Production of the Third-Generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle Begins at BMW Manufacturing Co.

Spartanburg, SC - 08/01/2013

Spartanburg, S.C. – August 1, 2013…Production of the third-generation BMW X5 officially began today with the manufacture of dealer vehicles designed to generate excitement and sales in their region. The first, new BMW X5 is a Mineral White M50d (six-cylinder inline diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology). It features Exclusive Nappa Mocha leather interior and will be exported to a dealer in Eastern Europe.

BMW Charity Pro-Am to Benefit from World Record Drift Event

Greenville, SC - 04/10/2013

On Saturday, May 11, Johan Schwartz, one of the BMW Performance Center’s driving instructors, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for drifting in a BMW M5 sedan. Fans are invited to attend the event, which will benefit the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation.

BMW Manufacturing Reports Record Production Volume

Spartanburg, SC - 01/10/2013

BMW Manufacturing achieved another record production year. Annual production of 301,519 vehicles marks 2012 as the highest production volume in the South Carolina plant’s 19-year history. This represents a 9% increase over the production volume for 2011 (276,065). Since 2010, the plant’s production output has increased by 90% (159,284).

BMW President Addresses Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 02/28/2011

In a speech at the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing announced an additional $100 million investment in the company’s Spartanburg-based factory as well as a new X3 program to further streamline the company’s export operation. “This new investment in our BMW Spartanburg facility will increase our efficiency, make […]

BMW Group Commitment in America Continues; Growth of premium segment expected; Production confirmed to increase by 50% to 240,000 units; Company has invested $US one billion between 2008 and 2010; New BMW X3 sets new U.S. benchmark for built-to-order manufacturing

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 10/20/2010

In a program to celebrate the opening of the new 1.2 million square feet BMW manufacturing facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, BMW Group Chairman Dr.-Ing. Norbert Reithofer announced the plant expansion completes the company’s one billion US dollar investment in the U.S. market between 2008 and 2010. “The U.S. will remain the world’s largest premium […]

BMW Manufacturing announces production of the New BMW X3

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 09/01/2010

BMW Manufacturing announced today that production of the new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle got underway at the South Carolina plant. In early 2008, BMW Group announced that it would invest $750 million in the South Carolina plant, its largest investment in South Carolina to date. This commitment paved the way for construction of a […]

The All-New BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle®

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - 07/14/2010

In 2004 BMW introduced a new concept to the market: the small, premium Sports Activity Vehicle with all-road capability and unparalleled driving dynamics. This first generation BMW X3 became a best seller in the BMW line…both in the United States and in Europe. Through its lifecycle, over 600,000 original X3s have been sold worldwide with […]

BMW Manufacturing Reaches Another Milestone

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 06/08/2010

Celebrates Production of 1 Million BMW X5’s BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina recorded another milestone in their 15 year history as the 1 millionth BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle® rolled off the production line today at BMW Manufacturing Co. The Black Sapphire X5 xDrive 35i with Cinnamon Brown Nevada Leather interior is bound for […]

BMW Manufacturing Launches New X5 New Model includes 4,000 new parts

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 04/23/2010

More dynamic, efficient, and luxurious than ever, the new BMW X5 continues to strengthen its leading position within the four-wheel drive, premium vehicle segment. The new BMW X5 has a fresh new look and features new engines, drive trains, and thousands of new parts. The associates at BMW Manufacturing have been planning the launch of […]

BMW Manufacturing Announces New Milestone: Exports over One Million Vehicles in first 15 years of South Carolina Plant

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 04/07/2010

Since announcing its arrival in South Carolina in 1992, BMW Manufacturing announced today that it has surpassed the export of over one million vehicles, 85% of which have gone through the Port of Charleston. Currently, over 70% of the vehicles produced in Spartanburg are exported to over 120 worldwide markets. In 2009, BMW commemorated its […]

The New BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 02/06/2010

2011 X5 models deliver more substance and presence than ever before.This spring, BMW will write the latest chapter in the story of the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle®, the BMW X5. Originally launched for the 2000 model year in late 1999, the BMW X5 permanently changed the automotive landscape. It proved that the driving dynamics, […]

