It’s been one of the world’s best-selling nameplates and a massive factor in Chevrolet’s recent performance. So there’s little surprise that General Motors plans to amp up the next-generation Chevy Cruze model.
The maker today confirmed plans to produce the next version of the compact line at its sprawling Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant, a move that will see GM invest $220 million into both that factory and another stamping facility in nearby Parma.
The announce is expected to save as many as 5,000 U.S. jobs had GM decided to shift Cruze production abroad. The decision appears to reflect a cooperative effort between the maker and the United Auto Workers Union that will bring down manufacturing costs for the next-gen Chevy Cruze.