GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

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    GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    General Motors Co. in late September will cut the third shift at its Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas, amid slowing passenger car sales.

    The factory is the fifth assembly plant since November that GM has announced would shed shifts, affecting thousands of hourly and salaried workers. GM has cut the third shifts at car factories including at Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant and the Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio, and the second shift at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. GM also cut the third shift at its Lansing Delta Township SUV plant in May, but said it plans to bring back about 500 jobs to that facility in the first quarter next year.

    The automaker on Friday informed workers at Fairfax who build the Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan, a GM spokesman said. The Detroit automaker said 1,000 of the plant’s about 3,000 hourly and salaried employees are expected to be affected.

    “Lower demand for passenger cars across the industry has caused us to adjust production of some models,” GM said in a statement. “Beginning in late September, Fairfax Assembly will operate on two production shifts. We believe the steps we are taking will provide the smallest impact on employment at the plant going forward.”

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    This is sad, I feel for the employee's that will be looking for work. Hopefully they are not out long.

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    Raise gas prices or sell them cheaper
    6 speed transmissions are the future

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoney View Post
    Raise gas prices or sell them cheaper
    HOW about offering what the consumer WANTS IE V6 engines sport appearance versions LONGER Warranty then Toyota ETC

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    Give it a V6 and....

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    Quote Originally Posted by 1958carnut View Post
    Give it a V6 and....
    OR follow the FOCUS to CHINA and build the Trail blazer + the buick CUV over here

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    People stopped buying V6 family cars a decade ago.

    In the 90s, a V6 sedan had a bit of prestige. No one cares anymore.
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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    if it did not look like squashed toad probably sedan people would buy it.

    Also Chevy Malibu has long streak of "designed by the accountants and focus groups" history to be considered as a fully damaged model name or a fleet darling.

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    Quote Originally Posted by jesda1 View Post
    People stopped buying V6 family cars a decade ago.

    In the 90s, a V6 sedan had a bit of prestige. No one cares anymore.

    IMHO the V6 is more of a "prestige" thing as in it HAS an optional V6 so it must be bigger/better - and still buys 4 pot

    there are a LOT of people that don't want/trust Turbo charging OR Hybrid

    if NOT a 6 something else to get the car noticed - maybe a coupe OR "full voltec" drivetrain version

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    ^ For those (few) who still want a V6 sedan, that's what the Impala is for.

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    Quote Originally Posted by YEH View Post
    ^ For those (few) who still want a V6 sedan, that's what the Impala is for.
    And for those who don't want the dreaded "Start / Stop" feature.

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    I'm OK with no V6, I'd be happy to opt for the 'more powerful" turbo 4 with a low curb weight. I just wish the price were a bit lower. I guess its not just the Malibu, but with a lot of mid sizers these days. Can we get the top engine option without having to get a top trim level and pay $32-$34k for it?

    I guess it is the old chiken-or-the-egg debate though. Do people who want the top engine choice usually opt for all the options? Thus that is how those cars are equipped? Or is it that GM just TELLS us that to justify making customers buy all the top trim and top priced cars just to get the top engine?

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    Quote Originally Posted by YEH View Post
    ^ For those (few) who still want a V6 sedan, that's what the Impala is for.
    so buy a Camry/Accord then as the Impala is TO pricy to compare UNLESS top spec is the trim of choice

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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    The closure of various plants and scrapping certain shifts portends that sales of certain models are in trouble. With a leaner GM this could be a major problem.

    Oshawa produces the Impala and XTS. Sales for both those models have declined seriously this year, even though the new XTS is starting to show its muscle.
    Kansas City produces the Malibu the sales of which have declined 30% from last year.
    Lordstown produces the Cruze the sales of which have declined 19% over the past 5 years.

    After analyzing all GM sedan sales, one trend predominates; declining demand. Sedan sales have declined 11% for all manufacturers.
    However, Honda Civic sales are 65% higher than 5 years ago.
    Toyota Corolla figures are up over 50% for the same period. In fact every top selling sedan in the US has seen an increase over the past 5 years, except for GM. Since 2011 sales of Chevrolet sedans have declined by 18%, while Honda sedan sales have increased 49%.

    Mary Barra has sought to streamline production and shed underperforming brands to refocus on trucks and SUVs. This pleases the financial backers and shareholders, but leaves GM in a rather precarious predicament.

    When Rick Wagoner was CEO, GM recorded 90% of profits from truck sales, but ceded the the sedan market to the Japanese manufacturers. When gas prices spiked in 2005, GM was completely unprepared for the onslaught that tumbled them into bankruptcy.

    You would think that GM could see the writing on the wall this time around. Long term prospects do not look good (and this is only a tip of the iceberg).
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    Re: GM to ax shift at Chevy Malibu plant amid slow sales

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    so buy a Camry/Accord then as the Impala is TO pricy to compare UNLESS top spec is the trim of choice
    The new Accord is losing the V6.

    And less than 10% (probably closer to 5%) of buyers purchase the outgoing Accord or Camry with the V6.

    The new Camry retains the V6 but the XSE trim now starts at $35,835 - which is right at the price for the V6 Impala (w/ discounts, can have the V6 Impala cheaper than the new V6 Camry).

    With the higher price for the V6 and the new 4-banger in the Camry being more powerful and more fuel efficient, the % of buyers opting for the 4-banger (and the hybrid) should be even higher.
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