5 Millionth BMW Built In The U.S.


Toronto Red Metallic BMW X5 M Competition
Toronto Red Metallic BMW X5 M Competition. Credit: BMW
It’s a milestone no one likely expected to make wearing masks in the age of COVID-19. Earlier this month, BMW produced its five millionth vehicle built in the U.S. The big moment occurred at its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant on June 4th, just one month after BMW resumed production post-COVID-19 shutdown.

The car that made history is a special one: a Toronto Red Metallic BMW X5 M Competition equipped with a 617-horsepower M TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine, Silverstone Full Merino Leather interior and 21/22-inch M Star-spoke bi-color wheels. Due to its historic significance, BMW says it will remain at the factory and become part of the BMW historic collection.

“You cannot be successful in business if you do not have great products and great people. This BMW X5 M Competition is a symbol of the success of our products and the commitment and dedication of our associates and supplier network,” said Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “Every BMW X5 in the world comes from Plant Spartanburg. We are proud to call South Carolina home!”

BMW X5 M Competition and BMW 318i
The first BMW built in the U.S. -- a BMW 318i -- alongside the 5 millionth - a Toronto red metallic BMW X5 M Competition -- at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina. The Plant, which is BMW's largest in the world, built the milestone 5 millionth vehicle on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Credit: BMW

“More than half of the BMW vehicles we sell in the U.S. are built right here in the U.S., so we cannot overstate the importance of Plant Spartanburg to our sales network,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO, BMW of North America. “BMW Group has long considered the United States to be our second home and we are proud to say that the U.S. is in fact home to the biggest BMW plant in the world. We congratulate our colleagues on this historic achievement.”

BMW X5 M Competition
Credit: BMW

“BMW changed the very fabric of our state’s economy when it decided to locate in South Carolina nearly three decades ago,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. “That this great company built its five millionth American-made vehicle in Spartanburg should be a source of great pride for our people and a reason for celebration.”

This is the latest milestone at BMW’s South Carolina Manufacturing plant. Others include:

  • 1 Millionth BMW – February 28, 2006 – Z4 M Roadster
    • 1.5 Millionth BMW – September 8, 2009 – BMW X6 xDrive35i
  • 2 Millionth BMW – January 12, 2012 – BMW X3 xDrive35i
    • 2.5 Millionth BMW – September 17, 2013 – BMW X5 xDrive50i
  • 3 Millionth BMW – March 24, 2015 – BMW X5 M
    • 3.5 Millionth BMW – May 18, 2016 – BMW X4 xDrive20i
  • 4 Millionth BMW – September 8, 2017 – BMW X3 xDrive M40i
    • 4.5 Millionth BMW – March 7, 2019 – BMW X7 xDrive40
  • 5 Millionth BMW – June 4, 2020 – BMW X5 M Competition

BMW X5 M Competition
Credit: BMW

Last year, Plant Spartanburg celebrated 25 years of production and a record year of 411,620 vehicles built. In 2019, it led the nation in automotive exports by value for the sixth consecutive year, with a total export value of approximately $9.6 billion. Nearly 70 percent of the plant’s total production was exported from 2010 – 2019.
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PHILIP
I posted a comment on this story several days ago but it is not showing?
The Car Pro
Hi Philip! Sorry about that, it should be posted now. Best, Amy
PHILIP
So what about the person that had ordered that X5 and had likely been closely following its production progress and counting down the days until they'd take delivery? Do they now have to wait untold weeks for a replacement to be built because BMW decided to grab their ride? Actually I could see them suing the factory - that was going to be THEIR CAR, and a valuable one at that had they decided to turn around and sell it as a collectable. It would have been a far classier move to have BMW fly out the new 'owner' and present the keys to them in person along with some ceremony to make the occasion.
The Car Pro
Nobody can order a particular vehicle number and the odds any consumer would even have a clue how many vehicles have been built are slim and none, mostly none. At the rate vehicles roll off the assembly line, the delay because of ONE vehicle would be at the most, minutes.

Jerry Reynolds