Is BMW a Foreign Car?

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BMW is famous for German engineering and its history of hugging the lightning-fast curves of the Autobahn, but is driven and loved in cities like Bedford in the United States, and other countries around the world. In these days of multinational corporations, it’s hard to tell exactly where cars originate. Lots of Americans ask, “Is BMW foreign?” 

A Little About BMW’s History

Bayerische Motoren Werke was officially founded in 1916 in Germany, the merging of several companies that had built aircraft engines. They were forced to cease airplane production at the end of World War I, and switched to farm equipment and other heavy-duty engines from a factory in Munich. BMW has been headquartered in the same Munich location since 1922. A year later they started selling motorcycles, with car production starting in 1928. They’ve been selling cars in the US since 1956.

What Country Makes BMW?

BMW has always been a German-owned company, but these days the cars are made in multiple countries: Germany, Mexico, China, South Africa, and the USA. In fact, the BMW you drive in Londonderry might have been built at the largest BMW production plant in the world in Greer, SC, which produces around 1,900 cars a day. In 2010 it became the largest automotive manufacturing employer in the United States. BMW opened the facility, called BMW Zentrum, in 1994. 

What BMWs are Made in the USA?

Because of the popularity of crossover SUVs in the USA, BMW built BMW Zentrum to focus on manufacturing the entire X Series, which was introduced in 1999. Every BMW X Series in the world originates in South Carolina. It was American ingenuity and need that fueled the creation of the X Series and its multiple body types for drivers who want a versatile selection in their uniquely American SUVs, coupled with the dynamic power of BMW’s engines. 

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170 Auto Center Rd. Manchester, NH


Phone: 603-644-2691

170 Auto Center Rd. Manchester, NH
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