A couple of weeks ago, GMI reported that Buick's consideration of RWD Alpha products hinged on GM's decision to build the Chevy Code 130R. Last week, GM confirmed what we had already strongly suspected, that sixth gen Camaro production moves to Lansing Grand River in 2015. Basically, what this means is that LGR will be pretty well be taken up by CTS, ATS and Camaro production. Apparently, or so it seems to me, that's why approval of the Code and Buick Alphas seemed to be tied at the hip. There's no room for them at LGR.
Let's be brutally honest about the Code 130R for a moment. It is something I'd like to see, but beyond Clay Dean and afew others, I really detect no great groundswell of support for it from inside GM. But maybe Buick's interest in Alpha spruces up the Code's business plan. And visa versa. A second plant, probably Oshawa or Spring Hill, if it were to happen, would need 150,000-200,000 annual units to make a slam dunk business case. That's alot of RWD Codes and Buicks. There have been rumors that Buick could replace the Regal with an Alpha based RWD model. That brings up the question of whether GM would export these cars to Europe as Opels and China as Buicks.
What does the GMI brain trust think? Is it possible that GM could have two Alpha assembly lines going in North America?