BMW is cutting production of its large displacement engines and is trying, like the rest of the industry, to match consumers’ newfound preference for smaller, more efficient motors.
The company has pulled back V-8 engine production from three shifts to one as demand for them has dropped. It has seen similar declines for its 10-cylinder and 12-cylinder engines.
BMW plans to phase out production of 6-cylinder engines at its Munich plant and begin producing 4-cylinder engines there by 2011. A 1-series based electric car is also on the table, and could debut in 2010.
Source: Automotive News