BMW debating North American engine plant

BMW debating North American engine plant

Up until now, most of BMW’s engine production has taken place in Europe. That may all be about to change, with hints that the company may be considering creating a new engine plant in either the US or Mexico.

Three people who are close to the company (but have refused to be named, as the plans are confidential) have revealed that BMW could potentially decide on the project’s location in 2014. Increasing demand has been given as the reason for creating the new engine plant, with vehicle production already expanding in this area thanks to BMW’s South Carolina plant, which produces all of the manufacturer’s X3, X5 and X6 models. Creating a new engine plant in an area where production is growing would make sense logistically for BMW, and would mean that currency effects would no longer be such an issue.

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This would be the first ever North American engine plant for the German car maker, and although not officially confirmed, it would mean that BMW would join Mercedes-Benz along with various US and Asian-based manufacturers who already manufacture engines in the region. Mercedes-Benz, for example, are now using a Nissan Motor Co engine production plant in Tennessee, the engines from which will be used in their vehicles from 2014 onwards. BMW only currently use engines produced here in Europe, but last year announced that they would be building a plant in Shenyang, China, to produce four cylinder engines. Big moves for the German brand.