BMW may be set to expand its US operations with a new engine plant, Bloomberg reports. The Bavarian automaker already has its Spartanburg, SC factory which builds the company's X3, X5 and X6 crossovers. According to the story, Mexico is also under consideration for the BMW engine factory, with the report claiming a final decision will be made in 2014.

"Establishing local motor manufacturing abroad is more complex than assembling cars, but it's a logical step for them to eventually start making engines in markets where they're expanding vehicle production," Juergen Pieper, an analyst for Bankhaus Metzler tells Bloomberg. Building engines in the US or Mexico would save BMW from having to ship engines for some of its most popular models across the Atlantic.

BMW, for its part, hasn't said anything concrete. Spokesman Mathias Schmidt is quoted in the story saying, "As part of our long-term growth strategy, we're frequently looking at different countries for possible locations of future production facilities. No decisions have been made yet, though, for an additional plant."

What do you think, is this a good idea, or would having a non-German powerplant in its new models remove some of the company's mystique? Have your say in Comments.


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      Miguro Takahashi
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it's cost efficient and saves money then why not? If they pass the savings on down to the consumers by scratching a grand or 2 off the MSRP, I'm all for it. The X5 built in the US is a solid car and I personally trust work done in the US more than say Mexico or China.
      Jamie Houk
      • 1 Year Ago
      it would still be German engineered and built to German quality control specs so i think it would make very little difference where it is actually assembled. Most people have no idea where all the subsystems of their car are actually manufactured. all they see is the window sticker saying what percentage is form the United States.
      DANNY
      • 1 Year Ago
      As far as I am concerned, it still is German engineering, just made ,hopefully in the U.S.
      gmsexton
      • 1 Year Ago
      to me it's simple… if they build in mexico.. don't buy one… if they build here.. then buy the product.. it's about time we send a message to manufacturers… build here buy here….
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gmsexton
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      Carolanne
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW will loose me as a consumer if the site of another North American plant is in MEXICO!!! I currently own 3 BMWs. Let's start building America back up!! Enough of creating jobs for other countries.
        axiomatik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carolanne
        If you are so interested in "building America back up", why are you buying so many imported cars? Seems kind of hypocritical.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wouldnt want my BMW engine built in a third world country.
        mrbills78
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Are you implying that the US is a 3rd world nation?
          axiomatik
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mrbills78
          rrusrjr2: your head is in the sand.
          rrusrjr2
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mrbills78
          As it relates to innovation and new products and services, yes, the US has become just that-third world.
      rrusrjr2
      • 1 Year Ago
      No matter where the engines are built, they will be under strict BMW/German criteria. Amazing how foreign automakers flock to the US, while GM continuously shifts their operations to China (5 new plants being built, 6 already in manufacture). UAW says nothing about the GM shift of manufacture to China, since they, as GM stockholders, profit from offshore manufacturing. So much for the BS by Barack, 'saving those jobs'. Meanwhile, each transplant maker in the US avoids UAW affiliation.
        axiomatik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rrusrjr2
        God, you have no idea what you are talking about. GM does not have a "shift of manufacture to China", they are building cars in China that are sold in China. GM now sells more cars in China than they do in the US, and they have to expand their local manufacturing to keep up with demand. GM does not have 100 years of infrastructure in China like they do in the US, so they have to build new factories in response to their growing demand.
      cliftybo
      • 1 Year Ago
      German is not American ! Nich wey Keep BMW Barvarian.
      teevnntt1
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are plenty of vacant buildings in our country that can be used for their engine factory. It would help to put alot of people back to work. The closer it would be to SC would be less in shipping costs to get the engine there. Keep the jobs in our own country, not Mexico.
        sunn527821
        • 1 Year Ago
        @teevnntt1
        With all due respect, i think your comment about putting people back to work may be a bit off. BMW is not an American company and as such, putting Americans back to work is not going to be at the top of their priority list. However, we should be demanding that American companies (I am talking about you guys at Ford, GM who build in Canada and Mexico for American market) move production to USA. And I am talking about production for North American markets. Now that would help the economy and will bring jobs back to USA.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will not buy a car with a Mexican engine. Period.
      AlBongo
      • 1 Year Ago
      A US Engine plant? Let me ask you. What would be the point of buying a German car if it comes from the US? What a stupid idea.
        kal_elkal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AlBongo
        Yeah, nevermind that the fact that the article already states that BMW has a manufacturing plant here in the U.S., as do nearly ever other major German auto manufacturer. You ******* dunce.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kal_elkal
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        rsxvue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AlBongo
        Does it really matter where it's built? As long as it stays true to the nature of the brand and the quality isn't diminished then I don't see a problem to this. The car is still being designed and engineered in Germany. And in any case most car manufactures are global companies and have products designed and produced all throughout the world..ie the Ford Focus from Europe, Chevy SS based on the AU Holden Commodore, etc..I always see the prospect of a new US manufacturing facility as a plus for our economy.
      Dan, Karin
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a former Porsche owner and now a BMW and Mercedes owner and both cars (engines) built and assembled in Germany and each having exemplary form, fit and function and performance, why break the mold? It works. Pricey yes, but in the long run I'm happy and satisfied with my road results. Moreover, automotive reporting indicates BMW sales are exceeding expectations with their competition coming from Audi, VW, Mercedes and Lexus. I hope BMW reconsiders and does not proceed with their decision, I believe engine quality and warranty performance will suffer and that equates potentially to poor reputation and lower profits.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dan, Karin
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