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      10-08-2021, 08:25 AM   #1
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Van Meel Returns As BMW M CEO - New Flasch Role

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Change of leadership at the top of BMW M GmbH.

October 11, 2021

Franciscus van Meel reassumes chief executive position in the BMW Group subsidiary responsible for performance and high-performance automobiles. Markus Flasch is soon to head the product lines Rolls-Royce, BMW luxury and upper class as well as the BMW midrange class.

Munich. With effect from 1 November, Franciscus van Meel will assume the position as chairman of the board of BMW M GmbH. He succeeds Markus Flasch, who, after three years at the helm of the BMW Group subsidiary responsible for particularly sporty automobiles, will be changing to the Overall Vehicle Development division. Flasch will assume the position within the BMW Group as head of the production lines Rolls-Royce, BMW luxury and upper class, in future also including the BMW midrange production line. During his term of office in the executive board of BMW M GmbH, the company rose to become the world’s leading provider of performance and high-performance-automobiles.

For Franciscus van Meel it is a return to the chief executive position at the top of BMW M GmbH. Between 2015 and 2018, he had already led the company, which bears the status of an independent automobile manufacturer. In the meantime, van Meel has also been, inter alia, responsible for the Rolls-Royce product line as well as for the BMW luxury and upper class. Under his leadership, the BMW Group’s new technology flagship, the BMW iX, was brought to series-production readiness. Van Meel also headed development of the forthcoming purely electrically powered model variants. With this experience in hand, he brings along the ideal prerequisites to also shape the next stages already commenced on the way to electrification at the BMW M GmbH. The first highlight of van Meel’s second term of office has already been fixed: 2022 will witness the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the company - originally founded as BMW Motorsport GmbH - during which many new high-performance automobiles will be presented. These will also include the first BMW M3 Touring, which is already in an advanced stage of its series development process.

During the past three years, BMW M GmbH has been influenced by an unparalleled model offensive. The list of innovations with which BMW M GmbH was able to achieve new record sales figures and assume market leadership ahead of competitors included the extended range of performance automobiles and new versions of the model series BMW M3 and BMW M4, which represent the core of the BMW M brand, as well as the absolute top-of-the-range models in their segment, the BMW M2 CS (fuel consumption combined: 10.1 – 9.2 l/100 km according to WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 229 – 210 g/km according to WLTP) and the BMW M5 CS (fuel consumption combined: 11.3 l/100 km according to WLTP, CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km according to WLTP). The latest new model, the purely electrically powered BMW M automobile, the BMW i4 M50 (power consumption combined: 22.5 – 18.0 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km), has now been brought to market.

At the same time, the BMW M company’s commitment as a car manufacturer and in motorsport was recently again more closely interlinked. This was accompanied by the realignment of motorsport activities, new and particularly attractive customer sport offerings and the decision on BMW’s comeback in international prototype racing, which has been planned for 2023.
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A more important headline would have been "Domagoj Dukec Resigns, Realizes His Designs Were Made While on Cocaine Binges"
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A more important headline would have been "Domagoj Dukec Resigns, Realizes His Designs Were Made While on Cocaine Binges"
Lol , wait for it !
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Bummer and big mistake...Flasch was the first CEO which was connected with the community, any other CEO before was just a "German" manager.

I don't think this was really planned, something happened for sure.

Hope he will be happy in his new role!
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Can't argue, we had more exciting drivers cars produced under Van Meel leadership than MF who seemed to focus a lot more on social media advertising.
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All things considered, I can't name a single Flasch accomplishment... outside of making those ridiculous you tube videos.
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Cool, can't wait to see the new Audi lineup BMW M comes up with next.
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Recognition that fixing something that isn't broke didn't work?

I wonder how sales are going with the buck tooth design?
Hmmmmmm...
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^ Van Meel worked on the IX and the upcoming 7
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The full press release:

Munich. With effect from 1 November, Franciscus van Meel will assume the position as chairman of the board of BMW M GmbH. He succeeds Markus Flasch, who, after three years at the helm of the BMW Group subsidiary responsible for particularly sporty automobiles, will be changing to the Overall Vehicle Development division. Flasch will assume the position within the BMW Group as head of the production lines Rolls-Royce, BMW luxury and upper class, in future also including the BMW midrange production line. During his term of office in the executive board of BMW M GmbH, the company rose to become the world’s leading provider of performance and high-performance-automobiles.

