GM announces production of Chevrolet Trax in Mexico

MEXICO CITY Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:39pm EDT

Ed Welburn, GM Vice President of Global Design, talks about Chevrolet's concept car, the Trax, at the New York International Auto Show in New York April 4, 2007. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Ed Welburn, GM Vice President of Global Design, talks about Chevrolet's concept car, the Trax, at the New York International Auto Show in New York April 4, 2007.

Credit: Reuters/Keith Bedford

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. carmaker General Motors Co. (GM.N) on Thursday said it would build the Chevrolet Trax vehicle and a new generation of pickups at plants in Mexico.

The Detroit-based company is investing $120 million in a plant in the central state of San Luis Potosi to produce the SUV crossover, said GM Mexico president, Ernesto Hernandez.

GM will unveil the Trax at the Paris Motor Show in September before hitting the Mexican market in the fourth quarter, Hernandez added. A further $200 million would head to the Silao plant in Guanajuato state, where work on a new generation of pickups would begin in 2013.

Hernandez expected the investments, which total $420 million, would create 1,000 new jobs.

GM announced in May that the Trax, which will be sold in 140 countries, but not the United States, would be built on the same underpinning platform as the Aveo and Sonic subcompact sedan.

The Sonic is sold in the U.S. and Canadian markets while the Aveo sells to the rest of the world. No new details were given on price, weight, length and fuel economy of the Trax. (Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter)

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Comments (2)
MeritMan wrote:
Well there you have it. The American people had to bailout GM so it could save jobs… in Mexico.

Jul 19, 2012 5:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
asalcido wrote:
Do you blame GM? With the UAW demanding $$$$$ to build these cars how could we sell them to Mexico or any other country. They couldn’t afford them.

Jul 19, 2012 5:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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