BMW Manufacturing Reaches Another Milestone

By Auto News Log • June 22nd, 2010

Celebrates Production of 1 Million BMW X5’s

Spartanburg, S.C. – BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina recorded another milestone in their 15-year history as the one millionth BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle® rolled off the production line today at BMW Manufacturing Co. The Black Sapphire X5 xDrive 35i with Cinnamon Brown Nevada Leather interior is bound for a customer in China.

This is a significant achievement for the BMW Group’s only U.S. manufacturing facility at a time when the manufacturer is just months away from completing a $750 million expansion to prepare for production of the next generation BMW X3.

The BMW X5, which was originally launched in Spartanburg in 1999 as the first vehicle in the Sports Activity segment, has laid the cornerstone for BMW as the most successful premium vehicle manufacturer in the SAV/SUV segment during its 11-year history. This commitment to continuous improvement has resulted in numerous accolades for the vehicle’s design, quality and safety. In 2000, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) declared the BMW X5 to be the safest vehicle ever to be crash-tested. In 2007, the BMW X5 received a gold award in the J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction study in North America. In 2007 and 2008, the X5 received the “Top Safety Pick Award” for outstanding crash-test results from the IIHS. During this timeframe, approximately 60% of all X5’s produced at the Spartanburg facility have been exported to over 120 markets around the world.

Source: BMW

 

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