BMW will produce the 3-Series and 1-Series GT in Mexico

BMW will produce the 3-Series and 1-Series GT in Mexico


The Spartanburg plat belonging to the Bavarian carmaker BMW now builds the X3, X5 and X6 and between 1994 and 1996, the 318i and 318is. With all these being cleared up, it is obvious to say that this is the most important production site BMW has. The other thing is that it is the only North American facility of this kind. The carmaker is planning to change this by adding a new one, but this time not in the United States. Mexico is their idea of sites where the 3-Series and the 1-Series GT can be built. If the specialists will settle things and decide to add this Mexico site on the map, production is expected to start in 2016 or 2017. Anyway, the final results of the debate will have to be taken before the end of the year. Of course, the 3-Series which is now built in Germany will not be shifted to the Mexico plant, but the ones that will go on the surrounding markets will be the only ones built there. At the beginning, the production will have a slow rhythm, building only 40.000-50.000 units in the first year, but rising at full capacity meaning 100.000-150.000 units per year. The Bavarian specialists want to increase their production figure to 350.000 units per year before 2014 by expanding their Spartanburg, South Carolina operation with the introduction of the X4 crossover. The carmaker managed to build a total of 276.065 units, so almost the expected production scheduled for 2011 in the US. This represents an increase of 75% over the 2010 figure. More information on the matter will be released soon.