Status: 02.12.2023, 08:36 a.m.
By: Simon Mones
The last internal combustion engine for cars was built at the BMW plant in Munich. But customers don't have to say goodbye completely. The engines now come from abroad.
The days of the combustion engine are numbered. At least at BMW's main plant in Munich. After more than 60 years, the last engine was built there a few days ago, as reported by Bayerischer Rundfunk. However, this step did not come as a surprise, as the Bavarian carmaker had already announced in November 2020 that only electric cars would be built at the company's headquarters in the future.
"The relocation of Munich's engine production will take place gradually by 2024 at the latest," BMW announced in a press release at the time. The last engine – an eight-cylinder – left the factory on schedule. However, diesel and petrol engines are far from over for the Munich-based company. In the future, these will come from the plants in Steyr in Austria and Hams Hall in Great Britain. The 1,200 employees of engine production have all been retrained and transferred to other areas, explained a BMW spokeswoman at the request of BR. For motorcycles, on the other hand, combustion engines will continue to be produced at the Berlin plant, reports the Berliner Zeitung.