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BMW’s Mexican plans may include EVs

BMW’s $ 1 billion Mexican assembly plant could become the automaker’s first dedicated electric vehicle production center.

According to sources familiar with BMW’s product plans, the automaker will begin manufacturing the next-generation 3 Series electric sedans and iX3 electric crossovers in San Luis Potosí, Mexico in 2027.

Production of the crossover will begin in the first half of 2027, after which production of the sedan will begin later this year, according to sources.

A BMW The spokesman refused to comment on future production plans.

During April Automotive News Reported plans to move some of BMW X3 production To Mexico.

The X3 crossover is BMW’s bestseller in the United States. Last year, the company sold 204,658 utility vehicles with X badges in the United States, up 55% from five years ago. By comparison, according to Automotive News Research & Data Center, the overall segment of luxury light trucks grew by about 24% during this period.

BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse said last month that crossover production would take place in Mexico without revealing specific plans.

“Mexico will play an important role in our complete setup,” Zipse said. Automotive News.. “The market demand is so high that at some point we will see the X model. That’s all we can say now.”

The Mexican plant, which opened in 2019, manufactures gasoline-powered BMW 2 Series and 3 Series sedans. The factory was operating last year with only 39% of the capacity of 175,000 vehicles.

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