BMW sales for Q3 rise in 2021

The BMW X3 and X5, made at Plant Spartanburg, are two of BMW’s best-selling models.

The 2022 BMW X3, made at Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina.

BMW of North America has reported third-quarter sales of 75,619 BMW vehicles in the U.S., an 8.7% increase over the same period last year. Year to date, BWM brand sales have totaled 243,613 vehicles, an increase of 35.4% over the first three quarters of 2020.

BMW’s U.S. manufacturing operation at Plant Spartanburg, in Greer, South Carolina, continues to play a pivotal role in the company’s success. The company’s largest global production facility, Plant Spartanburg produces both the BMW X3 and the BMW X5, the two best-selling BMW vehicles in the U.S. The plant also procures the X4, X6 and X7.

“It has been a challenging year, but our dealers have done an incredible job managing through it, and driving success of our business,” said Sebastian Mackensen, president and CEO of BMW of North America. “We anticipate strong consumer demand through the remainder of the year and are managing inventory levels closely to continue our positive sales momentum.”

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The 2022 BMW X3 received several enhancements in exterior design, drivetrain, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems and available equipment and features. The 6-cylinder X3 M40i also gains the benefits of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

The X3 is available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. On its exterior, the X3 includes a redesigned larger kidney grille, headlights, front and rear bumpers, exhaust trim and rear lights. Below the headlights, which are 0.4 inches thinner than before, is the vertical air intakes arranged in a triangular design, framing the new front bumper design. The rear section of the new BMW X3 features redesigned full LED rear lights in a three-dimensional modelled pincer claw contour with integrated horizontal turn signal bars in the center. The emphasis on horizontal lines contributes to a cleaner rear appearance. The exhaust trim is also flush-fitting while also being larger and sportier in look.

The X3 comes with 19-inch alloy Y-spoke ferric grey wheels, but an optional 19-inch jet black bicolor style wheel is also available. The increased surface area of the wheels helps to calm the air flow around the wheels, improving the aerodynamics and reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The BMW X3 is available in nine paint finishes, including two non-metallic finishes, and for the first time in an individual paint finish — Tanzanite Blue II metallic.

On the interior, the X3 has a 10.25-inch central control display with touch function, with an optional 12.3-inch live cockpit professional digital display available. Sports seats, upholstered with SensaTec, have pronounced side bolsters to enhance the sporty look and provide improved lateral support in dynamic driving situations. The SensaTech upholstery has the benefit of being easy to clean. The interior on the X3 is available in black, Canberra beige, Cognac and Tacora red colors.

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