BMW Brilliance Automobile, a joint venture between Germany’s auto giant BMW and Chinese car maker Huachen Auto Group, has rolled out its 4 millionth locally produced BMW car off the production line in northeast China’s Shenyang, capital city of Liaoning Province.
The 4 millionth car, the new BMW iX3, features new-generation BMW power batteries. The fully electric car boasts a range of up to 500 km and average power consumption of 16.7 kWh per 100 km.
“We will take this four millionth car of BMW Brilliance as a milestone to continuously develop our production capacities in Shenyang plants,” said Dr. Franz Decker, senior vice president of technology & manufacturing of BMW Brilliance Automobile.
Decker said the company will have three expansion projects — Tiexi new plant and Plant Dadong Extension and R&D Center Phase 2 Extension — put into use in 2022.
German carmaker BMW will invest 25 billion yuan (about 3.87 billion U.S. dollars) in Shenyang, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning Province.
Oliver Zipse, chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, made the announcement in a video speech Friday at an economic and trade cooperation promotion event for participants of the China International Import Expo.
The new investment comes in addition to BMW’s total investment of over 64 billion yuan in Shenyang since 2009, Zipse said.
Shenyang is home to one of BMW’s largest production bases and a massive research and development center of the carmaker.
BMW, which has a presence in Shenyang for more than 18 years, has achieved fruitful results with its localization strategy. Its China joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive has been the city’s largest taxpayer for years.