• May 29, 2009
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General Motors has issued a cryptic press release suggesting it plans to retool an existing plant here in the United States to build a new small car. No specifics are given on what small car this may be, as the missive only says that the plant will have the capacity to build up to 160,000 small and compact cars and that "this vehicle adds to GM's growing portfolio of U.S.-built, highly fuel efficient cars including the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt." Know what that means? It's speculation time!

GM's most well-known small car is arguably the Chevy Spark, which was introduced earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show and is based on the Beat concept from 2007. It's possible this is the small car GM is referring to, but it's not the only option. The automaker could also introduce a model slightly larger than the Spark that would still slot below the upcoming Chevy Cruze compact that's slated to replace the aging Chevrolet Cobalt, possibly based on either the Opel Corsa or Astra. Have any other ideas? Check out the press release after the jump, and then free to sound off in the comments.



[Source: General Motors]

PRESS RELEASE:

GM Announces Plans to Build Small Car in U.S.

* GM to utilize and retool idled assembly and stamping facility for future production.
* Additional production will help the company deliver outstanding new vehicles to the compact and small car markets and meet future fuel efficiency regulations.

DETROIT, Mich. -- General Motors Corporation (NYSE:GM) announced today it plans to build a future small car in the United States utilizing an idled UAW-GM facility. This vehicle adds to GM's growing portfolio of U.S.-built, highly fuel efficient cars including the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt.

"Small cars represent one of the fastest growing segments in both the U.S. and around the world," said Fritz Henderson, General Motors President and CEO. "We believe this car will be a winner with our current and future customers in the U.S."

The re-tooled plant will be capable of building 160,000 cars annually, which can be a combination of both small and compact vehicles. Selection of the site will be determined in the future.

"I would like to personally thank the UAW for agreeing to work with us to ensure our overall manufacturing competitiveness in the United States," said Henderson. "This vehicle segment, while important today and expected to be more so in the future, is extremely challenging. It takes a special effort by everyone to bring a domestically produced small car to market in a cost-competitive and profitable way - but that is what we are going to do together."

GM already has a strong manufacturing presence in the United States. Currently, about 67 percent of GM cars and trucks sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S. With this announcement, GM anticipates that U.S. production levels will increase beyond 70 percent by 2013, augmenting its already automotive industry-leading U.S. manufacturing footprint.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The American Yugo?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wonder how it will stack up against the Jazz?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Chevrolet Pelosi has been green lighted for production.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know why everyone is assuming people won't buy these cars. Honda, Toyota, Scion, Nissan, Hynudai, MINI, et al appear to have no problems moving their small cars, and I'll bet Ford won't either when the Fiesta drops in the fall. Everyone bitches about GM's over-reliance on SUV's because of which they deserve to fail, then when they get about the business of building competitive cars, people say stupid crap like "Pelosi motors" as if GM was doing a fantastic job with their product portfolio on their own. Someone earlier said it best. Damned if they do, damned if they don't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't that green thing one of the cars in Transformers?
        • 5 Years Ago
        uh-huh. the concept called the "Beat" was.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And so it begins. Now GM is building the cars that Obama, Gore & Co. want rather than building the cars that America and the buying public want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thats funny because this time last year nobody wanted the cars GM had and were flocking to foreign dealerships for their smaller, more efficient models. I guess you think GM should stick to that formula?? Do all rethuglicans live in a tinted bubble??
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is only logical. They hold the majority of the stock. They hold majority of the debt (bond).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Might be the replacement for the Aveo I guess.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Have any other ideas? Check out the press release after the jump, and then free to sound off in the comments."

      My idea is that GM has been so full of themselves, and what they think people "need" that they've lost sight of the American Consumer, and have only gained Superficial wisdom.

      In other words, my idea, is that I don't care.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope it's the new Aveo. Or maybe a 1994 Geo Metro flashback model!

      In more seriousness, I saw a Geo Metro convertible on the road two days ago. Two seater! Wild.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw one last Saturday. Red with black interior. Looked pretty cool in a lame sort of way. Very hipster doofus chic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what about that people mover... the white one. I forget what they call it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol the Orlando? That will replace the HHR around the same time the Cruze replaces the Cobalt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        right the orlando

        I didn't know it was going to replace the HHR, cool I never really did like the HHR.
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://money.cnn.com/2009/05/29/news/companies/gm_fuzzy.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2009052913

      "UAW president Ron Gettelfinger noted Thursday that the union got GM to move production for 160,000 units of its of a small Chevrolet from China to the U.S."

      Apparently it was going to be built in China whatever it is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does the Spark get uglier every time I look at it.

      That thing is just plain awful.

      I hope it's the Aveo replacement that gets built here. They'll already be producing the Cruze at Lordstown.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Might just be you. I think it looks cool as s**t, although I did prefer the 3-door concept.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, it's fugly. Yes I'd prefer a Fiesta over it, but other than the exterior styling (mainly just the headlights) the car seems to be a good contender.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't any of the US automakers make a real step and start building
      clean deisel motors?

      Can you imagine a small car with great torque and great mileage.
      Or better yet a Tahoe that gets between 20 and 26 MPG!
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