XBimmers.com | BMW X6 Forum X5 Forum

Go Back   XBimmers.com | BMW X6 Forum X5 Forum > BMW X5 Forums > General BMW X5 (E70) and X5M Forum (2006-2013)

Post Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      06-08-2010, 05:44 PM   #1
Mark's Avatar

Drives: 1M
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
BMW Manufacturing Reaches Another Milestone - Production of 1 Million BMW X5's

Spartanburg, S.C. – June 8, 2010… BMW's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina recorded another milestone in their 15 year history as the 1 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 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.

“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," said Mr. Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing during a brief ceremony at the end of the production line. The 1 millionth X5 coming off the assembly line today was ordered by a customer in China and will soon be shipped to the Port of Charleston to begin its journey overseas.

Joining Mr. Kerscher at today’s event were Secretary of Commerce Joseph E. Taylor and South Carolina State Ports Authority boardmember Richard Hagins. Unable to join the event, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham praised BMW’s commitment to America by growing its presence in South Carolina and exporting South Carolina-made BMW’s throughout the world. “It tells me, and should tell all South Carolinians, that world-class manufacturing in our state is not only doable, but that it can lead our economic recovery efforts,” said Senator Graham. “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.”

BMW Manufacturing began production in 1994 as the first European manufacturer to successfully build and operate a plant in the U.S. The factory celebrated its 15th anniversary in South Carolina last September and has produced approximately 1.6 million vehicles since that time. Recently, plant officials, also acknowledged that it has exported over 1 million vehicles from its Greer campus during this time span.

Name:  P90059486_highRes.jpg
Views: 1892
Size:  154.8 KB

Name:  P90059487_highRes.jpg
Views: 1786
Size:  140.9 KB

Name:  P90059488_highRes.jpg
Views: 1774
Size:  282.7 KB

Name:  P90059489_highRes.jpg
Views: 1798
Size:  170.5 KB

Name:  P90059490_highRes.jpg
Views: 1773
Size:  302.1 KB

Name:  P90059491_highRes.jpg
Views: 1873
Size:  193.5 KB

Name:  P90059492_highRes.jpg
Views: 3375
Size:  182.1 KB

Name:  P90059493_highRes.jpg
Views: 3304
Size:  206.2 KB

Name:  P90061672_highRes.jpg
Views: 6161
Size:  347.7 KB
I'll take one please. BMW M3.
Appreciate 0
      06-08-2010, 06:40 PM   #2
TWSnow's Avatar

Drives: 2009 335I xDrive coupe
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: UpState, NY

iTrader: (0)

Thats crazy lets just say they made over 600 million on the x5s?!
Appreciate 0
      06-08-2010, 06:41 PM   #3
Lieutenant Colonel
Oulixes's Avatar

Drives: 330xi, 335i
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Terra Borealis

iTrader: (0)

Great news - it not only demonstrates BMW achievements, it also confirms its aspirations.
Appreciate 0
      06-09-2010, 10:57 AM   #4
Vintage's Avatar

Drives: 2010 Z4 35i and 2014 535d x
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Austin, Texas

iTrader: (0)

I love my 2010 X5 35d - amazing vehicle
Appreciate 0
      06-09-2010, 03:15 PM   #5
bavarian19's Avatar

Drives: Car
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: VA

iTrader: (23)

Appreciate 0
      06-09-2010, 06:19 PM   #6
Lieutenant Colonel
pmeloche's Avatar

Drives: 2013 F25 X3 xDrive35i
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Montréal, Canada

iTrader: (0)

The E53 really looks silly next to an E70.

2013 F25 X3 xDrive35i Vermillion Red
Appreciate 0
      06-10-2010, 04:15 AM   #7
Brigadier General
vladberca's Avatar

Drives: '09 jetta tsi 6mt
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Craiova

iTrader: (0)

Appreciate 0
Post Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:00 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST