BMW’s local partner Avtotor currently builds 3- and 5-series sedans and SUVs in the Russian Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad from imported semi-knockdown kits. Former BMW CEO Harald Krueger said in 2018 that the company was considering establishing its own local production facilities in Russia.
A BMW spokeswoman declined to comment on the report, saying only that the automaker continually reviews its long-term global production.
Mercedes was the best-selling luxury brand in Russia in 2019 with sales of 42,046, up 11 percent, according to data from the Moscow-based Association of European Businesses. BMW was the No 2 premium brand, just behind Mercedes, with sales of 41,520, up 17 percent.
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