Car & Bike of the Year 2022
Press Release | 2022.03.10

BMW Group Thailand retains its success in premium segment with 12 awards from Car & Bike of the Year 2022, led by the all-electric BMW iX3 M Sport and MINI Cooper SE

BMW Group Thailand led by Mr. Alexander Baraka (6th right), President and CEO, receives the “Car & Bike of the Year 2022” awards in a ceremony hosted by Grand Prix International PCL, led by Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow (7th right), Chief Executive Officer. The ceremony was presided over by Khun Panuwat Triyangkulsri (8th right), Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry


Bangkok. BMW Group Thailand underlines its leading spot for product excellence in the premium automotive market with 12 wins from the Car & Bike of the Year 2022 awards. Continuing to deliver superior and exceptional vehicles in multiple categories and drivetrains, the prestigious awards mirror BMW’s and MINI’s commitment to the Power of Choice and Sheer Driving Pleasure.


Car of the Year 2022 Awards presented to BMW

1. Best Sedan under 2,000 CC: BMW 320Li Luxury

2. Best Hybrid Sedan under 2,000 CC: BMW 330e M Sport

3. Best Mid-Size Hatchback under 2,000 CC: BMW 630i GT M Sport

4. Best Diesel Luxury: BMW 730Ld sDrive M Sport

5. Best Sport Sedan: BMW M340i xDrive

6. Best Sport Roadster: BMW Z4 M40i

7. Best Super Car under 3,500 CC: BMW M4 Competition Coupe

8. Best EV SUV: BMW iX3 M Sport

9. Best Diesel SUV under 2,000 CC: BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport

10. Best Luxury Diesel SUV over 2,500 CC: BMW X7 xDrive30d M Sport


Car of the Year 2022 Awards presented to MINI

11.  Best 3 Door EV Sport Hatchback: MINI Cooper SE

12.  Best Petrol SUV under 2,000 CC: MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4


Mr. Alexander Baraka, President and CEO, BMW Group Thailand, said “BMW Group has always prioritised excellence in the products that we deliver to our customers. With constantly evolving cutting-edge technologies, premium comfort, and dynamic performance, we aim to present the best products covering all types of drivetrains, in various vehicle categories – from luxurious SAVs, sport sedans, to all-rounder electric vehicles. Headlining our vision for sustainability are the wins in EV categories with the all-electric BMW iX3 M Sport and MINI Cooper SE that ensure environmentally friendly driving pleasure. These 12 wins from Car & Bike of the Year awards are the testament of BMW Group Thailand’s continuous accomplishments in the premium market."


The Car & Bike of the Year Awards is held annually by Grand Prix International PCL – the founder and organizer of the Bangkok International Motor Show. The awards are presented to honour distinguished vehicles in various categories. The criteria are divided into two major aspects. Firstly, participating vehicles would be considered for their performance, efficiency, safety, innovation, environmental impact, and design. Secondly, each vehicle underwent test drive sessions on a closed track with challenges designed to assess their real-world qualities – including steering precision, suspension performance, engine output, torque level and acceleration. Participating cars and motorcycles were tested and evaluated by a panel of judges comprising respected motoring journalists from the Thai Automotive Journalists Association, committee from the Society of Automotive Engineers, leading research institutes of Thai universities as well as independent bike testers.


The 12 Car & Bike of the Year 2021 awards won by BMW and MINI are as follows:

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  • The BMW Group  

    With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.  

    In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to € 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce of 120,726 employees.

    The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

    BMW Group Thailand  

    BMW Group Thailand, a subsidiary of BMW AG, Germany, was established on the 3rd October 1998. The four entities of BMW Group Thailand are BMW (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for wholesales & marketing of BMW Group products, BMW Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for BMW and BMW Motorrad local production, BMW Leasing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for financial services offerings to both wholesale and retail customers, and BMW Parts Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd., with responsibility for supplying components for the assembly of BMW Motorrad vehicles at BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand’s Plant in Rayong.

    In 2021, BMW Group Thailand recorded a stable performance with 11,032 BMW and MINI registrations. A total of 9,982 BMW vehicles and 1,050 MINI vehicles were registered last year. BMW Motorrad Thailand maintained its performance in 2021 with 1,197 motorcycle registrations.

    On the production side, the BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand plant was founded on BMW Group’s strong belief in the growth potential of Asian markets and Thailand in particular with its unique location, strong manufacturing base, and ready supply of skilled automotive labor, being an automotive hub for ASEAN. On-going investment has been put into the expansion of plant Rayong in terms of assembling processes, aiming to meet growing customer demand. In addition, with approximately 4 billion Thai Baht representing the amount of annual purchasing in Thailand, the BMW Global Purchasing office has been established in Thailand. This is to source various components from local suppliers in Thailand and the broader ASEAN region, in order to supply the entire BMW production network of 31 production and assembly facilities, located in 15 countries worldwide.  

    BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand produces the following 18 models: BMW 2 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series, BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW X5, BMW X6 and BMW X7. For BMW Motorrad, the BMW F 900 R, BMW F 900 XR, BMW F 750 GS, BMW F 850 GS, BMW F 850 GS Adventure, BMW R 1250 GS, BMW R 1250 GS Adventure, BMW S 1000 R and BMW S 1000 RR are also locally assembled at the plant. In addition, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand now assembles five BMW plug-in hybrid models; BMW 330e, BMW 530e, BMW X3 xDrive30e, BMW X5 xDrive45e and BMW 745Le xDrive.

    For further information, please contact: 
    BMW Group Thailand  

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