Detroit, Michigan – General Motors is adding two shifts and about 2,500 jobs to its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to build the new Chevrolet Malibu and next-generation Impala alongside the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera electric cars.

The automaker will invest US$69 million in tooling and equipment to support the Impala. The new investment is on top of $121 million announced in April to support Malibu production.

“Filling this plant with new work is very satisfying because GM is dedicated to helping rebuild this city,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. “We are confident in the flexibility of the plant, the excellence of our workers and the great cars assembled here.”

The plant will be the exclusive producer of the Volt and Ampera for the rest of the year. There are 16,000 electric vehicles scheduled to be built for the full 2011 calender year, including those exported to Canada, Europe and China. For 2012, the company has a production goal of up to 60,000 Volts and Amperas, with three-quarters of those for U.S. sales.

The new Malibu will be built in Detroit and in Fairfax, Kansas, as well as in China and Korea. It will be sold in more than 100 countries.

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