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We Hear: BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Mini Cooper Built in Mexico

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/16/2014 Jason Udy
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BMW could build future 1 Series, 3 series, and Mini Coopers in Mexico a new report suggests. The move could allow BMW to save costs by building lower margin vehicles closer to their intended market, according to German newspaper Handelsblatt, reports Automotive News Europe.

While the report is speculative, Norbert Reithofer, BMW CEO, previously said the company will need another North American plant to meet growing demand in North America. A new plant hasn't been confirmed for Mexico or the U.S., nor have the models that would be built there been officially confirmed yet. A decision on the matter could come in the second half of the year.

In March, BMW announced a $1 billion investment to expand its Spartanburg, S.C. plant to increase production capacity from 300,000 units per year to 450,000 units. The automaker says the expansion is the equivalent of adding a new factory. The new BMW X7 SUV will be built at the South Carolina facility. A new plant could bring North American production up to 600,000 units per year. Mini production in Oxford, England has reached capacity (260,000 units) with additional 2015 Mini Hardtop models built in the Netherlands.

In other BMW news, Reithofer revealed a few details about the next-generation BMW 7 Series sedan and M4 convertible during a statement at the company’s 94th Annual General Meeting of BMW AG in Munich this week.

“I can also reveal that we will use carbon fiber in the next BMW 7 Series,” said Reithofer. “Its low weight will set a very high standard for the segment.” As for the M4 convertible, it will go on sale in September after the M3 sedan and M4 coupe arrive in June.

Source: Automotive News Europe, BMW

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