• Oct 13th 2009 at 5:58PM
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General Motors announced today that it will spend $230 million on four facilities in the Flint, Michigan area that will support the production of the new Chevy Cruze compact and the Volt extended-range EV. The biggest chunk of the money ($202 million) is being spent on the Flint South Engine plant. The line that currently builds the inline five- and six-cylinder engines used in the Chevrolet Colorado and Hummer H3 is being revamped. That line will now build the 1.4-liter Family 0 engines that will be used in the Cruze and Volt. Originally, GM had planned to construct a new factory adjacent to Flint South, but that plan was canceled last fall as the financial crisis hit the already embattled automaker.

The Flint Metal Center a few miles away is getting updates that will allow it to stamp the sheet steel body panels for the Volt. The other two facilities are designing and building the stamping dies and welding robots that will be used to produce the panels and put them together at the Detroit-Hamtramck (Volt) and Lordstown,Ohio (Cruze) factories. GM's official press release is after the jump.

[Source: General Motors]


GM Plants in Greater Flint Area Tool Up for 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt

GM is investing more than $230 million in four greater Flint, Mich. plants to support production of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt

FLINT, Mich. - General Motors Company is investing more than $230 million in four GM plants in the greater Flint area to support the production of the fuel-efficient 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt, representing more than 500 jobs. The four GM plants include Flint Engine South, Flint Metal Center, Flint Tool & Die and Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center.

"These four GM manufacturing plants have a key role in GM's production of the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze," said Larry Zahner, GM manufacturing manager. "The men and women at these plants are working hard to exceed their quality and cost objectives while maintaining a relentless focus on safety and improved efficiency."

The four manufacturing plants have also made significant progress in reducing their impact on the environment. The plants recycle more than 97 percent of the waste they generate. Materials recycled during the last year include 12 tons of batteries, 47,000 tons of scrap metal, 616 tons of oil, 229 tons of wood and 74 tons of plastic paper.

Key activities performed by the four plants include development of automated equipment and tooling for the Chevy Cruze and Volt assembly plants, die development and stamping of body panels and other components and the manufacturing and assembly of key powertrain components including the 1.4L four-cylinder engine generator for the Volt and the 1.4L four-cylinder turbo engine for the Cruze.

* Flint Engine South: General Motors Company is investing $202 million in Flint Engine South to renovate the former I5/I6 manufacturing operations for production of a 1.4L four-cylinder engine generator for the Chevrolet Volt and a 1.4L four-cylinder turbo engine for the Cruze. The project represents approximately 240 employees.

* Flint Metal Center: General Motors Company is investing $1.7 million in Flint Metal Center to refurbish press lines that will produce sheet metal stampings for the Volt, representing 30 jobs.

* Flint Tool and Die: This facility designed dies for the Chevrolet Cruze and is responsible for the construction and tryout of stamping die sets for the Volt program. All dies for the Chevy Volt were engineered at Flint Tool & Die. Approximately 50 percent of dies for the Volt were designed at this facility.

* Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center: General Motors Company is investing approximately $30 million in this facility to build the robotic weld tool cells that will assemble the Volt body at the Volt assembly plant. Approximately 250 employees are working on this project, including 60 who are installing the weld tool equipment at the assembly plant. Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center also built the robotic weld tool cells for the body shop to assemble the Chevrolet Cruze at Lordstown (Ohio) Assembly.

The fuel-efficient Chevrolet Cruze, which is scheduled to launch next spring, is Chevy's all-new global compact car. The Cruze will be powered by a 1.4L four-cylinder turbo engine and is expected to deliver better fuel economy than the current leader in the segment, the Chevrolet Cobalt XFE, rated at 37 mpg highway.

The Chevrolet Volt, which is scheduled to start production in late 2010 as a 2011 model, will be GM's first extended-range electric vehicle. The Volt can travel up to 40 miles on electricity from a single battery charge and can extend its overall range to more than 300 miles with its flex fuel-powered 1.4L engine-generator, which will be produced at Flint Engine South.

About General Motors: General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 219,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and Germany. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      wow... this is the best news to hit flint since they announced the downtown dragstrip... sadly, that never happened
      • 5 Years Ago
      You mean a Daewoo designed cruze. cough cough.
      People don't know that Daewoo is responsible for the enormous growth in China and around the world. Sold as Buicks, but really a Daewoo car. And people don't know how creepy the transaction was to acquire Daewoo for a measley 230 million dollars. When Daewoo was worth 100 fold that price. I Smell something rotten in GM
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is no way in hell Daewoo was worth $230 billion. It was a bankrupt company on the brink of insolvency!

