South Africa – The milestone vehicle rolled off the production line earlier today. Last year, the 2,900-strong workforce at the plant in Pretoria built 68,771 of the sedan for local and export sales. The latter increased by 17% in 2014.
“Established in 1973, plant Rosslyn was BMW Group’s first foreign plant and represents a cornerstone of our global production network with presently 30 sites in 14 countries,” commented Harald Krüger, BMW board member for production. “To this day, the South African production site remains a vivid example of a successful market entry through local production.”
BMW South Africa directly and indirectly provides employment for 43,000 people, including 36,000 at first-tier suppliers.