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 museum and visitors center.

Production of the next generation roadster will begin in the fall.

The first Z3 rolled off the line on September 20, 1995 and during its seven-year model life, 297,087 were built and distributed to more than 130 countries. The Z3s were built exclusively at the Upstate South Carolina factory for worldwide distribution.

BMW Manufacturing Corp. is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany. 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; 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 - April
    • X3 Vehicles: 9,568
    • X4 Vehicles: 5,809
    • X5 Vehicles: 12,863
    • X6 Vehicles: 981
    • X7 Vehicles: 5,322
  • 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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