If yesterday it was just a rumor, today the Bmw X4 became official as the Bavarian manufacturer announced that it will expand the X family to include the X4. Bmw plans to invest USD 900 million in the Spartanburg plant by 2014 and to create 300 new jobs by the end of this year. In this way, Bmw will be able to produce 350,000 units in Spartanburg in the mid term.
For those who don’t know, Bmw already invested USD 750 million in the expansion of the plant for production of the new BMW X3 between 2008 and 2010.
Last year, Bmw plant in Spartanburg produced 276,065 vehicles for more than 130 markets around the world, representing an increase of 73% over the previous year. One of the best sellers was the Bmw X3, as the global sales of this model rose 156% in 2011 to reach a total of 117,944 vehicles.
Since it opened in 1994, the BMW plant in Spartanburg has already undergone four expansions and produced six different BMW models (318i, Z3, Z4, X5, X6, X3) and their variants. “This is in response to rising global demand for our BMW X models and the expansion of the BMW X family to include the BMW X4,” Arndt explains at a ceremony to celebrate production of the two-millionth vehicle at the BMW plant in South Carolina since 1994.