BMW is expected to announce this week the expansion of its Spartanburg site in South Carolina and the addition of the X7 crossover to its production projects. The site commenced its production operations around 20 years ago, and has grown to become the industry’s biggest producer of vehicles exported from North America, according to BMW.
Chief executive Norbert Reithofer remarked that the flexible, high-volume site is its “center of competence” for crossover production and has played a vital role in BMW’s nine-year rule as the best-selling luxury brand in the world. BMW was expected to detail plans to expand the site’s annual capacity to 400,000 units and build the X7 seven-seat crossover there, a person privy with the matter told Automotive News.
BMW will add about around units of production to build the X7. The X7 would be available primarily in the US while older models X3, X5 and X6, which are also built, in Spartanburg are being sold worldwide.
Another model, the X4 is coming this year. The Spartanburg plant -- BMW’s only production site for the crossovers – is the carmaker’s first and only factory in North America and has built around 2.5 million vehicles since 1994. BMW has already spent around $6.3 billion at the site since 1992.