Despite this, the teams still managed to run through a comprehensive programme, consisting of well over 8,000 test kilometres, and once again gained valuable data and experience with the BMW M3 DTM.

As at the previous test in Barcelona (ES), the drivers took to the track in Hockenheim with the new Drag Reduction System (DRS) and Hankook’s option tyres. It was announced at Tuesday’s media day that both these innovations will be used over the course of the season.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“We completed our preparations for the new DTM season with over 8,000 more test kilometres in Hockenheim. Although the unsettled weather, which mostly resulted in wet conditions, was not exactly ideal, we were still able to complete an intense programme over the course of the final four days of testing ahead of the opening race. Two of the things we focussed on were the DRS and option tyres. The drivers once again coped well with these innovations at the Hockenheimring. Despite the difficult conditions, we still learned a lot. The lap times should not be taken as an indication of the balance of power come the season-opener. The only certainty is that we have prepared meticulously and are now really looking forward to going head to head with the opposition under race conditions. It will definitely be a close affair in Hockenheim. The fans can look forward to an exciting start to the season.”

Bruno Spengler (car number 1, BMW Team Schnitzer):

“The test here in Hockenheim was very interesting and insightful, even though the unsettled weather conditions made it extremely difficult to carry out any good set-up work. However, the conditions were the same for everyone. On the whole, I am happy with the results of testing. It was a great feeling to be back in Hockenheim. After all, this is where I clinched the title in the final race last season. It brings back a lot of very nice memories. However, we are only looking ahead to the future now. I am looking forward to the first qualifying. Only then will we know how well positioned we really are.”

Dirk Werner (car number 2, BMW Team Schnitzer):

“The weather conditions did not make it particularly easy to complete the whole test programme. Despite this, we made the most of the situation. We did not have a single problem with the car. Everything is going to plan. We will now review the entire preparation phase and analyse in detail all the data we have assembled. This should give us quite a good indication of how well we can expect to perform on the opening race weekend of the year.”

Augusto Farfus (car number 7, BMW Team RBM):

“The weather played a major role in this test. It alternated between rain and dry conditions. It is always beneficial to be able to complete a few laps in the wet, of course, but we would really have preferred more consistent conditions to allow us to prepare for the new season. Despite this, the overall impression is a positive one. Although preparations for the new season were generally very short, we are on the right track with regard to the start of the season. It was a great feeling to be back in Hockenheim.”

Joey Hand (car number 8, BMW Team RBM):

“I am very happy we were able to complete the programme we had planned. We were looking good in both wet and dry conditions. The relationship with BMW Team RBM is working really well. I initially had to make sure that our mechanics and engineers could understand my Californian gibberish, but we have a pretty cool troop here. The handling of our car is excellent, as is the new design. It looks awesome and quick. Over the course of my career, I have never yet been disappointed by a fast-looking car.”

Martin Tomczyk (car number 15, BMW Team RMG):

“The test in Hockenheim is always a bit special for us drivers. After all, this circuit will soon be the venue for the first race of the new DTM season. Despite the unsettled weather conditions encountered over the course of the week, BMW Team RMG and I were still able to complete our test programme – which is not always easy, particularly when you have some heavy rain. However, it is difficult to draw any conclusions for the new season from the test. Only the opening race in Hockenheim will show who has really done a good job. I am confident we will be in a really good position come 5th May. You can sense the anticipation ahead of the new season throughout the entire paddock.”

Andy Priaulx (car number 16, BMW Team RMG):

“Our car sits very well on the track and is quick. Our lap times in the various sessions showed this. Because of this, I am already really looking forward to the opening race. I am extremely motivated and have a good feeling about my second year in the DTM. Unlike in my debut season, I now know exactly what awaits me in Hockenheim on 4th and 5th May. I have found my feet quickly in BMW Team RMG, and was made to feel very welcome by everyone. We are fired up and ready for the season-opener.”

Marco Wittmann (car number 21, BMW Team MTEK):

“For me personally, the test in Hockenheim was super. However, it is hard to judge exactly how good our times were. When it comes down to it, nobody knows exactly what the opposition is doing. Despite this, this test gives me a lot of confidence. Our goal was to forge an even stronger bond within the team and to optimise our processes, in order to be perfectly prepared for the start of the season. We achieved that. I am excited to see how we fare in the opening race.”

Timo Glock (car number 22, BMW Team MTEK):

“Generally speaking, the test in Hockenheim was very positive for us. We reeled off a lot of laps and collected informative data and reference values. It obviously rained a lot, but we should now be well prepared when we have the odd wet race over the course of the season – which we inevitably will. We also coped well in the dry. We are improving with every lap, and our pit stops are also getting quicker and quicker. I now feel right at home in the car. We have taken a big step forward. I hope this trend continues right through to the first race weekend in Hockenheim. I am really looking forward to my first race. That will herald the start of a whole new chapter for me.”

 
 
 
BMW Team Schubert kicks off VLN season with a win.
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Nürburgring (DE), 13th April 2013. Impressive start to the VLN Endurance Championship for the BMW Z4 GT3. BMW Team Schubert got the 2013 season off to a flying start with victory at the 38th DMV 4-Hour Race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE). Dirk Müller (DE), Jörg Müller (DE) and Augusto Farfus (BR) secured BMW’s 34th overall victory in the VLN at the wheel of the number 19 BMW Z4 GT3. Claudia Hürtgen (DE), Jens Klingmann (DE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) also finished on the podium, coming home third in the matt black BMW Z4 GT3 (number 20). 

After four hours and 27 laps, it was left to Dirk Müller to take the chequered flag, 15 seconds ahead of the Timbuli Racing Porsche. Klingmann followed in the second BMW Team Schubert car, just 0.6 seconds behind the runner-up. The H&R Spezialfedern team also had cause for celebration: Uwe Alzen (DE), Philipp Wlazik (DE) and Alexander Margaritis (DE) crossed the line in fifth in the number 2 BMW Z4 GT3. 

“That is a really good way to start the year. I enjoyed every single lap in the BMW Z4 GT3,” said Dirk Müller after securing victory. Farfus said: “To return to the Nordschleife two years after my victory in the 24-hour race, and to win again, is simply brilliant. The BMW Z4 GT3 is a fantastic car.” 

The drivers of car number 20 were also happy with the outcome of the race. “First and third – you can’t make a much better start to the VLN than that,” said Tomczyk, who, like Farfus, took time out from preparing for the 2013 DTM season to compete at the Nürburgring. “We are really happy and the car is extremely competitive. I really enjoyed this outing.” Hürtgen appeared slightly surprised by BMW Team Schubert’s fantastic result: “We did not expect to fare quite so well right at the beginning of the season. That was the perfect start.” 

Over 200 cars were in action at the opening race of the new VLN season. Almost a quarter of the participants lined up in BMW racing cars. 

 
 
 

Kimi Raikkonen takes second position in thrilling Chinese Grand Prix

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The Renault RS27 engine powered Lotus F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen to second position in a nail-biting Chinese Grand Prix today. The 2007 world champion and winner of the Australian Grand Prix finished 10secs behind winner Fernando Alonso and 2secs ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who claimed the final podium position. Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel retained the lead of the drivers’ championship with fourth place, just 0.2secs from Hamilton in a thrilling photo finish. Romain Grosjean put the second Lotus F1 Team E21 into the points in ninth, giving a total haul of 32 points for the Renault engined teams.

