而1994年，宝马公司在南卡罗来纳州北部制造工厂生产的第一辆宝马汽车下线则是本州汽车业腾飞的起点。 二十多年过后，南卡罗来纳州已崛起成为汽车制造业的龙头重镇。南卡罗来纳州目前在美国乘用车整车出口方面遥遥领先。 目前，南卡罗来纳州的乘用车出口量在全美遥遥领先。 此外，本州的轮胎生产和出口量也位居第一，占全美市场份额的近三分之一。
More than 400 operations of automotive-related companies call SC home. Here's a quick automotive industry overview.
More than 25 years in, BMW Plant Spartanburg has proven to be an exceptional gateway, providing the German automaker with great access to the North American market.
“The production of our 4 millionth vehicle in South Carolina reflects the commitment and dedication of every associate to produce premium quality vehicles.”
Knudt Flor, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing, September 2017
In 1994, the first BMW produced in North America – a 318i – rolled off the company’s assembly line at the premium automobile maker’s first full manufacturing facility outside of Germany located in Spartanburg County, SC. BMW's presence has been a game-changer for the Palmetto State, proving to the world that South Carolina has the workforce necessary to produce complex, highly-advanced products.
After two decades in South Carolina, Honda’s Florence County operations continue to thrive, growing and evolving to meet ever-increasing customer demand.
“I've been really impressed with the quality of our workforce.”
Gary Mabrey, President of Honda of South Carolina, July 2018
In 1998 Honda established operations in South Carolina by opening an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) advanced manufacturing facility. In August 2015, Honda announced a new $42 million investment, growing the facility by 115,000 square feet and facilitating the addition of two new product lines – the Pioneer 1000 and Pioneer 1000-5. A year later, the company announced another significant expansion – a $45 million investment, which is expected to create 250 new jobs.