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13 October 2017, 05:28 | Joann Bryant
A long-wheelbase X1 is currently built by BMW for the Chinese market Close
"The discussion and evaluation relating to the feasibility of cooperation between the company and BMW for vehicles of MINI brand is still at preliminary stage, and there are material uncertainties as to whether both parties will officially commence cooperation", the company said in an exchange filing.
BMW has not yet confirmed if the plant will churn out BMW-only products or if the agreement involves adding a second production facility for the upcoming electric Mini, which is now only slated for production at the brand's Oxford plant in the UK. Talks with BMW are still at a preliminary stage and it is uncertain whether the cooperation will commence, the Chinese vehicle maker said.
Auto manufacturers have recently announced a raft of investments and tie-ups in China.
If the JV project moves ahead, it will be BMW's second partnership operation in China.
BMW is now considering another joint venture in China so that it can increase its production volumes and strengthen its electric vehicle presence in the market. Shares in Brilliance fell on Wednesday. But China's state planner has said that in principal it will not approve any new foreign joint ventures involving traditional gas-powered cars because the market is already oversupplied.
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