The 1 Series is dead, long live the 1 Series: Immediately after the end of production for the BMW 1 Series F20, the starting signal for the third generation with the internal code F40 was fired at the Leipzig plant. Now that a total of 1,248,737 second-generation BMW 1 Series have been built, the bar for the first 1 Series with front-wheel drive is extremely high.
Nevertheless, those in charge are convinced that the new BMW 1 Series F40 will be able to meet the tastes of customers. From our point of view, it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to increase the number of units: In addition to the front-wheel drive debate, which is particularly relevant for driving dynamics fans, the third 1 Series with X2 and 2 Series Gran Coupe also has tougher competition internally than ever before, and the three-door model is no longer available without replacement.
The first BMW 1 Series F40 is a 118i with the M Sport package and paintwork in Misano blue, on some photos we can also see the top model M135i xDrive. In the coming months, production in Leipzig is to be ramped up to around 600 vehicles per day. From November the Regensburg plant will also start production of the 1 Series F40 and significantly increase capacity.
In addition to the BMW 1 Series F40, the 2 Series Coupe including the M2 Competition, the 2 Series Convertible, the 2 Series Active Tourer and the i3, i8 and i8 Roadster are built at the Leipzig plant. A total of around 1,000 vehicles currently leave the plant every day. Series production of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will also begin in November, for which around 300 million euros have been invested in the site. As a result, the production capacity will grow in 20,000 today to up to 350,000 units per year.
Hans-Peter Kemser (Head of the BMW Leipzig Plant): “To manufacture the new BMW 1 Series in series is a very special moment for all of us at the Leipzig plant. The 1 Series will make a decisive contribution to a consistently high utilization of our plant in the coming years. The past few months have been characterized by intensive preparations for the new model. With the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, our employees were able to prove their competence in the production of vehicles with BMW front-wheel drive architecture. "