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BMW Brilliance

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BMW Brilliance is an automobile manufacturing company headquartered in Shenyang, China and a joint venture between BMW and Brilliance Auto. Its principal activity is the production, distribution and sale of BMW passenger cars in mainland China.

The BMW Brilliance Zinoro all-electric crossover, based on the BMW X1 E84, is the first product of BMW Brilliance’s new brand and the first new energy vehicle NEV from a Chinese premium manufacturer. Since early 2014 the Zinoro 1E is available for leasing only in Beijing and Shanghai.


1. History

On 27 March 2003 BMW and Brilliance Auto agreed to form a joint venture to produce BMW cars for the Chinese market, with BMW holding a 50 per cent stake, Brilliance Auto 40.5 per cent and the Shenyang municipal government 9.5 per cent. BMW and Brilliance agreed to invest an initial €450 million US$483 million in the venture. The first Chinese-made BMW, a BMW 325, was sold in October 2003.

In April 2009 BMW Brilliance announced that it would construct a second automobile assembly plant in China. Construction of the plant began in Shenyang in June 2010, with a planned cost of US$73.53 million and a production capacity of 100.000 units. Production at the plant began in May 2012.

In January 2011 BMW Brilliance announced that it would begin Chinese production of a BMW 5 series electric hybrid car later that year.

In October 2018, BMW announced that it will increase its stake from 50% to 75%, making BMW the first foreign carmaker that takes control of its joint venture company in China.


2. Products

BMW Brilliance currently produces the following vehicles:

  • BMW 5 Series G38 2.0 litre 3.0 litre and Hybrid version
  • BMW X3 G08 2.0 litre
  • BMW X1 F49 1.5 litre 2.0 litre and Hybrid version
  • BMW 1 Series F52 1.5 litre and 2.0 litre
  • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer F45 1.5 litre and 2.0 litre
  • BMW 3 Series F30/35 1.6 litre 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre

3. Former product

  • BMW 3 Series E90 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre 2005-2012
  • BMW 3 Series E46 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre 2004
  • BMW 5 Series E60 2.2 litre to 3.0 litre 2004-2010
  • BMW 5 Series F18 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre 2011-2017
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