Today, the BMW Group announced the launch of its Ride-Hailing service in Chengdu, the capital city of the Chinese province Sichuan as part of its premium mobility brand ReachNow. The BMW Group is the first foreign company in China to obtain a license to operate a Ride-Hailing service. By adding an additional premium mobility option to its existing Car-Sharing business in China, the company seeks to further expand its mobility services offering.
“We are excited to offer our new premium Ride-Hailing service in Chengdu, one of the largest Ride-Hailing hubs in the world embracing mobility solutions for a sustainable urban future” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, Customer Engagement and Digital Business Innovation BMW Group. “Half our fleet of 200 BMW 5 Series are sustainable plug-in-hybrid vehicles and our highly skilled and trained drivers will ensure an exciting premium mobility experience,” he added.
The Ride-Hailing service will complement the current ReachNow Car-Sharing business which was started in Chengdu in partnership with EVCARD in December 2017 and runs a fleet of 100 BMW i3 electric vehicles. The new Ride-Hailing service offers an additional mobility solution for those who do not wish to get behind the wheel themselves, but would rather book a car with driver. Customers can use the BMW ReachNow App to either pre-book or instantly book a Ride-Hailing service.
The BMW Group views the expansion of mobility services as an important pillar of its Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT. With service offerings for on-demand mobility (DriveNow and ReachNow), parking (ParkNow) and charging (ChargeNow), the BMW Group is establishing a holistic ecosystem for the most pressing issues affecting urban mobility. The new business models tap into new customer groups and respond to the demands of its existing customers who appreciate individual, premium on-demand mobility exactly tailored to their requirements.
BMW Group expands footprint in ChinaThe expansion of mobility services in China represents one of numerous strategic investments announced this year in China.
In 2018 the BMW Group has further expanded its footprint and the scale of its commercial success in China. The BMW Group announced together with its partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. (CBA) the early extension of the joint venture contract for BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) and the further deepening of the existing successful collaboration. Furthermore, the BMW Group intends to increase its stake in BBA from 50 percent to 75 percent. BBA will be investing more than three billion euros in its plants in Shenyang over the next few years. In 2020 the first fully-electric BMW - the all-electric BMW iX3 – will be built in China and exported to markets outside of China.
Additionally, the BMW Group has signed an agreement with the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor to produce electric MINI vehicles in China through a mutual 50:50 joint venture. As well as electric MINI vehicles, the "Spotlight Automotive Limited" joint venture will also produce electric vehicles for Great Wall Motor. The establishment of the new company is subject to approval by the relevant Chinese authorities and the finalisation of business registration procedures.
BMW PRESS CLUB
Waverley BMW hosted the December BMW Drivers Club meeting and Christmas function. The showroom and back of house service facilities combine to provide a professional luxurious experience that is synonymous with the BMW brand.
The extensive range of M series and other showroom cars aroused the interest of members and their partners. The large workshop facilities were spotless and well appointed, offering everything from servicing, fault diagnosis to supplying and fitting new wheels and tyres, detailing packages and new vehicle preparation. The service facility also included a high-tech spray booth and oven that enabled minor repairs including rectification of small dents, bumper bar scrapes, scratches and paint blemishes to be undertaken during programmed vehicle servicing.
David O’Dywer’s impeccable Calypso red 840 series and Ewen McConachie’s, Targa Z4M were on display and looked very much at home alongside two of BMW i8’s.
Jo Mawson outlined some of the activities planned for 2019 and recounted the highlights of the first 9-10 months of the new club one impressive achievement for the inaugural year of the club is that membership has hit 273. The dedicated committee and their support crews can rightly be very proud of what has been accomplished. As club members and their partners enjoyed the festivities, raffle prize winners included Steven Garth, Theo Hoff, Andrew Brown and Bruce Paris.
Overall there is little doubt that all members of the BMWDC Melbourne are winners; belonging to a club that delivers activities that enable us to enjoy our passion with other like-minded enthusiasts.
Bill Bardsley | Member #58BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
Diesel models from BMW were awarded top marks for their nitrogen oxide readings in the real-world road test conducted by the ADAC in Germany. The following models scored maximum points in the emissions section of the ADAC EcoTest and were graded as outstanding:
The EcoTest organised by the ADAC (the German automobile association) is a rigorous testing procedure that subjects vehicles to a thorough examination, including measuring their pollutant emissions in real-world road driving. A trio of diesel models from BMW recently achieved the best possible score of 50 marks, resulting in the award of grade ‘1’ for outstanding. The BMW 520d Touring performed superbly in the nitrogen oxide tests, with a reading of less than 16 mg/km in urban driving and under 10 mg/km in rural driving and on the motorway. The maximum allowed is 168 mg/km. The ADAC had the following to say about the BMW X1 sDrive 18d Steptronic: “BMW is dealing extremely well with the issue of emissions. There are no abnormal figures for any type of pollutant, and the nitrogen oxide emissions are so low they could even be a record. Even the sensitive measuring equipment used for the test barely managed to detect any emissions in some cases.”
