Rumor: BMW plans production of the Megacity Vehicle in China

Rumors | December 21st, 2010 by 3
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German magazine Wattgehtab reports on the possibility of the upcoming Megacity vehicle being built in China after its official launch in 2013. In an interview …

German magazine Wattgehtab reports on the possibility of the upcoming Megacity vehicle being built in China after its official launch in 2013.

In an interview with the News Bejiing, Christoph Stark, head of BMW in China, said the launch of the Megacity Vehicle (MCV) in only 2013, will give the Chinese market a chance to observe the local suppliers and resources needed to built the car on Chinese soil.

With the Megacity vehicles, BMW strives for zero-emission city cars that could be heavily used in global metropolitan regions and the fast-growing Chinese cities fit the bill.

Rumor: BMW plans production of the Megacity Vehicle in ChinaTo be prepared for mass production of electric cars, BMW is expanding the production lines at its Leipzig plant in Germany. By 2013, there will be around 400 million euros invested in new buildings and facilities for the production of the MCV and about 800 new jobs will be created.

As early as 2011, the BMW plant in Leipzig will start producing the ActiveE vehicle based on the BMW 1 Series Coupe.

  • Scott

    BMW will never do this because of the joint venture laws in China which effectively force foreign car makers to share their technology, and since the development of this vehicle has been an extensive and costly process for BMW it will never happen.

    • Beerman

      Don’t be so sure of that…Some of new 5-series and Audis are assembled in China and those have some pretty new technology in it!
      Joint venture does not mean sharing technology with external companies. It only means that BMW has to partner with local company and the profit of the venture can’t leave the country. The local partner could be a shell company set up by BMW.
      Most car parts are anyway produced by Chinese suppliers so it would only need to assemble the cars…

  • Reece

    I think that the Vehicle will be a FIAT. In this picture particularly I do not see a BMW face or pillar but rather the pillar of a Fiat Cango.
    I wonder if I am right? If this vehicle is built by fiat with only bmw technology (direction and maybe engines). How with this affect foreign policy?

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