BMW Production and Sales in China Jump
By Brendan Moore
The official Xinhua news service in China reported two days ago that BMW Brilliance, BMW’s in-country joint venture in China, manufactured a record 30,600 automobiles in 2007. That number represents a 36% increase from 2006 production figures.
Some notable components of that overall number were 22,500 units comprised of 3-Series and 5-Series sales. And a whopping 17,647 of that 22.500 were stretched-wheelbase 5-Series cars, a very popular car among corporate customers.
A clear indicator of China’s growing appetite for luxury cars, BMW’s all-in sales number in China in 2007 was a record 51,588 units, with the additional sales above the 30,600 in-country production coming from imports into China from BMW plants in Germany.
BMW Brilliance was established in 2003 as a joint manufacturing venture between BMW and Brilliance, China’s eighth-largest auto manufacturer.
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