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BMW begins production of the new BMW X3 at Spartanburg plant

BMW X3 | September 2nd, 2010 by 6
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Press Release: BMW Manufacturing announced today that production of the new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle got underway at the South Carolina plant. In early …

Press Release: BMW Manufacturing announced today that production of the new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle got underway at the South Carolina plant.

In early 2008, BMW Group announced that it would invest $750 million in the South Carolina plant, its largest investment in South Carolina to date. This commitment paved the way for construction of a new Assembly Hall built exclusively to produce the BMW X3 along with a significant expansion to the existing Paint Shop. This 1.5 million square foot addition increases the plant’s total footprint to over 4.0 million square feet.

“The launch of the new X3 will mark a historic moment for this plant. I am confident that the BMW X3 is once again going to make our plant a leader in the Sports Activity segment,” stated Josef Kerscher, President, BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg.

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Within the last 7 years, the first-generation BMW X3 has been an extraordinary success story for the BMW Group. The BMW X3 began production in 2004. After production of over 600,000 units, the last vehicle of the first model generation, a Vermilion red metallic BMW X3 xDrive35d, came off the line in Austria yesterday.

With the model change, production of the X3 was relocated to the South Carolina plant based on existing manufacturing proficiency of the BMW X5 and X6 models. The US plant has become the expertise center for the BMW X Models. The addition of the third model to the plant’s vehicle mix has created several hundred new jobs and increased BMW’s total investment in South Carolina to $4.6 billion since 1992.

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[Source: BMW ]

  • Wooo hoo.

    Hiatorically, how relaible are the US made Bimmers (yuck)?

    I’ve been wanting an X6…. I’m just not sure I can get over the fact that it’s made in North America.

    X3…. another soccermom car…I still believe that Sans the X5/6 BMW needs to get out of the SUV business and stay UP-Market

    I AM american and I’m not sure I’d want ME building a precision driving machine!

  • Joe

    Honestly my friends have an 2005 X3 with 120,000km on its and its been solid as a rock.

  • ed

    i won’t buy a german car not made in germany nor a japanese car not made in japan. Even though I’m American I just don’t trust cars made here (don’t flame me, it’s my personal choice).

  • Wooo hoo.

    Hey, this should support your opinion.

    Chrysler said it has suspended some plant workers caught by a Detroit television station drinking alcohol and smoking what appeared to be marijuana during breaks.

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagotribune.com%2Fnews%2Fchi-ap-mi-chryslerworkers-t%2C0%2C1539808.story&h=54a02

  • http://Google D. Robie

    Re. comments on quality. My son has a BMW 535 made in Germany that required a new engine after 1 1/2 years. Also a good friend in Germany has a Mazda 6. Asked why not a German brand, he said they are mostly junk.

    • anonymous

      Awesome, an anecdote. Many thanks.

      I have a mate who has a Rolex and it had to be sent back for repairs. He sold it later, told me Rolex’s were rubbish and he’d never buy another one.

      Lets keep the stories coming. I’m sure they mean something to someone.

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