Report: Some Chevrolet Equinox Production Could Move to Mexico
Factory Change Part of Larger Crossover Manufacturing Shuffle at GM
Yesterday, General Motors triumphantly announced the return of Cadillac SRX production to the United States from Mexico for the next-generation model, but according to a Reuters report, that’s only half the story. GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico won’t suddenly be left with nothing to build. In fact, the plant could be the source for some production of the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox.
The report also states that the next-generation GMC Acadia fullsize crossover could move from Lansing, Michigan, to Spring Hill, Tennessee, where its platform-mate, the Chevrolet Traverse, is currently assembled. Ramos Arizpe and Ingersoll, Ontario, are expected to be the sources for the next-generation Equinox and its sibling GMC Terrain.
Some of these product manufacturing decisions were reportedly made during GM’s 2011 contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers, who were asking for reassurances to keep domestic plants open and workers employed. Combined sales volume of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain is more than quadruple that of the SRX, so whichever plants get those two vehicles will be getting important, high-volume models. Another unknown factor is where the upcoming Buick midsize crossover, a model believed to be previewed by the China-market Envision model, will be made, but it’s likely to share a platform with the upcoming Equinox and will likely be built either in Mexico or Canada.