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The reason GM is ending their relationship with NUMMI in California is due to the elimination of the Pontiac brand. The Vibe is/was built alongside a Toyota version of the same platform vehicle. Many GM management people spent months in that plant to learn the Toyota manufacturing processes in an effort to bring that learning back to their plant for implementation. Union practices/contracts basically prevented most of these processes from being implemented. Nice idea. Fact is that the products assembled at NUMMI are good vehicles. Ask anyone who owns a Chevy Prizm or Pontiac Vibe.
January 8, 2010 at 8:39 p.m.
In case some of you don't understand, most of the assembly line workers do their best assembling quality into the vehicles they assemble. It is the design and the process, and equipment the company provides that really determines the final quality of the product. If you provide a poor design, poor quality parts, and a difficult assembly process, timed very tight, how do you expect the line assembler to always do their job in station. Bottom line is that the company and union both are to blame for the situation GM is in. Hope for the best, expect the worse.
January 8, 2010 at 8:03 p.m.
The ignition tumblers in the Cobalt are made from plastic. Fragments of it cause the ignition key to get stuck, and the ignition switch cannot be turned. This has been a major warranty issue due to the engineering design. In the old days, the ignition tumblers were made of a type of die cast metal. The batteries are not the problem, there is an electrical system problem, draining your battery. These cars have multiple computer modules, sensors, etc., all made overseas. Heaters not getting warm enough has also been a long time warranty issue. Once again, due to the design.
January 6, 2010 at 11:49 p.m.
Speculation about next years ecomony, optimism, confidence, not discouraged, thinking, hope, and all the other verbage being generated by the union leaders are nice words, to a bad situation. The sales numbers of the Cobalt and the other GM products tell the real story. The Cruze will initially be only built in a four door version, for the US and Canadian markets. Also, it has more plastic in it than the Cobalt, and less American made parts. There is no way there will be a third shift added.
USA1 got it right, a Government/Union owned company will not survive. Review the car and driver magazines initial review of the Cruze vehicles being built in Korea and China. Just another car.
January 6, 2010 at 9:55 a.m.
"Hope" is all that Lordstown has. Their management has continued to make mistake after mistake, costing them a lot of money. The added third shift was a joke. They moved many many people, hourly and salary to man the added shift, that cost them a ton of money. Then, they moved a lot of people again when the shift was ended a few months later, costing more money to "relocate" these employees. The hourly people made out, the salary people did not. Many good salary employees got screwed out of their jobs, due to the government involved downsizing, and the "rules" they had to follow.
December 29, 2009 at 1:05 p.m.