Press Release | 2017.02.01

BMW GROUP MANUFACTURING THAILAND UNDERLINES COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WITH LOCAL ASSEMBLY OF PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLES

Photograph shows from left;


• Mr. Veerasak Supprasert, Deputy Director-General, Office of Industrial Economics


• Mr. Surapol Chamart, Inspectors General, Ministry of Industry


• Mr. Viboon Kromadit, Director and Corporate Marketing Officer, Amata Corporation PCL


• Mr. Jeffrey Gaudiano, Managing Director and CEO, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand


• H.E. Dr. Uttama Savanayana, Minister of Industry


• Mr. Stefan Teuchert, President, BMW Group Thailand


• Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow, Founder and President, Grand Prix International PCL


• Dr. Veerapong Chaiyaperm, Governor of Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand


• Dr. Yossapong Laoonual, President, Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand


• Mr. Vichai Jirathiyut, President, Thailand Automotive Institute

 

 

Bangkok. BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand, led by Managing Director and CEO
Mr. Jeffrey Gaudiano (4th left), was joined by Mr. Stefan Teuchert (6th left), President, BMW Group Thailand, in welcoming members of the press on a visit to BMW’s plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) assembly line at the BMW Group Manufacturing plant in Amata City Industrial Estate, Rayong province. H.E. Dr. Uttama Savanayana (5th left), Minister of Industry, was present as a guest of honor to celebrate the latest milestone in BMW Group Thailand’s commitment to a future of sustainability through eco-friendly automotive innovations.

 

BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand is the only BMW manufacturing facility worldwide to produce vehicles for all three brands – BMW, MINI, and BMW Motorrad. As a key BMW plant in ASEAN and Asia markets, the facility is now capable of assembling plug-in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, starting with the BMW 330e Luxury and BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport – both of which combine the advantages of a combustion engine and an electric motor to enhance fuel consumption and open up the possibility of emission-free urban mobility.

 

“The operation of a BMW PHEV assembly line in Thailand marks yet another major step forward for BMW Group Thailand as we work towards the vision of a truly sustainable future. Furthermore, it reaffirms the important role that this plant plays in BMW Group’s operations, especially in the ASEAN region. We strongly believe that our plant in Rayong will continue to introduce new innovations and provide quality services for our customers and dealers while also building upon this success to achieve a sustainable future,” said Mr. Stefan Teuchert, President, BMW Group Thailand

 

Mr. Jeffrey Gaudiano, Managing Director and CEO, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand, said, “The commitment, dedication and expertise of our employees have greatly contributed to the continuous growth of BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand, making the plant one of the most diversely capable manufacturing facility in BMW’s global network. In addition to being the only BMW plant to bring together all three brands under one roof, we have won the trust and confidence of our headquarters to expand our capability to cover the assembly of PHEVs such as the BMW 330e Luxury and BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport. We believe that this expansion will bolster the foundations of Thailand’s automotive industry leadership in the region and drive the country towards greater sustainability.”

 

H.E. Dr. Uttama Savanayana, Minister of Industry, added, “The Ministry of Industry has worked closely with BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand over the years to support the
company’s business development efforts. It is a great pleasure for us to witness the
successful operation of the BMW plug-in hybrid assembly line in Thailand. We are very pleased to see BMW recognize the importance of sustainable growth in our country,
a sentiment that symbolizes the unity between public and private sectors in this undertaking.”

 

The BMW 330e Luxury and BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport are plug-in hybrids powered by BMW iPerformance technology, which seamlessly combine the best characteristics of BMW vehicles and BMW i's electric mobility. The hybrid powertrain, comprising a combustion engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, eight-speed Steptronic transmission, and the BMW eDrive concept, gives the BMW 330e Luxury and BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport intelligent energy management features that bring out the best from both the engine and the electric motor and enable zero-emission mobility. In addition to significantly improved efficiency, the two vehicles also deliver a dynamic driving experienced typical of hybrids, characterized by instantaneous power delivery to create a unique symbiosis of BMW driving pleasure and sustainability.

 

About BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand in Rayong


Founded in 2000, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand is situated at the Eastern Coast of Thailand, in the Amata City Industrial Park (Rayong Provice) about 115 kilometers from Bangkok. The assembly plant comprises approximately 75,000 square meters, and is the only BMW Group production site internationally to assemble vehicles for all three brands: BMW, MINI, and BMW Motorrad.

 

Investment of more than 2.6 billion Baht has been made in the plant since its inception, while in 2015 an additional 1.1 billion Baht will go towards the expansion of the plant. A Training and Development center for vocational training program in mechatronics is now open to accommodate high vocational students with state-of-the-art training equipment.

 

As of 2015, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand produces the following models: BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series, BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW X5, and MINI Countryman. For BMW Motorrad the BMW F 800 R, BMW F 800 GS, BMW F 700 GS, BMW R 1200 GS, BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW F 800 GT, BMW S 1000 R and BMW S 1000 RR are also locally assembled at the plant.

 

For further information, please contact:
BMW Group Thailand
1-800-269-269


www.bmw.co.th
www.mini.co.th
www.bmw-motorrad.co.th

 

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