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BMW sales results in six months of 2024

2023 was a successful year for many companies when it comes to sales, and some continued on the same path in the first six months of 2024. One of them is BMW, which recorded sales growth in the first half of 2024, with over a million vehicles delivered worldwide.

BMW is still the leader in the segment of premium cars. According to the Bavarian manufacturer, in the first six months BMW sold 1,096,486 cars worldwide, which is a growth of 2.3 percent compared to the same period in 2023. Although the biggest growth was recorded in the sale of electric cars, and 180,000 of them got new owners (+34%), customers still mostly opt for cars powered by internal combustion engines and hybrids.

When it comes to competition, in second place in the ranking of premium brands was Mercedes-Benz, which, although it delivered around 960,000 cars worldwide, recorded a 6 percent drop in sales. Also, in the segment of battery cars, they sold only 93,400 units (-17%). Audi is in third place with 833,000 cars delivered, which is also a drop of 8 percent compared to the same period in 2023. In the segment of battery cars, the company based in England recorded a growth of 1.3%.

Speaking of models, the highest demand was for the 7 Series, which recorded a 22 percent increase in sales, and other models such as the 3 Series and X1 also achieved excellent results.

The highest demand was in their biggest market (Europe), where 460,144 vehicles were delivered (+2.6%), and a positive result was also achieved in the American market (+2.1%). In Asia, BMW delivered 493,364 cars (-3.6%), of which 375,947 cars in China, a drop of 4.2%.

Source: BMW

2025 Audi RS Q8 and RS Q8 Performance

At the end of 2023, Audi presented redesigned editions of the Q8 model, and now it’s time for the refreshed RS Q8 and RS Q8 Performance, which is Audi’s most powerful SUV ever.

Audi equipped both versions with an electromechanical active stabilization system. This system works in a way that two small electric motors, positioned between the halves of the stabilizers, activate the stabilizers in the opposite direction when turning and thus reduce the tilting of the vehicle. There’s also a mechanical center differential and adaptive air suspension that can adjust the car’s height by up to 90 millimeters, 420mm discs with ten-piston brake calipers (the RS Q8 Performance comes with 440mm front and 370mm rear carbon ceramic discs), and a set of 23″ wheels.

Also, customers can now choose from three new metallic colors: Sakhir Gold, Ascari Blue and Chili Red. The RS Q8 has new mirror housings, a front spoiler, window details and a rear diffuser, while the RS Q8 Performance has matte carbon mirrors, a front spoiler and a matte gray rear diffuser. The interior comes in three equipment packages (red, gray and blue) which include perforated sports seats, Dinamica microfiber on the center console and an Alcantara steering wheel.

When it comes to the powertrain, both versions are powered by a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 engine that in the RS Q8 delivers 600 hp (447 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque at 2,200 – 4,500 rpm. That’s enough power to push the SUV from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The RS Q8 Performance is slightly more powerful and delivers 641 hp (478 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque, which is enough for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph). The engine is paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission that sends power to all wheels.

Speaking of the price, the RS Q8 starts at 141,900 euros, while the RS Q8 Performance is slightly more expensive and costs 155,700 euros.

Source: Audi


2025 Audi RS e-tron GT Performance – the most powerful Audi ever

Four years ago Audi launched a battery electric car Audi e-tron GT, and a year later a more sporty RS version arrived on the market. Now is the time for more powerful refreshed editions and the new RS Performance flagship.

First of all, the Audi e-tron GT is now known as the S e-tron GT. It is powered by two electric motors with a total power of 680 hp (507 kW), which is more than the current RS e-tron GT. Also, the new RS e-tron GT is more powerful than its predecessor and now has 857 hp (639 kW), while the new flagship RS e-tron GT Performance is at the top of the range and the most powerful Audi ever with 925 hp (690 kW). This had a significant impact on acceleration, so now the S e-tron GT reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds (0.1 second faster than the current RS version) with a top speed of 245 km/h ( 152 mph). The RS e-tron GT accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), while the RS e-tron GT Performance reaches 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds .

In order to withstand the increase in power, Audi‘s engineers improved the air suspension as well as the optional active suspension, new brakes with steel discs were installed in the S e-tron GT, while the RS models have discs coated with tungsten carbide. Customers can also choose carbon-ceramic discs and 10-piston front brake calipers (optional).

All versions are equipped with a 97 kWh battery that allows a range of 609 km on a single battery charge in ideal conditions. The maximum charging speed has been increased from 270 to 320 kW, which means that the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes, while a ten-minute charge is enough for a range of 280 km. The battery improvements also mean that it can maintain a charging speed of more than 280 kWh for longer than the old model. Also, the battery can be cooled or heated for faster charging.

The cabin has also undergone certain changes. New seats, a new steering wheel and an optional panoramic glass roof, which can become opaque with the simple push of a button, have been installed. Audi’s virtual cockpit has also been upgraded, and there’s a new mix of materials including wood accents, Dinamica microfibre and optional 18-way adjustable seats.

When it comes to price, the S e-tron GT costs 126,000 euros, while the RS e-tron GT is slightly more expensive and costs 147,500 euros. For the most powerful Audi ever, the RS e-tron GT Performance, it is necessary to allocate 160,500 euros.

Source: Audi