According to a Reuters report, BMW's Spartanburg, NC SC plant will be taking on some additional duties when the new X3 is produced in the next few years. The plant, which currently builds the X5 and Z4 roadsters, will also be building the upcoming X6 CUV.

Considering the plant has been somewhat underutilized – only rolling out 105,000 vehicles in 2006, when its capable of producing 200k units – seems like a good fit, especially since the move would negate the serious currency fluctuations that are plaguing other automakers. However, a German labor representative was none too happy about the announcement, citing that BMW's Leipzig plant in Germany, which produces the 1- and 3-series, isn't working to its full potential either.

[Source: Reuters]