South Korea is currently the world’s seventh-largest nation for exporting goods. It’s also where a fifth of all General Motors vehicles are built, and then exported globally. But the country has been somewhat of a trouble for The General thanks to the rising costs of manufacturing, various union-related issues, and the barking dog of a country just to the north. All that has culminated in what appears to be the final years of GM manufacturing in the region, according to Reuters.
Earlier reports of GM pulling Chevrolet Cruze production from the region was perhaps the biggest indication that the automaker is planning to minimize manufacturing operations there. Meanwhile, production of the Opel Mokka will be relocated from Korea to Spain. Still, the local labor unions aren’t buying it, and believe that GM is just bluffing, but some union leaders have tipped to Reuters on condition of anonymity that it’s quite possible that GM will shutter entire facilities in the country.