The last 18 BMW i8 cars leave the factory in Leipzig.
25.06.2020 Press release
BMW Group plant in Leipzig and customers mark the end of an era
18 unique BMW i8 Roadsters
High-level customization requires production and process expertise
Leipzig. Austin Yellow. British Racing Green. Le Mans Blue. The last 18 BMW i8 vehicles left the BMW Group plant in Leipzig today under the watchful eye of their future owners. Each car was a unique piece created in close collaboration with the customer. “The degree of personalization of these vehicles posed major logistical and process challenges,” said plant manager Hans-Peter Kemser. “But our production unit i has proven once again that nothing is impossible.”
The making of a BMW i8 is in itself a feat of modern automotive construction, due to the concept of the vehicle, the driving technology and the unique blend of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum. But the last 18 special models presented special challenges to the i8 production team: each was finished in a paint color that had not previously been applied to the components of the exterior skin of a BMW i8. Painting so many exterior parts in the specified color made production and logistics much more complex. Manufactured and painted almost by hand by a range of suppliers and at BMW Group Plant Landshut, the challenge was to route the components to the production line in premium quality. And as each part is the only one of this color to exist and very complex to reproduce, the greatest care and the greatest precision were necessary in logistics and throughout the production of vehicles in series.
“Again, we have proven our ability to meet the highest standards and personal specifications of our customers with unique solutions and unmatched skills,” said plant manager Hans-Peter Kemser. “For the production of the BMW i8 to end with a finale like this, we can all be very proud of it.” The final vehicles also have custom components in their interiors, such as Alcantara covers for seats and steering wheels, and special trim strips and fascia panels.
Customers of the Leipzig plant today – some of whom were members of the BMW i8 Club International – were on hand to watch their vehicles leave the factory gates and be handed over to vehicle logistics. Claus-Dieter Bachmann, president of the BMW i8 Club, described the day at the factory as “a highlight for the members of our club”. The unique vehicles, he said, are the “dream cars” of their future owners, adding: “The BMW group and the Leipzig plant have made something truly exceptional.”