Upstate SC Hosts BMW X6 International Press Launch

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 04/28/2008

More than 500 International writers, reporters and television teams are visiting the Upstate from all over the world. Journalists from Russia, China, Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland and many more countries are among the very first to drive the all-new BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe. As the Upstate of South Carolina is home to the exclusive […]

The First-Ever BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - 04/05/2008

BMW has once again introduced a ground-breaking idea to the world and the creation of a new segment with the debut of its all-new X6 Sports Activity Coupe. BMW has once again introduced a ground-breaking idea to the world and the creation of a new segment with the debut of its all-new X6 Sports Activity […]

BMW X5 xDrive35d AND BMW 335d TO MAKE US DEBUT

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - 01/02/2008

BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance Entering a new era in the company’s mission to deliver ultimate driving machines that combine superior performance with exemplary fuel economy, the BMW Group will debut two vehicle models equipped with the BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit – the […]

BMW Manufacturing Ships 100,000th Next Generation X5

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 09/20/2007

BMW Manufacturing Co. today shipped its 100,000th next generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle to a customer, less than one year after the first updated X5 was manufactured at the Upstate South Carolina factory. The 100,000th X5 is going to a customer in Bellevue, Washington. This X5 represents a dual milestone for Plant Spartanburg having achieved […]

BMW Manufacturing Co. Tours to Cease as New Product Production Begins

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 05/07/2007

BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today that it will halt tours of its Spartanburg facility beginning June 1 as the plant prepares for new product production. “This is standard operating procedure and is the same action we took when we began working on the Z4 Roadster and the X5 Sports Activity Vehicle,” said Robert Hitt, Department […]

BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle Takes Top Honors

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/22/2007

BMW’s X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, built exclusively at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Upstate S.C. for the world, took top honors in the Off-road and SUV category given by Auto Bild magazine. The award was presented last night at the Geneva Auto Show. Auto Bild is one of the world’s premiere automotive publications and named vehicles […]

Production of the Next-Generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle Begins at BMW Manufacturing Co.

GREER, S.C. - 09/28/2006

The first next-generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle was produced at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Upstate South Carolina on Wednesday. The 4.8-liter (eight-cylinder) Titanium Silver X5 comes with Nevada Black leather interior with Walnut Burr wood trim. The new X5s will be held at the factory until there are enough so that each dealer in the […]

Making Way for the New X5

GREER, S.C. - 09/22/2006

The Last of the First Generation X5 Manufactured The last of the first-generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle was produced today at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Upstate South Carolina, making way for production of the next generation X5. The Toledo Blue 3.0is X5 sports a truffle brown leather interior with a dark grain poplar wood trim. […]

THE NEW BMW X5

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - 08/08/2006

Perfect Blend of Driving Dynamics, Functionality and Exclusivity Its predecessor paved the way for a brand-new type of vehicle. Now the new BMW X5 raises the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) driving experience to an even higher standard. Powerful eight and six-cylinder engines, unique suspension, enhanced BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, as well as a weight-optimized bodyshell […]

Production of Z4 Coupe Begins at BMW Manufacturing Co.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 04/04/2006

Production of the BMW Z4 Coupe and M Series Z4 Coupe began today at BMW Manufacturing Co. The Z4 and M Coupes will be available in dealerships in early summer. As with the Z4 Roadster and X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, all Z4 and M Coupes will be built exclusively at BMW Manufacturing, the company’s only […]

BMW Manufacturing Produces One Millionth Vehicle

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/03/2006

BMW Manufacturing Co., has manufactured its one millionth car, 12 years after the first car rolled off the production line. The millionth vehicle, which came off the line on February 28, 2006, is a Z4 M Roadster in Interlagos Blue with a Champagne Leather individual interior, custom Ash-Walnut wood trim, 18-inch alloy wheels and an […]

BMW Manufacturing Co. Celebrates 10 Years of Roadster Production

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 02/14/2006

BMW Manufacturing Co. celebrates the 10th anniversary of the rebirth of its classic roadster this year. BMW was the first automaker to reintroduce a luxury roadster to the public with the Z3 Roadster in 1996, sparking the rebirth of sporty two-seaters. Built at BMW Manufacturing Co. in Upstate South Carolina, the Z3 was the first […]

