BMW to raise its spending on research and development to 6.5 to 7 percent of sales

Peter had already indicated earlier this year that R&D spending would rise to cope with demand for lower emissions, electrified cars, and autonomous driving technology.

German carmaker BMW will further raise its spending on research and development next year, to 6.5 to 7 percent of sales, it’s finance chief Nicolas Peter told reporters.

“That is a lot of money, in absolute numbers it’s around 7 billion euros ($8.3 bln), which is nearly as much as we spent in 2011 and 2012 combined,” the newspaper quoted Peter as saying in an interview published on Monday.

Dr. Nicolas Peter, CFO of BMW

“Spending will remain high in 2019 as well,” he added.

Peter had already indicated earlier this year that R&D spending would rise to cope with demand for lower emissions, electrified cars, and autonomous driving technology, reports Reuters.

He said at the time that R&D spending would account for about 6 percent of sales this year, up from 5.5 percent in 2016.

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