This has been an odd year in the North American vehicle sales and production market from start to finish. Sales are flagging across the board for sedans and hatchbacks as well as coupes. Meanwhile, SUV and pickup trucks are seeing a nearly unprecedented boom. Now it looks like GM is following Ford’s lead by setting production plants to idle in response to the sames market.
Starting in January 2017, five GM plants are scheduled to take a few weeks away from building vehicles. There’s also an entire production shift being cancelled at the Detroit-Hamtrack plant.
This is the location where the Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac CT6, and the Chevrolet Volt are assembled. With just this one shift being removed from their schedule, more than 1300 people’s jobs will be affected.