“Customers already appreciate the carbon fiber roofs in our BMW M models,” Reithofer said at BMW's annual general meeting in Munich yesterday. “I can also reveal that we will use carbon fiber in the next BMW 7-Series—its low weight will set a very high standard for the segment.”
BMW has shown with its new i3 that carbon fiber in the form of carbon fiber reinforced plastic can be used effectively in the mass production of vehicles. In fact, it’s proven so successful that BMW recently confirmed it was tripling the rate of production at its main carbon fiber plant located in Moses Lake, Washington in order to meet the expected increased demand for the lightweight yet sturdy material.
Previously, BMW said it would use carbon fiber for roof panels and bumper supports. The automaker is also looking to use it in the construction of wheels, seat frames and instrument panel frames, as previewed on the forward-looking Vision Future Luxury concept presented last month at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.