BMW Manufacturing Remains Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter.

Spartanburg, SC - 02/15/2017

BMW Manufacturing announced today that it exported a record 287,700 BMW X models from the Spartanburg plant during 2016.  Approximately 86 percent of these Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes were exported through the Port of Charleston with an export value of $9.53 Billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.  This confirms that the South Carolina factory is the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.

The other 14 percent of BMW X models were exported through five southeastern ports:  Savannah, GA; Brunswick, GA; Jacksonville, FL; Miami, FL; and Everglades, FL.  All totaled, the Spartanburg plant exported 70 percent of its total production volume of 411,171 units.

“We had a record-breaking production and export year in 2016, and these new export figures reinforce BMW’s commitment to South Carolina and the United States,” said Knudt Flor, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing.  “Our vehicles are in high demand.  Customers from 140 countries around the world are eagerly awaiting our vehicles.  We build our product with precision and pride every day.”

“There’s no overstating the value BMW has brought to South Carolina since opening its doors in Spartanburg County over twenty years ago,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “The fact that the same facility that represented such a commitment to our state is now the leading automotive exporter in the country is something that all South Carolinians should be proud of.”

“In 1994, the first South Carolina-produced BMW rolled off the assembly line at the Spartanburg facility, forever transforming the economy of our state,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Since that time, BMW’s continued success and commitment to South Carolina have shown the world that we are a state with a strong business environment and skilled workforce that are unmatched.”

“SC Ports Authority has a strong history with BMW Manufacturing, and we are proud to serve the nation’s leading automotive exporter through both our Charleston and Greer facilities,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. “We congratulate BMW on their record-breaking production and look forward to supporting their continued future growth.”

Construction is continuing around the BMW site as the plant prepares to add a fifth model to the vehicle line-up:  the all-new BMW X7.  The second phase of a new state-of-the-art body shop continues with the installation of robots and special tooling in the 1.2 million square foot facility.  An additional 200,000 square feet is being added to the X5/X6 Assembly Hall – where the BMW X7 will also be built.

BMW began manufacturing vehicles in the United States in 1994 and has since produced more than 3.7 million vehicles for the world.  In 2016, BMW Manufacturing produced a record 411,171 vehicles, confirming the Spartanburg plant as the largest by volume in the BMW Group global production network.  Through December 31, 2016, the BMW Group has invested more than $7.8 billion in the facility.


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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 Coupes.  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

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; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based 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 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 152 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 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.

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Production Figures

  • 2018 Production - October
    • X3 Vehicles: 13,151
    • X4 Vehicles: 5,385
    • X5 Vehicles: 10,965
    • X6 Vehicles: 2,797
  • Number of jobs – 10,000
  • U.S. suppliers – 300
  • South Carolina suppliers– Over 40

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P. O. Box 11000
Spartanburg, SC 29304


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