BMW X1: Neuer bayerischer Schneepflug
Der BMW X1 ist ein SUV, das wenig Merkmale der Gattung trägt.
FOCUS-Online-Redakteur Martin Vogt hat ausprobiert, wie sich der kompakte
„Soft-Roader im tiefen Schnee der Alpen schlägt.
2012 BMW 650i Convertible Production Line
http://www.eurocarnews.com - BMW Group USA - The new BMW 650i Convertible
is built at the BMW plant in Dingolfing, Germany. Also rolling off the
assembly line at the BMW Group's largest production plant are the BMW 7
Series and BMW 5 Series models. The flexible and efficient processes at the
plant combine state-of-the-art production technology with a standard of
quality defined by meticulous craftsmanship in the manufacture of premium
cars configured to customer requirements.
BMW X1 Is Born
Production of the BMW X1 for the entire international market will be
carried out exclusively at the BMW Leipzig plant. Consequently, for the
very first time, a BMW X model is being built at a German location within
the BMW Group's global production network.
New BMW 5 Series Sedan Assembly Line
http://www.eurocarnews.com - BMW USA - Body shop: spot welding by robots.
Mounting of side sills on body structure. Hot-stamping: Heating,
compression molding, quenching. Wedding: Drive unit engine, transmission,
axle, Exhaust system is bolted to the
body. Final assembly: BMW 5 Series Sedan rolls out of factory.
BMW Motorcycle Production at Berlin Plant
The first BMW car, was built in Berlin: on 22 March 1929 the first BMW 3/15
PS's left the production hall rented by BMW near Berlin-Johannisthal
Airport. The first BMW motorcycle, the R 32 featuring an air-cooled
twin-flat engine and shaft drive, was presented a few years earlier in 1923
at the German Car Show in Berlin. The BMW Plant Berlin was part of the team
almost from the start: the history of BMW AG started with the production of
aircraft engines in Berlin.
The first BMW motorcycle built in Berlin - a BMW R 60/2 -- came off the
assembly line in 1967, but the motorcycle of the Berlin Plant in the former
aircraft engine plant started much earlier back in 1949 with production of
the first parts for motorcycles still built in Munich back then. Over the
years, motorcycle production was shifted step-by-step from Munich to
Berlin. And to this day, Berlin remains the only production plant for BMW
motorcycles the world over. Nearly all parts and components required for
this purpose were manufactured at the Plant, with a total workforce of not
quite 400 employees working in motorcycle production back then. Apart from
consistently modernising the facilities, motorcycle production as a whole
was substantially expanded in 1983 upon the introduction of the K-Series,
BMW AG investing some DM 500 million in an entirely new assembly building
and system, as well as a highly automated production line for engine
components. Ten years later the Company modernised and expanded the
Assembly Hall and the Machining Shop for engine and chassis components upon
the introduction of the new Boxer generation. And to assemble the
single-cylinder F 650 models built at the Berlin Plant since spring 2000,
an additional assembly line was installed to provide the capacity required.
Today a total of 1,923 employees build up to 540 motorcycles a day in BMW's
three model series -- motorcycles with a single-, two- or four-cylinder
power unit. To achieve the growth targets set by the Company in the highly
competitive motorcycle market, the BMW Group invested a total of more than
Euro 117 million in the expansion of motorcycle production in the years
2001-2003. In February 2002 the Berlin Plant opened a brand-new production
building for motorcycle assembly which, with its "intelligent" C-hook
system, is absolutely unique throughout the worldwide motorcycle industry.
Ultra-modern five-directional machining centres, a high-tech 10-directional
laser cutting system, and a valve seat force-fit machine developed
exclusively by BMW for production purposes are further examples of truly
outstanding efficiency and flexibility -- and, at the same time, serve to
guarantee premium quality.The same premium quality is ensured by the new
Engine Assembly Shop with its highly flexible assembly system and high-tech
testing equipment, which successfully entered operation in September 2003.
Since November 2003 the BMW Plant Berlin has been painting motorcycle parts
in a new Paintshop, using trendsetting technologies and working to the
highest standards of environmental protection. In all, this makes BMW's
Motorcycle Plant in Berlin one of the most modern motorcycle plants in the
world. Apart from motorcycles, the Berlin Plant has been manufacturing
components such as brake discs for car production ever since 1979.
Accordingly, Berlin plays an active role within the BMW Group's production
network, supplying automotive parts.