BMW India wheeled out the 40,000th car from its Chennai manufacturing facility yesterday. The production commenced in this production unit in 2007 and yesterday, the fortunate milestone car was a white BMW 5 Series. Mr. Philipp Von Sahr, President, BMW Group India and Mr. Robert Frittrang, MD, BMW Plant Chennai were present on this occasion and they also posed with the 40,000th locally-produced car.
BMW's Chennai plant is located in the Mahindra World City and it is functional since 2007. The luxurious autogiant manufactures most of its vehicles locally, such as the 1 Series, 3 Series, the 3 Series GT, 5 Series, 7 Series, X1, X3, and X5. In addition, the Mini Countryman is also produced locally at this unit. The company claims that it has invested around Rs. 400 Crores (51.8 million euros) in this facility till date.
The company was on a vehicle launching spree this year, as it has launched around half a dozen vehicles already in the form of the 3 Series GT, ActiveHybrid 7, the all-new X5, the X3 facelift and the M6 Gran Coupe, while couple of more products still slated to launch by the year end. BMW has already announced that it would launch the updated 3-door and 5-door Mini variants on November 19 in the country. Also, the new M3 and M4 would make their way in the country on November 26.
If some media reports are to be believed, then the company's magnum-opus i8 hybrid has already been imported into India for the homologation purposes. The BMW i8 Hybrid would be launched by the end of this financial year, in and around March 2015. The German manufacturer recently unveiled the second generation X6 SAV, which is also expected to hit the Indian shores by the second half of 2015 with its performance version X6 M. The X5 M and X6 M would make their global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Motor Show, with both the products coming to India by the end of next year.