Volkswagen manufactures in Mexico. Soon Audi will as well, and Mercedes-Benz is said to be working on a deal to assemble some of its cars at a Nissan plant in Mexico too. That leaves BMW out of the mix of German automakers building cars South of the Border, but that may soon be rectified, as well.

According to Automotive News, the Bavarian automaker is preparing to announce the site of its first Mexican assembly plant as soon as July, now just two months away. BMW already builds cars for North American consumption at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but has reportedly been keen to capitalize on cheaper labor and the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement to supply vehicles to the United States and Canada especially.

When BMW does announce the site of the plant – reportedly narrowed down to either Hidalgo or San Luis Potosi – it is tipped to work its way up to 100,000 vehicles per year at the new location, potentially to include the 3 Series as well as smaller, front-drive models, including Minis.


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      mikemaj82
      • 7 Months Ago
      Maybe all those German cars will be more reliable now. Those Mexicans are crazy hard workers!
      Yikes!
      • 7 Months Ago
      While American workers are watching the clock and waiting for their next break, Mexican workers are putting together the finest automobiles. While American attorneys are finding ways to sue the company in a frivolous manner, Mexican workers are assembling the world's best cars. While the cost of healthcare is skyrocketing in the USA, the Mexican healthcare system is doing a great job at affordable rates! And we wonder why all of this is happening?? VIVA Mexico, Cabritos!
      Larry Litmanen
      • 7 Months Ago
      Makes zero sense to build in USA, why live with fear that every day the plant can be unionized. I said it before and will say it again, the ONLY way USA will continue to have manufacturing plants here is if they all move down south (real America) and all operate in a non union environment. GM should pack up now and move to Dallas.
        Carlos Cruz
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        1 - German companies welcome unions, their structure calls for one. 2 - It does make zero sense to build in the US South. VW is now having to deal with outsiders getting in their business on how to run a plant. VW's executives in Germany were appalled at the way people like Senator Corker handled the situation in Tennessee. 3 - "Real America", such a non-sense term. No part of America is more American than any other part. Americans are all the same everywhere, in that we're all different.
          Larry Litmanen
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Carlos Cruz
          Yes yes VW was appalled by someone helping them to defeat the union when the company tried to do the same. Lay off Twinkies and liberal propaganda. Don't be that token guy.
          churchmotor
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Carlos Cruz
          Carlos "VW is now having to deal with outsiders getting in their business on how to run a plant." Yes Carlos, IG Metall joining forces with the Detroit Mafia to take down a non union VW plant was appalling.
        knightrider_6
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        "if they all move down south (real America)" You mean the place that looks like a third world country?
          l5kream
          • 7 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
          Right, and Detroit, Chicago and PIco-Union have streets paved with gold.
      SloopJohnB
      • 7 Months Ago
      Just what I want. More South of the Border stickers on my car...
      Keith
      • 7 Months Ago
      They thought about Tennessee, but then you know, they are a German company and they love their unions. They can have unions in Mexico.
      RamSport
      • 7 Months Ago
      Tell us when it happens. Who cares right now, when they won't say anything until July? Anything until then is pure speculation
      Repinsymra
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nice knowing ya BMW.....it will stand for ......big mess works...... Good luck selling made in Mexico mi amigo
        Ted
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Repinsymra
        iT HAS TO BE BETTER THEN THE MADE IN GERMANY JUNK !
        Yikes!
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Repinsymra
        Repinsymra lives in his mom's basement and is unemployed and voted for Obama.
      sinistro79
      • 7 Months Ago
      The quality of their vehicles has been on the decline for years. This is almost as bad as deciding to take the next generation 1-series to front wheel drive. I guess the only place to go once you reach the top is down...so much for "the ultimate driving machine." Meanwhile, Alfa Romeo is moving all of their production inside Italy to keep the brand "real" and moving from a predominantly front-wheel-drive range to completely rear wheel drive within a few years.
        Yikes!
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sinistro79
        Now there's a great car - Alfa Romeo!! lol Just hope the eye-talians make a better car as opposed to captain of a ship!
      Stinkyboy
      • 7 Months Ago
      BMW = Bueno Mexican Workers
      TopGun
      • 7 Months Ago
      I will never understand why Canada (or the US for that matter) signed a free-trade deal with Mexico. Not sure what comes the other direction to make it an equal benefit for us. Free-trade sounds good politically, but in practice, that's a lot of high value work - gone.
        Yikes!
        • 7 Months Ago
        @TopGun
        You will 'never understand'?? Why, don't you know how to reason??
        LW
        • 7 Months Ago
        @TopGun
        Ha, you must be ignorant of what's going on. Why do you think all the undocumented workers from mexico are here? US sold them subsidized corn and other food crops, putting all their farmers out of business.
        Jose Angel Flores
        • 6 Months Ago
        @TopGun
        Mexico buys more than 10% of all US exports to the world, we are the number two consumers of American goods in the world and pretty soon will be the America´s first clients. Cars made in Mexico also contain many parts made in the US, plants in Mexico also bring a lot of american suppliers of all sorts, from machinery to IT services, to financial brokers and consulting firms.
      WLDRABBIT
      • 7 Months Ago
      I wonder if we crossed the border illegally into Mexico with no documents, could we get a job making BMWs?
      bleexeo
      • 7 Months Ago
      Robots don't give a sh*t where they work.
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