Despite strong sales from both the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Sonic, General Motors halted production of the Orion Assembly facility in Michigan this week to clear an inventory glut that has developed, according to Automotive News. As of December 1, GM is holding on to a 104-day supply (14,900) Verano sedans, and a 128-day supply (25,700) of Sonic subcompacts.
But we should point out that the plant has a scheduled shutdown planned regardless, to give workers a break for the holidays. Production is expected to resume January 2.
Through November 2012, Sonic sales totaled 75,257 units — second only to the Nissan Versa. Meanwhile Buick sold 36,222 Veranos, well exceeding expectations of both GM and market analysts alike.