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Report: GM may kill Chevy Volt, Sonic and four other cars
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Leroy N. Soetoro
2017-07-24 19:18:35 UTC
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chevy-volt-sonic-and-four-other-cars/501798001/

DETROIT -- General Motors has put six of its cars under review, including
its once breakthrough Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and is evaluating
whether to cancel them in the coming years, according to a report from
Reuters.

The news comes as sales of cars continue to plummet in the U.S. and as
consumers increasingly turn to SUVs and pickups.

Besides the Chevrolet Volt hybrid, other vehicles believed to be under
consideration for elimination iinclude the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6,
Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Sonic, according to Reuters.

GM spokesman Jim Cain declined to comment on the report.

UAW President Dennis Williams said Thursday the union is in ongoing
discussions with GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler about falling car sales and
how to keep the automaker's U.S. plants operating at full capacity.

General Motors has put six of its cars under review and is evaluating
whether to cancel them in the coming years, according to a report from
Reuters.

The news comes as sales of cars continue to plummet in the U.S. and as
consumers increasingly turn to SUVs and pickups.

The company is considering plans to eliminate the Chevrolet Volt hybrid,
the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala and
Chevrolet Sonic, according to Reuters.

GM spokesman Jim Cain declined to comment on the report.

UAW President Dennis Williams said Thursday the union is in ongoing
discussions with GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler about falling car sales and
how to keep the automaker's U.S. plants operating at full capacity.

"We are talking to (GM) right now about the products that they currently
have" at underused car plants such as Hamtramck in Michigan and Lordstown
in Ohio, Williams said.

GM weighs cutting six cars from its lineup
"We are tracking it (and) we are addressing it," Williams added.

Earlier this year, GM eliminated a shift at its Lordstown plant where it
makes the Chevrolet Cruze.

Over the first six months of this year, industry sales have dropped 6.6%
for compact cars, 18.5% for full-size cars and 18.4% for subcompact cars.
And those declines are on top of car sales declines that began several
years ago even as overall industry sales increased for seven years in a
row.

With car sales falling fast, it makes sense for every automaker to review
whether it still needs the cars it is producing.

One of the GM's most vulnerable plants is the Detroit-Hamtramck plant
where the company produces the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac
CT6 and Chevrolet Volt.

The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric sedan introduced in 2010,
could be replaced by a crossover, according to Reuters.

Over the first six months of this year, sales have dropped 11.9% for
LaCrosse and 66% for the Impala but have increased 11.5% for the Volt and
172% for the CT6.

Industry sales of full-size sedans such as the LaCrosse, Impala and CT6
only accounted for 1.8% of industry sales in June. And Korean automaker
Hyundai said earlier this month it would stop making the Azera, its full-
size sedan.

However, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen told Jalopnik late Friday
that the CT6 will not be phased out. Introduced in 2015, the CT6 is
intended to serve as a flagship for the Cadillac brand.

“There is absolutely, if I could speak all capitals now, they’d be coming
out of my mouth,” de Nysschen, company president since July 2014, told
Jalopnik. “There is absolutely no plan, at all, to cancel the CT6.”

According to Reuters, GM likely won't phase out any of the models until
2020. That will put pressure on the UAW in 2019 when it is set to
renegotiate its contract with all three Detroit automakers.

But Williams stressed the UAW isn't waiting until then. The union already
is pressuring GM to make its Buick Envision SUV in the U.S. GM began
importing the Envision — a new model — into the U.S. from China last year.

"(UAW Vice President) Cindy Estrada is on GM all the time about several
vehicles. And she monitors as we monitor the number of vehicles that are
sold here," Williams said. "And when it gets to a point that we think is
significant, we are on the companies to start producing them here (in the
U.S.)"

Williams also had a warning for any automaker that might consider closing
a car plant in the U.S.

"When an employer like GM, Ford or any other employer produces so many
vehicles in Mexico and around the world and is bringing them back to the
United States for sale, and comes to us with a plant closing, there is
going to be a problem with us, without a doubt," Williams said.

oducts that they currently have" at underused car plants such as Hamtramck
in Michigan and Lordstown in Ohio, Williams said.

