• 2018 BMW 5-Series built by BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture

    To build cars in China and escape the country's steep tariffs on imports, foreign automakers have had to partner with local firms via 50:50 joint ventures. However, the Chinese government earlier this year laid out a plan to phase out the rule by 2022, thus paving the way for foreign automakers to buy out their joint-venture partners and take home more of their profits. The first to take action is the BMW Group which on Thursday said it intends to increase its stake in a joint venture held with Chinese automaker Brilliance from the current 50 percent to a controlling 75 percent. The move will...

  • Zinoro crossover prototype based on the BMW X1
    BMW X1-Based Crossover To Be First Model From China's Zinoro

    About a month ago it was revealed that BMW and its Chinese partner Brilliance were on the verge of establishing a new brand for the Chinese market to be called Zinoro. At the time, we reported that Zinoro was focused on eco-friendly vehicles and would launch in November a new electric car as its...

  • BMW and Brilliance 5-Series plug-in hybrid concept
    BMW's New Chinese Brand To Be Called Zinoro

    BMW and Chinese partner Brilliance is on the verge of announcing a new brand for the Chinese market called Zinoro. It will be owned by an existing joint venture between the two automakers, which currently produces BMW-branded vehicles in China. Zinoro will focus on fuel efficient vehicles and will...

  • BMW and Brilliance 5-Series plug-in hybrid prototype
    BMW And Brilliance 5-Series Plug-In Hybrid: 2011 Shanghai Auto Show Preview

    As we first reported several months ago, BMW and its Chinese partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. has developed a new plug-in hybrid version of its 5-Series, revealed today ahead of its debut in just a few weeks at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. The vehicle is classed as a prototype and...

  • BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Concept
    Report: BMW Working On New Electric Car For China Based On 5-Series

    BMW is set to launch a hybrid version of its 5-Series sedan, the production version of the ActiveHybrid 5 concept, later this year, but according to a new report the automaker is also working on an all-electric model based on the same platform. According to a report out of the Beijing Youth Daily...

  • Renault's Megane
    Role reversal: China bans four Renault models for safety concerns

    In an odd and somewhat comical reversal of the usual state of things, China has today announced the halt of import of four Renault models on the back of 'serious safety risks' and non-compliance with regulations. The models affected include the Laguna, Scenic, Megane and Megane Coupe-Cabriolet - in...

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