March 15, 2006

BMW produces 1 millionth vehicle in U.S.

Spartanburg, South Carolina – Twelve years after the first car rolled off its South Carolina assembly line, BMW Manufacturing Co. has produced its 1 millionth car.

The millionth vehicle, built February 28, 2006, is a Z4 M Roadster, finished in Interlagos Blue with a Champagne Leather interior. Due to its historical significance, the vehicle will remain in the company’s possession at its museum.

The Z4 also marks the company’s tenth year of roadster production, starting with the Z3 in 1996. The next-generation Z4 began production in October 2002, with the 100,00th one built in November 2004. The South Carolina plant first opened in July 1994 and pledged to employ 2,000 employees by 2000; by 2000, it employed 3,000 people and today employs about 4,500 workers.

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