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GM Declined Offer to Keep Lordstown Plant Open

Cleveland car dealer wanted Cruzes for ride-hailing business.

by Michael Strong on Mar.19, 2019

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra reportedly turned down a deal that would have kept the Lordstown plant open.

General Motors Co. could have avoided the latest round of flogging via Twitter from President Donald Trump about its Lordstown, Ohio plant if it had accepted an offer from one of its dealers.

Cleveland-based dealer Bernie Moreno reportedly met with GM officials last fall with an offer to buy as many as 180,000 Chevy Cruzes annually as part of a nationwide ride-hailing fleet to rival Uber and Lyft. The deal could have run as long as five years, according to a Detroit Free Press story.

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Moreno owns a dozen car dealerships across the country selling brands ranging from Lotus and Rolls Royce to Mercedes-Benz to Buick and GMC. However, GM officials studied the deal and then declined the offer apparently viewing it as not viable. The plant was idled last month as the last U.S.-built Cruze rolled off the line. (more…)

Trump Smacks GM With New Lordstown Plant Tweet

After a quiet three weeks, President takes another swipe at automaker.

by Joseph Szczesny on Mar.18, 2019

President Donald Trump took another swipe in a tweet at GM about the closure of Lordstown.

General Motors was again the target of a tweet by President Donald Trump, which pushed the automaker to reverse its decision to shutter an assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which is located in the state’s politically sensitive northeastern corner.

Trump attacked GM after it first announced the decision to close Lordstown and returned to twitter this weekend with a tweet that urged the company to reopen the plant. The Presidential tweet came 10 days after the Lordstown plant built its last Chevrolet Cruze, ending U.S. production of the compact of the car.

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However, the timing of tweet suggested that Trump was concerned less about the fate of Lordstown than the optics surrounding another key decision Trump is expected to make in the next few weeks on a key trade issue. That said, Lordstown and GM promises to remain an issue through the 2020 Presidential election when Ohio is once again a pivotal battleground state. (more…)

Top UAW Bargainer Takes Aim at General Motors

Terry Dittes ready to make tough demands of No. 1 automaker.

by Joseph Szczesny on Mar.12, 2019

Terry Dittes, vice president of the GM Department for the UAW, said its time for GM to build more vehicles in the U.S.

The leader of the United Auto Workers responsible for negotiations with General Motors took aim at the automaker’s Mexican production during a speech at the UAW Special Convention on Collective Bargaining in Detroit.

Terry Dittes, UAW vice president in charge of union’s GM Department, said in a report to the 900 delegates that roughly one third of the vehicles GM sells in the U.S. now come from Mexico and that will be a major issue in the UAW’s upcoming contract talks with the automakers.

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“Don’t kid yourself there are more plants that may be in jeopardy as time goes on,” Dittes warned the delegates. “This is not a good will speech. (more…)

Lordstown Plant Manufactures Last Chevy Cruze

Event moves site one step closer to closure.

by Joseph Szczesny on Mar.06, 2019

The Lordstown, Ohio plant that builds the Chevrolet Cruze will produce the last model today.

The last Chevrolet Cruze is scheduled to roll off the assembly line in Lordstown, Ohio, today, moving the big General Motors assembly plant alongside the Ohio Turnpike in northeast Ohio, one step closer to abandonment and intensifying the confrontation between GM and the United Auto Workers.

More than 1,400 blue-collar workers will be impacted by the end of production at Lordstown and GM has promised that it has jobs for all of them, while offering special packages to employees ready for retirement.

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But the UAW has already filed suit in federal court charging the idling of the Lordstown plant and two other factories, claiming the shutdown down violated the union’s current contract with the automaker. GM has denied the UAW’s claim. (more…)

General Motors Sees Two Top Executives Depart

Alan Batey, a 40-year vet, and Alicia Boler Davis elect to leave.

by Michael Strong on Feb.28, 2019

GM North America Pres. Alan Batey spent 40 years at the company. He's retiring effective April 1.

General Motors is in the midst of restructuring its operations, but it’s unlikely losing two of its top officials was part of the plan, nevertheless, Alan Batey and Alicia Boler Davis are both set to leave the company on April 1.

Batey is the company’s North American president, while Boler Davis is head of global manufacturing operations. Batey’s departure isn’t entirely a surprise as he is retiring, but Boler Davis, a long-time confidant of GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, leaving the company for “other opportunities” is a bit of a shocker.

