General Motors will stop making and selling cars in South Africa

General Motors will cease all operations, sales and imports to South Africa at the end of 2017. General Motors has successfully managed to negotiate the handing over of its local manufacturing facilities to Isuzu Motors who is planning to strengthen its presence in South Africa.

General Motors is planning to stop manufacturing of the locally assembled Chevrolet Utility bakkie and Chevrolet Spark. The y will also stop the importing of Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Captiva and Chevrolet Trailblazer. General Motors will also cease sale of all its products in South Africa.

The company has promised current owners of Chevrolet motor cars that the service to their cars will continue for ten years after General Motors has left the country. Furthermore, the parts to General Motors vehicles will also remain available long after the company has exited the country.

Opel, who was part of General Motors not so long ago, now belongs to PSA (Peugeot-Citroen). The German division of General Motors was sold off in the deal that threaten to send shockwaves over Europe as countries in that continent worried about job losses and manufacturing plant closures.

General Motors said that it is working with PSA to, “Following the recent announcement of the sale of Opel to the PSA group, GM will work with PSA to develop the future strategy for the Opel brand in South Africa.”

Meanwhile Isuzu Motors has committed to the future in South Africa. “We are committed to the South African market,” said Isuzu’s executive officer of sales, Haruyasu Tanishige. “Integrating the South African light commercial vehicle operations into our business is the next step in laying the foundation for our growth plans in the future.”

The first General Motors car to be manufactured in South Africa rolled off the assembly line in 1926. Now 91 years later, it seems all the years General Motors spent in South Africa will be consigned to the pages of history.

Mark

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