A Brief Reprieve for Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly

Detroit-Hamtramck, one of the five North American plants General Motors plans to shutter before the end of the year, will instead linger online a little longer.

While the plant’s future is still very much in doubt, and the lights will certainly go off for at least some period of time, the automaker plans to keep cranking out cars past New Year’s Eve. The reprieve stems from GM’s interest in continuing production of the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala. Not the Buick LaCrosse or Chevrolet Volt, though. Definitely not the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Volt.

According to FOX6Now, the delay won’t be indefinite. Originally scheduled to cease production by June 1st, Detroit-Hamtramck will instead continue production into January of 2020.

Speaking to The Detroit News, GM spokesman Dan Flores said production of the slow-selling LaCrosse and declining (yet updated for 2019) Volt ended on February 15th.

“We are balancing production timing while continuing the availability of Cadillac advanced technology features currently included in the CT6-V, the Blackwing Twin-Turbo V-8 and Super Cruise,” GM said in a statement.

The news was greeted with tempered applause by UAW officials. In a joint statement, UAW President Gary Jones and Vice-President Terry Dittes spoke of “a sense of relief” among workers — something of an odd statement, considering the plant’s life is only being extended by seven months. The two execs asked for support in achieving a production extension at the three other U.S. plants marked for possible closure.

We told you yesterday about Cadillac’s plans for a range-topping CT6 that borrows a detuned version of the 4.2-liter Blackwing V8 found in the sold-out CT6-V. Earlier this year, GM execs stated their desire to keep the CT6 in GM’s lineup. To do this, the automaker would either have to source the sedan from China or find plant space at an existing U.S. facility. If GM goes with the preferred latter option, this would likely mean a gap in the model’s availability.

Though Canada’s Oshawa Assembly facility is due to close before the end of the year, the automaker lists the four American plants as “unallocated,” providing a ray of hope for the future. Next to go dark is Ohio’s Lordstown Assembly, sold producer of the Chevrolet Cruze. According to Flores, that plant’s production has been extended by a week. The lights go out on March 8th.

a version of this article first appeared on TTAC

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