Weak sales force cuts at German manufacturing bases
25 March 2009

BMW has announced it will cut production in Germany by 80,000 units in the first five months of the year.

The firm is yet to decide where the cuts will take place, but it will be at its plants in Landshut, Berlin or Munich.

BMW CEO Norbet Reithofer said the move was a response to sales in January and February falling by around a quarter. Meanwhile, March’s figures are also expected to record a double-digit year-one-year decline.

He added that BMW had scaled back its sales plans for the next three years.

Last week, BMW announced its profits in 2008 were down by 90 per cent on 2007.

Mark Tisshaw

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic
  • First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The newest version of Rolls-Royce's flagship model sets new standards for opulence and luxury whether you're driving it or being driven in it