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BMW Group U.S. Reports August 2018 Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 settembre 2018

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased one percent in August 2018 for a total of 23,789, compared to 23,553 vehicles sold in August 2017. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 2.3 percent on sales of 199,157 vehicles compared to 194,604 sold in the first eight months of 2017.“Such a contrast from last August when we were sending relief to Texas and Louisiana as they struggled in the aftermath of the hurricane. This time, a calmer August was again a strong month for our X models which accounted for almost 54% of BMW sales in the U.S.,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “With more than 100,000 X models sold in the first eight months of the year we expect the BMW Sports Activity Vehicles to continue leading the way, especially once the all-new, fourth generation X5 goes on sale later this fall.” BMW’s lineup of Sports Activity Vehicles accounted for 53.6 percent of BMW brand sales in August 2018. For the fifth consecutive month, the BMW X3 was the top-selling BMW model in the U.S.

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Frost & Sullivan: Car Navigation Systems Market in Three ASEAN Countries to Reach 2.08 Million in 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 settembre 2013

London, UK, The car navigation systems market in three ASEAN countries – Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand – is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2 percent (2011-2018) to reach 2.08 million units in 2018. Personal navigation devices (PNDs) are expected to dominate the ASEAN navigation systems market.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, Strategic Growth Opportunities in Navigation Systems Market in ASEAN, finds that the PND segment had a market share of 93 percent in 2011, and will remain the preferred device in the future.“The segment’s share however, is expected to drop, as consumers are slowly shifting towards embedded type navigation systems due to convenience and aesthetics,” said Frost & Sullivan Consulting Analyst, Automotive Practice, Asia Pacific, Mr. Firhan Nair. “The introduction of android phones and tablets that offer free navigational applications is also acting as a restraint for the overall navigation systems market.”
OEMs are currently offering navigation systems for higher grade models within the vehicle line-ups, but not all brands offer such systems. OE and dealer fitments only account for 7 percent of the total navigation systems market in 2011.Luxury brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz have standardised their offering of navigation systems across majority vehicle line-ups. Other brands are beginning to recognise this as a unique selling feature.“The aftermarket segment will remain the dominant segment of the navigation systems market due to lower costs,” he concluded.If you are interested in more information on Frost & Sullivan’s latest report Strategic Growth Opportunities in Navigation Systems Market in ASEAN, please send an e-mail to Katja Feick, Corporate Communications, at, with your full contact details.Strategic Growth Opportunities in Navigation Systems Market in ASEAN (P6EB-18 ) is part of the Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Services program, which also includes research in the following markets: Strategic Analysis of ASEAN Automotive Outlook, 2020 Vision of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket, CEO 360 Degree Perspective of the Automotive Industry in Myanmar, Strategic Growth Opportunities from AEC Implementation and New Government Policies in ASEAN, Analysis of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Market in Japan amongst others. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Comment by Sarwant Singh, Frost & Sullivan, on Lexus Announcing the Opening of a Luxury Brand Experience Space in Tokyo

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 agosto 2013

London “The future of car retailing is very much omni-channel, eRetailing and creating a digital experience. The role of dealerships therefore, needs to evolve to create a unique customer experience when they visit them.Audi has been one of the first to respond with the AudiCity concept that will be rolled out to over 20 cities. Similarly, Daimler and BMW have also taken a lead in opening flag ship stores in major cities like Paris and London. BMW will even sell the new i3 through the internet. Japanese luxury brands on the other hand have so far lagged behind the German premium brands, and they are now fast catching up.All major retail industries have evolved to embrace the new omni channel strategy. We have seen the disappearance of major retail stores like Borders in US and Comet and Woolworths in the UK. The question is how long before this trend impacts the car industry which has huge investments in brick and mortar retailing.Lexus seems to have gone more for a brand experience centre creating a fusion of art, fashion and culture within a store. This seems like a contrary move when compared to Audi, which has gone for a digital customer experience and which is something we expect more in the future from OEMs. It is understandable however, if you see customer satisfaction statistics. Lexus always comes out on top in the US for being the best in class brand for delighting the customer experience at the dealership. They seem to be taking it to the next level. “Sarwant Singh is Senior Partner and Global Practice Director Automotive & Transportation at Global Growth Consultants Frost & Sullivan.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation. The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

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Frost & Sullivan: The BMW i3 Could Propel the Market for Electric Vehicles

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 agosto 2013

Frost & Sullivan commented today on the launch of the new BMW i3, the electric supermini for sale in November.”BMW is the first of the traditional premium manufacturers to take a leap of faith into the EV space with the i3. Like most car companies, BMW lso sells 70 to 80% of its cars to urban customers so used the Mega Trend of urbanisation to develop a dedicated car brand tailored and tuned to the future urban driver. At an entry price point of £ 25,680, BMW has aggressively priced the i3 for early adopters in the market. The car has a number of industry innovations like it is partially made from Carbon reinforced fibres, it provides vehicle to infrastructure services like and comes with a flexible mobility package which is in line with the market trend to sell “mobility” and not cars.BMW’s ibrand could have a halo effect as did the Prius for Toyota. It could propel the market for electric vehicles which has had a slow uptake rate and also position BMW’s brand as the most innovative premium OEM.Frost & Sullivan believes that the ride will be rough for BMW in the first few years just as it was for Nissan with its Leaf but it will get easier as market starts to accept electric cars. It for sure is the most innovative car of the 21st century so far.”

