Beginning this week, the BMW Group Plant in Dingolfing, Germany which has been integrated with self-driving transport systems and smart devices, began production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé.

Intelligent lightweight construction, with a clever mix of steel, plastic, aluminium and carbon fibre, has been used in the body of the new sportscar. In addition to the supporting structures at the front and rear of the vehicle, other components such as the roof, doors, bonnet and the front firewall of the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupé, are made of aluminium.

For the first time in a series-production BMW model, the roof is available in carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), also manufactured at the Dingolfing location.

The luxury sportscar, which will roll off the assembly line alongside BMW 5 Series and 7 Series models, relies on tried and tested manufacturing processes.

Virtual reality glasses have been used for the first time in training assembly staff whereby specific assembly processes for the new BMW 8 Series Coupé were recorded and viewed by employees through VR glasses. This enabled them to familiarise themselves with the new model and the correct fitment process before production ramped up.