BMW’s plans in Mexico could include electric vehicles

BMW’s $1 billion assembly plant in Mexico could become the automaker’s first dedicated electric vehicle production hub.

A source familiar with BMW’s product plans said the automaker will start manufacturing the next-generation 3 Series electric sedan and iX3 electric crossover starting in 2027 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

The source said that crossover production will start in the first half of 2027, followed by sedan production in the second half of the year.

A BMW spokesman declined to comment on future production plans.

In April, automotive news reported on BMW’s plans to move part of the X3 production to Mexico.

The X3 crossover is BMW’s best-seller in the US The company sold 204,658 X-badged utility vehicles in the US last year, up 55 percent from five years earlier. By comparison, the overall luxury light truck segment grew about 24 percent during that period, according to Automotive News Research & Data Center.

BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse said last month that crossover production will come to Mexico, without disclosing specific plans.

“Mexico will play an important role in our complete set-up,” said Zipse. automotive news. “At some point, you will see X models because the market demand is so high. That’s all I can say at this point.”

The Mexico plant, which opened in 2019, makes BMW 2 Series and 3 Series sedans that run on gasoline. The factory operated at just 39 percent of its 175,000-vehicle capacity last year.

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