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BMW expanding to South Carolina

BMW expanding to South Carolina

Posted by Liliana Castaño on March 30, 2014

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles at the facility that ushered in a wave of foreign automakers building Southern plants.

The German automaker announced Friday it will produce the X7, a larger SUV with three rows of seats similar to a Cadillac Escalade. The company will also make the X4, a sportier version of the X3 coupe and plans to build a plug-in hybrid version of its smaller X5 SUV.

The $1 billion will be spent through 2016 at the plant in Greer, a town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. BMW said it will hire 800 additional workers, bringing total employment at the plant to 8,800 people. The Greer plant will make 450,000 vehicles a year by 2016, becoming the largest of the company’s 28 plants around the world.

 

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