Discussion in 'BMW News and Reviews' started by Wynne71, Nov 18, 2020.
I must be missing something.
BMW are moving production of its engine plant to the UK? Yet there is no trade deal agreed, and we are out of the EU in less than two months.
Me thinks that might be a spoof website.
Reuters are generally a safe source I find.
Article appears on the BMW Press site. Internal combustion engines to be manufactured at Steyr in Austria and Hams Hall.
They must be confident that we'll get a trade deal!
These changes were hinted at at the AGM in May.
AFAIK this basically is announcing moving 8 and 12 cylinder engine production to Hams Hall where they already build the 3 and 4 cylinder petrol engines at the rate of 750 a day
Steyr in Austria will continue building all diesels and 4 and six petrol engines. They produce over 6000 a day!
Both Hams Hall and Steyr recruiting at the moment - but I have no idea how many people are needed.
This announcement should give reassurance of job security to the employees.
Those working in BMW electric motor production at Dingolfing should be confident.
I'm still unclear about the plan/decision to prohibit sales of petrol and diesel engined cars after 2030.
It seems that hybrids with petrol engines will continue until 2035.
Electric cars are the future but their range must be extended dramatically before IC engines can be completely abandoned,
More U-turns likely
I stand corrected. So that's some good news at least. Let's just hope there's more in the pipeline.
Let's hope so, but there'll be a Plan B if it doesn't happen.
You're not implying our PM has not thought things out clearly before making this announcement are you? He's a master of 'following the science' don't you know?
Okay, I'll get my coat...........
Also from Reuters, " BMW said production of eight and twelve cylinder engines will move from Munich to Hams Hall in England, and other engines will be made in Steyr, in Austria." One way of reading that is that Hams Hall will lose the smaller 3 and 4 cylinder engine production, or it may be lazy reporting.
And a little more research revealed both 8 and 12 cylinder variants were withdrawn from the European market last month, i.e. October 2020. Production of the 8 and 12 cylinder engines will continue until 2023, when it's expected the introduction of the new 7 series will see them withdrawn. However, production of the N74 will continue for RR vehicles before they move to electrification. So, not so much good news after all.