The twists and turns of the Shanghai International Circuit made tyre wear and tyre strategy the story of the day. Alonso and Raikkonen were amongst those to start on the soft tyre and make early stops, while Vettel made his stop for the soft compound with just five laps to go. The result was a closely fought battle right to the final lap.
After his issue in qualifying yesterday, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber started from the pitlane. The Australian was back in the midfield by lap 16, however when he tried to overtake Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne the two touched. Webber’s front wing was damaged but after returning to the pits his right rear tyre became detached and he retired.
Williams F1 Team finished with Pastor Maldonado 13th, just 1.6secs ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The team opted to split strategies with both cars running a three-stop race but with Pastor starting on the soft option tyre while Valtteri started on the prime, choosing to run the option for his final stint. Caterham F1 Team again battled throughout the race with the Marussias of Bianchi and Chilton. Charles Pic passed the flag in 16th, while Giedo van der Garde came home in 18th, splitting the two Marussias.
Sebastian Vettel continues to lead the drivers’ championship, however the gap has closed to just three points over Kimi Raikkonen. Infiniti Red Bull Racing is five points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ title race, while Lotus is third.

Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations
Congratulations to Lotus and Kimi for the podium – they’ve had a productive weekend and deserved to score some decent points. Although it’s not ultimately what Red Bull would have hoped for coming into the weekend, to have Sebastian finishing under half a second from the podium with the starting position he had has got to be positive and sees the team lead both championships. Behind them is very tight, with Lotus and Ferrari just a few points behind, which is great for us – having two Renault-engined teams fighting for position is very positive.
As expected – and yet again – the race proved to be all about tyre wear so we have to work particularly hard to deliver power smoothly and efficiently to keep the car stable. It’s not easy with the slow speed corners and heavy braking zones we have at the Shanghai International Circuit, but we have to live with it and help our teams wherever possible.
Bahrain presents a very different challenge to here, but one that is no less difficult, so we’ll do what we can in the short break between races and come out again strongly with all our teams.

 
 
 
Alpine A450 : A watery debut
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- Signatech-Alpine was rewarded with fourth place for its competitive debut at the 3 Hours of Silverstone with drivers Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues.


- The opening round of the 2012 European Le Mans Series was interrupted after 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one hour behind the Safety Car after Race Control deemed the conditions to be too dangerous.


- Nelson Panciatici celebrated the brand’s return to racing by emerging in front thanks to an excellent start in the Alpine A450.

- Renault’s Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares was at the race to support the Signatech-Alpine team and follow the Alpine A450’s debut race.

The competitive debut of the Alpine A450, 35 years after the brand’s triumph at Le Mans in 1978, was marked by heavy rain.

The first Free Practice session saw Signatech-Alpine drivers Nelson Panciatici and Pierre Ragues top the timesheets as they worked with the team to adapt the new Alpine A450’s set-up to the wet conditions. They were second fastest in Free Practice 2.

Nelson Panciatici went on to qualify the Alpine A450 on the second row of the grid.

The track was dry when the field was flagged away for the start of the race itself, but a storm broke out during the formation lap. Nelson Panciatici and the Alpine A450 started from third on the grid on Michelin slick tyres and emerged from the opening corner in the lead before the Safety Car was despatched at the end of Lap 1. At the end of Lap 5, Nelson pitted to fit ‘intermediate’ tyres.

After re-joining in ninth place, he started to carve his way back up through the field and was up to second before he handed the car over to Pierre Ragues.

With the Alpine A450 now on rain tyres, Pierre re-joined in fifth place and soon moved up one position before the Safety Car was sent out for a second time.

The competition was neutralised for an hour because of the impressive amount of standing water on the track. Race Control ultimately decided to interrupt the race ahead of the scheduled three hours. The positions at that moment became the official result, just as Signatech-Alpine was about to take advantage of its offset strategy.

“It was a very important weekend for everyone in the team,” stressed Philippe Sinault, Signatech-Alpine’s Team Principal. “We worked very well to prepare for our first race of the year and it’s just a shame that it turned out to be such a frustrating afternoon. Our drivers did well to keep the Alpine A450 in one piece. Unfortunately, the horrendous conditions changed the whole face of the race. We were running to a strategy which could well have paid off if the race had gone the full three hours. The Safety Car and the early red flag prevented us from taking advantage of it.”

Nelson Panciatici: “I got away cleanly and managed to put the Alpine A450 in front. It was very difficult not to make any mistakes in the rain. The end of my stint on intermediate tyres was particularly tough. I was supposed to have got back into the car for the finish but the race was interrupted too soon.”

Pierre Ragues: “I believe we had the potential to finish on the podium, at the very least. We ran an offset strategy from the start. There was so much rain. It was just impossible to clear the water before the Safety Car was sent out. I am disappointed because the car’s potential was superior to our final finishing position.”

The Alpine team’s ‘Junior’ driver Paul-Loup Chatin came second in the LM PC class.

 Final positions: 
1, Jota Sport (Dolan/Turvey), 2h15m22.561s
2, Race Performance (Frey/Niederhauser) 
3, Thiriet by TDS Racing (Thiriet/Hirschi) 
4, Signatech Alpine (Ragues/Panciatici). Etc.

 Next round: Imola, Italy (May 17-18).

 
 
 
The pleasure of motorcycling, made in Berlin.
12. April 2013 10,246en - 1910 Motorcycle schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

90 years of BMW Motorrad.

Before BMW motorcycles can start delivering riding pleasure on the road and success in race competition, they must graduate from a sophisticated production process in which technology, tradition and timing are all of key importance. The history of BMW motorcycle production is inextricably linked with the city of Berlin. After all, the BMW plant in Berlin-Spandau is not only an important supplier to the company’s car production facilities but, beyond that, also the sole German branch of a state-of-the-art production network in which man and machine join forces to build two-wheeled dreams.

Built in Spandau in 1928, the plant has been owned by BMW since 1939, which makes it one of the most history-laden locations in the BMW Group’s global production network. BMW’s operations in Berlin began with the construction of aero engines, as was also the case at the company’s original plant in Munich. Among the assemblies produced at the plant were engines for the legendary JU 52 aircraft. Manufacture of motorcycle parts in Berlin began in 1949. Initially, these parts were sent to the Munich plant where motorcycle assembly had been concentrated since 1923. From 1967, however, the entire motorcycle production operation was relocated in stages from Munich to Berlin.

Launch of the /5 series – the first successful model to be built from scratch in Berlin.
In 1969, following the start of engine assembly operations, full vehicle production also got under way at the Berlin plant with the construction of the newly developed /5 series. In those early days the workforce of around 400 employees would turn out 30 motorcycles per day – all made by hand. This meant capacity at the original plant in Munich could be used in full for car production, which was increasingly gaining in importance. Despite a downturn in the market, BMW had decided to press ahead with its commitment to the Berlin factory. Public investment subsidies supported the company’s strategy,which was soon shown to be impressively visionary. Demand for the new models steadily pushed up production figures and created a stream of new jobs. By 1973 the Berlin plant was celebrating production of the 500,000th BMW brand motorcycle.

