BMW is near to making a decision to build a plant in Mexico. It was 20 years ago that BMW announced plans to construct its first assembly plant in North America, particularly in Spartanburg, S.C. According to certain sources, BMW is looking at four locations in Mexico where it will produce the 3-series sedan. BMW is currently in talks with local governments for incentives or tax breaks.
A decision is expected in 2013. One insider said that production will start in late 2016 or early 2017. The foremost contender is the state of Queretaro in north central Mexico. BMW is also looking to shift production of its new front-wheel-drive vehicles to Mexico. In addition, BMW is thinking about producing its new front-wheel-drive vehicles in Mexico.
The fwd architecture will be first used by BMW on its next-generation 1 series in 2017, which is when the compact range is set to shift to fwd. An insider said that the annual capacity at the Mexican plant would later reach 100,000 to 150,000 vehicles. BMW plans for the factory to slowly increase production from being at about 40,000 or 50,000 vehicles at first. These levels are similar to how BMW’s Spartanburg facility started.
The plant started rolling out in 1994. BMW is hoping to have its production in Mexico because of its trade agreements with North America, South America and several countries in Asia. Trade is duty-free among Mexico, Europe and the Mercosur countries of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. BMW had considered several sites in the U.S. but they’re presently not in the running anymore.
BMW benefits from transferring its 3-series production from Germany to Mexico by reducing the impact of currency fluctuations by being able to avoid expansion in the euro zone, which is facing economic troubles. This would also allow BMW to have more competitive pricing for its 3-series sedan compared to its most serious rival, the Mercedes-Benz C class. Production of Mercedes’ C-class sedan at its Vance, Ala. plant will begin in 2014.
Aside from starting the premium compact sports sedan segment, the BMW 3-Series Sedan is known as an epitome of the brand’s aesthetic charm, sportiness and dynamics. These attributes are furthered by the latest (and sixth) generation of the BMW 3-Series Sedan, which has been designed to be larger, yet still conveying a high level of sportiness and elegance.
Just like its predecessors, the next-gen BMW 3-Series Sedan features a proportion defined by its sweeping bonnet, set-back greenhouse, short front overhang and long wheelbase. Its dynamic elegance is easily recognizable up front where it dons a sportier face that also underscores the width of the new BMW 3-Series Sedan. This face of this sedan is made distinct by the upright, forward-slanting BMW kidney grille, as flanked on the sides by stunningly beautiful twin headlights, which feature eyebrow-like LED accent lights. These headlamps, when specified as xenon units, features corona rings to give the new BMW 3-Series Sedan a more intense and focused appearance. On the new BMW 3-Series Sedan, the headlights and grille seems to be connected to each other, resulting to a styling that highlights the car’s stance and width. This was achieved by having the headlights extend up to the frame of the kidney grille.
Now gone is the central air intake of the previous generation BMW 3-Series, with the latest version sporting two larger intakes positioned just below headlights. Since these air intakes are positioned on the outer edges of the front end, they inject extra spice into the sportiness of the new BMW 3-Series. On the left and right of these intakes are smaller apertures to create the so-called "Air Curtain," which helps enhance air flow around the front wheels for greater aerodynamic and fuel efficiency.
Further emphasizing the sporty looks of the new BMW 3-Series is its wedge-shaped silhouette and its track that is wider by 37 mm at the front and 47 mm on the rear.