        And GM is a global company with global operations. That means the lines have become blurred. Idiots like you who want to claim "that's just a Daewoo!" and "that's just a Holden!" are plain wrong. I have a family member working on a few of these cars that people like to claim are 100% Korean. She works in Detroit, not Seoul.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Big f'ing deal. Daewoo is a part of GM. Just like Holden. Just like Chevrolet. They're the same company. The Cruze isn't a Daewoo rebadged as a Chevrolet. It's a GM vehicle sold by three different marques in completely different markets. It was engineered BY GM in Korea. People don't seem to care that the Camaro was engineered BY GM in Australia. So why do people constantly want to point out when a GM car is engineered in Korea? GM is a global company that has a division in Korea that specializes in small cars. They'd be dumb NOT to use it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i don't get it... i thought all the experts on the autoblog comments said the volt was vaporware?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dave, your OPINION is incredibly shortsighted and lacks ANY thought. I heard exactly the same blurb from one of the idiots on the CNBC. We call that parroting.

        Here are a few points to chew on. We cannot wait until we are: (a) out of oil or (b) Oil gets too expensive to start building cars such as the Volt.

        Ford & Toyota has already been building ugly hybrids for the better part of a decade, and both has been roundly praised for doing so. GM builds a worthy competitor/successor, and A$$_clowns come out of the woodwork whining.

        The Volt will raise the stakes. It won't be long before cars like the Prius go the way of the Dodo bird. In turn, five or ten years from now, the Volt will either evolve or be altogether replaced. This is how technology works. However, to say that now is not the time to build this car, is, in a word STUPID.

        • 5 Years Ago
        To be fair, they could still end up killing the Volt.

        Of course, I have no idea why they'd do such a thing this late in the game...
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is good news for the Cruze: it may just bow with the 1.4 turbo that's supposed to get it up to 40 mpg.

        Cruze will die slowly with that engine, because it will be just another compact with nothing to distinguish it.

        Let's hope GM has broken out of its extremely bad old habit of introducing a half-finished car, then starts making improvements as the thing dies in the marketplace.
      • 5 Years Ago

      that's a complete lie. that much rather buy a Daewoo, Hyundai, or Kia over any GM product.

      that thing about replacing the badge was complete propaganda to make you think that Koreans were ashamed of Daewoo and wanted GM. When in fact, lots of Korean people still seethe over the takeover by GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ..Let's see who will blame Obama first.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did anyone notice they are investing $230 million in a plant that will build their 230 mpg car? Hmm. Probably not an arbitrary number. What else are they going to bring up with the number 230 in it?
      Let's see.
      First year production run: 230 cars
      Factory rebate: $230
      Government rebate: $230
      Cost in fuel per year: $230
      Average income of Volt buyer: $230,000
      Average cost of Volt: $40,230

      OK. Even I am getting sick of this. I will stop.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You couldn't be further from the truth. I was having some fun with numbers in the story. That's all. Sorry I didn't use a smiley face for you.

        Truth is my first car was a brand new, first year IROC-Z my senior year. I have owned a couple of Grand Am's. I am building a custom 57 Chevy Truck. I was gonna buy a new Camaro, but they are in short supply and I refuse to pay over sticker for ANY car. So, your assumptions are misplaced and unwarranted.

        I do still think the Volt will be too expensive in the beginning to benefit Joe America. They need to get in that sweet spot price range starting under $30K and max out at $40K. I teach marketing at a local university and it is obvious they are not targeting middle class, but rather upper middle class. I don't blame them for this at all. You have to do your research on who is more likely to purchase a vehicle like this AND who can afford this vehicle at a price that will allow GM not to lose money or too much money on each car.

        Personally, I would love to have a Volt, but I will bide my time and see if the technology proves out in the real world.

        Now, who can get me a Camaro at sticker?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dang. I was just joking. I doubt any Volts will be under $40K though. Not exactly for the average family. According to a few sources online, the average car price was $28,715 last year. That's over a $10K jump. I know I am out of the range of one for now. But maybe by the time it actually goes into production... ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        i agree with the sentiment... 230 million for the fake 230 MPG...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It looks to me no matter what GM does, you'll hate them. If we lost GM that probably would make you happy. We would lose a great American icon, not to mention the lost of jobs. I know they made big mistakes in the past,but they are now on the mend. In case you don't know, all new GM cars coming out within the last 3 years, are not only as good as the competitors, but better. You probably don't this because usually the big complainers know very little about cars.
        • 5 Years Ago

        "Average income of Volt buyer: $230,000"

        huh? Considering the cost of the Volt will be relatively low (30-40k), the average income will reflect the average buying power of Middle class America.

