BMW participates in 'Make in India' initiative with cars assembled at BMW Plant Chennai
June 5, 2015: Celebrating the ‘Make in India’ initiative, BMW has strengthened its commitment to the Indian market by increasing the level of localisation at BMW Plant Chennai up to 50 per cent.
Indian sportsman, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, marked the occasion by assembling a BMW 5 Series using parts from Indian auto component suppliers.
BMW Plant Chennai started operations in March 2007. Since then, the BMW Group has continuously increased the number of its locally produced car models. Up to eight car models can be locally produced on two assembly lines at BMW Plant Chennai. At present, the BMW 1 Series, the BMW 3 Series, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 7 Series, the BMW X1, the BMW X3 and the BMW X5 are locally produced at BMW Plant Chennai.
Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “The BMW Group has always looked towards India with a long-term perspective and our strategy is based on an inclusive approach. We have continued to build our operations in India in a systematic way. With a strong portfolio of locally produced cars, the time was appropriate to partner with major Indian auto component suppliers. This decision benefits BMW in terms of cost optimization and value addition while at the same time it creates business and profitability for our suppliers – a win-win situation.”
Some of the major auto components sourced for local production of cars at BMW Plant Chennai are: Engine and Transmission from Force Motors; Axles from ZF Hero Chassis; Door Panels and Wiring Harness from Draexlmaier India; Exhaust Systems from Tenneco Automotive India; Heating, Ventilating, Air-conditioning and Cooling Modules from Valeo India and Mahle Behr and Seats from Lear India.