Saturday, 12 November 2011

GM suspending Cruze output at Ohio, Lordstown to control Inventory




The Lordstown, Ohio, plant that builds the Chevrolet Cruze has planned a week-long shutdown the week after Thanksgiving, as recovering Japanese inventories and slow fall sales have lessened demand for the car.

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.’s factories are resuming output after the natural disaster in March disrupted supplies of parts and depleted inventories of models such as Corolla and Civic. Cruze has outsold Tokyo-based Honda’s Civic this year through October and trails Toyota City, Japan-based Toyota’s Corolla by 1,316 deliveries.

“We don’t want to overproduce,” GM’s Lee said in a phone interview. “Those days are gone from a GM standpoint. We’re just keeping it in control and we’ll ramp it back up and be prepared for a strong start after the first of the year.”

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