Like all previous generations of this model since 1973, the new BMW 5 Series will be built at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Bavaria, which serves as the centre of competence for all the larger BMW model series. The new BMW 5 Series is built using a very flexible production system in two assembly halls. On the one line it is built alongside the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and the 4 Series and on the other alongside the BMW 6 and 7 Series. In preparation for the seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series, BMW’s internal production and processes in the supply chain were specially reorganised and further improved. On the western side of the plant, a new body shop was built. This facility offers innovative joining and bonding techniques specially adapted to the lightweight construction concept of the new BMW 5 Series. In preparation for the launch of the new model series, changes have also been made on the assembly side. Most prominently, major component pre-assembly operations have been restructured to enable the integration of the plug-in hybrid version.