BMW became the most exported car brand from the United States

BMW became the most exported car brand from the United States


In 2021, BMW produced a total of 433,810 vehicles at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Of these, 257,876 were sold outside of America, making BMW America’s largest auto exporter of cars for the eighth year in a row.

Its performance in 2021 means that the BMW plant in the US exported nearly 60% of all vehicles it produced. That amounts to more than $10.1 billion, according to the automaker.

“Becoming number one in US car exports by value rounds out a very successful year for BMW’s Spartanburg plant. I am incredibly proud of our people and the resilience they have shown over the past year,” said Dr. Robert Engelhorn, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “This achievement demonstrates BMW’s strong partnership with this state and its continued commitment to the United States.”

The plant produces crossovers BMW X3, X3 M, X4, X4 M, X5, X5 M, X6, X6 M and X7. These cars are delivered to 120 different countries, mostly via the port of Charleston in South Carolina, although some are delivered by rail to Canada.

The top five recipients of cars from the Spartanburg plant in 2021 included China (24.1% of exports), Germany (12.3%), South Korea (9.4%), Canada (5.6 %) and the UK (5.4%).

However, the plant is also important for the US market. The 179,840 vehicles produced for the domestic market accounted for more than 53% of the BMW brand’s sales in the US. The two top sellers were X3 and X5.

BMW opened its plant in Spartanburg in 1992. It currently employs over 11,000 employees and has a maximum capacity of up to 450,000 vehicles per year.

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