GM to Kill 6 Car Models, Shutter Plants

Wes Schwengels
November 26, 2018

General Motors announced Monday it is ending production at five of its North American plants, and killing off several car models in the process.

Chevrolet spokesman Kevin Kelly said Chevy would cease production of the Volt semi-electric car and the Cruze sedan in March 2019, and stop making the larger Impala by the fourth quarter of next year.

In addition, GM representative Jim Cain said the company would end U.S. sales of the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS and Cadillac CT6 during 2019.

The moves come as part of a $6-billion cost-saving measure by GM. The company is planning to close auto assembly plants in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario, Canada, as well as parts plants in Maryland and Michigan. GM offered buyouts to 18,000 employees in late October and is expected to cut its salaried staff by 15%.

Manny Barra, the CEO of GM, said the cuts are meant to make the company “lean and agile” as it intends to put more focus on autonomous and electric vehicles.

GM’s announcement follows Ford’s decision in April to end production of the Focus, Taurus and Fiesta. Volkswagen also announced in September that it would stop making its iconic Beetle. Passenger cars have struggled on American sales charts, as more drivers have opted for pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers. 

Wes Schwengels

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