TIM AB­BOTT

CEO, BMW South Africa

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IT’S been an­other strong 12 months from BMW’S South African di­vi­sion, run by for­mer UK chief Tim Ab­bott. But change is com­ing. The big chal­lenge for BMW SA will be to main­tain the strength of the 3 Se­ries – which out­sold its near­est com­pact exec ri­val by five to one in 2017 – when the car is no longer be­ing built lo­cally. BMW’S plant in Ross­lyn is switch­ing from mak­ing the saloon to the lat­est X3, and Ab­bott will have to man­age the tran­si­tion care­fully. He’ll be hop­ing lo­cal pro­duc­tion will al­low the mid­sized SUV to rise up the sales charts.

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