Amid a massive global restructuring announced early Monday morning, General Motors has also confirmed plans to discontinue multiple models as it changes direction, retools its workforce and its product offerings to better meet demand for crossovers and pickup trucks.
General Motors said that before the end of 2019, it will idle the GM Lordstown Plant in Ohio, the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan, and GM Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Canada. In a statement, the company simply said the plants in question wouldn’t be receiving product allocation, but failed to mention what might be in store for the beleaguered products.
However, new information tells us that GM plans to end production of the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze, and Impala, along with confirming that the Buick LaCrosse is also scheduled for the slaughterhouse. These confirmations echo a similar report from over a year ago, which cited that all of these vehicles will be culled, along with the Cadillac XTS and CT6. Today’s announcement also indicate that these decisions were a long time coming.
Both the Chevrolet Volt and Chevrolet Cruze are expected to be phased out of production by March 2019, while the Chevrolet Impala will soldier on until the fourth quarter of next year. The Buick LaCrosse will also be shown the door in March 2019. There still remain some question marks, namely the fate of the Cadillac CT6 which is currently produced in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant alongside the Impala. It’s thought the big Cadillac sedan could join its siblings at GM’s facility in Lansing which currently produces the ATS, CTS, and Chevrolet Camaro. This past June, General Motors said it would invest $175 million into the plant for the express purpose of producing new Cadillac sedans (the CT5 and CT4), while the CT6 itself just received a major update for the 2019 model year, including the introduction of the new 2019 CT6-V model.
Meanwhile, the loss of the Oshawa Assembly plant in Canada likely spells the definitive end for the Cadillac XTS, which was granted a stay of execution under former Cadillac boss, Johan de Nysschen. Oshawa also handles final assembly and paintwork of the previous generation Silverado and Sierra, both of which are scheduled to exit production come December 2019. It’s likely the XTS will bow out of North America around the same time.