BMW AG rolled out its 500,000th X5 SUV at its Spartanburg, S.C., plant Friday. The vehicle is destined for a buyer in Hamburg, Germany, BMW said Monday.
The vehicle is a six-cylinder, 3.0-liter diesel. It's Midnight Blue and equipped with leather seats and 19-inch alloy wheels.
BMW began making the X5 in September 1999 and reached 100,000 produced nearly two years later. The SUV is made only at the automaker's Spartanburg, S.C., plant, which also makes the Z4 roadster. A spokesman at the Spartanburg plant said the facility accounts for about 17 percent of BMW's global production. The X5 has three trim levels, the 3.0i, 4.4i and 4.8is. The 2005 3.0i base model has a sticker price of $42,395, including freight.
When the SUV was launched for the 2000 model year, the 4.4i was the only trim level offered, and it was priced at $49,970. The 2005 4.4i is $53,495. Prices include freight.
The German automaker said it exports about 60 percent of vehicles it builds in the United States, including about 55 to 60 percent of the X5s, which go to markets in Europe and Japan.
BMW has sold 13,258 X5s in the United States through May, a 13 percent year-over-year increase, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Since the vehicle's 1999 introduction, 218,507 have been sold in North America.
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