For Franciscus van Meel it is a return to the chief executive position at the top of BMW M GmbH. Between 2015 and 2018, he had already led the company, which bears the status of an independent automobile manufacturer. In the meantime, van Meel has also been, inter alia, responsible for the Rolls-Royce product line as well as for the BMW luxury and upper class. Under his leadership, the BMW Group’s new technology flagship, the BMW iX, was brought to series-production readiness. Van Meel also headed development of the forthcoming purely electrically powered model variants. With this experience in hand, he brings along the ideal prerequisites to also shape the next stages already commenced on the way to electrification at the BMW M GmbH. The first highlight of van Meel’s second term of office has already been fixed: 2022 will witness the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the company - originally founded as BMW Motorsport GmbH - during which many new high-performance automobiles will be presented. These will also include the first BMW M3 Touring, which is already in an advanced stage of its series development process.

During the past three years, BMW M GmbH has been influenced by an unparalleled model offensive. The list of innovations with which BMW M GmbH was able to achieve new record sales figures and assume market leadership ahead of competitors included the extended range of performance automobiles and new versions of the model series BMW M3 and BMW M4, which represent the core of the BMW M brand, as well as the absolute top-of-the-range models in their segment, the BMW M2 CS (fuel consumption combined: 10.1 – 9.2 l/100 km according to WLTP; CO2 emissions combined: 229 – 210 g/km according to WLTP) and the BMW M5 CS (fuel consumption combined: 11.3 l/100 km according to WLTP, CO2 emissions combined: 256 g/km according to WLTP). The latest new model, the purely electrically powered BMW M automobile, the BMW i4 M50 (power consumption combined: 22.5 – 18.0 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km), has now been brought to market.

At the same time, the BMW M company’s commitment as a car manufacturer and in motorsport was recently again more closely interlinked. This was accompanied by the realignment of motorsport activities, new and particularly attractive customer sport offerings and the decision on BMW’s comeback in international prototype racing, which has been planned for 2023.

Source: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/globa...-of-bmw-m-gmbh
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Ah oh, and just as M started to boom. Flashc seems to have understood what customers and fans wanted from M. Hope it won't regress again.
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Does this mean no more giant grills???
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Ah oh, and just as M started to boom. Flashc seems to have understood what customers and fans wanted from M. Hope it won't regress again.
Huh? M has gone off the deep end in design since 19'…
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Does this mean no more giant grills???
No, Dukec is still in charge of design.
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Can't argue, we had more exciting drivers cars produced under Van Meel leadership than MF who seemed to focus a lot more on social media advertising.
I don't think you're being fair; amongst others such as the M5CS, Marcus was responsible for M2CS the EVO 2020 car of the year - second position went to a mere McLaren

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/unite...language=en_GB
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Does this mean no more giant grills???
No, Dukec is still in charge of design.
Yeah but since he's the leader he's the one approving and ultimately responsible. Tbh I'm personally hoping that the design figure of bmw is not gone. I'll take any change as good news at this point haha
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Corporate politics at its best. Doubt this will mean a big shift is design
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Corporate politics at its best. Doubt this will mean a big shift is design
No kidding, it's so obvious
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Huh? M has gone off the deep end in design since 19'…
Not design only (I love that the new M cars has their own grills), but dynamics and performance.
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A bit sad... Markus was actually driving the development cars on the ring ...
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Not design only (I love that the new M cars has their own grills), but dynamics and performance.
How do M cars have their own grills?!
The same grill is on regular 4series, i4 and now iX. The new 7series will also have it.

The performance of new M3/4 is less unique as it no longer uses DCT but same ZF auto as in regular models.

There has never been a time when M cars were less differentiated from regular models in BMW history especially with all the Mperformance variants M340, M550 etc. Most ppl think those are also true M cars.
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Bummer and big mistake...Flasch was the first CEO which was connected with the community, any other CEO before was just a "German" manager.

I don't think this was really planned, something happened for sure.

Hope he will be happy in his new role!
So you liked him not for the cars developed under his leadership but b/c he uses social media....
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