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Apple ‘I’ – Too Late and Too Limited for the Automotive Market, Says Frost & Sullivan

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

London, UK – 22nd July, 2013 – Consumer electronics giant Apple has unveiled the new IOS 7 for the automotive industry with notable changes to the interface and improved voice capabilities of personal assistant SIRI. Auto OEMs however, with their respective partners have moved many a mile without the need for Apple’s involvement. The announcement may be seen as a phased approach after last year’s announcement of SIRI EyesFree by Apple at WWDC.“If compared to other players, such as Google and Microsoft, Apple’s intention for the automotive industry seems ambiguous at large and the announcements regarding EyesFree and iOS integration is, at best, a predictable reflex reaction to being left out of the automotive OS game,” says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst, Krishna Jayaraman ( “Even if exciting, the ‘iOS for cars’ comes way too late into the market.”In 2012 Apple voiced its EyesFree partnership with nine Automotive OEMs and there were talks that this would be the next big thing for the connected car and that Apple would topple the traditional Tier Is for a much larger role in the connected car ecosystem. To date only GM, Honda, and Mercedes Benz have implemented this. Other OEMs are still focusing on the prioritisation between SIRI and the natively developed embedded voice recognition supplied by the likes of Nuance – developed for the car as primary and secondary speech recognition – and the limits of its functionality. So far only GM succeeded by creating Spark and Sonic, which includes the SIRI as a feature, while BMW is expected to follow suit with all its 2014 models.“The announcement from Apple will not make it a big threat for the traditional automotive infotainment ecosystem,” believes Mr. Jayaraman. “While OEMs – for instance, BMW – have categorically declined to use this new solution, it will be ideal for a few niche OEMs which can benefit greatly from a readymade solution such as this.” The advantage is that it is a proven platform in smartphones; there is no need to create proprietary solutions for personalisation and connectivity. Dedicated app development process and apps store for automotive are available but are limited to music, phone, navigation, and do not offer app support. In addition, the availability of Siri to control smartphone and native vehicle features could be a great boon.Apple says iOS in the Car will be adopted by a wide range of car brands, including Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Infiniti, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Vauxhall/Opel, and Jaguar. BMW does not feature in this list, while Hyundai and Kia do. “For OEMs which have already established their infotainment systems, specifically smartphone integration with apps and content however, changing the entire architecture and implementing a completely new system becomes difficult,” cautions Mr. Jayaraman. The biggest challenge is balancing iOS with current OEM developments. OEMs’ attitude toward iOS device integration technology and their tendency to not really scout for proprietary development at all might help Apple establish its niche.OEMs are finding it hard to balance out an offering which provides the latest and greatest features but also assures safety; the recent example being Ford’s announcement of going back to buttons and switches, in addition to touch screens, clearly proving that full touch experience is not yet automotive ready. There have been major mishaps with the proprietary maps and issues with the interface in the iOS 6 release which hints at unreliability. Even though Apple has no real automotive experience, iOS7 with SIRI can be a sweet niche.OEMs, such as Ford, GM, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Chrysler, and Audi, have invested in their own smartphone integration and app development efforts, while others have opted to tap into integrated ecosystems; for instance, Aha by Harman. This leaves very little room for Apple to play, but could result in the cleanest and tightest iOS device and content integration.

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Frost & Sullivan’s Urban Mobility 3.0: Companies Have to Innovate to Remain Part of the Future of Mobility

