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After dealers are provided with exhibition vehicles, the vehicles will also be delivered to customers from the autumn.
The cars will be built on a mixed line with Series 5, Series 8 and SUV iX for all electronics. Factory manager Christoph Schröder said: “This allows us to build along the drive mix that is really needed and use our plant in the best possible way.” The main markets for luxury sedans with entry level from 107,300 euros for diesel and 135,900 euros for battery car are China, USA, Germany, UK and Korea.
The market leader in luxury sedans has been the S-Class from Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes-Benz Group (ex-Daimler)). Advanced automatic driving according to Level 3, where the driver assigns responsibility to the vehicle, will only be activated by BMW after one and a half years.
This year, every fourth car from Dingolfing should have an electric car, and every second car in the middle of the decade. Batteries and electric motors are also manufactured in Dingolfing. 2,300 workers are currently working on e-drive construction. Dingolfing is the largest BMW factory in Europe. Last year, 245,000 vehicles came out of the assembly line there.
BMW in the United States with a sales damper
BMW car manufacturers saw a sharp decline in sales in the United States in the second quarter. With 78,905 vehicles from the BMW brand, the DAX group removed 18.3 percent less cars than in the same period last year, as reported Friday evening at US headquarters in Woodcliff Lake (New Jersey). Delivery problems could weigh on the stock of traders, the group said. Limousine in particular were affected. BMW, on the other hand, was able to make some profits from cross-country vehicles (SUVs), which are very popular in the United States. The company manufactures most of these on websites in the United States however. The decline in sales of the Mini mini car brand was almost halved.
BMW shares ended XETRA trading on Friday with a further 0.41 percent in EUR 73.76.
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