It seems there’s no lack of love for BMW’s smallest (current) offering. The automaker revealed it has built over 1 million examples of its 1 series, and delivered the millionth car at the recent Leipzig motor show in Germany.
In production since 2004 (but only offered in North America since 2007), the 1 millionth 1 Series was presented to its new owner at the Leipzig show — fitting, since the car was assembled at BMW’s nearby Leipzig assembly plant. The millionth 1 was an Alpine White 118d 2-door hatchback powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel I-4.
Although it has found a dedicated following here in North America, Germany remains the largest single market for the 1 Series. According to BMW, the 336,017 of the first million 1 Series cars built have been sold to German residents.
BMW may be excited about preparing its Leipzig plant for its forthcoming Mega City electric vehicle, but there are still some landmarks ahead for the 1 Series. The automaker will build a batch of 500 electric-powered 1 Series coupes patterned off the ActiveE concept, which will be leased in select markets. These vehicles (along with the MiniE that came before it) allow BMW to test systems that will ultimately be incorporated into the aforementioned Mega City.