Automotive, the Ingersoll, Ontario-based GM-Suzuki joint venture car assembly
plant, has confirmed that it stopped production of the Suzuki Swift and Chevrolet
Metro in April 2001, reducing the workforce “by about 500 team members” as a result.
Suzuki Swift/Chevrolet Metro production ended in April with the loss of
CAMI is still producing the two-door soft-top and four-door hard top Suzuki
Vitara and its Chevrolet Tracker derivatives.
CAMI production began in 1989 with the Japanese-designed Suzuki Swift, which
the plant also built as the Geo and, later, Chevy Metro.
The original models were initially virtually identical to the Swifts Suzuki
still produces in Japan and Hungary but the Canadian-built versions received
a full exterior and interior restyle in the mid-1990s.
At its peak, Canadian Swift/Metro production reached more than 100,000 vehicles
a year but the number fell to just 32,000 in 2000.
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