While domestic automakers may be talking about increasing their automotive exports, BMW is practicing what it preaches.
The maker, which recently focused on its U.S. manufacturing base in a Super Bowl commercial, was once again the biggest exporter of automobiles to markets outside North America, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“BMW vehicles manufactured in South Carolina were a major contributor to the company’s success in 2010,” said Josef Kerscher, president of BMW Manufacturing Co. “Consistently strong, global demand for the X5 and X6, and now the all-new X3 to global markets, has led to a net increase in our export volume.
All told, the maker’s single U.S. assembly plant, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, produced 110,000 vehicles for shipment outside the NAFTA region, worth $4.42 billion.
The plant, which went into operation in 1994, has so far produced 1.7 million vehicles, with about 70% of the X3 and X5 Sport-Activity Vehicles built there earmarked for export.