The collaboration between the West Midlands and German engineering is a "potent combination", the German ambassador to Britain said during a visit to BMW's Hams Hall engine plant.
Wolfgang Ischinger was at the North Warwickshire factory to take a closer look at the state-of-the-art complex responsible for producing all BMW four-cylinder petrol engines.
The visit was part of Mr Ischinger's first official trip to Birmingham.
The ambassador was informed by plant director Harald Kruger about the successful development of the factory, which exports engines to BMW vehicle plants in Germany, Austria, South Africa and the United States.
The UK-built engines power the four-cylinder petrol versions of the BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 Roadster and X3 model ranges.
The ambassador also learned how the plant will produce a new family of petrol engines that will power future variants of the Mini assembled at the company's plant in Oxford.
This new business development will result in a significant increase in output at Hams Hall and create new employment opportunities in the years ahead.
During his visit, Mr Ischinger discussed with representatives of the company's senior management team the investment being made by the BMW Group to expand its already considerable manufacturing presence in the Great Britain.
The ambassador said: "The UK is a country in which many German companies invest significantly.
"The West Midlands and BMW both have a long history of engineering excellence and innovation. It's a potent combination that can be seen to be working extraordinarily well at Hams Hall."
Mr Kruger, who accompanied the ambassador on a tour of the production facilities, said: "With strong products, modern production facilities and a highly-skilled and motivated workforce, Hams Hall shows that a UK-based manufacturing company such as ours can be a real force in the automotive industry, despite the intensity of global competition.
"Building engines for a growing range of BMW cars, and in future also for Mini brand products, means that our Hams Hall factory can look forward to a bright future."