BMW, the quintessentially German luxury car maker, actually makes more vehicles in the United States than any other country.
The Bavarian company just marked the 25th anniversary of its US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where it makes X-badged SUV models.
Continuous expansions of the plant with extensive additions have made the plant the largest manufacturing facility in the BMW Group production network.
The BMW Group has invested eight billion dollars in the production location to date and produced around 3.9 million vehicles since going online on 8 September 1994.
Maximum production capacity is 450,000 vehicles per year, a figure that’ll grow when the new X7 seven-seater launches late next year.
According to the US Department of Commerce, the BMW Group is the largest vehicle exporter from the US in terms of monetary value.
In 2016, a full 287,700 BMW vehicles with a total value of more than 10 billion US dollars were exported from Spartanburg.
The site currently has more than 9000 employees, with BMW flagging the creation of a further 1000 jobs by 2021 , thanks to a $600 million investment.
The BMW Group has 235 local suppliers in the US. The US is the company’s second-largest purchasing market, after Germany, and accounts for 5.2 billion euros.
BMW is hardly alone. Arch rival Mercedes-Benz has a plant in Alabama that opened in 1995, which currently has 3700 staff and makes the GLE and GLS crossovers.