BMW steps up CO2 reduction efforts; delivers record 2011 results

CEO Reithofer says BMW has had a good start to 2012 (Photo: Arjen Bongard

BMW is confident it will achieve European CO2 targets for 2015, but to meet longer-term goals, it plans to step up r&d developments. “We are totally confident we will meet the target set for the BMW Group” for 2015, said BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer. He said the group’s more efficient drivetrain technology will help it […]

automotiveDAY 2012: IT becoming a competitive differentiator

Co-founder Rogers explained a new crowd-sourcing based approach to carmaking (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — One thing was clear at the 2012 automotiveDAY conference: IT is quickly becoming one of the major differentiators in the competition between the world’s car brands. Until recently, IT was mostly seen as way to reduce costs and boost efficiency. But in addresses to the conference, IT directors outlined how the services they […]

automotiveDAY: Progress cited on open PLM standards

Continental's Hoeflich, BMW's Probst and ProSTEP's Vetterman (l-to-r) welcomed progress made on PLM openness (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Automakers and suppliers reported major progress in creating common IT standards to be used in product lifecycle management (PLM). “We now have a common understanding with regard to the issue of openness in PLM systems and now have measurable criteria for that openness,” said Steven Vetterman, who heads ProSTEP iViP, a global association […]

automotiveDAY: BMW execs say selectivity is key in infotainment

BMW's Hildegard Wortmann (left) and Karl Probst describe the opportunities and challenges of connected cars (Photo: automotiveIT)

HANOVER – BMW executives see huge possibilities to add a wealth of new in-car infotainment functions, but they agreed that selectivity is key. “The possibilities are endless but we need to focus on what makes sense from the point of view of usefulness for the customer,” said Hildegard Wortmann, senior vice president product management at […]

BMW’s Draeger, Diess to switch jobs

BMW's head of purchasing, Herbert Diess, will take charge of group R&D (Photo: BMW)

Two top BMW executives are switching roles as the premium carmaker moves to more effectively deal with a growing range of products and initiatives. R&D Boss Klaus Draeger will assume responsibility for group purchasing, taking over from Herbert Diess, who henceforth will be in charge of group R&D. At the same time, Ian Robertson, global […]

German BMWs to get Vodafone SIM cards

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New BMWs in Germany will be equipped with specially adapted Vodafone SIM cards from this summer as the German premium carmaker pursues its ConnectedDrive strategy. Under a five-year agreement between BMW and Vodafone Germany, new cars will be fitted with the SIM cards at the assembly plant. The cards use machine-to-machine technology that allows different […]

With Aupeo!, BMW integrates 1st global 3rd-party iPhone App

BMW is rolling out globally a music App similar to Pandora in N. America (Photo: BMW)

BMW is launching the Aupeo! personal radio iPhone App, the first global application developed by a third party. The Munich-based premium car maker said Aupeo! will soon be available for all current BMW and Mini models. The launch of Aupeo!, a kind of personal DJ service similar to the North American Pandora internet radio service, […]

BMW, Daimler, Bosch to build joint data platform for EV charging

A standardized charging-station infrastructure is seen as critical to the growth of electric vehicles (Photo: RWE)

Automakers Daimler and BMW are teaming up with key German automotive suppliers and electric utilities to build a common data platform for electric-vehicle charging. The two premium carmakers plan to form a joint venture for this purpose with suppliers Robert Bosch and Siemens and utilities RWE and EnBW. They hope the joint data platform will […]

Ulbrich to become new Audi CIO Feb 1

Mattias Ulbrich has held various senior IT positions within the VW Group (Photo: VW)

Mattias Ulbrich will become Audi’s new CIO effective Feb. 1. He will succeed Klaus Straub, who is leaving the premium car unit of Volkswagen Group to join rival BMW. Ulrich was born in Braunschweig, Germany, in 1966, studied electrical engineering there and started his professional career in marketing at IT group Hewlett Packard in 1996. […]

BMW’s Draeger predicts big EV battery improvements

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MUNICH — It wasn’t so long ago that a typical discussion with BMW’s r&d chief would focus on new combustion-engine technology, the aerodynamic qualities of the latest car designs or the relative driving characteristics of Germany’s three premium carmakers. Those topics are still important. But in an interview with automotiveIT, Klaus Draeger, BMW’s board member […]