New jobs and plant updates by carmakers often get little attention outside the towns involved, but sometimes they telegraph information about future models.
The Detroit News said Saturday that GM is expected to announce it will update its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, spending $450 million and adding 1,400 new jobs.
In this case, the car involved is an updated or redesigned Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, which will likely launch for model year 2016.
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The news, attributed to four “sources familiar with the automaker’s plan,” adds a second shift at the assembly plant. It is the sole GM facility globally to build the Volt and also the Cadillac ELR that uses the same Voltec powertrain.
First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010
The Hamtramck plant