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BMW of Grand Blanc

9099 Holly Road
Directions Grand Blanc, MI 48439

  • Sales: 866-601-4892

Sales Hours

  • Monday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Thursday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 10am-2pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Dealership Hours

  • Monday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Thursday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 10am-2pm
  • Sunday Closed

Parts Dept. Hours

  • Monday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Thursday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Service Dept. Hours

  • Monday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Thursday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

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BMW is one of the world's most well-known German automobile manufacturers. The company has been around since 1916, yet it didn't issue its first motorbike until 1923 and its first car until 1928. While most people are familiar with the emblem, when did this renowned brand make its way to the United States?

Let's take a look at BMW's history in the United States and where the company might be headed in the future.

 Photo Courtesy of (HUNTINGTON, 2020)


BMW makes its debut in the United States in 1956.

BMW began selling automobiles in the United States in 1956. However, if you wanted to bring a piece of German engineering home at the time, you had to have it delivered from abroad. Dedicated BMW aficionados, however, continued to seek out European variants like the Isetta 300 Motocoupe.

Max Hoffman, an Austrian-born car dealer, purchased the rights to sell BMWs and other imported cars in the United States in 1954, but it didn't help him much until 1962, when the 02 Series became popular. Since then, BMWs have played an important role in American automotive history, but it is only the beginning of the story.

 
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The First Dealership in the United States Opens in 1975.
1975 was a watershed moment for BMW in the United States, as it saw the company reclaim its distribution rights from Hoffman and open its first dealership on this side of the Atlantic. While its initial forays into the automotive sector were not well accepted - especially when overshadowed by the oil crisis of the early 1970s - the brand took off with a fury once it got its foot in the door.

The 1982 E30 was one of the company's most successful models to date, and its success led to another major choice a decade later.

Manufactured in the United States in 1994.
BMW launched its first production plant in the United States in Greer, South Carolina, in 1994. BMW was the 12th best-selling vehicle in the United States in 2016, owing to the large number of automobiles it could produce domestically. The Spartanburg plant now produces a half-dozen models, including the X3, X4, X5, X6, and X7 SUVs, and can create more than 1,500 vehicles each day.

BMW's Future in the United States

BMW is a strong brand that is constantly evolving and changing to keep up with the trends.

While it may be too early to predict where this company's future lays, one thing is certain: the American automobile market would be a very different place today if a single car salesman called Max Hoffman hadn't bought BMW's distribution rights in the 1950s. He was the one who demonstrated what BMW was and could be. People may not have flocked to earlier models in previous decades, but these automobiles would not have made it to America otherwise.