General Motors will cut production of the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano, both built at its Orion Assembly plant in Detroit, amid unusually high inventories of both of the compact cars, Automotive News reports.
The plant will be idled from February 16 to April 6, sources close to the situation told AN. Sonic inventories currently sit at a 127-day supply, the highest level in a year, while Verano inventories are at an 84-day supply. The abundance of compact cars is being chalked up to low gasoline prices, which has weakened the case for small cars and sparked an uptick in truck and SUV sales.
GM refused to comment on the matter, with a company spokesperson telling AN the company does not discuss its production plans and they will “build to market demand.”
This announcement comes not long after GM said it would lay off 160 Orion workers amid production cuts. The slowdown will reduce the production rate from 45 cars per hour to 38.