It was Tuesday night on Trade with BMWs featured.
Downtown patrons mingled around vintage and newer model BMWs. A Z4 Roadster, formerly manufactured in Greer, drew some of the larger audiences.
With demand of the Greer-manufactured X3 remaining strong, BMW Group reported its highest sales for the first six months of a year, with a total of 954,521 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 6.0 percent over the same period last year (900,566). Sales in June also reached an all-time high with 184,489 vehicles sold worldwide last month, an increase of 6.9 percent over the previous year (172,528).
The X3, produced at the BMW Manufacturing Co. plant in Greer, had sales climb to 77,959 vehicles in the first half year compared to 74,099, plus 5.2 percent in 2012.
Josef Kerscher, who since 2007 has been President of BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer, will assume new responsibilities as Managing Director of BMW Plant Dingolfing in Bavaria, Germany. Taking over from Kerscher in Greer will be Manfred Erlacher, currently Managing Director of BMW Plant Leipzig in Saxony, Germany. The handover takes place Nov. 1.
Under Kerscher’s leadership, the BMW plant in Greer nearly tripled production, going from 105,000 vehicles in 2006 to more than 301,000 vehicles in 2012. During the same period, the Greer plant became the largest exporter of cars from the United States.