The BMW joint venture with the Chinese manufacturer Brilliance will soon bear further fruits, because in the new Tiexi plant in the Shenyang region, in addition to the BMW 5 Series sedan — also in the long version with the internal designation F18 available exclusively for the Chinese market — the BMW X1 E84 to be built. While the X1 has only rolled off the assembly line at the Leipzig plant so far, the aim is apparently to meet the demand on the Asian markets with local production.

The expansion of production capacities in China is also taking place in view of the continued rapid growth of the local market. The investment volume of the new plant in Tiexi is around 560 million euros, of which the two partners BMW and Brilliance will each take over half. Construction is scheduled to start in June 2010, and production is scheduled to start in 2012. As you can see in our short animation video, the work with its open structure is reminiscent of the ultra-modern factory in Leipzig.

BMW plans to produce the BMW X1 in the new Shenyang / Tiexi plant

Just in time for the start of the 2013 DTM season, BMW Motorsport presented the design of all eight vehicles for the title defense company to 13,000 spectators and the eight drivers at the BMW Welt in Munich. Just like ordinary BMW customers, the drivers were able to receive their new company car on the BMW Welt delivery platform.

After the presentation of the Ice Watch BMW M3 DTM by Marco Wittmann and the change from Timo Glock to the yellow Post-M3, only the design of the vehicles by Dirk Werner and Joey Hand was unclear. Werner apparently takes over the Samsung M3 that was driven by hand last year, the American competes in 2013 for the RBM team in the Exide M3.

BMW Motorsport: Presentation of all M3 DTMs in the BMW Welt in Munich