GM narrows down plants to build small car, no decision on not to import Chinese-made cars

Chevrolet Beat

GM announced last month that it will build a small, fuel-efficient car in the U.S. using its existing UAW-GM assembly plants that are currently under standby status. The Detroit automaker said that it will build up to 160,000 units of subcompacts per year at an existing U.S. facility.

Today GM announced that it has narrowed its choice to produce the small car at the Orion (Michigan), Spring Hill (Tennessee) and Janesville (Wisconsin). It said that it hopes “to identify and announce the future production site of the small car within the next several weeks.”

Separately, the head of GM’s North American operations Troy Clarke, decline to say whether GM has decided not import cars from China.

It was reported last month GM is looking to import Chinese-made subcompact cars to the United States. Shortly after that, the automaker announced that it will not sell Chinese-made cars in the U.S. as a part of its concession deal with the UAW.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: GM and Free Press