Is BMW a Foreign Car?

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Many Visalia-area luxury vehicle shoppers are wondering, “Is BMW a foreign car?” We know because we get asked this question a lot here at BMW Fresno. And frankly, we can’t blame customers for wondering about where a vehicle they might want to commit to is made. The answer to your question, “Is BMW a foreign car,” is: “Yes and no.” Allow us to explain why that is below.

BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, and BMW is and always has been a German-owned company. That having been said, many new BMW models, including the entire X Series lineup, are currently produced and assembled in various regions around the world, including the U.S. So, in that sense, your BMW may not be as “foreign” as you think. Read on to learn more or contact us online at BMW Fresno anytime!

Where is BMW Made?

Is BMW foreign? Most definitely, if you’re asking that question from the confines of the United States! That said, with the advent of globalization, even when a certain car manufacturer is based in a certain foreign country, there’s a very good chance that its vehicles are actually made elsewhere, not too far from your own backyard in the good old USA! So, what country makes BMW? There are several countries where BMW models are made. In fact, here are the five different countries where BMW is currently set up for manufacturing

  1. Germany
  2. The United States
  3. Mexico
  4. China
  5. South Africa

Fun fact: Did you know that the BMW manufacturing center in Greer, SC is actually the largest BMW production facility currently in existence? That’s right! So, statistically speaking, there’s a good chance that your BMW is technically nearly as American in origin as it is German!

Which BMW Vehicles Are Made in the U.S.?

BMW’s U.S. plant in Greer was built in 1994, but it recently went through some huge expansions to keep up with increasing consumer demand for new BMW models, especially the BMW X Series lineup.

Fun fact #2: BMW manufactures the entire X Series here in the States!

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