BMW iX3 To Be Produced In China, Exported Worldwide


The Bavarians want to cement their positions in the world’s biggest electric-vehicle market.

BMW’s first fully-electric SUV is right around the corner and the company from Bavaria has big ambitions for it. The final production version of the iX3 will be launched in 2020 and, according to a new report, it will be produced in China and shipped worldwide.

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Despite the strained trade relations between China and the United States, BMW plans to assemble the electric vehicle at its joint-venture plant in the northern city of Shenyang and, according to Automotive News, to export it to the markets around the world, including the United States and Europe.

“As long as the vehicle is built properly, and BMW will make sure of that, it doesn’t matter too much to consumers where the car comes from,” Tim Urquhart, a HIS Markit automotive analyst, commented to the online publication. “This will see a low-volume vehicle being made at a low-cost site.”

BMW’s decision is seen by experts as a move to help the automaker meet the tightening emissions standards in China, which is currently the world’s biggest market for electric vehicles. Also, earlier this month, local authorities announced plans to ease restrictions on foreign-owned companies and make it easier for them to buy out their Chinese partners, which could pave the way for the German brand to acquire partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd.

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IBT “I’ll never ever buy a car from China” comments submitted on peoples iPhones/iPads 😉

I don’t think it matters as much as some people make it out to be but for certain countries it will definitely matter more (Japan for example) than others. Heck, price it right and it could be the 1st BMW ever for my household!

Its more to do with profit margins then anything else. Countries will be piss if their top manufacturers start mass producing trucks and SUV in China

China doesn’t have a history of producing high quality cars, yet.

I said the same thing that I will never buy American car, because of poor image of the brands and bad quality.
Then I bought Tesla, my first American made car. I love it much more than all the Japanese and German’s cars I owned before.

The JD Power ratings of Chinese built cars has been better than that of Europe built cars for at least a decade.

Another Euro point of view

Yes things do change fast.

It is not about China producing it but Germany producing it in China. Even the UK can produce good cars when it is Toyota running the factory.

There is a history of high quality cars being produced in China (by western companies).

I will never buy a car made in China! Ever!

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Lol, with his Chinese built iPad will NEVER buy a Chinese car. Typical Californian blowhard.

He’s dan, 0 sense of humor is his main attribute…come and take it ladies!

Truth is dan, I would buy Chinese, it’s just at the bottom of the list.

Great news, I look forward to seeing ore options in the market.

Why does this car still have a fuel filler flap on the right rear quarter panel?

This may just be a mock-up show car. but I noticed that as well. Other pictures show the charging door open and lacking DC connection (just a Type 2 J1772). Makes me think this particular car, if mechanically supported and not just a brick show car, is a PHEV iX3 and not BEV.

I think you are able to charge it from both sides

Not J1772. It’s the Chinese standard. GB/T can handle both 3 phase AC and 400V DC.

The same reason the etron can be had with two flaps as well. It’s just more convenient.

Presumably the want to prioritize the Chinese market, and ship what’s left to our poor souls?

Mega Battle… BMW iX3 vs. Tesla Model Y… Place China… Time ~2022

With Tesla Model Y going into production in China (China plant primarily for the local market) near same time as Chinese plant production of the BMW iX3 (China plant for worldwide market) it will be interesting to see which of these two EVs becomes more popular in China. It will be an epic battle!

Although China Inc. is making many of its own Chinese branded EVs (some in JV with foreign brand car makers) the more affluent Chinese prefer owning foreign branded cars (even if made in China) because owning a foreign brand is considered of higher value & status in China… which should benefit BMW & Tesla for these two EVs.

Another Euro point of view

I think that by 2022 there is a high risk for this battle not being epic at all. Likely by then brands like Tesla and BMW will account for a very tiny part of total EVs sold in China which will be largely dominated by way more affordable EVs manufactured by Chinese companies or local joint ventures. So a mole battling with a mouse at the back end of the garden is maybe closer of an image to what we may see then.

That doesn’t really strike me as accurate whatsoever.
Tesla is already the “it” car in China. It’s the car that people aspire to, and it just continues to improve it’s cachet there.

Hardly… there are a couple of million luxury cars sold in China every year. The “it” cars are still BMWs, Mercedes, Audis etc.
A few thousand Model S and X are still a drop in the bucket and mostly where you can’t get a registration plate unless you buy electric.

Also there were 600k EVs sold in China last year (not counting another 200k commercial and heavy vehicles like buses, trucks etc.), going for a million this year. The progress not slowing down so it will be more than 4 million EVs sold in China per year by 2022. A couple of hundred thousand from Tesla would be nice but not change the market in any way.

As long as they have serious control over all the parts, that may work out OK. I had a chinese car when I lived there, and how fast rubber parts startet to fall apart was shocking. Cheap to fix due to low part and labour costs, but come on. Plastic parts and paint quality was not good as well. But that is some years ago, and they have a very quick learning curve. I’m sure BMW will have control of all parts, and assembly. Most of the problem with Chinese parts and products is that they will not say no. If a customer want a part, and try pushing the price much lower, the Chinese will just figure out how to make it at that price, insted of saying no – it will affect the quality of the product too much. I had a small 125cc motorcycle too, from China, and a ball bearing failed and took with it the gear box. Then the coil failed twice, the ignition failed twice, then the rubber part to the carburator failed and it stopped. Just a lof of things like this. I had so much problems with it, that I only buy… Read more »

Yes, with regards to Chinese companies making traditional vehicles in China, the quality is still crap. They have a long way to go and are caught between a rock and hard place. Traditional Chinese vehicle manufacturers don’t have the brand recognition to demand higher prices and at the low end of the Chinese market the competition is fierce with way too many brands. This does not allow the Chinese brands to spend the time and money to make vehicles up to western standard, only just crappy knock offs.

The electric car is changing this. Chinese EV start ups are ignoring the ICE market and buying western talent to design, market and engineer their new cars. This is how true Chinese cars will creep onto our streets. The American consumer hates American companies and everything American made so much, that they will gladly welcome this Chinese take over because it will be cheaper, or better than their current foreign products. At very best, American consumers are totally indifferent to where anything comes from, or where their money goes from a purchase as long as they get a good deal for themselves.

So much for German “craftsmanship”. Another “Designed in Xxxxx, made in China” kind of deal that Apple so expertly pioneered the way for. Soon it will be “Designed in China and made in China”. All the western companies have been played for the greedy fools they are.

No, it won’t. As China grows they will become more and more expensive so corporations will find other slaves …sorry….people ….to exploit. It already started.

Which is great, pulling the poorer class into a middle class. Most of south east Asia will move in that direction because of companies “exploiting people” by giving them good paying jobs compared to the rest of the population.
If only the Africans in general were hard working, humble and meticulous then we could have pulled them out of poverty in the same way fairly quickly.