BMW's Leipzig Facility Celebrates 3,333,333-Vehicle Milestone

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3,333,333 vehicles have left the doors at the 18-year-old factory.

BMW's Leipzig factory has reached an incredible milestone, with the 3,333,333rd customer vehicle rolling off the production line.

The car in question, a BMW 128Ti, looks resplendent in Melbourne Red metallic as it posed next to a 2 Series Gran Coupe and 2 Series Active Tourer. The 1 Series isn't sold in America, but other markets are lucky enough to receive the premium hatchback. The 128Ti is a front-wheel drive hot hatch and gains motivation from a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 261 horsepower. BMW built it specifically to compete with the FWD Golf GTI in other markets.

Leipzig has been spewing out BMWs since March 2005. The inaugural vehicle was a 320i (E90), and between 2007 and 2009, the assembly facility produced 333,427 examples of the fifth-generation 3er. Leipzig's next milestone would come six years later when, in December 2011, the one-millionth car rolled off the production line.

The one-millionth car was a BMW 116d and is one of many 1 Series models that came from Leipzig.

BMW AG, René Taubert

Through the years - and across multiple body styles and three generations - the Munich-based plant has produced a staggering 1,185,052 (and counting) examples of the little BMW. Interestingly, 6,342 of those vehicles were the 1M Coupe, an exceedingly rare sports car that has risen in value over the years.

Leipzig's two-millionth car followed in October 2016. A Protonic Blue i3 marked the occasion. Between 2013 and 2022, BMW produced 250,271 examples of its first-ever electric vehicle. The quirky EV has since been discontinued, but the luxury automaker has expanded its offerings with the advent of the iX SUV, i7 luxury sedan, and the i4 Gran Coupe.

The three-millionth vehicle rolled off the production line just two years ago, in 2021. That vehicle was a Sunset Orange M240i. The F23 drop-top (and the F21 coupe) have since been discontinued and were replaced by the G42 Generation.

BMW AG, Fotograf René Taubert

Interestingly, this variant - and the current generation 3 Series - are built at the San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico. BMW has also elected to produce the new M2 at this facility.

The previous generation M2 was built exclusively at the Leipzig factory. Between 2015 and 2021, 61,856 examples of the glorious M car shuffled down the production line and made their way to lucky customers. Other notable vehicles produced at the facility include the i8 and i8 roadster, of which 16,581 and 3,884 units were built, respectively.

Leipzig has built more BMW X1 crossovers than anything else, with 635,194 units rolling off the production line between 2009 and 2015.

The fourth million vehicle will likely be built in the next year or so, and there's a chance it may be a Mini. The BMW-owned brand will soon introduce a new generation of the Countryman, also scheduled to be built at the Leipzig plant.

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