By on March 23, 2015

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General Motors is re-jigging its assembly footprint for the Chevrolet Cruze, adding assembly at a Mexican facility as other plants, like Australia, wave goodbye to GM’s global small car.

According to Reuters, GM’s facility in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico joins Lordstown, Ohio and China as the third plant that will build the next-generation Cruze. Under the terms of a deal reached last year, GM will reportedly build the Cruze in South Korea starting in 2017. Mexican production of the Cruze will be primarily for the domestic market.

GM’s decision to pull out of Russia will likely leave that market without a locally built Cruze, while the end of production in Australia will do the same for the Holden-badged version. That leaves Brazil, Thailand, India, Khazakstan and Vietnam as potential assembly locations – or sites that could get cut.

 

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49 Comments on “General Motors Will Build Next-Gen Chevrolet Cruze In Mexico...”


  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Looks like a mash up of Focus, Sentra, Civic, Dodge..did I leave anything out?

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      I Agree this car isn’t sure what it wants to be, and looking like the outgoing dart isn’t going to help sales.

      Side note,
      I thought by the title that America was losing the Cruze production to Mexico, nice to see NAFTA area getting another production line.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        Over time, we have seen NAFTA do more good for the US than bad.

        I hope that Ob*m* can get the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA v2.0) accomplished.

        The unions don’t like it, but the unions didn’t like NAFTA either. And NAFTA has been great for the US.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          @highdesertcat,
          The TPP isn’t going to well at the moment. There are claims it will be finalised very soon.

          The US is unwilling to relinquish some of it’s protectionism in certain industries, ie, pharmaceuticals, health and of course motor vehicles.

          The Asian, ie, Japanese/Koreans really like to subsidise their rice growers.

          So, American soft power isn’t as influential as it once was or is with it’s neighbours.

          The Chinese dealt a blow to the US soft power efforts. The Chinese are setting up an Asian Infrastructure Bank.

          The US asked all of it’s allies to not become a part of it. Well, the UK and the EU, many Asian nations, except Japan and even Australia are becoming a part of this bank.

          It is similar in concept to the World Bank. The World Bank is US centric and controlled.

          The Asian infrastructure needs from this bank is around $1 trillion a year.

          That’s a lot of money to be earnt by countries like Australia.

          The US needs to come up with models using soft power if it wants to succeed.

          It’s stance with the Pacific Rim nations isn’t good enough.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            Regrettably, America is no longer as influential or as significant as it once was on this planet prior to Jan 20, 2009.

            The US is unable to come up with any models that can organize the global community because the global community differs greatly from the inner city of Chicago, where like-minded minorities are easily organized.

            Hence, we’re in the mess we are in. A sad testament to what the majority of Americans chose to vote for. Not just once. But twice.

            On the bright s!de, Americans who do not have to rely on the handouts provided by the current US government have done exceedingly well, looking after themselves.

            The stock market is soaring, allowing many people to cash out. Others have utilized their deferred spending stash (savings) to set themselves up for the remainder of their lives because their money was losing value in their savings accounts.

            But most importantly of all, me and mine are doing better today than we have for the past six years. That’s really all that matters.

            While I would like to see cousin O succeed in getting NAFTA v2.0 through, I would be pleasantly surprised if he does succeed.

            I believe such a trade agreement would be great for America. The purchases by Chinese companies of American food processors has been hugely successful for the Chinese buyers, American exports and American workers. Not one bad downs!de.

            When considering the successes of the current administration however, there are none.

            For those who tout O’care as a success, they must be one of the newly-minted MedicAid recipients because everyone else with any kind of healthcare has been hurt by O’care.

            To me it is apparent that the Communist Chinese are whipping America on several fronts, i.e. the automotive market, and several non-auto related industries.

            It would not surprise me if China will start to market several Chinese-made vehicles through its Volvo arm in America, and India may do the same through its JLR arm.

            So, from that perspective, I think that things could be interesting and thought-provoking as 2015 progresses, and into 2016 ->2020.

            While America has stagnated, the rest of the planet is moving on, without America or in spite of America.

    • 0 avatar
      pdl2dmtl

      Yes, I believe you left Kia Forte out.

    • 0 avatar
      SteelyMoose

      Yeah, don’t forget that rear quarter fender crease that’s also seen on the Impala…(clumsy and epic fail) homage to old iron that’s an attempt to break up the ubiquitous jellybean slab.

    • 0 avatar
      lacy1

      Looks like an Elantra to me.

    • 0 avatar
      ponchoman49

      Which can be said of most cars today. A 200 looks like a Fusion or an Altima a Sonata looks like a Legacy etc etc etc.

  • avatar

    A Korean car made in Mexico with a badge that lets the world know that you probably shop at Wal-Mart and eat at McDonalds all the time. I’ll pass.

    I currently drive a Dart, so pot calling kettle black…. I just think no one under the age of 35 ever wants to be caught dead in a new Chevrolet sedan of any kind.

    • 0 avatar
      Mandalorian

      SS Excluded.

