Check it. just got the latest BMW mag and newsletter. Looks like they are taking a new marketing message : JOY.
Haven’t reviewed it all yet, but first impressions is that it doesn’t seem very BMW to me. JOY seems like something you promote when you don’t have much other options. Something for GM perhaps. BMW has always been about performance (cars for drivers), so seems a bit to underhand the brand, IMHO. Thoughts? maybe it’s only a holiday campaign, but from the mag and newsletter it doesn’t seem that way.
On the back of this three-letter word, we built a company.
Independent in spirit, philosophy, and practice.
Accountable to no one but the driver.
We do not build cars.
We are the creators of emotion.
We are the guardians of exhilaration, thrills, and chills.
We are the Joy of Driving.
No car company can rival our history.
Replicate our passion.
See our vision.
Innovation is our backbone, but Joy is our heart.
We will not stray from our three-letter purpose. We will nurture it.
We will make Joy smarter. We will push it, test it, break it – then build it again.
More efficient, more dynamic.
We will give the world the keys to Joy and they will take it for a ride.
And while others try to promise everything, we promise one thing.
The most personal, cherished, and human of all emotions.
This is the story of BMW.
As a side note, the mag also shows they are releasing a new 5 series wagon (ahem - Gran Turismo), that looks pretty sweet. Sorta X6 without the ugly and for a reason. The hatch is back?
Maybe the advertising is part of the reason that I don’t like BMW. Man, what blow hards. Not only that, but everytime I see the word “joy” associated with Germans, I think of nazis. KDF-Wagon, the name of the Beetle meant “Strength through joy”. Then there was the joy division of sex slaves. Nice.
As for the new 5 series GT. It’s just part of their larger diversification program. They are looking to increase volume of existing platforms by making niche vehicles based on existing parts. Before we only had a 5 series sedan, now we will have the GT, the X6, the 6 series coupe, etc. Personally, I think it be failing policy in the long term as it will only break up their existing customer base and not bring many new customers to the BMW fold.
i’m not sure about north america , but im very sure that BMW has been advertising it motto the “Joy of driving” ( german : “freude am fahren” ) for years here in germany and in whole europe -
in automobile magazines here in germany , if a audi a4 , a mercedes c and a bmw 3er are compared ( or 1er vs audi a3 , or 7er vs. a8 and s-class, etc.) - no matter who won - there are always these statements in the conclusion :
the merc is super-comfortable but not sporty; not very responsive ,
the clutch doesnt offer too much feedback → a car for old men or women , or ppl. who dont want to drive while they drive
the audi is extremely neutral - not boring but not exciting either - exactly in the middle
the bmw is sporty, has a harder, very responsive chassis (- which consequently leads to minus points in the comfort section)
you can actually hear the engine to a certain degree , you have a awesome clutch and very precise gear shifting
→ it’s a car built to have fun with while you drive it, you want to hear the engine , you want to feel exactly what your wheels are doing and therefore can sacrifice that “comfort” ( that actually makes you numb for everything that happens on,in and arround your car)
→ bmw stands for the “joy of driving”
of course bmw could have an entirely different advertising strategy in northern america - as you stated : more like that old image of ultra-precise nazi-like disciplined engineers , designing and building totally emotionless cars that are just functional and well engineered but look badass just by chance .
bmw is a bit like the enfant terrible of the premium consumer auto brands in germany - but that value is already declining
I saw the 5 series GT in a showroom the other day. To me it looks a bit awkward and I’m a huge fan of the 5 series.
To me this current ad campaign doesn’t speak BMW to me. I was always a bigger fan of the Ultimate Driving Machine. So if BMW isn’t doing it well. Who is? Right now I think Cadillac has a great campaign going. It’s advertisements feel like their current models, flashy, edgy, young but not too young so as not to alienate the older generation with more money.
it reminds me of nissan’s “shift_inspiring word” and mitsubishi’s “drive@earth” campaigns… although i never really understood why you would want to drive “at” the earth, that doesn’t make literal sense.
Not to over work the World War II-Third Reich asssociation, but a little truth in advertising would be appreciated. “Rival” is such a strong word: n. 1 person competing with another 2 be, seem, or claim to be the rival of or comparable to.
The Focke-Wulf Fw190 powered by the BMW 801, air cooled radial engine in 1939. BMW acquired a license to build the American Pratt&Whitney Hornet R-1690 (that first flew 1927), and improved upon it to come up with the 801.
I was watching Flying Tigers on History International the other day. 3DS Max reenactments of American P-40’s mowing down zeros over Rangoon - they had better maneuverability but they had no armor and lighter guns.
Maybe I’m in a good mood today but honest to God, this is the first thing I thought of when I read the initial post
My point was that BMW was behind the Mercedes and Mitsubishi in high performance engine develop. As such BMW has little room to claim, “No car company can rival our history.” Other car companies, obviously, have.
Don’t get me wrong, I own a BMW; it just happens to be of the two wheeled variety. And in that arena, BMW was light years ahead of the pack.
that whole planeengine stuff was 60 and more years from now - from bmw’s planeengine era , i dont think they were referring to this war-related stuff - knowing that pointing out anything that kinda communicates the message “we are better than others” + “world war 2” would result in a media carnage ( especially here in germany)
i think they are referring to their successes in motorsport and technological innovations - every other historically related content of international scale would probably result in the exact opposite of their intentions .
why not joy ?
as long as they keep on making joy through the sporty engineering of their engines and not by installing wacky ipod docking stations for every seat or the like everythings fine .
( there are intimidating tendencies tho : e.g. the bmw motorsport GmbH (responsible for the m-cars ,i.e. their engines,setup,gears,chassis,etc.) is gradually integrated into the “casual” bmw AG - for instance : the design of bmw m-cars was an own branch in the motorsport GmbH , but now is totally integrated into the “casual” bmw AG design centers - good or bad ? we’ll see )