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The one-millionth BMW has rolled off the production line at the company’s Tiexi plant in Shenyang, China. Established in 2003, the Tiexi plant forms one third of an arterial assembly site in the Shenyang province – the other one located in Dadong and a standalone engine plant. The operation is a joint venture between BMW and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Limited.

A long wheelbase variant of the BMW 3 Series gains the honour of being the millionth vehicle. “For more than ten years now, our joint venture has been very successful at producing BMW models in China. The production site in Shenyang with its two vehicle plants Tiexi and Dadong as well as the adjacent engine plant is thus a vital element of our global production network,” says incoming BMW CEO, Harald Krueger.

Despite a combined maximum production capacity of 300,000 units per annum between the two plants, BMW is set to increase that figure to 400,000 over the next two years. BMW will also escalate the number of models produced locally in China, from three (the BMW X1, BMW 5 Series and BMW 3 Series) to six models in the near future.