General Motors intends to idle five of its North American manufacturing facilities in 2019 as part of its most recent restructuring plan. One of the factories scheduled to be shuttered is the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which is where Buick’s full-size LaCrosse sedan is built.
The move will leave the Tri Shield brand with just two non-crossover models in its lineup – the Regal and the Cascada. To be fair, the current Buick Regal lineup includes the sedan-like Regal Sportback model, its high(er) performance Regal GS variant, as well as the Regal TourX – a ruggedized wagon. But just how long the Regal will remain in Buick’s North American lineup is a big uncertainty.
That’s because the Regal is manufactured in Germany as part of a contractual agreement with Opel, which GM sold to PSA Group