General Motors is celebrating the first 40 years of operations of its Ramos Arizpe assembly plant, one of the biggest vehicle production facilities in Mexico. The anniversary comes just two weeks after the announcement of a $1 billion-plus investment in the industrial complex, which will become GM North America’s fifth manufacturing site to produce electric vehicles.
The General Motors Ramos Arizpe plant is one of the three manufacturing hubs that the automaker currently exploits in Mexico, positioned as its main source of vehicle exports from the Latin American country to the U.S. and Canadian markets. In April 2021, the company announced that a new state-of-the-art paint shop will emerge from the first portion of the investment, which will improve the competitiveness of the Ramos Arizpe complex.
“The history of GM Ramos Arizpe is possible thanks to the commitment of thousands of people who have worked with us, all aiming to raise the quality of Coahuila in the vehicles that circulate in Mexico and around the world,” said plant Executive Director, Alicia del Valle, in a statement. “The complex has been a hotbed of talent, developing great leaders who are in other operations of our company in the country and beyond the borders. It’s a privilege to be part of this celebration” She added.
Inaugurated on May 13th, 1981, General Motors’ Ramos Arizpe plant began its operations with a single assembly line producing four iconic models that marked the history of Chevrolet in the 1980s: Malibu, Monte Carlo, Citation and Celebrity. Since then, more than 21 nameplates of various brands have been manufactured at the Mexican plant, including the local-market Chevrolet Chevy and the Cadillac SRX.
In 1983, the GM Ramos Arizpe plant became the automaker’s first Mexican factory to export vehicles to the U.S. market, debuting with the Chevy El Camino. Later, in 1988, the facility made history once again with the start of exports to Japan – marking the first time General Motors shipped vehicles from American to the Asian continent.
The celebration of the GM Ramos Arizpe plant’s first four decades of operations will run from now until the second half of the year, when the opening of the new paint shop and the official production start of the electric drive units that will equip the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq. Starting in 2023, Ramos Arizpe will start manufacturing EVs for the company.