Research and development: BMW announces high expenditure on

Research and development is not only in the automotive industry as a key to the success of Tomorrow. Since the BMW Group has the right to make their own products in the future even more innovative and to include the most important drivers of progress in large-series automotive production, is the announced increase in spending for research and development actually no Surprise. On the stock exchange, the announcement has not been recorded a few days ago, however, a particularly positive effect, finally, ensure a high level of investment in the short term, for less profit.

In 2018, the development will cost between 6.5 and 7.0 per cent of the turnover of the BMW Group. The chief financial officer Nicolas Peter announced in the German newspaper Handelsblatt and plot the information in a concrete sum of Around seven billion euros will be available to the engineers of the company, to develop new techniques and to production stage. For the current year, the rate is around 6.0 percent, in the previous years, expenditure has been kept mostly between 5.0 and 5.5 percent.

In the recent past, and the next few years, the electrification of the drives and the development of performance, especially assistance systems, more on the way to Autonomous Driving for rising costs. The BMW Group has established itself as the world’s leading provider of electric cars and Plug-in hybrids already have a special position and want to sell it in 2017 for the first time more than 100,000 vehicles with an electrified powertrain. To be able to in the future play in the top League, is the resolved construction of the BMW’s centre of competence battery cell for around 200 million euros is just one of many measures.

Also, the surface of the deck by the introduction of 48-Volt on-Board networks, and the increasingly complex exhaust gas cleaning to comply with increasingly stringent exhaust gas standards for internal combustion engines as the rapid development of Infotainment systems for an additional cost.

Another cost driver is the continuous Expansion of the model range, because even if these are currently as diverse as never before, are you planning further novelties and need to be developed. Alone in the coming months, with the BMW X2, X7 and i8 Roadster three models of the core brand will come on the market, which have no direct predecessors. More conventionally powered innovations with high development cost of the BMW 8 seater, Performance SUV, the X3 M and X4 M, and the Z4 Roadster.

In addition, worked with high pressure on the new generation of 3 series and 1 series, because even if innovative models like the BMW iNext, or of the purely electric X3 play in the Public a greater role, is worthy of the money currently mostly with the volume series. Here, the newly introduced models of the 5-series and the mid-size SUV X3, of course, play a key role, which is hardly to be underestimated.

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