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GM to lay off workers as it cuts production of Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano

Amid the sluggish demand in the U.S. for small cars, about 100 General Motors workers will be laid off as the automaker plans to reduce the output of the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano by 21%. The factory workers at its Orion Assembly plant in suburban Detroit were told that plant production will be adjusted “to better align with market demand."

The workers will be laid off in phases starting in July and until the end of the year. Sources say that the output will be cut from the current 33 cars per hour at the plant, down to about 26 cars – a 21% drop. Over the past year, the factory’s production has been cut several times as gasoline prices continue to be low and as the market now favors crossovers and trucks over cars.

In January, March, and April, single weeks of downtime were scheduled at the Orion plant. Last November, GM said that 160 workers will be laid off and that the line rate will be slowed down. In addition, it wants to have one more week of downtime close to the July 4 holiday, extending it from the usual two weeks to a total of three.

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2016 Buick Verano seen at Auto Shanghai 2015

The Verano, the new-generation sports sedan from Buick, is on display at Shanghai GM’s stand at Auto Shanghai 2015. The vehicle, which debuted the previous night at Shanghai GM Gala Night, is the newest entry from Buick’s mid-range passenger car segment. It features precise handling, a stylish exterior, and fuel efficiency that leads in its class.

The Verano is expected to appeal to people who put a value on getting a personal and dynamic driving experience. The inspiration for the Verano is the new Buick Riviera concept car, which was launched in 2013. The Verano’s essence is also quite similar to that of the Buick Avenir concept car, which was shown to the public at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year.

Its design is an innovative take on the classic styling of Buick while at the same time, it shows off the dynamism and elegance of the brand’s new products. Buick’s signature waterfall grille is featured in the Verano. Complementing it is a set of Avenir-style wing-like HID xenon headlights together with LED daytime running lights.

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GM is cutting production of Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano

General Motors is lowering the output of the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano small cars, which inventories have reached higher-than-normal. GM plans to idle output at its Orion Assembly plant in suburban Detroit in the weeks of Feb. 16 and April 6 to adjust supply to market demand, two people privy with the production schedule told Automotive News.

One of the sources said the company has already informed workers of the planned downtime. The production reduction comes as inventories reached their highest levels at their highest level in a year in the US -- a 127-day supply as of January 1, or 26,600 Sonics.

On the other hand, inventories of the Verano reached an 84-day supply as of January 1, or 9,800 units. The Orion site is home to around 1,800 workers. GM announced in November a plan to lay off around 160 employees at the site this month as it cuts production.

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2014 Buick Verano will offer only turbocharged engines

The 2014 Buick Verano will be powered by a new 1.6-liter turbo instead of the entry-level 2.4-liter Ecotec engine, new 1.6-liter turbo, according to the 2014 VIN cards of General Motors. The Verano will be equipped with a new power unit: a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that features direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.

For the European market, GM will use the 1.6-liter Ecotec turbo that can deliver 192 hp (143 kW) and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque. This is an impressive move as the existing 2.4-liter in the entry-level 2013 Verano delivers 180 hp (134 kW) and 171 lb-ft (231 Nm) of torque. Because of the turbo, most of the torque will be available at about 1,900 rpm.

So far, no other significant revisions have been announced for the 2014 model year. It will be available with the newly presented Ecotec 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that powers the 2013 Regal GS too. When used in the 2013 Verano, it results to an output of 250 hp (186 kW) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque, enabling the car to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.2 seconds.

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General Motors has temporarily stopped production of the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano this week to prevent large inventories from building up. According to a GM representative, GM shut down its facility in its Lake Orion, Michigan, plant, since the company produces according to demand. Even when sales continue to be strong, GM is having difficulty with the high inventories of unsold cars throughout its lineup.

As of the end of November, GM said that it had a 106-day supply of all its new cars while it had a 139-day inventory on full-size pickups like the Chevrolet Silverado. These are very high numbers and stand for a big backlog of vehicles at factories and dealerships that have yet to be sold. Sales of the Chevrolet Sonic compact continue to be strong.

However, this car has a sales average of almost 7,000 units each month. So far in 2012, there have been 75,257 units sold of this model. However, GM’s production data indicate that the Lake Orion plant has produced 93,932 Sonics for the period from January to November 2012 while sales have been far too low. According to Automotive News, the automaker has a 128-day supply of Sonics, equivalent to around 25,700 cars in the inventory.

