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Auto Plant Tours in the USA

BMW Plant Tours - Currently suspended; expected to resume Spring 2018
BMW Zentrum Museum Is Open

Where? Greer, SC. Take I-85 to South Carolina Exit 60.

Cost: Entrance to the BMW Zentrum Museum is free. Guided tours of the plant are $10 per person; $5 for students and BMWCCA members.

Year Opened: 1994.

Hours & Days: The Zentrum Museum is open Monday-Friday from 9:30am-5:30pm except for holidays. Plant tours are not given when the plant is closed.

Details: Reservations are required. Plan on spending at least 2 hours. Tour visitors must be at least 12 years old and wear enclosed shoes: no flip flops, high heels, open toe, open side or open heel shoes. Cameras and camera phones are not permitted on tour. Cellphones must be turned off on the tour.

For meeting and events, the Zentrum grounds include the 200-seat auditorium, use of the Isetta Cafe, exhibit space and guided plant tours when available.
BMW Plant


Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama

Where: Montgomery, AL. Take I-65 to Exit 164.

Cost: No Charge            Year Opened: 2005

Hours & Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm.  Visitor Center hours are Monday-Friday 9am-4pm except holidays.

Details: Reservations are required. Call the Visitor Center at 334-387-8019 or complete the online form at tour.hmmausa.com to schedule a tour.

Plan to stay about 1.5 hours.  Each tour begins with an 8-minute overview video that explains the process of producing the Hyundai Sonata sedan and the Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle.  Visitors ride on tour trams and use headsets to hear the "live" narration.

The tour permits a maximum of 32 people.  Larger groups may schedule more than one hour.  Minimum age is 6 years old with parent or guardian.  School or group  tours minimum age is third grade with at least one adult for each 10 students. This manufacturing plant can produce 300,000 vehicles per year.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
On November 30, 2009, the plant's
1,000,000 car rolled off the assemby line.


Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Where: Lafayette, IN. Take I-65 to Exit 168.

Cost: No Charge            Year Opened: 1989

Hours & Days: Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. with at least 24-hour pre-registration.

Details: Reservations are required. To schedule an appointment, call 765-449-6250. Minimum age is 10 years old. Closed toe shoes required. No photography or photo-taking cell phones allowed.

A guide leads visitors along a tour route to see the auto manufacturing process from beginning to end. The tour route includes a one-mile walk on an elevated catwalk with several small staircases. Groups of seven persons or less can be accommodated on golf carts for persons having difficulty walking the normal tour route or negotiating the staircases.

This plant produces the Subaru Outback, Legacy and Tribeca vehicles along with Toyota Camrys through a business collaboration with Toyota.
Subaru Plant in Lafayette, IN
This plant site area is 820 acres.


Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky

Where: Georgetown, KY. Take I-75 North, Exit 126 or I-75 South, Exit 129.

Cost: No Charge            Year Opened: 1988

Hours & Days: The Visitor Center is open Monday-Friday at 9am-4pm.

Details: Reservations are strongly encouraged. Those without reservations may tour as space permits. Currently, the public tour program is suspended until May 1, 2011 due to plant construction. The Visitor Center is open to view the displays and the "virtual tour" video. Reservations are not required for the virtual tour. To make a reservation for May 2011, call 1-800-866-4488.

The 11,500 square foot Visitor Center is filled with visual and hands-on experiences. The tour includes portions of the 7.5 million square foot facility via electric tram where a guide points out the foundations of the Toyota Production System and provides insight into the line side processes of the team members. The tram ride takes approximately an hour and a half.

Products manufactured at the Georgetown plant include the Camry 4-door sedan, Avalon sedan, Venza minivan 4-cylinder and V6 engines. Production capacity is about 500,000 vehicles per year - that's about 2,000 vehicles per day!

Tour groups and other large groups are welcome. Children must be in the first grade or above to take the tour. Visitors must also present a valid photo ID. School groups must be at least in the fourth grade or above.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky
This plant is now Toyota's largest
production facility outside of Japan.


Shelby American Factory

Where: Las Vegas, NV.

Cost: No Charge            Year Opened: 1962

Hours & Days:Tours are conducted only at 10:30am. Plan to arrive at Shelby by 10:15am to take the tour.

Details: No reservation or registration is required for the tour. The Shelby American factory is a popular destination for performance and racing enthusiasts around the world.

The Shelby Museum and Gift Shop is open Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm. Located near the famed Las Vegas Speedway, the museum is always changing and includes some of the most famous cars ever produced from the first Cobra CSX2000 – believed to be the world’s most valuable car – to prototypes of the Series 1, Shelby GT-H, Terlingua, GT500KR, and others.
Shelby American Factory
A limited number of Shelby GT350s will be built.


GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant

Where: Bowling Green, KY. Take I-65, Exit 28.

Cost: $7 per person. Current GM employees, GM retirees (with ID), and active military personnel (with ID) are permitted to tour free of charge. Accompanying guests are admitted at no charge, up to 10 guests. Tours sponsored, organized and supervised by schools involving children in grades three through eight will be admitted free.

