To mark its 20th anniversary of building cars in the U.S., BMW is investing $1 billion in its plant in Greer, South Carolina.
The German giant is planning the manufacturing of its new X-series vehicles at that same facility that introduced foreign automakers to Southern plants.
As of now, the intentions are to make the X7, a larger SUV with three rows of seats, resembling a Cadillac Escalade. Another vehicle in the making will be the sportier version of X3 coupe, X4. A plug-in hybrid version of its smaller X5 SUV will also be produced.
The company announced that will hire 800 additional workers, which will bring the total number of plant employees to 8,800. The Greer plant will make 450,000 vehicles a year by 2016, becoming the largest of the company’s 28 plants worldwide.
In 2013, some 300,000 BMWs were made in South Carolina, with a total of 2.6 million vehicles manufactured in the past two decades.
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