At the opening ceremony of BMW-Brilliance new factory in Shenyang, Lioning Provincial Governor, Mr. Chen Zheng Gao mentioned his praise for the introduction of the X1 and then went onto say that the 7-Series and MINI range weren’t far behind.
Considering that the X1 is assembled in BMW-Brilliance’s new factory in Shenyang and is the third BMW model produced in China, after the 3 and 5 series (including the hybrid 5) – a ‘made in China’ 7-Series is possible.
However, when asked by inautonews about the possibility of building the flagship sedan in China, a BMW spokesperson said that the company has no plans in this direction.
“No, there are no plans to produce the 7 Serie in China. ” Michaela Wiese, BMW Group Product Communication told inautonews.
The German luxury carmaker has reported first-quarter revenues of €18.29bn for the first-quarter of 2012, an increase of 14.1 per cent compared to €16.04bn for the same period last year.
The company continued to register strong growth in Asia, selling 118,880 units (+31.9%) during the period from January to March. A total of 80,218 units (+36.6%) were sold in China. In Japan, the number of cars sold rose by 44.4% to 13,994 units.
The BMW 7 Series recorded a first-quarter sales volume of 17,786 units (Q1 2011: 14,817 units), an increase of 20.0%.