Briggs Auto Announces GM Invests $129 Million in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan Plants

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Transmissions for eAssist fuel-saving technology among funded projects

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GM recently announced the General Motors Powertrain plants in Ohio and Indiana that make transmissions for Buick and Chevrolet models with eAssist fuel-saving technology will get most of a $129 million investment. At Briggs Auto Group - the leading Buick dealer in Kansas - employees think this is great news, even if it is for plants outside of Kansas. When it comes to using new technology, GM is all about investments these days.

“GM continually assesses its product offerings and makes adjustments to meet consumer demand,” said Cathy Clegg, GM vice president of labor relations. “GM is moving quickly to get more fuel-efficient technologies into our vehicles to benefit the consumer, and these investments are an example of the speed with which we are responding.”

Separately, an investment of $15 million to $20 million is planned that will retain 60 jobs at the GM Components Holding plant in Wyoming, MI. The investment will help with various powertrain projects. General Motors is one of the world’s largest automakers, and it can trace its roots all the way back to 1908. These days, there are new things that are important, but GM has the same dedication to making great vehicles.

“Cars that get exceptional gas mileage are selling well in the United States,” added Joe Ashton, vice president of the UAW, GM Department. “(This) announcement provides an opportunity for our members to build the next generation of vehicles that will offer our customers improved fuel economy. We are proud of the broad array of high mileage, low emission vehicles that UAW members build for GM."

“We want our members to be on the cutting edge of providing the highest-value vehicles that have a minimum impact on our environment,” Ashton said.

GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling.

Local residents who are interested in learning more about all the great new Buick models for 2011 are urged to stop in at Briggs Auto Group. As the leading Buick dealership in Kansas - with eight convenient locations - they can help anyone find the car of their dreams at a price they can afford.


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