The company, which has lined up 15 new launches this year, has increased its local suppliers to eight from this year from two previously. These include the likes of Force Motors to supply engines and gearbox, Hero Chassis for axles and Draexlmaier India for door panels and wiring harness.
     
"We have been focusing on long term sustainable profitable growth in India. As we have a strong portfolio of locally produced cars, it is only appropriate that we increase our localisation levels by sourcing more components locally," BMW group India President Phillip von Sahr said.
     
Currently BMW assembles eight models from its Chennai plant, including its flagship 7 series, 5 series and 3 series luxury sedans.
     
He said the move would not only help the company save cost from high import duties, but this was mainly because of BMW's policy of "production following the market".
     
"After the course correction we did in 2012-14 period focusing on long term sustainable profitable growth rather than chasing volumes, today we are ready and better prepared for the next step of growing our business here,"von Sahr said.
     
When asked if this would mean price benefit to consumers immediately, he replied in the negative but said indirectly they would benefit as localisation would help shield the company's products from price increases due to currency fluctuation or inflation.
     
"Localisation is good for us to do our business profitably that will allow us to invest in our marketing and brand promotion, better service and showroom experience through dealers," von Sahr said.