General Motors Stops U.S. Production Of Chevrolet Volt, Buick LaCrosse

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Care to guess why General Motors is closing plants in the United States while discontinuing lots of nameplates? First and foremost, it plans to drop labor costs per vehicle from $2,374 in 2014 to $2,350 by the end of 2019.
Production of the CT6 and Impala at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant has been extended to January 2020, and through the end of 2019, General Motors offers transfer opportunities to workers affected by the nationwide closures. On the other hand, the Volt and LaCrosse weren’t so lucky.

The Detroit News received confirmation from spokesman Dan Flores about their discontinuation, which ended on February 15th at Hamtramck in Detroit. Even though he didn’t mention poor sales, Flores brought up the alignment of the ”production schedule with customer demand.”

Related to the Buick Velite 5 in China, the Volt sold 18,306 units in 2018, down from a high of 24,739 in 2016. As for the LaCrosse, Buick reported 15,527 sales in 2018. For reference, the luxurious sedan’s best year in the U.S. is 2005, selling no fewer than 92,669 examples of the breed.

On a different note, General Motors alsways refers to closures or idling as “unallocated,” which is the most corporate thing to do. Then again, General Motors has never been sensible in terms of cost-cutting measures.

The United Automobile Workers aren’t happy with this state of affairs, but what can they do? Not even President Trump retaliated against General Motors, which would be the right thing to do considering the U.S. government helped GM get out of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009.

“For those UAW brothers and sisters at Warren Transmission Operations, Lordstown Assembly, and in the Baltimore plant in Maryland, let me reiterate that the UAW will leave no stone unturned in seeking to keep your plants open,” the labor union reassured members and workers.

On that note, will you miss the Volt and LaCrosse given their obsolescence against more competitive products?
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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