Flint, Michigan – General Motors is investing more than US$230 million in four plants in the greater Flint, Michigan area in preparation for production of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt. The plants include Flint Engine South, Flint Metal Center, Flint Tool & Die and Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center.
“These four GM manufacturing plants have a key role in GM’s production of the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze,” said manufacturing manager Larry Zahner. “The men and women at these plants are working hard to exceed their quality and cost objectives while maintaining a relentless focus on safety and improved efficiency.”
Key activities performed by the four plants include development of automated equipment and tooling, die development, body panel stamping, and the manufacture and assembly of key powertrain components, including the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine for the Cruze, and 1.4-litre engine generator for the Volt.
The Cruze is scheduled to launch next spring, while the extended-range electric Volt is expected to start production in late 2010 as a 2011 model.