General Motors stated on Friday it had expanded the production at its Detroit Hamtramck plant until January 2020, in opposition to an earlier plan to discontinue production in June this year.
The No.1 U.S. automaker is renovating its operations, which include plant closures and thousands of job cuts, as it seeks to increase profitability in the wake of decreasing U.S. auto sales.
The Hamtramck plant will continue to manufacture the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 sedans until early 2020, the company stated.
“We are balancing production timing while continuing the availability of Cadillac advanced technology features presently included in the CT6-V – the Blackwing Twin-Turbo V-8 (engine) and Super Cruise (driver assistance system),” GM stated.
The plant has discontinued manufacturing the Buick LaCrosse sedan and Chevrolet Volt electric hybrid car.
Detroit-based union United Auto Workers’ President Gary Jones stated GM’s decision to continue production at the plant was a good news for the employees and their families.
“We commend GM for today’s decision and we reiterate the importance of a collective bargaining process in times like these,” Jones stated.