Today, the Berlin-Spandau site spans roughly 178,000 square metres (almost two million sq. ft.) and employs a workforce of 1,900. Up to 700 motorcycles per day roll out through the doors of the consistently expanded and modernised plant, which also produces more than six million brake discs every year for BMW cars. In 2001 the Berlin plant built the one-millionth BMW motorcycle, and just 10 years later that figure had already passed the twomillion mark. December 2011 witnessed the dawn of a new era in motorcycle building in Berlin when production began of the dynamic BMW Maxi-Scooters. And in 2012 BMW Motorrad posted record worldwide sales of 106,358 units; it seems that riding pleasure “made in Berlin ” is more desirable than ever.

South America is home to the company’s second motorcycle production facility; since 2009 BMW motorcycles have been assembled from Completely Knocked Down (CKD) sets in Manaus, Brazil. The CKD process involves packing certain parts and components into parts sets within precisely arranged assembly stages before being dispatched to the relevant countries. These sets are then completed with parts produced in the partner countries, and assembly takes place locally in keeping with the BMW Group’s internationally applicable quality standards. The cooperation in Brazil sees BMW working together with local motorcycle producer DAFRA Motos.

Perfection in five stages: the production process at BMW’s Berlin Spandau plant.
Before BMW motorcycles can begin serving up their riding pleasure, they have to pass through five production stages at Berlin-Spandau. The mechanical product ion teams create the engine’s core components, such as the engine housing, cylinder heads, crankshafts and connecting rods, plus the frame, fuel tanks and suspension components. The extremely precise processing centres are located in halls boasting listed building status. Tradition is also an important factor in maintaining the high proportion of parts and bikes still made by hand, an approach that gives the highly skilled employees the chance to display their experience and sense for quality.

Each day, two shifts totalling around 150 BMW engine assembly experts use three highly flexible assembly systems to piece together up to 450 highperformance engines – with two (boxer), four or six cylinders – out of more than 600 different parts and components. The employees team up with 21 automated units to assemble the engines. Extensive function tests and sophisticated testing technology ensure that the drive units meet customers’ high expectations of BMW engines in terms of performance and reliability.

Every day in the paintshop, meanwhile, several thousand motorcycle parts are given their particular colouring. This facility is designed to enable the five computer-controlled robots to paint components of varying size and geometry in no set order. For example, 70 different moulds can be coated in more than 30 shades of water-based paint without interruption. To oversee this valuable work, BM W Motorrad’s Berlin -Spandau plant calls on the skill of experienced paint experts. Understandably so, since a dextrous is hand is particularly important when it comes to applying the traditional decorative lines and tape applications on the fuel tanks and fairings.

The BMW motorcycles are guided along the plant’s approximately 500-metrelong (1,640 ft.) assembly line – on a flexible conveyor system with pivoting hooks – to the 150 working stations. There they are raised or lowered automatically to the ergonomically optimal working height. All order-specific details as well as tightening torque and model settings are also passed on automatically to the relevant working station. Depending on the model, as many as 2,000 parts and components are brought together here into a readyto-ride BMW motorcycle – a job that takes between 220 and 360 minutes. The greatest investment of time is accounted for by the municipal bikes which need to be equipped with features including radio systems, sirens and signalling systems. Complex and precise assembly logistics allow each and every BMW motorcycle to be kitted out with an array of special accessories and optional equipment items, as requested by the customer.

The BMW motorcycles are prepared for dispatch in the finishing area. Here they are packed into reusable, folding steel casings to be transported from Germany to the company’s main European export markets. Motorcycles destined for overseas are loaded into high-strength wood/cardboard transportation containers. Wherever a BMW motorcycle’s journey takes it , you can be sure the shipment process has been planned with sustainability and efficient logistics at the top of the priority list.

 
 
 
Die neue Herbst-/Winterkollektion 2013/14 der Outdoor-Spezialisten von Holubar
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Holubar_W028_ROYAL LIGTH_Titan Blue RM11
Holubar_M029 Royallight - T055
Holubar_M 166 Clint Jacket NP23 - DN83

Die amerikanischen Outdoor-Pioniere richten in der kommenden Herbst/Wintersaison 2013/14 ihre Aufmerksamkeit einmal mehr auf die glorreiche Vergangenheit der Marke und legen in dieser Saison weitere Klassiker und Produkte der 70er und 80er Jahren neu auf. So wird der populäre MOUNTAIN PARKA direkt in zwei unterschiedlichen Varianten angeboten: Zum einen gibt es das Modell in einer Nylon/Baumwoll-Version, zum anderen mit Daunen gefülltem Holufelt, einer besonderen Materialmischung aus Wolle und Nylon.

Das Modell CLINT, eine Daunenjacke, die der Schauspieler Clint Eastwood 1975 bereits im Film ‘Im !uf t rag des D rac hen / T he Eiger Sanc t ion’ trug, ist ebenso Teil der neuen Kollektion, wie die Kurzjacke Camp 7. Beide Modelle wurden von Holubar ursprünglich als Einsatzkleidung für das Alpine Rescue Team in Colorado entwickelt. Die Camp 7 im klassischen Holubar-Orange ist aus gewachster Baumwolle, mit Daunen gefüllt und mit einer speziell abnehmbaren Kapuze ausgestattet.

Ebenfalls aus der Fülle des markeneigenen Archivs wurden die beiden Daunenwesten JUNIPER und PINEBROOK wieder ans Tageslicht geholt, die in den 70er Jahren über ein Jahrzehnt lang zu den beliebtesten Bestsellern in den Vereinigten Staaten gehörten.


Über Holubar:
Pioneers of American Outdoor Clothing Holubar wurde 1947 in Boulder/Colorado gegründet, um professionelle Bergsteiger und die Bergrettung des Alpine Rescue Teams mit technischer Bekleidung auszustatten. Holubar baute sich in den kommenden Jahren bei begeisterten Kunden das Image eines kompetenten Spezialisten auf, und avancierte schnell zur wichtigsten Bekleidungsmarke für alle Outdoor-und Alltagsaktivitäten in Nordamerika.

Dank einiger visionärer Innovationen in Technik und Design gewann Holubar schnell an Popularität und wurde so zum Vorreiter für andere namhafte Outdoor-Marken in den Vereinigten Staaten. Am besten ist dies an der Verwendung von extra leichtem Nylon mit Daunenfüllungen in den frühen 50er Jahren oder an der Übernahme von 60/40 Stoffen zu erkennen, einem Mix aus feiner Ägyptischer Baumwolle und Nylon. Die Erfindung und Entwicklung des berühmten MOUNTAIN PARKA, einem der beliebtesten Bekleidungsstücke Nordamerikas überhaupt, ist ebenfalls Holubar zuzuschreiben.

Die Legenden von damals, die ausgefeilten Modelle, die anspruchsvollen Materialien sowie die zum Teil patentierten Verarbeitungsdetails hat man jetzt wiederbelebt. In alten Manufakturen hat man die Schnitte entdeckt. Die Oberstoffe sind von besten Webereien rekonstruiert worden. Labelings, Verarbeitungsdetails und viele pfiffige Ideen hat man mit viel Liebe zum Detail anhand alter technischer Beschreibungen, historischer Versandkataloge und zeitgenössischer Trekking-Magazine nachempfunden.

