Despite its entry-level positioning, BMW’s upcoming X1 SUV will be manufactured at a plant in Germany because most of its sales are expected to be in Europe. Production plans for larger vehicles like the new X6 and the next-gen X3, meanwhile, have been moved to BMW’s Spartanburg facility in the U.S. because a majority of sales for these vehicles will be in the States.
Earlier reports suggested that the car could be outsourced to a manufacturer outside of Germany but CEO Norbert Reithofer has confirmed its German production. The same can’t be said for Mini’s upcoming SUV model, which won’t be built at the Oxford plant in England. Instead, it will be outsourced to a third party manufacturer, reports Automotive News.
Reithofer didn’t reveal who this manufacturer will be but its past history with Magna Steyr makes the Austrian company a likely candidate, especially since the current contract to build X3s expires at the end of the current model cycle.