The Chevrolet Cruze has been in its first generation model since 2008 and is due for a full model change. The second-generation model, launched last year in China, has already been announced and is eagerly awaited by the global markets. The next-generation Cruze will be built at the company’s Mexican plant, as per a report by Reuters. The U.S. production at Lordstown Assembly in Ohio, will continue, adds the report and the Mexican production will be only for domestic sales.
Shanghai GM in China will continue with local production. The Indian and Thai plants can also be expected to locally manufacture the all-new model. Citing the words of a GM spokesman, the report says that starting in 2017, the all-new model will also be built in by GM Korea in South Korea, which played a main role in the design and engineering of the first-generation model, along with Opel.
This will be the first time the Cruze will be made in Mexico where the car is currently imported from the company’s plant in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, South Korea. The reason behind this move would probably be to benefit from cheaper investment in land and low labour costs, and also a long-term sight of expanding its manufacturing footprint.