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BMW X1 will be assembled and sold in Russia

BMW X1 | August 16th, 2010 by 2
BMW X1 russia

According to a report by InsideLine, Avtotor, the Russian auto assembler and partner of several automakers, will start assembly the new BMW X1 on October …

According to a report by InsideLine, Avtotor, the Russian auto assembler and partner of several automakers, will start assembly the new BMW X1 on October 1.

The X1 will have its own production line at the Kaliningrad plant and will appear at Russian dealers in October.
Initially, Avtotor expects to launch the production of the X1 sDrive18i Urban version priced at $42,000, as well as xDrive20d in Urban and Lifestyle versions priced at $50,000 and $55,000, respectively.

By the end of 2010, Avtotor plans to deliver 400 X1 models. According to the company’s plans, by the end of the current year, more than 400 X1 models are expected to be assembled in Russia, while the total volume of BMW cars to be produced at Avtotor this year will exceed 10,000 units.

BMW X1 russia

According to the same report, both companies plan to expand their cooperation in Russia and in the long term, BMW and Avtotor plan to produce 50,000 units a year and to launch full-scale production, including welding and painting.

At the Kaliningrad plant, Avtotor also assembles the top X-models, BMW X5 and X6.

The new BMW X1 continues on its ascending path and recent reports confirm the X1 as being the top-seller premium SUV in Europe.

[Source: InsideLine ]

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000477069969 Hugo Becker

    So this marks the first true build of vehicles in the Kaliningrad plant. Previously they were CKDs.

    FWIW there are tax advantages to assembling cars in the Kaliningrad plant. And there are logistic advantages to BMW to have a presence in Russia so close to Germany. (A little geography lesson is in order, Kaliningrad used to be Koenigsberg, East Prussia before the end of WW II. The chunk of East Prussia not ceded to the Poles became known as the Kalinigrad Oblast under the control of Russia. It is an island of Russia in the middle of Poland essentially. It would be like having a US state the size of Connecticut somewhere on the Hudson Bay. ; -)

  • http://bmwblog bmw m3

    why so expensive

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