BMW Group South Africa says it is ramping up production of the X3 after resuming exports of the SUV from Plant Rosslyn.

The Munich-based firm’s local arm said it this week shipped off “almost 2 000” SA-built X3 units “with an approximate value of R1,5 billion” to Europe. Meanwhile, Plant Rosslyn ramped up production by adding a second shift.

This represented the first overseas shipment since Plant Rosslyn resumed its operations on 18 May after national lockdown restrictions were eased and “in response to global demand”.

The firm began its shutdown of the Rosslyn factory in mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic, before South Africa headed into lockdown.

BMW Group SA manufactures the X3 for both the local market and export at the Rosslyn factory after switching from producing the 3 Series sedan in 2018.