BMW’s move to add a second plant in North America seems to be the most reported subject lately when it comes to the premium automaker, with an official announcement due this week.
The manufacturing facility has long been on the rumor mill and we’re really close to its official announcement – although it would actually prove to be rather statistical, with most of the information surrounding the factory already out in the open.
Reuters has leaked another report from one insider source, revealing the factory’s proposed installed capacity. The plant, which should be located in Mexico – according to sources from the automaker and from within Mexican officials, should churn out of the production lines BMW at a rate of 150,000 cars per year.
On Monday, a Mexican government official spoke under condition of anonymity that Thursday’s BMW scheduled announcement would center around an investment of more than 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion), with the factory located in either of two locations – in Hidalgo state north of Mexico City or San Luis Potosi in central Mexico.
According to further reports, BMW is considering for its new factory the production of the Group’s line up of front wheel drive cars, which includes cars from the Mini brand. The architecture would also be used by the next generation 1 Series, that should be out in 2017.
Via Automotive News Europe