GM says it’s not true (yet) what Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports today. The paper says it has it on good authority that by 2014, GM will move production of its Chevrolet Cruze from South Korea to the Opel plant in Gliwice, Poland.“There has been no decision made about where the next generation Cruze will be built,” a spokesman for Chevrolet Europe told Reuters,
The FAZ maintains good contacts with the labor side of Opel’s board, and it has been a grateful recipient of many interesting Opel leaks in the past. The paper cites an internal production plan as the source.
”Speculation of such a move is nothing new, especially after the U.S. carmaker confirmed the next generation model due in late 2014 would not be built in South Korea,” harrumphs Reuters. According to the wire,
“Gliwice would be a natural candidate for budget brand Chevrolet. It is the only low-cost Opel plant in Europe and it also builds the Cruze sibling compact Opel Astra. Both cars could likely be built on one assembly line with a minimum of additional investment.”
Korean unions threatened to “wage a war” if that happens. GM and the Korean unions are in wage talks, and the leaks could also be part of a shadow war of disinformation. FUD is SOP in these negotiations.