ASMR-Like Video of the BMW German Production Line
The Wheel Network YouTube channel has put together a four-hour compilation from the various German-based production facilities in Dingolfing, Regensburg, Munich, and Leipzig. It's a cool visual treat behind the scenes of a typical BMW production line—the sheer amount and scale of machinery that is involved in assembly is rather humbling, and in some strange way, watching the whole process is rather soothing.
It's an interesting time for this video to get more attention as many production facilities have obviously shut down throughout the COVID-19—the South Carolina plant only having resumed careful re-opening in September after a handful of positive tests forced a shuttering earlier in the year.
Nevertheless, it is telling just how many pieces (human and otherwise) are involved in making a single car, let alone thousands within a normal production period.
Appropriately enough, the video begins with the most modern BMW on the assembly line—the new G22/G23 4-series. As the video progresses, it's interesting to pick out the small production differences per model, but also compare and contrast how things have changed through the years—there is 5-series footage all the way back to 2004 sprinkled in the four-hour escapade.
Toward the end of this visual marathon, you're greeted to some of BMW's more forward-thinking methods—the polarizing i3 and i8 are featured at length to give you a unique look at their carbon core structure and how it conjoins with the rest of the framework.
All in all, it's a fascinatingly raw presentation of the assembly line—it's a refreshing take to the more vertical-video and marketing-heavy voice we've been treated to of late from the German-based brand, especially in light of their recent G8X M3 / M4 launch.
Here's a quick guide to the video in case you wanted to skip around:
- 0:00:00 – Dingolfing – BMW 4 Series (2020 onwards)
- 0:16:13 – Dingolfing – BMW 5 Series (2019 onwards)
- 0:29:22 – Dingolfing – BMW 7 Series (2015 onwards)
- 0:51:21 – Dingolfing – BMW 5/6/7 Series (2012)
- 1:03:29 – Dingolfing – BMW 7 Series (2009)
- 1:21:42 – Dingolfing – BMW 5 Series (2004)
- 1:39:01 – Regensburg – BMW X2 (2018 onwards)
- 2:08:14 – Regensburg – BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer (2015 onwards)
- 2:23:51 – Munich – BMW 3 Series (2018 onwards)
- 3:00:11 – Munich – BMW 3 Series 330e PHEV (2018 onwards)
- 3:04:23 – Munich – BMW 3 Series (2012)
- 3:22:43 – Leipzig – BMW i3/i8 (2018)
- 3:32:13 – Leipzig – BMW i8 (2014)