Audi recently announced plans to build a plant in Mexico and it seems their counterparts in Munich have taken notice.

Audi recently announced plans to build a plant in Mexico and it seems their counterparts in Munich have taken notice.

According to Automotive News, several sources have confirmed the company is looking at four Mexican locations to build a plant that will produce the 3-Series. Negotiations are reportedly underway and a decision is expected sometime next year.

If everything goes according to plan, the first Mexican-built 3-Series could roll off the line in late 2016 or early 2017. It could eventually be joined by the next-generation 1-Series which is expected to be launched in 2017.

Production would reportedly start at 40,000 to 50,000 units annually, before ramping up to 100,000 to 150,000 vehicles per year.

BMW had considered building another plant in the United States, but sources said U.S. locations are no longer in the running. This is likely because Mexican production offers considerable cost advantages.

 

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