And it happened to be a Java Green X6 M.
At the end of September, BMW celebrated two important milestones in its home away from home, Spartanburg. The South Carolina plant has just made its 6 millionth BMW built in the United States of America. The car in question is this Java Green Metallic BMW X6 M you see below. It boasts 21/22-inch M bi-color wheels and comes with a Silversonte Merino Leather interior.
BMW has said that because of its historic significance the X6 M will remain at BMW's Spartanburg factory and join its historic collection. Which is, by the way, quite the collection. We visited during the launch of the new X7, and found everything from classic E30 M3s and GT3 racers to Ralf Schumacher's BMW Sauber F1 car.
"Since June 2020, the team at Plant Spartanburg has produced one million vehicles," said Dr. Robert Engelhorn, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. "I'm incredibly proud of our associates and the resilience they have shown during this volatile time. We have world-class people who build world-class vehicles."
BMW says the Spartanburg plant had a record-breaking six months in the back half of 2020, a record year in 2021, with 433,810 cars produced, and an incredibly productive 2022 despite supply shortages. BMW also provided outlets with a list to show just how quickly BMW has been able to turn out 1 million cars over the years.
BMW's stat-tracking started on February 28, 2006, when a Z4 M Roadster was the millionth BMW made in America. It took another six years to hit another million- January 12, 2012, to be exact- with a BMW X3 xDrive35i crossing the line as the 2 millionth car made. The 3 millionth car would almost halve that time, taking around three years (March 24, 2015) to hit the mark once again, this time with a BMW X5 M.
By 2017, BMW had made yet another million cars. The 4 millionth was a BMW X3 xDrive M40i. Then, in June 2020, BMW hit 5 million cars with an X5 M Competition.
It was 30 years ago that BMW Chairman Eberhard von Kuenheim and South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell broke ground on the first full BMW manufacturing plant outside of Germany. "When we broke ground 30 years ago, little did we know that BMW's legacy in South Carolina would be so profound," said Dr. Engelhorn.
BMW is currently the number one exporter in America. And with its line of SUVs remaining as popular as ever and future electric SUVs sure to find new customers, BMW is looking towards another million cars. If the factory's 450,00 car per year production capacity is anything to go by, it'll be less than three years until we're talking about another million BMWs.