NEW YORK - BMW AG will expand its US-built X5 sport-utility into a lineup that will include a smaller X3 and probably a larger X7.
Both new vehicles could be built alongside the X5 at BMW's plant outside Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Helmut Panke, BMW's board member in charge of sales and finance, disclosed the X5 expansion in an interview at the New York International Auto show last month.
'You can expect an X3, and maybe other derivatives as well,' he said.
BMW is eager to show it has extensive product plans for the BMW brand, independent of Rover. Tom Purves, chairman of BMW (US) Holding Corp., said BMW should be able to achieve annual worldwide sales of around 1.3 million vehicles on its own, with products already on the market or in planning.
The BMW brand sold 751,272 cars and light trucks worldwide last year.
As a key part of its plan to top 1 million sales, BMW confirmed earlier this month it will build a new car below the 3 series.
'You in the press keep calling it the 2 series,' Panke said. 'But in the BMW scheme of things, a high-volume model should be an odd number, so I hope the 2 series name does not stick.'