Life in Mountain View.
Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, Mountain View is home to some of the world’s largest and most exciting tech companies. Silicon semiconductor devices were first developed here and given the city’s important status in the tech development scene as well as the free Wi-Fi across the entire city, tech enthusiasts will feel right at home here.
If you enjoy sports, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Mountain View since it encompasses the gorgeous Shoreline Park, a 750-acre nature reserve that boasts waterways, a sailing lake, an 18-hole golf course and a rare bird sanctuary. Cyclists will be able to take advantage of the city’s comprehensive bike sharing system and the extensive network of bike paths.
The city’s diverse population is reflected in the wide range of delicious world cuisines on offer, with the pedestrian friendly Castro Street providing Japanese, Spanish, Indian and Chinese restaurants, as well as boasting an exciting calendar of live events. The Spring Family Parade and a Summer Concert Series take over some of the city’s open air spaces during July and August and in addition to these events, you can enjoy outdoor film screenings in the city. Wine lovers will be delighted by the Annual Wine Walk, and for those who enjoy art when paired with a glass of wine there’s the annual Art and Wine Festival to attend.
Thanks to the pleasant Northern California climate – temperatures in the summer rarely exceed 88 °F and seldom dip below 37 °F in winter – the city is ideal for those with a love of the outdoors. It’s an ideal city to raise a family, with the tax base here helping to support public education and with an outstanding school system and high quality healthcare institutions on offer.
Founded in 1998, the BMW Group Technology Office USA is located in Mountain View, California and currently employs a diverse team from multidisciplinary fields.
The office reflects the spirit of technological innovation embodied by its Silicon Valley setting, bringing together associates to work towards one common goal: the identification of new technologies and trends relevant to BMW, and their incorporation into new products as quickly as possible.
The Mountain View team works to ensure that BMW remains at the forefront of global trends and technology. The researchers and developers concentrate preliminary on Sustainability and Digitalization. That includes but isn’t limited to future mobility concepts, smart grid and smart home, battery technology and powertrain topics, as well as sensor technologies, Big Data and machine learning, user experience concepts and highly automated driving.
The offices are easily accessible via the Bay Shore Freeway and are less than a mile from the water and green spaces of Shoreline Park.
BMW entered the U.S. market in 1968 with the “2002,” creating an all-new segment: the sports sedan. The success of this vehicle led to establishing BMW of North America, LLC (BMW NA) in 1975. In the years to follow, BMW NA took over import and distribution responsibilities for BMW motorcycles in 1980; introduced MINI, creating America’s first premium small car segment, in 2002; and launched the new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in 2003.
The BMW Group sales headquarters (BMW NA) has grown significantly in North America. In 2008, the headquarters campus underwent a $100 million expansion to consolidate its operations and stay at the forefront of the automotive industry. Designed to blend into its natural surroundings and committed to reduce energy consumption, the building allows for a state-of-the-art work environment with plenty of natural daylight.
Located in the heart of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, the 220,000 square feet buildings is in close proximity to the highway, market places, and shopping outlets. It is home to more than 1,100 BMW associates that support the American sales operations of the BMW brand and motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
BMW NA celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015.
About BMW Group in the U.S.
The United States is one of the largest markets in the world for the BMW Group. With sales of over 390,000 vehicles in 2014, 18% of the group's worldwide transactions, BMW is one of the best-selling premium brands in the US.
Today, the BMW Group in the United States consists of marketing, sales and financial services organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of over 600 dealerships. The BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Included under the BMW Group umbrella in the US is BMW of North America, LLC, BMW Financial Services NA, LLC in New Jersey and Ohio; DesignworksUSA, Inc., a strategic design consultancy in California, as well as BMW of North America, LLC technology offices in Silicon Valley and the BMW Technology Corporation in Chicago.
Also in the US we have BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina, part of BMW Group’s global production network, which employs 8,000 people to produce the X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and the X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. The 1,150-acre, 5-million-square-foot campus generates its own power, offers an on-site Family Health Center and provides 24-hour security and firefighting personnel. To date, BMW has invested nearly $7 billion in its South Carolina operations.
The BMW brand has one of the most passionate and loyal followings in the world. In the U.S., four officially recognized clubs with over 125,000 members and BMW owners represent 40% of the membership worldwide.
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