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Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Shutter priority | 1/1250sec | F/11.0 | ISO-800 | 2015:01:10 12:29:49

2015 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah defends his lead in the overall classification ahead of the rest day // Six MINI ALL4 Racing cars finish in the top ten on stage eight.

Munich (DE). Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR) are still leading the overall classification at halftime at the 2015 Dakar Rally. The duo finished special stage eight in third position right ahead of its biggest opponents De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz, who are now 8:27 minutes behind in the overall classification.

Orlando Terranova (AR) and his co-driver Bernardo Graue (AR) in the MINI ALL4 Racing also posted a strong result on day eight of this year’s Dakar. The two Argentineans finished one place ahead of Al-Attiyah/Baumel in second position.

Four more MINI ALL4 Racing cars were in the top ten on Sunday. Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR) kept there steady pace today crossing the line in fifth position. They defended their fourth place in the overall classification.

Joan “Nani” Roma/Michel Périn (ES/FR) in the MINI ALL4 Racing were also in the top ten again posting the sixth fastest time. “The Bolivians made a great effort and the accommodation was fantastic,” Roma said at the end of the day. “The people were just incredible and there were thousands of spectators. It was just great. The salt lake we started on today was incredible.”

Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU) were in eighth position followed by Boris Garafulic/Filipe Palmeiro (CL/PT), who finished within the top ten in the MINI ALL4 Racing for the first at this year’s Dakar Rally. 

Leg eight lead from Uyuni in Bolivia back to Iquique in Chile where the Dakar was on Friday already. Today the drivers completed the second day of the so-called marathon stages. On two days the drivers couldn’t call upon their support teams. 

The 784 kilometre-long special stage eight was held on a dried out salt lake called Salar de Uyuni where the drivers were able to go flat out for several hundred kilometres. Later they entered a 274 kilometre-long neutralization section before heading into a 38 kilometre sprint to Iquique at the Pacific Coast. 

“I’m quite happy to finish the marathon days with no real problems; we just had a flat tire today and we also lost a front wheel! Luckily that was not a big deal and it cost us only about two minutes to fix it” Nasser Al-Attiyah said. “The people in Bolivia were very nice and it was a real pleasure to be there. The Salar was amazing: like driving on ice! Thanks to all Bolivians, and especially the president of Bolivia, who was there to support us.”

On Monday the drivers will be able to re-charge their batteries on the rest day in Chile while the teams will be able to set-up the cars for the second part of the toughest rally in the world. There are still five stages to go until the Dakar reaches the finish line in Buenos Aires (AR) on Saturday. 

Canon EOS 5D Mark III | Shutter priority | 1/800sec | F/14.0 | ISO-800 | 2015:01:10 13:05:43

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Overall classification after leg 8 (Top 6). 

01 Al-Attiyah/Baumel - MINI ALL4 Racing - 26:41:15h

02 De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz - 26:49:42h

03 Al Rajhi/Gottschalk - 26:59:55h

04 Holowczyc/Panseri – MINI ALL4 Racing - 27:35:53h

05 Ten Brinke/Colsoul – 28:04:07h

06 Van Loon/Rosegaar – MINI ALL4 Racing - 28:07:06h

Coming up. 

Day 9 (12 January 2015).

Rest day Iquique


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MINI ALL4 Racing 2015 Dakar Rally Lineup.


Monster Energy Rally Raid Team.


#300  Nani Roma/Michel Périn (ES/FR)

#305  Orlando Terranova/Bernardo „Ronnie“ Graue (AR/AR)

#306  Krzysztof Holowczyc/Xavier Panseri (PL/FR)


X-raid Team.


#310 Vladimir Vasilyev/Konstantin Zhiltsov (RU/RU)

#314 Erik van Loon/Wouter Rosegaar (NL/NL)

#319 Boris Garafulic/Filipe Palmeiro (CL/PT)

#329 Aidyn Rakhimbayev/Anton Nikolaev (KZ/RU)

#332 Zhou Yong/Andreas Schulz (CN/DE)

#334 Stephan Schott/Holm Schmidt (DE/DE)

Qatar Rally Team.


#301  Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (QT/FR)


Find more photos and videos in high resolution of the Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here.


Media contact.

BMW Sports Communications

Danilo Coglianese

Telephone: +49-176-601-72405

E-mail: danilo.coglianese@bmwgroup.com 

Media website: www.press.bmwgroup-sport.com


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2014.11.05 15:17

The new BMW F 800 R. On News/Car2014.11.05 15:17

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The new F 800 R is the latest in the line of characterful parallel twin-cylinder motorcycles from BMW Motorrad. Consistent development of its all-round qualities has ensured the dynamic roadster is ready to delight owners with its sporty performance, agile handling and even greater versatility – all wrapped up in a dynamic package.

















































Power is sourced, as before, from a liquid-cooled four-valve twin-cylinder engine with 798 cc displacement. With output increasing to 66 kW (90 hp) at 8,000 rpm (up from 64 kW (87 hp) at 8,000 rpm) and shorter ratios for first and second gear, the parallel twin offers even greater sprinting ability while retaining the impressive pulling power, instantaneous responses and low fuel consumption familiar from the predecessor model. Peak torque remains 86 Nm (63 lb-ft) at 5,800 rpm.

