BMW May 2012 Sales Up 7.1%
BMW’s 5-Series almost outsells the 3!
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - June 1, 2012
2012 BMW 5-Series – $46,900 to start and a 23/34 mpgUS city/highway rating when equipped with the 240 HP turbo’ed 2.0L I4.
Welcome to the future where gasoline even in America costs at least $5.00 per gallon and those with $700 car payments do not want to add another $300 per month just to fuel their fire breathing monsters. With that thought in mind, BMW’s 2012 BMW 528i Sedan was the first BMW to arrive with the TwinPower DI and Turbocharged 2.0L I4 engine. And it incorporates an auto start/stop system.
BMW’s DI and turbo’d 2.0L I4
Think of it like an EcoBoost on steroids. The new 2.0L combines high-pressure direct-injection and BMW’s VALVETRONIC intake control (hence the name: TwinPower) with a forced induction system consisting of a single twin-scroll turbocharger.
The maximum output of 240 HP is achieved at 5,000 rpm with peak torque of 260 lb-ft arriving at just 1,250 rpm!
The I4 engine with its all-aluminum crankcase is significantly lighter and more compact than an i or V6 engine of equivalent power. The turbocharger is a twin-scroll system. The exhaust streams leaving the two pairs of cylinders are kept completely separate as they flow through the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger, taking a spiral path to the turbine wheel. This configuration results in very low exhaust back pressure at low engine rpm, and allows the energy of the exhaust gas pulses to be optimally managed and translated into powerful rotation of the turbine blades, without a delay in throttle response.
The patented BMW VALVETRONIC system with seamlessly variable intake valve lift control dispenses with the throttle valve system typical of conventional engines. Instead, combustion air mass is controlled inside the engine, resulting in much faster response. Pumping losses are kept to a minimum, making the engine more efficient.
The direct-injection system also helps to improve efficiency. Centrally positioned between the valves, solenoid injectors with a maximum injection pressure of 2,900 psi precisely control the supply of fuel. The fuel is injected very close to the spark plug, resulting in clean and homogeneous combustion. This is not to be confused with Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition or (HCCI) Technology.
The cooling effect of the injected fuel also allows for a higher compression ratio than might otherwise be possible. This results in further efficiency improvements. In the 2012 528i this innovative new engine will again be mated to BMW’s newest 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 528i accelerates from 0 – 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, 0.4 seconds quicker than the 2011 model and will deliver up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency. In other words, the 23.34 mpgUS rated mid-sized is capable of leaving tire tracks on dry pavement with the press of the go pedal while not having to make apology’s for its indulgences to anyone!
In addition to BMW EfficientDynamics technologies like Brake Energy Regeneration, the 2012 BMW 528i will feature Auto Start/Stop. This feature switches off the engine when the car is stationary at traffic lights or in slow-moving traffic in order to minimize idling. An ECO PRO mode, which is activated by the driving experience switch, adjusts the engine map, heating, air conditioning, and mirror/seat heating to minimize fuel consumption. The resulting increase in range is shown on a display.
While the 2012 528i will not match the fuel economy of its German cousins with the 2.0L super diesels onboard, it is BMW’s version of EfficientDynamics for North America. The new I4 will provide a whole new breed of BMW drivers and enthusiasts the opportunity to drive what will arguably be called one of if not the best I4 on the planet soon after its release. I can just see Ward’s drooling at the chance to drive this baby although not quite for the same reasons we want to ;)
BMW June 2012 Sales Overview
BMW (BMW and MINI combined) reported May sales of 28,321 vehicles, an increase of 7.1 percent from the 26,452 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 12.2% on sales of 130,843 in the first five months of 2012 compared to 116,656 in the same period in 2011.
Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 7.3 percent in May for a total of 22,168 compared to 20,651 vehicles sold in May, 2011. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 13.8 percent on sales of 104,779 compared to 92,068 sold in the first five months of 2011.
In May, best performing vehicles included the 3 Series, down 22.1 percent to 6,321 units; 5 Series, up 45.3 percent to 6,102 units; and the Sports Activity Vehicle segment (X3, X5 and X6), up 23.8 percent to 6,939 units.
MINI USA reported sales of 6,153 automobiles in May, an increase of 6.1 percent from the 5,801 sold in May 2011. Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 6.0 percent on volume of 26,064 compared to 24,588 in the first five months of 2011.
B-Segment Sales Rank
In the C-Segment, the Civic took hold of the lead with the ancient Corolla grabbing second place. The aging Forte outsold the aging Sentra.
The Camry leads everyone in the D-Segment with the Accord in second place.
Top 10 – May 2012 US Automobile Sales Leaders
The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 selling days in May of 2012 and 24 selling days during May of 2011.
Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 127 days for 2012 and 126 days for 2011. All percentages reflect DSR.
Top 10 Sales Leaders items of note: Accord falls from third to sixth. Civic climbs two spots while Corolla falls back one. Malibu and Ram P/U climb one while CR-V falls back three places.
Automobile Manufacturer's US Sales Rank – May 2012 vs. May 2011 Comparison and Total Sales
SAAR is running at approximately 14.2 Million units.
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