General Motors to produce Chevrolet Trax in Mexico, invests $120mln image

U.S. carmaker General Motors Co. on Thursday said it would build its upcoming Chevrolet Trax SUV 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 is only the latest in a series of auto companies and auto-parts companies announcing expansions of operations in Mexico, or setting up production operations for the first time.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon said the country has grown to the world’s fourth-largest exporter of autos in the world from ninth-place over the last six years.

The Trax is expected to share the same engine line-up as the Mokka, which includes a 138bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 128bhp 1.7-litre turbo diesel. Two and four-wheel drive versions will be offered.

“The Trax provides Chevrolet an entry into a growing small SUV segment and delivers the flexibility, great fuel economy and car-like handling that urban explorers around the world require,” said Mary Barra, GM’s chief global product planner in a statement.

But know this: General Motors has no plans to offer the Trax in the United States, citing “the strong position of the Equinox” as the reason why it won’t be offered Stateside.

The Trax will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in late September.