GM weighs cutting six cars from its lineup
"We are tracking it (and) we are addressing it," Williams added.

Earlier this year, GM eliminated a shift at its Lordstown plant where it
makes the Chevrolet Cruze.

Over the first six months of this year, industry sales have dropped 6.6%
for compact cars, 18.5% for full-size cars and 18.4% for subcompact cars.
And those declines are on top of car sales declines that began several
years ago even as overall industry sales increased for seven years in a
row.

With car sales falling fast, it makes sense for every automaker to review
whether it still needs the cars it is producing.

One of the GM's most vulnerable plants is the Detroit-Hamtramck plant
where the company produces the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac
CT6 and Chevrolet Volt.

The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric sedan introduced in 2010,
could be replaced by a crossover, according to Reuters.

Over the first six months of this year, sales have dropped 11.9% for
LaCrosse and 66% for the Impala but have increased 11.5% for the Volt and
172% for the CT6.

Industry sales of full-size sedans such as the LaCrosse, Impala and CT6
only accounted for 1.8% of industry sales in June. And Korean automaker
Hyundai said earlier this month it would stop making the Azera, its full-
size sedan.

However, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen told Jalopnik late Friday
that the CT6 will not be phased out. Introduced in 2015, the CT6 is
intended to serve as a flagship for the Cadillac brand.

“There is absolutely, if I could speak all capitals now, they’d be coming
out of my mouth,” de Nysschen, company president since July 2014, told
Jalopnik. “There is absolutely no plan, at all, to cancel the CT6.”

According to Reuters, GM likely won't phase out any of the models until
2020. That will put pressure on the UAW in 2019 when it is set to
renegotiate its contract with all three Detroit automakers.

But Williams stressed the UAW isn't waiting until then. The union already
is pressuring GM to make its Buick Envision SUV in the U.S. GM began
importing the Envision — a new model — into the U.S. from China last year.

"(UAW Vice President) Cindy Estrada is on GM all the time about several
vehicles. And she monitors as we monitor the number of vehicles that are
sold here," Williams said. "And when it gets to a point that we think is
significant, we are on the companies to start producing them here (in the
U.S.)"

Williams also had a warning for any automaker that might consider closing
a car plant in the U.S.

"When an employer like GM, Ford or any other employer produces so many
vehicles in Mexico and around the world and is bringing them back to the
United States for sale, and comes to us with a plant closing, there is
going to be a problem with us, without a doubt," Williams said.

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Ed Pawlowski
2017-07-26 00:22:53 UTC
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Post by Leroy N. Soetoro
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/07/22/report-gm-may-kill-
chevy-volt-sonic-and-four-other-cars/501798001/
DETROIT -- General Motors has put six of its cars under review, including
its once breakthrough Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and is evaluating
whether to cancel them in the coming years, according to a report from
Reuters.
The news comes as sales of cars continue to plummet in the U.S. and as
consumers increasingly turn to SUVs and pickups.
I don't get it. I know people that have pickups and have never put more
than a couple of bags of groceries in the bed.

The SUV is harder to get into, many ride like a truck and don't have all
that much room behind the seat. I guess I'm just an old fart cruising
the highway in my sedan.
Percival P. Cassidy
2017-07-26 00:57:10 UTC
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Post by Ed Pawlowski
Post by Leroy N. Soetoro
DETROIT -- General Motors has put six of its cars under review, including
its once breakthrough Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and is evaluating
whether to cancel them in the coming years, according to a report from
Reuters.
The news comes as sales of cars continue to plummet in the U.S. and as
consumers increasingly turn to SUVs and pickups.
I don't get it. I know people that have pickups and have never put more
than a couple of bags of groceries in the bed.
The SUV is harder to get into, many ride like a truck and don't have all
that much room behind the seat. I guess I'm just an old fart cruising
the highway in my sedan.
It's probably advertising: the trucks and SUVs are more expensive and
maybe with a disproportionately high profit margin, so the car companies
(and dealers) push them.

"There are liars, damnable liars, weather forecasters, politicians --
and advertising copy-writers." (I forget who the author of the original
version was.)

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