 
 
 

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT RECEIVES MOTOR KLASSIK AWARD 2013

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(Crewe/Jüchen, 12 April 2013) For the second year in a row Bentley’s Continental GT was selected ‘Classic Car of the Future’ in the Coupe Category by readers of the prestigious Motor Klassik magazine, a publication of Motor Presse Stuttgart.

More than 22,000 participants voted in both the print and online editions of the magazine, choosing from 60 cars in six ‘classic car’ categories and from 54 cars in 9 ‘classic cars of the future’ categories.

Throughout Bentley’s history, iconic grand tourers have forged the brand’s reputation. In the 1950s the beautiful R-Type Continental set new standards of performance and style. Gaining inspiration from the R-Type, which is universally regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cars, the Bentley styling team designed new Continental GT which in2002 revolutionised the luxury coupe market, combining supercar performance and dynamism with remarkable everyday practicality. Not only did this mark the birth of a new product range for Bentley but also the beginning of an extraordinary renaissance for the Bentley brand.

Today the Continental GT range consists of the Continental V8, the Continental W12 and the recently launched performance flagship Continental GT Speed, available as both Coupe and Convertible.

Remarking on the Motor Klassik award, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, CEO of Bentley Motors, said: “Bentley’s heritage is a cornerstone of our brand. For decades our cars have defined ultimate luxury and high performance grand touring. It is our goal to continue to build the best luxury cars in the world. We are honored that the readers recognize the Continental GT as a future classic and we thank them for this prestigious award.”

The award was presented at the Motor Klassik gala award ceremony at Schloss Dyck in Jüchen, Westphalia on April 9th.

 
 
 

McLAREN QUALIFIED ENSURES THE ULTIMATE TRACK RECORD

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  • Launch of the first approved scheme for pre-owned models from McLaren
  • All models fully upgraded to the latest specification and undergo a full qualification from McLaren-trained technicians
  • Preferential rates through McLaren Special Operations enables every customer to create a bespoke 12C or 12C Spider
  • McLaren ownership experience offers access to exclusive events and offers
  • The latest approved models are available to view at www.McLarenQualified.com

Following the global launch of the 12C and 12C Spider, McLaren Automotive has now launched its bespoke pre-owned car programme, McLaren Qualified. The new service makes entry to the McLaren ownership experience more accessible, with the added peace of mind that each and every vehicle has been checked by a McLaren trained technician, and brought up to date with the latest upgrades. 

Attention to detail is key with everything at McLaren. Even during the build phase, every McLaren is different and, for this reason, at each stage along the production line, each 12C and 12C Spider is subjected to rigorous tests and validation checks to ensure that everything is how it should be. Buying a Qualified 12C or 12C Spider will offer peace of mind knowing that, on returning to McLaren, this same attention to detail is carried through to the Qualified programme.

McLaren technicians undertake a comprehensive bumper-to-bumper qualification check. This means that each new owner can be safe in the knowledge that their McLaren has been fully qualified and updated to the latest specification, so it is as good, if not better, than when it first left the McLaren Production Centre.

Further benefits offered through McLaren Qualified include:

Updated with the latest upgrades and software enhancements

McLaren Qualified is the only programme which can guarantee that every car is fully updated with the latest upgrades. As part of the multipoint checks, every 12C sold receives the latest 2013-specification updates. This means each car is presented with the upgrade in power of 25 PS, giving yet more vivid acceleration at track speeds with no loss in efficiency, while the latest calibration optimises the SSG transmission to further enhance responsiveness.

Tailor each and every car through MSO

Buying a McLaren through the Qualified programme allows owners the opportunity to further personalise their 12C or 12C Spider through preferential rates on the extensive range of bespoke options available through McLaren Special Operations (MSO). The upgrades are available to every customer up to four weeks from handover.

Minimum of two years comprehensive factory warranty and roadside assistance

As part of the reassurance that underlines the McLaren Qualified programme is a minimum of two years / unlimited mileage comprehensive factory warranty, covering parts and repairs, and two years McLaren roadside assistance. This service offers owners a direct contact to McLaren Automotive, and a dedicated service which will get you back on the road as quickly and efficiently as possible should there be a problem.

McLaren Qualified – an extension of the McLaren family

Every McLaren owner is given access to an array of opportunities and offers designed to make the ownership experience even more unique, and this extends to McLaren Qualified customers. Invitations include exclusive events, dedicated ‘Pure McLaren’ track days and visits to the McLaren Technology Centre, the global home of the McLaren Group.

Commenting on the launch of McLaren Qualified, McLaren Automotive’s Sales and Marketing Director, Greg Levine said: “The management and tight control of pre-owned vehicles is key to maintaining the exclusivity, customer experience and overall residual values of each McLaren. This is something that is important to us and, more crucially, our customers. Through the McLaren Qualified programme, we are ensuring that the pre-owned McLaren ownership experience is a unique journey, that provides owners with the knowledge and confidence that every pre-owned 12C or 12C Spider is sold to McLaren standards.”

To view the latest models available, and to find your Qualified McLaren, visit www.McLarenQualified.com.

 
 
 
MINI at Auto Shanghai 2013.
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As elsewhere, driving fun, premium quality and individuality MINI-style are proving to be an increasingly popular commodity in China as well. And customers with a taste for something extra can now also express their passion for motor sport through their choice of car in the small/compact segment, as MINI’s John Cooper Works sub-brand celebrates its Chinese premiere. Five John Cooper Works models will line up at the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition ahead of an imminent market launch in China. These ultra-sporty cars stand apart from the crowd not only with powertrain and chassis technology developed on the back of established racing expertise, but also thanks to bespoke exterior and interior design features that ensure the special character of the five elite athletes is instantly recognisable.

The launch of John Cooper Works models in China means that customers here, too, will get to sample the feeling of the race track carried over to the road. And they will be able to soak up the experience in a variety of models: the range comprises the MINI John Cooper Works, MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, MINI John Cooper Works Coupé, MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. Each of these sporting thoroughbreds boasts its own individual character and each can claim racing genes that put intoxicating performance capability at the driver’s fingertips.

As well as the Chinese premiere of the John Cooper Works sub-brand, MINI is also treating its Shanghai audience to a selection of design and individualisation attractions. An impressively stylish example comes in the form of the brand’s latest design model, the MINI Clubman Bond Street, which celebrates its Asian premiere at Auto Shanghai 2013. Visitors to the show, which runs from 21 – 29 April 2013, will also be greeted by new additions to the Original MINI Accessories and MINI Lifestyle ranges, as well as the latest innovations from MINI Connected.

Unmistakable design, individual style, premium quality and advanced technology designed to increase driving fun and efficiency underpin the status of MINI as a one-off in the premium small car segment. And the latest additions to its model range have ensured increasing demand among cutting-edge and discerning target groups in China, too, for the time-honoured British brand’s cars. MINI sold more than 15,500 cars in mainland China in 2012, an increase of exactly 50 per cent over the previous year. All of which means China once again generated the strongest sales growth for MINI brand cars worldwide. Fuelled by the launch of the MINI Paceman and the John Cooper Works models, this record of success may well continue in 2013.

