BMW adding 1,000 jobs at South Carolina plant

BMW's biggest plant in the world is about to get a little bigger.

The German automaker said Monday it will add another 1,000 jobs and invest $600 million in the plant as part of a plan to boost annual production to as many 450,000 vehicles.

"It's a great day for us here in Spartanburg and South Carolina and for the BMW group," said Harald Krueger, chairman of BMW. "The workforce will be well above 10,000 people, which is, in my view, clearly a symbol of success."

BMW's facility in Spartanburg is already the company's largest final assembly plant in the world, employing more than 9,000 workers and building more than 411,000 SUVs and crossovers last year.

Krueger marked the 25th anniversary of announcing plans to build the South Carolina plant by unveiling the newest version of the X3 crossover utility vehicle.

While BMW's investment and plan to hire more workers in South Carolina will be welcomed by President Donald Trump, the move comes just months after the president blasted German automakers as part of a broader complaint about Germany's trade surplus with the U.S.

"You can build cars in the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay a 35 percent tax," Trump told the German newspaper Bild earlier this year.

Krueger denies BMW is spending and hiring in South Carolina as a way to placate the president.

"There was already planning before [Trump's election], because we have long-term strategic planning, but also the success of the U.S. market is something that was, for us, important," he said.

Krueger, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, met with Trump in March and he is well aware these are delicate times for automakers in the U.S.

The president is moving to renegotiate NAFTA and many are wondering what type of tariff, if any, could be slapped on autos imported from Mexico and Canada. Last year, those two countries supplied about 20 percent of the 17.5 million vehicles sold in the U.S.

Under pressure from the White House, Ford has scrapped plans to build a new small car assembly plant in Mexico, but BMW is not changing its expansion plans south of the border.
The company is building a final assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, scheduled to open in 2019 that will manufacture the company's most popular vehicle, the 3 Series.

As for a possible tariff on imported vehicles, Krueger is not worried after his conversations with the president.

"We explained, when I was in Washington with the German chancellor and had the opportunity to talk about our business here in Spartanburg, and the president acknowledged how successful our operation is here in South Carolina," said Krueger. "I could argue and explain that one to the president that our success is based on free trade because we are the biggest net exporter for the United States."

BMW M Performance Black Kidney Grills

We just started selling the full range of GENUINE BMW Black Kidney Grills direct from our site! Make an impression that lasts from the first glance: The high-gloss black kidney grille gives the front of the car an even more dynamic and athletic look. The glossy black surrounds make the air inlet appear more striking and bigger. Athletic, unique kidney grill in premium, sturdy BMW quality.

Check them out: https://www.bimmeramerica.com/accessories/bmw-m-performance-black-kidney-grilles

Kidney grills are for all F-Series 3-Series, 4-Series, 5-Series, 6-Series, X1, X3, X5, and X5 vehicles. 

BMW Adaptive Drive

Adaptive Drive.

On every curve, on every road surface: Adaptive Drive counteracts the forces that cause body roll. Your BMW handles with outstanding sporting agility, while also ensuring a very comfortable journey for you and your passengers. Body roll is practically eliminated, and winding roads can be enjoyed with a maximum of stability and safety.

The proven effectiveness of BMW's innovative chassis control systems, Dynamic Drive and Variable Damper Control (VDC) work closely together to deliver an outstandingly smooth ride and enhanced agility. Sensors in your BMW permanently monitor vehicle speed, steering-wheel position and the pitch and yaw forces acting on the chassis. Using this data, the system precisely adjusts the stabilisers and the dampers, changing their settings quickly and accurately. This coordinated interaction of dampers and stabilisers counteracts the forces that cause the body to roll or sway. Your BMW hugs the road, delivers neutral self-steering behaviour, outstanding agility and shorter braking distances.

Furthermore, Adaptive Drive adjusts the suspension settings to suit the character of the road surface. Each axle has its own independent motor that can adjust the dampers on each individual wheel. When the road surface under one side of the vehicle differs in character from that on the other side - such as when driving on roads with gravel shoulders - Adaptive Drive instantly adjusts the suspension settings of the wheels on one side to practically eliminate any perceptible unevenness in the road. In addition, you can choose between a more comfortable default setting for the suspension, or a more sporting setting.

Such high-speed calculations and responses demand a high-performance electronics system. Adaptive Drive utilises FlexRay, a high-speed data transfer system that networks sensors, control units and stabilisers.

SEMA and AAPEX was a Success!

