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.
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 ]