As passenger car sales continue to take a nose dive in favor of crossovers and utility vehicles, it’s producing some undesired consequences at U.S. car plants.
The Lordstown plant builds the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze while the Fairfax plant builds the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. Both nameplates have seen slumping sales this year. However, Cruze sales jumped thanks to a new round of fleet sales, something GM is working to curb. Malibu sales are down 30 percent through the month of May.
GM would not give any additional specifics but stated the typical two-week shutdown may be as long as five weeks as it adjusts production of the cars with demand.