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GM (GM) intends to suspend truck output for ten weeks in order to allow it to introduce new...

GM (GM) intends to suspend truck output for ten weeks in order to allow it to introduce new versions of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra vehicles in Q2. The halt will also come after pickup inventories climbed 24% in January, which is challenging GM's determination not to sink back into to its old and costly habit of heavily discounting vehicles to get rid of them.
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  • Bender1
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    Hmmm, were their great January sales especially with the Silverado due to their old channel stuffing tricks? 10 weeks for a model crossover on today's assembly lines seems awfully long.
    3 Feb 2013, 04:44 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS-2.0
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    10 weeks is actually pretty fast given what's involved in a clean sheet new design, hence the reason for an inventory build, while a housing recovery is alledged to be underway. Nobody wants to be lacking product inventory when impulse buyers walk in the door.

     

    I would love too see an example of the same production line to start producing a completely new vehicle in less than 10 weeks.
    4 Feb 2013, 11:24 AM Reply Like
  • elroy
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    No think part of it is inventory balancing.

     

    I know that the GMT400 to GMT800 changeover was major -- not just vehicle but everything in the plant including frame carriers, etc.

     

    GMT800 to 900 was relatively easy -- not sure about this one though.
    4 Feb 2013, 09:32 AM Reply Like
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