The engaging riding experience on board the F 800 R is further enhanced by new suspension components and optimised ergonomics. For example, an upside-down fork now takes care of front suspension duties, while a hydraulic double-disc brake with radial brake callipers provides fade-resistant stopping power. A new seat fixed lower down (at 790 mm instead of the previous 800 mm), combined with new handlebars and rider foot pegs, creates even better ergonomics for the rider.

The design of the F 800 R – which is also pitched at novice riders – also provides a visual showcase for that extra rider engagement. With its newly designed fairings, radiator shields, front mudguard and wheels, plus a new range of colours, the sporty roadster cuts an extremely dynamic figure. The now symmetrical main headlight also gives it a distinctive “face”.

In keeping with the “Safety 360°” principle, the new F 800 R is fitted with ABS as standard. It can also be ordered with optional systems such as ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), ensuring it sets a new benchmark in the segment in terms of its safety performance and all-round qualities.











































































The new features of the BMW F 800 R:

• Higher output than its predecessor – 66 kW (90 hp) at 8,000 rpm (previously: 64 kW (87 hp) at 8,000 rpm).

• Modified ratios for first and second gear.

• New body features with an even more dynamic design.

• New colours.

• Symmetrical main headlight arrangement.

• Upside-down fork.

• Radial front brake callipers.

• Lighter wheels with dynamic design.

• Rider foot pegs.

• Seat height reduced to 790 mm (previously 800 mm).

• New tapered aluminium handlebars.

• ASC (Automatic Stability Control) – optional / special accessory.

• ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) – optional.

• Output reduced to 35 kW (48 hp) – special accessory / optional.

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2014.11.05 14:45

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The BMW S 1000 XR – all good things come in fours.
Following on from the S 1000 RR and HP4 superbikes as well as the S 1000 R roadster, BMW Motorrad is now unveiling the fourth member in the BMW Motorrad line-up of high-power motorcycles with straight-four-cylinder engines and a distinctly sporty bias. Building on the tantalising and unique mix of innovative technology, performance and safety already inherent to the existing models in this series, BMW Motorrad has taken the next step by bringing out the S 1000 XR, which offers this repertoire of core characteristics in a brand-new blend dubbed “adventure sport”. This encompasses dynamic touring qualities, sporty performance and high levels of comfort as well as outstanding everyday usability. In short, the new S 1000 XR serves up its own individual mix of sporting and touring flair at the same time as injecting a generous dose of emotion.








Straight-four-cylinder engine for punchy adventure sport performance.
The straight-four-cylinder engine on the new BMW S 1000 XR is basically derived from the S 1000 R roadster. It has an output of 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm and generates maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm. This power unit produces torque in abundance, making it ideal for providing the punchy response at low and medium revs that riders seek when powering along country roads or carrying a passenger. The straight-four-cylinder unit combines tremendous pulling power and exhilarating acceleration with a high peak output, while offering the rider a usable rev range that spans over 10,000 rpm. This makes it just as adept at highly pleasurable touring as it is at sporty rides down winding country roads or holiday trips complete with passenger and luggage.


Two riding modes and ASC as standard as well as the option of Pro riding modes including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro.
To enable the riding characteristics to be adapted to the prevailing road conditions as effectively as possible, the new S 1000 XR already comes with the “Rain” and “Road” riding modes as standard. The standard-fit Automatic Stability Control (ASC) ensures a high standard of riding safety by optimising traction. The new S 1000 XR can be equipped ex-works with the Pro riding modes option, which includes the additional riding modes “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” along with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro.


Innovative chassis with a new frame and Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an option.
The chassis of the new S 1000 XR adventure sport bike is every bit as impressive as the ferocious power delivery of the four-in-line engine. Based on this model series’ existing design, it employs an aluminium-alloy perimeter frame in which the engine forms part of the load-bearing structure. Wheel suspension at the front and rear is handled by an adjustable upside-down fork and a double-sided swing arm with adjustable central spring strut respectively. The chassis geometry has been completely redefined in order to cater to the specific requirements of the XR. When fitted with the optional electronically controlled suspension system BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), meanwhile, the new S 1000 XR takes riding safety, performance and comfort to even greater heights, while also promising adventure sport at its very finest.


