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Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Joins Sedan on Chopping Block

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Chevrolet Cruze hatchback discontinued

GM is discontinuing the Chevy Cruze hatchback

General Motors announced Monday that it was ending production of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan at its Lordstown plant in Ohio — effectively discontinuing the model for the North American market.

Now, GM is also indicating that it will end production of the Cruze hatchback at the Ramos Arizpe facility in Mexico. The hatchback is a relatively recent addition to the Cruze lineup — it’s only been around since the 2017 model year.

The only car manufactured at Lordstown is the Cruze, and GM plans to shut down the facility. However, Ramos also builds the Chevy Blazer and will stay open. In fact, GM plans to use that plant’s extra capacity to ramp up production on the new crossover, so it looks like no jobs will be lost there.

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Chevrolet Cruze hatchback discontinued

GM’s Ramos plant in Mexico will no longer manufacture the Cruze hatchback

Production of the Cruze in the U.S. and Mexico will end by March, but the model is expected to live on overseas. It’s also manufactured at plants in China, Vietnam, and Argentina.

The end of the Cruze is part of a larger effort by GM to cut costs, restructure the company, and invest more heavily in electric and autonomous vehicles.

The automaker plans to cut its salaried workforce by 15%, and it will also close five of its facilities in the U.S. and Canada. As part of those closures, GM is also ending production on several cars. In addition to the Cruze, the Chevy Volt, Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, and Cadillac XTS will all be discontinued in 2019.

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News Source: GM Authority