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BMW To Build 3 Series And 5 Series In The U.S.?

Posted in auto industry, BMW, General by Kurt Ernst | January 15th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

A BMW Z4 on the line in South Carolina. Image: BMW

BMW’s Spartanburg, SC, plant is the home of the X3, the X5 and the X6. It previously built the Z3 and Z4 Roadsters, and even cranked out the short-lived-in-the-U.S. 318i and 318is. The plant has plenty of production capacity, and BMW’s sales in the U.S. market are growing year on year. Throw in a relatively strong Euro and a relatively weak U.S. dollar, and the reasons to expand production of BMW’s most popular models the the U.S. just seem to add up. Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung first reported that a change in production for 3 and 5 Series vehicles was being discussed, and BMW board member Ian Robertson acknowledged that such a plan was on the table. Or rather, he confirmed that such a plan was not off the table.

BMW sold nearly as many cars in the U.S. in 2010 as it did in its home market of Germany. Pending another financial meltdown, all signs point to BMW moving more iron in the U.S. this year than in Germany, so building more cars on U.S. soil seems to make financial sense. It can’t be inexpensive to import cars to the U.S. from Germany or from South Africa, and the workers in Spartanburg have proven their ability to crank out a solid product. Unlike most rumors, I’d be surprised if this one didn’t prove to be true.

Source: Left Lane News

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6 Responses

  1. nospaces says:

    they better drop the price to match than.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Never happen. The South African manufactured 3 Series cars sold for the same price as the German manufactured ones, so any cost savings will be realized as additional profit for BMW.

  2. That’s really great to know that BMW is becoming more and more popular with the passage of time.The 3 and 5 series edition was really liked by the car lovers.BMW has always been up to the expectations of its consumers.

  3. michael says:

    I work at BMW plant spartanburg. And from the rumors around there the 3 and the 5 series are definately coming. When? We have no clue but are definately going to be building these in the near future along with what we are building now.

  4. Kurt Ernst says:

    Michael, I’d call that good news for both BMW and the Spartanburg plant.

  5. Chrysler 200 says:

    It seems that with the new M5, BMW tried to repair all the damages made by the 5-Series. Where the standard sedan failed to impress, the M version does exactly the opposite. It comes with dynamic proportions and stylishly authoritative appearance that has been further enhanced by the addition of M-specific design features.