General Motors Will Stop Production at Five Plants in North America, Eliminate Some Car Models
General Motors has announced that it is “un-allocating” production at three vehicle assembly plants and two propulsion plants in North America.
Assembly plants that will be unallocated vehicles in 2019 include:
· Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
· Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit.
· Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio.
Propulsion plants that will be unallocated in 2019 include:
· Baltimore Operations in White Marsh, Maryland.
· Warren Transmission Operations in Warren, Michigan.
They will be laying off up to 14,000 workers, however some could be moved to truck and SUV plants. This move is due to declining car sales as consumers are more interested in crossovers, electric vehicles, and autonomous cars. GM is interested in hiring those that are experts in software and electric and autonomous vehicles, letting go those who are now working on conventional cars that are equipped with internal combustion engines.
Wondering which models are on their way out the door? We’ve compiled a list of what we know so far.
1. Chevrolet Volt
This surprises us the most. Weren’t plug in cars supposed to be the future?
2. Cadillac CT6
Sad to see it go. Did you know that its semi-autonomous super cruise system still hasn’t been surpassed by any other company’s technology, not even the Tesla’s autopilot? Exciting news though is that the last of these Cadillac’s to be sold will be twin-turbo V8 V-Series models. They’ve got to at least go out with a bang!
3. Chevrolet Impala
This one is headed out the door due to consumers preferring a traverse or equinox these days.
4. Chevrolet Cruze
If you were looking for a small and affordable American vehicle, it was either this or the focus. We wish they would have at least tried out a Cruze SS before pulling the plug on its production.
5. Buick LaCrosse
This was a luxury car for a Buick but was pulled simply because there was nothing there that stood out to excite people to purchase it.
6. Cadillac XTS
It was announced 3 years ago that Cadillac would not continue the XTS past 2019, so we’re not too shocked to hear this. There’re just too many similarly sized Cadillac sedans around for this one to stand out in a crowd (think ATS, CTS, XTS, and CT6).
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