Bmw builds electric mini in china

Bmw builds electric mini in china

BWM wants to manufacture the mini, which has so far been built exclusively in europe, in china in the future as well. Together with the chinese carmaker great wall, the second generation of the electrically powered mini is to be produced in the people’s republic – a declaration of intent to this effect has been signed, BMW announced in munich.

The first all-electric mini is due to roll off the production line at the oxford plant in the uk from 2019, with batteries and motors from the bavarian plants in dingolfing and landshut. The exact location, level of investment and launch date for the second generation of e-minis from china are still open. Great wall is china’s largest manufacturer of urban suvs.

After the uk, the u.S. And germany, china is mini’s fourth-largest market, with 35,000 vehicles sold last year. In view of the minimum quota for electric cars that will apply in china from 2019, BMW also sees very great potential for the electric mini. But china imposes high tariffs on imported cars, forcing foreign manufacturers to produce locally – with a chinese partner.

The bavarian carmaker intends to continue its cooperation with the chinese carmaker brilliance in the construction of cars of the BMW brand unchanged. There was also no second distribution organization planned.

Audi had gross trouble with its handlers a year ago when it launched with a second partner in china. The consequence was a massive slump in sales. BMW sold 560,000 cars with the female-blue logo in china last year.

Minis are now only made in england and the netherlands by contract manufacturer nedcar. The BMW group sold 372,000 minis worldwide last year. The group employs 4200 people at the oxford plant.

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