1 millionth Cruze rolls off the line

Tribune Chronicle

The General Motors complex, which has been producing the hot-selling Chevy Cruze since the car’s 2010 North American launch, last month turned out its 1 millionth Cruze, the company announced this morning.

The hot red Cruze LT with RS package, produced April 10, is being purchased jointly by United Auto Workers Locals 1112 and 1714 and will be raffled for charity, the locals announced. More than 4,000 members of the two locals work at the plant. The car will be raffled to a Lordstown GM employee with proceeds going to local charities.

“We want to thank our team members at Lordstown for their dedication and commitment to Cruze, and we want to thank our million-plus customers across North America and our Chevrolet dealers for their support and enthusiasm for this great car,” said UAW Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson and UAW Local 1714 President Robert Morales in a joint statement.

The Chevrolet Cruze for North America was launched at Lordstown September 8, 2010. Since then, Cruze has become GM’s best-selling car and was the seventh-best selling car in the U.S. through March this year. It has consistently led sales at local dealerships in the Mahoning Valley as well.

In 2013, Lordstown launched the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, and now the plant is readying for the upcoming release of the next-generation Chevy Cruze, giving hope for continued strong production at the plant well into the next decade.

The complex has built more than 15 million vehicles since opening in April 1966.