With the announcement of the new BMW X3 M and X4 M, the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina will manufacture nine SUVs. Production of the new crossovers begins in April 2019 while market launch is scheduled for July.
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In 2018, BMW X models represented more than 52 percent of BMW sales in the U.S. Plant Spartanburg produces X3, X4, X5, X5 M X6, X6 M and X7 models for the U.S. market and the world.
Nearly 70 percent of BMW X models produced at Plant Spartanburg are exported to more than 120 markets worldwide. To date, BMW Group has invested almost $10 billion in the plant, which has undergone five major expansions and now has a production capacity of up to 450,000 vehicles annually, making it the largest BMW Plant in the world. Plant Spartanburg will celebrate 25 years of production later this year.
BMW’s U.S. sales climbed 1.7 percent in 2018.
“The addition of these two all-new models plus the first-ever BMW X7, which began production last December, is a testament to the performance, passion and pride of the more than 11,000 people working at Plant Spartanburg and serves to further underscore BMW’s commitment in the U.S.,” said Knudt Flor, President & CEO, BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC. “Since the BMW X5 was first introduced, creating the premium SAV segment in 1999, Plant Spartanburg has been BMW’s global center of competence for X models and continues to be so today.”
Next year, BMW will launch two additional models – the X5 M and X6 M – further increasing the production at the Spartanburg plant.