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First shipment of 2000 BMW X3s exported

• Production of BMW X3s restarted at Plant Rosslyn last month after Covid-19 closure. • Almost 2000 BMW X3s shipped this week to European markets. • Export of cars worth R1.5bn. • Second shift added this week.


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Midrand, South Africa – This week, BMW Group South Africa dispatched almost 2000 proudly South Africa-built BMW X3 vehicles for export, with an approximate value of R1.5 billion.

This is the first overseas shipment since Plant Rosslyn resumed its operations, in one shift, on 18 May after national lockdown restrictions were eased, and in response to global demand. The Sports Activity Vehicles have been ordered for European customers.

This week, BMW Group’s Plant Rosslyn, a state-of-the-art facility with a maximum capacity of 76 000 units a year, resumed a second shift operation. The ramp up of production is a milestone not only for the premium manufacturer, but for the South African economy.


Safe workplace endorsed by the government

Recently, Gauteng’s Premier - David Makhura – assessed and endorsed Plant Rosslyn, thanks to its adherence to strict health and safety conditions.

Measures to protect returning staff have been put in place, including mandatory daily screening, the supply of four masks a day, the appointment of dedicated Coronavirus compliance officers and health services personnel.


Bolstering a healthy supply chain

BMW Group South Africa’s Plant Rosslyn transported the cars to the port of Durban with more than 230 truckloads, as well as by rail network. This bolsters a transport and logistics industry that in turn employs thousands of South Africans.

BMW South Africa is one of the country’s most significant automotive employers, having exported approximately R150bn worth of vehicles in the past 10 years.




If you have any queries regarding this press announcement, please contact:

BMW South Africa Group Communications:

Mr Sibusiso Mkwanazi

BMW South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Manager: Group Product Communications

Cell: +27 71 666 0171

Tel: +27 12 522 2463



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With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to € 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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