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      07-23-2008, 05:55 PM   #1
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BMW Z4 production coming to end next month?

The low value of the U.S. dollar against the Euro has forced BMW to change its production plans for the next-generation Z4 sports car. At the moment the Z4 is built alongside the X5 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but the new model, due late next year, will be built in Germany, most likely at BMWs Regensburg plant. The extra capacity at Spartanburg is needed for the new X6 as well as the next-generation X3, which will also see production in the U.S. for the first time when it arrives in 2010.

This means that production of the current Z4 coupe and convertible will come to an end within the next 12 months, and according to Auto Motor und Sport production could end as early as next month. A BMW spokesman confirmed that Z4 exports have already stopped for most markets and no special edition model is being planned to mark the end of production.

BMWs next-generation Z4 roadster is due to arrive next year as a 2010 model, and contrary to numerous reports the new model will grow in both size and price. Heavily camouflaged prototypes of the car have been spotted testing at the Nurburgring revealing that a new folding metal hard-top option will be added with the introduction of the new model.
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      07-23-2008, 06:55 PM   #2
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The Z4 production ends before next month and BMW has been spot speccing certain cars as they stopped production of certain interior parts already. The red leather has been gone for a few weeks already and is being replaced with Black. Essentially what parts are in the supply chain already are the end and when they are done they are done...
This is not a shocker since BMW normally winds down the first week of August and makes changes for the next years run to start in September, except this time the Z4 will not be returning.
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Production of Z4 roadster stopped in June in UK. Z4 coupe production stopped in July again for UK market. BMW dealer was not able to provide any new model in UK and advised new generation should come early 2009.
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      07-26-2008, 10:04 AM   #4
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The low value of the U.S. dollar against the Euro has forced BMW to change its production plans for the next-generation Z4 sports car.
This doesn't make sense. A low USD/EUR means:

1. the Z4 made here is relatively cheaper to make for the export market, primarily EUR and Asia

2. the Z4's production cost is locale hedged in its main market, ie the USA, if it were made in Germany where labor rates are relatively high and the euro is over 1.55 then it's costly to shift production to Regensberg (nice city BTW)

The only thing that makes sense to me is that they want the capacity here to mnake the more expensive X6 (leading to USD/EUR advantage)
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^ +1, thats exactly what I'm thinking.
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Info here:

http://www.bmwblog.com/2008/08/31/th...rtanburg-plant

about the last Z4 being built at the Spartanburg plant.
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