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GM confirms Chevy Volt, Impala, Cadillac CT6 dead in US

by Justin King

The company is apparently trimming its sedan lineup as it closes five factories in North America.

General Motors has confirmed plans end US and Canadian production of the Chevrolet Volt, Impala, Cruze and several other models built at a list of five factories that are due to be closed.

The company today announced that its Detroit-Hamtramck, Lordstown and Oshawa assembly plants will be "unallocated" in 2019, meaning no new products will be headed there.

The Hamtramck factory currently builds the Volt, Impala, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CT6, all of which will cease production by June 2019 at the latest. Lordstown is currently focused solely on the Cruze but will wind down operations by March 1. Oshawa's two assembly lines will no longer produce the Impala, Silverado, GMC Sierra and Cadillac XTS by the end of 2019.

Most of the nameplates manufactured at the three factories are already built at multiple sites, except the Volt and Impala. GM has clarified to Jalopnik that the CT6 will remain in production in China and the company will still introduce the planned V-Series and Blackwing V8 before the nameplate exits the US market.

Sales of the Volt dropped by nearly 14 percent to 13,243 units in the first three quarters of the year in the US market. The plug-in hybrid was initially presented as a look into GM's electrified future but sales never reached internal targets, even after the second generation arrived for the 2016 model year. Toyota's Prius family currently outsells the Volt by a five-to-one margin.

The plant closures and nameplate reduction meshes with an industrywide preparation for lower sales and continued shift away from sedans as buyers opt for high-riding models.

GM says it will prioritize future vehicle investments in next-generation battery-electric architectures. The company also intends to consolidate 75 percent of its global sales volume onto just five vehicle architectures by next decade.