BMW Manufactures its Sixth Millionth Car in the U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 3 October 2022
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The launch of the BMW X4 at Plant Spartanburg

South Carolina isn’t necessarily the first thing people associate with BMW, but the Bavarian automaker’s plant in the Palmetto State is in fact its largest

The Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant, which opened in 1994 on a 1,150-acre (470 ha) site, is BMW’s major production site for all X3, X4, X5, X6, and X7 SUVs, which BMW refers to as SAVs, for Sport Activity Vehicle.

Just 30 years after BMW broke ground in Spartanburg, it announced that it had manufactured its six millionth vehicle there, a BMW Individual Java Green Metallic X6 M powered by a twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 that develops 600 horsepower. which the company will keep in its collection of historic automobiles.

It took BMW just 12 years to build its millionth car there, a Z4 M Roadster, in February  2006, and its two-millionth rolled off the assembly line in January 2012, followed by the three-millionth, an X5 M, in March 2015, and its five-millionth, an X5 M Competition, in June 2020.

When the plant first opened, it built the 318i Sedan and 318iS Coupe, adding the Z3 Coupe and Roaster in 1995 and the 328i Sedan in 1996.

BMW offers factory delivery at Plant Spartanburg and the site is also home to the BMW Performance Center Driving School

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