Krueger to succeed Reithofer as next BMW CEO May 13

Krueger's appointment is part of a generational change at BMW (Photo: BMW)

BMW’s head of production, Harald Krueger, will become the next CEO of the German premium car maker in May. He will succeed Norbert Reithofer, who will become chairman of the BMW supervisory board. BMW also announced that Klaus Froelich, 54, will become board member for development, succeeding Herbert Diess. Diess has been hired by the […]

In surprise move, BMW’s Diess to head VW passenger car brand

Diess has headed BMW's R&D since 2012 (Photo: BMW)

In a surprise move, BMW R&D chief Herbert Diess will move to Volkswagen ¬†to head the brand’s core VW passenger car brand. He will take over ¬†– on October 1, 2015 – from VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn, who will continue as chairman of the management board of Europe’s largest car group. “With Herbert Diess […]

BMW plans more plug-in hybrids for its core model range

BMW has developed a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can be used across its model range (Photo: BMW)

BMW plans to¬†roll out plug-in hybrid versions of all BMW models in the long term. The premium car maker is unveiling a plug-in hybrid 3 Series prototype as well as a range of other concepts that use technology that’s already in place in its i-brand vehicles. ‚ÄúAll BMW Group models benefit from BMW i,” BMW […]

automotiveIT Congress – Hanover

Around 500 automotive and IT executives each year attend the Hanover Congress (Photo: Claus Dick)

The automotiveIT Group will host its annual Congress during the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover March 19, 2015. The event will focus on the new role IT is playing in tomorrow’s car industry. It is the 7th time the automotiveIT Congress takes place in Germany. The conference brings together around 500 executives from the automotive […]

BMW on track with efforts to reduce energy consumption in plants

In Spartanburg, where BMW builds the X3, more than 80 production facilities and robots have been equipped with smart meters since 2012 (Photo: BMW)

BMW is on track with efforts to lower the amount of energy it needs to build cars, with energy consumption per vehicle dropping 31 percent between 2006 and 2013. By 2020, the Munich-based premium carmaker wants energy expended per vehicle to be down 45 percent from 2006 levels. One significant pillar of the¬†strategy is the […]

carIT Congress: BMW executive sees electric future

BMW's Frickenstein (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — BMW, which has a fleet of 2.5 million connected cars on the world’s roads, expects an automotive future with highly automated vehicles that are propelled by electric motors, Elmar Frickenstein, vice-president electrics/electronics at the German premium car brand, said Tuesday. Frickenstein said connectivity is already bringing a broad range of new functions to […]

CIO change at BMW: Straub said to succeed Probst

BMW CIO Probst is retiring, sources say (Photo: Claus Dick)

Klaus Straub is expected to succeed ¬†Karl-Erich Probst as CIO of BMW Group at the end of August, industry sources say. Probst took over as head of BMW’s central IT department in 2006. He is leaving the company of his own accord, the sources say. Klaus Straub Straub used to be CIO of Volkswagen Group’s […]

In BMW plant, gesture control is on trial

A worker can register a fault by swiping across a component (Photo: BMW)

BMW, in a test of so-called “Industry 4.0″ car manufacturing, is using camera-based gesture detection in a pilot project at its plant in Landshut, Germany. The premium car maker is trying out the technology for quality control of bumpers before they are mounted. The test¬†is designed to reduce the time and effort it takes to […]

Bosch introduces “combiner” head-up displays for BMW

The "combiner" head-up display makes it look as if the information is suspended two meters before the vehicle (Photo: Robert Bosch)

So-called “combiner” head-up displays built by Robert Bosch will be available on a range of BMW Group models, including the new Mini hatchback, the German automotive supplier said. The combiner system merges the images that are generated by the car’s instrument panel with the scenery outside and makes the combined picture look as if it […]

Apple launches “CarPlay” for Mercedes, Ferrari, Volvo

Apple's CarPlay will be available for Mercedes, Ferrari and Volvo shortly (Photo: Apple)

Apple said a new iPhone connectivity suite will be available for Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo this week and for other brands at a later date. Apple said its “CarPlay” software can be operated through the car’s HMI or by using the company’s Siri voice control. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product […]