The start-up of the plant with advanced technology and full-cycle BMW car production being built by Avtotor is scheduled for July 2021. This news is reported by the press office of the Kaliningrad Regional Government.
BMW has set up a subsidiary - BMW Russland Automotive LLC - in Russia’s Kaliningrad as part of its program on production development in the country, a representative of the company told TASS.
"Indeed, the company named BMW Russland Automotive LLC has been registered in Kaliningrad. This is a planned step as part of our work to develop production in Russia," he said.
"As we said earlier we are in talks that have so far come up dry, and we have not yet made a decision on production in Russia, nevertheless this is a step in this direction," the source added.
Russia’s Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said last month that BMW is negotiating projects on plant construction with St. Petersburg, the Moscow Region and Kaliningrad.
BMW is ready to decide on the construction of their plant in Russia. The Company has only to choose whether the plant will be constructed on their own or in cooperation with a partner. The project will cost hundreds of millions euros.
BMW intends to build a full-cycle car assembly plant in Russia, as a person familiar with the carmaker’s managers, told Vedomosti. The main option considered for the location of production facilities is the Kaliningrad Region, which includes a special economic zone (SEZ).
German carmaker BMW plans to make a decision to build a plant in Kaliningrad during the year, as reported by Oliver Zipse, Member of the Board of Directors, Responsible for Production.
“We wanted to invest and create our own production, but then the market situation changed, and some sanction complications appeared. This period has already passed, the economy is now stabilizing. In the next 12 months we will decide on further actions,” Zipse noted.
The German automobile concern BMW intends to continue its cooperation with the Kaliningrad Region, the press office of the regional government reported with reference to Anton Alikhanov, Acting Governor.
On Thursday, the delegation of the Kaliningrad Government headed by Mr Alikhanov met the management of BMW Group in the headquarters of the concern in Munich.
“The negotiations with BMW are held in the changing economic, political and market environment. A lot is to be done in order to decide on both the future project parameters and the federal support terms. We are very glad that BMW is willing to continue its cooperation with the Kaliningrad Region,” Mr Alikhanov said following the results of the meeting.
Russian Avtotor Holding has launched assembly of Generation 2 BMW X1 compact crossover (F48) at its Kaliningrad factory. The cars are destined for the Russian market. This information has been provided by the press office of the company earlier today. Over 250 employees trained in BMW factories in Germany are involved in the production process.
The car will be offered in four set versions: two 2-litre petrol engines with a capacity of 184 h.p. (xDrive20i M Sport) and 245 h.p. (xDrive28i Exclusive), as well as diesel version, including the xDrive30d Exclusive with a six-cylinder, 249 h.p. engine and the xDrive20d M Sport with a 2-litre new generation engine that reaches 190 h.p.
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