News 11 october — 17:14

BMW to spend $4.1bn to take control of its China venture

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Carmaking giant BMW wants to take control of its joint venture in China and is set to pump billions more into its production capacity in the country, BBC reports.

The German firm will spend €3.6bn ($4.16bn; £3.14bn) to up its stake in Brilliance Automotive from 50% to 75%.

The Mini maker will also invest more than €3bn to expand its existing production capacity in China.

The move comes amid China's plans to relax rules for foreign car companies operating in its enormous market.

Currently, foreign firms that want to make cars in China must have a joint venture with a local firm, but they are not permitted to own more than a 50% stake in that firm.

This rule has been in place since 1994 and has left many foreign firms frustrated. It has also restricted big global brands from gaining full access to the world's biggest car market.

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