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Sales of S.C.-built BMWs jump 25.6%

Staff Report
Published Dec. 4, 2012

U.S. sales of South Carolina-built vehicles climbed 25.6% in November compared with the same month in 2011, the BMW Group reported Monday.

BMW reported 9,786 light trucks – Sports Activity Vehicles – were sold in the United States during November compared with 7,793 for the same month in 2011, BMW said.

BMW X3 on beachThe X3 model (pictured, left) was the best-seller among the three models produced by BMW’s plant in Spartanburg County, the Munich-based carmaker reported.

November sales of X3s rose 50.5% to 4,172 units, while X6 sales climbed 55.2% to 813 units in the United States. U.S. sales figures for the X5 model, which is also produced at the S.C. plant, were not released.

BMW produces all of its light truck or SAV models at the Spartanburg County plant. Approximately 70% of all vehicles made in South Carolina are shipped overseas through the Port of Charleston to 130 world markets.

Year-to-date, sales of light trucks or SAVs totaled 74,444, a 15.9% increase over 2011’s total of 64,232, BMW reported.

Overall, sales of BMW brand cars rose 45% in November and year-to-date were up 10.4%.

For the month, 31,213 BMW brand vehicles were sold compared with 21,521 for November 2011. For the 11 months of 2012, BMW brand sales total 244,061 units, up from 221,073 sold over a similar period last year.

Sales of the 5 Series topped all BMW brands in November, up 64.3% to 5,857 units; the 6 Series rose 67.4% to 919 units.

“Supply is catching up with demand, making November the best sales month on record for BMW in the U.S.,” said Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO, BMW of North America.

“The momentum is strong in this final month of the year,” Willisch said, adding that he was confident BMW Group will set a new U.S. sales record for 2012, beating the previous record year of 2007.