The BMW Group South Africa announced the construction of its 26 000 square metre bodyshop in Rosslyn, Pretoria, on Thursday.
The bodyshop is part of the $377 million the German manufacturer has invested into the country and it will produce and export the next generation of the BMW X3.
“This bodyshop will be a state of the art facility, not only just in South Africa but across the world. It means job creation and it will mean upscaling for our staff as well,” say CEO of BMW South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, Tim Abbott.
Abbott says that the company plans to export the BMW X3 into Sub-Saharan Africa, something the company hasn’t been doing.
“The X3 is more of a relevant car for markets in Nigeria and Kenya so we will look to export form here to Sub-Sahara[n Africa]. This is the first for BMW,” says Abbott.
Abbott believes Sub-Saharan Africa will take off because BMW will start doing financing for customers, which will be done under South Africa.
The bodyshop is expected to be complete in 2017.