Spring Hill Slated For New Product
Orion may get small cars, but Spring Hill is getting a variety of new product.
June 26, 2009
For the last few weeks rumors have been flying about which General Motors assembly plant would be selected to build small cars in the United States. Such clause came about from the recent agreement made between General Motors and the United Auto Workers. Well, today GM announced officially that they have selected the Orion, Michigan assembly plant to build the new small cars, leaving some to question the future of the newer, flexible Spring Hill, Tennessee plant.
GM has not formally announced which small cars Orion will be building, however GMI has been told that it will likely be the Chevrolet Viva and Buick small car. The Viva is going to be the replacement for the Aveo, due out next summer. Buick, as GMI broke news on several months ago, is slated to obtain a version of the Opel Astra compact hatchback. It is expected that the Astra is the Buick small car now slated for Orion. Starting in 2012 it is expected that Orion will build an all-new Buick sedan based on the Delta II small car platform as well.
GM's Spring Hill, TN plant is one of the newest assembly plants in the GM network. It is also a highly flexible plant and very large. Currently the plant is massively underutilized, building only the Chevrolet Traverse. However, today GMI learned that Spring Hill still has a future beyond being a standby plant. GM is planning to build the next Chevrolet Traverse at Spring Hill, as well as production for the next-generation Cadillac Escalade, which will be built on a variant of the Lambda platform. Also slated for Spring Hill is production of a Chevrolet SUT (Avalanche-like vehicle) based on the Lambda platform.
Possibly the biggest news out of the Spring Hill is that GM is now considering it as the assembly site for the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon small trucks. Currently the small trucks are assembled at GM's Shreveport, Louisiana plant, which has been rumored to be closing or sold. The new trucks are known internally as the GMT-700's.
UPDATE: GMI sources have clarified that Lansing-Delta will be building the next-generation Chevrolet Traverse, however, Spring Hill will be as well as extra capacity. GM does not feel that Lansing-Delta has enough capacity to build all of the Lambda's on it's own.
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