A lot of news from the BMW Group. Firstly, they have been awarded a hat trick of awards at the 2012 German Design Award, secondly, they are celebrating 25 years of 12 cylinder engines, thirdly, BMW is offering oppurtunities to professionals in intelligent networking in urban situations at the ITS World Congress in Vienna and finally, BMW Motorrad has revealed the exclusive K 1300 S special model at the EICMA motorcycle show ion Milan.
The German Design jury awarded the German Design Award 2013 to the BMW brand. The brand picked up 3 awards one each for the 6 series, 1 series and Husqvarna 900 R models. In the transportation and public space category, the BMW 6 series convertible won the top price while the BMW 1 series and Husqvarna 900 R received adulations for their elegance and design. The decision was made by a 30 strong jury from among 1500 submissions. The jury comprises of design experts from varied fields each best at their chosen profession.
This is not the first time that BMW has been commended for its superior brand of vehicles. In the past too, the BMW 5 series was voted as the best model showcasing sporting agility and elegance. The decisions for the design award for the BMW 6 series was based on the exterior features which included the bonnet, long wheel base, low waistline as also the set back passenger compartment. Sculpted surfaces and superior dynamics showcase authoritative driving experience which is quite different from youthful appearance of the BMW 1 series and sporty dynamic look of the Husqvarna 900 R.
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Munich. The winners of the German Design Award 2013 have been announced. The German Design Council’s panel of experts selected the most outstanding designs for this “prize of prizes” and conferred its award on BMW Group Design three times for the BMW 6 Series Convertible, the BMW 1 Series and the Husqvarna Nuda 900 R. This year’s German Design Award ranked the elegant BMW 6 Series Convertible among the winners in the “Transportation and Public Space” category. Further honours went to the BMW 1 Series and the Husqvarna Nuda 900 R, which received a special mention for their particularly outstanding design aspects. The award ceremony will be held on 15 February 2013 during the Ambiente international consumer goods fair in Frankfurt.
Thanks to its goal of setting innovative design trends with an international impact, the Design Council enjoys broad resonance for its German Design Award which, after just two editions, already ranks as an important yardstick for design trends and added brand value in Germany. The business and design worlds commend the initiative as an enhancement to publicising the German design scene and corroborate the Design Council’s approach by their active involvement. More than 1,500 submissions were presented to the international panel of experts in Frankfurt am Main on 16 and 17 August 2012. The 30-strong jury of the German Design Award 2013 comprises design experts from a range of areas. Hailing from business, academe and the design industry, they are acknowledged authorities in their fields.
The aim of the competition is to identify, publicise and reward innovative international design trends. Eligibility for nomination for the German Design Award is limited to products that are both forward-looking and marketable and whose market launch was within the previous five years. Prototypes and concepts are likewise eligible. For 2013, the Design Council has divided nominations into ten new categories in a structural expansion of the competition. In addition to “Transportation and Public Space”, the categories include “Interactive User Experience”, “Working Spaces”, “Audiovisual and Digital Media” and “Lifestyle”.
In the past, BMW Group Design has repeatedly earned recognition from the Design Council for its products. In 2012 – the debut of the German Design Award – the jury conferred the accolade on the BMW 5 Series Touring (silver), which was deemed to embody sheer elegance and sporting agility.
With its supremely aesthetic design, the new BMW 6 Series Convertible sets the benchmark for exclusive open-top motoring. It combines the typical proportions of a BMW Convertible – stretched bonnet, set-back passenger compartment, long wheelbase and low waistline – with a classic fabric top in hallmark fin look. Powerfully sculpted surfaces and the forward-surging dynamics of the Convertible’s contours signal authoritative driving characteristics. Contributing further to its sporting allure is the forward-tilting BMW kidney grille at the very tip of the body, creating a shark-nose effect.
The BMW 1 Series represents a youthful and spontaneous take on the distinctive design of BMW automobiles. Striking contours and three-dimensional effects accentuate its dynamic styling and lend this five-door premium compact class model an individual character and trademark sporty appearance, now further highlighted by its forward-surging design. A particularly intriguing feature is its blend of agility and compactness, lending the BMW 1 Series an authentic, lively presence that successfully embraces both tradition and cutting-edge design.
