BMW, to further strengthen its commitment toward Make In India, has increased the level of localisation up to 50 percent in its plant in Chennai.
Indian cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar was present at the event, who showcased a BMW 5 Series, completely built by himself using parts from Indian auto component makers.
Using local auto suppliers will benefit carmakers since it keeps their cost low, as well as being able to offer business to auto part makers in India.
Some of the major parts that are locally sourced by BMW are:
- Engine and transmission from Force motors
- Axles from ZF Hero Chassis
- Door panels and wiring harness from Draexlmaier India
- Exhaust system from Tenneco Automotive India
- Heating and air-conditioning modules from Valeo India and Mahle Behr
- Seats from Lear India
BMW is quite confident that the company will set higher benchmarks in quality standards and supply chain management, partnering with domestic auto component makers.
Currently, BMW makes the 1 Series, 3 Series, 3 Series Gran Turismo, 5 Series, 7 Series, X1, X3 and the X5 in its plant in Chennai.