Behind the scenes in a rare factory tour of the BMW Spartanburg

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Bryan Grant – a BMW fan and owner – went to BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina to watch the production process of X vehicles. …

Bryan Grant – a BMW fan and owner – went to BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina to watch the production process of X vehicles. Grant focused on the Assembly Hall where the X3 and X4 SUVs are being built. When BMW first created the Spartanburg facility, it was mainly to develop the “X” line of BMW’s SAV’s (Sports Activity Vehicle). Spartanburg was chosen for its deep sea port and expansive railroad system, to help transport vehicles throughout both the United States and the rest of the world. This facility develops all “X” models for the entire world market, which is over 140 countries. To do so, BMW has state-of-the-art robots and machines to create some of the most advanced vehicles on the road.

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There have been a lot of firsts for this plant and its many employees; first American-Made BMW, first BMW X4 and the first, and only, plant to make the F25 X3 and F15 X5. BMW will expand its presence in Spartanburg, South Carolina, by building a new auto body shop. The 527,000-square-foot facility will contain some of the most advanced technology in the automotive industry, including more than 650 robots.

The new body shop is part of the $1 billion expansion announced by BMW to increase the plant’s output, start production of the X7 and create 800 jobs.

In March 2015, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was driven by Dawn Burgess, Associate #433, hired in 1994.

BMW also has a state-of-the-art driving facility, located at its Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. At this facility, customers can not only pick up their car right from the factory, but can learn how to drive it, along with other BMW vehicles, the way BMW’s are meant to be driven.

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