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BMW ENGINES EARN TWO PLACES ON WARD'S ANNUAL 10 BEST ENGINES LIST

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - January 15, 2009... BMW of North America yesterday accepted two 10 Best Engines awards from Ward's Automotive Group. As the only double winner this year, two BMW twin-turbo inline-6 engines -- one diesel and one gasoline -- were elected to the 10 Best Engines list for the 2009 model year by the Ward's panel of expert judges.

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Diesel and Gasoline Engines Make BMW the Only Double Winner for 2009

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - January 15, 2009... BMW of North America yesterday
accepted two 10 Best Engines awards from Ward's Automotive Group. As the only
double winner this year, two BMW twin-turbo inline-6 engines -- one diesel and
one gasoline -- were elected to the 10 Best Engines list for the 2009 model
year by the Ward's panel of expert judges.

"These two awards are further testament that BMW's EfficientDynamics
engineering strategy is delivering the performance and efficiency that drivers
expect today." said Hans Hohenner, General Manager of Drivetrain Development
for BMW Group. "Each of these very different engines brings to market new
technologies that combine to create the highest-performing six-cylinder engines
BMW has ever produced while delivering fuel efficiency that was previously
unattainable."

BMW's gasoline 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged DOHC Inline-6 received a Ward's 10
Best Engines honor for the third time since its introduction in the summer of
2006. The acclaimed engine now powers 11 BMW models in the US - from the 135i
to the X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupe. This 300-horsepower engine features
twin low-mass turbochargers, High Precision Direct Injection and electrified
accessory drives for an unbeatable blend of power, efficiency, and
responsiveness. As an example, this engine propels the BMW 335i coupe from rest
to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds (manual transmission) yet delivers an
EPA-estimated highway mileage of 26 mpg.

The second Ward's 10 Best Engines honor for BMW was awarded to the new 50-state
BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance technology. Featuring all-aluminum
construction, this light-weight 3.0-liter Sequential Turbo DOHC Advanced Diesel
inline-6 offers V-8 performance on four-cylinder consumption: 265 horsepower
and 425 lb-ft of torque, with EPA efficiency figures of 23 (city) and 36
(highway) in the 2009 BMW 335d Sedan, which is capable of 0 - 60mph in just 6.0
seconds. In addition to the 335d model mentioned, this new engine will also be
available in the X5 xDrive35d Sports Activity Vehicle, which is capable of 0 -
60mph in 6.9 seconds and 26mpg on the highway. Both Advanced Diesel models will
be in BMW centers later this month.

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW
Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial
service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including
motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars;
DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a technology office in
Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW
Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global
manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5
Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales
organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger
car centers, 335 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 142 BMW motorcycle
retailers, 83 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 Rolls-Royce Motor Car
dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North,
Central and South America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet
at:

www.bmwgroupna.com
www.bmwusa.com
www.bmwmotorcycles.com
www.miniusa.com
www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

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