BMW’s Spartanburg Plant Tops Previous Production Record

BMW Spartanburg produced a record 411,620 X models in 2019.

BMW Manufacturing set a new production record in 2019 with a total of 411,620 X models produced at its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant, continuing its reign as the company’s largest plant by volume in the BMW Group’s global production network. It was the 25th year of production for the plant and its third to produce more than 400,000 vehicles.

The manufacturer produced 115,088 BMW X3 models, 65,557 BMW X4 models, 161,096 BMW X5 models, 17,260 BMW X6 models and 52,619 BMW X7 models.

Since 2017, the plant has launched five BMW X models, four Motorsport X models and two electrified models. In 2019, Spartanburg produced the first-ever BMW X3 M and the X4 M in April, followed by the first-ever BMW X3 plug-in hybrid electric (xDrive30e) in December.

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“The past three years have been among the most challenging in the history of Plant Spartanburg,” said Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “I’m proud of the commitment by our team of dedicated associates to deliver premium quality vehicles for our customers. Our plant’s model portfolio is fresh and popular around the world.”

Last year, 159,277 X models produced in Spartanburg were sold in the United States, 49 percent of all BMW brand U.S. sales. The top two BMWs sold in America were the BMW X3 and the BMW X5.

BMW Spartanburg currently produces more than 1,500 vehicles each day, exporting about 70 percent of these to more than 125 global markets. The plant, which has produced more than 4.8 million vehicles since 1994, employs more than 11,000 people.

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