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OXNARD. This beautiful city offers a number of stunning coastlines and tranquil beaches just 90 minutes’ drive away from Los Angeles. Oxnard is also one of the U.S.’s wealthiest cities and one of the country’s safest places to live in.
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BMW GROUP ENGINEERING AND EMISSION TEST CENTER. More than 100 employees work in BMW Group Engineering and Emission Test Center – a state of the art 78,000 sq. ft. building that opened in 2000. The Center is located in Oxnard and just a 90 minute drive from L.A.

OXNARD.

Life in Oxnard.

California’s Oxnard, situated on the seashore, is home to more than 200,000 people and is one of America’s wealthiest areas. Small in size, but big on quality of life: the area’s Mediterranean climate of mild winters and hot, dry summers make it easy to take advantage of its 20 miles of coastline, which encompasses beaches like Hollywood Beach, Mandalay State Beach and Silver Strand Beach and make it a hotspot for surfing.

You’ll be sure to enjoy culinary life in Oxnard, where a third of California’s strawberries are grown and which hosts the annual California Strawberry Festival, where over 1.5 million strawberries are eaten as strawberry nachos, pizza, sundaes and funnel cake.

Tech-enthusiasts will find inspiration nearby, since Silicon Valley is just half a day’s drive away from Oxnard. Just south of the city, the world’s entertainment capital, LA, is accessible in just 90 minutes by car. Located between two of the world’s most famous places, Oxnard was rated in the US’s top 20 safest cities which makes it a desired spot to raise a family.

The BMW Group Engineering and Emission Test Centre (EETC) has been based in Oxnard, one of three California-based BMW centers, since February 2000.

Located on an 11-acre site, this 78,000 sq. ft. single story building includes engineering offices, 34 workspaces for vehicle testing as well as a state-of-the-art emission laboratory. As a part of the group’s Research and Development Department, the Center’s primary assignment is the functional and endurance testing of whole vehicles and vehicle systems under typical US-, and extreme environmental conditions (Heat and Cold).  Approximately 100 employees, most of whom are engineers or technicians, work in the Oxnard EETC, which is the inspection point for the BMW, MINI and Royce Rolls vehicles that arrive from England and Germany.

From 2006 until 2009 the BMW Group operated a fleet of Hydrogen 7’ vehicles, Electric Mini and Active E-vehicles for testing and demonstration purposes out of Oxnard. In 2011 the EETC opened a satellite test operation site located at BMW of North America’s Headquarter in New Jersey, in order to cover both of BMW’s main US markets. Today, the EETC is an integral part of BMW’s leading role in cutting-edge technology for future vehicle concepts as well as electrical and hybrid propulsion systems.

BMW entered the U.S. market in 1968 with the “2002,” creating an all-new segment: the sports sedan. The success of this vehicle led to establishing BMW of North America, LLC (BMW NA) in 1975. In the years to follow, BMW NA took over import and distribution responsibilities for BMW motorcycles in 1980; introduced MINI, creating America’s first premium small car segment, in 2002; and launched the new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in 2003.

The BMW Group sales headquarters (BMW NA) has grown significantly in North America. In 2008, the headquarters campus underwent a $100 million expansion to consolidate its operations and stay at the forefront of the automotive industry. Designed to blend into its natural surroundings and committed to reduce energy consumption, the building allows for a state-of-the-art work environment with plenty of natural daylight.

Located in the heart of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, the 220,000 square feet buildings is in close proximity to the highway, market places, and shopping outlets. It is home to more than 1,100 BMW associates that support the American sales operations of the BMW brand and motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

BMW NA celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015.

About BMW Group in the U.S.

The United States is one of the largest markets in the world for the BMW Group. With sales of over 390,000 vehicles in 2014, 18% of the group's worldwide transactions, BMW is one of the best-selling premium brands in the US.

Today, the BMW Group in the United States consists of marketing, sales and financial services organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of over 600 dealerships. The BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Included under the BMW Group umbrella in the US is BMW of North America, LLC, BMW Financial Services NA, LLC in New Jersey and Ohio; DesignworksUSA, Inc., a strategic design consultancy in California, as well as BMW of North America, LLC technology offices in Silicon Valley and the BMW Technology Corporation in Chicago.

Also in the US we have BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina, part of BMW Group’s global production network, which employs 8,000 people to produce the X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and the X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. The 1,150-acre, 5-million-square-foot campus generates its own power, offers an on-site Family Health Center and provides 24-hour security and firefighting personnel. To date, BMW has invested nearly $7 billion in its South Carolina operations.

The BMW brand has one of the most passionate and loyal followings in the world. In the U.S., four officially recognized clubs with over 125,000 members and BMW owners represent 40% of the membership worldwide.

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