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Sales of S.C.-made BMWs climb 16%


Staff Report
Published Jan. 4, 2013

U.S. sales of BMW light truck vehicles produced exclusively at the automaker’s Spartanburg County factory climbed nearly 16% in both December and for 2012.

The X3 was one of BMW’s top performers for the year. (Photo/BMW Group)
The X3 was one of BMW’s top performers for the year. (Photo/BMW Group)
BMW sold 11,923 light trucks — including the X3, X5 and X6 models — during December, a 15.8% increase over the 10,300 units sold in December 2011.

For the year, BMW reported sales of 86,367 light truck units in the United States, a 15.9% increase over 2011 sales of 74,532 units.

The X3 was one of BMW’s top performers for the year as its U.S. sales rose 26.6% to 35,173 units.

BMW manufactures all of its light truck models at the Upstate plant. About 70% of the S.C.-made vehicles are shipped through the Port of Charleston to 130 world markets.

The Munich-based automaker also reported that U.S. sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 39.4% in December for a total of 37,399 units compared with 26,834 units sold in December 2011. For the year, BMW brand sales rose 13.5% to 281,460 vehicles compared with 247,907 sold in 2011.

“The post-recession sales momentum that started in 2010 reached an unprecedented level in December, making us strongly confident and optimistic as we enter 2013,” said Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO of BMW North America.


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