BMW Araquari plant: BMW X1 sDrive20i ActiveFlex E84 added as a new model to the product range for the emerging Brazilian market
A little more than a month after the opening of the BMW Araquari plant in Brazil, production is already being expanded to include another model: in addition to the BMW 3 Series Sedan (F30), the BMW X1 (E84) has also been assembled in South America since Monday. The construction of the BMW 1 Series (F20), BMW X3 (F25) and MINI Countryman (R60) should also begin by the end of 2015.
At the BMW plant in Araquari, up to 32,000 cars are built per year on an area of 1.5 million square meters; the BMW Group has so far invested around 600 million US dollars in local production in the growth market of Brazil. 530 people are already working in the new plant, and this number is expected to rise to 1,300 by the end of 2015 – plus around 2,500 indirect jobs at suppliers.
The BMW X1 sDrive20i ActiveFlex, built in Brazil, can be operated with both petrol and ethanol, just like the identically motorized BMW 320i ActiveFlex. The engine develops 184 hp, offers 270 Newton meters of torque between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm and is combined with an eight-speed automatic as standard.
Arturo Pineiro (President and CEO BMW Group Brazil): “We are confident that the new facility will play a key role in the growth of the BMW Group in Brazil. The start of national production of one of the best-selling BMW models is another milestone in the company’s history on the Brazilian market. "