National Geographic to Feature BMW Plant

 Official Release: BMW announced today that the National Geographic Channel (NGC) will air an hour-long documentary on the making of the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle as part of the popular Ultimate Factories series.

Premiering Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel, Ultimate Factories: BMW X3 will be the second time NGC has featured a BMW built exclusively in South Carolina. In 2007, BMW’s Z4 Roadster, also built at the South Carolina factory until 2008, was featured on Ultimate Factories.

National Geographic Channel spent almost two weeks at the BMW factory in early June producing and filming the new program. “Once again, BMW was very pleased to welcome the National Geographic Channel into our plant. We are proud to show people all over the world the quality and craftsmanship of BMW X3, X5 and X6, built exclusively for over 130 markets around the globe, ” said Josef Kerscher, President, BMW Manufacturing.

Currently, the new BMW X3, which began production in South Carolina in September 2010 and went on sale in the U.S. in early 2011, has become a bestseller for the company – with nearly 80,000 vehicles sold globally in 2011.

In 2008, BMW announced a $750 million investment in its South Carolina operation to expand the factory by 1.5 million square feet to build the new BMW X3. The company is projecting over 270,000 BMWs will be produced in South Carolina in 2011.

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  • Millerformula1

    I was there last october and will return next month. 4 million square feet under roof, over 3,700 emoloyees and 70% of production are exported to China, Europe and the Mid East. And the place is so clean you could virtualy “eat off the floor’. Most of the engines are diesel. Only the US cars are mostly gas.

    • Anonymous

      They are also using fuel cells there now to move materials and parts from area to area. I was there before the new expansion was openned. Rumor is they are going to add another “Finger” soon if it hasn’t been started already as the demand for the X cars is insane and with the X4 greenlighted they may need some more production.

  • les

    I was just there on Thursday. I wish I could find a land a job there.