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2014 Chevy Impala Moving to Detroit; GM Adding 2500 Jobs

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First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

In the early 20th century, the old Dodge Main plant there built cars for the competition. In the 1980s, a new factory on the same land became the home of Cadillac production.

Today, General Motors (NYSE:GM) says its Hamtramck plant will be the home of the next-generation Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan.

The plant, surrounded by the city of Detroit but within the city of Hamtramck, had most recently been the production home of the Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne. Last year, GM began building the Chevy Volt at the facility, helped along with generous tax breaks designed to spur development and production of fuel-efficient vehicles.

Earlier this year, GM confirmed it would also build its new mid-size 2013 Malibu in Hamtramck.

With the switch from the Impala's current home in Oshawa, Ontario, the Hamtramck plant will be almost completely devoted to Chevrolet production. The Opel Ampera, Europe's version of the Volt, will account for the small percentage of non-Chevrolet cars assembled at the Poletown plant.

GM says the move will add two shifts of production and approximately 2500 jobs at the site. Between the retooling costs for the Impala and the Malibu, GM is spending nearly $200 million to refurbish the plant, once the Lucerne and DTS are done with their long production runs.

The announcement also sheds some light on the evolution of the Impala, once one of GM's hallmark rear-drive sedans. The Impala is expected to share some major underpinnings with the upcoming Cadillac XTS sedan. Sharing an assembly site with the front-drive Malibu could mean the Impala also has some commonality with that car and its "Epsilon II" architecture, as well as with the Buick LaCrosse--and even the Saab 9-5, a legacy of GM's ownership of that Swedish automaker.

 
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Comments (17)
  1. Not true. GM is not adding 2500 jobs. They are moving them. The Impala is assembled in Oshawa Ontario. GM is cutting 2500 jobs in Oshawa and moving the production of the Impala to Detroit. Look it up.
     
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  2. GM is taking 2500 jobs out of a foreign country and moving them back to the United States, where the apple pie Chevy Impala should have been being made all along.
     
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  3. A foreign country? Where do you think all your teachers doctors and nurses come from. If GM was taking jobs back from Mexico, like where your "buy american" cavalier is made, or the Dodge Ram Trucks etc... that might be something. Toyota produces more cars and trucks on US soil now than GM does. Look it up.
     
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  4. Toyota assembles cars in the US, but a lot of their parts come from Japan. That explains their problems right now, no parts, no production, no sales. Toyota is not american never will be. A real american drives a Chevy;)
     
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  5. It doesn't matter where GM makes the Impala. It's still the worst cars my family has ever owned. Redesigning means new problems to chase. Quality has never been GM's number one goal and I don't expect anything to change given how much further in debt the company is. Instead of buying new cars I'm fixing up my old ones to ensure that my spending power goes to the local businesses.
     
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  6. If it dosen't say BMW, it's not really a car, nor worth having.
     
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  7. The former Cavalier was produced in both Ramos Arizpe, Mexico and Lordstown Ohio. The Lordstown plant now produces the Cruze which replace the Cobalt. Neither of which were made in Mexico.
     
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  8. canuk22 youre the man haha. I agree with your statement! If you dont buy American, get out. I dont know why people are talking about BMW's in here when its a NASCAR forum. I cant stand this crap. GM is moving it Detroit WHERE ITS MAIN PLANT IS HELD!!!! Screw canada, i cant stand that country or the people who live there. GM is an American Company and its about time they start building back in the United States. I cant stand how the US is all over the place, build here, ship there. All car manufacturers do that today, they have plants all over BUT THEIR MAIN PLANTS ARE FROM THEIR COUNTRY. You people need to know the facts here. Be American, Buy American. If you dont buy American, get out.
     
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  9. I have 1 Impala and had Another I traded on a new ram. There is nothing wrong with the impala. I can't wait for the next gen. I wish they kept them here in Ontario though :)
     
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  10. They took our jobs!
     
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  11. Toyotas or whatever other foreign car that is "made in the USA" still takes its profits back to aid a foreign economy. So, keep supporting your foreign economies you anti-American commies.
     
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  12. As far as I know, Toyota is a publicly traded company. If you want a share of their profits, just buy some of their stock. For some reason (I've never owned a Toyota), the Camry has been the best selling car in the US for almost twenty years. Are you, for some odd reason calling those millions of Toyota owners in the US "commies"? Strange.
     
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  13. just to let you americans know the great monte carlo(9S) was also built in canada.
     
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  14. To the guy who thinks GM is all-American. It isn't. GM bought the McLaughlin Automobile Company in 1918 and re-named it as GM Canada. McLaughlin made carriages starting in the 1850s and autos starting in 1907, so GM Canada has deep, deep roots, deeper than even GM with whom it worked before it was called GM. Along with Camaros, Firebirds, Impalas, Buick Regals and Cutlasses, and various truck ,odels over time, GM Canada produced Canadian versions of the Chevy II (Acadian) and Chevelle (Beaumont). But beyond the roots and its deep history in producing US-sold cars (all current Camaros, for example) GM was bailed out by $$ billions from the Canadian and Ontario governments, along with the U.S. government.
     
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  15. if our not driving a chevy, ford ,or chrysler & you think your doin some good for our economy. you have been mislead & uninformed.you are not helping the united states of america. if you wanna drive a foreign car,as a daily driver you should have to live in the country where the car is from for a yr. and if you still like what your supporting,then you should move there. then you wont have to take any wise cracks from us true americans,who wouldn't be caught dead in anything but an original big 3 automobile,Ford, chevy, or chrysler.
     
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  16. I just wish G M would dump the front wheel drive ,can`t stand to drive them ! Got a '98 Tahoe,250,000 miles ! Love it !
     
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  17. this is a good news to everybody, GM will give 2500 jobs nice.
     
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