    • 0 avatar
      I_S

      I remember renting the Cruze with the 1.4T 3 years ago. It had a pleasant interior, adequate power, and the steering was sharp and direct – albeit incredibly numb and light.

      3 years ago it was miles better than the Corolla my parents had at the time. It is definitely time for a refresh though.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      “A Korean car made in Mexico with a badge that lets the world know that you probably shop at Wal-Mart and eat at McDonalds all the time.”

      No doubt about it! That is the exact demographic this car is built for and marketed to.

      IOW, people who need wheels but haven’t got a lot of money.

      I think it will sell like hotcakes, especially in the states of New Mexico and Mississippi, the two poorest states of these United States.

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        Wal-Mart and McDonald’s, that’s actually most the country, even if everyone here is too good to admit it. These things are everywhere in the Midwest. Nothing to get worked up about, it’s “just a car.” Cheap transportation for those who don’t want to pass three Chevy dealers on the way to buy a Corolla.

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          I am in favor of cheap transportation for the masses. “Cheap” sells in the poorest states of America, and there exists a huge market for “used-cheap.”

          New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Southern California are the gateway for illegal aliens to gain access to the rest of America, as they pursue their American dream.

          New Mexico freely gives drivers licenses to any illegal alien that applies for one, and they promptly buy or steal transportation, and (hopefully) continue on their merry journey to the wealthier Blue States that are better positioned to take care of them.

          So, if it runs, it’ll sell. If it’s cheap and it runs, it will sell even faster.

          • 0 avatar
            LectroByte

            @high desert cat litter

            Seems like the article is about new car production being divided between various production facilities, not some used car fantasy of a Toyota driving libtard.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            I know what the article is about. I read it and I think adding production in Mexico is a good thing.

            Maybe it will keep more Mexicans at home instead of coming over here.

    • 0 avatar
      Krivka

      You drive a DART and you complain about anything from GM? That is the really a hoot. I will see what happens in the next few months before making any assumptions about GM. I have driven the Impala, the ATS, CTS and the Malibu. They are all very good, event the Malibu. It is too heavy but on April 1 the new one is unveiled and if it is as good as many say, it will be a very good day for GM and on May 15, the new Camaro will be shown. Let’s see… The Impala (already a great car), Corvette (buff said), Regal. (very good car) Camaro 5, Great but with many flaws and the 6 to be built on the ATS platform (the best platform in the field). What do the comp have? Fusion? Big deal. They are everywhere and discounted more than the Malibu. Mustang? Excellent car, but will match up to the Camaro but will not be the winner. Taurus HA!, Focus, (see Fusion) All they have is the F-150. The Cruze still has a diesel and hopefully will lose a few hundred pounds. They don’t have an ST version, but that’s about it.

      • 0 avatar
        Superdessucke

        Impala a “great” car?? Did you fall on the slippery floor and hit your head on the toilet or something?

        • 0 avatar
          ponchoman49

          Well it is Consumer Reports most recommended full size sedan and the highest scoring car under the Tesla. It also beat out the Avalon and Taurus in several comparisons.

        • 0 avatar
          Truckducken

          Super, you must be thinking of the Impala Classic, the fleet-only glorified Lumina (or whatever antique platform that was). The newer Impala, shockingly enough, is a great car off the showroom floor. Whether it remains a great car as it ages…well, we’ll see if beancounters can change their spots.

    • 0 avatar
      LectroByte

      A Dodge Dart victim pissing all over Cruzers? Pathetic. I’m not the biggest GM fan, but if I was down to deciding between a Dart or a Cruze, the Cruze wins it hands down. More room, more durable, better resale, and here in North Carolina, better dealer experience and support.

      • 0 avatar

        I concur. The Cruze feels like a very mature, premium small car compared to the Dart, which has loads of features and flash, but nevertheless feels cheap and tacky. My only complaint against the Cruze is that it—and most other GM cars—smells like a glue factory when new. I was actually considering one at one point.

        • 0 avatar
          Featherston

          Kyree, you just caused me to have a eureka moment. I think I’ve had the Cruze four or five times as a rental and generally am a fan of them. But come to think of it, at least two of them have had an odd, inorganic smell. Oddly enough, a brand new LT2 had less of a smell than the older LT1’s I’ve driven. Maybe it’s something in the seat fabric?

        • 0 avatar
          TMA1

          I think the same thing. The Dart looks like a Neon, which is a car I associate with teenagers. The Cruze is a sedate, mature appliance, suitable for anyone who doesn’t want to be embarrassed driving their parents around.

    • 0 avatar
      ponchoman49

      That has to be the silliest thing I have ever heard. Maybe on this ant- GM site. But in the real world there are loads of younger driver’s in Chevy’s and Buick’s all over the place!

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      @idriveaneon

      A soon to be 25yo close friend drives an MY12 but in her words it “sucks in the snow and I want an Equinox”.

  • avatar
    I_S

    Kia Forte called. It wants its design back.

  • avatar
    tresmonos

    And Ford will build Focus platform volume in Cuatitlan.

