Drawn in by low wages and manufacturing costs, BMW could be the next automaker to set up a manufacturing facility in Mexico. Automotive News is reporting that the German automaker has had discussions with local Mexican governments regarding a possible assembly plant, but there is no word as to when a decision may come down. Last we heard, BMW was reportedly looking to build the 3 Series in Mexico.

A key determining factor for this new plant is a free-trade agreement between the US and Europe, which according to the article, would give BMW better "flexibility and cost structure" to open another plant in North America. In terms of luxury automakers, Audi is currently building a new plant in Mexico and Mercedes-Benz is considering opening one in conjunction with Nissan for the CLA-Class, and in the bigger picture, Honda and Mazda are also preparing to kick off vehicle production in Mexico.


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      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh nos! Hope they put a big label on the car, so i know where its made.
      Jorjo Vainilla
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess all the people that wrote here doesn't know that the BMW X3, X5 and X6 are made in South Carolina. Have they lost their "mojo" for being American? Guess not. The car quality or materials are decided by car manufacturers not just for the country they are made in, for example, the Nissan March in Mexico got 2 stars in Latin NCAP crash test, the same car manufactured in Europe got 4. This is because Nissan uses different materials as local governments don't have regulations in Latin America for car safety. If BMW or any premium brand decides to built in Mexico to export to the US, it's obvious the car will have the same quality and safety as any other car built in Europe. The VW Jetta is not a good example because it's entirely developed for the US market (with the requirements the market demanded) and we all may not like it, but it has increased VW sales in the US (and finally that was the target, and the way to get to it). So building now global platforms can be done anywhere in the world as each brand doesn't forget about their values, safety and quality, not for the country the car is made in. Congrats to all the brands that are investing in Mexico not jut for the cost, but for the well prepared people that will take care of those manufacturing facilities.
      rmkensington
      • 1 Year Ago
      Between this, a 4 cylinder engine, and electric steering the 3 series is offically dead to me.
      tbird57w
      • 1 Year Ago
      the cartel will be waving big "WELCOME" signs
      Lunch
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yikes, no thanks.
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lunch
        Why not?
          jason32379
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Avinash Machado
          He's thinking what we're all thinking. No thanks, because it will only help BMW to justify higher prices and not passing on ANY savings to consumers. When the new 328i can ballon to $50k with a few options, that's pretty absurd.
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        Essende
        • 1 Year Ago
        And yet you will receive more money in food stamps in Michigan than a Mexican worker on the assembly line in Mexico... BMW wants to open a factory in Mexico not because it loves the country but because of cheap ass labor...
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        guinnessfanatic
        • 1 Year Ago
        This just in!: European company builds car plant in low-wage country. Somehow this is Obama's fault. Film at 11. http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr03/2013/2/12/11/enhanced-buzz-28638-1360686605-16.jpg
      Dvanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah great more shitty cars from Mexico, cannot believe this but I guess they're following Audi. I mean if it's made in Mexico you really cannot call it a German car can you?
      TurbosForAll
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great news for the mexican car industry. To all those racist trolls that complains automatically about it (like if that affects you directly in any way), you should better think what is your local industry doing wrong in a way that a brand like BMW looks outside the US to build a factory. Of course there is always someone with a beautiful mind that believes that if something is built outside its country of origin, it loses its DNA. Troll.
        Armand
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TurbosForAll
        If you had read the article, you'd figured out "what our local industry is doing wrong" -- it is paying its workers living wages. The vehicle built in Mexico may not loose its "DNA", bu they may loose in quality as the currently Mexican-built cars aren't faring well in reliability scores. Time will tell. I do suggest however that people reward manufacturers who pay their worker decent wages. Nothing "racist" about that, so you may wan to go and troll elsewhere. Troll.
        • 1 Year Ago
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      ammca66564
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah, another plant the UAW has chased to Mexico. By supporting tariffs and fighting free trade, the UAW and its union brothers have ensure that cars exported from the US carry a built-in disadvantage. Ergo, the new plants go to Mexico. And the supply infrastructure builds up in Mexico while it atrophies in the Upper Midwest.
        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ammca66564
        Actually, "free" trade is anything but. Unless we demand that other countries enact the same types of worker and environmental protections that we have, there should be a levy as compensation. Proponents of "free" trade are just 1% capitalists who are looking out for themselves, screw the USA leaving us with stagnant wages and workers in other countries suffer from lower wages and weaker environmental regulations.
        jason32379
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ammca66564
        How did the UAW chase another plant to Mexico? BMW builds Z4's and SUV's in the US, not the 3-Series.
      Omar G
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buenas Noticias! As Mexican and a bimmer enthusiast this are great news!!looking forward
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