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BMW Remains Number One Premium Auto Manufacturer

With 2017 being the seventh straight year the company has achieved record sales, the BMW Group has cemented its position as the leading premium vehicle company in the world. The BMW brand alone grew by 4.2 percent worldwide, delivering almost 2.1 million vehicles. Led by huge increases in the 1-Series (14 percent), X-series (9.6 percent), 5-Series (6.3 percent) and the redesigned flagship 7-Series (4.5 percent), sales in 2017 bode well for the future of BMW. “We are delighted with these new record sales figures, which means the BMW Group, with its three premium automotive brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, remains the world’s leading premium automotive company,” according to board member Ian Robertson. “We have continued to increase sales despite headwinds in some major markets and model changeovers of our most significant vehicles.” See why more people are flocking to the BMW brand by inspecting the inventory and taking a test drive at Chapman BMW on Camelback.

BMW Plays Leading Role in Electrified Vehicles

The BMW Group delivered more than 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017, an increase of 66 percent from the previous year. The result is a focus on becoming the leading manufacturer of alternative energy vehicles in the world. The popular i3 experienced a 23 percent increase in 2017 and the BMW iPerformance plug-in hybrid almost doubled its output in sales from the previous year. The company expects continued growth in this field as it shoots to have no less than 500,000 BMW electrified vehicles on the road by the end of 2019. The BMW i3 underwent a redesign for the 2018 model year, adding a new sport model to its family. The BMW i3s has specifically designed front and rear end contours, a sport suspension and high performance motor. You can buy the i3 or i3s in an all-electric version, or choose to have a range extending small gasoline engine as backup.

New i8 Roadster Coming This Spring

There will be plenty of attention paid to the new BMW i8 Roadster when it comes to the showroom of Chapman BMW on Camelback this spring. The beautiful design of the i8 sports car has caught the eye of driving lovers everywhere, with its gullwing doors and dramatic lines. That look is carried over to the new Roadster, with the exception of an electrically operated soft top that quickly goes up or down as the weather and your mood dictates. The hybrid setup of the BMW i8 delivers not only exceptional performance, but also can take you up to 18 miles on all-electric driving. When that is used up, you have a gas engine and regenerative braking to charge the batteries and let you continue on your way. Stop by Chapman BMW on Camelback periodically to get a firm date on the delivery of the new i8 Roadster.

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