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The performance of new compact premium Verano from Buick got a major boost with the arrival of the new Verano Turbo for 2013, featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder engine that generates 250 hp. Full power can be accessed at only 5300 rpm. Meanwhile, 260 lb-ft of torque can be achieved at only 2000 rpm.

Another impressive thing is that 234 lb-ft of power is available from 1700 to 5500 rpm. As a result, it can accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 6.2 seconds. Notably, the Verano would perform well regardless of the gear being used. It’s interesting that its closest rival, the Acura ILX2.4, delivers only 200 hp but it does weigh significantly lower.

The Buick Regal Turbo uses the same engine. This is where it received recognition as one of Wards Auto 10 Best Engines list for 2012. Amy Joss, Ecotec 2.0L assistant chief engineer, said that the 2.0L turbo engine was intended for refinement, superior output capabilities and less noise. She said that the Verano has the features of a “luxury sedan with a fun side.”

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The Farmer's Almanac anticipates lower-than-normal temperatures during the winter season for New England, the Southwest and the Midwest. This means that the drivers will be expecting icy windows, the fear of being let stranded on snowy roadside, and frigid upholstery. For the 2012 Buick Verano, the prediction calls for comfortable and safe driving.

The new luxury sedan from Buick provides stay-warm functionalities which are generally reserved for more expensive automobiles. For example, the optional heated steering wheel is not available in an Acura TSX, Lexus IS250, Audi A3 or Infiniti G25. Karen Schindler, a Verano owner, related that the heated steering wheel was a "big surprise," adding that it gives the automobile Verano "great value for the price." She bought her Verano from St. Louis-based Dave Sinclair Buick.

The Verano is equipped with leather interiors that come standard with heated front seats, which warm automatically through a remote start when the ambient temperature is lower than 45 degrees. The key fob-controlled starting is a standard on every Verano. It also activates the vehicle's climate control, optional heated side mirrors and rear defroster.

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Back in September, we announced that the 2012 Buick Verano will carry a price tag of $23,470 (inclusive of shipping charges). The Verano is company’s first compact car since the 1990s and promises to take on more expensive Japanese cars such as the Acura TSX ($30,495 including shipping) and the Lexus IS 250 ($34,170 with shipping costs).

2012 Verano comes as standard with at 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine delivering 180 hp combined with a six-speed automatic transmission.

As expected, due to tougher U.S. fuel economy standards a hybrid version of the Verano is also on its way, but this model will arrive in 2015.

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The all-new 2012 Buick Verano offers seat comfort that’s unlike that of any other car. But achieving this level of comfort required at least 1,000 hours of development. The seats were built so that “hot spots” won’t happen on long drives and the passenger’s hair won’t be put out of place by some head rest interference.

Verano sets standards for seat comfort and interior craftsmanship. Its major rivals include the Lexus IS and Acura TSX. The same grade of premium leather, support foam and plush padding is used by the Verano and the LaCrosse but the Verano’s seat bolsters offer more side support so that passengers are held in the most-comfortable position possible.

Vehicle testing took up several thousand hours as part of its chassis control work and ride development. Engineers asked men and women of all sizes to sit on the seats to get feedback. Schell said that making comfortable seats is “both an art and a science.” The Verano also offers a very high level of craftsmanship. It features French-stitched leather, adjustable console arm rest, padded door arm rests and bolsters.

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General Motors said that the upcoming Buick Verano is priced at $23,470 (inclusive of shipping charges). This is the brand's first compact since the 1990s. It is priced significantly lower than the Japanese compact sedans that GM is putting up against the Verano in the entry-luxury segment such as the Acura TSX ($30,495 including shipping) and the Lexus IS 250 ($34,170 with shipping costs).

Sam Slaughter, the dealer principal at Sellers Buick-GMC in suburban Detroit, the nation's best-selling Buick store in 2010, said that its price reflects the “great features” that the car has.

Lynn Thompson, a Springfield, Mo., dealer who sells Buick, GMC and Cadillac, said that the Verano price is "going to be a little tight" when compared to the Regal mid-sized sedan, the car right above it in Buick's lineup. The base Regal is priced at $27,530, including shipping charges.

