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 production of 100,000 in less than one year from start of production last October.

“Reaching this milestone in less than a year is an indicator of how popular the X5 is with customers,” said Robert M. Hitt, Public Affairs Department Manager with BMW Manufacturing Co. “With the original X5, it took almost two years to reach the 100,000th milestone and due to customer demand, the factory continued producing the original X5 until a week before the next generation vehicle began production. That is popularity.”

The X5 is produced exclusively at BMW Manufacturing for distribution to more than 120 worldwide markets.

BMW Manufacturing, a subsidiary of the BMW Group based in Munich, Germany, is the exclusive manufacturer of the Z4 and M Roadster, Z4 and M Coupe in addition to the X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. Its website address is In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW’s North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America, and a design firm in California.

Production Figures

  • 2018 Production - September
    • X3 Vehicles: 11,521
    • X4 Vehicles: 4,331
    • X5 Vehicles: 6,658
    • X6 Vehicles: 2,700
  • Number of jobs – 10,000
  • U.S. suppliers – 300
  • South Carolina suppliers– Over 40

Media Contacts

Sky Foster

BMW Manufacturing Co.
P. O. Box 11000
Spartanburg, SC 29304


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