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      09-04-2021, 03:26 AM   #1
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G42 2 Series Start of Production! First unit comes off the line at San Luis Potosi

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Born in Mexico! The first unit of the BMW 2 Series Coupé is produced in San Luis Potosi

+++ New 2 Series Coupé will be produced exclusively in Mexico for the global market. +++ Additional investment of USD$125 million dollars at San Luis Potosí Plant. +++

San Luis Potosi, Mexico- The BMW Group Plant in San Luis Potosi started the production of the new BMW 2 Series Coupé. The new high-powered sports compact is the brand's first launch fully executed and put into operation in Mexico.

The San Luis Potosi Plant is the newest within the company's global production network. From its design and construction, the Plant was designed to easily adapt to produce different models. In just two years since the Plant began production, it has enhanced operations to include the manufacture of Plug-In Hybrid Electric vehicle and to expand distribution to cover the globe. With an additional investment of $125 million dollars, the facilities were improved to incorporate this second vehicle into its production line.

Harald Gottsche, President and CEO of BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi commented: “Two years after starting operations, our Plant integrates a new model to its production line. This has been possible thanks to the great talent of the team in San Luis Potosi. We are proud to be able to exclusively assemble this vehicle in Mexico for the worldwide market. With the new 2 Series Coupé we will show the enormous capacity existing in this country. I am convinced that this will be the first of many other successful launches”.

Milan Nedeljkovic, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for production, said: “The BMW Group Plant in San Luis Potosi builds on the experience and best practices of the Global Production Network. As the latest addition to the network, it benefits from the latest innovative and highly efficient technologies, which have also contributed to it becoming one of the company's most sustainable production sites. Thanks to its flexible production system and its highly qualified team, we can take Premium vehicles from Mexico to the whole world”.

Born in Mexico for the global market

The new BMW 2 Series Coupé is a vehicle focused on dynamic excellence. Its athletic and sophisticated line was conceived by Jose Casas, a Mexican who is today a senior exterior designer for the BMW Group in Munich.

Once the design stage was completed, the BMW Group Development division in Germany jointly collaborated with Production Planning in San Luis Potosi to prepare the new model for the launch in Mexico.

The Purchasing division also played a fundamental role from the beginning of the project in the selection, development and industrialization of local, regional, and global suppliers.

Direct investment and adaptations to the plant

Part of the additional investment was allocated to the expansion of the existing facilities and the acquisition of additional equipment necessary to assemble the new model. This included the installation of a total of 82 new robots in the Body Shop, while the existing robots required new programming to be able to handle parts with different geometries, and to weld, rivet and bolt them together to combine an intelligent mix of materials (steel, high strength steel and aluminum) resulting in a light, yet highly rigid body that delivers the safety, driving dynamics and efficiency that the brand's customers expect.

Together with the Materials Analysis team, the Paint Shop was involved in the launch of two new specific colors for the BMW 2 Series Coupé; Brooklyn Gray and Thundernight Metallic. The latter is a new BMW Group color, exclusively for the Plant in San Luis Potosi.

Finally, a part of the investment was used to train personnel of the assembly area to work with a shorter body, with only two doors, which requires another approach to those already existing in the production line.

The company has announced that the commercialization of this model is scheduled for later this year in North America and early 2022 in Europe.


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I'm truly happy for BMW Mexico to see the launch of a new vehicle.

But I think the design of the new 2 series is just plain dull and boring. As has been noted in other threads, it's just a bland design, and to my eyes just looks cheap on the exterior.
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Including the M240i?
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Including the M240i?
All of them.
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Wow, BMW nailed this one. It looks more and more amazing every time I see new photos.

The G42 is a massive improvement over the F22 in exterior and interior design.
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Including the M240i?
Including the M2.
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Including the M240i?
Including the M2.
Is this confirmed? I remember that all the M cars are build in an specific plant at Germany
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It's always better to see it in person first.

With g80 m3 I thought in person it is much better then in pics.

Awesome color!

Hopefully quality will be up to par, not like South African cars
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Including the M240i?
Including the M2.
Is this confirmed? I remember that all the M cars are build in an specific plant at Germany
He was talking about looks

As far as I know, you are right all M cars should be German made
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Is this confirmed? I remember that all the M cars are build in an specific plant at Germany
X3 X5 X6 Ms are made in the USA.

I could see the next M2 CSL come from germany but this is speculation
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Including the M240i?
Including the M2.
Is this confirmed? I remember that all the M cars are build in an specific plant at Germany
No they aren't. The XM's are built in South Carolina.
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Wow, BMW nailed this one. It looks more and more amazing every time I see new photos.

The G42 is a massive improvement over the F22 in exterior and interior design.
Absolutely. I think they realized what a gem they have in the 2 series and really went all in on this new one.
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I didn't love at first.. but starting to like more & more. Looks like my 2018 on steroids plus a more modern look & thankfully no ugly front grille. Best thing though is pricing on base model w/similar options like M Sports & Premium, Drivers Assist & Apple Carplay is almost same as my 2018 230i which stickered ~ $45.5k.

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But it built in Mexico…

I'm not a buyer but I'll lease it for sure

My dad scooped up a 92 Toyota Camry before the switch from Japan to Ohio USA, he thought quality would be lacking

Toyota has continued making great quality vehicles no matter where geographically the plant is, I'm sure BMW will do the same

That being said, I'm glad I got mine from Germany

I'm leasing from now on, what do I care about reliability within 3 years or 45k miles?!?

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I'm was skeptical of it being built in Mexico, but like 90+% of assembly is done by robots. Plus the facility is the newest and most state of the art.

There are a couple threads about 3 series built in Mexico (with 3MW VINs) and the owners have had no real issue with build quality so far.
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I'm truly happy for BMW Mexico to see the launch of a new vehicle.

But I think the design of the new 2 series is just plain dull and boring. As has been noted in other threads, it's just a bland design, and to my eyes just looks cheap on the exterior.
Looks better than the outgoing model.
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Aren't all drivetrains (Engine/Transmission) are assembled in Germany/Austria?
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I have nothing against a vehicle being built outside of Germany, but I can't possibly fathom the delivery experience being anything close to picking up an ///M car directly at The Welt.
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All G42 models will be be produced exclusively in Mexico, regardless of its destined market. Same goes for the upcoming G87 M2.

Prepare for the butthurt...
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Looks kinda cheap
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Retrofit some better looking headlights and this would be hell of a car
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