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      07-06-2018, 12:50 PM   #1
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BMW Plant Spartanburg making final preparations to begin production of BMW X5 G05

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 6, 2018… As Americans enjoy the holiday week and prepare for their summer adventures, preparations of a different kind are nearing completion at BMW Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina: the final phases of gearing up for production of the all-new BMW X5, which begins later this summer.

Four generations of leadership.
As the fourth generation of BMW X5, the all-new model joins a proud lineage and history of leadership. When it was introduced nearly 20 years ago, the original BMW X5 launched not only the BMW X model family, but launched the Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment for the industry. Since then, the BMW X5 has firmly established itself as one of the pillars of the BMW model line, selling more than 2.2 million examples world-wide across the first three model generations. In the US, the BMW X5 has ranked in the top three best-selling BMW models every year since 2001. This tremendous success has come with several expansions of BMW Plant Spartanburg – now the largest BMW plant in the world.

From South Carolina, BMW X models for the US and the world.
The all-new BMW X5 will be the tenth X model to be produced at Plant Spartanburg since it began operations in 1994. As the BMW global center of competence for X models, Plant Spartanburg has already been busy in 2018; the all-new BMW X5 was preceded by the launch of the all-new BMW X4 in April. Plant Spartanburg also builds the BMW X3 and X6. With these all-new models and tremendous demand for BMW X models around the world, production in Spartanburg will further grow in the next years and is planned to ramp-up to fully utilize the yearly capacity of 450,000 units.

BMW’s manufacturing plant in South Carolina is the single largest exporter of automobiles by value in the United States. Since the introduction of the original BMW X5, two of every three vehicles produced were exported for sale to customers outside the US. When considering the Spartanburg-built X3, X4, X5, and X6 together, more than 70 percent of the annual production is shipped to export markets.

Plant Spartanburg.
The size of the workforce has also grown substantially at Plant Spartanburg, from an initial 500 people in 1994 to more than 10,000 people today – with another 1000 expected to join by 2021. A 2017 study by the University of South Carolina finds that for every 10 jobs that are directly generated at a U.S. BMW facility, an additional 90 jobs are created elsewhere in the U.S. economy as a direct result of these BMW jobs.

BMW U.S. purchasing of parts and materials for production at our U.S. plant totaled nearly $6 Billion (USD) in 2017 from more than 300 U.S. supplier companies.

Training at the plant employs a dual apprenticeship training system that combines classroom learning with practical experience. In the past ten years, the BMW Group has invested more than 220 million US dollars in vocational and continued training at its Spartanburg facility, with another 200 million US dollars planned over the next five years. The training programs are run in cooperation with local colleges.


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What they said then: historical quotes.
“The success of the X5 is directly attributable to the designers of the vehicle, our parts suppliers and the many dedicated and hard working associates who continue to come together and create such a special vehicle.”
– Mr. Josef Kerscher, then-President of BMW Manufacturing, June 8, 2010

“This is a day of great pride for all South Carolinians and the BMW family. It is a testament to the quality of the SC workforce, the supply chain, and to BMW, one of the greatest automobile manufacturers in the world. Now, one million X5s later, BMW is one of the great business success stories in the history of South Carolina. This milestone gives us hope for the future and is a positive sign that through world-class manufacturing our state will prosper will in the years ahead.”
– US Senator Lindsey Graham, June 8, 2010

“We created the X5 to give customers the best of both worlds. With the X5, BMW has given birth to a new category, the Sports Activity Vehicle. The X5 combines legendary BMW performance, styling, luxury and technology with the roominess and versatility of a traditional SUV. Above all, the X5 is nimble and quick, a joy to drive. A true BMW.”
- Tom Purves, then-BMW USA Chairman and CEO, September 23, 1999


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      07-06-2018, 05:07 PM   #2
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So are ya'll going to put up the configurator or nah?
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      07-06-2018, 05:32 PM   #3
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That's a wonderful story. Good on the Spartanburg Factory & its team
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      07-06-2018, 05:44 PM   #4
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Another reason to purchase an X vehicle..keeping Americans working with the help of our foreign allies/partners.....this is prime example of the benefits of the global economy and how it benefits America...3 X5's and on to the X3M for me....
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Fingers crossed that they finally start offering the full palette of individual colors!
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      07-06-2018, 11:58 PM   #6
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This a story about the X5, or about how German auto manufacturers help create American jobs?

Good news either way, but this feels like a not so subtle reminder given the current political tensions surrounding tariffs.
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Wow just an initial 500 jobs, that's a tiny operation, just building the plant or something....now 10k impressive success of the X lines.
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Aside from the buried political message, this gray X5 in the first image looks excellent
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Again, the idea that this article is "subtly" political is complete non sense. It's overtly politically and it's necessary!!! BMW makes proven superior products on American soil with well trained American labor. They add to our economy full stop. If it were your company wouldn't you post pro-self articles on YOUR blog site???? IJS. Keep up the great work BMW!!!! Build and they will buy! LOL
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Nice to finally see an un-photoshopped clear pic of a G05 M-Performance model (in this case M50d). I must say the cerium grey accents on the front facia of this X5 M50d are well done unlike on the M760i and M550i where they look overdone to me. Can hardly wait for the X5 M50i next year.
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Is this X5 in arctic grey colour? Will arctic grey look nice on the new X5?
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This a story about the X5, or about how German auto manufacturers help create American jobs?

Good news either way, but this feels like a not so subtle reminder given the current political tensions surrounding tariffs.
I really don't understand how people have in their minds negative views on things.

I'm not from USA, but I will stand up for the American people. To appreciate that there is work being created as a big ass company such as BMW in your country is something to be proud of instead of throwing negative views.

Well done as there are many wife's, husband's and single people working there making a living.
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And that happened without any tariffs: economic lesson 101: free market works without protectionism
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Nice to finally see an un-photoshopped clear pic of a G05 M-Performance model (in this case M50d).
Agreed. Functional lower side vents. If the 40i has plastic fake vents then I'm not doing the M Sport. I'm still waiting to see a photo of one to confirm if it has the fake grills like on the F15 or if they're real. Crossing my fingers for real.
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