BMW announced on Thursday that they will invest nearly $900 million over the next three years and create 300 new jobs in 2012 at its South Carolina Plant. The investment will allow the luxury auto maker to create 350,000 vehicles in the mid-term.
The announcement of the investment will allow for the expanded production of BMW X6, X5, and X3 SUVs. The all-new BMW X4 will also be produced at the Spartanburg, South Carolina plant.
The BMW X4 will be released in 2014 and is said to be a mix of the X3 and the sporty X6. The compact crossover will share powertrains with the X3. The X4 will also receive many fuel-efficient features such as stop-start systems, brake-energy recuperation, and enhanced aerodynamics.
In 2011, this plant produced over 270,000 vehicles for over 130 markets around the world. BMW invested $750 million into the plant between 2008 and 2010 to expand production of the popular BMW X3 compact SUV.
As better materials and new technology come about, the world of high-performance cars has rapidly evolved. BMW is a prime example of an innovative automaker pushing the boundaries of performance vehicles. The German company is at it again exploring the possibility of using carbon ceramic brakes on the 2012 BMW M5.
Working with its brake supplier, Brembo, BMW is exploring the option of adding new brakes to enhance the performance of the M5 even further. Carbon ceramic brakes have been used for years in high-end racing series due to their ability to handle immense heat loads without any issues. Very rarely though do this high-performance brakes end up on consumer sedans.
The high heat capacity of the carbon ceramic rotors makes them perfectly suited for larger sedans. The weight of the 180-mph M5 translates into a lot of friction-generated heat when driving “with spirit”.
While the carbon discs are at least a year away, they could be a great addition to the BMW M5.