Mini factory in Oxford will shut down for a month after Brexit at the end of March to minimize disruption in case of a no-deal outcome. Owner BMW said its summer maintenance shutdown had been brought forward to 1 April to reduce any possible short-term parts-supply disruption.
BMW and Hyundai Motor urged the U.S. not to impose tariffs on auto imports, joining General Motors Co. in pressing their case to the Commerce Department even as a top aide to President Donald Trump dismissed the concerns as “smoke and mirrors.”
Car giant BMW has followed plane-maker Airbus in warning about the consequences of Brexit uncertainty. BMW UK boss Ian Robertson says clarity is needed by the end of the summer. BMW makes the Mini and Rolls Royce and employs about 8,000 people in the UK.
Germany's BMW Group celebrated last week the first car to be assembled in its new Brazilian automobile plant in Araquari, Santa Catarina State, where over the course of the next few years, more than 200 million Euros will be invested in the plant, resulting in a production capacity of more than 30,000 vehicles annually.
German carmaker BMW plans to build a factory in southern Brazil, a more than 200 million Euros investment expected to create 1,000 jobs. The luxury car giant hopes to start building the plant in April next year and producing cars in late 2014.
Jaguar Land Rover, the luxury car unit of India's Tata Motors has followed Germany's BMW AG in suspending plans to build a new plant in Brazil as tax changes and slowing growth have given premium auto makers cold feet about investing in a potentially lucrative market.
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s largest luxury automaker, posted a 30% drop in first-quarter sales in Brazil due to a tax rise for imported cars, said Henning Dornbusch, the company’s country head.
Germany’s BMW Ag., the world’s largest luxury carmaker plans to build cars in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina from 2014 reports Automobilewoche.
German automaker BMW said this week it would probably build its first assembly plant in Brazil after strong demand for luxury cars generated stellar earnings for the global leader.