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Inside BMW’s auto production plant

BMW is battling Volkswagen and Audi to retain its number 1 sales spot

Inside BMW’s auto production plant
An employee checks a completed Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 3-series automobile, as it travels along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
An employee checks a completed Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 3-series automobile, as it travels along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
An employee works under the hood of a Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) automobile, as it travels along the production line at the company's 1-and 3-series assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
An employee works on the body shell of a Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 1-series automobile, as it travels along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
An employee works on the body shell of a Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 1-series automobile, as it travels along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
KUKA Roboter GmbH robots work on the chassis of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) automobiles, as they travel along the production line at the company's 1-and 3-series assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
Employees attach door seals to the body of a Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 1-series automobile, as it travels along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
An employee fits a door seal to the body of a Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 3-series automobile, as it travels along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
Employees prepare to attach the driver and passenger doors to a Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 3-series automobile, as it travels along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
An employee prepares to fit an alloy wheel and tire assembly to a Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 3-series automobile, as it travels along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
Employees work underneath Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 3-series automobiles, as they travel along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
Employees work underneath Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 3-series automobiles, as they travel along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
An employee fits a BMW cap to a alloy wheel hub on a Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 3-series automobile, as it travels along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
An employee holds a Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) badge in this arranged photograph at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)
Inside BMW’s auto production plant
Employees check completed Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) 3-series automobiles, as they travel along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday, March 12, 2012. BMW, which is fending off efforts by Volkswagen AG's Audi and Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz to take the segment's top sales spot, spent 500 million Euros in the second half to introduce new versions of the 3-Series sedan and 1-Series compact. (Bloomberg)