Indicative of a painfully slow news day, the most front-page worthy reports coming out of the automotive industry that don’t involve bankruptcy, recalls, or some combination thereof is from the General Motors camp regarding the retooling of their Flint, Michigan plants.
Preparing for the future production of the 2011 Chevy Cruze and Volt, all four Flint facilities, including the Flint Engine South, Flint Metal Center, Flint Tool & Die and Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center, have collectively undergone a $230 million overhaul in the name of Mother Earth. On estimate, once the reconstruction is finished the Flint Four will be capable of recycling a staggering 97% of their waste products, including more than 12 tons of batteries, 47,000 tons of scrap metal, 616 tons of oil, 229 tons of wood and 74 tons of plastic paper. Once finished, the plans will be responsible for every component of production for both the Cruze and Volt – everything from the powertrain to the power windows.
While no final date of completion has been set, GM has confirmed that the 2011 Chevy Cruze will launch next spring with production of the Chevy Volt to follow shortly thereafter in late 2010.