With its fresh and frisky look, the Husqvarna Nuda 900 R conveys a sense of agility, sportiness and dynamics. This motorcycle is the first Husqvarna model to couple the engineering expertise of the BMW Group with elegant Italian flair. Its minimalist design means that each element plays a definitive role in creating the athletic exterior that lends the bike its unique dynamic tension. It is a distinctive formal language that extends all the way to the aerodynamically styled tail.
This year’s German Design Award marks the second time that these three models have won a prize for their outstanding design qualities. In 2012 the BMW 1 Series secured a first place in the iF Product Design Award; in the red dot award 2012, the Husqvarna Nuda 900 R earned the ultimate seal of quality – the “best of the best” – for its minimalist and exhilarating design; and the BMW 6 Series Convertible had already won over the judges of the internationally renowned Good Design Award 2011.
Munich . BMW’s second-generation 7 Series, unveiled in 1986, featured two new top-of-the-range sedans whose formidable six-cylinder in-line engines generated universal enthusiasm in the motoring media. Nevertheless, it was an open secret that an even bigger star was waiting in the wings: the first German 12-cylinder luxury model in half a century.
Expectations were running high, fuelled by BMW’s release of various advance details of the new model’s technical specifications. In September 1986, one news magazine informed its readers: “BMW will be opting for an aero engine-style design. That means most engine systems on the 12-cylinder 7 Series model, which is due for market release in June 1987, will be duplicated. There will even be two lambda sensors. And even if half the engine capacity failed, for some reason, speeds of over 200 km/h would be possible even on just six cylinders.” Last but not least, BMW’s development chief at the time was quoted as saying: “if the engineers wanted to go for nothing but the best of everything, we didn’t try to stop them.”
The rumour mill was rife with speculation about the future top-of-the-line engine’s capabilities. One story doing the rounds claimed that: “BMW is doing everything it can to promote a sense of exclusiveness and cachet. They even want the licensing authorities to allow them to state the performance not in figures but in words – to the effect that the engine is appropriate in power and performance for the requirements of the vehicle.”
In February 1987, BMW finally put an end to the speculation and released the technical specifications of the 12-cylinder engine in the new BMW 750i, ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show the following month. The new engine, which had been designed completely from scratch, would develop 300 horsepower from a displacement of five litres. Its refinement, low noise levels and excellent balance between performance and fuel consumption set new benchmarks in engine design. These objectives were achieved by using state-of-the-art technologies and a raft of innovative ideas right across the board. In short, the BMW 750i’s 12-cylinder engine had been built with the aim of setting a new and groundbreaking benchmark that would occupy the highest echelons of automotive engineering.
Munich. Christmas is drawing closer and with it the hunt for those perfect presents. MINI offers inspiration for any wish-list and has original ideas for every age, taste and budget. Gifts are available through the MINI Online Shop and selected MINI dealerships.
Creative ideas for him.
The MINI Folding Bike Lime is a great all-rounder, boasting an ideal mix of style, design and innovation. Thanks to its aluminium frame, eight gears and 20-inch wheels, this lime punch-coloured folding bike is light, quick and versatile. The hinges on the top tube and the head tube mean it can be folded away in seconds. Another special feature is the air pump integrated into the saddle.
The new MINI by PUMA Weekender Bag is the perfect item of luggage for the Christmas holidays. Thanks to special wrap-around zips, the bag can be expanded for extra storage. Colourful details in lime punch and a carrying strap made to look like a MINI seatbelt complete the fashionable yet understated look.
The MINI Wireless Computer Mouse in the shape of the MINI wing mirror has a black Union Jack design to add some British flair to your desk. The USB mouse fits perfectly in your hand and glides easily over any surface.
Those who want to rock out in style during the holidays will love our Glam Jack Tie. This cool black tie features a subtle British flag print and a bright inner lining.
