In a 15-year period, more than 1 million vehicles have been exported by BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina factory. Several models have rolled off the assembly line of this facility, including the 3-series, Z3, and the Z4 that were produced for two years. But the site is most famous for building the X5 and X6 platform mates.
On a daily basis, an average 600 vehicles roll off its line. As soon as its $750 million expansion is done, Spartanburg will produce the second-generation X3, which will be launched this fall at the Paris Motor Show.
The Spartanburg plant boasts of being the fastest factory startup in automotive history. BMW broke ground in 1992, and 23 months later, the first vehicle was produced at the plant.
BMW revealed that more than 70% of its output is exported to 120 markets worldwide. Last year, the plant celebrated its production of over 1.5 million vehicles since starting operations.
A few weeks ago, the plant was completely retooled in a single weekend to prepare for the 2011 X5. The changeover was accomplished so quickly that production suffered no delays.
The transition was smooth since staff members had readied themselves for the changeover for the past 18 months. The 2011 X5 got a couple of new engines and a few aesthetic modifications.