Loading indicator
News & Reviews
Last 7 Days


by James Ward

This week, German manufacturer BMW celebrated a production milestone – three million vehicles produced… in the USA.

The BMW Assembly Plant in Spartanburg South Carolina was opened in 1994 and now produces approximately 300,000 vehicles a year.

In 2014, over 250,000 of these were destined for other markets, and with a value of almost $12-billion (US$9.2-billion), this makes BMW the largest (by value) vehicle exporter in the United States.

bmw-usa-built-3million-1

Spartanburg currently produces BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 cars – 7,756 of which arrived on Australian shores in 2014 – but other models have previously rolled off the line.

When the plant opened in 1994, the first car completed was a white E36 318i sedan. BMW also produced the Z3 and first generation Z4 sports cars in South Carolina.

bmw-usa-built-3million-6

The three-millionth North-American produced BMW was a Donnington Grey X5 M.

For interest, the one-millionth was an Interlagos Blue Z4 M and car two-million a Vermillion Red X3.

bmw-usa-built-3million-2

Last year, over 58,000 new USA-built cars were sold in Australia.




SHARE THIS ARTICLE