BMW to boost engine production in China

February 26, 2014 5:20 am

German carmaker BMW is expanding engine production in China to potentially double capacity as it seeks to close the gap with Audi in the world’s largest car market, Bloomberg has reported. BMW and its joint-venture partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings plan to make as many as 400,000 engines a year at a new facility in Shenyang, the Munich-based carmaker said. The additional capacity will help BMW lower shipping costs and avoid taxes on imports. BMW’s sales in China rose 20% to 391,000 vehicles, while Audi delivered 492,000 cars, a gain of 21%.