Automotive News reports General Motors may begin manufacturing the Chevrolet Cruze in Europe. The vehicle would likely be produced at an Opel plant in Poland, while a handful of other Chevrolet models may see their production move elsewhere in Europe. The move is said to be the first step toward moving GM European operations toward profitability. The automaker would pull some production out of South Korea, which would then free up the company to proceed with cost-cutting measures at Opel. Automotive News reports Opel has lost approximately $13 billion since 1999.

Under the plan, Cruze production would find a home in Gliwice, Poland. Meanwhile, GM would spread the vehicles currently built at the facility across other Opel plants in the EU. Additionally, GM is considering moving the Orlando crossover to the Opel facility in Bochum, Germany. That plant currently builds the Zafira minivan, and has been rumored to face a closing in the future.

Last year, GM exported around 250,000 vehicles to Europe from South Korea.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're talking about the Euro market Cruze, including the hatchback, right? The domestic market Cruze is built in Ohio as far as I know. I don't think US Cruzes come from South Korea. It would make sense to build Euro Cruzes in, well, Europe.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
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        nettsu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        I think at the moment it's only the Cruze Hatchback (that the US doesn't get) that's sold in Europe as a chevy
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drove in a Cruze the other day and I was surprisingly shocked. It is vault like quiet and it rides and handles pretty well. Give it the SS 2.0 and a decent 6 speed manual and I'd bet it'd be a blast.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
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      k9182
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Opel has lost approximately $13 billion since 1999" And I thought Opel was the good example within GM. Guess not.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @k9182
        I keep saying that Opel will eventually disappear. Makes sense, since Chevrolet is now a global brand. If Opel continues to burn cash at this rate, they are not long for this world. Quite possibly, if they weren't sharing models with Vauxhall and Buick/Saturn, they would not have even survived the re-organization.
          Robert Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          So will the "Chevrolet" brand follow them. GM needs a much more upmarket image in Europe. Vauxhall and Opel have a considerable history in Europe since the 1920's, Chevrolet and Cadillac do not.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM the heartbeat of America built elsewhere . Good thing Companies like Nissan and Toyota are American built companies still.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
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          darkness
          • 3 Years Ago
          Staggering amount of dumb people on here. I guess Lordstown Ohio isnt in America.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course. Any where but the USA. "...save American jobs." - Obama Yeah right douche.
        darkness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Obama has nothing to do with this Douche
          • 3 Years Ago
          @darkness
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        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        You realize they mean built in Europe for the European markets in addition to the plants that are already in the US producing for our market. Obama can't change the fact that it's cheaper to build a factory locally than to ship internationally.
        vigorpat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I hope you didn't procreate..........idiot!
      debitra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Real nice. Why can't they build it in the US?? And to think of all the crap I took from Michiganders for buying a foreign car....really?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @debitra
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      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's this about GM exporting 260,000 cars to Europe from S. Korea? I thought Europeans didn't buy crappy GM cars.
        Alex Garrett
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        I guess you've never been to Europe. They are everywhere. The Japanese do not buy GM, or Ford , or American cars for that matter. Remember that the next time you want to purchase a Japanese vehicle.
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Alex Garrett
          Who cares what the Japanese buy? Ironic you're trying to bring up "that" argument on an article about a domestic manufacturer moving more production out of the country.
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM needs to make Chevrolet a global brand. This is a good move for them. Opel may die someday.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Chevrolet is a budget Korean brand in Europe. As for Opel "dying" someday ... hmmm, it's always easy to spot an American who has barely ever set foot out of his own state.
          whofan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I lived in Germany for two years while serving in the Air Force. I owned a 1977 Opel Manta B GT/E, Fun car to drive. It`s my opinon that GM needs a global brand. That brand should be Chevrolet or Opel if you like. They need a global brand either way. Opel needs to be turned around for the good or it will die. There`s little support from the German government to assist GM if Opel were to go under.
          Dave
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Now it will be a budget Polish brand.
          Robert Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          On some Forums they suggested changing the names of Opel, Holden to Chevrolet. About the same effect really as calling the Silverado , the Toyota Silverado
        Robert Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Whofan. Opel is the best placed to be a "global" brand in areas where GM is not so prominent., Chevrolet either conjures images of budget based vehicles or Tailfin excesses of the 1960's
      Hey Bitch ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually never thought of Chevrolet as being a "budget brand" I drive a Tahoe LT (08') and people always tell me how nice it is. It is a great truck, lots of power, electric everything. Very sturdy and reliable. To me a budget brand would be Ford. Sorry Ford lovers :( But they just dont seem to be well built. I purchased a mustang NEW and in less than 12 months it had RUST on it :( Rust on the trunk lid and rust in the door jamb. When I took it back to the dealer I was told "Ford does not cover NON-mechanical defects until its 60K warranty" LOL! WOW! so I traded it in for my Tahoe and ive been a happy camper ever since.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hey Bitch ;)
        Tell me, how does rust form on a painted service, especially when the car is new? Funny, it sounds like you just didn't take care of the car and the clear coat and paint just wore off from negligence. I've not once heard of this problem being apart of the Mustang Club of America, The Mustang Source, and Modded Mustangs (3 of the largest communities of Mustang owners and enthusiasts). I've not even experienced it myself, and the car in my avatar had the clear coat flaking away before it got the color it has now and not one part of the car was rusted. So pictures or this didn't happen. You had to have taken pictures.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hey Bitch ;)
        So Ford is a budget brand and Chevy is what, luxury? LOL.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Walter Losey
      • 3 Years Ago
      why not ship some from Lordstown Ohio to Europe?
      Lee Hoan
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice http://about-cars-cars.blogspot.com/
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