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      09-17-2018, 10:15 AM   #1
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The New BMW M CEO is Markus Flasch as Van Meel Moves On To New Position

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Road and Track is reporting that Frank van Meel, the BMW M CEO since 2015 will be moving on to another role within BMW. On October 1st, van Meel will become head of BMW's "Total Vehicle" development department. His replacement as the head of BMW M will be Markus Flasch, who was most recently the BMW 8 Series Project Manager.

Here is Markus Flasch discussing the 8 Series Coupe.



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Well the 8 series is pretty fine so that bodes well.

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It's always good to change things up.

I am excited to see what's ahead from BMW ///M GmbH.
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When Van Meel was poached from quattro GmbH to M GmbH four years ago, we already had an idea as to why BMW would want the ex-head of quattro to be the head of M.

In comes the F90 M5, with M xDrive and then the speculations about Van Meel's role in the AWD-ification are confirmed.
At the same time, right before our eyes, the M Performance Automobile line becomes nearly all xDrive-based, (i.e., M550i, M760Li, X3 M40i, X4 M40i, X1 M35i & upcoming M340i), with no RWD option except for the M240i.

BMW took the initiative to poach the head of a division (quattro) world renowned for its AWD systems and got what they wanted.

For me personally, I never saw Van Meel as a traditional/true BMW M type of guy, and to his credit he never really pretended to be.
It seemed like he knew exactly why he was chosen for the role and it was exactly what BMW execs wanted.

A necessary evil, perhaps.

But it'll be interesting to see where things go from here.
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Not sure what that means to you..

secondhand market...
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Not sure what that means to you..

secondhand market...
Got it. Long live the manuals...

So far the Manual take-rate is still quite good.

However BMW is cutting cost to fund their electric cars.
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Does that mean M cars will now be... Flaschy? How about a car as quick as The Flasch?
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Wish I were at least 10% as passionate in my job as I would be in their jobs. To those who say "it is all what you make of it." GFY.
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Does that mean M cars will now be... Flaschy? How about a car as quick as The Flasch?
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Wish I were at least 10% as passionate in my job as I would be in their jobs. To those who say "it is all what you make of it." GFY.
I doubt their jobs are as "fun" as you have imagined.

I would imagine that they have to sit through powerpoint presentations just like anyone else, crunch deadlines, targets, budgets, satisfy fickle consumers, constantly undergoing public scrutiny all while expectations of them to deliver higher and higher sales are higher than ever.

It's gotta be stressful!!!
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Does that mean M cars will now be... Flaschy? How about a car as quick as The Flasch?
I don't quite understand the criticism about the performances of the M cars. Are they so slow recently? I mean I can understand when someone is complaining about the design or the sound of the cars. But the cars aren't slow comparing to the main competitors.

And the engine downsizing is something all big manufacturers are doing. Same with the replacement of the manuals (actually the M division still offers manuals, while I'm not sure if AMG or Audi RS still have cars with manual transmission). Same with the weight (again, comparing to the main competitors) etc. etc. The complaining is really getting outrageous here (not talking about you, but in general).
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I don't quite understand the criticism about the performances of the M cars. Are they so slow recently? I mean I can understand when someone is complaining about the design or the sound of the cars. But the cars aren't slow comparing to the main competitors.

And the engine downsizing is something all big manufacturers are doing. Same with the replacement of the manuals (actually the M division still offers manuals, while I'm not sure if AMG or Audi RS still have cars with manual transmission). The complaining is really getting outrageous here (not talking about you, but in general).
Definitely agree to a certain extent. To offer some perspective, you cannot get a manual transmission in your new Ferrari.
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The fact that he owns (owned?) a Clownshoe tells me a lot! I like where this is going...

http://www.autonews.com/article/2011.../markus-flasch
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Does that mean M cars will now be... Flaschy? How about a car as quick as The Flasch?
I don't quite understand the criticism about the performances of the M cars. Are they so slow recently? I mean I can understand when someone is complaining about the design or the sound of the cars. But the cars aren't slow comparing to the main competitors.

And the engine downsizing is something all big manufacturers are doing. Same with the replacement of the manuals (actually the M division still offers manuals, while I'm not sure if AMG or Audi RS still have cars with manual transmission). Same with the weight (again, comparing to the main competitors) etc. etc. The complaining is really getting outrageous here (not talking about you, but in general).
I see what you didn't get there.
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