GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

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    GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    General Motors Co. is cutting back Chevrolet Equinox production at two North American plants in an effort to lower inventory levels.

    Beginning next week it will cut the third shift at its plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. That plant builds the Equinox in addition to the Chevrolet Trax and GMC Terrain; production of those vehicles would slow as well. GM said 260 jobs will be cut.

    GM will shut down production of the compact SUV for one week in late September at the CAMI Assembly Plant in Ingersoll, Ontario.

    Equinox sales in the U.S. were up 15.8% in the second quarter from 2018 and up 11.4% for the year so far, but GM doesn't want the inventory to grow too high.
    Given the sales growth quoted for 2019, how much growth were they anticipating? 20%? More?

    Full article: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/bu...ts/1949414001/

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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Good to see Mexico is the plant that gets the cuts.

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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Quote Originally Posted by Let Them Fail View Post
    Good to see Mexico is the plant that gets the cuts.
    Why is it good to see them cutting production at any plant?

    "no crappy cars" then you dont have to cut
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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    Why is it good to see them cutting production at any plant?

    "no crappy cars" then you dont have to cut
    Even with "no crappy cars", GM (like any automaker) has to be cognizant of matching production with actual customer demand and not allow new vehicle inventories to swell. It's good that GM is taking this seriously by cutting production as appropriate. In the past, it wasn't unusual for "days supply" numbers for certain GM vehicles to exceed 150 days (60 days is optimum).
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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Does anyone have any "informal" GM numbers for July?? Or maybe they've clamped down on that? Thanks to anyone out there for sharing.
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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    Even with "no crappy cars", GM (like any automaker) has to be cognizant of matching production with actual customer demand and not allow new vehicle inventories to swell. It's good that GM is taking this seriously by cutting production as appropriate. In the past, it wasn't unusual for "days supply" numbers for certain GM vehicles exceed 150 days (60 days is optimum).
    The Mexican plant builds Equinox for export to Aus

    Equinox is selling at about 20% of expected sales because its a heap of crap not because sales have fallen
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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    The Mexican plant builds Equinox for export to Aus

    Equinox is selling at about 20% of expected sales because its a heap of crap not because sales have fallen
    Yes, 100% of expected Aussie sales would have saved that third shift....

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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Quote Originally Posted by wallus13 View Post
    Yes, 100% of expected Aussie sales would have saved that third shift....
    Never said it would have but if it was a decent car it would sell in decent numbers and GM wouldnt have to cut production
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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    The Mexican plant builds Equinox for export to Aus

    Equinox is selling at about 20% of expected sales because its a heap of crap not because sales have fallen
    And yet there are those on GMI that say the Equinox is not piece of crap. I'm with you, I think it's a disaster in both design and execution and was built to save as much money as possible.
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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Quote Originally Posted by unkillsam View Post
    And yet there are those on GMI that say the Equinox is not piece of crap. I'm with you, I think it's a disaster in both design and execution and was built to save as much money as possible.
    Yep it's definitely cheap feeling especially the interior.

    I think perhaps my comments are being mis interpreted by some

    I thought a comment on " at least they're culling mexican production" was a bit short sighted , because the mexican plant handles mainly production for exports outside of the North American market AFAIK so no US customers are affected by this.

    But slowing production at any GM plant of closing any GM plant should be seen by us as a bad thing because it shows demand is just not there

    This could end up being Cruze mk2

    The buyers dry up lets just cut the production altogether instead of building a better mousetrap in the first place

    The look of the Equinox is OK , but just OK

    The interior looks like a tupperware party and is just horrid full stop

    The C8 Corvette shows that GM can build a decent interior in a car for not much money (relatively speaking of course) they just need to do it across the board and tell the beencounters to ,i,, piss off
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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Quote Originally Posted by unkillsam View Post
    And yet there are those on GMI that say the Equinox is not piece of crap. I'm with you, I think it's a disaster in both design and execution and was built to save as much money as possible.
    I think many if not most GMI members will agree with Motor Trend's assessment of the current gen Equinox 1.5T: not a piece of crap, but also not competitive with other products in the segment:

    Quote Originally Posted by Motor Trend
    "At the end of a whirlwind week of testing, the reasons why so many Americans are moving from sedans to crossovers really becomes clear. In a world where the budgets of middle-class families are being pinched, these compact crossovers are a practical way to have much of the functionality of a two-car household with just a single vehicle.

    Even so, some are better buys than others. And there are sizable gaps between those vehicles we recommend and those we do not.

    It's safe to say that the 1.5-liter Chevrolet Equinox LT falls into the latter category. Nearly every judge ranked it last. Its infotainment system and its generally roomy cabin were pluses, but that's about where the positives end. It's true that there are really no "bad" vehicles for sale anymore, but there are some wildly uncompetitive ones. The Chevrolet Equinox LT fits that bill."
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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    I think many if not most GMI members will agree with Motor Trend's assessment of the current gen Equinox 1.5T: not a piece of crap, but also not competitive with other products in the segment:
    Equinox is not really competitive. The fact that it sells as well as it does surprises me as it's not particularly attractive to look at either. I guess it's the 4 door sedan of 2019. People just want an appliance.

    New RAV4 is everywhere now. I'm sure sales will trounce Equinox.

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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Any chance the real reason is too many CUV's that are too close in size to each other and cannibalizing sales?
    Perhaps one of the many, really too many front wheel drive CUV models should be a rear wheel drive CUV/SUV to better differentiate itself from the rest of the models?

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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Only reason sales were still good are the heavy discounts out there. (Like most GM products now a days). Very competitive market and the Equinox/Terrain are just OK. GM already gave up on the diesel option making the Equinox even more commonplace.

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    Re: GM cutting back Chevy Equinox production at two North American plants

    Quote Originally Posted by kool1 View Post
    Equinox is not really competitive. The fact that it sells as well as it does surprises me as it's not particularly attractive to look at either.
    Considering that this was made for a market where >100K Azteks were sold I'm not surprised by the sales figures... Cheap, point A-->B stuff, and American. Check, check, and check...
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