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SOUTH KOREA: Chevy Cruze to be made in US – reports

By just-auto.com editorial team | 19 November 2009

GM will reportedly start making the Chevrolet Cruze in its Lordstown, Ohio, plant before US market launch in the third quarter of 2010.

"As GM Daewoo's Gunsan plant cannot meet all the global demand for the Chevrolet Cruze, it is not unusual to produce the model in the US," a GM Daewoo spokesman told Dow Jones.

The Chosun Ilbo reported GM will start production of the car at Lordstown in July. Cruze production volume in the US is forecast at over 100,000 units next year alone, the report said.

The report added that the plant will also make the Chevrolet Spark and the Orlando MPV in 2011.

Analysts say that GM is keen to make where it sells and that it has the capacity to make new small cars in the US - which it sees growing volume rapidly - taking pressure off Korean plants working at high capacity.

Chevrolet will show the North American production version of the Cruze at the upcoming LA Auto Show.