As part of the future growth strategy outlined at the end of 2021, General Motors announced the ongoing work as part of a significant investment to manufacture next-generation global products at the GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea.
The automaker stated that it would invest 200 billion Won (about $160 million at current exchange rates) in Plant 1 of the Bupyeong complex, where it will manufacture new global products starting next year, in addition to the Chevy Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX that are currently being built. The automaker hinted that one of those future vehicles will also be built simultaneously at the GM Changwon plant.
“The next-generation global product that will be manufactured in Changwon and Bupyeong is one of the key models to accelerate the business turnaround of Korea operations,” said GM Korea’s President and CEO, Roberto Rempel. “The global product launched next year is a model that has integrated all the capabilities of GM Korea’s plants – from product design to engineering to production. We will do our absolute best to ensure a successful launch,” he added.
According to the company, this investment at the Bupyeong plant has been underway since the end of 2021 and continues the commitment to renew its infrastructure in South Korea to manufacture next-generation crossovers. In conjunction with the renovated Changwon Plant, the upgraded Bupyeong plant 1 will achieve the production capacity of 500,000 vehicles per year that GM promised in 2018.
Thanks to this investment, the Bupyeong plant will have new body shops, assembly shops, and new press shops equipped with new robots capable of handling the production of vehicles of different sizes and manufacturing two models simultaneously.
The next model GM Korea will build at the Bupyeong plant starting in 2023 could be Chevrolet’s upcoming global compact crossover announced earlier for the Changwon plant. As GM Authority reported last month, that vehicle could be either the next leaked Chevy Seeker in China or the next-generation Chevy Trax that GM recently announced.