BERLIN (Reuters) -- BMW Group said it will raise capacity at its two Chinese plants by a third to 400,000 cars over the next two years.
Less than a month after extending its joint venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings until 2028, BMW said it would also double the range of locally made cars to six.
"We are strengthening our focus on meeting the needs and aspirations of our Chinese customers," Finance Chief Friedrich Eichiner said in Beijing on Wednesday.
BMW will add a new entry model below the 3 series, a "high-functionality car" designed for Chinese families and a variant of the X3 SUV, Eichiner said.
BMW, which has been working with Brilliance since 2003, currently builds the X1 SUV as well as long-wheelbase versions of its 3- and 5-series cars at the plants in Dadong and Tiexi.
The automaker is expanding its China operations because it wants to cut its dependency on the sluggish European market, which last year accounted for 44 percent of group sales.
Sales of BMW Group brands in China, including the Mini and Rolls-Royce units, surged 23 percent in the first six months to 225,000 cars, the automaker said earlier this month.