Lining up with racing genes: the John Cooper Works models. 
The John Cooper Works badge is found on models that are inspired by motor sport, both technically and in terms of design, and tailored precisely to the MINI character. The John Cooper name has been closely connected with the sporting heritage of the brand for more than 50 years now. Indeed, it was with the classic Mini that the legendary sports car designer laid the foundations for extraordinary success in motor sport and enhanced driving fun on the road. Today, the John Cooper Works brand logo represents a guarantee of outstanding sports performance working in harmony with the high quality standards of MINI.

The John Cooper Works models whip the hallmark MINI sensation of driving fun into a full-blooded race feeling, stoked by supreme performance and thrillingly precise handling properties. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine bolstered by numerous technical details sourced directly from motor sport competition lays on wonderfully vivacious power development. It produces a maximum 155 kW/211 hp in the MINI John Cooper Works, MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and MINI John Cooper Works Coupé, or 160 kW/218 hp in the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman, which are fitted with ALL4 all-wheel drive as standard. Also included as standard in the John Cooper Works models on sale in China is a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Other key elements of the unique character of John Cooper Works models include a chassis configuration tuned precisely to the engine’s output, extremely powerful brakes, an aerodynamic kit, exclusive light-alloy wheels and bespoke design cues for the exterior and interior. Emphasising the sports car ambience in the cockpit are features including sports seats, a sports steering wheel, Piano Black interior trim strips, dark dials for the speedometer and rev counter, and an anthracite-coloured roof liner.

Blending a sense of style with an awareness of tradition: the MINI Clubman Bond Street. 
MINI is delivering an eye-catching statement of signature charisma and premium quality at Auto Shanghai 2013 with the presentation of the MINI Clubman Bond Street. Exclusive design and equipment features make this new design model a purpose-built ambassador for the British way of life and premium quality, MINI-style. Its Midnight Black metallic paintwork teams up with the Cool Champagne contrast colour for the roof, exterior mirror caps, lower sections of the C-pillars and bonnet stripes to provide a striking showcase for the dynamically flowing body lines and extended wheelbase.

And, like the range of high-quality equipment provided, the bespoke interior colour and materials concept – which includes exclusively designed sports seats and a leather-covered instrument panel – makes the perfect fit for the generous levels of on-board spaciousness. Two engine variants of the MINI Clubman Bond Street will be available to customers in China; the design model can be ordered either in MINI Cooper Clubman form (developing 88 kW/120 hp) or in 135 kW/184 hp MINI Cooper S Clubman specification.
 
 
 

FERRETTI GROUP: PIERO FERRARI JOINS THE NEW PRODUCT STRATEGY TEAM

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From left to the right: Francis Wang, Brand Director of Weichai Power; Felipe Massa; Lamberto Tacoli; Chairman and CEO of CRN (a brand of Ferretti Group); Piero Ferrari; Xu Xinyu, Executive Director of Weichai Power; Fernardo Alonso; e Ferruccio Rossi, CEO of Gruppo Ferretti, during the exhibition of new F138, in Maranello
  1. His appointment, which was officially announced during the the China International Boat Show 2013 in Shanghai to pay tribute to the close relationship the Group has with this country, is part of a wider management development project aiming to further strengthen the Group’s international development;
  2. The creation of the new Product Strategy Team has the objective of analysing the main global market trends in order to define the Group’s best brand and product strategies for each and every market;
  3. Mr Ferrari’s involvement will allow the Ferretti Group to rely on his long-standing experience in the development of R&D driven luxury products strongly characterized by innovation.

Shanghai, 12th April 2013 – The Ferretti Group, one of the world leaders in the design, construction and sale of motor yachts with a unique portfolio of some of the most prestigious brands in the world, is pleased to announce that Mr Piero Ferrari, Deputy Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A, has joined the Group’s new Product Strategy Team.

His appointment, which was officially announced during the China International Boat Show 2013 - which being held in Shanghai from 11 to 14 April at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center -, is part of a wider management development project aiming to further strengthen the Group’s international development at a time characterised by the need to meet increasingly complex challenges in terms of global presence and sustainable growth. 

The main objective of the creation of the new Product Strategy Team is, indeed, to analyse the leading global market trends so as to define the Ferretti Group’s best possible brand and product strategies for each market.

The involvement in the new Product Strategy Team of Piero Ferrari, an engineer that always been a great yachting lover and expert, will allow the Ferretti Group to rely on the experience he has gained trough these years in the development of R&D driven luxury products strongly characterized by innovation.

The Ferretti Group, which has been one of the pioneers in the boating sector in China, has decided to officially announce the creation of its new Team in Shanghai so as to pay tribute to its close relationship with this country, further strengthened by the Group’s strategic partnership with Weichai Group.

“We are extremely proud to announce that Mr Piero Ferrari has joined our Product Strategy Team: Mr Ferrari can boast an unparalleled experience in the industrial and luxury sectors, which - we are sure - will significantly contribute to the development of increasingly innovative models, capable of ensuring the unmistakable quality and unmatched performances that have turned our yachts into true icons all over the world”, stated Ferretti Group’s CEO Ferruccio Rossi. “I am sure that the creation of the new Team – that will also include other managers of our Group boasting a long-standing experience and a long series of important achievements in the boating sector – will play a key role in further strengthening our Group and boosting our growth at a global level over the next few years, at a time when we are faced with increasingly demanding challenges”.

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Piero Ferrari
Born in Castelvetro (Modena) on 22nd May 1945 and the son of Ferrari’s Founder Enzo Ferrari, Piero Ferrari held several important positions at Ferrari S.p.A. in both the sports and the industrial sectors, and he is currently the Company’s Deputy Chairman. In February 2005 the University of Modena conferred him the Honorary Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Piero Ferrari directly manages an engineering activity and he is a member of the new-born Product Strategy Team at Ferretti Group.

 
 
 
Ulysse Nardin Makes a Splash with New Addition to Black Sea Collection.
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Embracing its rich oceanic history as a master creator of timepieces for diving and sailing, Ulysse Nardin reveals for 2013 its latest model in the Black Sea line of watches.

Carrying on the characteristics of the family, the new Black Sea is highly durable with an athletic structure presenting a stainless steel case coated with vulcanized rubber. The vulcanization process enhances the timepiece’s comfort and flexibility, but moreover, its ability to withstand the most extreme conditions.

Other important elements of the watch include: a unidirectional turning bezel that further safeguards divers; a rubberized screw crown for added water resistance to depths of 200 meters; and a rubber strap with two ceramic elements and folding clasp for enhanced sturdiness. A 42-hour power-reserve indicator is situated at 12 o’clock, while the oversized small seconds and large date are displayed at 6 o’clock, always keeping its wearer well informed.

Proven in function and reliability, the self-winding timepiece also shows a serious sense of style. Sporty in nature, its black tone with blue accents provides a refined essence that can easily transform from wet suit to dining attire. It is both a state-of-the-art diving instrument and a representation of great design.

 
 
 

40.000 Seemeilen in neun Monaten:
Route des Volvo Ocean Race 2014/2015 steht fest

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  • Neue Etappen bei anspruchsvollstem Segel-Event der Welt
  • Erstmals reines Frauen-Team bei Hochseeregatta dabei
  • Premiere für baugleiche Yachten Volvo Ocean 65

Köln. Das Volvo Ocean Race 2014/2015 startet am 4. Oktober 2014 im spanischen Alicante, dem Heimathafen der härtesten Hochseeregatta der Welt. Neun Monate und fast 40.000 Seemeilen (knapp 74.000 Kilometer) später findet der Zieleinlauf am 27. Juni 2015 in der Heimatstadt von Volvo - Göteborg - statt. Dazwischen liegen acht Etappen durch die anspruchsvollsten Segelreviere rund um den Globus. Für alle Teilnehmer gelten erstmals in der 40-jährigen Regattageschichte gleiche Voraussetzungen, denn alle Teams segeln mit den baugleichen Yachten Volvo Ocean 65. Ebenfalls Premiere feiert ein reines Frauen-Team.

