3 Series (BMW)

Oct 13, 2021

BMW’s plan in San Luis Potosi increased its annual production by 42.2%, building 53,367 units over the first 9 months of 2021, compared to only 37,155 units were manufactured in the same period of 2020, according to figures from the Mexican Automotive Industry Association (AMIA) released by INEGI.
A total of 52,845 correspond to the production of the 3 Series, while 522 are for the new 2 Series, which has just begun production.
In September, the company manufactured 4,113 units at its plant located in San Luis Potosi, which was 37.6% less than that achieved in the same month of 2020, when 6,590 vehicles were manufactured.
With respect to annual figures, September has been the lowest month in terms of production for BMW; the months with the highest production continue to be March (7,074), August (6,661), April (6,144), May (6,143) and January (5,777).

(Mexico-Now article on October 8, 2021)

Oct 06, 2021

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on October 5, UK passenger car sales decreased 34.4% to 215,312 units in September 2021.
Year-to-date sales increased 5.9% with 1,316,614 cars registered in the first nine months of 2021.
September sales for Toyota decreased 13.9% to 16,940 units (7.9% market share), Kia sales increased 11.8% to 16,661 units (7.7% share), while Volkswagen sales decreased 39.9% to 16,434 units (7.6% share).
BMW sales decreased 25.8% to 15,747 units (7.3% share) and Audi sales decreased 43.7% to 12,325 units (5.7% share).
The best-selling cars in September 2021, were the Tesla Model 3 (6,879 units), Vauxhall Corsa (5,235 units), BMW 3 Series (4,788 units), Toyota Yaris (4,364 units) and Nissan Qashqai (4,118 units).
Compared to last September, gasoline-engine car sales decreased by 46.6% to 94,314 units (43.8% share), diesel-engine car sales decreased 77.3% to 10,658 units (5.0% share), and alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) sales increased 5.6% to 11,0340 units (51.2% share).
In September, private car sales decreased 25.3% to 120,560 units (56.0% share), fleet sales decreased 43.1% to 90,445 units (42.0% share), and sales to businesses decreased 43.3% to 4,307 units (2.0% share).
Sales of all vans to 3.5 tons decreased 39.5% this September to 31,535 units.
Sales of trucks between 3.5 and 6.0 tons decreased 14.2% to 639 units in September.
Sales of taxis increased 37.0% to 274 units in September.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT, said, "This is a desperately disappointing September and further evidence of the ongoing impact of the Covid pandemic on the sector. Despite strong demand for new vehicles over the summer, three successive months have been hit by stalled supply due to reduced semiconductor availability, especially from Asia. Nevertheless, manufacturers are taking every measure possible to maintain deliveries and customers can expect attractive offers on a range of new vehicles. Despite these challenges, the rocketing uptake of plug-in vehicles, especially battery electric cars, demonstrates the increasing demand for these new technologies. However, to meet our collective decarbonisation ambitions, we need to ensure all drivers can make the switch – not just those with private driveways – requiring a massive investment in public recharging infrastructure. Chargepoint roll-out must keep pace with the acceleration in plug-in vehicle registrations."
(SMMT press releases from October 6, 2021) 1 / 2

Sep 10, 2021

Pirelli announced that nearly one in three electric cars (29%) at the show use Pirelli P Zero or Scorpion tires. With some of these tires containing Elect technology, designed for cars with zero or low emissions, Pirelli’s Cinturato P7 tires are also at the show on the BMW 320e hybrid and 3 Series models. P Zero tyres with Elect markings are Ultra High Performance (UHP) tyres that combines Pirelli’s experience in motorsport with Elect; technology, chosen to equip cars such as the Porsche Taycan, Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, Polestar 1, BMW iX and the new Mercedes-Benz EQE. The P Zero Elect tyres are also fitted on the concept car Audi Grandsphere Concept and Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG; as well as the new Mercedes-Benz EQB and Ford Mustang Mach-E 4X. The models from the Scorpion family are also showcased on other new releases in Munich, such as Volkswagen ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX, Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid, Jaguar EV400 AWD and Mercedes-Benz EQCc 400 4matic AMG Line. The world’s first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified tyres on show for the first time, the Pirelli P Zero tyres which contain FSC-certified natural rubber and rayon are fitted on new BMW iX5 Hydrogen and BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-In Hybrid. (From a press release on September 9, 2021)

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