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Is GM Playing Shell Game with New Production Plans?

Maker moves Cadillac SRX to Spring Hill, but moves Equinox out.

by on Aug.29, 2014

GM is moving Cadillac SRX production to Spring Hill, Tennessee from Mexico. It failed to mention it's shifting Equinox production from Spring Hill to Mexico.

Everyone’s familiar with the shell game, right? It’s a game commonly associated with the streets of New York City and now possibly General Motors.

In the game, a small ball is place under one of three cups which are then quickly shuffled around. For a few bucks, someone is invited to guess what cup the ball is under; however, it seems GM may be playing the same game with vehicle production moving to the U.S.

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With some fanfare, the Detroit-based maker on Wednesday announced it was moving production of its Cadillac SRX crossover from its plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, to the former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. (more…)

GM Reorganizes Its Thriving South American Ops

General Motors South America will have its headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, GM’s third largest national market.

by on Jun.22, 2010

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Brazil and Mexico could be a source of fuel efficient vehicles for Canada and the U.S.

General Motors Company announced today that it is creating a new regional organization “to meet rising customer demand” in South America by splitting it off from the existing International Operations division.

GM South America will be headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be led by Jaime Ardila, currently president and general manager of GM Mercosur.

Ardila becomes president, GM South America and will report directly to GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre. As a member of the Executive Committee and regional president, Ardila becomes the highest-ranking Hispanic in the company.

GM’s largest national market is the United States (arguably if you exclude required joint ventures in China), followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy.


GM has a long history in the area. It opened its first factory in Argentina in 1925., and has since invested billions of dollars in the region, which recently includes a new assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, as well as a design center in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.

Leaving UAW politics aside, the region could become a source of low-cost, fuel-efficient vehicles for the U.S. and Canada.   (more…)

General Motors Bumping Up Production

Other makers following GM’s lead.

by on Apr.06, 2010

With some models, like this Chevrolet Equinox, posting triple-digit sales gains, General Motors is boosting production. And other makers, including Ford and Toyota are following, GM's lead.

Stronger sales have prompted General Motors Company to push forward plans to boost production.  (See General Motor’s March Sales up 21%)

The latest signal came this week when GM announced plans to add 100 workers at a transmission plant in Warren, Michigan, which is used for building the six-speed automatic gearbox used in vehicles such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Traverse, Malibu and Impala, Buick LaCrosse, Enclave and Lucerne and GMC Acadia and Terrain.

Through the first three months of the year, U.S. sales for Equinox have risen 130%, compared to the same period last year.  LaCrosse sales are up 197% and Terrain sales are up 245%, compared to the vehicle it replaced, the Pontiac Torrent.

Overall GM’s sales increased 20% but that number is misleading, since it doesn’t account for the fact that the maker has abandoned four brands since emerging from bankruptcy, last year.  Sales at its surviving, core brands, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC, soared 43% in March.

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Susan Docherty, GM’s vice president of marketing, contends the 43% increase demonstrates that the company’s turnaround plan was working.  If nothing else, it means that the maker needs to respond where demand is now exceeding supply.


GM Adding Shifts, Restoring 2,400 Jobs

Automaker boosting production at three Midwest plants.

by on Sep.22, 2009

GM plans to add third shifts at three Midwest plants, including one in Fairfax, Kansas, that will become the sole source of the popular Chevrolet Malibu.

GM plans to add third shifts at three plants, including Fairfax, Kansas, which will become the sole source of the Chevrolet Malibu.

Though the Cash-for-Clunkers program may have provided only a temporary boost to the overall automotive market, there are some encouraging signs of life, notably with General Motors announcing plans to boost production at three Midwest plants, a move that will restore 2,400 jobs as it is in the process of c;osing at least three others.

The move comes barely a month after GM announced another minor job increase, in part, to rebuild inventories after the Clunkers program.

As part of this latest move, the long-troubled U.S. maker will be adding third shifts at three of its plants:

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The Fairfax, Kansas line will now be the exclusive production source for the popular Chevrolet Malibu sedan.  The facility also produces the all-new, 2010 Buick LaCrosse, as well as the Aura, the mid-size sedan being produced by GM’s Saturn division.  Plans call for Saturn’s sale to automotive mega-entrepreneur Roger Penske;