The BMW X3 of the first generation is considered the little brother of X5. Its official premiere of the BMW X3 celebrated at the International Motor Show 2003 in Frankfurt. The first series was conceived by Magna Steyr plant in Austria and accordingly produced in Magna Steyr. The production of the second series, which came on the market in 2010, takes place in the US BMW plant in South Carolina. From the first series, the manufacturer sold more than 600,000 models worldwide.