DETROIT - General Motors will decide by early September whether to build small cars on the front-drive Delta architecture to replace its aging Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire.
The program, which would include $500 million in improvements to the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, would cost about $1 billion.
The decision date is about a year later than GM anticipated in 2001. Lori Queen, who became vehicle line executive for the cars in September, says the delay reflects the difficulty in building a business case for a small car. "When I came on board, there had been a lot of things going on for a number of years, but it wasn't to the point where it was going to fly," Queen said.