This week, General Motors celebrated its 5 millionth vehicle produced at the Changwon plant – one of the two assembly plants that the company currently operates in South Korea. The factory, also known as Changwon Complex, is specialized in the production of city cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) since its foundation in 1991.
“It is an important milestone for the company, employees and stakeholders who have exceeded the cumulative production of 5 million vehicles in the Changwon factory,” said Kaher Kazem, President and CEO GM Korea, in a press release. “We are ready to continue to demonstrate the team’s capabilities with the next generation of global new products,” he added.
Specifically, the 5,000,000th unit manufactured in Changwon is a blue Chevrolet Spark LT, the largest and therefore most representative car produced in that facility. This important milestone was reached a couple of months after GM announced a $750 million USD investment to remodel and renovate the Changwon plant to produce an upcoming Chevrolet crossover scheduled for 2022.
This investment, which is underway since the end of last year, includes the construction of a modern paint plant in the Changwon complex to support GM’s next-generation global production. The new workshop will cover three floors in a footprint of 67,000 square meters, will be able to paint 60 cars per hour and automate important processes to ensure the best product quality.
The Changwon plant reached 3 million vehicles manufactured in 2009 and 4 million units in 2014, amid the good acceptance of small vehicles worldwide. The Spark is the only one of all the models produced in this factory that has been exported to the United States, where it is recognized for its excellent manufacturing quality and ranks first in its segment.
In addition to the Chevy Spark, the Chevrolet Damas and Labo are also produced at the Changwon plant. These peculiar mini trucks – originally marketed by the extinct Daewoo – are manufactured exclusively for the local market, as the only light cars in South Korea. GM expects the Changwon plant to reach its maximum capacity in 2022 thanks to the aforementioned future Chevrolet global crossover.