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 giugno 2013

LONDON More than 160 senior delegates from the Automotive and Transportation industry came together on Wednesday and Thursday last week to present, discuss and invent the future of mobility during Frost & Sullivan’s interactive workshop Urban Mobility 3.0: New Urban Mobility Business Models ( The two-day event summarised the current and future developments in the industry and highlighted new and innovative mobility concepts.Frost & Sullivan Partner and Global Practice Director, Sarwant Singh, opened the debate at the House of Commons in London, complimenting various stakeholders in the mobility space as ‘understanding future mobility needs of customers’. He urged companies to analyse the new mega trends impacting mobility across the diverse industry value chain, by saying “”Mega trends like Urbanisation, Connectivity and eCommerce are creating new opportunities for example smart parking management solutions for OEMs and home delivery for logistics companies thereby boosting demand for light commercial vehicles”. He further stated that the concepts of car ownership, car retailing and in-car technology are in a process of complete transformation, and vehicle manufacturers will have to keep abreast with all new developments.”According to Lucinda Turner from Transport for London, they “want to promote modal shift, but it’s not anti-car or ideological.” Demand for travel is increasing significantly and while a shift of 9 per cent of travelers away from the car to other modes such as cycling and public transport has been achieved over the last decade, with investments in infrastructure and the congestion charge in particular, more investments have to be made in roads, as congestion has risen by 10 per cent over the last decade, she summarised.Other topical highlights included the tipping point for the population to give up car ownership, the possibility of door-to-door connectivity with regard to rail and various other public transport modes, the impact of urban logistics threatening road traffic congestion to further increase substantially, as well as the importance of connectivity and artificial intelligence for cars. According to Fast Future CEO, Rohit Talwar, the latter is “coming rapidly. Our cars (will) become communication hubs assessing traffic and cars on other streets – communicating with each other.”Following the debate at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday, industry innovators gathered to receive and celebrate awards for delivering excellence in best practices across the entire industry value chain. Award recipients were honoured for developing new business concepts, leadership as well as innovative mobility strategies.Mr Singh explained: “We are proud to honour the achievements of organisations like BMW, Harman and many others who have led from the front in bringing new products and innovations to market within the mobility space.”
Concluding the event delegates as well as panelists gave very positive feedback which is summarised in the statement of a delegate: “You […] at Frost & Sullivan don’t follow or assess a present market, you […] create new markets.”
Frost & Sullivan’s annual event Urban Mobility 3.0 has taken place for the fifth time since 2009. What started off as a two-day workshop on the impact of Electric Vehicles on the future of the Automotive industry, has developed into an interactive 360 degree industry debate, pronouncing future trends, that will shape or break the future of new mobility concepts. Bringing together government, the public sector as well as industry corporations and academic institutions, the two-day event held in London has established itself as a unique and unmissable benchmark in the automotive and transportation sector.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

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Toyota Plans to Sell Hydrogen Powered Cars in the Future, but the Challenge of a Related Infrastructure Remains

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 marzo 2012

Today’s announcement from Toyota regarding the plan to focus on hydrogen-powered cars in the future will definitely make other OEMs sit up and take notice. Fuel Cell programmes have been underway with many OEMs such as Daimler and Honda in the recent past, but the key difference in the announcement made today is the sheer volumes Toyota commands globally. Toyota has always delivered what they promised, of which Prius is proof, and there is no reason to doubt Toyota’s commitment towards the production of their first fuel cell vehicle as planned in 2015.However, the real challenge going forward will be the infrastructure for re-filling hydrogen commercially. Europe and North America will be the primary markets for Toyota when they start selling the fuel cell models and it becomes even more important to establish infrastructure because OEMs in the past [BMW] have had to shelve their grand plans simply because of lack of infrastructure. It would make good business sense to initiate alliances with potential partners to develop hydrogen filling station infrastructure in the next 2 years. Hydrogen storage, both in the vehicle and in re-filling stations requires complex systems and the associated costs can be shared by partners based on varied business models, very similar to what Electric Vehicle OEMs are offering / developing now. The cost of manufacturing fuel cells has to be brought down for this technology to become economically attractive. Finally, it is the combination of both availability of models and hydrogen re-filling stations that will determine the future of Toyota’s plans. Toyota will need to look at developing the latter sooner than later.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit Kaushik Madhavan, Global Program Manager – Powertrain, Frost & Sullivan)

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UN Alliance of Civilizations

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 settembre 2011

human rights and alliance of civilizations room

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Munich / New York, The UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group are pooling their expertise in the area of intercultural understanding in a joint initiative, the ‘Award for Intercultural Innovation’. An agreement will be signed today at the UN’s New York Headquarters as part of the 66th UN General Assembly by President Jorge Sampaio, UN High Representative for the Alliance, and Konstanze Carreras, Senior Official for Corporate Social Responsibility of the BMW Group. The signature will take place in the presence of ministers from over 130 countries and international organizations and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. The ‘BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation in support of the Alliance of Civilizations under the auspices of the United Nations’ is a unique award in its category, and represents a new kind of partnership between the private sector and the UN system. The partnership will select highly innovative projects that promote exchange and cross-cultural understanding, and hence make a vital contribution to safety and peace in societies around the world. President Jorge Sampaio, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, recently stated, “To succeed in bridging our world’s growing divides, we need to launch cutting-edge programs that provide shared solutions to our common problems. Through the Award for Intercultural Innovation, both the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group are fostering imagination and creativity to build collaboration among cultures.” Through its commitment to social entrepreneurship, with programs such as the BMW Group Award and numerous others, the BMW Group has promoted cooperative dialogue between different cultures for decades. In addition to the award itself and the prize money that comes with it, the winners will be able to draw on support and consulting services from the ‘World Intercultural Facility for Innovation’ (WIFI), a program initiated by the UNAOC in cooperation with the BMW Group. The WIFI will help award-winning projects become more efficient and expand, as well as enable their transfer to other contexts or settings. The specific support that projects receive will depend on their individual demands.

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