BMW models have performed comparatively well in nitrogen oxide emission tests in the past, too. This was the case, for example, in the real-world road test conducted by German motoring magazine auto, motor und sport (issue 19 from 23 March 2017) and the many follow-up tests carried out by authorities in countries including France, Korea and Japan. Here, the respective BMW models obtained some of the best results.
The ADAC test results are further proof that today’s BMW diesel models with state-of-the-art technology produce remarkably low emissions. Three factors, in particular, are key to achieving this:
Sunday, 9 December turned out to be bright and sunny, despite the weather forecast predicting some showers.
We had a lovely drive down to the Cooee Café in Capel Sounds, who were celebrating their first birthday. Free coffee and birthday cake were given out to all who came into the café and there was a really warm friendly vide happening. They also offered a $20 all you can eat buffet breakfast, which I think most of our members took up. Very yummy.
We had a great turn out of BMWs, a Tiguan and an amazingly restored Impala, owned by Simon Lyne, which got lots of interest on the day.
We are a club of car enthusiast, not just BMWs, so remember we welcome all makes and models, even motor bikes at most of our events, so if you are unsure what you can bring, just give us a call and we will let you know.
Look out for our next coffee morning and be sure to bring your favourite ride along to show to us all.
Jo Mawson | Member #2BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
Day 1 | Friday, 30 November 2018
During the afternoon of Friday, 30 November 2018, members of the BMW Drivers Club Melbourne (BMWDCM), BMW Drivers Club NSW (BMWDCNSW) and BMW Car Club Canberra (BMWCCC), gathered at the Atura Hotel in Albury. Club members had rendezvoused at the hotel ahead of the following two days of driving the roads of the Victorian High Country. In all, some 30 members and their partners arrived at the hotel.
The pre-dinner socialising was an excellent opportunity for the renewing of friendships and the making of new ones. The task made all the easier by the groups common love of the BMW marque and their enthusiasm for driving cars, especially over challenging terrain.
Dinner was a delicious smorgasbord provided by the hotel and presented a further opportunity to talk about our beloved cars and to get to know more about each other’s diverse backgrounds. That said, most members had a relatively early night as we had an early morning start to a long day’s drive before overnighting in Bright.
As a member of the BMWCCC, I would like to thank the event organisers from the Melbourne and NSW Clubs for an excellent start to the weekend.
BMW Car Club Canberra
Day 2 | Saturday, 1 December 2018
Saturday, the first day of summer and the beginning of the planned drives. After breakfast, our day began pleasantly warm and sunny in the carpark of Atura Albury with a briefing from our drive leader, Peter Williams. The participants for the twisty course signed themselves in, while the two participants in the scenic drive organised themselves for a relaxed cruise through Beechworth and onto Bright.
Peter’s initial advice that getting out of Albury on the way to Mitta Mitta would be our greatest navigational challenge today, proved to be prophetic when nearly half of the convoy got lost within the first 3km of the journey! Luckily though, we were still within radio range and managed to coordinate a meeting point just on the border of the city limits, from which the convoy (in its new pecking order) managed an easy cruise alongside Lake Hume to our first break in the village of Mitta Mitta.
With the weather beginning to warm up, our refreshment break at the Mitta Mitta Hotel was very relaxing. The pub had decorated its back patio with car parts and memorabilia, which was very worthy of perusal. Maybe at this time, some of the passengers were still blissfully unaware of the adventures to come, as conversation was animated and people eager to see what would come next.
Omeo was our next stop, about 100km away, and the road rapidly shifted to one of nigh-endless turns, most signposted at 35-45km/h. Our convoy rapidly separated into the eager and energetic drivers, and those others who weren’t so enthusiastic! The road conditions and surfaces were very well maintained and predictable, and a credit to Victorian road quality. Besides the corner signposting, we were also told about decreasing radius turns, and had sufficient information about the best way to take most of the corners we encountered.
The M vehicles in the group were pushing for the lead, but I managed to keep up with the mid-pack in my 4 cylinder 328i for most of the stint, until passenger car-sickness reared its head and we had to slow down for awhile. The arrival of slow turns was so constant over this stretch that only the most ironclad constitutions in the passenger seat went unaffected. Those of us driving just revelled in exercising our BMWs through this course at legal speeds, sharing the experience with like-minded enthusiasts.
