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