Year Opened: 1981

Hours & Days: Monday-Thursday at 8:30am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:00pm.

Details: To schedule a tour, call the tour office at 270-745-8019, book online or use the kiosk for walk-in reservations. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Private tours may be scheduled up to 365 days in advance for a maximum of 75 people. Tours are not available when the plant is closed. The 1,000,000 square foot plant has 50,000 tourists each year.

Visitors watch a brief safety video and listen to an introduction about the plant before going on the one hour and fifteen minute guided tour. This one mile walking tour highlights the assembly process of the Chevrolet Corvette as robots weld the steel structure and the workforce adds parts until the new Corvette drives off the end of the line.

The plant has partnered with the National Corvette Museum so that enthusiasts may watch their own Corvette being built on a personalized tour and take special delivery of their car.
National Corvette Museum
The National Corvette Museum is across the street
from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.


The Ford Rouge Factory

Where: Dearborn, MI. Take I-75, I-94 or I-96.

Cost: $12.75 per adult, $12 for seniors.   Year Opened: 1927

Hours & Days:Open Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm; buses depart every 20 minutes, 9:20am-3pm.

Details: The Ford Rouge Factory Tour has limited capacity and advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Groups of 15+ are eligible for group admission prices. Contact the Call Center at 313-982-6001 for more information. The Factory tour is a self-guided five-part experience that includes:
  • Legacy Theatre - a look at the history of the Rouge through rare, historic video footage (13 minutes);
  • Art of Manufacturing Theatre - a multi-sensory theatre experience (14 minutes);
  • Observation Deck Tour - a walking tour of the world's largest living roof from a 80-foot-high Deck (variable 5-15 minutes);
  • Assembly Plant Walking Tour - a walking tour above the actual final assembly area where Ford F-150s are made (variable 30-45 minutes);
  • Legacy Gallery - see five historic vehicles made at the Rouge including the 20,000,000th Ford, sit in a new F-150, and visit the Factory Store.
Public tours begin on the grounds of the historic Henry Ford. Group tour operators may request direct-arrival and bus parking arrangements with the Call Center representative when making advance reservations. Group arrivals are scheduled between 9am and 3pm.
Ford F-150
The Ford Rouge Factory is part of
The Henry Ford which attracts more
than 1.6 million visitors annually.


Nissan North America

Where: Smyrna, TN. Take I-24 to Exit 70.

Cost: No Charge    Year Opened: 1983

Hours & Days: Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am and 1:00pm.

Details: Reservations are required. To schedule at tour, call the tour line at 615-459-1444. Tours can accommodate up to 50 people. The minimum age for the tour is ten years old. This 5.4 million square foot facility has 3,900 employees and is on 884 acres. Current production capacity is 550,000 vehicles per year. Models produced here include the Nissan Altima, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Xterra, and Nissan Pathfinder.
Nissan North America
Nissan North America in Smyrna, TN sprawls over 884 acres.


KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia

Where: West Point, GA. Take I-85 to Exit 6.

Cost: TBA   Year Opened: 2009

Hours & Days:Public tours are not available as of year end 2010; however, a regular public tour program is planned in the near future.

Details: The plant is able to produce 300,000 vehicles annually and employ about 2,500 team members. The plant size is 2,259 acres.
KIA Motors Manufacturing Georgia
The first U.S.-built Kia vehicle, a white 2011 MY Sorento CUV,
rolled off the production line on November 16, 2009.


GM Truck Assembly Plant

Where: Flint, MI. Take I-69 to Exit 135.

Cost: No Charge    Year Opened: 1947

Hours & Days: Thursday at 9am and 1 pm, by prior arrangement.

Details: This tour is an up close and personal look at the 900 Silverado, voted Motor Trend’s 2011 truck of the year, GMC Sierra HD Crew Cab and Chevy light duty as they are assembled and roll off the production line. This plant has produced over 12.8 million Chevrolet and GM vehicles. The 2 hour tour can be shortened as needed. Memorial for historic Sit-down Strike is only a block away. Contact the Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to schedule tour: 810-232-8902 or 810-232-6715.
GM Truck Plant
GM Truck Assembly Plant


Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

Where: Tuscaloosa County, AL. Take I-20/59, Exit 89.

Cost: Museum is free.   Year Opened: 1997

Hours & Days:Visitor Center Museum is open Monday-Friday at 8:30am-4:30pm.

Details: Factory tours of the Mercedes-Benz plant have been stopped for now due to production of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Next Generation vehicles and plant construction. Check the website at mbusi.com for further information regarding the reinstatement of tours. The Visitor Center Museum remains open and welcomes groups. The 3+ million square foot plant sits on 966 acres in Vance, AL. Total annual production after the plant expansion will be approximately 174,000 units.
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

Reprinted from TRIPinfo.com's 2011 Resource Atlas & Handbook; update 09/2017.