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With GM under recall fire, what's the Valley's response?



Published: Sat, July 5, 2014 @ 10:55 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Seeking a cheap car with great mileage, Jon and Rachel Clark bought a pair of General Motors’ Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cobalts — one from 2006 and another from 2008 – last October.

They had not been Cobalt owners for one year when the ignition-switch recall began.

They have gone through the process of waiting for parts to come in, and are happy with their Cobalts.

“I think the new CEO [Mary Barra] has been proactive,” Jon said. “I would definitely buy [a GM] car again.

“It’s not so much an issue of a problem coming up. It is how they address the problem.”

The Mahoning Valley, where the Cobalt was manufactured from 2003 to June 2010, is the home of thousands of loyal GM customers who, by tradition, support the vehicles manufactured at the Lordstown plant. In turn, there are many successful dealerships.

Lordstown-built cars can be found in a higher per capita percentage here: Vega. Cavalier. Cobalt. Cruze. Build it and they will buy.

Bill Vargo of Hubbard worked as a tool maker for 36 years at GM and retired in 2006.

“No matter what happens with GM, I am going to be a GM person,” he said. “I think GM is going to try and do anything they can to try and rectify the situation.”

In many ways, the Cobalt looms large as the Valley’s car. Dealerships are among those on the front line of the recall battle.

Read their take, and more on the recalls and GM's plan of action in Sunday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


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