Chevrolet Cruze Will Still Be Made and Sold in South America
Although the Chevrolet Cruze is being discontinued in North America, the car is expected to live on elsewhere.
Sales for the Cruze have increased in every South American country since the car’s second generation was released for the 2016 model year. Its segment market share has doubled in Brazil and quintupled in Argentina.
In recognition of the Cruze’s popularity in South America, General Motors will continue to produce and sell the model on the continent — and invest in making it better, too, according to Carlos Zarlenga, president of GM’s Brazil and Argentina division. GM plans to unveil a refresh of the second-generation Cruze for the South American market sometime in early 2019. The Cruze was refreshed for the North American market in 2018.
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GM’s assembly plant in Rosario, Argentina, builds both the four-door sedan and five-door hatchback versions of the Cruze. The Rosario plant also builds 1.4-liter turbo inline-four engines for the Cruze and for export to Mexico and England.
GM also produces the Chevy Cruze at a plant in Shanghai, China, but the automaker hasn’t indicated yet whether the car will continue to be produced and sold there like it will be in Argentina.
In North America, the Cruze is produced at GM plants in Lordstown, Ohio, and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. While GM intends to end Cruze production and close its Lordstown facility sometime in 2019, the Ramos Arizpe plant will remain open to produce the new Chevy Blazer.
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News Source: GM Authority