Faurecia SA makes significant contributions to BMW's X1 small crossover. The PSA/Peugeot-Citroen-owned supplier provides front-end modules, complete front seats and side airbags to the X1. The seats are produced just-in-time at Faurecia's plant in Leipzig, Germany, which is not far from the carmaker's assembly plant in the same city.
Several suppliers contribute to the X1's sophisticated powertrain. ZF Friedrichshafen AG of Germany provides the six-speed manual transmission as well as its second-generation six-speed automatic transmission. The company also supplies suspension components, dampers and plastic parts. Meanwhile, ZF Lenksysteme GmbH, a 50-50 joint venture of ZF AG and Robert Bosch GmbH, provides the X1's rack-and-pinion steering system and steering column.
The X1 has numerous features that give it a quiet ride. Rieter Automotive Systems and Rieter Textile Systems (two divisions within the Rieter Group of Switzerland) jointly developed a new material for the underbody panels and the under-engine shields. The so-called "Rieter Ultra Silent" can reduce exterior noise levels by 1.5 decibels, a 3 percent decrease compared with standard designs. In addition, the material provides thermal shielding and offers a 45 percent weight savings compared with standard alternatives. Less weight helps reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. BorgWarner Turbo Systems, a division of BorgWarner Inc., suppliers the X1's regulated two-stage turbocharger.
Prices for the X1 start at 27,500 euros (about $38,380) in Germany. The sole global production site for the X1 is BMW's Leipzig, Germany, plant, which is where the automaker will build its full-electric car. BMW opened the Leipzig plant in 2005.