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GM Reveals Plans for Next-Gen Chevy Cruze

Diesel expected to be added with next-gen sedan.

by on Aug.23, 2012

GM's Lordstown plant will build the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze.

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.

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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.


Chevy Cruze Back in Production

Supplier problem resolved.

by on Dec.19, 2011

Chevrolet Cruze is back in production.

General Motors has solved a nagging problem that forced it to temporarily halt production of one of its most important products.

Operations are getting back to normal today at the maker’s big assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where it builds the popular Chevrolet Cruze sedan.  Production of the Cruze – as well as the new Buick Regal – where halted early this month as the result of an issue with a key supplier.

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While GM declined to detail the issue a report from Deutsche Bank indicated the problem was with a suspension strut supplied by Canadian partsmaking giant Magna International.

How many vehicles GM lost is unclear, though industry analysts estimate the Lordstown Assembly Plant typically produces about 1,000 cars a day.  The factory had been idled for about two weeks.


GM Idles Chevy Cruze, Buick Verano Production

Why the bad news may be good news.

by on Dec.14, 2011

GM puts Cruze production on hold due to a problem with a suspension strut.

Automakers will do almost anything to avoid slowing or, worse, shutting down an assembly plant.  And that’s doubly true when that factory is rolling out a product as hot as the Chevrolet Cruze which has, in recent months, been running at or near the top of the U.S. passenger car sales charts.

But production has, indeed, been idled temporarily at the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant producing the compact Cruze because of problems with a key supplier.  Production of the new Buick Verano – which shares the same basic platform as Cruze – has also been put on hold.

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The maker has acknowledged the problem is due to the quality of parts provided by a supplier, which a company official said could impact customer satisfaction.  “We are working with the supplier to resume production as quickly as possible,” added a formal GM statement.

Though GM declined to provide details, it appears the problem involves a defect with a suspension strut produced by the Canadian mega-supplier Magna International, according to a report by Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache.