Earlier this week, General Motors confirmed plans to idle five plants and cut nearly 14,000 jobs in North America in a bid to trim costs. The facilities affected by this decision include assembly plants in Lordstown, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan and Oshawa, Ontario; as well as transmission plants in White Marsh, Maryland and Warren, Michigan.
The move will result in the layoff of 3,300 production workers in the U.S., 2,500 in Canada and 8,000 white collar workers. GM said some of those plants could resume production depending on the outcome of negotiation talks with union representatives, which are scheduled for next year. The company plans to shift more of its resources to electric and autonomous vehicles.
The assembly plants slated to idle have something in common, they all make sedans, including the Chevrolet Volt, Impala and Cruze, the Buick LaCrosse, and the Cadillac CT6 and XTS. GM said it will no longer make those cars.
Production work in Mexico remained unaffected except for one item: the production of Chevy Cruze, which is also built at the Ramos Arizpe plant, in the northern state of Coahuila.
The output capacity used by the Cruze, which has been manufactured in Ramos Arizpe for almost nine years, will be shifted towards the Chevrolet Blazer whose production started a few weeks ago, confirmed Teresa Cid, Director of Communications and Public Relations of General Motors Mexico.
The last Chevy Cruze is expected to roll out of Ramos Arizpe by March 2019. Aside from Ramos Arizpe, GM also operates assembly plants in Silao, Guanajuato and San Luis Potosi.