Celebrating 20 Years in South Carolina

In 1992, BMW announced plans to build its first North American manufacturing facility in South Carolina. Construction began in April 1993. In September 1994, the first BMW produced in North America, a 318i, rolled off the Assembly line at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg, S.C. In March 1995, the first 318i assembled in the U.S. was shipped. This 23-month span from groundbreaking to the first shipment is considered one of the fastest automotive start-ups in history.

This was the culmination of years of planning to bring production of the Ultimate Driving Machine to the United States.

From production of the original BMW Z3 and Z4 to becoming BMW’s centre of competence for X models (X3, X4, X5 and X6), BMW has produced nearly 3 million vehicles and has invested well over $6 billion in South Carolina. BMW has been, and continues to be, the ultimate community partner and a driving economic force in South Carolina.

20 Years of Driving Performance.

For the past 20 years, thousands have converged upon Spartanburg, South Carolina to build the Ultimate Driving Machine. From South Carolina to the world, this world-class manufacturing facility continues to produce quality vehicles that showcase the latest in innovation, technology, efficiency and sustainability.