ABS Pro available ex-works as part of the Pro riding modes option for even greater safety when braking in a banked position.
Whereas the standard ABS systems from BMW Motorrad to date have ensured an excellent standard of safety when braking while moving in a straight line, the optionally available ABS Pro feature now goes a step further to make braking while cornering safer as well by enabling ABS-assisted braking in a banked position. In such situations, ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking up even when the brakes are applied sharply. This reduces abrupt changes in steering force, especially in response to panic braking, and thereby limits any undesirable righting of the bike. ABS Pro offers riders the benefit of increased braking and riding stability combined with optimum stopping power, even in corners.





















The new S 1000 XR – style and function for both sport and adventuring.
The new BMW S 1000 XR fuses the characters and strengths of the BMW Motorrad GS, Touring and Sport models on a visual level as well to create a new breed of motorcycle tagged “adventure sport”. This is clearly mirrored in every design element and combines with the flawless ergonomics, ingenious wind and weather protection as well as the 20 – 30 mm increase in spring travel and greater ground clearance to make an impressive statement. Whether it’s mountain passes, a tour of the countryside, motorway riding or even rough sections of road – the new S 1000 XR handles it all with aplomb.











Highlights of the new BMW S 1000 XR:

  • Straight-four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 999 cc. Output 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm, maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm.
  • Dynamic, innovative design with sculptural surface styling.
  • BMW Motorrad ABS as standard (semi-integral, disengageable).
  • ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking in a banked position (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard for accelerating safely even in low-grip conditions.
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking sensor for supreme performance and active riding safety when accelerating (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Two riding modes that can be selected by the rider at the push of a button as standard (“Rain” and “Road”).
  • Two additional riding modes available, “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
  • Spring elements with long spring travel for excellent agility and high damping reserves.
  • Electronically controlled suspension system, Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) for optimum adaptation to the prevailing conditions as an optional extra.
  • Light-footed handling and raised seating position.
  • Multifunctional instrument cluster with a wealth of features.
  • Extensive equipment and bespoke range of accessories made to BMW Motorrad’s customary high standards.

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Welcome to the BMW Group! You expect to see the latest models at a motor show, of course – but the BMW Group is concerned with so much more than that. It seeks to provide answers to the challenges of today. This morning, we want to begin by looking at mobility from a different perspective. To assist us, we have invited one of the world’s most renowned experts on Europe and Franco-German relations to join us. A historian and political scientist, she lives here in Paris and teaches at the Sorbonne: Please welcome Professor Hélène Miard-Delacroix!


Talk between presenter and Professor Hélène Miard-Delacroix

The press conference will open with guest speaker Prof. Hélène Miard-Delacroix answering questions about the unique strengths and qualities of a united Europe; the importance of stable France-German relations at all levels; the need for investment in innovation and technology; and the role of guidance and leadership. She will also voice her opinion on the future of the car in major cities, public transport and new mobility concepts.



Ladies and Gentlemen, We’ve heard what the expert has to say. Now, let’s see and hear where the answers lie. I would like to invite on stage a man whose company lays claim to be an innovator and pioneer. Please join me in welcoming the Chairman of the Board of Management of the BMW Group,
Dr. Norbert Reithofer!


Dr. Norbert Reithofer,
Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG

Bonjour and good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen!

You have been talking about changes in our society. Well, our electric BMW i3 here was designed specifically with megacities like Paris in mind. It is the only electric car in the world integrated with public transport to this extent. In a traffic jam, the i3 will even show you alternative means of transport to reach your destination faster. Believe me: That was not an easy step for us as a car maker.

More than any other factor, customers decide how quickly new technologies become established on the marketplace. The i3 is already on the roads in many cities – including Paris. Several hundred customers in France have bought a BMW i3 since the start of 2014; in the second half of the year, we are launching it onto the market in metropolitan regions of China.

Sustainable mobility is gradually becoming reality – wherever customers find it to be an attractive and innovative option. As an engineer, I learned to look at things from a functional perspective and to always ask: Why? Because by questioning things, we create innovation.

Innovation has always been one of Europe’s strengths – thanks in significant part to the automotive industry. Europe is not only the largest sales region for the BMW Group – around 70 per cent of our cars are also produced here, at 16 locations in four countries, if you include contract manufacturing.

Europe has unique strengths and qualities.

  • So let us focus on the common ground – the things that unite us.
  • Let us strengthen our industrial base and
  • invest in future technologies and innovations!

Then, we will be able to compete with other regions of the world as a serious partner. BMW i has given progress a face. The same applies to BMW,
Rolls-Royce and MINI. MINI is the perfect car for the city. For the BMW Group, MINI is an important part of our portfolio. Here is our first world premiere today: the new MINI Hatch 5 Door!


Peter Schwarzenbauer,
Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, MINI,
BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce, Aftersales BMW Group

World premiere MINI Hatch 5-doors

Ladies and Gentlemen, Last year, we showed you the new MINI 3 Door. Today,
I am presenting another model on the road for the first time in MINI history:
the first MINI Hatch with five doors!

