BMW released 5 millionth car in the USAJune 12, 2020
The car rolled off the assembly line at a factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, built its five millionth car in June 2020. He reached this milestone 26 years after the start of production and less than three years after overcoming the four million mark.
The milestone was the BMW X5 M Competition, painted in red “Toronto Red” and equipped with a 617-horsepower 4.4-liter V8 engine. BMW will keep this model in the factory and add to its collection of historically significant cars. BMW opened the factory in 1994.
The millionth car, the Z4 M Roadster, was released in February 2006. It took the German company six years to assemble another million cars, and the three millionth car, the X5 M, was built in March 2015. The next “millionaire” was (X3 xDrive M40i) in 2017.
Spartanburg is an important part of the BMW production network. It produces high-yield models such as the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7. Some of them are also manufactured elsewhere, including the X3 and X5, but the current generations of the X6 and X7 are built in South Carolina, regardless of whether they are heading to a customer in Los Angeles, Munich, Moscow or Cape Town. More than half of the cars BMW sells in the United States are built here, but Spartanburg exported nearly 70% of the cars it made between 2010 and 2019. The plant produced 411,620 cars in 2019, and this figure has earned BMW recognition as the largest auto company.
“BMW has long regarded the United States as its second home, and we can proudly say that America has the largest BMW plant in the world,” concluded Bernhard Kunt, President and CEO of the American division of the company.
The factory of the Bavarian brand in Spartanburg is expected to build its six-millionth car before the summer of 2023.
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