BMW says it is sticking with plans to add 1,000 workers and invest $600 million in South Carolina, even though the company will start production of a new vehicle in China.
BMW spokesman Ken Sparks told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg the company’s new electric iX3 SUV will be produced only in China. He says it won’t affect Spartanburg production.
The announcement appeared to be a denial of earlier reports that said the car-maker was moving production out of the U.S. and into China.
BMW and Chinese partner Brilliance Automotive Group Holdings said Monday a joint venture called BMW Brilliance Automotive will increase the number of vehicles made annually in China to 520,000 next year.