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According to Chris Lee, a spokesman for General Motors, the automaker is planning a 21-week suspension at its assembly plants that build full-size trucks and SUVs, namely Fort Wayne Indiana, Flint, Michigan, Arlington, Texas and Silao, Mexico.
The reason, is to allow time for the General to re-tool these facilities so they can switch over to the updated 2013 full-size pickups, of which production is scheduled to begin during the latter half of next year. The idle is slated to begin at the Fort Wayne plant in January, with a seven week idle schedule planned through October, while the Flint and Arlington facilities will start their idling process in June, with seven and five weeks planned through November and December respectively. As for the Silao facility that produces full-size trucks and SUVs, GM has said it will announce that plant’s idling schedule in the new year.
In preparation for the changeover and to ensure adequate supply for dealers, GM has been ramping up production of current Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra models, aiming for around 200,000 pickups inventory by the end of the year, giving dealers around 90 days supply of 2012 models.
[Source: The Detroit News]
Mazda has officially announced that the assembly plants in Japan are back to normal operational levels. The Japanese automaker predicts that it will be able to achieve a domestic production volume of 900,000 units during the current fiscal year (April 2011- March 2012). The company is also predicting sales revenue of 2.19 trillion yen based on a global sales target of 1.305 million units during the current fiscal year.
David Klan, Senior Director of Sales, Marketing & Regional Operations at Mazda Canada Inc said:“Our return to normal production in Japan testifies to the courage and ingenuity of the Japanese people and our colleagues there,”. He also explained that, “This puts us in a strong position to sustain and grow our business in Canada, recognizing both the great line-up we have in showrooms today, and also the superb new vehicles coming with SKYACTIV Technology.”
These days, it’s difficult to say really. Ford Transit Connect? Built in Turkey and shipped to the US. Lincoln MKZ? Built in Mexico and shipped to the US. Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Camaro? Built in Canada.
On the flipside, a lot of ‘foreign’ cars have more US content than you might imagine. Mazda 6? Built in Michigan. Toyota Camry? built in Kentucky, or how about the Mitsubishi Eclipse, Toyota Tacoma or Toyota Tundra? In the case of these three, all of them are vehicles not only built here, but specifically designed and engineered for our market.
Start adding in specific components, i.e. German sourced engines from some GM cars and transmissions from Japan or Germany and it starts to get very, very confusing.
Well the American International Automobile Dealers’ Association hopes to clarify what exactly constitutes an American car by highlighting which ‘foreign’ automakers have a significant manufacturing and assembly process in the United States. This comes at a time where the issue of ‘buy American’ and protecting American jobs has become a politically hot topic.
The AIADA has created a website that enables the user to click through foreign automakers that have US manufacturing facilities, highlighting how many employees they have on the payroll and how long they’ve been established on American soil.
According to the AIADA’s own research, there are 21 ‘foreign’ automakers that build cars and trucks in the US that employ a total of 86, 507 workers. Click on the link below for more information – some of the findings might surprise you.
[Source: What is An American Car]