Der erste Streckenabschnitt führt die Teilnehmer über 3.400 Seemeilen von Alicante nach Recife im Norden Brasiliens. Von dort startet die längste Etappe um das Horn von Afrika und durch den Indischen Ozean bis nach Abu Dhabi in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten. Fast 10.000 Seemeilen lang sind Mensch und Material auf dieser Distanz den Elementen ausgesetzt. 4.500 Seemeilen weiter erreichen die Teams dann Sanya in Südchina.

Wie bereits beim Volvo Ocean Race 2011/2012 segeln die Teilnehmer von Sanya durch den Pazifik südlich bis in die „City of Sails" Auckland in Neuseeland (5.264 Seemeilen). Von dort geht es über 6.776 Seemeilen zunächst weiter nach Itajai im Nordosten Brasiliens und anschließend nordwärts nach Newport an der Ostküste Amerikas, das erstmals Gastgeber für die Regatta-Teilnehmer ist. Dann geht es über den Atlantik zurück nach Europa (2.800 Seemeilen). Von Lissabon aus wird zunächst die französische Stadt Lorient angesteuert (647 Seemeilen), bevor alle Boote dann mit voller Kraft voraus den 1.600 Seemeilen langen Endspurt um die Britischen Inseln nach Göteborg in Angriff nehmen.

„Einen solchen anspruchsvollen Routenverlauf gab es noch nie", sagt Knut Frostad, CEO der Volvo Ocean Race Organisation. „Für die Teilnehmer bedeutet dies, dass sie neue Strategien wählen und sich auch auf neue Wetterverhältnisse einstellen müssen. Das Rennen 2014/2015 ist eine große Herausforderung. Nicht nur für uns, sondern auch und vor allem für die Segler, denn keiner kann von sich behaupten, dass er genau diese Strecke jemals absolviert hat."

Beim Volvo Ocean Race 2014/2015 gehen die Teams erstmals in baugleichen Yachten an den Start. Die jetzt um 1,70 Meter kürzeren und damit knapp 20 Meter langen Volvo Ocean 65 Boote sind nicht nur zuverlässiger und sicherer, sondern auch schneller: Das Gesamtgewicht konnte um über drei Tonnen auf 10,75 Tonnen gesenkt werden.

Neu ist ebenfalls, dass jetzt nur noch sieben statt wie bisher zehn Segel gehisst werden dürfen und acht statt bisher zehn Crewmitglieder an Bord erlaubt sind. Das gilt ebenso für das reine Frauen-Team SCA Ocean Racing, das sich bereits im Trainingslager auf Lanzarote vorbereitet und dank der pinkfarbenen Yacht schon von Weitem zu erkennen ist.

Volvo Ocean Race 2014/2015: Die Etappen im Überblick


Hafenstart

In-Port-Race

Etappenstart

Distanz in Seemeilen

Alicante

04. Okt.

11. Okt.

3.421

Recife

08. Nov.

09. Nov.

9.707

Abu Dhabi

02. Jan.

03. Jan.

4.670

Sanya

07. Feb.

08. Feb.

5.264

Auckland

14. März

15. März

6.776

Itajai

18. April

19. April

5.010

Newport

16. Mai

17. Mai

2.800

Lissabon

06. Juni

07. Juni

647

Lorient

tbd

tbd

1.600

Göteborg

27. Juni

Gesamt: 39.895

 
 
 

Volkswagen Group delivers 2.27 million vehicles in first quarter / 5.1 percent increase*

12. April 2013 10,238en - 1045 Watch schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

  • 864,400 vehicles delivered in March / +0.2 percent*

  • Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Stable first-quarter development for the Group. March clearly shows that markets worldwide are becoming even more difficult.”
Wolfsburg, 12 April 2013 - The Volkswagen Group delivered 2.27 (January-March 2012: 2.16; +5.1 percent)* million vehicles from January to March. The company handed over 864,400 (March 2012: 862,700; +0.2 percent)* vehicles to customers in the month of March. “The Volkswagen Group showed stable development at a high level in the first quarter and performed slightly better than the overall passenger car market. Positive momentum was maintained in North America and China. Almost all other regions, however, particularly the markets in Western Europe, remain affected by uncertainty which is in some cases considerable. The data for March clearly show that the markets are becoming even more difficult”, Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler said in Wolfsburg on Friday. 

Group brands delivered 881,600 (936,900; -5.9 percent) vehicles on the overall European market in the first quarter as demand for vehicles took a general downturn; of this figure, 477,400 (507,100; -5.9 percent) units were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). In the home market of Germany, 262,100 (282,400; -7.2 percent) customers took possession of a new car, while Europe’s largest automaker delivered 142,100 (147,400; -3.6 percent) vehicles in the Central and Eastern Europe region. The delivery trend in Russia remained slightly positive, with 67,300 (66,000; +2.0 percent) units handed over to customers.

Developments on the American continent were mixed. Deliveries in the North America region from January to March grew 14.9 percent to 205,700 (179,100), of which 142,800 (124,400; +14.7 percent) vehicles were delivered in the United States. In the South America region, on the other hand, there was a 4.5 percent decline to 219,200 (229,400) units, of which 160,600 (164,500; -2.4 percent) vehicles were handed over in Brazil.

Group figures for the Asia-Pacific region remained encouraging. 860,700 (726,100; +18.5 percent) vehicles were handed over to customers there in the first quarter, of which 769,200 (633,900; +21.3 percent) units were delivered in China, the Group’s largest single market. Deliveries in India, however, fell to 25,900 (34,100; -24.0 percent) units.

Outline of developments at Group brands

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 1.43 (1.36; +5.2 percent) million vehicles to customers worldwide from January to March. The brand continued to develop well in the Asia-Pacific region, where deliveries ran at 653,500 (540,600; +20.9 percent). In the North America region, Volkswagen Passenger Cars handed over 145,700 (135,700; +7.3 percent) vehicles to customers, while deliveries on the overall European market, which remained difficult, ran at 396,300 (441,800; -10.3 percent) units.

Audi delivered 369,500 (346,100; +6.8 percent) vehicles worldwide in the first quarter. Deliveries by the premium brand from Ingolstadt developed well in the Asia-Pacific region, where 124,200 (108,100; +14.9 percent) models were handed over to customers. Audi delivered 41,100 (36,000) vehicles in the North America region during the same period, an increase of 14.1 percent.

The sports car manufacturer Porsche, which became a Volkswagen Group brand on August 1, 2012, delivered a total of 37,000 vehicles in the period to March. Demand for models built by the Stuttgart-based carmaker was particularly strong in the Asia-Pacific region, where 11,700 vehicles were handed over, and in the North America region, where deliveries ran at 10,500.

