Chevrolet Cruze Coupe rumored again

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 27, 2011

There are reports that General Motors will soon introduce a two-door version of the Chevrolet Cruze. So far, there has been neither confirmation nor denials. Sources say that the compact coupe will be produced at GM’s assembly plant in the Detroit suburb of Orion Township. GM is currently preparing the plant to start the production of the Chevrolet Sonic small car in the third quarter.

The all-new Buick Verano is set to start production later this year. GM held an open house earlier this week at the Orion plant.

At this event, GM officials had declined to discuss the possibility of a two-door Cruze. GM intends to host one such event at all of its manufacturing plants this year.

Factory manager Alice Boler-Davis said that the plant is focused on the launch of the Chevrolet Sonic, adding that it’s exciting since Orion would be the only U.S. plant that will be producing a small subcompact.

So that the project could be brought to the U.S. instead of building the Sonic in South Korea, numerous new workers at the Orion plant will be following a two-tier wage structure wherein their wages would be half of what’s paid to the more senior members of the United Auto Workers Union.

The four-door Cruze is being built exclusively at GM’s big assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. But because of the high demand for the car, the plant has had overtime shifts and is still running up against capacity.

It was quite unexpected for the Cruze to become the topselling compact nameplate in May in the U.S. This success is partially attributed to the shortage of Japanese-built rivals, such as the new Honda Civic.

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