Production Milestone: BMW Manufacturing Produces Its 4 Millionth Vehicle.
It all began on September 8, 1994, when Associate Ryan Childers drove the first BMW – a 318i – off the Assembly line. Twenty-three years to the day, BMW Manufacturing has produced its four millionth vehicle, a new BMW X3. The milestone vehicle is a Phytonic Blue Metallic BMW X3 xDrive M40i equipped with Vernasca Cognac leather interior. This special Sports Activity Vehicle will be shipped to a dealer in Vienna, Austria.
“This achievement reflects the commitment and dedication of every Associate to produce premium quality vehicles,” said Knudt Flor, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “Customers around the world love our products, and our X models are an important part of the company’s success.”
As BMW Plant Spartanburg has expanded, the rate of producing one million vehicles has increased over the past 23 years of production.
- 1 Millionth BMW – February 28, 2006 – Z4 M Roadster
- 1.5 Millionth BMW – September 8, 2009 – BMW X6 xDrive35i
- 2 Millionth BMW – January 12, 2012 – BMW X3 xDrive35i
- 2.5 Millionth BMW – September 17, 2013 – BMW X5 xDrive50i
- 3 Millionth BMW – March 24, 2015 – BMW X5 M
- 3.5 Millionth BMW – May 18, 2016 – BMW X4 xDrive20i
- 4 Millionth BMW – September 8, 2017 – BMW X3 xDrive M40i
In June, the BMW Group announced it will invest an additional $600 million in the Spartanburg plant from 2018 through 2021 for manufacturing infrastructure for future generations of X models. An additional 1,000 jobs will also be added through 2021.
BMW Manufacturing currently produces 1,400 vehicles each day, exporting 70 percent of these models to 140 global markets. The model portfolio includes the BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes (and their variants). Last year, the Spartanburg plant produced 411,171 vehicles, making it the largest BMW plant in the world by volume. The Plant has a production capacity of 450,000 vehicles and employs more than 9,000.
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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 www.bmwusfactory.com.
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 BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC Press Information
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 344 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 127 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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