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The Battle for GM's Small Car Down to Three Plants

As you probably remember from our previous coverage on the matter, General Motors recently decided after an agreement with the United Auto Workers union to save one of the plants sentenced to closure and start the production of a small car. Well, choosing the lucky facility seems to be a pretty tough job for General Motors who is still analyzing all possible options but, according to a press statement, the selection has been narrowed down to 3 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.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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