BMW announced its celebration of the one millionth X5 model produced within 11 years. This vehicle -- a sapphire black metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i featuring cinnamon brown Nevada leather trim -- will be delivered to a customer in China. The BMW X5 xDrive35i is powered by a six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo, generating 306 bhp at 5,800 rpm and 400 Nm at 1,200 - 5,000 rpm.
BMW also disclosed that the car rolled off the assembly line at the American BMW plant in Spartanburg/South Carolina, which is regarded as the most important center of expertise for BMW X models within the BMW Group's global production network.
More than 120 countries get the BMW X5. The BMW X6, which is also built in this plant, will be exported to the entire global market. Before the year ends, production of the latest BMW X3 generation will begin in Spartanburg.
The 2011 X5 features a widely revised range of engines, design modifications and modified driver assistance systems. All of the models of the new line offer EfficientDynamics and eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. Buyers get to choose from four engine choices: BMW X5 xDrive50i, BMW X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive40d and X5 xDrive30d.
Speaking during a short celebratory ceremony at the end of the production line, BMW Manufacturing president Josef Kerscher attributed the success of the X5 to its designers -- the carmaker’s parts suppliers and its associates.
The ceremony was also graced by Secretary of Commerce Joseph E. Taylor and South Carolina State Ports Authority board member Richard Hagins. United States Senator Lindsey Graham wasn’t able to grace the momentous event but he sent a meaningful message.
He praised the carmaker’s continued commitment to the US by further expanding in South Carolina and by exporting state-made BMW’s to many markets around the around. He said that the BMW’s world-class manufacturing in South Carolina can lead the state’s economic recovery efforts.
He also said that the one-millionth X5 model is a testament to the quality of the workforce in South Carolina, the supply chain, and to the German luxury carmaker. He added that the production of the one millionth X5 could be considered as one of the great business success stories in the history of the state.
Furthermore, Graham said that the one-millionth X5 coming off the assembly in South Carolina does not only provide hope but also is a positive sign that the state would prosper in the near future, ushered by world-class manufacturing. The one millionth X5 was ordered by a customer in China and this will then be transported to the Port of Charleston as it gets ready to be delivered to its buyer.