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.