Largest US Auto Exporter – BMW Manufacturing

BMW Spartanburg 8 years ago.

BMW Manufacturing has exported 272,346 BMW X models from the Spartanburg plant during 2017. Nearly 87% of these “Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes” were exported through the Port of Charleston with a value of approximately ~$8.76 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

BMW confirms the South Carolina factory is the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.

The remaining 13% 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 more than 70% of its production volume of 371,284 units in the hottest segment in the world – compact crossover vehicles.

More Crossovers Coming

BMW announced last June that it will invest an additional $600 million in the Spartanburg plant from 2018 through 2021 for manufacturing infrastructure to build future X models. An additional 1,000 jobs will also be added through 2021.

BMW Plant Spartanburg produces 1,400 vehicles each day – the BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes (and variants). The all-new BMW X7 will debut in late 2018.  In 2017, the Spartanburg plant produced 371,284 vehicles. The factory has a production capacity of 450,000 vehicles and employs 10,000 people.  ( BMW Opens Health Center at its South Carolina SUV Plant )

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