BMW, Great Wall confirm Chinese Mini production talks

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"As of the date of this announcement, the company and BMW have not entered into any legal (agreement) for the establishment of a joint venture in China", Great Wall said in its statement.

John Zeng, managing director of LMC Automotive Shanghai, said the possible partnership might be dedicated to electric Mini cars. Since MINI is a different brand to BMW, the laws in China would dictate that it finds a local company to join forces with if it wants to expand its production facilities in the country.

A BMW executive familiar with the matter told Reuters the report was "generally true".

BMW already has a joint venture in China with local carmaker Brilliance China Automotive Holdings and produces cars at two plants in Shenyang. But China's state planner has said that in principal it will not approve any new foreign joint ventures involving traditional gas-powered cars because the market is already oversupplied. That strategy helped propel the company to a 26 percent sales surge previous year. Talks with BMW are still at a preliminary stage and it is uncertain whether the cooperation will commence, the Chinese auto maker said.

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The sales are a sign that the company's recently announced plans to electrify more of its fleet may pay off. Shares in Brilliance fell on Wednesday.

Great Wall, which in August expressed an interest in the Jeep brand of Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's, is one of China's largest vehicle makers.

Brokerage Jefferies said in a note that it was "understandable that BMW needs a new partner to defend its market share in a more competitive market", and expected that the move would hit current partner Brilliance.

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