Kia and BMW are among car manufacturers making automotive news these days. First up, we’ll examine Kia’s thoughts on possibly selling diesel powered automobiles here in the United States. After that, we’ll take a closer look at BMW’s billion-dollar plant in Mexico that is scheduled to begin production in 2019.
Kia Making Automotive News
According to AutoGuide, a well-respected publication whose headquarters are based in Canada, Kia is mulling the idea of bringing diesel passenger cars to America. Kia Motors America Vice President for Product Planning Orth Hedrick says that if it happens at all, it won’t be for three to four years.
Why so long? Mostly because the emissions standard differences between the United States and Europe – and Hedrick says that making the necessary changes to obtain approval in our country can be an expensive proposition. However, the European Union is said to be working on some new standards for 2016-2017, which would have them in line much closer to United States standards that they currently sit. If and when a decision is reached, we’ll let you know.
BMW Making Automotive News
Much like Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have done (and Volkswagen has done since the 1960s), BMW is making automotive news by investing a great deal of money in a new Mexican plant. This announcement comes despite the US State Department advising against all but essential travel to the San Luis Potosi area, where the plant will be located.
This will be BMW’s second vehicle production facility in North America; the other is located in Spartanburg, SC. BMW is not ignoring the South Carolina facility, either … they are investing $1 billion there in an effort to raise their production capabilities by a full 50%. It looks like this is a necessary, proactive move with the news that BMW’s sales are up 12% in the United States for the first half of 2014 when compare to the same time period last year.