The idea for such a MINI based on the three-door concept has been around for a long time. But not until today – 55 years after the first Mini rolled off the production line – is this variant finally being released onto the market. We know from our customers that a lot of people have been waiting for this MINI. We want to offer all these people much more than “just” a MINI with two extra doors.

For a start, it has a longer wheelbase – which means: a more spacious interior, more luggage volume and more functionality. In fact, it is a completely stand-alone model.

With this model, MINI aims to capitalise on the growing segment for five-door hatchbacks – which is twice the size of the three-door compact segment. MINI continues to evolve, with the brand representing a young and progressive lifestyle. MINI is also a brand with visions for the future, as you can see from the “Superleggera” here at our stand: A real superhero.

It shows the direction for MINI could go. I promise that MINI will be defined by models with a strong personality and unique characteristics in the future. And with MINI Yours, customers can now make their MINI even more individual, more creative and more exclusive. Because in everything we do, the needs and wishes of our customers come first – and that also applies in a very unique way to Rolls-Royce.


Peter Schwarzenbauer

World premiere Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan.

Let’s move on from the smallest BMW Group cars to the ultimate in automotive creation. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars remains at the very pinnacle of the super-luxury segment. We are confident that 2014 will be another record-breaking year.

Demand for Wraith remains strong around the world. Ghost Series II has a strong order book. Some of your colleagues were able to test-drive it for themselves last week in London at the European media launch and many more will drive it in the coming weeks at media launches in the USA, China and the Middle East.

Phantom continues to impress our most demanding customers around the world. Alongside our model portfolio, our bespoke programme plays a decisive role in the success of Rolls-Royce.

Bespoke is our pledge to make any Rolls-Royce as unique as its owner’s fingerprint. Rolls-Royce bespoke represents a unique offering within the automobile industry – delivering precisely what customers expect from a super-luxury brand.

Bespoke IS Rolls-Royce.

Today, I would like to introduce the latest masterpiece from our bespoke designers and master craftsmen and women from The Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood – here in Paris, the global capital of style and elegance:
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan.

This unique masterpiece unites hand craftsmanship with typical Rolls-Royce attention to detail: 500 minute wooden elements are combined by hand in a process called marquetry to create inlays representing metropolitan city skylines, while 6,800 hand-sewn stitches bring elegant detail to the leather seats.

The exterior is also inspired by the world’s great cities. The bespoke colour “Darkest Tungsten” provides the perfect background for the hand-painted coach line which is embellished with a three-dimensional metropolitan theme.

The Phantom Metropolitan is not just a car, it is art in the truest sense, as you can see for yourselves at the Rolls-Royce stand.


Peter Schwarzenbauer

BMW Motorrad: S 1000 RR, R 1200 RS, C evolution

BMW Motorrad motorcycles are popular with both men and women, regular and occasional riders alike. Our new models highlight the brand’s powers of innovation, its customer orientation and the broad spectrum of wishes we are able to fulfil.

  • The new S 1000 RR is a reinterpretation of our supersports bike, which is sure to thrill motorsports aficionados with even more performance, lower weight and new technical features.
  • Fans of our boxer-engine models will surely grow to love the new R 1200 RS and R 1200 R. I brought the RS along for you today. The R 1200 RS combines the qualities of a touring motorcycle with the dynamic performance of a sports bike, making it the perfect choice for sporty driving on country roads or for longer trips.
  • The combination of a pure BMW roadster with a boxer engine has captivated fans since the first BMW motorcycle was launched more than 90 years ago. The new R 1200 R continues in this tradition. It is a dynamic all-round motorcycle with definite touring characteristics.
  • BMW Motorrad is also ushering in the age of electro-mobility with its
    C evolution electric scooter. Built for urban mobility, it is geared towards tech-savvy, environmentally-conscious scooter drivers.

These three motorcycles are as different as our customers.

They are designed to appeal to new customers and continue the BMW Motorrad success story. To achieve this, we are also continuing our model offensive

and creating innovations for our customers. Systems such as driving stability systems, innovative lighting concepts and convenience functions like Keyless Ride – already familiar from BMW cars – are now finding their way into our motorcycles.

Motorcycle fans – and I can confirm this myself – love to feel the wind in their face. And that ties in nicely with our next world premiere, presented by my colleague, Herbert Diess.


Dr.-Ing. Herbert Diess,

Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development

World premiere BMW 2 Series convertible

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have brought along a great world premiere for you today: The new BMW 2 Series Convertible!

Following on from the BMW 4 Series Convertible and the M4 Convertible, we are presenting our third open-top model this year, offering convertible fans especially in the US and here in Europe even more choice. From my own experience, I can assure you, it makes driving with the top down a real joy – thanks to the best driving dynamics in the segment with:

  • new and powerful engines,
  • the best aerodynamic characteristics of any competitor with a

                   Cw value of 0.31, and

  • 20 per cent more torsional stiffness than the previous model.

