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BMW to begin manufacturing X3 PHEV in S Africa for global export in 2024

Milan Nedeljković, BMW AG Board Member for Production and also Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW South Africa, announced that from 2024, the company will manufacture the BMW X3 as a plug-in hybrid for global export at Plant Rosslyn in South Africa. An investment of 4.2 billion rand (more than €200 million) will ready the plant for electromobility.

The investment will be accompanied by specialist training for more than 300 employees at the plant.

Plant Rosslyn was the BMW Group’s first foreign facility. Plant Rosslyn has produced more than 1.6 million vehicles to date and exported them to more than 40 countries worldwide, including 14 nations in Africa.

Its production portfolio has included the BMW 1800 SA and BMW 2000 SA as well as the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series. For decades it was a cornerstone of BMW 3 Series production, and it has been manufacturing the BMW X3 since 2018—the best-selling BMW.

Its establishment marked the start of BMW’s globalization. Today, the BMW Group sells vehicles in more than 140 countries around the world and operates manufacturing facilities in 15.


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