GM, Chrysler no longer idling

Full story: TwinCities.com
The vital signs are improving for American automakers. General Motors may reopen some shuttered factories because it can't produce four of its vehicles fast enough to meet demand, and Chrysler is set to hire more engineers and product development workers. Full Story
out-in-2012

Falcon, NC

#1 Jan 12, 2010
why even try this media propaganda...gm and chrysler are done! who are they kidding?
Skip

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jan 12, 2010
More political spin. A few billion tax dollars to prop them up dressed up to look like progress.
Open the plants

Columbia, TN

#3 Jan 13, 2010
GM is NOT done pal.

Glad you are comfortable in your cushy job, whatever that is, and feel the need to stifle any hope that is here for the laid off workers getting their job back.
How can the need to make more cars here in the US be "political spin"? Pop the top off another beer.


Obviously you missed the story mentioning the possibility of reopening idled plants.
Would you rather have them open more plants in China and Mexico???

This morning, the AP broke a story about the need for GM to produce more vehicles in North America. Below is the story from AP Auto Writer, Tom Krisher who specifically mentions Spring Hill in his interview with GM North American President Mark Reuss. Also a related story from the Detroit News.

GM may reopen some factories to meet higher demand
DETROIT (AP)-- General Motors Co. may reopen some shuttered factories because it can't produce certain vehicles fast enough, its North American president said Monday.

Mark Reuss (President GM North American) told reporters at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that plants building the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles and the Buick LaCrosse sedan are at capacity and can't satisfy demand.

Reuss mentioned an idled factory in Spring Hill, Tenn., but stopped short of saying any plants would be reopened. He said if he does his job right and restores faith in the GM brands, the company could hire workers again. In the short term, he said the company will try to raise output at existing plants.

The Terrain and Equinox are made at a factory in Ingersoll, Ontario, while the LaCrosse is built in Kansas City, Kan. The SRX is made in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

Reuss said he will meet with GM's manufacturing and sales executives next week to see if they can figure out how to squeeze more vehicles out of the existing plants for the short term. For the long term, he said he doesn't like GM to have factories idled. The company has closed 14 factories in the past year as it struggled through bankruptcy protection, and it has placed the idled Spring Hill and Janesville, Wis., plants on standby in case they are needed.

"We've got some plants that I'd like to allocate product to," Reuss said, adding that Spring Hill was a very good factory that is versatile enough to build several models.

Reuss also said GM has finished tweaking the Chevrolet Cruze compact car and is ready to begin producing it at the factory in Lordstown, Ohio. Last month he said the production schedule had been stopped while engineers worked out transmission shifting and other driving dynamics issues with the car.

The Cruze, due out later this year, is a key product for GM as it tries to re-enter the growing small car market with a more competitive product.

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