The 2 Series Convertible is also significantly larger: It has grown 72 mm in length and 26 mm in width, with a 30 mm longer wheelbase – making it even more practical, with more luggage space and a larger through-load.

Even driving with the roof up is a pleasure, since the acoustic soft top, which comes as standard, reduces cabin noise significantly. The classically elegant roof can also be optioned in three different colours.

We aim to set new standards with every model we build – including in the area of connectivity – so the BMW 2 Series Convertible naturally comes with the latest version of BMW ConnectedDrive.

We are the first automobile manufacturer to introduce over-the-air updates for the navigation system. Connected Drive ensures the latest navigation data is always available – with automatic updates up to four times a year, thanks to the built-in SIM card and 4G network coverage.

These days, it is hard to imagine individual mobility in urban areas without connectivity – especially in cities like Paris. Connectivity and efficient dynamics are converging – benefiting both customers and the city.

The BMW 2 Series Convertible will be available from 28 February 2015 – just in time for the new Convertible season. The same applies to the first open-top
M Performance car – the BMW M235i Convertible.

I have no doubt that our customers will be impressed – here in France, too.


Dr. Ian Robertson (HonDSc)

Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG,

Sales and Marketing BMW, Sales Channels BMW Group

World premiere BMW X6

Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs! We have another exciting world premiere for you – the BMW X6. A true display of power and sporty dynamics – a top athlete in its class!

Please welcome on stage with me another exceptional athlete: Thierry Dusautoir, the captain of the French Rugby team.

The precision and performance demanded in the game of rugby are values which are also perfectly reflected in the BMW brand.

And we are proud to be the official partner of the French, English and South African national rugby union teams. And next year is a particularly special year for the sport.


Talk with Thierry Dusautoir.

The power, the pace and the precision of rugby – all of these traits are embodied in the new BMW X6. This new model has everything it takes to continue the success story of the first generation, with:

  • Higher performance, yet 22 percent lower fuel consumption.
  • More versatility and lots of space.
  • An even more luxurious interior.
  • State of the art technology.
  • And an even more striking design – with additional new packages such as “Design Pure Extravagance” and for the first time, the “M Sport” package.

Since its introduction in 2008, the BMW X6 has enjoyed phenomenal global success with around 260,000 units sold year-to-date. I firmly believe that this vehicle will continue that success story and further contribute to the tremendous global popularity of the BMW X family: Today, one in four BMW vehicles sold worldwide is an X model.

At BMW, our range of premium vehicles covers the entire spectrum of our customers’ needs. And the BMW brand stands for dynamics and sporting flair as much as for sustainability.

And all of our vehicles will always stand for “Le Plaisir de conduire”.



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Munich. The new MINI offers instant appeal, but it is also excellently equipped to provide long-term fascination, too. As far as readers of the automobile magazine "Auto Bild Klassik" are concerned, the latest generation of the premium small car already has what it takes to become a lasting classic. They voted the new MINI "Classic of the Future" in the category of small and compact cars. This has led to the new edition of the British original now being awarded the "Golden Classic Steering Wheel".

Very few cars can be said to have the kind of properties which set them clearly apart from their current competitive environment while also demonstrating classic potential at an early stage. The new MINI has it all: a unique brand tradition, its current status as the original in the small car premium segment and also pioneering technology. Even 55 years after the launch of the classic Mini, the brand's hallmark principle of the intelligent use of space and its agile handling properties known as the go-kart feeling have lost nothing of their attraction. Authentic design, unique style and characteristic driving fun are timeless quality features which give the new MINI lasting appeal, too.

This is now the fifth year in which the "Golden Classic Steering Wheel" has been awarded. The prize is based on the results of a vote in which readers of "Auto Bild Klassik" were asked to name their favourites in a number of categories, including "Classics of the Year", "Find of the Year", "Restoration of the Year" and "Classic of the Future". So the prizewinners not only include highly coveted milestones of automobile history, spectacular rarities and exotic specimens painstakingly saved from disrepair but also current models whose particular appeal for later generations of motorists is already obvious here and now.

The "Golden Classic Steering Wheel" is the second award of its kind the new MINI has received in the space of just a few months, having already won the "Motor Klassik" readers' vote last spring. Here the new MINI came first in the small car rating and was likewise voted "Classic of the Future".

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새로이 출시된 모델은 역사상 가장 강력한 파워는 물론 뛰어난 성능과 안전성, 연비효율성, 내구성을 갖춘 획기적인 제품이지만 신제품의 차별화에 방점을 찍어 주는 요소로 획기적인 디자인을 꼽을 수 있다. 볼보 FH시리즈는 볼보트럭의 대표적 플래그십 모델로서 ‘2014년 올해의 글로벌 트럭 (International Truck of the Year 2014)’으로 선정된 바 있으며 세계적인 디자인 상인 ‘레드닷 디자인 어워드 (red dot)’ 와 ‘IF 디자인 어워드’에서도 수상하면서 그 우수한 디자인을 인정 받았다. 


