• Jun 10, 2009
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Orion, Michigan... Spring Hill, Tennessee... Janesville, Wisconsin... Come on down! You're the next contestants on The Price Is Right three finalists for the future home of General Motors' planned small car plant.

In a brief press release issued today, GM confirmed that it has short-listed these three existing UAW-GM facilities as the contenders to build the as-yet-unnamed fuel miser first announced on May 29. Could it be a version of the 2010 Chevrolet Spark shown above? Or the so-called "Viva" hatchback that was recently spotted testing at the Nürburgring?

The automaker says it has begun holding discussions with federal and state government representatives, and it hopes to announce the winner within the next few weeks. Official press release after the jump.



[Source: General Motors]

PRESS RELEASE:

Statement On The Plant Selection To Produce The New Small Car For GM

On May 29, GM announced that we will build a future small, fuel-efficient car in the United States utilizing an existing UAW-GM assembly plant that is currently on standby capacity status. The assembly plants in consideration are Orion (Michigan), Spring Hill (Tennessee) and Janesville (Wisconsin). Given the importance of this small car program, and in an effort to move quickly to identify the plant, GM leadership has begun discussions regarding selection criteria with Federal and State government officials from Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin. We hope to identify and announce the future production site of the small car within the next several weeks.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Janesville? One of the largest buildings and oldest factories in the US. Not likely to be a cheap or efficient choice for producing one model.

      This is just politics plane and simple. Pit three state governments against each other in a bidding war and see who comes up with the most cash.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So let me get this straight. GM is right now selling cars on par with Toyota. GM pretty much sells more cars then any other. How is a small car with a tiny profit margin going to save GM again?? not to mention getting rid of so many other models and brands...God help them but all of it doesn't make any sense...I keep hearing if GM only made cars people wanted to buy but then you go and look at the data and they have been the company to beat with the amount of cars they sell so if you put 2 and 2 together it don't make no sense. Now thanks to Obama they lost any and all chances of eliminating the UAW and such added expenses that the competition doesn't have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't they just convert a Pontiac Plant. Naaa that just makes too much sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We will get more of these if we all get behind this industry.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Which 3 is the youngest plant? I say they go with the least oldest plant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or the most youngest if they can find a youngester one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the same car!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The same as what?

        Reminds me of the old joke: "What's the difference between a dog?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they screwed up the headlights when they went from concept to production... they look bigger or something... the concept looked great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Right, the bidding wars are on to see which state gives the most. The youngest plant is Spring Hill. GM does not build small cars because they do not make any or not enough money. They are ripping both the hourly and salary work force and the existing top management is mostly the same ones that have gotten GM where it is without the bank failures, the new CEO does not know how to change a tire. The government is, but is not running things. I must be missing something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will be interesting to see how they intend to make this vehicle at any sort of profit margin...or maybe they will do like the Federal Government and just move certain costs "off-budget" to make it look like they are making a profit. Of course, if they were a publicly traded company (rather than state-run) that would be call fraud. I wonder why we let the Fed get away with it....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know GM is trying to keep jobs at Janesville, Spring Hill and Orion; but if were CEO I am afraid that I would give the nod to Lordstown.

      Why a ringer not even in the running?

      Because GM can only expect to deliver about 100,000 subcompacts a year. Whereas Lordstown is only producing 200-240,000 compacts annually, it would make sense to combine the two products on the same line if at all possible. Lordstown would have no problem ramping up to 300-360,000 annually which would make it far more viable than it is today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Come on GM, build the car in Michigan, keep Orion open!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car isn't going to save GM. No car is. A complete, competitive, high quality product lineup will. This is part of that package. As for the location, why in Gods name to these companies hold on to the northern states. There's plenty of warm weather states will skilled workforces, lower taxes, and plenty of room for new state of the art facilities. C'mon GM, re-invent already.
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