BMW hopes to increase the number of cars it builds in the United States to more than 200 000 annually by 2010, chief executive Norbert Reithofer said last week.
Speaking to analysts at BMW's headquarters in Munich, Reithofer said the aim was to reduce the company's exposure to the weaker dollar, a paramount move given that the US remains BMW's top single market.
"We also have to buy more goods (in North America) to improve our natural hedging," Reithofer said.
BMW's annual production capacity at its US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is currently around 140 000 vehicles. BMW's new X6 model will be produced in Spartanburg from 2008
onward as part of the company's effort to increase capacity in the United States.
It is expected that the new X6 crossover will make its appearance in concept guise at next year's Detroit Motor Show. Sales will kick off at the end of 2008.
Based on the second-generation X5's four-wheel-drive underpinnings, the new car is planned to receive its own unique four-door body, with a heavily sloping roof giving it an even sportier appearance.