A lengthy lunch stop in Omeo allowed us all to relax and take stock of how clear and fulfilling the last stint had been, before gathering up again for another stretch to the ski resort of Mt. Hotham. Not as technical as getting to Omeo, but challenging and rewarding nonetheless. Not so many people up there, but this meant there was plenty of space to park all the cars in the convoy and get a few pictures.
Graeme from BMWDCM had brought a drone, which took some spectacular pictures of the cars and the Members on this journey. The day stayed sunny and bright, which really enhanced the experience of making this journey with friends and colleagues.
After all the effort put into getting up to Mt. Hotham, the trip down to Bright was relatively easy, but still involved a number of photo and video opportunities on the way down.
Overnight was at the Ovens Valley Motor Inn in Bright, which was a short walk or drive to our restaurant for the evening, a multi-course degustation at The Elm in Bright. We filled two separate rooms in the restaurant, which meant a bit of to-and-fro to catch up with everyone in a boisterous environment.
Sean McKone BMW Drivers Club NSW
Unlike the previous day, where sweeping back the curtain in your room revealed blinding sunlight - this morning instead opened to a heavy blanket of clouds gently drizzling over a wet landscape. You’d think that this would have put a damper on the day’s activities, but despite the rain several people found the time and enthusiasm to ‘warm up’ their cars with a quick jaunt up to Mt Beauty before the morning’s hearty breakfast back at the delightful little Ovens Valley Motor Inn.
Coming back from Mt Beauty into the motel, I was struck by the sheer number of club cars that filled the motel lot. With the exception of about one other odd car, the rest were all ours. It was such a sight. So many BMWs old and new (and Greg’s Honda Civic Type R just for good measure).
The sun came out and by the time breakfast was done and we’d briefed for the day the roads were looking much dryer. We saddled up and headed to Mt Buffalo. The road was a great hill climb of twisty switching corners all the way up. Peter’s calls from the front as guide vehicle were impeccable.
Getting up there we were greeted with spectacular views of the valleys, watching the play of sun and shadow as clouds moved over the terrain. It was warm in the sun but freezing when it disappeared. We all walked around, with warming cups of coffee and tea from a little food truck, exploring the summit. The Chalet (literally what it’s called) perched right at the top was a grand old building. It was shut, and had been for years, but peering in it was easy to imagine how nice it would be sitting on the couches in front of those big windows looking out over the world. Of note, the gardens around the chalet are well maintained and were a beautiful riot of colour.
There was quite a lot of time before departure to our lunch destination. Whilst some were happy to keep walking around exploring, others decided that naturally the best way to spend that time was with more driving. Soon cars could be heard roaring off back down the mountain. 40 minutes later we all regrouped and headed off.
We arrived at the Happy Valley Hotel for a solid pub lunch. The mood was good, this was our last point on the map before it was time to all make our own way home. It had been a great weekend. People slowly started departing, lots of goodbyes taking place. Eventually of the 17 or so cars, there remained 5 that headed back to Melbourne. Sunday afternoon provided its own set of great roads and lovely afternoon sun to drive along with. All in all, a great time.
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
MONTH IN REVIEW
November was a busy month for BMWDCM!
Our first event was the first 8 Fest Show & Shine on Melbourne Cup Day. The miserable weather did not deter the 40+ cars from attending. Read more about our day here.
We then attended the Sandown Historics on the weekend of 10/11 November. We had over 15 cars in attendance on each day, also winning the best car display of the event. Read more about it here.
Our November Members Meeting was then held at Shannons Insurance. We had a very special guest - the 530d Highway Patrol. Thank you to Leading Senior Constable Mick McGill and Acting Sergeant Heather Allen for bringing the new car. Read more here.
On a cold 24 November, we attended Geelong Revival. The Revival is always a fantastic event to attend, whether you're displaying cars or just attending for a look. Read more here.
From Geelong Revival one day, we were off to a beautiful sunny Winton the next for round 3 of the Drivers' Championship run by AROCA. Read more here.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: 267 MEMBERS
Welcome to all our new members, we can't wait to welcome you in person at the next event!
Don't forget to catch up with our November update from our President, Graeme Bell here.
THE MONTH AHEAD
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Another great month has passed with so many brilliant events.
