SOUTH CAROLINA // BMW announced last week that it had made its one millionth X5 model within 11 years of production. The anniversary edition, a sapphire black metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i featuring cinnamon brown Nevada leather trim, came off the assembly line at the American BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina and will be delivered to a customer in China. The X5 was first introduced in 1999, and at that time BMW-owned Land Rover and was able to utilise the expertise of the 4x4 manufacturer. BMW declared the X5 a new category of car, the sports activity vehicle. Spartanburg was originally used to build the Z3 roadster and the Z4, but production of sports cars was relocated to Germany in 2008, and the US plant became the main producer of BMW's X5 and X6, production of the X3 is scheduled to switch from Europe to the US later this year. The BMW X5 is now exported to more than 120 countries.