General Motors To Cut Shift At Warren Transmission Plant This Month4
As demand for passenger cars dwindles, General Motors is feeling the feedback. The automaker has announced cuts to many of its passenger car plants across the United States, but it now plans to cut one of two shifts at the Warren Transmission Plant.
The Detroit News reports the automaker will implement the cut at the end of June, in part due to cuts at aforementioned car plants. The Warren plant employs 729 workers—629 are hourly UAW employees.
Reduced production at car plants means fewer transmissions are needed for vehicles. The Warren plant builds 6-speed automatic transmissions for the Chevrolet Traverse, Malibu, Equinox and Impala; the Buick Enclave and Regal; GMC Acadia and Terrain and the Cadillac XTS.
GM has recently made cuts at the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, too, where the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2018 Buick Enclave will be built. The cuts were due to the previous-generation Acadia—which soldiered on as the Acadia Limited—exiting production. Coincidentally, GM also announced layoffs at the Spring Hill, Tennessee plant as well where the new Acadia is built alongside the Cadillac XT5.
Days’ supply of vehicles from GM have hovered around unhealthy industry averages for some time. At the end of April, GM had a 97 days’ supply of vehicles. A 60 days’ supply is often referred to as a healthy average.
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That 6 speed is being used in fewer models as time goes by. I think 6 of the 9 models listed have already, or will soon, move away from that transmission.
With Ford being sued for faulty trannies in the Shelby and the hatchbacks, why not contract the work out?
The US built Tremecs aren’t faulty. They required a cooler for track use which is now standard.
Where are the new 9 speeds being built? China?