The Bavarian car maker has achieved a new milestone as it has sold its 1 Millionth BMW X5 model to a customer in China.
The 1 Millionth BMW X5 is a sapphire black metallic xDrive35i
version with Nevada leather trimming, and the SUV was produced at the company’s plant in Spartanburg/South Carolina and will soon be delivered to its owner.
Production for the BMW X5 started 11 years ago in 1999 when this four-wheel drive vehicle opened a new segment and recorded steadily increasing sales figures.
One of the newest BMW X5 models today is the xDrive30d, which is
powered by a 6-cylinder diesel engine that produces 245 bhp (180 kW) and is able to cover 100 Km on 7.4 litres of fuel.
BMW press release :
Munich. From trendsetter to bestseller. Within just
eleven years, one million BMW X5 models have been sold. The
anniversary edition, a sapphire black metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i
featuring cinnamon brown Nevada leather trim, came off the assembly
line at the American BMW plant in Spartanburg/South Carolina today and
is soon to be delivered to a customer in China. Achieving the
seven-digit production figure is a further milestone in the success
story of the first Sports Activity Vehicle. When it premiered in 1999,
the four-wheel driven BMW X5 was the first vehicle of its kind. Since
then, the concept of combining superior dynamics on tarmac with
outstanding traction on off-road terrain, has been a show-stopper
worldwide, whilst also generating crucial impulses for the BMW model
portfolio. With the family of BMW X models, which has meanwhile
grown to comprise a total of four members, the company has recorded
steadily increasing sales figures unmatched by any other manufacturer
with comparable vehicles.
The BMW X5 remains the symbol and most crucial innovator for the
continuing success of the Sports Activity Vehicle concept. The
spacious five-door car offers up to seven seats, its intelligent
four-wheel drive system BMW xDrive guarantees awesome acceleration,
both on and off road. Permanent, electronically controlled four-wheel
drive technology distributes motive force to the front and rear wheels
variably and according to each specific situation. Furthermore, a
luxurious interior ambience and a wide choice of innovative driver
assistance systems contribute towards the characteristic manifestation
of driving pleasure so typical of a BMW.
Moreover, numerous awards document the outstanding product quality
with regard to design, driving pleasure, safety and reliability. In
2007, the BMW X5 received, inter alia, the design prize
“autonis” awarded by the trade journal “auto motor
und sport“ for the most attractive design, as well as a Gold
Award in the J.D. Power Study on customer satisfaction in North
America. The American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
voted this Sports Activity Vehicle as the “Top Safety
Pick” for outstanding crash test behaviour both in 2007 and
2008. Current proof of the vehicle’s exceptional reliability is
given by the latest breakdown statistics issued by Europe’s
largest automobile club ADAC, in which the BMW X5 ranks second place
behind the BMW X3 in the all-terrain vehicle category.
Again in 2010, the BMW X5 is more than ever a role model and
benchmark in its class in terms of driving dynamics, efficiency,
variability, premium quality and safety. With a concisely modified
design, a thoroughly revised engine range and additional innovative
equipment features, it continues to extend its lead within the
competitive environment. Its trendsetting qualities include
outstanding efficiency unparalleled in this particular segment. A
prime example of this is the BMW X5 xDrive30d, which is
powered by a 180 kW/245 bhp straight six-cylinder diesel
engine and achieves an average fuel consumption of 7.4 litres/100 km
in the EU test cycle.
With its multitude of qualities the BMW X5 has become the most
significant innovator within the entire competitive environment of
four-wheel driven vehicles. At the same time, the premium car builder
has also repeatedly assumed the cutting edge in each respective
segment with the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe, the BMW
X6, and with the compact BMW X1.
The development of the BMW Spartanburg plant is also closely linked
with the success story of the BMW X5. The location, which has existed
for 15 years now, has become the most crucial centre of expertise for
BMW X models within the BMW Group’s global production network.
Built in Spartanburg, the BMW X5 is now exported to more than 120
countries, with the BMW X6 also being produced there for export to the
entire global market. Before the end of this year, production of the
latest BMW X3 generation will commence at this location.

Source: BMW