Production of Chevrolet Cruze is in full swing

General Motors announces the 2011 Chevy Cruze is being built at GM's Lordstown, Ohio, plant. The Cruze will be available later this month.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is rolling off the assembly line in Lordstown, Ohio. General Motors

There has been a lot of buzz about the Chevy Cruze over the last couple of months, but General Motors today announced the highly anticipated compact cars are rolling off the assembly line in Lordstown, Ohio.

"Our new body shop is among the best in the world. Our team is inspired and energized by the build of the Cruze. It's a safe and reliable compact car with that mid-size experience," Dave Green, president of UAW Local 1714 at the Lordstown Metal Center said in a press release.

The Lordstown Complex has been in operation since 1966. According to GM, the plant has produced more than 14 million vehicles. A team of about 4,500 have been building Chevy Cruze cars. The vehicles will be in U.S. and Canadian showrooms next week.

The Cruze has a starting price of $16,995. And although it's a compact, the Cruze is a leader in safety with 10 airbags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control, antilock brakes and collapsible pedal system. All cars include OnStar with Automatic Crash Response.

"We have been working hard toward this goal for the past two years," said UAW Local 1112 President Jim Graham. "We have a premium small car that we are proud to build and eager to get into the dealerships."

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