General Motors Will Build Next-Gen Chevrolet Cruze In Mexico

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

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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  • Zackman Zackman on Mar 24, 2015

    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.

  • Truckducken Truckducken on Mar 24, 2015

    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.

  • Kyree Kyree on Mar 24, 2015

    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.

  • Marcus36 Marcus36 on Mar 24, 2015

    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.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Mar 24, 2015

      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.