BMW builds electric mini in China

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BMW builds electric mini in China

BMW builds electric mini in China-mini
Mini Mini as an electric study at IAA 2017

The largest car market China demands electric cars – BMW wants to build the next electric mini in the People’s Republic. With a new partner. And avoid a mistake that Audi made.

BWM wants to produce the mini, which was previously exclusively built in Europe, in China in the future. Together with the Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall, the second generation of the electrically powered minis is to be produced in the People’s Republic – a corresponding declaration of intent was signed, BMW said in Munich.The first fully electric mini is to run off the assembly line in the Oxford English plant from 2019, with batteries and engines from the Bavarian works of Dingolfing and Landshut. The exact location, the amount of the investments and the start time for the second generation of the e-minis from China are still open. Great Wall is China’s largest manufacturer of city off -road vehicles (SUV).

Minimum quota for e-cars

To Great Britain, the USA and Germany, China is the fourth largest market for Mini, with 35.000 vehicles sold last year. Even with a view to the minimum quota for electric cars applicable from 2019 in China, BMW sees great potential for the electric mini. China raises high tariffs on imported cars, which forces foreign manufacturers to produce on site – with a Chinese partner.

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The Bavarian carmaker wants to continue working with the Chinese car manufacturer Brilliance when building BMW’s brands. There is also no second sales organization planned.Audi had great trouble with his dealers a year ago at the start with a second partner in China. The result was a massive slump in sales. BMW had sold 560,000 cars of the main brand with the white-blue logo in China last year.

Minis are only manufactured in England and in the Netherlands in the maker Nedcar. The BMW Dotcher sold 372,000 minis worldwide last year. At the Oxford plant, the group employs 4,200 people.

China car market: numbers, facts, backgrounds

The Chinese car market is the largest in the world. What are the special features of this huge market, which manufacturers exist and why is China the wonderland of electromobility? You’ll find more about it here. Site has been working with the Chinese car market for many years and also takes a close look at individual brands. Because many of them want to start in Europe too. Read more:

  • Future Mobility Corporation and Byton: Former BMW developers start a completely new electric brand.
  • Borgward: An old German name meets Chinese SUV. Everything about the Borgward plans for the German market .
  • Qoros: Site was the first German medium to test the Qoros 3 in practice.
  • Chery: China’s export master plans the expansion to Europe. Read more about it here .
  • Lynk & Co: The Geely Group, which also includes Volvo, is planning the large electrical attack with new sales models-also in Germany .
  • Polestar: Also from Geely comes the premium brand Polestar, which started in 2019, with a 600 hp plug-in hybrid design and some also come from Volvo. You can find everything about it here .
  • Wey / Great Wall: The brand Wey, which belongs to the auto-giant Great Wall Motor, starts with Premium SUV and plug-in hybrid technology. Site spoke to Jens Steingraber, who is now building the Wey brand as a former Audi developer .
  • NIO / NEXTEV: With Elektro SUV of the NIO brand and a new type of battery change concept, Nextev also wants to conquer the market. How, read here.
  • World Cup engine: Under the abbreviation World Cup – by the way, that stands for the German word "World Champion" – another startup also wants to bring electric SUV onto the market. In China, thanks to lush subsidies, the vehicles only cost 15.000 euros .

Everything about electromobility

On our e-mobility portal site you will find all e-vehicles & hybrids available on the German market with technical data, prices, delivery times and model comparisons. There are ongoing insider news, tests of all important vehicles, an overview of charging stations and a range computer.

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