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BMW has announced that they've started production on the iX3! It will be built at the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture (BBA) in Shenyang, China.


Munich/Shenyang. The first fully-electric BMW iX3 has left the production line at the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture (BBA) in Shenyang, China. The workforce at the BBA Plant Dadong in Shenyang already celebrated the successful start of production on 29 September 2020.

Franz Decker, head of BBA's Technology and Production division, said during the event: “Today, we begin production of the BMW iX3, the first pure electric model from our core BMW brand. With a production system like this, specialised for high quality, we are able to deliver what customers worldwide demand from premium vehicles.”

Leading production expertise guarantees premium quality

As well as intelligent manufacturing and state-of-the-art technologies, the BBA production facility in Shenyang is also distinguished by its comprehensive quality management system. A special "zero defect concept" ensures that the globally high market requirements for electric mobility are met.

BBA conducts rigorous testing of everything from the battery to the finished car to guarantee the vehicle safety of the BMW iX3. 128 mechanical tests and 994 software functionality tests ensure the high quality of high-voltage batteries throughout the entire lifecycle. 140 functional tests check every aspect of the vehicle during acceleration, in particular road conditions and on rocky roads. As a result, the BMW iX3 is well-suited for all types of roads and meets the high demands of different driving conditions.

BBA produces the fully-electric BMW iX3 on the same line as the BMW X3 with combustion engine to ensure a high level of efficiency and flexibility in production.

During the entire BMW iX3 project, the BMW Group's research and production, purchasing and production divisions worked closely with BBA.
 

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I believe this will only be for Chinese customers. Other markets getting the iX3 should be getting them from another plant unless BMW is planning to export these. Something Tesla is actually working on right now.
 

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Thank you for providing this information.
 

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This is the only plant building the iX3. The reason is that the biggest market for this vehicle is the Chinese market. Second to that is Europe so they will export there. I don’t believe this vehicle is going to NA so no production needed there. Initially the iX3 will only be available in China. First vehicle deliveries to Europe are scheduled for March 2021 Which is six months away.
 

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This is the only plant building the iX3. The reason is that the biggest market for this vehicle is the Chinese market. Second to that is Europe so they will export there. I don’t believe this vehicle is going to NA so no production needed there. Initially the iX3 will only be available in China. First vehicle deliveries to Europe are scheduled for March 2021 Which is six months away.
Six months is soon. Can you order them at dealers already?

And I think I heard the same thing about it not coming to the US. Pity.
 

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Oh the i4 for me. I want a lot of grunt and would not like the SAV, they wouldn’t be popular here in Ireland. The i4 as soon as it comes off the line. I want to know when that might be though-start, middle or end of 2020, any ideas?
what will you go for yourself?
 

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Oh the i4 for me. I want a lot of grunt and would not like the SAV, they wouldn’t be popular here in Ireland. The i4 as soon as it comes off the line. I want to know when that might be though-start, middle or end of 2020, any ideas?
what will you go for yourself?
I'm for sure going with the I4. I'm sure the iX3 will be a great vehicle but I'm getting tired of all the SUVs that are on sale now. My guess is that production will start mid 2020. From the look of things BMW already has the plant ready to go.

 

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Oh the i4 for me. I want a lot of grunt and would not like the SAV, they wouldn’t be popular here in Ireland. The i4 as soon as it comes off the line. I want to know when that might be though-start, middle or end of 2020, any ideas?
what will you go for yourself?
BMW has been public about preparation since the start of Q2
Odds are we'll get some more news soon, likely when BMW is ready to do a photo-op with the first model to roll off, or something special like that.
 
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