BMW and its communist government required joint venture partner, Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, today opened a second final assembly plant in the district of Tiexi, Shenyang, raising total capacity to China to 200.000 vehicles. This brings the total investment in Chinese locations to around €1.5 billion since 2009, the year the joint venture announced it would build a second plant.
There are also plans to increase total capacity of both plants to 300.000 units per year over the medium term, with the ability to produce up to 400.000 vehicles if needed. China is one of the BMW Group’s top three markets worldwide.
BMW has been producing BMW 3 Series and 5 Series models for the Chinese market with Brilliance in Shenyang since 2003. The opening of the second vehicle plant in China will expand the range of locally produced models to include the BMW X1. Production of the long-wheelbase version of the BMW 3 Series will also begin during the coming weeks.
The two partners have also begun producing 2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines at a third location in Shenyang. The engine plant has an initial capacity of 200,000 engines, which will increase in line with the expansion of the two automobile plants. The launch of engine production will allow the joint venture’s two production locations in Dadong and Tiexi to be supplied locally.