GM To Build European Volt Variants in US

Although it rides atop a global platform, Europe-bound versions of the 2010 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will, in fact, be built in the United States.

General Motors officials told Automotive News that all iterations of the Volt, even those destined for export sales, would be built in a U.S. facility.

That facility is likely to be GM’s Hamtramck Assembly Center, located just outside of Detroit. Constructed in 1985, the factory is presently home to the Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne sedans. Both products are expected to be terminated in time for Volt production.

Volts sold in Europe won’t wear a Chevrolet bowtie, however; officials have confirmed that the plug-in hybrids will be distributed in Europe through GM’s Opel and Vauxhall brands.

Both marques showed the Flextreme concept–a crossoverlike vehicle using the Volt concept’s E-Flex hybrid drivetrain–in 2005, but it’s unlikely that the production hybrids will differ so radically from the Volt. Instead, the cars could merely be badge-engineered versions of the domestic product (as is the case with the Opel/Vauxhall GT), but there’s a good chance the export cars may be slightly restyled to match Opel/Vauxhall styling cues.

Source: Automotive News