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The Buick Verano, a new front-drive compact sedan, will go on sale this fall. There is a wide variety of compacts available in the market today but what makes the Verano stand out is its styling. The same front-drive platform is used by the Verano and the Chevrolet Cruze but not a single exterior panel is shared between the two. The upscale features of the Verano are evident even in the base model.

But the most significant distinguishing feature in the Buick Verano from the Cruze and other compacts is its quietness. Noise and vibration are minimized by making changes on the transmission, air induction and exhaust.

Road and wind noise are lowered with the use of a dozen noise-reducing technologies fitted everywhere in the car. Buick revealed a partial list of these elements.

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Today, at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, General Motors revealed the all-new 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan. This is the latest model to come out from a product renaissance that Enclave started and which was followed by the LaCrosse and Regal. The 2012 Buick Verano features refined styling with a sporty line as well as a new and luxurious interior.

From these photos, it’s clear that the 2012 Verano carries the same design philosophy introduced by the Enclave, Regal and LaCrosse, with its detailed black chrome waterfall grille, translucent projector beam headlamps, portholes, chrome accents, premium wheels, and tailored body-to-wheel relationship.

The car will be offered in the following colors: Claret Red Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat. Buyers may also choose from these additional exterior colors: Black, Olympic White, Switchblade Silver Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic and Mocha Bronze Metallic.

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Buick’s latest sedan, the Verano model, will be officially unveiled Monday during media previews for the 2011 Detroit auto show. GM expects the Verano to appeal to those who are considering whether to buy the Audi A3, Lexus IS 250 and Volvo S40.

Roger McCormack, Buick's product marketing manager, said that the Verano is targeted at those who want “luxury, refined performance, craftsmanship and beauty, but at a value in the luxury market.”

When sales of the Verano start this fall, it will be Buick's lowest-priced sedan. Buick has yet to announce the pricing but industry sources said that it will have a base price in the $20,500 to $22,000 range. Currently, the Regal is Buick's lowest-priced car with a base price of $26,995 including destination.

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GM revealed today the all-new 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan, the brand’s third new which promises to be the latest model in a product renaissance that began with the Enclave and continued with the LaCrosse and Regal.

Set to make its world debut next week, at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, the 2012 Buick Verano comes with refined styling with a sporty line as well as a new and luxurious interior.

As you can see from the photos, the 2012 Verano carries the same design philosophy introduced by the Enclave, Regal and LaCrosse, which means you will see a detailed black chrome waterfall grille, translucent projector beam headlamps, portholes, chrome accents, premium wheels as well as a tailored body-to-wheel relationship.

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The Buick Verano, which is positioned under the Regal sedan, is expected to be introduced sometime in 2011 and to reach US consumers in 2012. The Verano compact follows the successful launching of the Regal.

GM Inside News reported that Buick accidentally revealed the model’s preliminary equipment and pricing details through a survey letter distributed to Buick dealerships.

It showed that just one engine is being developed for the Verano, a 2.4-liter inline-four (similar to what is used on the Regal) that delivers 180hp at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet (233 Nm) of torque at around 4,900 rpm.

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General Motors Co. is prepared to spend $145 million to build the Verano, a new Buick compact car at its Orion Township assembly plant north of Detroit. This factory also assembles the Chevrolet Aveo subcompact. Under a new labor deal, GM asserts that the Aveo will be the first profitable subcompact car to be made in the US.

GM disclosed that the tooling required for the Verano and Aveo will be put in by summer 2011 while production is expected to start in the second half of the year. These two vehicles will be marketed as 2012 models.

GM North America President Mark Reuss, who interestingly had worked as a body shop robot programmer at the Orion Township plant, said that the Verano will be Buick's first compact car in 20 years.

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GM will announce tomorrow that it will begin the production of the Buick Verano a.k.a the new compact car. The new Verano will be built at GM’s assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich., according to published reports.

The new Buick Verano will be in fact a luxury version of the Chevrolet Cruze and will go on sale in 2012, and will be the first compact car since the Somerset Regal more than 20 years ago.

The new Verano will not be the only car built there, as GM is also planning to build the new Chevrolet Aveo, which was introduced last week at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, but also the Chevrolet Spark minicar in 2012.

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