GM and Ford extend downtimes at several plants after holidays

Article by Anita Panait, on December 23, 2013

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are extending holiday downtime at number of their assembly sites in North America to keep vehicles inventories in check. On the other hand, Chrysler Group is adding production shifts over the holidays at its Ohio and Michigan sites that produce Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups. Most carmakers are planning a downtime on their North American sites starting Dec. 23, 2013 and aim to resume output on Jan. 2, 2014.

According to sources by Automotive News, GM is extending the downtime at the two plants by an extra week after the holidays due to excessive supplies -- Fairfax site in Kansas City, which assembles the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse; and the “flex” line at its Oshawa, Ontario site that builds the Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Camaro.

GM and its dealers had a 148-day supply of LaCrosse models on Dec. 1, 2013, up from 98 days a month ago, according to the Automotive News Data Center.  As of Dec. 1, 2013, the Malibu had 71 days of supply (up from 60 days fromNov. 1); the Regal had 99 days (previous: 88 days); XTS had 105 days (previous: 131); and the Camaro had 167 days (previous: 135 days).

Most of GM’s vehicle assembly plants in North America will have a production downtime during the weeks of Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. Most of them will resume production on Jan. 2, 2014, with some still to be down until Monday Jan. 6, 2014.

GM will also implement an additional week of down time at its Wentzville site in Missouri, related to new equipment being installed for production of the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon that will start this summer. Ford is planning to shut down its Cuautitlan site in Mexico, on Jan. 2 and 3, 2014, and the week of Jan. 6, 2014. The site builds the Ford Fiesta subcompact.

Cadillac debuted the 2013 XTS, the freshest addition to the Cadillac luxury car lineup. It arrives in U.S. and Canadian showrooms in the spring of 2012 as the most technologically ingenious production vehicle in the brand's storied legacy.

Bigger than the CTS, the all-new Cadillac XTS conveys the space, class and sensational presence that are Cadillac trademarks, but with completely fresh and technically ingenious techniques tuned for a new generation of extravagant clients. It likewise denotes the unveiling of CUE, an exhaustive in-car experience that fuses intelligent design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and media control.

In addition to the CUE interface and connectivity, numerous other state-of-the-art innovations are vital to the all-new XTS. It will be the only luxury car with standard Magnetic Ride Control - the world's fastest-reacting suspension. Advanced innovations that improve vision and safety that surround the driver are likewise available.

Situated directly over the centerpiece CTS family in Cadillac's overhauled lineup, the all-new XTS includes a 3.6L direct injection engine and state-of-the-art all-wheel drive system, marking a move to an increasingly efficient performance in a spacious extravagant car.

The Cadillac XTS speaks to a brand-new formula for extravagance, driven by cutting -edge innovation. Don Butler, VP of Cadillac Marketing, further said that the XTS accentuates the evolution of its Art and Science ideals, integrating the best specialized ideas with the constant refinement of Cadillac design.

Topics: gm, ford

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