BMW is strongly considering adding a North American production facility in Mexico. That's according to an Automotive News report, which says the German automaker is looking at four potential locations for a new assembly plant to produce the 3 Series.

BMW officials say that tax breaks and incentives have made areas like the north-central Mexican state of Queretaro a top contender for the home of the 3 Series sedan and the next generation front-wheel drive 1 Series.

BMW's first North American plant, its Spartanburg, South Carolina facility, started with 40,000 to 50,000 units annually and has increased as the years went on. According to the report, the proposed Mexico plant would start similarly and eventually grow to 100,000 to 150,000 units annually.

For comparison's sake, while Mercedes-Benz will bring production of the C-Class to to Vance, Alabama in 2014, Audi has opted for Mexico for its first North American plant. According to the report, Audi admits Mexico's lower wages were a draw compared to the U.S.

U.S. production of BMW is still significant, and there's no reason to think that if a new Mexico plant were to come online that any production would be taken away from the German automaker's stateside operations. BMW built over 275,000 vehicles in the United States in 2011. That's a jump of 75 percent from 2010, and it's only set to grow. BMW says that the plant is set to produce over 300,000 this year.



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      donhellbound
      • 2 Years Ago
      every bodies moving to mexico ,except mexicans.
      Phil Collins
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sadly all cars have parts now made overseas, nothing is made here anymore except poor folks !
      GuyClinch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some of the Domestic car makers have their best factories in Mexico. So despite what people may think the Mexicans can do a good job.
      Joey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great idea by BMW - perhaps the illegals will go back to Mexico for a job.
        Jefe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joey
        kool then you can pick your own crops then pilgrim!!!
      iamannatude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool! I ALWAYS wanted a car with random vent holes. Although only the size of a bullet, a vent is a vent! NOT! I already drive an AMERICAN made car, my old Chrysler. And seen as how I can't buy a new American Made car, I'll keep driving my old one.
      efvann
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fine, let them build them in Mexico. Then put import duties on them comparable to the lost wages that would have been earned had the plant been in the US. Also, subject them to an extended impound for thorough examination including dismanling them, to search them for drugs. Finally, since they are marketing them to a higher income level (as opposed to in Mexico), add a 25% luxury tax to the sale price. That ought to about do it.
        Sloedanzin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @efvann
        you sound like you are one of the overpaid UNION members that has forced others to leave our coutry due to prohibitive high union wages. it's called greed. you also made others leave for China and now you are throwing a nasty tantrum.
      Chuck
      • 2 Years Ago
      DONT BUY THEIR PRODUCT WHILE WAGES ARE CHEAPER, THEIR PRICE WILL REMAIN HIGH AND PUT aMERICAQNS OUT OF WORK, PLEASE BUY AMERICAN!!!
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chuck
        You mean a KIA or a Toyota? GM just spent $40 billion building 10 auto plants. 4 drive train plants, and moved their research snd engineering in China. 7 out of 10 vehicles built by GM are made in China.
      Brian Rautio
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this is a good idea, should help reduce the "bimmer tax" through less shipping and maybe labor too. I've heard that Mexican built VWs are just as reliable as German built ones. Anecdotally, my girlfriend's Mexican built Jetta has been more reliable than my German built GTI.
        bonehead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Rautio
        HA! Mexican build VW Beetle is one of the least reliable cars. I know two people who had them and they constantly broke. Perhaps one of the least reliable cars of all time IMO.
      Herbert Fabian
      • 2 Years Ago
      There goes the "QUALITY" - just wait for your new beemers to die in the middle of the road..I used to drive a VW Rabbit back in the 1980's - what a piece of crap...later I found ou it was assemble in good old "MEJICO"....I rather go with a KIA...
      racurrry
      • 2 Years Ago
      GOOD ! Maybe a couple million illegal Mexicans will go back !
      dssmalik
      • 2 Years Ago
      How can we expect foreign companies to care about American workers, when American companies don't care about American workers.
      brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW already builds 3, 5 and 7 Series in Mexico for Central and South American markets. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_Mexico
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