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      04-01-2011, 05:53 AM   #1
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BMW shuffles management at BMW M GmbH and MINI brand

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New management responsibilities at BMW M GmbH and MINI brand

Friedrich Nitschke to head BMW M GmbH

Kay Segler takes over MINI brand management


Dr. Friedrich Nitschke (56) will take over as managing director of BMW M GmbH effective 1 May of this year. Nitschke was previously responsible for the MINI Series within the Development division, and has held various management positions in the Controlling and Development divisions since joining the company in 1978.

The current managing director of BMW M GmbH, Dr. Kay Segler (56), will be responsible for MINI brand management in the future. Segler has been with the company since 1988, mainly in management functions within the Sales and Marketing division, both in Germany and abroad. He previously managed the MINI brand between 2004 and 2008. He is now set to continue the brand’s successful growth story.

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      04-01-2011, 06:04 AM   #2
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huh. wonder why?
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      04-01-2011, 06:12 AM   #3
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huh. wonder why?
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      04-01-2011, 09:48 AM   #4
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i don't think it's an april fools joke, it's reported on a lot of car websites.
google it.

i just hope the new guy is not also a fan of turbocharging
good riddance to mr segler!
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      04-01-2011, 10:16 AM   #5
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Turbo charging is now an integral feature with BMW and therefore BMW M.
It is here to stay because BMW need it to increase efficiency in their vehicles.
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      04-01-2011, 10:39 AM   #6
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Turbo charging is now an integral feature with BMW and therefore BMW M.
It is here to stay because BMW need it to increase efficiency in their vehicles.
i have no problem with turbocharging, i got an X3 with the 35i engine for my wife and she loves it. great engine.
but i was under the assumption that M stood for ultimate driving machine
not Efficient driving machine
just like mercedes, sure they have bluetec, and they have diesels etc
but that doesn't mean every car they make has to be efficient etc
look at AMG

i mean if turbocharging is done across the board on ALL BMWs
why am i paying that much more for the M?
just for a different tune on the ECU?
so from now on the difference between an M and a non M is a different ECU tune and a sticker on the engine that says "powered by M power"?
such a shame
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      04-01-2011, 10:40 AM   #7
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on another note
there is another way of increasing efficiency
less weight
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      04-01-2011, 10:41 AM   #8
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Perhaps M cars will become smaller now?
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No offense. Given the product produced (especially the 1M, the first-ever so called M product that use a non-M engine and parts bin assembly) during Dr. Segler's M Dept. tenure, personally I consider Mr. Segler to be more suitable to run the MINI brand other than the more performance/technical oriented M brand. I totally support BMW's decision to put a person with technical background to run the M brand.

Look at Ford, before and after assigning a technical guy as CEO, big change, big improvement!
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Turbo charging is now an integral feature with BMW and therefore BMW M.
It is here to stay because BMW need it to increase efficiency in their vehicles.
Scott, I think a lot of people, including myself, are afraid that if the M3 goes turbo, the high redline will no longer be there.

Believe it or not, my favorite thing about my M3 is the high redline and how power is delivered.

Please... Tell us the redline on the F3X M3 will be 8000 or more and that peak power will be delivered towards the end of the RPM range.

I know you probably can't say much right now, but is BMW working on getting a high RPM engine for the turbo M3? If you can, please confirm that high RPM is one of the goals even though it's going turbo.

Thanks Scott.
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Turbo charging is now an integral feature with BMW and therefore BMW M.
It is here to stay because BMW need it to increase efficiency in their vehicles.
thank you scott!!
I said this to my friend 7 years ago; even before TT 335i was on the market.I mentioned that most cars will be turbocharged due to emission; he disagreed. Looks like I was right after all.
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i have no problem with turbocharging, i got an X3 with the 35i engine for my wife and she loves it. great engine.
but i was under the assumption that M stood for ultimate driving machine
not Efficient driving machine
I need to remind you that the first //M car was a turbocharged: //M1
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I need to remind you that the first //M car was a turbocharged: //M1
that is not true
the road version was NOT turbocharged
the race version was
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This guys does not exactly look like a leader of the ///M brand... Dr. K was cool and fun! He will be missed if this is true!
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Thank god. Kay has done nothing more than dilute the ///M brand.
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If this is legit, you know Kay must have cried.
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This guys does not exactly look like a leader of the ///M brand... Dr. K was cool and fun! He will be missed if this is true!
K looks and reminds me of the Playstation spokes person lol

You're right tho, this guy kind of looks like he would touch my M in weird places.
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i have no problem with turbocharging, i got an X3 with the 35i engine for my wife and she loves it. great engine.
but i was under the assumption that M stood for ultimate driving machine
not Efficient driving machine
just like mercedes, sure they have bluetec, and they have diesels etc
but that doesn't mean every car they make has to be efficient etc
look at AMG
AMG is adding turbos to their line -__- The next E63 will have a V8 Biturbo as well as the S class sedan/coupe, SL, and C. I also think the next SLK will get a ~400 horse turbo'd V6. It's happening everywhere and I don't blame them. $4.20 avg/gallon of gas is no joke and it's still climbing
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"THERE WILL BE NO FOOLS THIS APRIL..." BMW CONCEPT M5 : 01/04
Sooo, we're at April 2nd, and still no sign of M5..
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