When General Motors discontinues the Chevrolet Cruze in the first quarter of 2019, it will cease manufacturing the compact car range at the GM Lordstown plant. That much the automaker announced this Monday, and the move will result in the Ohio plant becoming unallocated. But now comes news that Chevy Cruze production will also cease at another GM plant – the GM Ramos Arizpe complex in Mexico.
“The end of the production of this model [the Chevrolet Cruze] at the Mexican plant will occur by March. Instead, the complex will increase production of the new Blazer”, Teresa Cid, GM Mexico Communications Director, was quoted as saying.
Allegedly, the decision will not result in the firing of personnel in the Mexican plant, at least for the time being. “We believe that the arrival of this new SUV will allow us to maintain union jobs in the plant”, Cid added.
As such, Chevy Cruze production will end next March simultaneously at both the Lordstown and Ramos plants, resulting in the discontinuation of the model in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Any remaining units of the vehicle in inventory will likely sell out by the end of 2019.
However, the second generation Cruze will continue to be manufactured at two other plants:
- GM Norsom II plant in China
- GM Rosario plant in Argentina
The developments are part of ongoing business restructuring efforts at GM that were announced on Monday. The efforts include idling operations at two assembly and two powertrain plants in the United States (for a total of four sites), one assembly plant in Canada, discontinuing six sedans, plus reducing salaried staff and contractors by 15 percent. GM also announced that it will idle two other plants outside North America by the end of 2019, without specifying which ones. With these cuts, GM hopes to realize a cost savings of approximately $6 billion by the end of 2020, according to a company statement.
Idled Assembly Plants:
Idled Propulsion Plants:
- GM Baltimore Operations in White Marsh, Maryland
- GM Warren Transmission Operations in Warren, Michigan