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BMW Brilliance to suspend BMW 3 series production

December 25, 2009
BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. will import BMW 3 Series in large quantities starting January 1, 2010, and meanwhile the BMW venture in China will stop manufacturing the series temporarily to upgrade its production line, SinoCast reported yesterday.

Sales of BMW Brilliance reached 41,372 cars in the first 11 months of the year, and the full-year sales are expected to top 43,000 units, up 30% year on year. The venture posted a 25% sales growth in the first half and the growth in the second half will be higher than that.

In order to meet the growing Chinese market demand, BMW Brilliance will import vehicles of the BMW 3 series, and sell them at the same price as China-made ones. The import is just a temporary measure, maybe part of its efforts to compete with Mercedes-Benz.

In addition to building its second factory, the venture will drive up the capacity of its earlier production line to 75,000 vehicles. Therefore, the production of the BMW 3 Series will have to pause during the upgrade of the production line.

As one of the three German premium car makers, BMW expects a gradual recovery in global sales in 2010, with double-digit growth in China to offset its domestic downturn. Mercedes-Benz and Audi have also seen rapid sales growth in China.

China has become the fourth-biggest market for BMW after Germany, the U.S. and the UK. China's continued strong growth would make it the third largest market for BMW in the next few years.

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Re: BMW 3-series for China

I like the looks too, and compared to the Smart is down right sexy! In fact, everything about this car seems (can't say for sure) better than the Smart.
4 doors, 4 passenger, better styling.Color and Engine like a great combination.
I think this car is HOT!! :)
 

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BMW AG, the world's biggest luxury car producer, has recently unveiled two modified vehicle models of its 3 Series in Shanghai to help boost its sales growth in the Chinese auto market, Shanghai Daily reported.

Of the two modified BMW 3 series models, the first of their kind, one is laced with Swarovski crystals, and the other one has luxury sport features. They hit the showroom at the Shanghai Baozen Zhonghuan Automobile Sales and Service Co, an authorized BMW dealer in Shanghai.

BMW Brilliance, the German carmaker's Chinese joint venture with local partner Brilliance China, will start producing the elongated version of BMW 3 Series and the BMW X1 model in the venture's second plant in northeast China's Shenyang city in 2012.

The second plant, whose construction was started earlier this week and will be completed by 2012, will help the joint venture more than double its annual production to 100,000 vehicles and the company's capacity may eventually be tripled.

In the first four months this year, BMW's group sales in China totaled 46,619 cars, up from 22,369 of a year earlier. The flagship 7-Series sedan, the X5 and X6 SUVs saw strong market demand in China.

China is overtaking the UK as BMW's third largest market (after Germany and the U.S.). BMW plans to sell over 100,000 cars in China this year, up from 90,536 in 2009.


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