BMW becomes London 2012 sponsor

The London 2012 Games has just found its 24th sponsor - leading car manufacturer BMW.

The maker will provide a fleet of 4,000 cars, including BMW and Mini models, and BMW bicycles and motorcycles to athletes, officials, marketing representatives and staff at the London Games.

A spokesman said: "At Games time, BMW bicycles will be available for use by athletes in the Athletes Village and by London 2012 staff. BMW motorcycles will also be used in certain Olympic and Paralympic events."

He added: "A proportion of the fleet will be wheelchair-accessible and BMW will convert a number of vehicles for use by disabled drivers and passengers."

BMW Group UK also became London 2012's sixth sustainability partner as the official automotive provider for the Games, which requires it to meet a series of low carbon and healthy living challenges.

BMW's set of cars for the Games will meet the Euro 6 emissions standard and is also expected to beat the fleet-wide maximum average of 120g CO2/km established by London 2012.

The London organisers are raising £2 billion for the Games.

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