BMW Remains Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter by Value


For the fifth consecutive year, BMW Manufacturing led the nation in automotive exports by value, surpassing the "Big Three" domestic auto makers: Ford, Chrysler and GM. BMW exported 234,689 X models from its Spartanburg, SC, plant during 2018. About 81 pct. of these Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes were exported through the Port of Charleston with an export value of more than $8.4 billion, according to Commerce Department data. This confirms that the South Carolina factory is the leading U.S. automotive exporter by value.

In 2017, BMW announced an additional $600 million investment in the Spartanburg plant from 2018 through 2021 for manufacturing infrastructure for future generations of X models.  Last month, the plant produced the 4.5 millionth BMW built in South Carolina.  Later in the year, associates will mark 25 years of BMW production in the state.
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