Report: GM to build new small-car at its Orion plant

Sources reported Thursday that General Motors has picked its Orion Township plant over its Tennessee and Wisconsin factories to build a new small-car. Building the compact car at its Orion plant is expected to save some 1,200 jobs.

GM is expected to release an official press release after its board of directors approve the plan, which could happen as early as today.

What car will it be? So far, we’re pretty sure that it will be the production version of the Chevrolet Beat Concept, known as the Chevrolet Spark. It is reported that GM is retooling its Pontiac stamping plant to make parts for the new car that will be based on the Chevrolet Spark. That is also expected to save several hundred more jobs.

The Orion plant employs some 3,400 hourly and salaried workers who are responsible for the production of the Pontiac G6 and Chevrolet Malibu. However, when GM phases out the Pontiac brand by next year, the plant will have additional capacity to produce a new vehicle.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News