The Buick Verano (known in China as the Excelle GT), one of the most highly-debated cars within the ranks of GM Authority, will help fill the space within the Lake Orion, MI assembly plant by being built alongside the upcoming all-new Gamma II-based Chevrolet Aveo subcompact model. The news comes as somewhat of an eyebrow raiser, as the Verano seems to fit in much better at the Lordstown, OH plant alongside its platform-mate Chevrolet Cruze, since both models ride on the Delta II architecture. The tab for retooling the Lake Orion plant for the upcoming compact models now rests at $600 million.
According to The Detroit News, the plant will bring back 1,550 jobs that were lost with the phasing out when the plant was idled during the 2009 bankruptcy. However, the rehires will come in under the new two-tier wage regulations and will be paid around half of what they saw originally in order to help keep jobs and the production of compact and subcompact vehicles here in the ‘States.