BERLIN -- BMW plans to build its new 8 series at its plant in the southern German town of Dingolfing starting 2018, strengthening the factory's role in the production of premium models in addition to electric vehicle components.
The plant currently makes BMW's 3- to 7-series models and expects to beat its record annual output of 369,000 vehicles this year, BMW said in a statement on Saturday.
The 8-series will go on sale next year in Europe and the U.S. as a coupe followed by a convertible in 2019. The cars will compete directly with the Mercedes S-class coupe and convertible. The 8 series will lead BMW’s renewed focus on high-margin, top-end luxury cars, rather than compact models, CEO Harald Krueger told shareholders at the company's annual meeting in May.
It reiterated that its new electric, autonomous iNEXT model was to be built at Dingolfing from 2021, and that the plant will be involved in the supply of electric motor, components and a battery for the electric Mini to be built in Oxford.
"And that is certainly not the end of it," Andreas Wendt, head of the plant, said in a statement.