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BMW to double range of China-made cars to six

BEIJING – BMW said recently it will double its range of China-made cars to six and increase capacity at its two Chinese plants by a third to 400,000 cars in the next two years, reported Reuters.

“We are strengthening our focus on meeting the needs and aspirations of our Chinese customers,” said Finance chief Friedrich Eichiner at the automaker’s press conference in Beijing.

The company will add a new entry model below the 3-Series, a “high-functionality car” designed for Chinese families and a variant of the X3 offroader, according to Eichiner.

BMW builds the X1 offroader as well as long-wheelbase versions of its 3-Series and 5-Series cars at the plants in Dadong and Tiexi, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, where the German automaker’s local partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings is based.

Sales of the BMW group in China, including the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, surged by almost a quarter in the first half of the year to 225,000 units, compared with a 20 percent increase in 2013 to 392,000, according to the industry data.

BMW and Brilliance announced in June to extend their joint venture contract until 2028.

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