BMW has announced a 46-strong sales network for its ‘i’ sub-brand range.

The network will be up and running from launch later this year. Initially two BMW i cars have been confirmed for production, the i3 city car and the plug-in hybrid i8 sports car.

The i3 is available to order from July — with a rumoured price tag of £35,000 — before arriving in showrooms around October.

The i3 will feature an all-aluminium chassis combined with a passenger cell made entirely from lightweight carbonfibre reinforced plastic. It will be made available in either fully electric or range-extended form.

Meanwhile, the i8 isn’t expected to make an appearance until 2014.

According to BMW, more than 6000 potential customers have already registered their interest in the i brand.

The dealers selected are:

Bavarian

Lloyd Newcastle

Berry Chiswick

North Oxford Garage

Benham Wolverhampton

Ocean Plymouth

BMW Park Lane

Rybrook Warwick

Bowker Preston

Sandal Huddersfield

Broad Oak Canterbury

Scotthall Milton Keynes

Chandlers Brighton

Soper of Lincoln

Cooper Croydon

Specialist Cars Stevenage

Cooper Norwich

Stephen James Enfield

Cooper Reading

Stratstone Derby

Cooper Teesside

Stratstone Leeds

Cooper Tunbridge Wells

Sycamore Peterborough

Cotswold Gloucester

Sytner Birmingham

Dick Lovett Bristol

Sytner Cardiff

Eastern Motor Company

Sytner Harold Wood

Elms Cambridge

Sytner High Wycombe

Fairfield

Sytner Leicester

Halliwell Jones Warrington

Sytner Sheffield

Harry Fairbairn Glasgow

Vines of Guildford

Jacksons Jersey

Westerly Exeter

John Clark Aberdeen

Williams Liverpool

Knights North Staffs

Williams Manchester

Lloyd Carlisle

Wood of Bournemouth