October 29, 2004
BMW builds 3 millionth 3 Series
Munich – The 3 millionth BMW 3 Series rolled off the assembly line at BMW’s Regensburg plant today – six years after the production launch of this version in 1998. Never before has BMW produced so many cars of a single model series.
“The unique success of the BMW 3 Series lies in its dynamic attributes as well as in the wide range of variants and numerous individual specifications,” said Dr Norbert Reithofer, Member of the Board of Management at BMW AG, responsible for production.
The BMW 3 Series is manufactured within a flexible production network of up to five BMW plants based in Munich, Regensburg, Dingolfing, Rosslyn (South Africa) and Shenyang (China). In addition, BMW assembles the 3 Series and other models in so-called CKD (Completely Knocked Down) plants, primarily located in Asia, where the cars are completed using locally manufactured parts. This avoids high import duties and allows for market entry at competitive prices.