BMW Mfg. Corp. plans to idle its South Carolina assembly plant next year to convert the facility from two assembly lines to one. The work could shut the plant for as long as four weeks, a BMW spokesman tells Ward’s. BMW will idle the facility beginning in late November 2005, with production of the Z4 roadster ending first. Output of the X5 SUV will halt in early December 2005, the spokesman adds. The plant is slated to resume production in early- to mid-January 2006. “In the fourth ...

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