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BMW Dingolfing Begins Gearing Up for iNext Production

BMW’s largest European facility, the plant in Dingolfing, Germany, is gearing up to become one of the main production hubs for the next generation of cars produced by the Bavarians in the years ahead.
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In 2021, the plant will begin rolling out the iNext, the first fully-electric BMW car to be made there. But before that happens, a lot of money, time and effort need to go into making the facility ready.

On Monday, December 2, BMW announced an investment of €400 million in the facility ($442 million), aimed at upgrading the assembly lines for the production of the iNext.

Once that is done, Dingolfing will be able to roll out all types of available powertrains, from combustion engines to fully electric ones.

“Thanks to our flexible production structures, our plants are ideally equipped to meet the most diverse market needs,” said in a statement Milan Nedeljkovic, member of the Board of Management BMW AG responsible for Production.

“We firmly believe that, over the next few years, there will be more than just one solution worldwide for all our customers’ mobility needs. Instead, we expect to see a mix of different drive technologies.

The BMW iNext is supposed to be a game changer for the company. Not only it is an electric vehicle, but it will become the test platform for a wide range of autonomous systems currently in the works at BMW, which will be rolled out in the next decade.

Based on the Vision iNext concept shown last year, the car will use a yet unspecified electric powertrain and will have a range of about 600 km (372 miles).

First test prototypes are already being put together at the Pilot Plant in Munich, as BMW already showed back in August. These vehicles are meant to test both the car technologies themselves, but also the assembly processes needed.

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