There might be even more BMWs coming from North America soon. The company recently announced plans to build a flagship crossover called the X7 at its Spartanburg, SC, factory. Now, rumors are emerging that the Bavarians might be thinking about building a second North American factory that could build its quick-selling 3 Series.

According to Bloomberg, the German luxury giant is considering several possible locations for a North American factory, including two in Mexico, that may build the 3. "We will decide this in the next months. On the North American continent, there's still potential," said BMW production boss, Harald Krueger, in an interview meant for company staff obtained by Bloomberg.

If BMW decides to open a plant in Mexico, it would be following its rival Audi, which already announced construction of a factory there. Mercedes-Benz has been rumored to be working on a deal with Nissan to build its cars South of the Border as well. Rumors of Bimmer considering Mexican production have also cropped up in the past, so it wouldn't come as a total surprise to hear it made official.

The X7 is being built exclusively in Spartanburg for the world market and involves a $1 billion investment in the plant by 2016 to raise capacity from 300,000 units a year to 450,000 units. The factory already builds many of BMW's crossover models.


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      Richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      And what's the chance that any of the cost savings from using cheaper American labor and not having to ship cars across the Atlantic will trickle down to the buyers? Well, as long as the zombies continue to wander into the showroom asking how much the lease payment is th e answer is 'none'. As ridiculous as a $55k 4 cylinder 3 series seems today, wait a few short years and it will be $60k for a 3 cylinder car that was built by Cletus.
        oneiron
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Richard
        Amen! Part of the reason I'm paying obscene prices for a German car is that it is built in a unionized German factory. If Cletus and his brother Bubba build it I expect at least a 1/3 reduction in price.
      ddirkdiggler302
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come to Delaware! We have a huge plant just collecting dust. smh
      Al
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is wrong with BMW? I want my BMW, which is a German car, to be German. Otherwise what is the point? If I wanted a car made in North America, I would go domestic but, seriously. BMW has no longer any prestige for me.
        ghetto2315
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Al
        Then what brand has prestige to you? Mercedes-Benz? Audi?? They're both doing the SAME as BMW.
        Darth Nader
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Al
        "I want my German car, to be German." You must have left this part out: "how else will I impress my friends?" "Prestige" is exactly why I hesitate purchasing a German automobile. I'm not interested in being associated with the "impress my friends" crowd. I - like many of us here on Autoblog - am more interested in driving performance (floppy electric steering = no thanks) and reliability. And Q nailed it: 2 series active cruiser? Ugh.
          CadiVetteFerrari
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Darth Nader
          U said it! I am not impressed by the German cars. I won't purchase one. I'm not even that enamored with luxury cars anymore, even Cadillac.
        Q
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Al
        So building a BMW closer to home is more offensive to you than a FWD Minivan called the 2 Series Active Tourer? Or loose electric steering? Or things like the 5 GT, X4, X6, i3?
        RGiddyUp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Al
        I couldn't agree more with you Al and that is specifically why there is an E in my garage and not an M.
      Carlos Cruz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Be careful where you build that factory, look at what happened to VW when they picked the wrong place to make their factory in NA.
      ksrcm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, connoisseurs will still be able to get 3 series built in Munich - as long as BMW keeps building them there. Once they stop building them in Munich or Regensburg (yea, I refuse to call it "4 series"), even connoisseurs will be SOL :)
      dohc73
      • 1 Year Ago
      ie Mexico
      • 1 Year Ago
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