간결하면서도 실용적인 정통 스칸디나비안 디자인의 대표임을 자부하는 볼보의 디자인 철학은 ‘미래에 대한 통찰력’이라는 큰 주제를 관통하면서 다가오는 미래의 변화에 대해 집중해 왔다. 제품의 특성 상, 트럭은 일반 소비재보다 사이클이 길다. 따라서 2006년부터 시작된 이번 신모델 개발을 위한 디자인 작업에서 볼보트럭이 집중한 부분은 변화이다. 향후 5-10년 내에 고객의 작업 및 생활 환경의 변화에 따른 새로운 트렌드를 예측하고 이에 따른 고객의 선호는 물론 이를 현실화할 수 있는 기술적 진보에 이르기까지 다양한 정보를 포괄적으로 수집, 분석한 후 본격적인 디자인 작업에 돌입했다.


이와 같은 디자인 과정을 거쳐 탄생한 신형 FH, FM, FMX 각각의 모델은 볼보트럭의 중요한 심볼이 된 전면 유리 하단에 부착된 볼보트럭의 상징인 아이언마크 및 새로운 디자인의 벌집 모양의 그릴, 시대를 앞서가는 V자 LED 주간주행등 등 공통의 컨셉이 적용된 패밀리룩 디자인과 함께 각 모델의 용도 및 작업환경에 부합하는 각자의 디자인 컨셉이 적용되어 모델 별로 고유한 개성과 특징을 표현하고 있다. 특히, 트럭은 운전자에게 작업현장인 동시에 수면을 비롯하여 많은 시간 생활하는 집과 같은 공간이기도 하기에 실용성은 물론 정서적인 면도 고려해야 하는 등 디자인 과정에서 세심한 디테일이 필수적이다.


리카드 오렐 볼보트럭 디자인 총괄 이사는“볼보의 주력모델 FH16 의 경우, 강인함과 자유를 그들만의 우아한 방식으로 표현하는 야생마의 이미지를 연상해 업계에서 가장 강력한 힘을 지닌 트럭의 이미지를 전달하면서도 지나치게 공격적이지 않고 오히려 세련된 느낌의 디자인을 살리기 위해 노력했다“라며 “터프한 건설현장에서 그 진가를 발휘하는 FMX 모델의 디자인은 제임스 본드의 이미지를 살렸다. 턱시도를 멋지게 차려 입은 근사한 007요원이 격투 후에도 여전히 매력적인 모습을 지니고 있는 것이 험한 환경에서 작업한 후에도 여전히 멋져 보이는 FMX의 이미지와 일맥상통하기 때문이다“라고 밝혔다.

패밀리룩을 기본으로 각 모델의 개성이 적절하게 조화를 이루는 FH, FM, FMX 신모델은 세심하고 사려 깊은 볼보 만의 디자인에 힘입어 고객들로부터 신뢰와 호평을 이끌어 내며 기록적인 판매를 이어 나가고 있다.

/ Photo & Media provided by  볼보트럭코리아, SMC  Press Release

/ MediaPaper.KR mediapaper@ymail.com  Sejin Oh

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Canon EOS-1D X | Manual | 1/160sec | F/8.0 | ISO-320 | 2014:10:19 17:05:03

Hockenheim (DE), 19th October 2014. We take a look back at the milestones achieved since 1984 – from the maiden victory with the BMW 635 CSi in the very first DTM race to the countless triumphs since the DTM comeback of BMW in 2012. In the past three seasons, BMW secured six out of nine titles and won 50 per cent of all races. 


The history of the DTM begins with the first race in Zolder (BE) on 11th March 1984. BMW celebrates victory as well as the top four places, with Harald Grohs (DE) crossing the finishing line first in a BMW 635 CSi. It is Volker Strycek (DE) from Team Gubin, however, who finishes fifth at the finale at the Nürburgring to secure the first title for BMW. 


Harald Grohs ends the second season of the DTM third in the drivers’ standings, making him the best-placed BMW driver. He wins again at the wheel of the BMW 635 CSi in Zolder, while Winfried Vogt (DE) triumphs at Mainz-Finthen (DE) in a BMW 323i. 


Both Kurt König (DE) and Volker Strycek finish in the top five of the drivers’ standings with the BMW 635 CSi. König also picks up the only BMW victory of the year – the Grenzland-Preis in Zolder. 


The BMW M3 makes its DTM debut – and is immediately the car to beat. Harald Grohs, Marc Hessel (DE), Olaf Manthey (DE) and Fabien Giroix (FR) claim five victories in total. The title, however, goes to former BMW Junior driver Eric van de Poele (BE), despite finishing a lowly tenth at the finale at the Salzburgring (AT) due to a puncture. 


