BMW all-electric iX3 SUV  -  BMW

BMW all-electric iX3 SUV

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BMW halted production of its iX electric SUV at BMW's factory in Dingolfing, Germany, because of a shortage of wire harnesses from Ukraine.

The company lowered its profit margins for the automotive segment in 2022 due to the war in Ukraine, which it expects to cause supply disruptions and weigh on the global economy.

BMW now predicts its car segment margin before interest and taxation (EBIT) to be 7% to 9% compared to 10% margins in 2021. Without the war, BMW forecasted a range of 8% to 10%.

While the automaker reports it can source some parts from western Ukraine and had engaged suppliers in other locations worldwide to maintain production, BMW expects further production interruptions in coming weeks.

The automaker forecasted a higher number of vehicles this year, but now expects to hit 2021 levels. BMW sold a record 2.52 million vehicles in 2021 despite semiconductor shortages, and had a 10.3% EBIT margin for 2021, the highest since 2017.

BMW reports the war in Ukraine complicates the ability to give accurate guidance for 2022 and that it could not factor any potential long-term implications into its forecast. CEO Oliver Zipse remained optimistic that the company could overcome the wire harness shortage on Bloomberg Television

He said, “BMW has more than a single supplier in Europe and is able to cope with the situation.”

But the company does not expect to see the semiconductor shortage improving until later in 2022. 

BMW reported that 15 fully electric models to be in production this year and highlighted the rollout of the new i7 luxury sedan.

The company is also at work developing new battery technology and could deliver early on its target of having fully battery-powered vehicles making up half its global sales by 2030. 

The automaker expects overall earnings, including its finance and motorcycle segments, to increase significantly in 2022, helped by the full consolidation of its Chinese BMW Brilliance joint venture. This BMW Chinese venture assembles BMW-branded models for sale in China and the all-electric iX3 SUV, which the company exports to global markets.

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