Cup day was our first annual show & shine and 8-Fest. The weather wasn’t too kind to us, but I am proud to say we have such wonderful members who braved the rain and came out and made this event a fantastic success. After the show & shine, we all retired to the warmth of the restaurant and joined in some games, fashions on the field and a few raffles. Everyone had a lot of fun and some great prizes were won. These prizes were all donated by Celebrations of Clarinda. A huge thank you to Ross and Celebrations Clarinda!
At Sandown Historics, we had a display on both Saturday and Sunday. It was fantastic to see so many new and existing members come out and enjoy the racing, drop in for a chat and catch up with each other. Our Club won Best Club Display of the event which I am extremely proud of! It's so great to see the effort our committee goes to in organising these events getting rewarded by the organisers.
We had our exclusive, members only meeting at Shannons, with the new BMW 530d Highway Patrol vehicle and this was one of the best evenings I have been to with the club. The car was outstanding but the presentation from both officers was captivating and very interactive and informative. We have had so many emails back from members letting us know that it was one of the best nights they had been to. Well done team and watch out for another evening with the Highway Patrol next year, when they add the new X5 to the Police Fleet.
Last weekend was very busy, we had the Geelong Revival Club Display on Saturday, with a couple doing the Sunday display as well. Again, it was great to see lots of different cars coming from all over to put on a great display for the public, talk to lots of people and have a look at the speed trials.
Sunday we were up early again and off to Winton for the third round of the Drivers' Championship, run by AROCA. The weather was just perfect, beautiful sunshine and just perfect for good lap times. For something different, the whole day was on the short track, so the times were pretty quick considering what we are used to at Winton.
Looking forward, our final members meeting for the year will be at Waverly BMW with an exciting unveiling. Make sure you come along and join in the fun and witness the very special event!
I would like to thank our team who have helped make our first year run so smoothly, without their tireless work we would not be achieving such amazing results! The club is still in its first year and so many of you have come on board and made the journey so worth it. Today, membership is at 267 and we are seeing more coming in every week. Thank you for joining us.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing you all at an event in the New Year. Keep an eye on the calendar, there are lots of events coming in the New Year. If you have an idea or have been somewhere you think might be great for us to do, get in touch with any of the committee and let us know! We're always happy to listen and help you get out of the club what you want, it is your club!
Graeme Bell | President
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.
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Far more than a vehicle alone, the BMW Vision iNEXT represents a building block for the future of the BMW Group, encompassing technology, design and new ways of thinking that are set to filter through across the company and its brands. This is the first time all of the BMW Group’s strategic innovation fields – Autonomous driving, Connectivity, Electrification and Services (ACES) – have been incorporated into a single vehicle, while its design lends them visual expression (D+ACES) and offers a look ahead to the future face of driving pleasure.
Mobility is an intrinsic part of our lives, our experiences, our sensory beings. It is, in short, a basic human requirement. Consequently, deliberations about the future of mobility revolve more than ever around people, our emotions and our mobility needs and preferences. The possibilities offered by autonomous driving, electrification and ever-greater connectivity will in future open the door to completely new experiences and ways of shaping a journey by car. At the same time, they also promise to change our desires and lifestyle habits.
A boutique ambience on wheels.
Drivers will have ever greater freedom to decide how they wish to use the time spent travelling in a car. The design of the vehicle’s interior will become increasingly important, with the feel-good factor playing a more prominent role. The all-electric BMW Vision iNEXT has therefore been created as a mobile space that offers real quality of life and addresses the need for a new “favourite space” in which we can be ourselves and relax. The resultant design exudes emotional appeal and conveys a positive sensation when entering the vehicle.
The geometry of the iNEXT cabin is composed of just a few, clean-cut lines, placing the focus on materials and colours. A mix of cloth and wood creates the kind of sophisticated feel associated with furniture design, helping to give the interior its special “boutique” character. The inside of the car is awash with warm, welcoming colours, such as the nude shade Purus Rosé, Brown and Beige, while the shimmering metallic Mystic Bronze accentuates their effect. The rear compartment is dominated by the petrol-coloured Enlighted Cloudburst cloth upholstery with its intricate Jacquard weave, which runs asymmetrically across the seat area and extends into the side panelling and parcel shelf.
Smart technology – integrated out of sight.
Smart technologies will help people in an ever more unobtrusive way in the future. In the BMW Vision iNEXT, these technologies stay in the background and out of sight – hence the name Shy Tech – and are only deployed when needed or at the driver’s or passengers’ request. There is virtually no need for either screens or buttons. Functions can be operated using surfaces made of materials such as wood or cloth, like the Jacquard cloth upholstery in the BMW Vision iNEXT. Control of the vehicle is therefore tailored in every respect to the requirements of the people travelling in it.
