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Jan 19, 2024

Reported on January 19, 2024, BMW Group, which marked its 20th anniversary in Malaysia in 2023, announced that sales grew 3.8% in 2023 to reach 15,012 units.

For the BMW brand alone, sales in Malaysia in 2023 reached 11,699 cars (down 1.3% YoY). Sales of MINI improved 41.9% YoY to reach 1,750 cars, while BMW Motorrad recorded sales of 1,563 motorcycles, up 13.4% YoY.

BMW’s X range of SUVs noted sales of over 4,000 units, followed by the 3 Series with around 2,600 units and the 5 Series with over 800 units.

In 2023, over 3,600 BMW units sold were EVs, of which the BMW iX and the i7 contributed around 1,100 units and 600 units, respectively. Meanwhile, M vehicles like the M4, M3 and M2 recorded over 500 deliveries in 2023.

In terms of exports, BMW Group Malaysia saw a total of 2,800 units shipped to overseas markets (including the Philippines and Thailand) in 2023.

(From an article of Paul Tan on January 19, 2024)

Jan 03, 2024

In December 2023, BMW Group announced a 10% increase in the production capacity of its Araquari plant, located in Santa Catarina, Brazil starting in 2024.

To fulfill this purpose, the Group has hired 50 people, increased its workforce by 5%.

“At BMW Group, production follows demand, and we believe in the Brazilian market. We have a growth strategy in the country, which is connected to plans to improve our current leadership in the premium market in the region,” commented Reiner Braun, CEO of BMW Group Latin America.

This plant manufactures the models X1, X3, X4 and 3 Series, vehicles that represent around 60% of the brand's sales in the country.

(Multiple sources on January 2, 2024)

Aug 02, 2023

Elektrobit, a subsidiary of Continental AG, announced its software for developing automotive ECUs based on AUTOSAR standard and its Linux solution support for the new S32G3 vehicle network processor from NXP Semiconductors. S32G3 series processors more than double the processing, memory, and networking capabilities, while maintaining package pinout and software compatibility. The Elektrobit software modules that support the new NXP S32G3 are EB tresos AutoCore, EB tresos AutoCore OS , EB tresos Safety, EB tresos Safety OS, EB corbos AdaptiveCore, and EB corbos Linux – built on Ubuntu. The NXP S32G3 vehicle network processors are designed for central vehicle compute applications in zonal-based, software-defined vehicles. They also provide high-performance ASIL D safety processing for AD/ADAS applications. As carmakers migrate to consolidated domain and zonal architectures for software-defined vehicles, the powerful combination of NXP S32G3 hardware and Elektrobit’s EB tresos and EB corbos software can significantly reduce the time and development costs for these complex architectures, accelerating time-to-market for production vehicles. (From a press release dated August 2, 2023)

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