BMW is expanding its footprint in China by increasing capacity for two of its production facilities in the country.
BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA), a joint venture between BMW and Brilliance Automotive, is increasing capacity for local production facilities in the Tiexi and Dadong in Shenyang Liaoning Province to a total of 520,000 BMW brand vehicles in 2019, according to a release from BMW.
Two-thirds of all BMW vehicles sold in China were produced by BBA in 2017, according to the automaker. Local production of the new BMW X3 in China started in May as scheduled and the ramp-up in the second half of the year is expected to further accelerate growth.
BBA also runs an engine plant, which includes a battery factory for the electrified BMW brand vehicles produced locally in Shenyang, the automaker said in a release. Local production of the BMW iX3, the first all-electric core model of the BMW brand, will start in 2020 in Shenyang. The BMW iX3 is also intended for export to markets outside of China.