Ian Robertson

BMW drops to third place in luxury sales race during January

Feb. 10, 2016 11:56 CET

BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: For big U.S. dealer groups, another plea to buy into China

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Global carmakers want the highly proficient U.S. public dealership groups to invest in China, and the publics simply aren't interested....
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BMW Group sales rise nearly 5% on Europe, SUV demand

Dec. 10, 2015 12:38 CET

BMW Group's sales increased nearly 5 percent in November, helped by continuing demand for SUVs and by strong growth in Europe....
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BMW will 'step up' digital features

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

The next frontier for BMW AG is growing the digital end of its business, both in its vehicles and the retail environment....
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BMW to 'step up' digital features

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

The next frontier for BMW is growing the digital end of its business, in vehicles and on the retail front. New consumer programs will focus on service and making it more seamless. In vehicles, improved connectivity and even autonomous driving “will weave itself into all of our next architectures,” the brand's top sales and marketing executive says....
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BMW eyes new business opportunities with autonomous cars

Sept. 16, 2015 09:58 CET

BMW is rethinking its products, design and business models for the advent of driverless cars, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, the group's Mini boss. The executive added that the competitive advantage for premium carmakers will be based on their ability to offer a portfolio of transport options far beyond just selling cars....
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BMW's next electric i cars in 'final stages'

Sept. 15, 2015 14:34 CET

BMW is pushing ahead with plans to expand its i subbrand as competitors threaten to push past the automaker with more advanced EVs. BMW has options that are in the final stages of consideration to join the i3 and i8, Ian Robertson, BMW's sales chief, Ian Robertson, said....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How BMW increases volume without sacrificing margins

Sept. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW's growing lineup of compact cars is luring customers away from similar-sized volume models, especially in Europe. BMW sales boss Ian Robertson talked about the effect this has had on BMW in an interview with Automotive News Europe....
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BMW brand sales rise 5% as Europe, U.S, offset China dip

July 9, 2015 11:20 CET

BMW brand's global sales rose 5 percent in June as robust demand in Europe and the U.S. helped offset a second-straight month of decline in China. Six-month sales at BMW brand grew 5.1 percent....
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BMW brand sales rise 4% in May despite China decline

June 12, 2015 10:48 CET

BMW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in May helped by strong demand in the U.S. and a continued recovery in Europe, the automaker said. The gains helped BMW brand overcome a 5.5 percent decline in China last month, its first year-on-year slide since January 2005....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW sales boss shares how brand is adapting to big changes in China

May 5, 2015 06:15 CET

China's rapidly developing auto market has led some cities to restrict new-car sales and forced the country's dealers to rely more heavily on selling used cars rather than new models. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe what the automaker is doing to cope with these changes....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for May

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth....
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ANE's May e-magazine goes live Monday

May 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, May 4. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth....
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BMW will build fwd cars in China to attract middle class

April 21, 2015 10:11 CET

BMW will double the number of cars it builds in China to six as it adds models including the front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan in a bid to increase sales to middle class buyers who don't have chauffeurs....
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BMW, Mercedes probe unauthorized exports from U.S. to China

April 7, 2015 11:29 CET

Mercedes and BMW are probing unauthorized exports of vehicles from the U.S. to China, which have recently surged and threaten profit in the world's largest auto market. So-called gray imports to China have jumped since the country allowed dealers in Shanghai's free trade zone to import cars without the consent of foreign carmakers....
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BMW brand tops rivals in Feb.; trails Audi overall

March 10, 2015 10:32 CET

BMW brand's February sales rose 5.2 percent to 131,416 vehicles. The monthly total beat rivals Audi and Mercedes after both automakers outsold BMW in January. Through two months, Audi remains ahead of BMW brand in the ranking of the world's best-selling premium carmakers....
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