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Barry Engle, currently president of GM International, will move into the new position of executive vice president and president of the Americas to succeed Batey. In the meantime, Boler Davis will be succeeded by Gerald Johnson, who becomes vice president of North American manufacturing and labor relations. (more…)

UAW Sues General Motors Over Plant Closures

Union looks to force GM to change plans with suit.

by Michael Strong on Feb.26, 2019

The UAW claims in a new lawsuit that GM's plans to shut down three plants in the U.S. violates the terms of their 2015 collective bargaining agreement.

The United Auto Workers union took its protest of the closing of three General Motors’ plants in Michigan, Ohio and Maryland to another level Tuesday filing suit against the company to prevent the shutting down of the facilities and preventing the elimination of thousands of jobs.

The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Ohio, asks that GM be ordered to reverse its decision to close the plans and award damages to the employees for losses, claiming the company is in breach of contract. The contract in this case is the 2015 labor agreement between the two sides.

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Naturally, GM contends the plan does “not violate the provisions of the UAW-GM National Agreement. We continue to work with the UAW on solutions to our business challenges.” (more…)

Mid-engine Corvette C8 Caught Testing in (Unexpected) Snow Storm

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.21, 2019

A pair of camouflaged C8 Corvettes are caught driving through heavy snow outside San Diego.

It never rains in Southern California, but singer Albert Hammond never mentioned snow in his 1973 hit. So, you can imagine the surprise for the folks from Chevrolet when they headed out for a long test drive of mid-engine C8 Corvette prototypes through the mountains outside San Diego only to be greeted with lots of the white stuff drifting down from leaden skies.

That clearly didn’t stop them from continuing their test drive, which was good news for us – thanks to the quick thinking of TDB friend and videographer Tom Voelk. He also was caught in the snowy weather on a long drive route testing another manufacturer’s vehicle when the convoy of Corvettes shot by. He grabbed one of his cameras and started shooting.

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Mssr. Voelk was kind enough to provide us with some still shots from the serendipitous shoot, and if you’d actually like to see the mid-engine Corvette C8 in action, you can check out his Youtube post by Clicking Here.

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General Motors Investing $56M in Two Michigan Plants

Moves come after salaried personnel layoffs.

by Michael Strong on Feb.19, 2019

GM CEO Mary Barra meets with a Romulus plant employee during an announcement of a $20 million investment there.

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra must be feeling a little Oprah Winfrey these days; however, she’s handing out millions of dollars to GM plants instead of new cars.

Just a day after the company announced plans to invest $36 million in Lansing, Michigan plant, the GM today announced it will invest $20 million in its engine plant in Romulus, Michigan, a suburb just south of the company’s Detroit headquarters.

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The cash infusion will purchase new equipment to increase the plant’s capacity for future 10-speed transmission production. Romulus currently builds V6 engines and 10-speed transmissions used in several GM cars, trucks and crossovers, the company said. (more…)

General Motors’ New eBikes Have ARĪVed

The bikes can travel nearly 40 miles on a charge.

by Joseph Szczesny on Feb.15, 2019

The new ARĪV Merge, in red, and Meld are new eBikes created by General Motors' Mobility division.

General Motors is taking the first step in launching its bike business by launching ARĪV, its new eBike brand in Western Europe.

GM sold off its European passenger car business to PSA in 2017 said the ARĪV line will includes two innovative, integrated and connected eBikes: the Meld, a compact eBike, and the Merge, a folding eBike. The name ARĪV was selected as part of a global crowdsourcing campaign announced in November 2018.

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“The crowdsourcing campaign allowed us to bring consumers into the development of our brand,” said Hannah Parish, ARĪV director. “Combine that with our products and our blend of bike and automotive talent, and the result is a unique brand DNA.”   (more…)

EV Truck Maker Rivian Reportedly in Talks with Amazon and GM

Deal could be announced this month, according to Reuters.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.12, 2019

Rivian founder RJ Scaringe showed off the the R1T all-electric pickup at the LA Auto Show.

Battery truckmaker Rivian Automotive is reportedly in negotiations with both Amazon and General Motors on a deal that could be worth as much as $2 billion.

The deal would give the two companies a minority stake in Rivian, a start-up based in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, according to a report on Reuters.

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The proposed deal could help GM, in particular, add a battery-electric pickup to its line-up, something archrival Ford Motor Co. has said that it is already working on. A senior executive at GM last month told TheDetroitBureau.com that the carmaker is “considering” an all-electric truck.

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