The exterior: precision and clarity.
The exterior of the BMW Vision iNEXT is also brimming with innovations. The new BMW i design language is clearly visible with its striking lines and clear forms, including powerfully sculpted surfaces curved like muscles onto the flanks. The stunning Liquid Greyrose Copper paint finish, which gradually changes in shade from warm copper to dark rose, projects unbridled dynamism and gives the exterior still greater impact.
The BMW Vision iNEXT features a very modern take on the classical BMW four-eyed front end, complete with super-slender headlights, while cameras (rather than exterior mirrors) show what’s happening behind. The windscreen merges seamlessly into a large panoramic roof, providing a clear view of the car’s innovative interior.
At the rear, the horizontal lines and surfaces create a wide and dynamic stance, and the slim rear lights cut deep into the car’s tail. The air flows along the roof of the BMW Vision iNEXT all the way to its trailing edge, and this combines with a diffuser – illuminated for extra effect – to enhance the car’s aerodynamics. The diffuser is an attractive styling element and a highly functional one, too: besides its positive influence over the Vision Car’s aerodynamics, it also increases electric range. Taking its cue from racing cars, the diffuser adds to the sporting presence for which BMWs are renowned – without a single exhaust tailpipe in sight.
World premiere in California.
The BMW Vision iNEXT is celebrating its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018. The BMW Group’s Vision Car will herald the beginning of a new era in driving pleasure and mark the next step in the Munich-based company’s ongoing model offensive. The BMW iNEXT production model will roll off the assembly line at Plant Dingolfing from 2021, the new technological flagship transporting the company’s strategic innovation fields (D+ACES) onto the road.
VicRoads is introducing a new number range for club permit number plates.
The current series of plates for club permit holders ranges from 00000.H – 99999.H. Plates from 95000.H onwards are currently being issued and this series is expected to be completed in the coming months.
The number series in the next release will range from 0002.H.2 – 9999.H.9. This new series will run on our existing plate design (dark red background/white lettering).
To ensure the plates are readable by electronic readers and intelligent management systems (used by the Victoria Police and tolling organisations), there will be some combinations in this new number range that can’t be used, particularly those with the numbers 0, 1 or 5 directly before or after the H.
CPS plates Are plates transferable on sale of the vehicle? When a CPS vehicle is sold, the permit is not transferable and must be cancelled with the purchaser to apply for a new permit. When the permit is cancelled, there is no requirement for the plates to be returned to VicRoads unless VicRoads specifically requests the plates to be returned (which is done when a permit is cancelled due to a breach.)
CPS plates are not transferable except where:
(1) the owner changes clubs; or
(2) the vehicle is sold to a member of the same club.
There have been some instances of significant plates where re-use of plates has been allowed. These are considered on a case by case basis for rare and unusual circumstances.
Graeme Bell | Club Permit Officer
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
At the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW, the world’s largest show for customised motorcycles, the hippest customisers from all over the world come to the East Westfalian town of Bad Salzuflen to celebrate the world of customised motorcycles from 30 November to 2 December 2018. More than 300 firms will present over 1,000 custom bikes on an area covering 28,000 square metres in four halls – with BMW Motorrad right in the middle. For the sixth time already, BMW Motorrad is highlighting the customising potential of its models in cooperation with selected customiser garages.
Stylish BMW Motorrad custom bikes.
With a total of 15 models, the entire customising range will be on show at the stand of BMW Motorrad extending over an area of approx. 180 sqm – from the individually customised series production bike, moderate custom builds to true custom bike treasures requiring a great deal of craft skills. Striking examples are the “SoulFuel Bikes”, spectacular conversions by renowned customisers based on the current R nineT such as the Giggerl by Blechmann, theIron Racer Mark 2 by KSpeed as well as the SMW 61-B by Sosa Metal Works.
The Maximator based on the BMW R 1200 C is another highlight. The custom bike was built with meticulous manual care by the BMW Motorrad development engineer Ulf Musekamp, who was involved among other things in the realisation of the BMW R nineT family. His Maximator took 5th place among 100 bikes in the “Custombike Magazine” readers’ choice.
Exclusive: BMW Motorrad Spezial.
The “BMW Motorrad Spezial” range shows how much customising is already possible ex works. The high-grade customising parts highlight the great degree to which customers can already customise their BMW bike ex works with special equipment, original accessories and the BMW Motorrad Spezial range.
All this and a great deal more awaits visitors from 30 November to 2 December 2018 at the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW in the Bad Salzuflen trade fair centre. Opening hours are: Friday from 12 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
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