A great way to recover from the holiday season is to lie back on the Music Box Cushion and the Speaker Box Cushion. With their black-and-white hi-fi stereo system and speaker design they are sure to bring comfort and musical flair to your apartment.
Special surprises for her.
The MINI Big Duffle Bag is a versatile, eye-catching bag suited to a variety of uses, whether that’s going to yoga, a trip to the gym or a weekend away. The retro-look bag features a large MINI logo and boasts clever features like a reinforced bottom, detachable shoulder straps and comfortable hand straps.
The MINI Rooftop Cabin Trolley is a chic companion for any business or leisure trip. The hard-shell cabin-friendly suitcase has racing stripes and rollers with a MINI wheel rim design and is available in a variety of colours to suit all tastes.
Walk through the mud and snow with confidence with MINI’s robust Unisex Festival Boots. Guaranteeing envious looks as well as dry feet, the boots feature a printed loudspeaker design on the outside, as well as a lime-punch Union Jack lining.
The Unisex Sound Lapeer Hat is designed keep you cosy during the coldest months of the year. The trendy hat has fold-down ear flaps and features the “Sound since 1959” slogan.
The Unisex Glam Jack Scarf lends a touch of individuality to every outfit. The scarf is patterned with a contemporary take on the British flag and adds a touch of colour to grey winter days with hints of lime punch.
The MINI Club Bag adds British chic to any clubbing outfit. The silver Union Jack appliqué on the front catches the eye and, thanks to the detachable handle, it can be quickly transformed into a stylish clutch bag.
Christmas joy for the little ones.
The Baby Racer in chilli red or hot chocolate provides young driving enthusiasts aged 18 months to 3 years old with hours of fun at the wheel. With plenty of details, from front and backlights in the original MINI style to stripes on the bonnet, children are sure to love it. And parents will too, thanks to the plastic wheels, designed to create as little noise as possible.
Three to five-year-olds can go for a drive around the Christmas tree in the MINI Cooper S Cabrio Red, Electro Car. With lights, a gear stick and a top speed of 5 km/h this battery-powered electric car in the original MINI style will be the talk of any playground.
Youngsters aged 10 and above are sure to be hot competitors in any sledging race in the MINI Snow Rocker. The agile bob with its colourful Union Jack design is able to reach high speeds, making it the king of the slopes and a hit with adults too.
The super-soft Be MINI Baby Set including playsuit and bib is a great Christmas Day outfit for little ones aged six to twelve months. And with Be MINI Baby Socks with slip-proof soles, their feet will be nice and warm too.
The GO MINI RC Wolf with its friendly face, sounds and steering wheel control is a surefire winner with the kids. The flashing lights make the remote control car a top playtime companion, and the handbrake and steering functions make it possible to perform some incredible stunts.
Vienna. The ITS World Congress is the premier international exhibition for devices, technologies and services associated with intelligent traffic systems. This year’s exhibition hosts a total of 300 exhibitors. The exhibition at the ITS World Congress in 2012 has the motto “smarter on the way”, and it has attracted all the key companies and innovators in this area. The exhibitors cover all aspects of traffic systems including complex information and communication systems, advanced navigation and payment systems through to the areas of safety, ecology and electromobility.
The BMW Group presents innovations from BMW ConnectedDrive at the ITS World Congress under the motto “BMW Urban Mobility”. BMW ConnectedDrive is the BMW Group’s definition of Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS), because BMW ConnectedDrive provides the occupants of the vehicle and the vehicle itself with an intelligent network to connect them with the outside world. This network offers customers more safety, comfort and infotainment whether it is through driver assistance systems, navigation options or personalized entertainment. The network permits innovations for urban mobility that make interaction with city traffic even safer, more efficient and more convenient. The BMW Group stand presents App and vehicle-based routing functions, safety systems and solutions for mobility on two wheels.
Intermodal routing using the mobility assistant, with DriveNow & Co.
Going about your business quickly and smoothly in a densely populated city is a big challenge. How can I get to my destination on time? Will there be any free parking spaces when I arrive? Where is the nearest charging point for my electric car? Will I be quicker with Park+Ride? The Mobility Assistant from the BMW Group will provide all the answers to these questions in future. It is currently being tested in Berlin as an iPhone application. This service is going to provide individual, intermodal navigation. When you enter a destination, the mobility assistant will display various routes to allow you to reach this destination cost-effectively and quickly – whether you are travelling by car, using suburban public transport or combining the two modes of travel. “The Mobility Assistant is an initial step towards the reality of actual intermodal traffic use. The objective is to ensure mobility over a range of different modes of transport. This is empowering the BMW Group to support mobility sustainably and tailored to individual needs,” according to Martin Hauschild, Head of Traffic Technology and Traffic Management at the BMW Group. For example, all drivers with BMW cars equipped with ConnectedDrive encompassing RTTI (Real Time Traffic Information) are in a position to obtain the latest information about traffic conditions on the road. This new service is updated every three minutes and shows the current rates of traffic flow on the roads in five stages (gridlocked, congested, heavy traffic, slow-moving traffic, flowing normally).
The concept of intermodal routing is optimally enhanced by the DriveNow package available in Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin and San Francisco. This Premium Car Sharing with BMW and MINI automobiles is independent of car-hire stations. This service is now available in four cities and is proving to be extremely popular. You can get mobile after completing a simple registration process. If you need a car, the DriveNow App displays the nearest DriveNow vehicle in the vicinity. After you have finished your journey, you can simply park the vehicle at your destination and another driver will be able to use it from that location.
Strategic routing as a part of the urban navigation.
BMW subsumes two functions under the concept of “Urban Navigation” both of which use local “traffic knowledge” to make navigation in cities faster, simpler and more predictable, particularly during rush-hour periods: adaptive navigation and strategic routing. “The BMW Group highlights its leadership role in intelligent and networked route management with the functions of urban navigation,” explained Martin Hauschild, Head of Traffic Technology and Traffic Management at the BMW Group. With strategic routing, the BMW Group is working together with cities to make traffic management data such as information about temporary disruptions (roadworks) or events and strategic diversion recommendation accessible to navigation systems and to take this into account in route planning. These future routing options create a route based on adaptive traffic management that takes local traffic planning into account and enables you to have a smooth drive through the city with minimum impact on the environment.
Green all the way with the traffic light assistant.
The research project “traffic light assistant” involves the traffic lights communicating with your vehicle. The lights transmit information about their switching sequences. A proposal for an optimum speed is then given to drivers enabling them to take advantage of a “green wave”. The system can also warn drivers if they are about to go through a red traffic light. The traffic light assistant evaluates the data received in the vehicle. If the traffic light at the intersection would already be red if the vehicle continued without changing speed, the person driving the car or motorcycle receives this information early enough to brake smoothly – naturally while complying with all the rules of the road. The driver is therefore able to look into the future and adjust his driving style to the timing of the traffic lights. The net effect is that you drive more calmly and more safely, save fuel and protect the environment all at the same time.
Safe journey on the way to school with cooperative transponder technologies (Ko-TAG).
In the joint project Ko-TAG the specialists of BMW Group explore transponder systems for a precise object localisation and classification based on cooperative sensor systems. The future aim of this technology is to provide protection for vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists) and in the area of vehicle-vehicle safety. The previous project entitled “AMULETT” (Active mobile accident avoidance and minimisation of accident consequences through cooperative capture and tracking technology) saw employees of BMW Group Research and Technology developing a prototype pedestrian protection system where the vehicle communicates with a radio transponder which a pedestrian or cyclist carries on them for protection. The transponder answers a query pulse from the vehicle by sending an identification message. This response is evaluated by the vehicle to yield the gap and angle to the transponder. The type of road user can also be identified. The location system operates up to a distance well in excess of 100 metres in the open country, while operating at a radius of at least 20 metres in built-up areas. “Even without direct visual contact, this means that the driver receives information at an early stage, for example that a pedestrian is standing close to the road behind a vehicle being parked and they are moving quickly towards the road,” explains Andreas Rauch, Project Manager Ko-TAG at BMW Group Research and Technology. The driver is able to assess the situation and react at an early stage.
