Rumor: GMC Acadia may be axed

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 17, 2011

Sources say that the Lambda-based next-generation GMC Acadia crossover has been canceled by General Motors because of some product overlap despite GM’s reduced brand structure in North America. The Acadia was launched in 2006 (2007 model-year) and has had fair success on the U.S. market. The GMC model is one of four crossovers that existed on the GM Lambda platform.

The Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and former Saturn Outlook all reside on Lambda. Sources say that GM chose to cancel the next Acadia to lessen product overlap in Buick-GMC stores.

The overlap stems from that of the Acadia's sister product, the Buick Enclave. Because the Enclave has had very high sales, it was given priority as the one large crossover for Buick-GMC dealers to work with when the next-generation model launches in 2015 model-year.

GMI sources also disclosed that GM is thinking about boosting Buick Enclave output at the Lansing Delta Township, Michigan plant to cope with increasing demand.

This actually isn't the first time GM has canceled the next-generation Acadia. Back in late 2008, it was also canceled when the entire GMC brand was put under internal review. GM then put the Acadia program back on track after their June 2009 bankruptcy. Notably, GMC still has several new products in the pipeline, including another generation of the smaller Terrain crossover. [cia GMInsideNews]

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