2015 Record Production Year: Annual Production Tops 400,000 X-Models.

Spartanburg, SC - 01/11/2016

BMW Manufacturing Announces Record Production Year: Annual Production Tops 400,000 X-Models.

  • South Carolina plant becomes largest plant in BMW network
  • Poised for continued expansion and volume growth in 2016.

BMW Manufacturing recorded its largest annual production in 2015. Exactly 400,904 X-models rolled off the line last year making the South Carolina plant the largest volume producer in the company’s global production network. This achievement represents a 15% increase over the production volume for 2014 (349,949). In 2015, the plant exported 70% (281,256) of the total volume to over 140 countries around the globe.

“2015 was another very successful year for Plant Spartanburg,” said Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO, BMW Manufacturing Co. “We have an outstanding team of dedicated associates that are highly committed to delivering premium quality vehicles for our customers to enjoy.”

2015 production volume by model totaled:

  • X3 (142,613)
  • X4 (55,027)
  • X5 (158,766)
  • X6 (44,498)

In 2016, the company’s U.S. factory will continue its three-year, $1 Billion investment that was announced in 2014. This expansion will further increase the plant’s overall capacity and add a fifth model to their vehicle line-up, the all-new BMW X7. By the end of 2016, the plant’s annual production capacity will increase to 450,000 units.

Construction projects related to the plant’s capacity expansion include:

  • A new state-of-the-art, 527,000 square foot body shop
  • Two new indoor test tracks
  • 200,0000 square foot expansion to X5/X6 assembly hall
  • Warehouse expansion (105,000 square feet)

Earlier this month, BMW of North America reported record sales for the third year in a row with 404,537 vehicles (BMW and MINI combined) sold in 2015. The BMW vehicle models produced in South Carolina contributed significantly to the company’s U.S. sales success, accounting for nearly one-third of all BMW brand U.S. sales. The X5 set a new sales record with 54,997 units sold, nearly 17% more than 2014.

BMW began manufacturing vehicles in the U.S. in 1994 and has produced over 3.3 million vehicles in the last two decades. Presently, BMW Manufacturing produces over 1,400 vehicles each day. BMW Group has invested over $7 Billion in the South Carolina plant.

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany and is the global producer of the BMW X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW Group North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; and a design firm and technology office in California. For more information on BMW Manufacturing, visit www.bmwusfactory.com.

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BMW Group In America BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country.  BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 124 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Production Figures

  • 2017 Production - November
    • X3 Vehicles: 10,607
    • X4 Vehicles: 2,965
    • X5 Vehicles: 15,384
    • X6 Vehicles: 3,580
  • Number of jobs – 9,000
  • U.S. suppliers – 235
  • South Carolina suppliers– 40

Media Contacts

Sky Foster
MANAGER, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

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

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