Success story: BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the US becomes largest production location within 25 years

P90266510_lowRes_spartanburg-south-caMunich/Spartanburg. The BMW Group has been a committed “local player” in the US market for a quarter-century: On 23 June 1992, the BMW Group announced its decision to build its US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Continuous expansion of the plant with extensive additions and the decision to build the successful BMW X models in Spartanburg have made the plant the largest manufacturing facility in the BMW Group production network within the space of 25 years. During the ceremony to mark the anniversary, the all-new BMW X3 rolled off the production line in Spartanburg. More than 1.5 million BMW X3 vehicles have been delivered to customers worldwide since it was first launched at the end of 2003. The new BMW X3 will be launched in fall 2017.

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2018 BMW X3

  • Best acceleration in the segment: 4.6s
  • 3.0-liter M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology 6-cylinder inline engine (B58B30M0)
  • 355 hp from 5,500 – 6,500 rpm
  • 369 lb-ft from 1,520 – 4,800 rpm
  • 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission with Launch Control
  • xDrive with more pronounced rear bias then other X3 models
  • Sport seats with “M40i” logos
  • M Aerodynamic kit with design elements finished in Cerium Grey Metallic
  • Black Chrome tailpipes
  • M Sport brakes (blue-painted aluminum four-piston fixed calipers)
  • M Sport suspension with M Performance specific tuning
  • Standard 19-inch or optional 20-inch and 21-inch cast light-alloy wheels
  • Optional Adaptive M Sport suspension
  • Unchanged exterior dimensions
  • Wheelbase increased by 2.2″
  • 50:50 Weight distribution
  • New hexagonal kidney grills
  • Optional Adaptive LED and Icon Adaptive Full LED Headlights
  • Factory installed trailer hitch available as an option with 2″ reciever


  • New BMW Active Kidney Grille
  • Underbody cladding
  • Roof spoiler with Aero Blades on the sides
  • Air Curtains
  • Standard design package on all X3s
  • Satin aluminum and silver matte trim
  • 18-inch Y-Spoke wheels with All-season Run Flat Tires (19-inch V-Spoke wheels with All-season Run Flat Tires are available as an upgrade option
  • Standard sport seats with power adjustable side bolsters, and an Anthracite headliner.
  • Optional Luxury Package, available for the first time in the X3 model range with features such as chrome kidney grille bars and two-tone front & rear bumper trim
  • Aerodynamic kit (front apron with larger air intakes, side skirt trim, and a diffusor-style rear apron)
  • Shadowline exterior trim
  • 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels with All-season Run Flat Tires or Performance Run Flat Tires
  • M Double-Spoke 20-inch Wheels with Mixed Performance Run Flat Tires are available as an upgrade option
  • M Sport leather steering wheel, M door sill finishers and a SensaTec upholstered dashboard
  • Increased storage space
  • 3-zone automatic climate control, which adds separate temperature controls for the rear compartment to those for the driver and front passenger.
  • Angle of the standard 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrests can be adjusted individually and through various stages thanks to the standard cargo function
  • Load capacity of 28.7 ft3 with seats up and 62.7 ft3 with seats down
  • Front ventilated seats for driver and front passenger
  • 9.8-inch longer panoramic glass moonroof
  • Extended Ambient Lighting
  • Double-joint spring strut front axle and a five-link rear set-up at the rear
  • Weight savings: Aluminum swivel bearings and lighter tubular anti-roll bars as well as optimizing wheel location at the front
  • Electric Power Steering system with Servotronic
  • Rear bias of xDrive all-wheel-drive system is increased
  • Driving Stability Control (DSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Automatic Differential Brake (ADB-X), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Start-Off Assistant, Performance Control, and Hill Descent Control (HDC)
  • Variable sport steering from the BMW X3 M40i is optionally available on the BMW X3 xDrive30i

M Sports suspension (standard on M40i)

  • Stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bars
  • Adaptive M Suspension optional on M40i (electronically controlled dampers)
  • Dynamic Damper Control is available on the 30i model
  • 8″ ground clearance
  • 23.1degree approach angle
  • 21.4degree departure angle
  • 17.4degree breakover angle
  • 19.6″ fording depth
  • 10.25″ Touchscreen display
  • BMW Gesture Control technology

BMW tops key competitors on JD Power quality study.

New-vehicle quality is at its highest level ever, improving a significant 8% from last year, according to the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study,SM (IQS) released today.

Initial quality in this iconic study is measured by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership, with a lower score reflecting higher quality. In this year’s study, quality improves across seven of the eight categories measured, with 27 of the 33 brands in the study improving their quality compared with 2016.

BMW models that rank highest in their segments are the BMW 2 Series; BMW 4 Series; BMW X6; and MINI Cooper.