In an emergency – The enhanced emergency call from BMW Assist.
Rapid transmission of important information can save lives in accident situations. If a BMW with BMW ConnectedDrive is involved in an accident, the automatic emergency call ensures that help arrives at the scene quickly. Crash sensors and a phone unit integrated in a failsafe position enable BMW eCall to send an emergency call automatically if an accident occurs and set up a voice link with the BMW Assist Call Centre. The employees there automatically receive the most important data from the accident and pass them on to the emergency services. They can provide answers for questions such as: Where is the vehicle located? How serious was the accident? How many people are involved? These details and additional information about the type of vehicle, e.g. the engine design (internal combustion engine/hybrid vehicle/electric car) help the emergency services to institute the correct steps promptly, and perhaps even assist them to save lives. If you witness an accident, the BMW eCall can also be triggered manually. In future, the accident data will be able to advise approaching traffic to slow down safely and reduce the risk of follow-on accidents. The dynamic traffic management system modifies the permitted top speed accordingly with the aim of slowing down the traffic following on behind and designates a rescue lane for the emergency personnel if there is a tailback of traffic.
Comfort and safety for two-wheel drivers – The Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT) with BMW ConnectedRide.
BMW could also be able to redefine the future of two-wheeled mobility in and around city environments together with the safety and comfort functions of BMW ConnectedRide – the two-wheeler equivalent to BMW ConnectedDrive. After all, generations of motorcycle riders have regarded BMW Motorrad as leading the way on issues relating to safety in motorcycle riding. BMW Motorrad became established at an early stage as a trendsetter in this area. BMW Motorrad Research is continuing to work at expanding these advances in safety. In 2011, the Advanced Safety Concept (BMW K 1600 GT) was launched which had features like daytime light, BMW eCall and various camera-based BMW Motorrad driver information and assistance systems. The next stage saw the specialists developing the Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT). “The research projects Left Turn Assistant, Traffic Light Assistant and the Lane Change Warning were implemented in the scooter, for example,” commented Felix Deissinger, responsible for strategy and vehicle concepts at BMW Motorrad. Researchers also integrated a head-up display as a two-wheeled innovation. This system displays parameters like current speed, the symbols for the Traffic Light Assistant, the Collision Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition in the wind shield. The daytime light was also incorporated in this scooter.
The Left Turn Assistant which is prototypical developed for cars and motorcycles, is an active system which is intended to prevent a critical situation when drivers are turning left. The system calculates positional curves and speed profiles in order to assess the likelihood of a collision. When a critical situation occurs, the motorcycle raises its conspicuity. If the oncoming car driver fails to react, automatic braking is initiated in the automobile.
BMW ConnectedRide also offers a wide range of further assistance systems to make motorcycling safer in the future. For example, the bad weather warning system alerts motorcycle riders at an early stage with a visual message in the display indicating any section of the route subject to adverse weather conditions. Fog, rain, snow and ice are all much greater hazards for motorcycle riders than car drivers. The hazard warning also gives motorcyclists a visual alert – with an option of voice alert – if they need to anticipate a hazard like oil, loose road chippings or a vehicle abandoned on the motorcyclist’s side of the road. The warning is linked with information about how far away the obstacle is located. The warning and the position of the hazard site could be sent by the vehicle or vehicles travelling in front to the vehicles following on behind using the Car-to-x communication.
The new BMW C evolution – The two-wheeler among BMW electric vehicles.
The requirements for individual mobility concepts are undergoing significant change for urban environments in particular. Rising volumes of traffic, spiralling energy costs and increasingly stringent regulations for CO2 emissions emitted by vehicles travelling in inner-city areas are the challenges of the future. The BMW Group has recognized these challenges and is developing series solutions for current and upcoming mobility needs – also for two-wheeled vehicles. The maxi scooters BMW C 600 Sport and BMW C 650 GT are the first products in this area to combine the driving characteristics of a BMW motorcycle with the specific agility and comfort of a scooter to create an innovative and dynamic ride experience. This year, BMW Motorrad presented the “C evolution” as a product-quality prototype of an E-Scooter in the form in which it could soon come onto the marketplace. It has been designed as a commuting vehicle for travelling to work between the suburbs and city centre, so that development focused specifically on two requirements: ride characteristics comparable with those of a Maxi Scooter powered by an internal combustion engine, and a long range under normal conditions of use.
