Category Archives: BMW

BMW-Brilliance Denied Environmental Permit for Tiexi Plant Expansion Project

bird view of the planned tiexi factory

BMW-Brilliance hit roadblock as the Chinese government denied environmental clearance for its project to double production capacity at the Tiexi plant. In a public notice issued on July 26, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said the project lacked effective measures to deal with unwanted byproducts. BMW and its partner Brilliance Auto produce vehicles in […]

BMW Starts Field Testing of ActiveE in Beijing

bmw activee project i

A fleet of ActiveE started to roam the streets of Beijing on Tuesday as BMW’s "project i" entered the second phase in China–after the field testing of the Mini E. 20 Beijingers were given keys of the pure-electric sedans, and for 4,200 Yuan a month (after paying a deposit of 30,000 Yuan) they can drive […]

A BMW Mini Van?

bmw-like minivan

Not exactly. But as the mini van is built by Brilliance, a Chinese partner of the German carmaker, the adoption of a double-kidney grille can be deemed as sharing of an important family trait. The upcoming low-cost van, called Jinbei Haixing X30, comes from a subsidiary of Brilliance Auto that is based in Chongqing and […]

Angry BMW X1 Owner Crashed Into Dealership

bmw crash in zhuzhou hunan

In the country where consumer complaints easily get ignored, car drivers often resort to extreme measures to fight for their rights–or simply to take out their anger. This is true especially with luxury car owners, who tend to come from privileged groups and have short tempers. In the past, we have seen oxen and donkeys […]

BMW’s New Plant in Shenyang Hit by Fire

BBA BMW China plant hit by fire

A large fire broke out Monday evening in the paint shop of BMW-Brilliance’s plant in Tiexi, Shenyang, causing damage to newly installed equipment. The flame lasted nearly three hours before being distinguished by more than 100 fire crews. No injuries have so far been reported. 32 fire trucks were sent to the scene. In a […]

Official Pictures of Long-wheelbase BMW 3 Series

long wheelbase bmw 335Li

The sixth generation BMW 3 series, debuted last October in Munich, is coming to China in both standard and long-wheelbase versions. They will appear at 2012 Auto China in Beijing later this month, and arrive in showrooms towards the end of the year. Spy shots of the long-wheelbase version, built specially for the Chinese market, […]

German Luxury Car Makers Post Big Q1 China Gains

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz all posted record first-quarter sales in China, growing ahead of the local market which expanded about 8% in the first three months. Although it continued to outsell the other two brands in China, Audi gained at a slower pace, of 24.6% on year, with Q1 deliveries reaching 64,112 units. China is […]

Brilliance A4: China’s “BMVV”?


In its official website in English, Brilliance Auto, a BMW partner, ascribes "BMVV quality control process" to its own cars. And we think it means this seriously. The upcoming all-new Brilliance A4, likely to replace the M2 sedan (BS4), turns out to be a good mimic of the BMW 5 series. (part of a screen […]

Mini E Goes on Field Trial in China


15 Beijing residents were handed the keys of the all-electric Mini E today, starting a one-year real-world trial. Test drivers in the other participating Chinese city, Shenzhen, will get the keys next month. In total, BMW will assign 50 test vehicles to private users in China. Similar trials have been carried out in the US […]

Brilliance China Returns to Profit on Strong BMW Sales

Hong Kong-listed Brilliance China (01114.HK), maker of Brilliance, Jinbei, and BMW vehicles, announced on Tuesday that it made a profit of 510 million Yuan last year, turning from a loss of 1.64 billion Yuan in 2009. In last November, Brilliance China sold its Brilliance-sedan division (or "Zhonghua" sedan), the main source of its heavy losses, […]

Brilliance to Replace M2 sedan (BS4) with A4


Built at a cost of 2.56 billion Yuan, the new Brilliance vehicle factory in Shenyang, Liaoning, with a designed annual capacity of 150,000 units, opened on Jan. 18. Currently rolling out M2 FRV (A1) and FSV (A2), the factory will soon start volume-producing two more A-class cars: the A3 SUV and A4 sedan, both all […]

BMW January China Sales Topped 20,000

BMW AG disclosed on Tuesday that global sales of BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce increased 28% from a year earlier to 105,177 units. Deliveries in China rose 70% to 20,308 units. Last year, 182,641 BMWs and Minis were sold in China, up 85% from 2009 (including 158,489 BMWs and 10,509 Minis sold in mainland China, up […]