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The New 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
228hp 228i xDrive Gran Coupe and 301hp M235i xDrive Gran Coupe models.
0-60 mph in 6.0 sec. for 228i xDrive model and 4.6 sec. for M235i xDrive model.
Production to begin November 2019.
Pricing will be announced closer to the March market launch.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - October 15, 2019...Today, BMW proudly introduces the all-new compact 2 Series Gran Coupe, offering an extroverted,
performance-oriented entry point into BMW ownership. The low, wide and sporty 228i xDrive Gran Coupe and M235i xDrive Gran Coupe models
deliver the styling and design, everyday four-door usability and space, agility and handling, connectivity and technology combined with the latest
driver assistance such as Blind Spot Detection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Detection, Lane Departure warning, and safety
systems that BMW customers have come to expect.
Turner Motorsport wins GTD class with BMW M6 GT3 at IMSA finale – Podium for BMW Team RLL.
GTD triumph for Turner Motorsport with the BMW M6 GT3 at the Petit Le Mans.
Connor De Phillippi, Tom Blomqvist and Colton Herta make it onto the GTLM podium at Road Atlanta.
Bill Auberlen celebrates 60th all-time North American win on his 51st birthday.
Road Atlanta - October 12, 2019... The BMW teams in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship were able to finish the season on a
high at Road Atlanta (USA). In the GTD class, Bill Auberlen – who turned 51 on Saturday -, Robby Foley and Dillon Machavern (all USA) claimed
victory with the #96 BMW M6 GT3 for Turner Motorsport. BMW Team RLL scored another GTLM podium. The trio of Connor De Phillippi (USA),
Tom Blomqvist (GBR) and Colton Herta (USA) came third after sharing driving duties in the #25 BMW M8 GTE. Their team-mates John Edwards
(USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Philipp Eng (AUT) finished ninth at the classic Petit Le Mans after an early technical issue with their #24 car.
VOLKSWAGEN DONATES BEETLE CONVERTIBLE FINAL EDITION TO BENEFIT ERLANGER NEUROSCIENCE INSTITUTE
Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition raffled off at inaugural 2019 Chattanooga MotorCar Festival
Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc., donated a 2019 Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL at the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival this past
weekend. The Festival raffled off the vehicle to benefit the Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, beneficiary of the festival and the region’s only certified
academic Neuroscience Center. Sponsored by Volkswagen, the multi-day celebration of classic and current vehicles was held in downtown
Chattanooga, October 11-13.
The Erlanger Neuroscience Institute is focused on a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that helps enhance the quality of care for patients and
families, and facilitates training to healthcare professionals. Erlanger’s neurological specialists treat adult and pediatric patients with a variety of
disorders, and use the latest advancements in imaging technology to diagnose and develop individualized treatment plans.
BMW i Ventures Announces Investment in CelLink
Mountain View, Calif (October 29, 2019)… BMW i Ventures announced today an investment in CelLink, a San Carlos, CA-based manufacturer of
flexible circuit technology that delivers high-conductance, large-area, lightweight, and low-cost flexible circuits through a proprietary combination of
manufacturing processes, designs, and materials. The new funding is aimed at ramping up production of large-area flexible circuits for power and
“We believe CelLink’s technology will transform wire harnessing from an ‘old school’, simple technology to a more advanced, integrated, multi-
purpose, flexible circuit technology with more functionality and lower cost. Automotive wiring is finally becoming high tech,” stated Marcus
Behrendt, Partner at BMW i Ventures.
The new funding will support CelLink’s operations as it scales up existing production contracts and transitions several projects into full-scale
production. CelLink will continue to ramp production in its first manufacturing facility through 2019, and the company intends to bring a new
production facility online in the 2020-21 timeframe to meet additional demand.
“CelLink was founded eight years ago on the premise of providing interconnect solutions to the solar industry. We are thrilled that the core
innovations that we developed have evolved into a new type of flexible circuit that addresses the growing challenges of vehicle wiring and light-
weighting, battery wiring, and energy-efficient lighting applications,” commented CEO and co-founder Kevin Coakley. “These industries are huge, and
they require significant technological advances for the world to achieve a state of sustainable energy production and consumption," Coakley added.
In the long-term, CelLink expects that its technology will scale well-beyond the company’s initial markets. The company has already received strong
interest in adapting its technology for use in aerospace and commercial vehicles.
About BMW i Ventures
BMW i Ventures, BMW’s EUR 500 million venture capital fund, invests money and resources in startups in the fields of autonomous driving, digital
car and automotive cloud, e-mobility, artificial Intelligence and data, industry 4.0, shared and on-demand mobility, customer digital life, and energy
services. The firm has already partnered with innovative companies such as Xometry, Yellowbrick, Zum, Urgent.ly, Lime, and Bright Machines. BMW i
Ventures invests in all stages from seed and incubation to growth companies
CelLink, founded in 2012 by Kevin Coakley (CEO) and Malcolm Brown (VP Engineering), and joined in 2015 by Bruce Graham (Chairman),
manufactures the world's largest and most electrically and thermally conductive flexible circuits. The company’s products are ideally-suited to power
and signal transmission applications including automotive wiring, battery packs, LED lighting, photovoltaics, and other devices. CelLink was originally
funded through a 2014 US Department of Energy Sunshot grant, and has since received a total of $35M in follow-on funding, including a 2015 seed
investment from SK Telecom, Band of Angels, and Robert Bosch Venture Capital, and a 2017 Series A investment led by 3M Ventures. Please visit
www.cellinkcircuits.com for more information.