Manfred Erlacher is next president of BMW Manufacturing

Article by Christian A., on July 9, 2013

Manfred Erlacher will become the next president of BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg, South Carolina, effective November 1, 2013, BMW Group has announced. Erlacher is currently managing director of BMW’s Leipzig site in Germany, a post he has held since January 2009. He will be replacing Josef Kerscher, who had held the post since 2007.

Kerscher, on the other hand, will become managing director of BMW’s Dingolfing plant Germany, replacing Wolfgang Stadler who is joining Jaguar Land Rover’s board of directors. Erlacher was responsible for overseeing the expansion of BMW’s Leipzig plant to build the new BMW i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid.

He will be replaced by Milan Nedeljkovic, head of assembly at the plant. Kerscher, who has been with BMW since 1979, was responsible for overseeing the surge in production at the Spartanburg plant from 105,000 vehicles in 2006 to over 301,000 in 2012.

Spartanburg plant produces the BMW X3, X5 and X6 crossovers. BMW Group posted a 21-percent year-on-year increase in sales in the United States to 33,729 units. The group logged a 9-percent year-on-year surge in sales in the US to 173,291 units.

The characteristic looks of the BMW X models are achieved by employing signature BMW design cues and combining them with commanding road presence, versatility and strength. The new BMW X5 reinterprets this design language, thereby allowing it to sport a more modern and more appealing appearance.

Now in its third generation, the new X5 still features long wheelbase and a short front overhang as well as upright A-pillars. Of course, there is the short gap between the front axle and instrument panel. The front end is defined by the BMW kidney grille, as flanked on the sides by twin circular headlights and front fog lamps. This grille is bordered below by the bumper, which has X-shaped contour lines that help identify the new SAV as part of the BMW X model family.

For the third-generation, the broad-set kidney grille of the new BMW X5 now extends to the headlight units. Likewise, the signature BMW twin circular headlights also extend into the X5’s side panels, with their light rings leveled off at the bottom and the top portion overlapping with an LED accent light. The lights feature a 3D design and are accentuated by sweeping chrome inserts.

BMW is allowing customers to specify LED front foglamps and the Adaptive LED Headlights – marked by the horizontal light sources in the center of the light rings -- as options. Interestingly, xenon headlights are standard on the BMW X5 xDrive50i and BMW X5 M50d models.

Topics: bmw

If you liked the article, share on:



The Europe-bound WRC hatch developed by Toyota and Gazoo Racing team will be limited to just 400 examples as reported by AutoCar this week. Otherwise known as Gazoo Racing Masters...
by - July 21, 2017
Even cops get excited when they’re assigned to drive the best cars in the market. In Austria, police officers drive around in a Porsche 911 Carrera while in Milan, authorities...
by - July 21, 2017
Subaru has already announced that the all new Impreza will be out by fall this year. The 2018 model year not only gets a number of new upgrades, but it...
by - July 21, 2017
Do you ever wonder what challenges automakers have in selling limited edition cars? It’s different for each company but it can get stressful if the demand is high instead of...
by - July 21, 2017
Alpine is said to be developing an SUV which is believed to be the Porsche Macan’s closest rival. According to AutoExpress, the newly revived performance brand has been looking to...
by - July 20, 2017

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Subscribe to our newsletter!