Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

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    Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    Link: http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070724/gm_production.html?.v=1

    GM Adds Shift at Crossover Plant, Cuts Production at Truck Plant


    DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors Corp. will add a third shift and about 500 temporary workers at its plant near Lansing where it builds crossover vehicles, but it also is cutting jobs and pickup truck production at a plant in Pontiac.

    GM said the Pontiac downsizing is due to a slumping pickup market nationwide, and the increase at the Delta Township plant near Lansing is due to rising demand for the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia crossover vehicles.

    About 500 temporary workers laid off earlier in the summer likely will get a chance to return to the Delta Township plant when the third shift is added Sept. 4, but the details must be worked out with the United Auto Workers, GM spokesman Tom Wickham said Tuesday.

    The Delta Township plant, which now employs about 2,800 hourly workers, makes the eight-passenger crossover vehicles which came out in April. Sales of all three took off in June, GM said, with dealer orders for the Buick seven times more than the plant could produce on two shifts.

    "There are places in the country that dealers haven't even seen one yet," said Pete Nico, GM's vehicle line director for the crossovers. "The trucks are pulling in, and the customers are walking away with them. When dealers do see a shipment arrive, they don't have anything to leave on their lots."

    Sales of crossovers, which have sport utility vehicle attributes but are built on more fuel efficient car underpinnings, are growing rapidly as the market shifts away from gas-guzzling truck-based vehicles.

    The Delta Township plant, which opened last year, can make just over 44 vehicles per hour, GM said.

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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    A refreshing change in GM news, wouldn't you say?


    Memo to all Buick dealers...let's not get crazy with markups, and whatever you do; NO FAKE CONVERTIBLE TOPS!!

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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by Perian
    A refreshing change in GM news, wouldn't you say?
    I wonder why people start liking Buick all of a sudden... very peculiar.

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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by genjy
    I wonder why people start liking Buick all of a sudden... very peculiar.
    Because they finally put out a good looking, compelling product. It's amazing how that works.

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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by genjy
    I wonder why people start liking Buick all of a sudden... very peculiar.

    Its all about product.

    Doesn't matter what brand of product. Just produce a beautiful product priced very competitively and with good ride and handling there is no contest..

    People just want to buy the great product!

    Thats what its about. GM has hit a homerun with the Enclave. Now its also hitting homeruns with the CTS too..

    Solstice ?Homerun!

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    2008 malibu? Homerun!

    2009 Camaro? Homerun!

    It just keeps running to be the worlds most successful...(even without the public perception from past efforts)

    Thats why all of GM's products need to be homeruns on every launch!

    I've been a pro GM guy for many years.

    As an owner of a corvette Z06 its hard not to be!

    These are all great products for their respective segments!
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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by genjy
    I wonder why people start liking Buick all of a sudden... very peculiar.
    The Buick is a nice looking rig, I have seen a few of them on the road now. I prefer the Outlook but it's nice. I just hope adding the Chevy version doesn't over supply the market, I have a bad feeling about.

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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    Nice to hear some news about production. I still can't get over how popular the Enclave is. I wonder if the Outlook and Acadia are experiencing similar sales increases.

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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    I wonder if any of these people coming in to buy the Buick Enclave decide to purchase something else from the Buick, Pontiac, GM dealership instead of ordering and waiting for the Enclave. Some people are impatient and I am curious to see if that led to an increase in sales for other cars on the lot.

    Either way this is great news for Buick and GM and hopefully they both take it to heart. Stop making excuses, built a class leading car and it doesnt matter who you are, people will line up to buy it. I just hope GM doesnt get lazy and forget to keep updating the Enclave until its too late......

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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    Congrats to Buick and the Enclave.

    Quote Originally Posted by dindak
    I just hope adding the Chevy version doesn't over supply the market, I have a bad feeling about.
    As for a Chevy 4th. This is what GM was avoiding. Dont start to do it again.

    Althought adding more shifts for the enclave is good. Will GM just keep the shift to fill orders? Or start to churn out thousands more than needed and stock the PBG dealerships with Enclaves and have a fire sale at the end of the year?

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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by JBsZ06
    Its all about product.

    Doesn't matter what brand of product. Just produce a beautiful product priced very competitively and with good ride and handling there is no contest..

    People just want to buy the great product!

    Thats what its about. GM has hit a homerun with the Enclave. Now its also hitting homeruns with the CTS too..

    Solstice ?Homerun!

    Sky ? Homerun

    2008 malibu? Homerun!

    2009 Camaro? Homerun!

    It just keeps running to be the worlds most successful...(even without the public perception from past efforts)

    Thats why all of GM's products need to be homeruns on every launch!

    I've been a pro GM guy for many years.

    As an owner of a corvette Z06 its hard not to be!

    These are all great products for their respective segments!
    I'd add the 900s to that list despite the shrinking market. All the brands will face a smaller SUV and P/U market, but GM has fielded class-leading product that I am seeing more often on the road with each day. I'd add the G8 to the list of products I expect to be a hit... as long as GM gives it some market push it didn't provide for the GTO. On the G8's arrival, Pontiac needs to push all its ads with the G8 and Solstice dynamically outperforming cars that cost far more.

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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by dindak
    The Buick is a nice looking rig, I have seen a few of them on the road now. I prefer the Outlook but it's nice. I just hope adding the Chevy version doesn't over supply the market, I have a bad feeling about.
    If GM were taking less time with the Chevy Lambda, I too would be concerned. If it were a thoughtless rebadge of the Acadia, for example, I think we'd already have seen some images and mules running around, and the on-sale date would be sooner. As it is, I tend to think GM is going to exploit the best of the trio's engineering while providing the most-distinctive styling it can given the circumstances. They know they have a hit and the underpinnings are sound, so Chevy ought to spend some dough getting the product the most unique styling it can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dindak
    I just hope adding the Chevy version doesn't over supply the market, I have a bad feeling about.
    The Chevrolet Traverse will source from Spring Hill and be in dealers in late 2009. Rumor has it that it will be a SWB, five and six passenger version of the Lansing triplets.

    I wouldn't worry too much!

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    amazing what happens when you make something people want
    please nice people in cyberspace dont buy that Toyota Hidden Content

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcool
    I'd add the 900s to that list despite the shrinking market. All the brands will face a smaller SUV and P/U market, but GM has fielded class-leading product that I am seeing more often on the road with each day. I'd add the G8 to the list of products I expect to be a hit... as long as GM gives it some market push it didn't provide for the GTO. On the G8's arrival, Pontiac needs to push all its ads with the G8 and Solstice dynamically outperforming cars that cost far more.

    The newer cars coming out of GM are either class leading or right there, the marketing for these vehicle is just horrible. I hope they do a better job pushing the G8 than they did the Aura. GM needs to get aggressive with their ads and make it blatantly obvious how much better their cars are then Toyota, Honda, BMW, or whatever the vehicle was built to compete against.

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    Re: Buick Enclave Order To Production Ratio Is 7:1; 3rd Shift To Be Added At Plant

    wow.... build a compelling product and watch it fly off the lots. who would have thought?

    if GM can continue building vehicles that stand out, that offer things consumers want (Bluetooth, Nav, video systems, safety. etc.), perform well, and look good doing it, then they'll survive. if they turn back to doing things the old GM way, they'll fade. good job so far, but let's keep it up.
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