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Christopher Bruce2012-08-07 16:58:05

BMW Considering Adding Factory in Mexico

BMW's Spartanburg plant has been a major success for the company

BMWBMWBMWGermany, 1918 > present87 models
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is considering adding a factory in Mexico. It would be its second factory North America since opening the plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1994. BMW is reportedly looking at four different locations in Mexico to build the factory. BMW plans to use the factory for building the 3 SeriesBMW 3 Series Gen.6 [F30/F31]BMW BMW 3 Series Gen.6 [F30/F31]Germany, 2012 > present210 versions
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for the Americas. It is in the process of negotiating with the Mexican government for tax breaks to open the factory. It plans to make a final decision in a year, and it would be ready to produce cars by 2016 or 2017. 

The leading location for the factory is Queretaro, which is located in the center of Mexico.

The factory may also produce the 1 Series1 Series Gen.2 [F20] BMW 1 Series Gen.2 [F20] Germany, 2011 > present166 versions
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GT in addition to the 3 Series. The factory will produce 40,000- 50,000 a year when it opens but eventually ramp up to 100,000 to 150,000 vehicles a year.

BMW sees Mexico as attractive to build cars because it has trade agreements with Canada, the US and parts of South America. Having 3 Series production in the Americas, Europe and China will lower freight costs and protect the company from regional currency fluctuations. 

German automakers are slowly expanding into the Americas. AudiAudiAudiGermany, 1909 > present83 models
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is planning to build a factory in Mexico, and Mercedes will begin building the C-ClassC-Class Gen.4Mercedes-Benz C-Class Gen.4Germany, 2007 > 2013285 versions
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at its factory in Vance, Alabama, in 2014.

BMW's Spartanburg factory has been a huge success. It has produced the X3X3BMW X3Germany, 2003 > present3 series
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, X5X5BMW X5Germany, 1999 > present3 series
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, X6X6BMW X6Germany, 2007 > 201326 versions
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, Z4Z4BMW Z4Germany, 2002 > present2 series
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, Z3Z3BMW Z3Germany, 1995 > 200217 versions
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and briefly built the 318i318is 16v Coupé AutomaticBMW 318is 16v Coupé Auto...Germany, 1992 > 19991 photo
from 1994-1996. It has recently begun an expansion to increase capacity to 350,000 by 2014. It built 276,065 cars there last year.

Source: Automotive News

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