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5090 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA, 92111

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Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Fri9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sun11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • SunClosed

Is BMW a Foreign Car?

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BMW is short for Bayerische Motoren Werke, and if you’ve got an eye for languages, you might be able to recognize this name as German! Yes, BMW is and always has been based in Bavaria, a state in southeastern Germany. However, the answer to the question, “Is BMW a foreign car?” may not be as straightforward as you’d expect! Keep reading to learn more.

What Country Makes BMW?

Where was your BMW made? This Bavarian car company’s manufacturing line is spread out across five different countries, on three continents. So if you drive with BMW on the roads near Chula Vista, there’s a chance that your vehicle was manufactured, wholly or in part, in Germany, China, Mexico, South Africa, or the United States.

Yes, you read that right! BMW actually operates its single largest production facility in Greer, South Carolina. BMW Plant Spartanburg may not be their oldest facility, but any driver who’s wondering “Is BMW a foreign car?” should know that they’ve been building vehicles in the U.S. since 1994. Although the BMW 3 Series was one of the first models manufactured at this plant, that’s no longer true today.

Is My BMW Foreign?

Is BMW foreign? Although the company’s headquarters is based in Germany, many models in the BMW X Series are produced and assembled here in the states. Are you interested in driving an American-made BMW? Here are the BMWs produced in the U.S. that you’ll find in our San Diego new model inventory:

We know you’ll be impressed with the way these coupes and Sport Activity Vehicles® handle the roads near Encinitas and Carlsbad. After all, when you see the BMW logo, you know you’re dealing with an Ultimate Driving Machine®. Check out our guide to BMW reliability to learn more.

Test Drive a BMW at BMW of San Diego

Are you ready to get behind the wheel? No matter what country made your BMW, it’s easy to get excited about what’s on offer when you check out our new vehicle specials. Interested in learning more about the BMW brand? We can help with that, too.

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