General Motors announced today plans to build a small, fuel-efficient car at an idled UAW manufacturing plant in the United States.
The news tempers previously announced plans to import 17,300 small vehicles from China in 2011, which probably didn't go over well with the UAW.
Currently, about 67 percent of GM cars and trucks sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S. By producing another car domestically, GM anticipates that U.S. production levels will increase beyond 70 percent by 2013.
The proposed car was not announced, but an article from Automotive News speculated that the Chevrolet Spark is one of three small cars that General Motors could export from China to the U.S. The Chevrolet Lova and Aveo were also named as import possibilities.
The U.S. automaker already has the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt slated for production next year to help it comply with increased efficiency requirements of a fleetwide fuel economy of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.
GM plans to utilize and retool an idled assembly and stamping facility for future production of the new car, but the company did not name which plant will be used. However, GM said that the facility has capacity to built 160,000 cars annually, which can be a combination of small and compact vehicles.
An announcement of 14 plant closures is expected on Monday as part of GM's preparation for bankruptcy.