According to the Detroit News, which cited sources close to the matter, General Motors plans to set up an investment of $450 million, with an official announcement on the matter later today.
The investment plan, which has not been yet confirmed by company spokespersons, should create an additional job force of 1,400 and should be split between two plants – the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and the Brownstown township battery assembly facility. Gerald Johnson, GM’s vice president of North America manufacturing should make the formal announcement on the investment in Detroit at an Automotive Press Association luncheon.
The Hamtramck facility, which currently produces the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevy Impala, Cadillac ELR, Chevy Volt and their foreign versions, would be set up for the production of the next generation Volt – a plan sustained by the battery plant investment, which currently makes the packs for the Volt.
The Volt has been a mixed affair for GM, with sales dwindling in 2013 to only 23,094 units although the US version received a price cut of $5,000. First quarter sales for this year were even worse, going down 15% to 3,606 cars.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which already was set up in December for a $121 million investment that would upgrade the logistics part of the operation, is currently home to 1,629 workers in a 3.6 million-square-foot facility.