BMW Exported $9.6 Billion Worth Of Vehicles From Its Spartanburg Facility Last Year

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It's been the largest automotive exporter by value in the US for nine consecutive years.

2022 was a year of immense success for BMW's Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, as the brand announced it exported 227,029 SUVs totaling nearly $9.6 billion. This makes the German automaker the largest automotive exporter by value in the United States.

Interestingly, Germany is the biggest market, with 15.5% of the export volume heading to the home of BMW. China followed closely at 13.5%, with South Korea (12.8%), Canada (7.5%), and Great Britain (5.6%) taking up the rest of the spots.

These vehicles left the country through several locations, but the Port of Charleston is by far the leader, with a staggering 182,000 BMW SUVs leaving America through the South Carolina hub. More than 17,000 were exported (presumably to Canada and Mexico) via rail freight.

The Spartanburg facility produced a total of 416,301 vehicles last year.


"Customers around the world continue to seek out premium quality BMWs made in South Carolina. Our success is due to the highly-skilled and dedicated workforce at Plant Spartanburg. These achievements are significant and clearly reinforce BMW's ongoing commitment to South Carolina and the United States," said the company's Dr. Robert Engelhorn.

The facility has been in operation for 31 years and currently produces an array of BMW SUVs, including the X3, X5, and X7.

Big export numbers weren't the only highlights for the Spartanburg facility. Last year, the plant produced 69,200 plug-in hybrid vehicles, representing 16.6% of the total production output. This is a testament to the continued growth in the electrified vehicle market.

Interestingly, more than 60% of all BMW vehicles sold in America last year came from the Spartanburg plant, reinforcing how popular the marque's SUVs are with local buyers. Other highlights include the launch of the new XM and the introduction of the thoroughly revised X7.


The six-millionth BMW to be built in the US, a Java Green X6 M, also rolled off the Spartanburg production last year.

To underline its commitment to the powerhouse facility, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse announced in October that the automaker would invest $1.7 billion in Plant Spartanburg to build electric vehicles. $1 billion will be used to prepare the factory for EV production, with the rest slated for a nearby battery assembly facility. The automaker hopes to build six fully-electric Bimmers in the United States by 2030.

After an action-packed 2022, Spartanburg is gearing up for an even busier 2023. Following the arrival of the facelifted X5 and X6, the facility will start producing these refreshed models at the beginning of April.

"With record-setting exports and its latest electromobility investment at Plant Spartanburg, BMW not only shows the world that South Carolina paves the way to automotive success - but that our state is home to the industry's future," said Governor Henry McMaster.


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