VIENNA – BMW AG Tuesday launched serial production of the X1 compact cross/utility vehicle at its Leipzig, Germany, plant.

Currently, BMW is making 75 X1s per day but expects to increase that to 300 daily by the end of 2009. Output could rise to as much as 350 units per day in the future.

With the BMW X1 added to the mix, Leipzig’s total daily capacity increases to 730 vehicles. The plant runs two shifts, five days a week. There will be one additional shift every Saturday this month.

The auto maker officially will inaugurate a new stamping plant at the Leipzig complex Sept. 9.

In addition to the X1, the Leipzig plant produces all three versions of the 1-Series, as well as the 3-Series sedan.