BMW group23 Feb 2018

After a successful 35-year run, Plant Rosslyn has bid farewell to the production of the BMW 3 Series Saloon. Since 1983, a total of 1,191,604 units and five generations of the vehicle have rolled off the production line at the South African plant, with one in four of the current generation originating from there.

In the coming months, Plant Rosslyn will begin production of the new BMW X3. Plant San Luis Potosí in Mexico will take on production of the BMW 3 Series Saloon in the future.

Production staff at the Rosslyn Plant bid farewell to the BMW 3 Series Saloon

“We look back with great pride over an extraordinary career path of the production at Plant Rosslyn," said Tim Abbott, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BMW Group South Africa. "Over the years, the development of our production and export programme has been the catalyst for our sustainable growth and contribution to the South African economy.”

The production staff at the plant were exceptionally passionate about the BMW 3 Series Saloon, so much so that they gave each generation a legendary nickname. For example, the third generation was named 'Dolphin' for its elegant contours. Limited edition models, such as the BMW 333i and 325iS, also emerged from the plant.

All five generations of the BMW 3 Series Saloon have been produced at Plant Rosslyn

The production of the new BMW X3 will start a new era for Plant Rosslyn. In 2015, BMW Group South Africa reaffirmed its long term commitment to South Africa through the annoucement that they would invest R6-billion into the plant to allow for the production of the new BMW X3.

Stefan Hülsenberg, Director of Plant Rosslyn, explained: “The enhancement has raised the maximum production capacity to 76,000 units, leaving the plant with excellent potential in the future to produce the highest volume ever in its 45-year history. Plans to create a centre of production excellence at our plant are well under way with the largest infrastructure upgrade in the history of the facility now completed and staff upskilled in state-of-the-art technologies.”

The BMW X3 will be produced at the Rosslyn Plant exclusively for the South African and European markets

Find out more about the BMW 3 Series Saloon here and the BMW X3 here.

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