US: BMW also reigns in as the largest auto exporter image

The German automaker, the largest premium auto manufacturer in the world, not only holds the delivery title in the United States but it’s also the largest auto exporter of the country.

BMW Manufacturing has recently announced that its total export value has topped $9.2 billion in 2014, with the vehicles sent through the port of Charleston. This means that the company factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina is the largest in terms of auto exports in the United States – a feat considering that local competition from the Detroit Three is something to reckon with. State Department of Commerce figures show that year-over-year increases have totaled 13 percent over the value registered back in 2013 – when the exports stood at over $9 billion. The South Carolina plant has sent across the US border more than 260,000 vehicles last year, which is more than 70 percent of the current production output capacity.

Second in the rankings (the Commerce department centralizes them by state and price list value of the cars) comes Alabama – where factories of Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai are located. Michigan, meanwhile, the cradle of the US auto industry and home of the Detroit Three – General Motors, Ford and FCA US (formerly Chrysler Group) – only ranks third in the statistics.

Today, BMW Manufacturing produces more than 1.200 vehicles daily and ships all the models towards 140 markets across the globe. Last year the factory also celebrated two decades of continued production, also announcing a $1 billion new investment designed to increase total capacity to around 450.000 units per year. It has around 8,000 employees and churns out of the assembly lines the BMW X3, X5, X5 M, X6, X6 M and X4.