South Carolina

Tire makers roll into South Carolina

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
South Carolina became the nation's leading tire producer in the fourth quarter last year with estimated daily output of 89,000 tires, edging Oklahoma's 88,000 units....
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BMW's gamble on U.S. factory provides export windfall

July 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's U.S. factory in South Carolina -- its first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany -- has become a bona fide success. The plant is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and remain ahead of rivals....
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BMW bet on S.C. plant pays off with export windfall

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
BMW's first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany has become a bona fide success after initial hiccups. The factory in Spartanburg, S.C., -- already the nation's biggest light-vehicle exporter -- is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and keep ahead of rivals Audi and Mercedes....
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BMW aims big crossover at U.S. -- and Mercedes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
BMW's decision to approve the seven-seat X7 crossover was driven by competitive pressure -- especially in the United States, says CEO Norbert Reithofer. "We cannot just ignore a market for a BMW product," he said at a press briefing Friday before a ceremony to announce a $1 billion, 100,000-unit expansion to BMW's factory in South Carolina....
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BMW's Spartanburg plant will be company's biggest

1:00 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
BMW is investing $1 billion in its Spartanburg, S.C., factory by 2016 to expand capacity by 100,000 units and add production of a fifth crossover, the X7 -- making the plant its biggest worldwide....
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BMW's U.S. factory will be company's biggest global car plant after adding X7 crossover

March 28, 2014 19:00 CET
BMW is investing $1 billion in its U.S. factory to expand capacity by 100,000 units and add production of a fifth crossover, the X7 -- making the plant its biggest worldwide....
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BMW X7 addition will make U.S. factory automaker's biggest car plant

March 27, 2014 20:30 CET
BMW's U.S. factory is on track to become the automaker's largest global production site with the addition of the X7 crossover....
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BMW X7 poised to make S.C. plant an even bigger manufacturing powerhouse

2:30 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
BMW's next expansion at its Spartanburg, S.C., plant and the addition of the X7 crossover will mark another milestone for a factory that's become a centerpiece of BMW's global manufacturing strategy. Since producing its first car 20 years ago, Spartanburg has expanded to rank as the industry's biggest producer of vehicles exported from North America, according to BMW....
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BMW will build 7-seat crossover in its U.S. plant

March 21, 2014 15:56 CET
The long-rumored BMW X7 will be built at the company's U.S. plant where annual production capacity will be increased to 400,000....
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BMW plans 7-seat crossover for Spartanburg

9:56 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2014
The long-rumored BMW X7 will be built at the company's plant in South Carolina, a person familiar with the plans said. The German automaker will make the announcement on March 28, said the person, who was not authorized to discuss the move publicly....
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BMW details specifications for X4 ahead of New York debut

3:13 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2014
BMW has unveiled details and photos of its new X4 crossover with coupe styling. The vehicle is scheduled to make its world debut next month at the New York auto show, with production beginning this spring in South Carolina....
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JESSE SNYDER

At VW, labor is full partner -- please tell southern U.S. politicians

8:05 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Especially in an election year, I expect political rhetoric over UAW organizing in the South. But, frankly, I was shocked by two southern politicians so eager to score points with local conservative voting bases that they insulted half the board members of the German automakers whose plants they so covet....
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S.C. governor tells unionized companies to stay away

2:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2014
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, in the wake of the UAW's failed attempt to organize Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, is advising companies with union work forces to stay out of her state....
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BMW, Kia plants cancel shifts because of winter storm

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2014
BMW and Kia canceled shifts at their plants in the United States today because of severe winter weather in the Southeast. A winter storm warning is in effect until Thursday evening for the area, with snow and ice potentially causing power outages and treacherous roadways....
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BMW U.S. plant cancels shift because of winter storm

Feb. 12, 2014 19:33 CET
BMW's U.S. assembly plant canceled a shift because of severe weather. The factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is the company's sole global source of the X3, X5 and X6....
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Biweekly finance plan boosts F&I revenue

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
When Michael Barrett joined Vaden Automotive Group as finance director in January 2012, he was tasked with boosting finance and insurance revenues....
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Q&A: STEFAN SOMMER

ZF goes full-speed on 9-speeds (but not 10)

Aug. 7, 2013 06:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen plans to boost production of eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions by 50 percent to 1.2 million units by 2016....
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Clemson project uncovers what Gen Y drivers really want

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Think the auto industry pros have America's massive rising Gen Y youth market all figured out? Sometimes it becomes painful apparent that you don't know what you don't know....
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Q&A: STEFAN SOMMER

ZF goes full-speed on 9-speeds (but not 10)

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
ZF Friedrichshafen AG plans to boost production of eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions by 50 percent to 1.2 million units by 2016. Stefan Sommer, ZF's CEO, spoke recently with Special Correspondent Richard Truett....
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Hand-made auto parts? They're coming, says researcher

10:18 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Is there an auto assembly worker in the near future who is strong enough to form metal parts with his bare hands? Handmade chassis parts are an actual concept for a future generation of low-volume vehicles, says Paul Venhovens, who holds the BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Systems Integration at Clemson University....
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ZF to invest $215 million to build 8- and 9-speed transmissions in S.C.

10:11 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2013
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen is expanding a South Carolina plant that just started producing fuel-saving 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions last month....
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