This post is a little late but we have been quite busy since we got back from SEMA this year. We met a good amount of amazing new companies and hope to get their products launched soon! Of particular interest is a unique Swiss company that makes very innovative care safety products and another small company who has very cool dash cams. Hoping to bring them to you soon!

-S

Launching our new Rotomaster N54 replacement turbos!

Rotomaster BMW N54 Replacement TwinPower TurboCharger

We just finalized our distributor agreement with rotomaster to carry N54 replacement turbos! We are very excited and you all should be too, great company and an affordable price. These puppies come with a 12 month UNLIMITED mileage warranty - so drive it like it's stolen. 

http://www.bimmeramerica.com/performance/n54-turbocharger

1-Year BMW Navigation Map Update Subscription Launch

We have just launched a new subscription service for our navigation map updates! Lately there has been numerous requests for information on when the 2016.2 map update will be releases since 2016.1 has been out for quite sometime. 

Although we still dont have an answer on when 2016.2 will come out we do have an answer to the problem - yearly map update subscriptions! When you purchase a subscription you will be sent the current map update software and a release code. If you purchase the download version you will receive an email as soon as the new map is released with the download instructions and release code. If you purchase the shipped USB version you will receive an email notifying you of your tracking number for your new map update. 

We are offering a yearly download subscription fro $99 and a yearly shipped USB subscription for $119: http://www.bimmeramerica.com/coding/bmw-navigation-map-update

SEMA/AAPEX

We just finished up at SEMA and AAPEX this year and WOW, it was amazing. Tons of awesome BMWs, which you can see on our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/bimmeramerica/.

This year was our first year attending the show and we are looking forward to next year already. We made dozens of great product contacts that will help us launch into selling aftermarket parts and accessories to all of you bimmer fans out there.

Stay tuned! We have some great things in the pipeline!

BMW F-Series Coding Launching this Sunday!

This sunday we are launching our F-series coding service, map updates, and satellite radio retro fit service! With BMW coding you can add (and disable) a variety of features, all to personalize your vehicle to suit your wants and needs. Whether that's disabling the legal disclaimer or error messages for after market parts, or enabling features that were not available when your vehicle was produced. Folding mirrors on lock/unlock is a popular feature, as is closing the trunk with your key. Keep an eye out during launch week for 50% off promo codes! (hint: look at the bimmer_girls or baggedBMWs instagram pages . . . .)

-Steve

Affiliation with Sterling BMW for OEM Parts

We have affiliated with Sterling BMW in Newport Beach, California and now get an exclusive discount on OEM parts and Accessories. Our readers and forum members get 25-30% off the MSRP of all genuine BMW parts and 20-25% of the MSRP of all genuine BMW accessories. That is a guaranteed minimum discount of 25% on parts and 20% on accessories. Sterling BMW offers nationwide shipping on all items and will assist customers with shipping internationally. Sterling also provides installation and service for customers willing to travel to the dealership.

Sterling BMW has also guaranteed that Bimmer America members receive "meet or beat" pricing on all parts. Meaning, if you find the same item for less at another BMW dealership, Sterling BMW will meet or beat the price.

Here is an excerpt from Sterling BMW's parts website

*****If you're looking for BMW car parts in Newport Beach, Sterling BMW's car parts department provides top-quality, OEM, parts for all BMW models (1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, M, M3, M4, M5, M6, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6, Z3, Z4, Z8, 750i). Our dealership and parts department is located at 3000 West Coast Highway in Newport Beach, CA. Sterling BMW's parts team is knowledgeable, friendly and ready to help. If you know the particular part or accessory  that you need, fill out the auto parts order form.

If you would like to order your BMW part online, feel free to use our online parts order form. A parts specialist will receive your order and contact you as soon as possible. We can also help install the parts and accessories that you purchase from Sterling BMW! Schedule an appointment with our BMW service center today. Your auto parts and accessories will be installed correctly the first time by our certified BMW mechanics, saving you time and money. 

Also check out our Parts Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions regarding auto parts and accessories.

Please contact our parts department if you have any additional questions. You can also call us at 800-686-9044 and get a BMW part in Orange County today.*****

Check out our BMW Parts Store section under the Marketplace Tab

Thanks for reading.

-Steve

Welcome to Bimmer America

Thank you for visiting our site. We just launched in January and have exciting things planned for the BMW community. As you can see, we have already launched our news, buying guide, and forum sections. In the future we will be doing gear giveaways, BMW meets, and product testing and reviews. We are also planning on becoming an OEM parts distributor and starting a coding, programming, and retrofit service.

Feedback is always appreciated. Feel free to comment on these posts or send us an email using the contact us form.

Thanks again and stay tuned for new things!

-Steve