Automotive News   |   Automotive News Europe   |   Autoweek   |   Automobilwoche

Automotive News China Newsletter
Register our free newsletter, sent each Monday and Thursday

     Automakers   Suppliers   Auto Show   Comment   Car Cutaway   Newsletters   Press Releases   Chinese Version   Register for Newsletter
  Contact Us:   Editorial   Advertising   Subscription Information   |   About Us   Media Kit
Home >> Automaker Email this story   Print this story
 
Talks for Mini production in China are 'going well,' BMW CEO says
Christiaan Hetzner | 2018/5/15

BEIJING -- BMW expects it could be autumn before it can gauge whether to proceed with plans to build Minis in China with Great Wall Motor.

BMW is in discussions with Great Wall for a joint venture to build electric Minis in China, in addition to production of Mini's first full-electric car due to come off the line next year at its home factory in Oxford, England.

Talks with Great Wall are "going well," BMW CEO Harald Krueger told reporters on the sidelines of the auto show here last month, but discussions could take months before concluding. "If I think back to the negotiations over our first joint venture with Brilliance, that took a while. It will draw out weeks and months and that¡¯s completely normal in this phase. Ask me in autumn I should know more then."

Krueger said the most pressing issue is resolving the technical issues surrounding the project, including the architecture to be used for Minis built in China.

BMW must get the design, platform, production and logistics right, Krueger said. "If a Mini doesn¡¯t end up looking like a Mini because of an architecture issue then it won¡¯t work. That¡¯s why the technical questions are the priority.¡±

He did not say whether future Minis will drop BMW's expensive UKL front-wheel-drive architecture.

Automobile magazine has reported that BMW's talks with Great Wall include co-development of a new platform to underpin Minis after 2023.

BMW's plans for a second joint venture in China in addition to its partnership with Brilliance, which builds BMW brand models, could be helped by the Chinese government¡¯s plan to end restrictions requiring foreign automakers to enter into 50-50 joint ventures.

Mini sales in China fell 9.2 percent to 6,662 cars in the first quarter, but BMW is expecting sales to pick up this year following the roll out of Mini's refreshed 3- and 5-door model launch this month.

Mini previewed the electric car it will build in Oxford at the Frankfurt auto show last September.

Related Stories
  • Audi narrowly outsells Mercedes-Benz in July
  •     --Published:2018/14/8
     
  • BMW delays Chinese deliveries of X4 vehicles to fix brake issue
  •     --Published:2018/13/8
     
  • Geely sales continue to surge; Great Wall deliveries slump
  •     --Published:2018/10/8
     
  • Aptiv to supply cockpit controller to Great Wall's crossovers, SUVs
  •     --Published:2018/7/8
     
  • BMW sees 5-10% sales growth in China despite tariffs
  •     --Published:2018/3/8
     
  • BMW, citing new tariffs, hikes price of 2 U.S.-made crossovers in China
  •     --Published:2018/31/7
     
  • BMW strikes deal for potential stake in CATL
  •     --Published:2018/20/7
     
  • Great Wall reports 52% net profit growth on improved product profitability
  •     --Published:2018/20/7
     
  • BMW, VW win Beijing's green light to gain control of China joint ventures
  •     --Published:2018/20/7
     
  • Mercedes widens lead over Audi, BMW
  •     --Published:2018/17/7
     
  • BMW to join board of Baidu's autonomous driving platform Apollo
  •     --Published:2018/13/7
     
  • BMW set to raise stake in Brilliance joint venture above 50%
  •     --Published:2018/13/7
     
  • Brilliance, BMW to boost annual capacity at China JV to 520,000
  •     --Published:2018/10/7
     
  • Stung by extra tariffs, Tesla, BMW hike prices in China
  •     --Published:2018/10/7
     
     

    Our Newsletter Editions
    Automotive News China produces two email newsletters each week. You can sort your news by the articles highlighted in each of our newsletters here.

    Select your newsletter     

     
     

    Automotive News China
    Room 1303, Building 2, Lane 99, South Hongcao Road,
    Shanghai 200233
    Telephone: 86-139-1851-5816
    Fax: 86-21-6495-0895
     
    Home | Help Center | About Us | Privacy Policy | RSS
    Entire contents © Crain Communications, Inc.
    Use of editorial content without permission is strictly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.
    »¦ICP±¸06057291ºÅ