BMW to start assembling Mini cars in India
April 18 , 2013
BMW is to start assembling the Mini in India, the German car maker announced on Wednesday.
BMW said its Mini Countryman models would be ready to roll off the production line at its plant in the southern city of Chennai later this year.
The move suggests growing confidence in India’s emerging car market. BMW described India as an "increasingly significant market".
Since 2007, BMW has operated its own sales company in India and began selling the Mini in the country last year. BMW's Chennai plant already produces several BMW models for the Indian market.
India charges 100 percent tariffs on the import of fully built cars but only 30 percent on cars assembled locally from imported parts.
At present, the Mini is assembled in the UK and Austria.
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