MEXICO'S German auto history began with small, cheap cars. Now it's becoming a place where top-of-the-line German brands roll out of billion-dollar factories.
By decade's end, Mexico will claim fourth place worldwide for German luxury car output after the carmakers' home country, China and the US, according to estimates compiled for Bloomberg by IHS Automotive consultant Guido Vildozo, surpassing Belgium, Spain and Brazil.
In choosing Mexico for a plant site this year, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG validated the nation's emergence as an auto-assembly powerhouse from its roots making Volkswagen AG's iconic Beetle. BMW, the biggest premium-vehicle producer, completes the trio of German marques,...