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BMW Plant Rosslyn opens new Training Academy
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BMW Plant Rosslyn opens new Training Academy

BMW Group South Africa is taking training and development to the next level at its new R73 million Plant Rosslyn Training Academy. The state-of-the-art, 6000 square meter facility is able to host a staggering 300 apprentices per year. In 1978, exactly 40 years ago, BMW Group South Africa opened its first training centre at BMW Plant Rosslyn. Development and empowerment of workers for the automotive and manufacturing sectors has been a focus ever since. Even in this pre-democracy era, the company was ahead of the times in training learners irrespective of their ethnic background.

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The new BMW 8 Series Coupe – Vehicle Dynamics Testing
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The new BMW 8 Series Coupe – Vehicle Dynamics Testing

With the presentation of the BMW Concept 8 Series, BMW already offered a close-to-series glimpse at the design of their new luxury segment sports car. The dynamic qualities of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe are now also clearly manifesting themselves. A close-to-series prototype is currently undergoing intensive testing on a high-speed proving ground in Aprilia, Italy. The tests serve in particular to optimise the vehicle’s driving dynamics on surfaces with a high friction coefficient and mark yet a further decisive stage on the way to the launch of the new BMW 8 Coupe during 2018.

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BMW M increases number of exclusive showrooms worldwide
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BMW M increases number of exclusive showrooms worldwide

During the last four years, the number of BMW M certified dealers has doubled Demand within the high-performance automobile segment is on the increase, as are the expectations of customers: BMW M is reacting accordingly with its trade organization by expanding its worldwide network of exclusive showrooms. During the last four years, the number of BMW M certified dealers has doubled worldwide to 850 businesses. The latest example of this is the exclusive location “Performance Munich Autos” in Singapore, where BMW M and BMW M Performance models are offered in addition to M specific workshop services.

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Introducing the all-new BMW X3
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Introducing the all-new BMW X3

The car that launched the mid-size SAV The BMW X3 was the car that launched the mid-size SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) segment in 2003. Since then, BMW has recorded more than 1.5 million new registrations of the X3 across the two model generations so far. And now the new BMW X3 is set to write the next chapter in this success story with an even more striking, dynamic design language, powerful yet also efficient drive systems and luxurious appointments. Available in South Africa from November 2017 and to be built at BMW Plant Rosslyn in the first half of 2018, the third generation of the BMW X3 follows in its predecessors’ tyre tracks by combining rugged off-road looks with a sporting presence.

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Female Teams selected for BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2018
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Female Teams selected for BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2018

The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Female  Team  Qualifying 2017 has concluded with something of a surprise outcome. After four days of competition at the Country Trax Off Road Riding Academy near Amersfoort  in South  Africa not one but two teams have qualified for the sixth BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy that will be held in Mongolia in June 2018.  Such  has been the high standard of riding at this event, the BMW Motorrad team  decided, in a spontaneous act, to ‘double up’ and take six women  GS riders to Mongolia. The path to qualification hasn’t been easy. After their national qualifiers 23  women from 13  countries (South Africa, Australia, France, USA, Germany, UK, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, China, Thailand) won their way through to the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Female Team Qualifying in South  Africa, no doubt expecting a tough competition, conducted in the toughest conditions, all under a hot African sun. They certainly found tough conditions, but not the expected as huge thunderstorms rolled across the veldt on all four days (and nights). The sun made only fleeting visits when the clouds reluctantly allowed.

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Introducing the BMW 6 Series Gran-Turismo
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Introducing the BMW 6 Series Gran-Turismo

Captivating looks, luxurious comfort, inspirational practicality. Introducing the BMW 6 Series Gran-Turismo BMW is presenting an extensively updated successor to one of the most creative vehicle concepts of recent years. The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo blends the long-distance comfort of a luxury sedan with alluring coupe style. The impressive functionality offered by this body format and the high standards of driving comfort and spaciousness that provide the ideal setting for a relaxing journey are among the features that defined the character of the new car’s predecessor – the founder of this vehicle genre. These strengths have now been further honed in the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, whose systematic evolution from the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is particularly evident in the new model’s sporting elegance, highly advanced equipment features, innovative control and assistance systems, and a leap forward in dynamism and efficiency. “The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo offers a unique combination of luxurious interior comfort and flexible practicality, packaged within a truly elegant design. Coupled with the sporty, dynamic driving characteristics our customers enjoy, this car is an outstanding vehicle which further enhances the upper end of our BMW model line-up,” comments Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Brand BMW.

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BMW K 1600 B – Available in South Africa
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BMW K 1600 B – Available in South Africa

A new chapter for BMW Motorrad The presentation of the “Concept 101” concept study as part of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in spring 2015 was an impressive new chapter for BMW Motorrad in the history of BMW Motorrad Concept Bikes. This BMW Motorrad interpretation of motorcycling on endless highways, the dream of freedom and independence and the embodiment of “Grand American Touring” now becomes reality in form of a series version of the new K 1600 B bagger.

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