Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has announced that it plans to build a small car in the future in the U.S., using an idled United Auto Workers Union (UAW)-GM facility.

The vehicle will add to GM’s growing portfolio of fuel-efficient, U.S.-built vehicles, including the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt.

The retooled plant will be capable of building 160,000 cars each year, which can be a combination of both small and compact vehicles. Selection of the site will be determined in the future. Currently, about 67 per cent of GM cars and trucks sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S. With the announcement, GM anticipates that U.S. production levels will increase beyond 70 per cent by 2013.

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