BMW Group sold a total of 155,419 units during April 2013. This is a significant 6.8% increase as compared to last year’s figures. Their total sales for the year 2013 stand at 603,619 units (+5.7%), which is their highest ever first four months tally till date for any year.
Speaking about the upgrades announced, Euro 6 exhaust emission norms are scheduled to come into force from September 2014 and BMW has ensured that their upcoming upgrades are in keeping with these stringent standards. Starting from summer 2013, all BMW models with TwinPower Turbo petrol engines will meet the EU6 standards.
Starting 2014 model year, BMW M automobiles, along with BMW Z4 six cylinder versions will also adhere to EU6 classifications. For the diesel engined options, the number of BMWs with BluePerformance as standard will be increased, in turn increasing the number of diesel engines which adhere to EU6 norms.
BMW is also adding five, four wheel drive variants to its 1 Series and 3 Series. These will be in the form of BMW 118d xDrive 3-door & 5-door, 318d xDrive Sedan and 318d xDrive Touring. These models will receive a 2.0 liter four cylinder diesel engine capable of 143 PS power while the 335d xDrive Sedan will be powered by a 3.0 liter six cylinder diesel engine offering 313 PS power and mated to an eight speed automatic transmission.
Another major upgrade which will be implemented, is the implementation of 8 speed auto transmission across the entire range. Other updates include, the addition of Eco Pro Mode and of ‘Sailing Mode’ & ‘anticipation assistant’ of the EfficientDynamics System. All these upgrades are aimed at providing better fuel efficiency.