GM Daewoo has announced that it will build the next generation Chevrolet Aveo at its Bupyeong plant in Korea until production commences in Lake Orion in 2012 for the North American model. Having been in operation since 1963, the Bupyeong plant is the oldest of the Daewoo factories. Currently, the facility builds the Daewoo Windstorm, a version of the Chevrolet Captiva.
“With production of the new Aveo in the next year, the utilization rate of the Bupyeong plant will rise sharply. It will join our plants in Gunsan, Changwon, and Boryeong in operating at full capacity,” said GM Daewoo President and CEO Mike Arcamone.
The Aveo will begin rolling off the lines at Bupyeong within the first half of next year. As you read this, GM is retooling the Orion Assembly plant in Michigan for the new Aveo as well as the hotly-anticipated Buick Verano. At this time, it’s unknown whether the Aveo models built at Bupyeong will make their way to the U.S. – or just stay in Korea.
Interestingly, GM’s press release refers to the Aveo as a Chevrolet rather than a Daewoo. Given that Daewoo is the Chevy of Korea, we wonder if this can be one of the first steps in introducing Chevrolet to the Korean market (or perhaps replacing Daewoo with Chevrolet outright).