Do you know where BMW is from and where it makes its cars today?
It should be fairly obvious. After all, BMW’s place of origin is right in its name, which stands for Bayerische Motorenwerke or “Bavarian Motor Work.” But while you might be well aware of BMW’s German origins, it operates many plants outside of its homeland today.
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In this post, we’ll provide a brief overview of BMW’s history, where it was first incorporated and where its plants are located today. This post will focus on the BMW plants that serve the North American market, as it operates many plants that serve single markets only, such as those in China.
Where is BMW From?
BMW was technically incorporated in Munich, Germany, in 1916, and its global headquarters are still located there today.
It was originally founded as aircraft manufacturer Rapp Motorenwerke, but the company was renamed Bayerische Motorenwerke in 1917 following the departure of company founder Karl Rapp. The company was also the result of the amalgamation of two other companies with Rapp, Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, and Automobilwerk Eisenach. BMW considers the founding date of Bayerische Flugzeugwerke on March 7, 1916, to be the official founding date of BMW.
Where is BMW Made?
Most of BMW’s cars are built in Germany, but not all of them. Here are all the BMW plants that serve North America:
BMW Group Plant Dingolfing – Dingolfing, Germany
- BMW 4 Series
- BMW 5 Series
- BMW 7 Series
- BMW 8 Series
BMW Regensburg – Regensburg, Germany
- BMW X1
- BMW X2
BMW Leipzig – Leipzig, Germany
- BMW 2 Series
- BMW i8
- BMW i3
BMW US Manufacturing – Greer, South Carolina, USA
- BMW X3
- BMW X4
- BMW X5
- BMW X6
- BMW X7
BMW San Luis Potosí – San Luis Potosí, Mexico
- BMW 3 Series
Magna Steyr (Contract plant) – Graz, Austria
- BMW Z4
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