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Sales

BMW Plots Post-Coronavirus Growth

$32 billion earmarked for advanced r&d over next five years

Assembly

New Model: The Ventilator 100?

Taking the concept of retooling to a whole new level

Batteries

Green Luxury

Karma Revero Hybrid and BMW Wireless Charging Nab Awards

Business

Aston Martin Admits to Talks with Investors

Aston Martin, the iconic maker of British supercars made famous by fictional hero James Bond, says it’s in talks about “extended relationships” with unnamed investors.

Design

VW Group Names Bischoff as Chief Designer

Klaus Bischoff has been named to oversee design activities for all Volkswagen Group brands, effective April 1.

Aston Martin Crossover Starts at $193,000

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.’s first crossover vehicle, the DBX, will be base priced at $193,000 in the U.S. when it debuts in mid-2020.

Business

BMW Backup Camera Flaw Prompts Recall

BMW AG is recalling 257,500 cars and crossover vehicles in the U.S. to fix backup camera displays that may fail to switch on correctly.

Design

New Rolls-Royce Design Chief Quits

Jozef Kaban has left BMW AG’s Rolls-Royce unit six months after being named design chief of the ultra-luxury marque.

Ferrari Flexes SUV Customization

Ferrari SpA’s upcoming SUV/crossover vehicle will be built on a flexible platform that that offers unique and customizable features, says Chief Technical Officer Michael Leiters.

Hybrid

Rolls-Royce Coy on EV Timing, Eschews Hybrids

BMW AG’s ultra-luxury Rolls-Royce brand is slowly moving forward with plans for an all-electric vehicle.

Economics

BMW to Britain’s PM: “Listen to the Economy”

BMW CEO Harald Krueger urges U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “listen to the economy and listen to the people” about Brexit.

VW Adds Self-Leveling Wheel Caps

Volkswagen AG’s namesake brand has begun offering self-leveling wheel hub caps, which continuously align the “VW” logo upward, regardless of the wheel position.

Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Buys Siemens Electric Aircraft Business

Aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Holdings plc has agreed to buy Siemens AG’s eAicraft unit, which is developing electric propulsion systems for air taxis and mid-range jets.

Interiors

Rolls Tribute to Aviators

This is a little confusing, but interesting nonetheless.

Business

BMW Group Sales Rise 3%

Sales of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles climbed 3% in May to 210,600 units.

Sales

22 Brands Opt Out of Frankfurt Auto Show

This year’s Frankfurt auto show in September won’t include 22 vehicle brands, according to Automobilwoche.

Design

Hyundai Taps Loasby to Head Global Design

Hyundai Motor Co. has promoted Simon Loasby, its head of design in China, to director of its corporate design center in Seoul, South Korea.

Design

BMW Design Move

Yesterday, BMW brand got a new head of design, Domagoj Dukec. As we noted yesterday, the previous person in that position, Jozef Kabaň, moved from Munich to Rolls-Royce.

Production

Carmakers to Begin Brexit Plant Shutdowns in U.K.

Carmakers will begin long-planned Brexit-related plant shutdowns in the U.K. this month, despite a last-minute delay in Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Business

Rolls Names New Head of Design: Jozef Kabaň

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars had annual sales of 4,107 vehicles in 2018, which was the best year that the company had had in its 115-year history.

Design

BMW, Rolls-Royce Get New Design Leaders

BMW AG’s Rolls-Royce ultra-luxury brand has appointed Jozef Kaban as design chief, effective today.

Business

BMW Unveils Leaner Board

BMW AG says it is “future-proofing” itself with a leaner top management structure.

Electronics

Electric Motors for Aero and Auto

Rolls-Royce—the manufacturer of aircraft engines, not the one that makes high-end vehicles with four wheels—is working with another British company, YASA, on the development of the ACCEL, an electric airplane.

Hybrid

U.K. Firm Inks Deal to Develop Low-Cost Electric Motors

Yasa Ltd. says it has signed an agreement with an unnamed carmaker to develop the U.K. startup’s axial-flux electric motor technology for hybrid and pure electric vehicles.