Published on June 6th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
GM KOREA To Shut Cruze and Orlando production
GM Korea Company is ceasing production and will close its Gunsan plant by the end of June 2018. The Gunsan facility has been increasingly underutilized, running at about 20% of capacity over the past three years, making continued operations unsustainable. The factory in Gunsan, a port city about 200 kilometers southwest of Seoul, has been making the Cruze sedan and the Orlando model SUV. It employs about 2,000 workers, and only used about 20% of its full production capacity in 2017, rolling out 33,982 vehicles.
GM Korea has made 10 million vehicles since it was set up in 2002. In 2017, it sold 132,377 units in Korea and exported 392,170 vehicles to 120 markets around the world.
With this closure we can see that General Motors in ASIA has never kept its promise to its partners in all countries affected even after millions have been spent on showrooms, after sales and network development. This is a brand that should not be allowed back in the fastest growing car market in the world.