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      11-19-2012, 12:00 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Hoa View Post
I think China is 100% tax so its double the cost of the US price. Its not as bad as in Vietnam. Import tax is 200% so it ended up triple the price.
I think it depends whether the cars are imported or produced inside mainland China. The sedan four and six-cylinder 3 and 5-series are all produced locally. They are less expensive than the Z4s which are imported with most options pre-selected by BMW. Here are the list prices.

100 RMB = 16.0398 US dollars

sDrive20i RMB 578,000
sDrive28i RMB 669,000
sDrive35i RMB 788,000
sDrive35is RMB 906,000

I once did a comparison of BMW list prices with the 1-series M coupe across different countries of interest to me. I think they are 2011 prices:

Singapore: 1.494.000 RMB
Denmark: 1.155.000 RMB
China: 598.000 RMB
Germany: 450.000 RMB
USA: 297.000 RMB

So that is life. A used 09 Z4 is worth the same here in China as a new 13 Z4 + the airplane ticket, some gas and mods in the US...
Little known facts about BMW: 1) The N54 is still in production and used in the current Z4 35i and 35is. 2) In a Z4 you can get sport+ steering combined with normal suspension etc by selecting DSC=off. (Update: DSC=off also offers sports steering in the M135i) 3) All Z4s with 19" wheels are still only offered with the worst performing OEM tires ever sold with a DCT equipped BMW (Potenza RE 050 RFT).

Last edited by Asbjorn; 11-19-2012 at 12:08 PM.