General Motors’ Orion Assembly Plant will be a busy place in the next while. It’s already been confirmed that the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt will roll out the doors in fairly high numbers, keeping assembly line workers busy. And now, a new report from Motor Trend claims that a new small Cadillac crossover will be added to the mix.
Recently, GM announced that the plant is getting a $245 million upgrade and will employ about 300 additional people. Not too long ago, the automaker announced that the facility was getting a $160 million overhaul to get ready for the Bolt. People have been speculating about what would be spurring even more growth at the location, with guesses spanning the General Motors brand portfolio.
Cadillac is busy filling in big gaps in its product lineup, which anyone who’s observant knows there are many. The luxury brand is ramping up to take the fight to the big German brands, but leadership has been vocal that Cadillac will do so on its own terms. That means a number of new models will be released in the next several years.
Small crossovers are hot commodities right now in the automotive market, including for luxury vehicle shoppers. Many enjoy the convenience of a vehicle that is easy to maneuver and park in cramped urban areas, yet still can accommodate at least some larger items that would be a struggle to fit in a small sedan or coupe. Cadillac’s CEO Johan de Nysschen has stated that the brand is making crossovers a big focus in its future growth strategy, so be prepared for even more in the near future.
Right now, the Orion Assembly Plant produces the Buck Verano and Chevrolet Sonic, which share the Gamma platform. The Bolt is supposed to use a variation of the new platform that was developed for the next-generation Sonic.