General Motors announced a significant reduction of planned production for the first quarter of 2009 due to the ongoing and severe drop in industry sales, which were down 36% in November overall and 41% for GM (2007 vs. 2008). The impact of these and other actions to adjust production with market demand will result in the temporary idling of approximately 30% of GM’s North American assembly plant volume during the first quarter of 2009 and will remove approximately 250,000 units from production.
US, Canada and Mexico operations affected by the announcement include:
- Ft. Wayne (Ind.) - Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Light Duty Regular and Extended Cab
- Flint Assembly (Mich.) - Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Regular and Crew Cab & Medium Duty
- Wentzville (Mo.) - Chevy Express, GMC Savanna
- Lansing Delta Township (Mich.) - Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook
- Pontiac Assembly (Mich.) - Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Extended Cab
- Spring Hill (Tenn.) - Chevy Traverse
- Fairfax Assembly (Kan.) - Chevrolet Malibu/Hybrid, Saturn Aura/Hybrid
- Arlington Assembly (Texas) - Full Size SUVs: Chevy Suburban, Tahoe & Tahoe Hybrid, GMC Yukon, Yukon XL & Yukon Hybrid, Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV & Escalade Hybrid
- Lansing Grand River (Mich.) - Cadillac STS & CTS
- Orion (Mich.) - Chevy Malibu, Pontiac G6
- Detroit-Hamtramck (Mich.) - Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS
- Shreveport (La.) - Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Hummer H3 & H3T
- Bowling Green (Ky.) - Chevy Corvette, Cadillac XLR
- Wilmington (Del.) - Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, Opel GT
- Oshawa Consolidated (Canada) - Chevy Impala
- Oshawa Truck (Canada) - Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Light Duty Extended and Crew Cab
- CAMI (Canada) - Chevy Equinox, Pontiac Torrent
- Silao (Mexico) - Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Light Duty Crew Cab, Chevy Avalanche, Cadillac Escalade EXT
- Ramos 2 (Mexico) - Chevy HHR, Saturn VUE, Chevy Captiva
- San Luis Potosi (Mexico) - Chevy Aveo, Pontiac G3
As a result of these assembly plant actions, GM says it will also continue to assess its powertrain and stamping capacity needs and make adjustments as appropriate.
Automakers other than the Detroit 3 in the US, including Toyota and Honda, have cut their production in the face of the tanking sales market. Honda, for example, just increased its planned production cuts to 119,000 units through March 31.