BMW considering building 3 and 5-Series in the United States

2011 BMW 5-Series
BMW is toying with the idea of producing more cars in the United States with a possible option of bringing production of the 3 and 5-Series to the stateside. Board member Ian Robertson told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that there are currently no concrete pans right now but “I would not rule it out altogether.”

BMW currently produces the X3, X5 and X6 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The company has a 2.3 percent market share in the United States and sold 266,000 units last year, up from 242,000 in 2009. Jim O’Donnell, CEO of BMW of North America, said that the U.S. will eventually pass German in terms of sales.

President of the company’s U.S. production Josef Kerscher said that BMW Spartanburg factory will produce at full capacity of 240,000 units. The newly expanded plant boosted capacity by 50 percent last year as it added production of the new X3.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News