        You should add "elitist buyers" and "green hippie billionnaires" or "Hollywood hipsters" to get the full Fox News effect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      samsung being as big as Daewoo.
      that is surely not true.

      i read somewher that the total value of the investment GM bought inteo Daewoo was 230 million. A few million was contributed by Suzuki, and another few million was contributed by SAIC, a chinese company. Secondly, after the auction was completed another 200 million dollars is financed by the KDB to go foward with the memorandum of the Daewoo takeover by GM.

      "And even then, it only bought 2 of the 17 factories and the automotive design and engineering groups. All of that was worth....right about $400M. Whodathunkit? There was absolutely nothing underhanded about it."
      that's completely incorrect. the india division, the poland, Romanian divisions, all were taken over by GM. at first Gm did not buy the plants. however, there was a clause the GM shareholders forced Daewoo that the plants were going to be bought at a late date. Even then, the value of Daewoo motors was in the billions, not millions.
      WHere you come up to rationalize the takeover by GM is beyond my comprehension.

      Z"Second, like it or not, Daewoo has become nothing more than a GM marque, just like Holden, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC. Why would a global player like GM want to turn GM Daewoo into a global competitor? It makes zero sense."

      Completely irrelvant to my arguments

      " It can also be argued that Hyundai and Kia wouldn't be as strong as they are today without the failures of Daewoo and Samsung (a thinning of the herd). Hyundai/Kia also didn't get where they are alone; they had a lot of assistance from DaimlerChrysler. Prior to their merger Kia had a lot of help from Ford."

      We honestly don't know what would've happened to Hyundai and Kia
      if Daewoo and Samsung did not go bankrupt. Honestly, that is debate about what ifs. And quite frankly this has nothing to do with the debate.
      I said that Daewoo Motor's assets was worth billions. You clearly disagreed with me about Daewoo's worth. If you only google Daewoo motors you find out that Daeoo had infrastructure that GM got for pennies on the dollar. Because the 'big boy' demanded to call in their loans at a tiime where Korea was expanding, the Koreans were caught naked and required terrible IMF policies to allow foreign takeover of Huge conglomerates. Daewoo could have been bought out by a much bigger company like POSCO, or SAMSUNG, but that was not case. Obviously something else was involved.

        • 5 Years Ago
        you and Jimbo need to use the "reply" feature
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, two Ms when million is abbreviated. Headline should read $230MM. $230M is $230,000.
        • 5 Years Ago
        $230M is $230,000,000. $230k is $230,000.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think they are using the SI unit system, not the American unit system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jimbo, you can't mention holden and Daewoo in the same sentence. Daewoo was and is a transnational conglomerate that is currently the third largest ship-builder in the world. Daewoo engineering is so huge, they are responsible for building some of the great skyscrapers of today. And Daewoo motors had plants all around the globe. Holden was and is nothing compared to Daewoo. The virtual scope of size of the aquisition is like GM aquiring Chrysler for nothing. That is reality.

      GM is using Daewoo to make billions of dollars abroad. GM literally is doing nothing of the sorts to make GM DAEWOO a global player. they just export products to former Daewoo facilities in Poland, Romania, India, Vietnam, Egypt , Brasil, and especially China. The GM Preferred Shareholders will make billions of the hard sweat and labour of Korean workers. It is the Koreans who are stupid for not realising what is being done to them. All of the Korean labour would have gone to build South Korea's GDP and Average Median income.
      But no, the money made will go to the great oligarchs of the modern era.

      The Cruze was engineered in Korea by GM Daewoo. GM, Warren Michigan, Brasil, China did not develop this car. DAEWOO did. GM does not take credit for this car, because they did not develop it.
      If, GM Developed this car, and Daewoo was used to as a manufactoring base to export cars, that would've been a completely different story.

      It is a big deal that GM is doing this to korea. what did Korea do to GM that warranted this much siphoning of money? I mean Korea is a good little servant to the United States. Whatever the US beaurocrats ask of Korea, Korea asks how High. All Korea wants is a good economy so that they can live a decent life. GM and the oligarchs who destroyed Korea's economy in 98 will not allow that to happen. Why? I have no idea.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM Daewoo is building cars in Korea, and then selling those cars around the world. And yet, somehow this doesn't count as making GM Daewoo a global player? Is really it just because those cars are now being sold with a Chevy bowtie outside of Korea?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks lot of guys are missing the fun of volt

      Check http://twitter.com/GMblogs

      Chevy Volt team started an extended development drive and already the fleet crossed 100 miles.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Can a long-term Flintoid tell me what Grand Blanc Weld Center is? I've never heard of it. I understand Flint Metal Center is Flint Metal Fab/Truck & Bus Fab, but what is Grand Blanc Weld Center? Is it Fisher Body? I thought that got knocked down, the deer park closed and turned into a Wal-Mart.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So Flint's, like, in?
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