GM Cuts Production – Plant Closings, No More Hummer, No more SUV’s?

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Today GM released the announcement to its employees and to the public that they have plans to majorly cut production including 4 truck plants. The slow in the economy and high gas prices is obviously a major factor in the decision that GM is making in the upcoming months. Surprisingly Rick Wagoner, GM’s CEO, announced possible closing of plants that make many GM SUV’s and trucks with a mention of a possible removal or sale of Hummer which may remove this brand from the market all-together.

This may come as a surprise when you listen to Rick Wagoner mention the closing of plants that produce the Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon. We all know that is a big monster in the SUV market but we also know the SUV market is diminishing very fast mainly due to the fact that SUV’s consume A LOT of gas and the economy just cannot support the high price of such vehicles.

CNN.com posted the news this morning and reads:

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2008 Buick Enclave CXL Test Drive

January 2, 2008 by  
Filed under Automotive, Buick, Magazine Articles, Test Drives


The all-new 2008 Buick Enclave brings more luxury and versatility to the growing crossover sport utility marketplace. Buick placed 3 rd on the J.D. Power’s 2007 Initial Vehicle Dependability Study and this all-new 2008 Buick is the quietest, smoothest and most luxurious Buick that I have ever tested.

Enclave is the vehicle that is going to change perceptions about Buick. It blends a graceful, curvy exterior with an elegant, well-crafted interior. Enclave is smaller on the outside, but bigger on the inside, combining segment-leading fuel efficiency with room for up to eight passengers with space for cargo. Starting at less than $33,000.00, the Enclave is priced to challenge its luxury competitors, offers better fuel economy and is quieter and roomier inside. It comes standard with a 275hp 3.6 liter V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that turns the front wheels or all-wheel-drive that is optional. Enclave comes with a long list of standard equipment focused around customer convenience and comfort. For example, the front-row center console armrest slides back and forth for personalized comfort and access to the lower storage area. The storage area is equipped with a pull-out tray that reveals a deep space of more than 60cu.in. for storing items like bottled water or a small purse. Enclave’s elevated footrest or dead pedal, adds comfort for drivers with high-heeled shoes while the power liftgate activates conveniently with the touch of one button. Other key standard equipment includes Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps, tire pressure monitor, Stabili-Trak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, traction control, Quiet Tuning to reduce, block and absorb noise, tilt-telescopic, leather-wrapped, real mahogany wood-accented steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, smart slide second-row seat, dual exhaust with chrome tips, stylish analog clock with quartz movement, six standard airbags, power liftgate, XM satellite radio and On Star with Turn-By-Turn voice-guided navigation and more.

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