Pre-production of BMW’s latest Sports Activity Vehicle has begun at their Spartanburg plant in the United States. Over the following 12 months, the new X7 from BMW will be put through a range of tests under somewhat severe driving conditions before being released for its world premiere.
Tests include homologation, registration and extreme condition testing in the desert regions of Death Valley or on the ice and snow covered slopes of Scandinavia which are implemented after the pre-production model is handed over to the development department specialists by the Spartanburg plant.
BMW X models for the States and the global market are produced in Spartanburg, with numbers produced now reaching record breaking figures of more than 411,000 units in 2016 with around 3.9 million vehicles produced in total by the plant since 1994. Every day, 1,400 BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 models are released from the assembly line, with the BMW X7 soon to be added to their impressive array of X models.
Head of the BMW Group Spartanburg, Knudt Flor, commented “We are proud to produce the BMW X7 here in Spartanburg, the home of our X models. This is a very special vehicle and our employees are looking forward to yet a further member of the X family. Together with the BMW X7, a total of five BMW X models will be exported from Spartanburg to all four corners of the globe.”