M Roadster Makes World Debut

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 01/09/2006

The BMW M Roadster is now part of the BMW stable. The motorsports version of the highly successful Z4 Roadster has been much anticipated by BMW enthusiasts. It is based on the newly updated BMW Z4 Roadster, which received a number of enhancements for 2006, not the least of which are the latest Valvetronic, magnesium/aluminum […]

S.C. Celebrates One Millionth BMW through Port of Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. - 10/21/2005

South Carolina today celebrated the one millionth BMW shipped through the Port of Charleston, demonstrating the strength of a relationship that began in 1992 when the automaker broke ground in the state on its first U.S. production facility. The millionth BMW was a right-hand drive, Titanium Silver X5 Sports Activity Vehicle destined for Great Britain. […]

BMW Produces 500,000th X5 Sports Activity Vehicle

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 06/09/2005

BMW Manufacturing Co. produced its 500,000th X5 Sports Activity Vehicle today, just five and a half years after its market introduction. The milestone vehicle is an X5 3.0d, equipped with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine and outfitted with the BMW Individual Maritime package, consisting of Midnight Blue exterior paint, Walknappa Champagne leather, Mahogany Maritime […]

BMW Zentrum Hours Change to Offer More Factory Tours

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/30/2005

The BMW Zentrum will change its days of operation effective April 2. The Zentrum will now be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., rather than Tuesday through Saturday. This change allows the Zentrum to be more available to its visitors by offering an additional day of guided factory […]

100,000th Z4 rolls off the line

Spartanburg, SC - 11/10/2004

As BMW Manufacturing Co. nears the 10th anniversary of its grand opening, the plant celebrates another milestone as the 100,000th Z4 roadster rolls off the line just two years after production began on the vehicle. The Phoenix Yellow Z4 was completed on November 8, 2004, and will be on display in the plant before being […]

BMW Increases Shipping through Port of Charleston

Charleston, SC - 11/09/2004

Based on a new service agreement between the Port of Charleston and BMW Manufacturing Co., shipping of BMWs through the port will increase, officials for BMW and the S.C. State Ports Authority announced today. “BMW has been a tremendous force for economic development across South Carolina,” said Bernard S. Groseclose Jr., president and CEO of […]

Production of BMW X5 4.8is High Performance Model Underway

Greer, S.C. - 04/16/2004

Production of BMW Manufacturing’s newest X5 4.8is high performance Sports Activity Vehicle has begun. The new vehicles will go on sale at dealerships later this month. The X5 4.8is is the new top-of-the-line model in the BMW X5 Series. The model combines sporting and dynamic design elements (double-axle self-leveling; newly-designed front and rear air dam; […]

Production of the new BMW X5 begins tomorrow

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 09/25/2003

At 6 a.m. tomorrow, associates at BMW Manufacturing Corp. will begin building the new X5 sports activity vehicle that will have more than 2,100 new parts, three new engines and four new colors. Teams at BMW Manufacturing and the almost 500 companies in the worldwide supplier network, including the 39 suppliers in South Carolina, have […]

2003 BMW Roadster Homecoming

GREER, S.C. - 08/25/2003

What: 2003 BMW Roadster Homecoming When: Thursday, August 28 – Sunday, August 31, 2003 Where: BMW Manufacturing Corp. Grounds Who: BMW Z3 and Z4 roadster owners and enthusiasts Contact: Bunny Richardson (864) 989-5523 bunny.richardson@bmwmc.com Info.: www.bmwroadsterhomecoming.com

BMW Announces The Winner Of The First Z4 Roadster

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. - 10/22/2002

A loyal BMW owner today got the thrill of a lifetime when he became the first person in the world to own the hottest new addition to the BMW line – the Z4 roadster. The winner, Joe Marchese, was selected randomly from over 100,000 entries from BMW owners in a brand-loyalty giveaway contest entitled “Owner’s […]

Last Z3 Roadster rolls off line at BMW Manufacturing

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 06/28/2002

The last Z3 roadster was produced today at BMW Manufacturing Corp., marking the first model changeover for the 10-year-old factory. The 6-cylinder engine Sepia Metallic roadster with Arizona Sun leather interior rolled off the production line at 12:34 p.m., June 28, 2002. The roadster will remain at the plant as a display in the Zentrum […]

