Although BMW confirmed that the all-electric iX3 will be produced in China when it was revealed in April this year, it now appears that the SUV will be exclusively produced in China.
A day ago, in the presence of China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, the company has signed a long-term framework agreement with its partner Brilliance Automotive Group to further expand their joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA).
BBA is increasing the capacity of its two local production facilities (Tiexi and Dadong) in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, to a total of 520,000 BMW brand vehicles in 2019. The company further said that the iX3 produced by BBA is planned for export to markets outside of China. The production will begin in 2020 in Dadong.
Recently, the company also laid the foundation for a comprehensive expansion of its battery factory in China for the iX3. BBA is celebrating 15th anniversary of the joint venture.
“Today’s signing represents a new chapter in the success story of our BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “Our agreement sets a long-term framework for our future in China – a future involving continued investment, further growth and a clear commitment to the development and production of electric vehicles. The next chapter of our cooperation has the potential to go beyond our existing motto – in China, for China. The all-electric BMW iX3, produced by BBA from 2020, will find customers around the world,” added Krüger.