The Battle for GM's Small Car Down to Three Plants
The assembly plants in consideration are those in Orion (Michigan), Spring Hill (Tennessee) and Janesville (Wisconsin), the bankrupt automaker announced in a press release.
"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," it explained.
Fritz Henderson, General Motors President and CEO, reckoned that building small cars in the United States is a major step made towards a successful restructuring process as the American manufacturer is looking to refresh the whole product range and concentrate more on fuel-efficient and less-polluting models.
"Small cars represent one of the fastest growing segments in both the U.S. and around the world," Henderson said in late May. "We believe this car will be a winner with our current and future customers in the U.S."
There are still no details available regarding the small car model projected to be made in the United States, but more information is expected as General Motors continues its restructuring process.