ŠKODA delivered a total of 220,400 (242,700; -9.2 percent) vehicles in the first three months. The Czech automaker handed over 53,900 (60,900; -11.5 percent) units to customers in Central and Eastern Europe and – as a result of a downturn in India – 65,600 (72,600; -9.7 percent) vehicles in the Asia-Pacific region.

SEAT delivered 87,100 (80,100; +8.7 percent) vehicles worldwide in the period to March, continuing the upward trend of the first two months. Deliveries by the Spanish brand developed particularly well in Germany, where 16,600 (13,100) units, equivalent to an increase of 26.9 percent, were handed over, in the UK, where the company delivered 11,500 (10,900; +5.2 percent), and Mexico, where 5,500 (5,100; +7.7 percent) vehicles were delivered.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles handed over 124,200 (130,700; -5.0 percent) vehicles to customers in the first quarter, of which 70,200 (80,400; -12.6 percent) units were delivered on the overall European market. In contrast, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles recorded a 13.7 percent increase in the Asia-Pacific region, where the company handed over 4,400 (3,900) vehicles to customers.

*) including deliveries by the Porsche brand from August 1, 2012; excluding MAN and Scania

 
 
 

Frida Weyer wird Chefdesignerin bei MEISSEN Couture.

12. April 2013 10,237de - 0900 Fashion schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

MEISSEN Italia gründet neues Couture-Label

MEISSEN Italia, die Mailänder Tochter der 300 jährigen Manufaktur MEISSEN hat heute bekanntgegeben, ihr Sortiment zukünftig um gehobene Couture zu erweitern. Hierzu hat das Traditionshaus die junge deutsche Designerin Frida Weyer als Chefdesignerin gewinnen können, deren Kreationen unter anderem mit dem PREMIUM Young Designers Award und dem BUNTE New Faces Award ausgezeichnet wurden und international bereits viel Anklang gefunden haben.

Unter der neuen Marke "MEISSEN COUTURE" sollen zukünftig jährlich zwei Kollektionen besonderer Cocktail-, Abend- und Brautkleider präsentiert werden.

"Der Markenkern von MEISSEN ist nicht die Mode sondern die Kunst. Daher konzentrieren wir uns im Konzern auf die Couture, bei der edle Materialien, aufwändige Handwerkskunst und Kreativität zusammenfliessen.", erläutert Dr. Christian Kurtzke, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung von MEISSEN die Strategie des Konzerns. "Frida Weyer's Kreationen sind uns bereits in den letzten Jahren aufgefallen - ihr Anspruch und Können passt perfekt zu unseren Markenvorstellungen."

"Wir präsentieren unsere Schmuckkreationen weltweit auf verschiedensten Veranstaltungen," erläutert Paolo Novembri, Chairman der MEISSEN Italia, "da bot es sich direkt an, auch die passenden, eleganten Kleider aus dem eigenen Hause mit zu präsentieren."

"Für mich als junge Designerin war es eine wunderbare Überraschung, als MEISSEN mich ansprach - eine einzigartige Chance", erzählt Frida Weyer. "Kein anderes Label verfügt über solche Tradition. Ich freue mich schon sehr darauf, mich von den unendlichen Archiven der Manufaktur für neue Kreationen inspirieren zu lassen".

 
 
 

PUMA SE: Philippe Bocquillon becomes new General Manager of PUMA China

12. April 2013 10,236en - 0900 Shoe schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

Shanghai, China, 11 April 2013 - Sportlifestyle company PUMA is pleased to announce that Philippe Bocquillon (50) has been appointed General Manager PUMA China as of today, April 11. He succeeds Nicole Au (41), who joined PUMA in 2009 and leaves the company to pursue new career opportunities.

Philippe Bocquillon joins the Asia-Pacific Management team and will be responsible for optimizing the efficiency of PUMA's business model in China, one of fastest growing and strategically important markets globally. Based in Shanghai, Bocquillon reports to Ludovic Manzon, General Manager Asia-Pacific and Japan.

Philippe Bocquillon, who is of French citizenship, has a profound knowledge of the sports and fashion industry as well as a unique understanding of the Chinese market. Before joining PUMA, he has held leading positions at Adidas since 2004, most recently as Senior Vice President of Sales of Adidas Greater China. Prior to this, Bocquillon gained valuable experience in the Wine and Spirit as well as Watch and Jewelry Business Units at LVMH Group as Trade Marketing and Country Manager. Bocquillon graduated at the Institut Supérieur du Commerce in Paris and holds an Excecutive MBA from INSEAD, Singapore.

 
 
 
BMW Group recognises suppliers for best innovations
12. April 2013 10,235en - 0900 Auto schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com

Munich. The BMW Group has presented its second Supplier Innovation Award. A total of eight suppliers were recognised for their outstanding achievements in innovation and development.

The BMW Group considers innovation the foundation of a company’s economic success and future competitiveness. The only way to master the challenges ahead for the automobile industry is through a high level of creativity and inventiveness. The BMW Group therefore recognises its most innovative suppliers as key partners who play a crucial role in the successful implementation of new developments. The Supplier Innovation Award is designed to pay tribute to their achievements.

Klaus Draeger, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network, explained: “We intend to continue expanding and strengthening our innovation leadership. Close cooperation with suppliers is extremely important to us. This award is designed not only to recognise outstanding achievements, but also as an incentive for our suppliers 
to strive for a key competitive edge through their innovations for the BMW Group in the future.”

At the awards ceremony, Herbert Diess, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development, also emphasised the significance of new technologies: “Innovation is a decisive factor in a vehicle’s market success. Many customers ultimately opt for the car with the most impressive innovations. In fact, innovations are a key driver in our role as a pioneer in shaping the mobility of tomorrow.”

The BMW Group presented awards in a total of seven categories and one special “Innovation Partnership Award”. The categories cover different fields 
of technology where the company will define the future of individual mobility 
as a premium manufacturer: Efficient Dynamics, Lightweight Construction, Connected Drive, New Technology Experience, Quality, Productivity, Sustainability.

The winners of the 2013 BMW Supplier Innovation Award:

Efficient Dynamics

BorgWarner Turbo Systems GmbH: TwinPower turbo engine with three turbochargers

What is unique about this TwinPower turbo engine is that it enables an exceptional performance/fuel consumption ratio for a diesel engine, with record new values through optimised synchronisation at all engine speeds.

Lightweight Construction

Magna BDW technologies GmbH: lightweight high-voltage battery housing made of die-cast aluminium

Using a special manufacturing method, the supplier developed an optimised housing for high-voltage batteries made of die-cast aluminium. Complex functions were combined in a single component, intricate processing steps eliminated and weight substantially reduced through optimal use of materials.

Connected Drive

Peiker Acustic GmbH & Co. KG: Car Hotspot LTE

The Car Hotspot LTE (Long Term Evolution) enables in-car LTE mobile internet. Passengers can enjoy high-speed internet access on up to eight mobile devices simultaneously. With this innovation, the BMW Group became the first automobile manufacturer to offer high-speed mobile internet for cars in 2012.

New Technology Experience

Dräxlmaier Group: renewable raw materials for interior panelling

For the first time, a special process and surface treatment technology was developed to create the high-end look and feel, colour, material and texture of natural fibres. The use of renewable raw materials reduces the need for oil-based plastics.

