Lake Orion, Michigan – General Motors is investing in its Orion Assembly Center in Michigan, which will built a new small Chevrolet and a Buick compact sedan, which will be called the Verano. The company is investing US$145 million to retool the facility.

“Verano will bring premium styling, performance and content to Buick buyers wanting a smaller car than Regal,” said Mark Reuss, GM North American president. “The investment in Orion Assembly also extends GM’s local small car footprint, again increasing the number of U.S.-made small vehicles available in showrooms.”

Orion Assembly is in the process of retooling the plant, which last built GM midsize sedans, for future small cars. The improvements are expected to be finished by the summer of 2011. The company did not give further details on production or timing for the Verano or for the unnamed Chevrolet small car.

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