S.C Teacher of Year to Tour in BMW Z3 Roadster

COLUMBIA, S.C. - 05/11/2002

Christi Wiggins McCollum, who has been named 2002-2003 South Carolina Teacher of the Year, will travel the state in a dark green BMW roadster during her year-long sabbatical from the classroom to represent the state’s 50,000 teachers. McCollum teaches fifth grade at Bookman Road Elementary School in Richland School District Two. In addition to the […]

Disaster Relief Fund Reaches $30,000; BMW Group Pledges 10 X5 Sports Activity Vehicles

GREER, S.C. - 09/20/2001

The disaster relief fund established by associates at BMW Manufacturing Corp. – along with the company’s match – has reached $30,000, while the Red Cross Motorcycle Rally, held at the Zentrum this past weekend, raised almost $100,000 for local Red Cross chapters and the American Red Disaster Relief Fund. The associate fundraising drive will continue […]

100,000th BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle Rolls Off the Line at BMW Manufacturing Corp.

GREER, S.C. - 08/23/2001

BMW Manufacturing Corp. has produced its 100,000th X5 sports activity vehicle. The Siena Red X5, with Beige Montana leather and wood trim, rolled off the Spartanburg-S.C. line at 3 p.m., EDT, today. It will be shipped to a BMW dealership in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The milestone X5 was unveiled to associates at the South Carolina […]

BMW Manufacturing produces 250,000th Z3 roadster

GREER, S.C. - 02/12/2001

BMW Manufacturing Corp. has produced the 250,000th Z3 roadster. It is Jet Black with a red top and Mugello Red seats with black inserts. The console is trimmed with red birchwood and the roll bars are black leather in front and red leather in back held together with red stitching. The milestone roadster was unveiled […]

BMW X-5 receives “best pick” rating from insurance institute for highway safety; test to appear on NBC’s “Dateline”

GREER, S.C. - 11/14/2000

The BMW X5 has been rated a “Best Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, outperforming all other SUVs tested. The X5 not only rated higher than other SUVs, it earned a higher rating than all other vehicles previously tested by the Institute. Results from the Institute’s 40 mph offset crash test will be […]

High Performance X5 debuts at Detroit

GREER, S.C. - 01/08/2000

Three BMWs debuting today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit will be built at BMW Manufacturing Corp., the company’s only factory in the United States. The high-performance X5, which was introduced at a morning press conference in Detroit, will be the third member of BMW’s family of X5 sports activity vehicles, joining […]

S.C. Teacher of the Year to drive a BMW Z3 roadster

GREER, S.C. - 10/08/1999

BMW Manufacturing Corp. has honored the S.C. Teacher of the Year by presenting Mary Hamilton Lostetter, the 1999-2000 recipient, with a Z3 roadster for her use during her tenure. And BMW will contribute $25,000 to the South Carolina Teacher Recruitment Center to help state teachers apply for the National Board Certification Program. The roadster was […]

First customer X5 Sports Activity Vehicle rolls off the line

GREER, S.C. - 09/02/1999

The first BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle yesterday rolled off the manufacturing line at BMW Manufacturing Corp. It was a 4.4-liter, eight-cylinder X5 with Pearl Beige exterior and Pastel Green interior. It has been a 35-month journey from concept to production, marking the fastest vehicle start-up in BMW history. A $600 million expansion of the […]

Z3 roadster: entering the next millennium with fresh momentum

GREER, S.C. - 03/30/1999

Since the first BMW Z3 roadsters were delivered to their owners in May 1996, more than 170,000 of these small sports cars, which soon became the market leader in its segment, are to be admired on roads the world over. Beginning in April 1999, all models with the exception of the M roadster will receive […]

BMW X5: the world’s first “Sports Activity Vehicle”

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 12/09/1998

The X5, which will be built in BMW’s U.S. factory in South Carolina, will make its world debut at the 1999 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The auto show will be held January 9 through 17. Market introduction is scheduled from the end of 1999. With the introduction of the X5, BMW is […]

Production Figures

  • June 2015
    • X3 Vehicles: 11,679
    • X4 Vehicles: 4,756
    • X5 Vehicles: 13, 392
    • X6 Vehicles: 3,623
  • Number of jobs – 8,000
  • North American suppliers – 270
  • South Carolina suppliers – 40

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MANAGER, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

BMW Manufacturing Co.
P. O. Box 11000
Spartanburg, SC 29304
864-802-5546
Sky.foster@bmwmc.com 

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