Two transmission plants - one in White Marsh, Md., and another in Warren, Mich. - are also set to stop production.
What's more, the Cruze plant just outside Youngtown is in a Democratic and labor stronghold, where Trump won over a surprising number of voters two years ago by reaching out to what he called America's "forgotten men and women".
"We are right-sizing capacity for the realities of the marketplace", Barra said.
The moves are meant to shift resources to investing in electric and autonomous vehicles and to prepare for a downturn in the auto market, the automaker said. The United Auto Workers union, which represents employees at GM's USA factories, said in an emailed statement that it will challenge GM's decision through legal, contractual, and collective bargaining means. "I said 'Well, then get a auto that is selling well and put it back in.' So I think you're going to see something else happen there".
Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan told the media he found the news "troubling" for the city.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he told Barra about his "deep disappointment" in the decision, according to reports.
"Contributing to the cash savings of approximately $6 billion are cost reductions of $4.5 billion and a lower capital expenditure annual run rate of nearly $1.5 billion", GM said in a statement. "Actions are being taken to reduce salaried and salaried contract staff by 15 percent, which includes 25 percent fewer executives to streamline decision making", GM said.
The likely shutdowns have already opened up GM to political pushback, Bloomberg reports, with the US plants in places that have been economically devastated by job losses and pressure on wages for decades. "We all know there is strong demand for manufacturing space in Detroit and we are willing to work with GM to fill all the available manufacturing space at Poletown with either GM-related entities or other companies", he said in a statement.
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General Motors blamed the decision on declining sales of small and mid-sized cars and said it would focus on making more large sport-utility vehicles. Some 75 percent of its global sales will come from just five vehicle architectures by the early 2020s. In Ontario, it plans to halt production of the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS by the final quarter of 2019. The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will also be cut along with the Chevy Cruze compact, which will be made in Mexico for other markets.
"We started this transformation in 2015", Barra said in a conference call with reporters to announce the moves, "Now we're accelerating and picking up the pace".
- General Motors announced a restructuring plan Monday that will affect thousands of workers in both the United States and Canada.
The soon-to-be shuttered North American plants are the first to close since 2010.
Trump said he expected General Motors to start manufacturing another type of auto in OH and that it "had better" do so.
Most of the at-risk factories make cars that will not be sold in America after 2019.
Rivals Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have both curtailed US vehicle production.
When you factor in effects on the supply chain, some 49,000 jobs overall in North America could be affected.