A German auto giant is mulling the prospect of moving some engine production to North America.
Sources tell the Detroit News that Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) is reviewing its options and could decide whether to build a factory in the U.S. or Mexico next year. If the automaker goes forward with the facility, it would mark its first engine manufacturing plant in North America. In 1994, the company opened a vehicle assembly plant in South Carolina, which remains its only factory on the continent.
BMW opened plants producing four-cylinder engines in China last year, its first engine production facility outside of Europe. A BMW spokesperson said the company is “frequently looking” at overseas locations for future manufacturing plants, but has not yet made a final decision on a new facility.
The company’s South Carolina plant builds its X3, X5 and X6 SUVs, which are exported all over the world. it will begin producing the new X4 SUV next year.
Last month, BMW launched its new electric vehicle — the EV i3 — in Europe. The car hits U.S. showrooms in April 2014.