Despite the decline of the Russian motorcar business, BMW plans to extend its native portfolio and production by 2019. ab initio BMW planned for its plant in Russia, however that arrange has been deferred in favor of increasing cooperation with Avtotor, a contract computer program for BMW. Avtotor is launching a brand new automotive cluster within the Kaliningrad region with initial capability of a 100,000 cars, and a few could also be BMW models.
BMW originally planned to open its own plant in 2015 and build fifty five,000 cars a year, raising capability to eighty,000 units by 2017. quite 1/2 the cars BMW sold-out last year in Russia were assembled by Avtotor.
Russia remains a key marketplace for xDrive models just like the X5 and X6, and BMW hopes that SUV sales can facilitate its bottom line this year.
BMW sales declined twenty two.6% from prior-year in 2015 and were down twenty two.5% through Feb.