When we talk about BMW and the Ultimate Driving Machine®, we talk about German engineering. Germany is a fairly large country, though (by Europe’s standards). You can rest assured that many BMW models are built right there in Germany – we’ll cover the few that aren’t, too – but some of you might want to know specifically where your BMW was manufactured.
To answer that question, we’ll go over each of BMW’s manufacturing plants and which models are built in those locations.
BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke, or Bavarian Motor Works, owing its name to BMW’s point of origin in Bavaria, Germany’s southeastern most state. It makes sense then that BMW’s largest manufacturing facility should be right at home in Bavaria. The Dingolfing plant is responsible for assembling an enormous array of BMW models, as well as serving as a supply hub for parts to BMW’s worldwide retail and dealer network.
Models assembled at the Dingolfing plant include: 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, M5, M6
Located in eastern Germany, the Leipzig plant is one of BMW’s newer facilities. It also holds the honor of being one of the world’s most modern and sustainable automobile factories. Four wind turbines help to power the plant as of 2013, and the facility is home to the BMW i lineup, as well as production of numerous vehicles that utilize Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP)
Models assembled at the Leipzig plant include: X1, 1 Series (5-door variant), 2 Series, i3, i8
In the heart of Bavaria, BMW’s Munich production facility is where everything began. First opened in 1922, the better parts of BMW’s history were built on this assembly line. Today, it is the primary site of 3 Series production, one of BMW’s most prolific models. Engines for the entire range of BMW products are also assembled in Munich.
Models assembled at the Leipzig plant include: 3 Series, 4 Series Coupé
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the 3 Series, it became necessary to expand production to another facility in Bavaria. The plant in Regensburg was opened in 1986 to grant additional production capacity.
Models assembled at the Regensburg plant include: 1 Series (3- and 5-door), 3 Series Sedan, 4 Series Convertible, M3 Sedan, Z4 Roadster
If you’ve read our guide to BMW’s Performance Driving School delivery program, you’ll remember that most of BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicles are manufactured not in Germany but right here in the United States. The plant in Spartanburg (they at least picked a city with a German name) opened in 1994 and exports 70% of the cars built in South Carolina to countries around the world.
Models assembled at the Spartanburg plant include: X3, X4, X5, X6, and the upcoming X7.
This list covers the main assembly sites operated by BMW Group, but it is not an exhaustive list of facilities operated by the company. For that, you can refer to the Production page on BMW Group’s website.
We hope you’ve found this post helpful and that you have a better idea of where your BMW was built. If you don’t yet own a BMW or have never driven one, we would be more than happy to help you schedule a test drive today. Visit us at Leith BMW where more than 40 years of experience running a family-owned business will guarantee you one of the best car-buying experiences of your life.