In a pivotal announcement today, GM laid out plans for “proactive steps” to cut workforce, shift investment toward trucks and SUVs, and put a cork in the pipeline for five factories come 2019. Two of those factories build drivetrain components, while the other three assemble sedans, pickup trucks and the Chevrolet Volt gas-electric hatchback.
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Those sedans are the compact Chevrolet Cruze plus four large models: the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala. (GM’s four U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.) The XTS was already on its way out, but the plants in question — Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich.; Oshawa, Ontario; and Lordstown, Ohio — are the sole assembly points for U.S. versions of the Impala, CT6 and LaCrosse. The same goes for the Volt, which GM builds exclusively in Detroit-Hamtramck.