Quality

Friedrich Boysen GmbH & Co. KG: automatic rear silencer welder

The automatic rear silencer welder fully automates all steps in the welding process as well as calibration of the system and component measurement, preventing production faults and thereby assuring a high standard of quality.

Productivity

R. Scheuchl GmbH: wire arc spraying of cylinder treads

The wire arc spraying process is used to apply an ultra-thin layer of steel directly to the aluminium treads in crankcases. This layer is much thinner than the previous steel liner, thereby reducing weight and fuel consumption.

Sustainability

AUNDE Achter & Ebels GmbH: seat cover from recycled PET

100%-recycled PET is used in a special process to produce a high-quality upholstery material that takes recycling to the next level.

Special “Innovation Partnership Award”

Robert Bosch GmbH

The BMW Group has celebrated many innovation milestones with Robert Bosch GmbH in countless joint vehicle projects throughout an exceptional partnership spanning several decades. 
With this special award, the BMW Group pays tribute to the extraordinary level of cooperation with one of its most important and most innovative partners.

 
 
 
PDK success story: a bestseller in just five years
12. April 2013 10,234en - 0900 Auto schuh & mode online @ www.pcdsreview.com
Stuttgart. We've come full circle. In den 1980s, Porsche developed a world first in automotive technology for use in races and thus won the race: the dual-clutch transmission. In 2013, this progressive transmission technology returns to the circuit course: The new 911 GT3 has the fastest and most powerful Porsche dual-clutch transmission – PDK in short – that Porsche uses for a production vehicle. Just under 30 years – starting with a long pause and ending in an incredible success story. Depending on the model range, more than three-quarters of all Porsche vehicles today are delivered with PDK – and the trend is on the rise.

With 54 victories and numerous championships, the Porsche 962 that was used in races starting in 1984 is probably one of the most successful racing sports cars of all time. The Porsche dual-clutch transmission was first developed for the 962. The gearbox construction stood the test in the long-distance world championship. It was not developed for standard production at that time because the electronics and the computer capacities were not yet fully mature technically to meet the high comfort standards for operation in a road vehicle.

2008: first PDK for sports cars in the 911 Carrera
With progress made in the development of control electronics, this changed after the new millennium was hailed in. Porsche took up the development again and presented the first dual-clutch transmission for production sports cars in the 911 Carrera in 2008. It replaced the conventional Tiptronic S automatic gearbox and has been perfectly custom-fit for the sports cars: The Porsche Doppelkupplung combines dynamic driving performance and the excellent mechanical efficiency of a manual transmission with the great shift and driving comfort of an automatic gearbox. Right from the beginning, the PDK was able to shift gears up to 60% faster than an automatic gearbox. It facilitated gear shifts without any interruptions in propulsive power and reduced fuel consumption.

The PDK gears are divided into two half gearboxes connected to the engine through two parallel powershift clutches. The odd-numbered gears and reverse gear are connected to clutch I – this package is the first half gearbox. Clutch II engages the even-numbered gears, making for the second half gearbox. In principle, the individual gears are selected via shift forks as in a mechanical manual transmission, which are activated electro-hydraulically, however, in the PDK. Gears one to six are designed for a sporty performance – the vehicles reach top speed in the sixth gear. The seventh gear has a long gear ratio for saving fuel.

The PDK was greeted by customers with praise from the very onset. One year after the 911 Carrera received the new gearbox as an option, it was also optionally installed in the Boxster and Cayman. When the Panamera had its world premiere in 2009, all three starting models were already equipped with the dual-clutch transmission as standard. Although the PDK works the same in all three model ranges, it's a specific development for each of the three model families due to the fact alone that they feature three different drive systems.

2013: comeback of the PDK in the 911 GT3 able to meet the needs of the circuit course
With the new 911 GT3, the capabilities of the PDK have reached a new level. Our motorsports engineers have thoroughly reworked the dual-clutch transmission mechanically and in terms of controls especially for the high-performance sports car. The result is a transmission that offers the driver all the features that count for driving performance taken over from the previous manual transmission, augmented by the performance advantages of the PDK. Thus it can be driven on circuit courses like a sequential gearbox – with even more potential and emotional driving fun.

“Lightning shifts” with extremely short response and shift times
Shift strategy and response time of the PDK in the 911 GT3 have been systematically developed for performance and are fundamentally different from those of other Porsche sports cars. The driver can feel it especially with manual upshifts in the form of a “lightning shift”: Response times of under 100 milliseconds are possible. For boosting the driving performance, the lightning shifts are done with a torque increase, and the gear shifts are translated with a highly dynamic adjustment of the engine revs to the newly selected gear. Shift times are in ranges that were reserved to motor sports up to now.

Paddle neutral: decoupling function with the PDK of the 911 GT3
The driving performance of a sports car driven for optimal lap times is also determined by the clutch. Hence the PDK in the 911 GT3 has a “paddle neutral” function. If the driver pulls both shift paddles concurrently, the clutches of the PDK are opened and the force flow between engine and powertrain is interrupted. If both shift paddles are released again, the clutch closes with lightning speed when the PSM is switched off. If the PSM is activated, the clutch also closes quickly but not so pulse-like.

This function essentially offers two advantages: If the vehicle understeers, for instance on a wet road in a curve, the driver can neutralise by pulling the paddles, thus building up additional cornering force on the rear axle wheels. The second aspect refers to influencing the driving dynamics individually through the pulse-like onset of the drive power when coupling. Comparable to a traditional clutch in conjunction with a manual transmission, the rear of the vehicle can be consciously destabilised when turning.

Adaptive gear shifting with sporty strategies
The PDK offers the driver of the new 911 GT3 the alternative of leaving the shifting to the adaptive transmission control. Basically, the DSG of the new 911 GT3 has only two shifting strategies: Sports and Race Track. With them, the gear shifts in the new 911 GT3 are always quick. Shift processes and shift points get their bearings from the driving dynamics of the driver. In the Race Track mode, the PDK follows shift maps that are tailored to the requirements of pure circuit course operation. The gears are held longer and upshifts are carried out only with higher torques. The circuit course alignment also means that the shift program remains performance-oriented even with a moderately sporty driving style. Thus the high-performance sports car always moves within performance-driven operating points, and an increased propulsive power potential is available at every moment without the driver having to shift gears.

Shorter gear ratios: faster times on the Nürburgring Northern Loop
The mechanical changes of the 911 GT3-PDK in comparison to the dual-clutch transmissions in the other Porsche models affect mainly their internal structure. By using lighter gear wheels and gear sets, the torque dynamism of the high-torque engine is optimally supported. Moreover, the total weight of the PDK was reduced by two kilogrammes. Shorter gear ratios result in an entirely new characteristic; the 911 GT3 reaches top speed in the seventh and highest gear. In conjunction with the rear axle ratio that was shortened by 15%, the new 911 GT3 features significantly shorter total ratios in all gears than the 911 Carrera models.

As a result, the driving performance of the new 911 GT3 again sets records. Two values in particular are influenced by the PDK: With full acceleration, the 911 GT3 reaches the 100 km/h mark in 3.5 seconds and accelerates to 200 in less than twelve seconds. And the new 911 GT3 masters the Nürburgring Northern Loop, the admittedly most difficult race course in the world, in under 7 minutes and 30 seconds.

 
 
 
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