BMW has made it official - there will be a flagship crossover called X7, and it will be built right here in the US of A. The announcement was made today, confirming rumors of the new model at the Spartanburg, SC factory that broke earlier this week.
BMW may be set to expand its US operations with a new engine plant, Bloomberg reports. The Bavarian automaker already has its Spartanburg, SC factory which builds the company's X3, X5 and X6 crossovers. According to the story, Mexico is also under consideration for the BMW engine factory, with the report claiming a final decision will be made in 2014.
BMW is furthering its investment in America. You already know that the German automaker builds the X3, X5 and X6 at its Spartanburg County, South Carolina assembly plant. Now, BMW is adding to that complex by introducing two new programs and hiring 100 new employees. Workers at its facility in Greer will soon have access to a brand-new family health center operated by an independent health care provider. Use of the health center will be made available to existing employees, eligible retirees and
American automakers have long struggled to export U.S. made vehicles to overseas markets. BMW, on the other hand, has apparently had no such problem. After 15 years of building cars and SUVs in Spartanburg, South Carolina the company has now shipped over one million cars to overseas markets. That's nearly two-thirds of all of the production from the plant.
Since 2002, BMW's assembly plant in Spartanburg, SC has been using methane captured from a nearby landfill site to fuel electrical generators. As part of the current expansion of the plant to support the addition of X3 production, BMW has invested another $12 million to expand power generation from methane. The original system of four turbines has been replaced by two larger, more efficient turbines. The result is that the turbines can now generate 30% of the plant's electricity needs from the s
BMW has partnered with Gold Ring Power, LLC to investigate the possibility of using the wind to help generate power for its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Before any decisions can be made, a detailed analysis of wind patterns near the site will be conducted using twin 50-foot towers with anemometers placed on top that will collect data on wind speed and direction. After two weeks in one location, the towers will be relocated and set back up. After the team has the data it needs, a report
The car most drivers associate with being green is a hybrid, and BMW doesn't offer any of those (and they probably won't any time soon). Still, that doesn't mean BMW isn't a green company, as a study done by the Berlin Institute for Future Studies and Technology Evaluation (IZT) found.