BMW AG is considering widening the types of cars it makes in the U.S., a senior executive told a German daily newspaper.
A possible option is for BMW to build the 3- and 5-series models in the United States, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said, quoting sales and marketing board member Ian Robertson.
There are no concrete plans right now on the matter but "I would not rule it out altogether," Robertson told the paper in an interview published Wednesday.
BMW currently makes the X3, X5 and X6 models in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where its sole U.S. manufacturing facility is located.
The carmaker has a 2.3 percent U.S. market share and last year sold 266,000 cars in the U.S., up from the 2009 level of 242,000.
U.S. to pass Germany as largest market
BMW says U.S. sales will likely surpass the company's volume in Germany for the first time in 2011.
Last year, the U.S. fell just 252 vehicles short of overtaking Germany as the company's single largest market, said Jim O'Donnell, CEO of BMW of North America, said at the Detroit auto show on Monday. The figures include the Mini brand.
O'Donnell says U.S. sales will pass Germany because the U.S. economy is on the mend and because dealers will have a full year with the redesigned X3 SUV.
"The X3 has been a huge boost for us," O'Donnell added.
Meanwhile, BMW's Spartanburg factory will produce at full capacity of 240,000 units in 2011, said Josef Kerscher, president of the company's U.S. production arm in Detroit. The newly expanded plant boosted capacity by 50 percent last year as it added production of the new X3.
Reuters and David Barkholz contributed to this story