SPARTANBURG, SC—A java green metallic X6 M rolled off the line at the BMW’s assembly plant here on Sept. 30—30 years after the automaker broke ground to build the factory.
The vehicle has a 600-horsepower 4.4 liter BMW M TwinPower V-8 engine, a Silverstone full Merino leather interior, and 21/22-inch M Star-spoke bi-color wheels. Those wheels will never hit the street, though. The vehicle is the 6 millionth automobile made at the factory and will stay there as part of its BMW historic collection.
“Since June 2020, the team at Plant Spartanburg has produced 1 million vehicles,” says 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.”
The plant hit the 1 million vehicle mark in February 2006. It reached 2 million in 2012, 3 million in 2015, 4 million in 2017, and 5 million on June 4, 2020.
“When we broke ground 30 years ago, little did we know that BMW’s legacy in South Carolina would be so profound,” says Engelhorn. “We continue to add to that legacy today with our 6 millionth BMW. We also look to our bright future as we start production of our newest BMW model, the BMW XM, at the end of the year.”Some 11,000 people work at the plant today.