The new generation BMW 4-Series Coupe has entered production at the Dingolfing factory in Germany.
The premium sports coupe is joined on the assembly line by the updated 5-Series Sedan, 5-Series Touring, M5, and 6-Series GT, as the roll out of all five models started at the same time. “Launching production of five models at the same time requires precise planning and intense concentration across the entire plant”, said the factory’s chief, Christoph Schroder.
“Despite the temporary suspension of production and one-shift restarted under coronavirus conditions, we have managed to release the new 4-Series Coupe, 5-Series and 6-Series Gran Turismo on schedule, with the highest level of quality.”
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Set to launch this fall, the 2021 4-Series Coupe will start at €45,800 ($51,425) in Germany and $46,595 in the United States. It will become available as the 369 HP M440i xDrive, joined by two four-cylinder petrol options and a four-cylinder diesel unit at first in Europe. The lineup will be eventually expanded with two more six-cylinder inline oil burners starting in March 2021. The U.S.-spec model will include the aforementioned M440i xDrive and the 258 HP 430i, also available as 430i xDrive.
The Dingolfing facility is one of 31 global production sites owned by the BMW Group and its largest European manufacturing facility, making around 1,500 units of the 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-Series each day. Last year, approximately 285,000 vehicles were put together in the factory, which will also be responsible with making the iNext electric vehicle starting from 2021.
The site located in Lower Bavaria is home to around 18,000 people and is also the company’s largest training facility, with over 800 apprentices in 15 different occupations. Besides the aforementioned BMW cars, the bodies for all Rolls-Royce models are also made at Dingolfing. The site is responsible for making other parts, chassis and drive systems as well.