More EVs for former Saturn Plant
Moving Acadia to Michigan, boosting truck production elsewhere
General Motors has just announced a big investment in the electrified future of the automaker, including $2 billion to build electric vehicles in Spring Hill, TN at the former Saturn plant.
That’s $2 billion for the Spring Hill plant to build EVs including the Cadillac Lyriq, making the facility the brand’s third electric vehicle assembly plant. That will mean expansions to the plant’s paint and body shops as well as extensive upgrades to the entire assembly area including new machines, controls and toolings. The updates and renovations will start immediately.
So what does this mean for the plant’s current vehicles? The Cadillac XT5 and XT6 crossovers will be built alongside the Lyriq and other upcoming EVs, but the GMC Acadia will move to Lansing Delta Township Assembly thanks to a $100 million investment at that facility. It’s a return home for the Acadia, which started its run there back in 2006.
GM is spending more than just EV money, though. There will be spending $32 million at Flint Assembly to add production of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD pickups, which GM says have been gaining significant share of the massive pickup truck market.
$17 million more will be spent at GM’s Romulus, MI, propulsion plant that will enhance automation and increase production of GM’s 10-speed automatic used in full-size trucks and SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban.
“We are committed to investing in the U.S., our employees and our communities,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “These investments underscore the success of our vehicles today, and our vision of an all-electric future.”
This investment is part of US $4.5 billion that GM has announced at three manufacturing sites in the US to ready for electric vehicle production. That includes $2.2 billion at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, now called Factory Zero, to start building the GMC Hummer EV late next year.