The automaker’s Argentine subsidiary confirmed that it will stop manufacturing the current second-generation Chevy Cruze at the GM Alvear plant later this year, when the company will end production of what was the Bow Tie brand’s first global nameplate and, for several years, its best-selling vehicle worldwide. GM Argentina announced that it will cease production of the Cruze at the end of 2023.
“The Chevrolet Cruze will continue to be produced until the end of 2023, closing a successful manufacturing cycle of almost eight years in Argentina,” said press department of GM Argentina in a statement. “GM will continue to produce spare parts in its Automotive Industrial Complex in this country for the next 10 years,” the company added.
The production cycle of the Chevy Cruze in Argentina already has an official expiration date and will close after a run of more than seven years. The Argentine plant was the only one in the world to maintain production of the current Cruze despite the sharp drop in demand, unlike three other GM plants that abruptly shut down production of the model: GM Lordstown in Ohio, GM Ramos Arizpe in Mexico and SAIC-GM Norsom II in China.
The second-generation Chevy Cruze began to be manufactured in the Alvear complex during the second quarter of 2016, reaching a good level of popularity in the Argentine market and some other countries in the region such as Brazil. However, it didn’t reach the sales volumes of the first-generation model. In Argentina, the Cruze is manufactured in sedan and hatchback configurations, while its powertrain components will continue being produced for another 10 years.
Chevy Cruze production in Argentina will end sometime in the last quarter of the year, possibly by the end of November, according to union sources familiar with the company’s production plans. The departure of the Cruze from the production lines of the Alvear plant will lead to increased production of the Chevy Tracker, the only vehicle to be manufactured at the facility until further notice.