This week, GM announced that it will be temporarily idling production at both its Detroit-Hamtramck and Bowling Green, KY assembly plants. The Hamtramck plant, which builds both the Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS, will experience a one-week hiatus beginning Nov. 24. The Bowling Green plant, which is responsible for the production of the Chevrolet Corvette and Cadillac XLR, will be idled during the week of Dec.1. Generally viewed as the quiet before the storm, GM has also revealed that temporary production halt will also be followed be a fresh round of layoffs. Beginning January 12, GM will release 500 of the 1,700 employees currently on the Detroit-Hamtramck payroll followed by an as-yet-undisclosed number of the 800 employees currently working at its Bowling Green facility.
Speaking of the impending production changes, GM spokesman and apparent horsepower whisperer Tony Sapienza explained, “The market is telling us we don’t need that many cars.”