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      03-08-2019, 03:20 PM   #1
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BMW Manufacturing (Spartanburg) Is Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter by Value

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  • Export Value From South Carolina Totals More Than $8.4 Billion in 2018.
  • Plant Produces 4.5 Millionth BMW Built in South Carolina.
  • September 8th Marks 25 Years of Production in South Carolina.

Spartanburg, S.C. - March 8, 2019...For the fifth consecutive year, BMW Manufacturing led the nation in automotive exports by value, according to data released this week by the U.S. Department of Commerce. BMW exported 234,689 X models from its Spartanburg, SC, plant during 2018. About 81 percent of these Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes were exported through the Port of Charleston with an export value of more than $8.4 billion, according to Commerce Department data. This confirms that the South Carolina factory is the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.

The remaining 19 percent of BMW X models were exported through five other southeastern ports: Savannah, GA; Brunswick, GA; Jacksonville, FL; Miami, FL; and Everglades, FL. All totaled, the Spartanburg plant exported nearly 66 percent of its total production volume of 356,749 units. BMW Manufacturing’s production volume and exports declined slightly in 2018 due to model updates of the popular BMW X4 and BMW X5.

“Despite last year’s model changeovers and the ongoing uncertainty regarding trade and tariffs, Plant Spartanburg is still positively contributing to the U.S. balance of trade,” said Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “This achievement clearly reinforces BMW’s ongoing commitment in the U.S. With additional models such as the first-ever BMW X7, the BMW X3 M and X4 M, and the recently-announced BMW X3 and X5 plug-in hybrid vehicles, we anticipate an increase in production and exports for 2019.”

In 2017, BMW announced an additional $600 million investment in the Spartanburg plant from 2018 through 2021 for manufacturing infrastructure for future generations of X models. Last month, the plant produced the 4.5 millionth BMW built in South Carolina. Later in the year, associates will mark 25 years of BMW production in the state.

“The remarkable partnership between BMW and South Carolina continues to thrive, and this is evident by the fact that our state remains the nation’s leader in the export sales of completed passenger vehicles,” said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “I offer my congratulations to BMW and its Upstate workforce on another strong year. Together, we’re showing the world that South Carolina truly is ‘Just right.’”

“BMW is a significant port user whose operations are a tremendous asset to the Port and the state of South Carolina,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. “As customers of both Inland Port Greer and the Port of Charleston, BMW’s continued expansion has been a driver of our strong import and export volumes. We are proud to serve the nation’s leading automotive exporter and look forward to supporting their future growth.”

BMW Group Plant Spartanburg produces more than 1,400 vehicles each day. In 2018, the Spartanburg plant produced 356,749 vehicles. The factory has a production capacity of 450,000 vehicles and employs more than 11,000 people.

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Plant Produces 4.5 Millionth BMW Built in South Carolina. wow!
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Plant Produces 4.5 Millionth BMW Built in South Carolina. wow!
Yeah that's just insane when you think about it.

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Fantastic, but today I had a brand new X5 following me for 5 minutes on the highway and the entire front end looked bad.

Too robotic. Bad headlights. Insanely oversized grill.
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Fantastic, but today I had a brand new X5 following me for 5 minutes on the highway and the entire front end looked bad.

Too robotic. Bad headlights. Insanely oversized grill.
Wow. I just messaged your comment to the plant here. They replied back that when they finish catching up to the demand they’re having trouble keeping up with, they’ll shut the factory right down.
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Fantastic, but today I had a brand new X5 following me for 5 minutes on the highway and the entire front end looked bad.

Too robotic. Bad headlights. Insanely oversized grill.
Robotic?

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Wow. I just messaged your comment to the plant here. They replied back that when they finish catching up to the demand they’re having trouble keeping up with, they’ll shut the factory right down.
LOL.. did they say they are doing an immediate LCI for @BM_dnobagaV ?
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Fantastic, but today I had a brand new X5 following me for 5 minutes on the highway and the entire front end looked bad.

Too robotic. Bad headlights. Insanely oversized grill.
Sure it wasn't the X7??
The 5's grill is pretty tame in comparison.
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The other car in our family - 2015 BMW X5 - was built in Spartanburg plant and proved to be very reliable. Process and quality control - well said earlier.
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Fantastic, but today I had a brand new X5 following me for 5 minutes on the highway and the entire front end looked bad.

Too robotic. Bad headlights. Insanely oversized grill.
Positive much?

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Back on topic, fair play that's an amazing success story at Spartanburg. Those headline figures are incredible!!
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Fantastic, but today I had a brand new X5 following me for 5 minutes on the highway and the entire front end looked bad.

Too robotic. Bad headlights. Insanely oversized grill.
It's an acquired taste.

You either like it or you do not.

To me as always looks best in BLACK.
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Wasn’t a e36 built there? I could have sworn I read/saw a photo of a e36 sedan at the plant.
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Wait till you see an X7.
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That's some impressive numbers, glad to see the plant is doing so well. How cool will it be if someone did a GoPro timelapse of an X-Model SAV leaving the Plant and show the journey home (Train,Truck,Ship) to it's owner's local dealer for delivery. That would interesting video I think
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Impressive numbers. Glad to see BMW has had so much success with the X line of vehicles coming out of Spartanburg. I'm only 1,200 miles in with my new X3 but so far the quality has been excellent.
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Wasn't a e36 built there? I could have sworn I read/saw a photo of a e36 sedan at the plant.
They used to build the E36 and Z3 there.
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Nice I live 20 minutes or so from the BMW plant when they aren't working on the Interstate, and work one exit north of them.

So my morning commute is a smorgasbord of BMW's heading into work.

Now I'm one of them! Lol.
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Wasn't a e36 built there? I could have sworn I read/saw a photo of a e36 sedan at the plant.
The original Z3 and I believe the first gen Z4 were both built there.
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Wasn't a e36 built there? I could have sworn I read/saw a photo of a e36 sedan at the plant.
They used to build the E36 and Z3 there.
Had no idea about the E36, thanks.
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