BMW has shut down production lines at its plants in Munich, Regensburg and Dingolfing for five days this week.

Around 40,000 workers have been told to stay at home, while production volumes are adjusted to the downturn in global markets. BMW is aiming to cut 25,000 units from planned production volumes for the year.

BMW's Leipzig plant was shut down for four days last week and the company's Berlin motorcycle plant was shut down for 12 days until last Friday.

According to German press agency, dpa, motorcycle demand is always weaker in the second half of the year and the shutdown had therefore been planned for some time.

In September sales of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars were down 14.6% to around 121,000 cars.

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