South Carolina

Investment

  • $11.4 billion invested

Production

  • 363,006 vehicles produced in 2018
  • $12.5 billion purchased from U.S. suppliers

Sales

  • 151 international nameplate dealerships
  • 126,989 new vehicles registered in 2018
  • 59% market share of new vehicle registrations in South Carolina

Employment

79,924 total jobs generated in South Carolina
  • 13,510 direct employment
  • 8,512 dealership jobs
  • 57,888 other indirect employment
$5 billion total employee compensation
  • $460 million dealership employee compensation
  • $4.5 billion in direct and other indirect employee compensation
  • Without the operations and related activities of international automakers and auto dealers in the U.S., the unemployment rate in South Carolina would be 3.2% - far higher than the 6.6% official rate.

Revenues

The economic activity of international automaker's in South Carolina generated:
  • $880 million in state and local tax receipts and other revenues
  • $1.2 billion in federal tax receipts and other revenues for the federal government

International Automakers' Vehicles
Made in South Carolina

International automakers have put down deep roots in America and over the past 50 years have become a significant and integral part of the U.S. economy. As a result, the entire American auto industry is stronger and more competitive in the global marketplace.

BMW X3
BMW X3*
BMW X4
BMW X4*
BMW X5
BMW X5*
BMW X6
BMW X6*
BMW X7
BMW X7
Mercedes-Benz Metris
Mercedes-Benz Metris
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Volvo S60 Sedan
Volvo S60 Sedan
*Exported from America

Vehicle Sales in South Carolina

International Automakers sold 63% of the green vehicles in South Carolina in 2018
International Automakers sold 126,989 new vehicles in South Carolina last year
International Automakers' share of vehicle sales in South Carolina was 59% last year

Sources: The 2018 Global Automakers and AIADA Economic Impact Survey, AIADA’s membership roster, NADA DATA, WardsAuto InfoBank, IHS Markit Vehicle Registration Data, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute 1998 study prepared for the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM). Automobile manufacturers participating in the 2018 Global Automakers and AIADA Economic Impact Survey: BMW Group, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen Group, and Volvo Cars.

Indirect economic impacts derived by SCOUT Economics using direct employment, dealer employment, and auto parts employment multipliers from the IMPLAN input-output model. 116 Unemployment rates based on February 2019 Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force from Bureau of Labor Statistics.

International Automakers' Presence in South Carolina

BMW
  • BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC - Greer
  • BMW Information Technology Research Center - Greenville
  • BMW Performance Center - Greer
  • Dealerships
Honda
  • Dealerships
Hyundai
  • Dealerships
Jaguar Land Rover
  • Dealerships
Kia
  • Dealerships
Mazda
  • Dealerships
Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC - Ladson
  • Mercedes-Benz USA Financial Services - Fort Mill
  • Mercedes-Benz Marshalling Yard - Ladson
  • Dealerships
Mitsubishi Motors
  • Dealerships
Nissan
  • Nissan Parts Distribution Center - Greenville
  • Dealerships
Subaru
  • Dealerships
Toyota
  • Dealerships
Volkswagen
  • Dealerships
Volvo
  • Volvo Car USA - Ridgeville
  • Volco Car USA - Summerville
  • Dealerships

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