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 the 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder X5s.

The M coupe and M roadster, which are equipped with a new, more powerful engine, will join the M3 coupe, M3 convertible and M5 sport sedan to offer a full range of products from BMW M.

The Z3, coupes and the X5’s are built exclusively at the Upstate South Carolina factory for worldwide distribution.

The X5 HP will be powered by a V8 engine that will produce nearly 350 horsepower. The high-performance X5 4.6is will accelerate from standstill to 62 mph in approximately 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of more than 149 mph. The new engine will not only give the X5 more power but also more fuel efficiency. It will be available in the fall.

A new high-performance 6-cylinder engine has been installed in the M coupe and M roadster. With the new engine, the M coupe and M roadster will accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds and will reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour The new engine also produces greater fuel economy, and emissions reduced to a minimum. The M coupes and M roadsters will be available in the spring.

Other vehicles debuting in Detroit include:

The BMW M3 convertible. This open four-seater sports car will be entering the European and US markets in spring 2001.

MINI COOPER. The COOPER is the first all new product from the MINI brand since its inception in 1959 and represents a total redesign. A higher performance model, the MINI COOPER S, will be unveiled later in 2001. The vehicles will go on sale in the United States in March 2002.

Two concept vehicles: the BMW X coupe and the Z9 convertible.

BMW Manufacturing Corp. is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich. Its website address is www.bmwusfactory.com. 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; an information technology consulting and systems integration firm in South Carolina; a production facility in Mexico; and a design firm in California.

Production Figures

  •  2019 Production - August
    • X3 Vehicles: 11,511
    • X4 Vehicles:6,483
    • X5 Vehicles:  16,909
    • X6 Vehicles: 652
    • X7 Vehicles: 5,493
  • Number of jobs – 11,000
  • 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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