Production of the all-new BMW 5 series and the fully-electric BMW i5 has begun at the company’s Dingolfing plant on July 21, 2023. Unveiled to the world back in May this year, the all-new BMW 5 series and BMW i5 are set to make their debut in Malaysia soon, with the registration of interest (ROI) already open since March this year.
The BMW i5 is the third fully-electric model by the company to be assembled at the Dingolfing plant, following the BMW iX and the BMW i7. BMW expects fully electric vehicles to account for over 40% of the production volume in Dingolfing by 2024.
BMW AG member of the Board of Management, Milan Nedeljković said, “The BMW i5 and our plant in Dingolfing are perfect examples of how the BMW Group is transforming itself for e-mobility and developing our plants on the road to the BMW iFACTORY. E-mobility is the new normal at our plants worldwide. Between 2021 and 2024, we will have integrated a total of 15 fully-electric vehicles into our production network.”’
Upon its world premiere, the all-new BMW 5 Series is made available with mild hybrid (MHEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), pure internal combustion engine (ICE), and fully electric powertrains. Variants of the all-new BMW 5 Series include the 520i, 530i, 540i, 520d, i5 M60 xDrive, and more. The market launch will take place in October 2023.
The BMW 5 Series has always been the core model for the Dingolfing plant. With the upcoming production of the all-new M5 and 5 Series Touring, a boost in production numbers at the Dingolfing plant is expected. Plant Director, Christoph Schröder said, “The BMW 5 Series has traditionally been Dingolfing’s core model and will provide valuable impetus for volumes again this time.”
In Malaysia, the fully electric models by BMW currently available include the iX1, iX3, iX, and i7. The last two are assembled in the Dingolfing plant together with the i5 and all-new 5 Series. We can expect to see them in Malaysia soon.