According to a report from Reuters General Motors is currently reviewing the future of some of its sedans. The news is leaking out of conversations the company is having with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union regarding the future of some of its plants that primarily produce car models.
UAW President Dennis Williams told reporters his organization is talking to GM about their current products and plants, with an emphasis on rather or not the company plans to replace some of the cars with crossovers. Earlier this week GM announced plans to further idle its Lake Orion Assembly plant in Michigan to further align Chevrolet Sonic supply with waning demand. The announcement served as an addition to several temporary shutdowns of the company’s car assembly plants in recent months.
Analysts state GM is currently reviewing future plans for six of its passenger cars, including the Chevrolet Volt. One potential plan involves replacing the Volt hatchback with a crossover type gasoline hybrid model.
In addition to Volt, GM is currently reviewing the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, XTS, Chevrolet Impala and Sonic. AutoVerdict has been able to confirm through independent sources that there is no future product slated to directly replace the current Chevrolet Impala.
Given the Impala, LaCrosse and XTS all share a similar architecture, it would seem plausible that if GM elects to kill off one of them, all three would likely die off. GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant also happens to produce LaCrosse, Impala, XTS, CT6 and Volt – all four of which are apparently potentially on the chopping block.
GM has produced 35,000 fewer car models so far in 2017 than the same period last year, a 32 percent reduction. The company will ultimately be forced to generate more crossovers and SUVs to fill the production voids at its car plants or close plants due to excess capacity consumer trends are currently causing.