BMW no longer builds combustion engines in Germany

The manufacturer has completely relocated the production of combustion engines to Steyr in Austria and Hams Hall in the UK. BMW announced this move in November 2020, and the last eight-cylinder engine was assembled at the plant in Munich in November 2023. After 60 years of engine production in Munich, this is a turning point for Bayerische Motorenwerke.

The latter will be converted for the production of EVs. The all-electric BMW i4 has been built in Munich since October 2021. As reported, the New Class (Neue Klasse) will also be rolling off the production line at the main plant from 2026. BMW is investing around 400 million euros in converting the existing engine assembly line for vehicle construction.

The 1,200 employees who previously worked in engine construction will now be retrained and deployed in other areas in future – either at the Munich plant or at other BMW locations. The Works Council expressly welcomed the decision and multi-million euro investment in 2020 and spoke of a “role model for a successfully organised transformation in German industry.”

With the reorganisation of the main plant in Munich, BMW’s Bavarian production network for electric cars is taking further shape. The i4 is already being built in Munich, while the iX, i7 and i5 are coming off the production line in Dingolfing. The iX1 and iX2 electric SUVs are built in Regensburg, and other plants are also involved in component production – electric drive production is located in Dingolfing, for example. And a battery test centre is being built at the Wackersdorf plant.

At the end of September, the residents of the German municipality of Strasskirchen also decided in a referendum that BMW should be allowed to build its planned battery assembly plant there. In the future, BMW will assemble the delivered battery cells into ready-to-install battery packs centrally at the site and then distribute them to the neighbouring vehicle plants. (in German)

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