Last week, we reported that General Motors will add the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse to its limited lineup in Russia. Having dug a bit deeper, we now know how the vehicle will make its way to the country.
Sergey Lepnukhov, director of corporate affairs for GM Russia, tells us that the Traverse destined for Russia will be built in the United States and imported into the country. “No local production for this model is planned at this moment,” he added.
As of this writing, the only plant building the Traverse is the GM Lansing Township factory in Michigan.
In 2015, GM shuttered its plant in St. Petersburg and pulled the Chevrolet and Opel brands from the mainstream segments of the Russian market due to a slumping economy. Since then, the automaker’s presence in Russia has been extremely limited, with Chevrolet’s lineup consisting of the Corvette, Camaro and Tahoe in Russia. The Camaro and Corvette are imported from the U.S. while the Tahoe is assembled in Belarus as a semi-knocked-down (SDK) kit.