Markus Oestreich (DE), in a BMW M3, is in the title race right up until the end of the 1988 season. After the last of the 24 rounds, however, he has to settle for fourth place overall. 


Roberto Ravaglia (IT) starts the season with two victories in Zolder – and goes on to finish on top after the finale in Hockenheim. BMW M Team Schnitzer and Team Principal Charly Lamm (DE) enjoy a virtually perfect debut season in the DTM. As well as Ravaglia (three victories), Steve Soper (GB, two) and Johnny Cecotto (VE, one) also win in the BMW M3. 


BMW, Audi and Mercedes produce a thrilling three-way battle for the title – just as they do in the 2012 season. BMW claims victory at eight of the 22 races. Despite this, Johnny Cecotto narrowly misses out on the fourth title, having to settle for runner-up. 


Fourth-placed Johnny Cecotto is once again the best-placed BMW driver at the end of the year. The Venezuelan wins three races, while fellow BMW driver Steve Soper occupies the top step of the podium on four occasions. Joachim Winkelhock (DE) also joins the list of winners in Wunstorf (DE). 


BMW competes with a works team in the DTM for the last time for a while: Johnny Cecotto again finishes fourth in the Drivers' Championship to end the season as the number one BMW driver. Roberto Ravaglia provides a magical moment at the season finale in Hockenheim on 11th October 1992: he claims two victories in the BMW M3's last works outing in the DTM. 


BMW returns to the DTM after almost 20 years and competes with three teams and six drivers. Among them is once again BMW Team Schnitzer, and it soon becomes apparent history is repeating itself. As in 1989, when Charly Lamm and his team made their debut in the DTM, the crew from Freilassing is the team to beat. Bruno Spengler (CA) wins four races, with Augusto Farfus (BR) adding a fifth triumph for BMW. Together, BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG claim 12 podiums over the course of the comeback year. In a thrilling finale to the season in Hockenheim, Spengler overturns a three-point deficit to finish four points ahead of Mercedes driver Gary Paffett (GB). The Canadian, who ends the season with 149 points to his name, becomes the fourth BMW champion in the history of the DTM, following in the footsteps of Volker Strycek, Eric van de Poele and Roberto Ravaglia. A further ten points, courtesy of Dirk Werner (DE), sees BMW Team Schnitzer claim the title in the team competition. The icing on the cake is first place in the Manufacturers’ Championship. 


2013 sees BMW Motorsport expand its DTM commitment, with eight BMW M3 DTMs rather than six cars. BMW Team MTEK and its drivers Marco Wittmann (DE) and Timo Glock (DE) join the squad. The second season after BMW’s comeback ends with five race wins and the defence of the Manufacturers’ title. Augusto Farfus (BR) and Bruno Spengler (CA) finish second and third behind champion Mike Rockenfeller (DE) in the Drivers’ Championship. Wittmann receives the “Rookie of the Year” award. 


BMW competes with the new BMW M4 DTM, which replaces the extremely successful BMW M3 DTM. The very first race in Hockenheim ends in victory. Marco Wittmann claims his maiden win on the new car’s debut. This also marks BMW’s 60th victory in the DTM. A further three wins are to follow for Wittmann, in Budapest, Spielberg and at the Nürburgring. The BMW Team RMG driver dominates the season and is crowned the youngest German DTM champion of all time with two races still remaining. BMW Team RMG achieves the next success at the penultimate round in Zandvoort (NL), winning the Team competition. The team’s second driver, Maxime Martin (BE), claims his maiden win in only his fifth DTM race in Moscow (RU) and is named Rookie of the Year come the end of the season. In Spielberg, BMW Motorsport occupies the top four positions for the first time since its comeback. Wittmann wins the race, ahead of Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Martin Tomczyk. In total, the BMW M4 DTM was first across the finish line on five occasions in its first season.

/ Photo & Media provided by  BMW  Press Release

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P65+ | Manual | 1/60sec | F/16.0 | ISO-100 | 2012:01:26 16:07:45

Keen to celebrate this success in fitting style, BMW M GmbH is unveiling the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition (0 – 100 km/h / 62 mph in 4.1 seconds, fuel consumption combined: 8.8 l/100 km [32.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 204 g/km)*. 

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The Champion Edition will be built in a limited run of 23 units, reflecting Wittmann’s car number. And – in a further tribute to the DTM winner – it will be offered exclusively in Alpine White. 

The other signature features of the special-edition model, which will be refined exclusively at the BMW Individual Manufactory in Garching (near Munich), will likewise display close links with the victorious BMW M4 DTM. 

The matt-black bonnet and boot lid with eye-catching stripe design make an excellent visual complement to the standard CFRP roof, as does the black character line along the car’s flanks. 

Added to the mix are an M kidney grille with orange surround, an M logo rearwards of the front wheel arches, the number 23 on the doors and the flag along with “WIT” and “DTM Champion 2014” lettering on the rear side windows.

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2014.10.11 22:05

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The Phantom Metropolitan Collection pays homage to the world’s great metropolises through the meticulous application of marquetry – the art of inlaying small pieces of wood veneer to form decorative motifs. When open, Phantom’s signature picnic table presents occupants with an elevated view of the city, created through the expert application of 500 individual wood veneer pieces. Indeed, the process of hand-cutting, colouring, shaping and applying is so complex these unique objects d’art take an expert wood craftsperson several days to complete. On closing the tables, a different perspective of the cityscape is offered – reflecting the view one gets when effortlessly travelling in the rear of a Phantom.

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“I can think of no more fitting location than Paris to debut this remarkable new motor car. This is a city that echoes Rolls-Royce’s very special brand promise in perfectly combining the timeless and modern in a manner that celebrates the art of the master craftsperson,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Our customers across the globe delight in challenging our designers and craftspeople to create true, one-of-a-kind pieces of automotive art. This latest Collection serves to showcase the extraordinary scope for Bespoke personalisation afforded to every patron of the marque.”


Meticulous care is taken when selecting the individual wood veneers. Minute imperfections such as knots and flecks lead to instant rejection. Adjustments to the colour of each piece are made through the traditional hand-process of hot-sand shading before a final inspection under magnification on a light box to ensure perfection.


The cityscape theme extends beyond Phantom’s many wood surfaces. A specially developed Aetherius Grey leather colour was created to echo the colour palette of the modern city whilst 6,800 two-tone stitches to the central rear seat flutes depict an abstract image of a skyscraper. A specially developed Bespoke clock extends the theme to the front of the car. For the first time in the marque’s history, a rotating bezel expressing 24 of the great cities of the world and their time zones – Paris included – adorns the central console of a Rolls-Royce motor car.


An exterior hue, Darkest Tungsten, inspired by city skylines finishes the exterior surfaces of the motor car on display in Paris. However, as afforded to any Rolls-Royce customer, the full palette of 44,000 colours is available to those commissioning a Phantom Metropolitan Collection motor car.  Should that not be enough, the marque’s Bespoke craftspeople will create a perfect match of any colour or object a customer may wish to replicate. The exterior is completed with a hand-applied coachline that depicts an abstract silhouette of modern skyscrapers.


This is the latest in a line of remarkable, individual Bespoke masterpieces. 2014 has seen such highlights as the Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection that paid tribute to Sir Donald Campbell’s record-breaking achievements and the Pinnacle Travel Phantom that made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show. These limited Collections serve to inspire customers, with record levels of Bespoke demand reported in September 2014. Nearly every Phantom across the globe, 90% of Wraith and 80% of Ghost family motor cars were commissioned by customers with some element of Bespoke design. Bespoke is Rolls-Royce.


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/ MediaPaper.KR mediapaper@ymail.com  Sejin Oh

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Munich (DE), 9th October 2014. BMW DTM drivers Marco Wittmann (DE) and Augusto Farfus (BR) are returning to a legendary venue for the end of the 2014 motorsport season. From 13th to 16th November, the newly-crowned DTM champion and the man who finished runner-up in the 2013 DTM will take on the street circuit in Macau (CN) at the wheel of two BMW Z4 GT3s run by the AAI Rstrada team. The team, which lined up in the former Portuguese colony with BMW last year and has been competing in the Asian Le Mans Series in 2014, will field two cars at the Macau GT Cup, which sees some of the top GT3 cars in the world go head to head on the demanding “Guia Circuit”, the iconic street circuit through the heart of Macau.

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“I am excited to be returning to Macau after a few years away, and to be able to drive there in a GT3 car,” said Wittmann. “In 2011, I won the qualifying race in a Formula 3 car, set the fastest race lap and finished third to claim a spot on the podium in the main race in Macau. As far as I am concerned, it is not only the best street circuit in the world, but also one of the most exciting racetracks around. I can hardly wait to get back out on this awesome circuit with the BMW Z4 GT3.”

Farfus was a regular in Macau during his time in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, as it traditionally provided the venue for the season finale of the WTCC. The Brazilian won twice at the “Guia Circuit”, his most recent success there coming at the wheel of the BMW 320si WTCC in 2009. Like Wittmann, Farfus is also really looking forward to returning to Macau: “This circuit was a huge challenge for us drivers in a WTCC car. It will be a real adventure to race there in the considerably more powerful BMW Z4 GT3. The atmosphere in Macau and, of course, the track itself have something magical about them, which you do not find anywhere else in the world. I can hardly wait to be back in Macau.”

Macau has been the scene of major success for BMW in the past. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, Andy Priaulx (GB) was crowned World Touring Car Champion there, usually in dramatic fashion. BMW drivers claimed five race wins in the WTCC in Macau between 2005 and 2009. In the history of the “Guia Race” for touring cars, BMW has won 21 races since 1980.

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