Production of the seventh-gen 5-Series Sedan will commence at BMW’s Dingolfing facility, in Lower Bavaria, by the end of this year prior to its market launch in early 2017.
The plant has been refurbished and injected with “several hundred million euros” in upgrades that include a new body shop and the restructuring of drivetrain unit installation at the vehicle assembly facility.
“Dingolfing will remain our competence center for production of upper-class BMW series“, said BMW AG Member of the Board of Management responsible for Production, Oliver Zipse. “The high level of flexibility within our global production network and reliable cooperation with our partner, Magna Steyr, will enable us to respond swiftly to the strong customer demand we anticipate for the world’s most successful business limousine.“
The Dingolfing plant produces approximately 350,000 vehicles annually and this is where the 3-Series and 4-Series come to life as well. Besides this plant, the all-new 5-Series will be put together at Magna Steyr, in Graz, from early 2017, making it the second BMW model to be produced by the Austrian contract manufacturer after the X3, which was manufactured by Magna Steyr between 2003 and 2010. The Austrians are also in charge of building the MINI Countryman and Paceman too.