GM increases production


LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The General Motors plant in Lordstown is increasing production of the Chevrolet Cruze.

According to a notification on the United Automobile Workers Local 1112 website, the factory will be up and running for three shifts on two Saturdays, March 15 and 29, at the plant to build the compact car.

While vehicle sales have dropped slightly this year, mostly due to the bitter cold weather, the Cruze is still the automaker’s top seller. GM sold nearly 22,000 Cruzes last month, its best February ever. Sales for the year are up 19 percent.

Since last year at this time, the Cruze has increased sales by nearly 22 percent and proved to be very popular with buyers age 18 to 34. Nationwide, most experts think U.S. annual sales will exceed 16 million, which would be the highest since 2006.

GM and Ford will extend deep discounts on full-size pickup trucks and lower-priced economy cars through the end of the month.

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