GM, for the fifth time this year, is cutting a production shift at one of its U.S. assembly plants in response to slowing industry sales. As many as 1,000 workers will be laid off when the overnight shift at a Chevrolet Malibu factory in Kansas is dropped in late September.
GM is extending the normal two-week summer shutdowns at two U.S. assembly plants to as many as five weeks amid a slump in car demand and high inventories. The Lordstown, Ohio, factory builds the Chevrolet Cruze and the Fairfax, Kan., plant assembles the Chevrolet Malibu.
North America, Alan Batey's domain at General Motors, is responsible for 99.4 percent of GM's total adjusted earnings since January 2014. And it's becoming even more critical to the automaker's future.
GM will begin selling the Chevrolet Bolt nationwide in August, a month sooner than originally planned. Bolt orders were opened up to all certified dealers this month and the EV will arrive in showrooms in August.