BMW has increased production of its electric city car, the i3, as demand has already greatly exceeded expectations.
Production is now up 43 per cent, and the German brand has recently increased its daily output from 70 to 100 cars, in anticipation of the car's U.S. launch later this month.
BMW previously announced that it had already taken 11,000 orders prior to the car's showroom debut, and its aim was to sell 10,000 units in 2014.
So far this year, the German manufacturer has already built more than 5,000 examples of the advanced city car, which only went on sale in November. If demand remains at the same level, the brand will be on course to sell 20,000 units this year – double its original forecast.
BMW is also planning to bring the sleek i8 hybrid sports car to market in July. It announced in February that a second production hall would be created to increase the assembly rate of parts and materials shared between the two models.
Harald Krueger, BMW production chief, said in a statement: "Customer demand for the BMW i3 remains high. Following its market launch in Europe, we are now in the process of introducing the i3 onto the US market. The USA will be the biggest market for the BMW i3. Therefore we recently increased i3 production in accordance with our plans and are currently producing around 100 cars a day.
"Since the beginning of the year we have built over 5,000 i3s in our Leipzig plant. A large number of those cars are being used for test-drives or exhibition cars at the European dealers or are in transit to non-European markets."
The BMW i3 is available in both pure electric and range-extender hybrid versions. It starts from £30,680.
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