American production is greater than ever.
When you think of the importance of home-grown manufacturing and export, you'd expect domestic manufacturers to be the greatest in the country. However, as we saw earlier this year, BMW is the largest exporter in the U.S. and its M division has seen a massive increase in sales of more than 200 percent over the last few years too. BMW shows no sign of slowing either, and the five millionth BMW just rolled off the line at its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant, which is also the biggest BMW plant in the world. The milestone was reached on the fourth of June and the special X5 M Competition will remain at the factory as part of the brand's historic collection.
All X5 models in the world come from this factory, and this one in particular is finished beautifully, with Toronto Red Metallic paint over Silverstone Full Merino Leather, and staggered M Star-spoke wheels in a duo-tone finish measuring 21 inches in front and 22 inches at the rear.
"BMW changed the very fabric of our state's economy when it decided to locate in South Carolina nearly three decades ago," said Gov. 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. It's one more example of South Carolinians sharing in the success of a company that has become an integral part of our state because of its dedication to our people."
The milestone came relatively quickly, with the millionth BMW - a Z4 M - arriving in 2006 and the two millionth one - a BMW X3 - coming six years later. The next million cars took just three years to produce, with the occasion celebrated by the previous-generation X5 M, while the four millionth model arrived less than two years later in September 2017 with another X3, this time a warmed up M40i model. This proves that production has been steadily improving, but with so many new models being released, that rate seems to have reached a plateau, with the last million taking a little less than three years to be completed.