Originally Posted by hansyes
+1!! Some people are not getting this.. the fact is fact.. everyone knows that primary reason why BMW decides to build cars in SA is because labour is considerably cheaper there.. so paying the same $$ for SA built car does not and should not make any sense at all..
labor may be cheaper, but it doesn't mean the overall car is cheaper for BMW. you have to account any of the import/export taxes, logistics/freight, as well as capital investment in the SA production location. They need to offset the millions invested in building the location, and they surely don't get that money back over 1-2 years.
If you're so worried about having a car built in Germany, pick a car that's is solely built there. There are people who buy cars for this reason only (think "buy american" supporters).