Talk of Second North American BMW Factory Resurfaces

BMW currently has one factory in North America, located in Spartanburg, USA, and a recent report suggests that it will be adding another “at some point” in the future. The most likely candidate to be built at this new factory is the 3-Series.

Bloomberg managed to get its hands on an interview with Harald Krueger, who is BMW’s production chief. Apparently, it was featured in an internal publication destined for employees only.

In it, Krueger was quoted as saying: “We will decide this in the next months,” and hinted that “On the North American continent, there’s still potential.”

The most likely candidate for the new facility is not the US, and BMW officials are reportedly eyeing two locations over the south border, in Mexico, but we’ve known this for a while. What’s really new is that they are no longer looking at four locations and have narrowed down their search…

This latest statement comes to strengthen similar hints dropped by BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer at the end of March when he signed off on a $1-(€0.72) billion investment plan that will turn the Spartanburg factory into the company single largest such facility in the world.

By Andrei Nedelea

Note: Spartanburg production line pictured

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