The Last 3 Series Rolls Off the Line in Rosslyn, South Africa

by Member - Sebastien Bell on February 22, 2018, 2:29 pm
After 35 years and nearly 1.2 million 3 Series, BMW Plant Rosslyn has produced its last ever 3 Series Sedan. The line, famous for its quality, produced one in four sixth generation 3 Series.

“We look back with great pride over an extraordinary career path of the production at Plant Rosslyn,” said Tim Abbott, 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 South African plant has been associated with the car for years now, and was the point of creation for many limited edition models, such as the 333i and the 325is.

As a result, the plant’s employees came to love the car, famously giving each model a nickname. The E36, for instance, was known as the “Dolphin” thanks to its elegant lines.

Thankfully, the plant will still be around, but it will start producing the X3, instead. 3 Series production, meanwhile, will move to Potosi, Mexico.

“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,” Stefan Hülsenberg, Director of BMW Plant Rosslyn. “Plans to create a center 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.”

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