Parking with innovative mobility services of BMW i.
Finding a parking space at locations with lots of visitors is often not easy. Two new mobility services from BMW i show how BMW will be able to make it easier for customers to locate parking spaces in the future.
“ParkatmyHouse” on the one hand is an innovative online marketplace which sets up a link between free parking spaces and drivers looking for a parking space. ParkatmyHouse follows on from MyCityWay as another participation by investment company BMW i Ventures in an enterprise for internet-based mobility services. ParkatmyHouse is directed towards entrepreneurs and homeowners who want to rent their premises to car drivers looking for a parking space. This service has spread throughout the United Kingdom and now has more than 150,000 registered drivers and parking spaces at more than 20,000 locations.
The electronic mobile parking service “ParkNow” allows users to book their parking space in advance. They get a guaranteed parking space at a clearly defined rate based on the personal preferences of the driver. Customers can either use the ParkNow App for smart phones to look for a parking space, or reserve a parking space on the ParkNow website and pay for their space immediately. This reduces the time expended in looking for a parking space and the impact on the environment due to the emission of pollutants. There are currently 14 ParkNow stations installed in and around San Francisco. ParkNow is a joint venture between BMW i and Urban Mobility.
Munich. At the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, BMW Motorrad is presenting the exclusive special model K 1300 S “30 Jahre K-Modelle” to mark the 30th anniversary of the BMW Motorrad K series.
It was in 1983 that BMW Motorrad launched the K 100, the first ever BMW fitted with a liquid-cooled 4-cylinder in-line engine and also featuring a completely distinct and – for its time – pioneering technological concept: the BMW Compact Drive System with longitudinally mounted crankshaft and horizontal cylinder bank. This first generation of the K models also ushered in technological innovations such as the first electronic fuel injection system. This was followed five years later by the introduction of 4-valve technology and the very first ABS system in a serial motorcycle. In 2004, BMW Motorrad established the third generation of the series with the K 1200 S, now with its crankshaft arranged transversely to the direction of travel and featuring the two suspension innovations Duolever and ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment). The BMW K-series was also supplemented with the two in-line 6-cylinder models K 1600 GT/GTL in 2010.
The special model K 1300 S “30 Jahre K-Modelle” celebrates the success story of the K series with an extensive range of options and a special colour concept in Alpine white / Sapphire black metallic and Racing red in conjunction with a tinted windshield.
Electronic suspension adjustment ESA II and the Safety Package including RDC and Automatic Stability Control ASC ensure that the K 1300 S “30 Jahre K-Modelle” has a comprehensive set of safety systems in addition to the standard ABS.
The HP shift assistant and HP footrests for rider and passenger reflect the sporty aspirations of the K 1300 S. Meanwhile the Akrapovi? sports silencer provides the appropriately athletic 4-cylinder sound, in addition to giving the model a dynamic appearance.
The K 1300 S “30 Jahre K-Modelle” meets more sophisticated demands in the area of comfort with heated grips and an on-board computer.
Above and beyond this, the K 1300 S special model “30 Jahre K-Modelle” can be individually supplemented with special accessories and options from the extensive BMW Motorrad range, with the exception of standard paint finishes.
The highlights of the BMW K 1300 S “30 Jahre K-Modelle.”
• Paint finish in Alpine white / Sapphire black metallic and Racing red.
• Windshield, tinted.
• Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA II
• Safety Package (RDC, ASC).
• HP shift assistant.
• HP footrests for rider and passenger.
• Akrapovi? sports silencer.
• Heated grips.
• On-board computer.
• Extensive fittings and individually tailored accessories to the familiar high standards of BMW Motorrad.