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GM to cut shift in Pontiac, Mich.

Low pickup truck sales cited

Ryan Beene

Automotive News

October 19, 2007 - 4:26 pm ET

General Motors today said it plans to cut the second shift at its Pontiac, Mich., truck plant next May.

The number of expected layoffs among the 2,700 people employed at the plant is unclear, GM spokesman Tom Wickham said. GM plans to work out details of any potential layoffs with the UAW, he said.

The factory assembles GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado full-sized pickups. It produces 45 vehicles per hour per shift. Wickham declined to say what production levels would be after the shift is cut.

Today’s announcement comes three days after GM said it would cut production at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan.

In both cases, GM cited falling demand as the reason for the cuts.

“The fact is the segment is down at a faster click than our sales,” Wickham said. “The logical thing is you don’t want to have too much product out there.”

Excess inventory and the incentives needed to move the excess to consumers undermines product value, Wickham said.

“It’s a prudent move on our part,” he said.

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45 trucks per hour current production? Daaang. Nice production rate. :) I can see where that might need trimmed down a little with a cooling truck market. Would be awesome if the numbers went right back up again when the hybrid comes out, though. :D

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45 trucks per hour current production? Daaang. Nice production rate. :) I can see where that might need trimmed down a little with a cooling truck market. Would be awesome if the numbers went right back up again when the hybrid comes out, though. :D

Nevertheless.... it shows that the douchebags at ToyTruck continue to give away their crap and eat away at the market. Consumers care about price - they want quality too but price is always vitally important.

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Nevertheless.... it shows that the douchebags at ToyTruck continue to give away their crap and eat away at the market. Consumers care about price - they want quality too but price is always vitally important.

Oil just went over $90 per barrel. General economic conditions are going to have more of an effect here then Toyota could ever effect.

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Oil just went over $90 per barrel. General economic conditions are going to have more of an effect here then Toyota could ever effect.

Exactly - sales aren't down much due to 'yota, they're down cuz the truck market in general is down.

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Hmmmm, let's see what other models with big V8's will be affected by this? (cough G8 cough) :rolleyes:

Precisely why I've said previously GM needs to release a product or products that are competitive with the Corolla and the other top fuel economy vehicles (which has no big 3 products on the list currently.)

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Oil just went over $90 per barrel. General economic conditions are going to have more of an effect here then Toyota could ever effect.

Yep, you got it.

As gas climbs higher (which it should soon), it's going to even make a bigger dent in truck sales.

And car sales, because no one is going to be able to afford car payments and gas for the car... :nono:

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Hmmmm, let's see what other models with big V8's will be affected by this? (cough G8 cough) :rolleyes:

I guess we should be happy that we are getting a G8 at all....

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45 trucks per hour current production? Daaang. Nice production rate. :) I can see where that might need trimmed down a little with a cooling truck market. Would be awesome if the numbers went right back up again when the hybrid comes out, though. :D

72 trucks an hour at Ft. Wayne assembly.
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