BMW stopped producing engines at its Warwickshire factory for cars built in South Africa because of fears over post-Brexit tariffs, a senior figure at the firm has revealed.
Production chief Oliver Zipse, who has been tipped to become the company's next chief executive, said the decision was implemented in early 2018 and is 'bad for the UK'.
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BMW has built petrol engines at its Hams Hall plant in Coleshill for use in several factories around the world since 2001.
But it is no longer supplying a factory in South Africa because the engines will not have been produced in a European Union member country after Brexit.
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A BMW spokesman said the decision has not resulted in a cut to the total number of engines being made at Hams Hall - which stood at 377,000 in 2018 - as production for engines to be used in the US has increased.