2011 BMW 5-Series (Euro spec)
According to a report coming out of Germany, BMW is considering building its staple 3- and 5-Series models in the U.S. as well. The news was reported by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which quotes BMW board member Ian Robertson as saying nothing is being ruled it though he adds that there are no concrete plans at the moment.
Such a move would make sense as BMW’s sales in the U.S. are at record levels, with the automaker currently sitting on a 2.3 percent share of the market. Additionally, BMW’s sales in the U.S. are expected to surpass those of Germany for the first time this year. The gap was just 252 vehicles last year.
The low U.S. dollar in relation to the Euro would also make manufacturing cars in the U.S. for local sale more profitable. However, we wonder if U.S. consumers will be happy to accept a BMW lineup where most of the models aren’t even built in Germany.
[Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung via Automotive News]