  • avatar
    ihatetrees

    The strengthening dollar and cheap gas does not look good for small car assembly (with union rules) in Lordstown. More profitable SUV’s or pickups may be a better fit.
    GM (and UAW) lobbyists need to ante-up / hedge to both the Hillary & Jeb Bush camps about knee-capping CAFE standards after 2016.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      I agree that the strengthening dollar and cheap gas are great for Americans right now, and until Jan 20, 2017.

      Absolutely nothing bad is going to happen between now and then because of a lame duck prez and a do-nothing Congress. Ideal time to buy that new car or truck, even a house!

      But after that Jan 20, 2017, date, it’s a crap shoot, the outcome that will be determined by the Nov 2016 elections.

  • avatar

    Generic looks that fits into the GM mold. And despite all the naysayers, GM Korea has been doing a good job. I think all the cars that have sprung up from the platforms generated there are very good generalist cars. Never the best in any specific category, never the worst, good all around. Here in Brazil I can say I’m interested as to me now they offer something compelling something I would never say of GM cars from before the GM Korea era.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    I’m so glad GM committed to building the Cruze in Lake Orion, Michigan, when fasteners seeking a bailout.

    LOL.

    Off to Mexico now.

    And this will be the first of many vehicles AND components to be outsourced to Mexico, China, Korea, etc., for re-importation back to the U.S. by GM.

    Watch & see.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      “I’m so glad GM committed to building the Cruze in Lake Orion, Michigan, when fasteners seeking a bailout.”

      I meant Lordstown, Ohio, not Lake Orion, MI.

      I think that the Chevy Sonic & Buick Verano are slapped together in Lake Orion, MI – at least for now.

  • avatar
    highdesertcat

    “And this will be the first of many vehicles AND components to be outsourced to Mexico, China, Korea, etc., for re-importation back to the U.S. by GM.”

    It’s already been going on for awhile, for instance AC compressors built in China. (I know. My buddy has one in his 1993 S-10 installed by the GM dealer)

    But in the larger context, I think this is a good thing, even for the UAW. It allows the OEMs to procure parts at a lower cost to leave more money to pay the UAW the higher wages and benefits they demand.

  • avatar
    See 7 up

    Not sure I really understand all the Cruze hate here.

    I don’t like the looks of this revision, but the current Cruze is frankly a a good car for the price (and I ironically like the looks). I do wish you could get the leather LTZ in the manual trans, but the car drives well regardless and gets very good mileage (at least my LTZ rental did)

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      The current Cruze is probably the best car relative to the price (and one of the best cars per its segment overall) that GM now builds, or has ever built!

      It feels more solid, looks more mature, rides more solidly/smoothly, and just has more substance than any other compact car of its generation that I’ve driven.

      This is why Buick was able to parlay it into a more expensive, “compact premium” vehicle with minimal changes, and sell a fair number of them at a higher ATP.

  • avatar
    TW5

    The fleet version is going to be more desirable than the consumer version. Sad.

  • avatar
    cargogh

    I’ve read so many complaints about lack of rear headroom because of current “coupe” styling. I’m glad that has been addressed.

    • 0 avatar
      ponchoman49

      The NA version of the new 2016 Cruze will ride a longer wheelbase for a much needed boost in rear legroom and the power trains will be from the new 1.2-1.6 engine family announced last year. It should be a better car in many ways.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I do know in Australia there was talk that it was costing 100% more to build the Cruze here in comparison to Korea.

    Once the Australian government stopped feeding cash to the automakers they are pulling the pin here.

    That’s the best thing to occur in Australia. For each and every vehicle manufactured here the manufacturers received a tidy $2 000 and they still weren’t competitive.

    Thailand would be a good option for GM as they already have plants there and know how to work within the country.

  • avatar
    drivrBob

    You might want to include the Opal Astra which is the European equivalent of the Cruz. They are basically one and the same and both can be purchased here at even the same dealership. I checked out the Cruz last year, because I read about its good mileage. The dealer said I would be better off with an Astra cause the oil only had to be changed half as much (30k instead of 15K kilometers). He also couldn’t explain why both cars with exactly the same motor had such differing oil change intervals.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Finally! The Cruze loses that awful black plastic triangle. I’ll have to give one a serious look now if I’m ever again in the market, but I still lean toward a Malibu.

    Nice-looking car. Much nicer-looking in red or brown or blue or green, just not white, black, gray, beige or silver.

  • avatar
    Truckducken

    How much are you paying for an oil change? It’s hard to see why saving $30 per year, and driving around with much filthier oil in the meantime, would be a serious selling point.

    Edit: reply to DrivrBob. Not sure why reply button failed.

  • avatar

    Guys, this is the Chinese-market Cruze, which I believe will have a slightly longer wheelbase and a different front-fascia. The global one will look slightly different. Of course, GM will also have to compete with a redesigned Elantra, a car that has become a serious contender in the compact sedan market.

  • avatar
    Marcus36

    Every time the word Mexico is mentioned in an article on this site, you get the same uneducated people posting their same uneducated comments…about a place that at best they do not understand, or at worst can’t even point out in a map.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      My only beef with it is the end consumer pays the same for a vehicle assembled in either the US, Mexico, or Canada while the OEM pockets any savings from Mexican assembly.

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