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DETROIT -- Last year's landmark labor deals and the weak dollar are breathing new life into U.S. auto plants, leading Detroit's auto makers to plan sizable exports of U.S.-made vehicles to markets around the world.

General Motors Corp. is looking to export U.S.-made vehicles to Europe as well as to China and Latin American markets such as Brazil, company executives confirmed. Chrysler LLC, primarily spurred by exchange rates, has already started shifting production from Europe to the U.S. to take advantage of lower costs and available plant capacity. Ford Motor Co. is considering ramping up exports.

Later this year, GM will begin shipping the Buick Enclave to China where the Buick brand is a big seller. GM hopes eventually to export as many as 25,000 Enclaves a year to China, said Dee Allen, a GM spokesman.

GM is also making plans to sell the Chevrolet Malibu, a sedan made in Kansas and Michigan and possibly other U.S. made passenger cars in Brazil and other Latin American markets.

The company also has told UAW officials that it is seriously considering building a future small car in Lordstown, Ohio that would be exported to markets outside North America, people familiar with the matter said.

It would be one of five new vehicles to be produced there near the turn of the decade one of those people said. The 42 year old Lordstown assembly plant had been considered a candidate for closure due to high UAW labor costs.

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Nice to see the US exporting autos and using the dollar to their advantage. Hopefully this will mean more work for the US.
 

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This is a no brainer for GM they are now producing world class vehicles which puts them in a good position to export to other countries. The appeal of the Malibu and Enclave has been well received in the states and if imported would help in effectively cutting manufacturing costs while increasing the globalization of GM's brand.
 

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This is good news and bad news in a way. They already can't keep enough on the lots as it is, now they will be shipping some to China? The good news is for the factory workers, at least they will be still working...GM doesn't need anymore layoffs. I just hope they ship to the U. S. dealer lots first, and then ship what's left to China, because I don't want to wait longer for my order because of this. Call me selfish if you want, but I don't feel it's fair to make U.S. customers wait longer, some may get impatient and go buy a foreign car, and that defetes the whole purpose of having a class leading product. If a customer can't get their car because of waiting for product to be built, that's a problem.
 

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It would be nice if they produced enough for U.S. consumption first...
 

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Great news. There are some advantages to a US dollar with low value. The new UAW contract offers GM a lot more flexibility and should save some US jobs as well.
 

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It would be nice if they produced enough for U.S. consumption first...
The placement of a $1000 rebate on the Malibu (and CTS) just may indicate that GM believes they are producing enough.

I will post the actual (not estimated) production numbers when they are released tomorrow.
 

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Wow, GM's figuring out ways to be successful on its own. Imagine that.

Like others have suggested, how could GM not export some of the finer new vehicles it has been producing? Surely, other people around the world might be interested in largely NA-only vehicles. And it would be a nice way to take full advantage of development dollars and keep workers busy.
 

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Good news! Instead of whining about the weak dollar US manufacturers have a opportunity to realign their strategies back to what they used to do before Nixon scuttled Bretton Woods and made the US greenback a much sought after commodity in its own right, which in turn impacted severely on American manufacturers.

Only little problem I have with this move by GM is they should have these vehicles in good supply in its home market first. Also I am concerned with GM's inane stubbornness in not engineering their North American vehicles in right hand drive configuration for export like their German and Japanese counterparts. Suppose an Australian wants a right hand drive 2008 Chevy Malibu, I highly doubt he will get that car.
 

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This is good news and bad news in a way. They already can't keep enough on the lots as it is, now they will be shipping some to China? The good news is for the factory workers, at least they will be still working...GM doesn't need anymore layoffs. I just hope they ship to the U. S. dealer lots first, and then ship what's left to China, because I don't want to wait longer for my order because of this. Call me selfish if you want, but I don't feel it's fair to make U.S. customers wait longer, some may get impatient and go buy a foreign car, and that defetes the whole purpose of having a class leading product. If a customer can't get their car because of waiting for product to be built, that's a problem.
This is a problem GM would be happy to have! Demand outstripping supply! Matching the two perfectly would be beautiful, but over-demand beats over-supply (for GM).

How about ....increase production and/ or open new plants to satisfy both domestic AND export markets.
 

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The placement of a $1000 rebate on the Malibu (and CTS) just may indicate that GM believes they are producing enough.

I will post the actual (not estimated) production numbers when they are released tomorrow.
Local dealers here have two Enclaves and three Malibus. This was on Sunday.

Same Chevy dealer has a whole row of Impalas. Toyota dealer has a bigger row of Camrys.
Two and three of something is inadequate if you hope to sell off the lot.
 

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Later this year, GM will begin shipping the Buick Enclave to China where the Buick brand is a big seller. GM hopes eventually to export as many as 25,000 Enclaves a year to China, said Dee Allen, a GM spokesman.
Is this even possible? They can't even make them fast enough for this country.
 

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It looks like Ford had some advantage here since they have been selling the Fusion out of the US for a while and the Edge too, but this is great news for autoworkers in North America
 

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This sounds like good news to me.

I was really glad to hear that my hometown boys (Lordstown) are on the short-list for another small car program.
 
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