BMW X sales lead record May, report has electric SUV to be built in Greer

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Sunday, June 14, 2015

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BMW X sales lead record May, report has electric SUV to be built in Greer
There’s nothing but good news driving BMW’s Greer plant.

A huge hiring event begins Monday, with a goal of 1,000 interviews by Friday, the Greer-produced X family of SUV’s is leading BMW Global to all-time monthly and year-to-date sales records and reports out of Germany suggest Greer will build an electric SUV.

See details on the hiring event, Monday through Friday, here.

The popularity of the BMW X family, produced in Greer, continues to be a significant growth driver for BMW Group, which announced a 4 percent increase in May with a total of 159,129 vehicles being delivered to customers.

A new BMW Group sales record was reached year-to-date with a total of 890,937 vehicles delivered in the first five months of the year, an increase of 7.7 percent.

Greer’s production toward the record included:

• The new X4 sales totaled 4,376

• X5 sales were up 24.7 percent, 15,505 vehicles

• X6 increased by 43.9 percent to 3,890

The German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche has reported that plans to build a BMW electric SUV in Greer is awaiting board approval.

The magazine describes the electric SUV as the third model in the BMW “i” range, after the i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid coupe. One rumor is for a plug-in hybrid sedan called the i5. Reports are the new model won’t arrive until 2018 at the earliest.

The X7, a three-row model, will be the next model launched in Greer, in 2016, as part of the $1 billion expansion. A third paint shop is also being built off Brockman McClimon Road.




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