GM is shutting down manufacturing plants and also cutting cars from its lineup.
General Motors, one of the oldest car manufacturers in the world, is changing its ways. In an effort to reinvent itself as a company, the storied automaker is slashing 15% of its salaried workforce and around a quarter of its executive staff.
It’s also shutting down plants in Detroit, Michigan; Oshawa, Ontario; Warren, Ohio; Warren, Michigan; and White Marsh, Maryland. And with those plant closures come a host of vehicles that will see their last days in 2019.
The first car to meet its end will be the Chevrolet Volt. The compact hybrid car that was supposed to be Toyota’s Prius never quite lived up to expectations. Even a plug-in hybrid with a 53-mile all-electric range wasn’t enough to turn the Volt’s fortunes around. With everyone saying nuts to hybrid and going all-in on electric, the Volt just didn’t make a lot of sense.
The Volt dies with the Detroit plant in March of 2019.
Next on the chopping block is the Cadillac CT6. Cadillac’s flagship sedan actually sold reasonably well, but the general market trend is away from sedans and toward luxury SUVs, of which Cadillac sells plenty. The CT6 dies along with the Volt with the Detroit plant.
According to Jalopnik, we will at least get some super CT6s in the form of the CT6-V and the “Blackwing” twin-turbo V8, so we have some fun sedans to look forward to at least.
The Chevy Cruze compact hatchback and sedan will see its last when the Warren, Ohio plant shuts down. This volume car was always entirely unremarkable, and so won’t be a big loss on today’s roads.
With the Oshawa, Ontario plant closing we’ll see the end of the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS. The Impala we already knew was dying when it didn’t see a 2019 model update, but the XTS is a bit of a surprise. Then again, with the CTS and XTS essentially vying for the same spot in Cadillac’s lineup, one of them just had to go. Looks like the XTS was it.
Interestingly, GM noted that the previous-gen Sierra and Silverado will also end production with the closure of the Oshawa plant, which meant that people were still buying the 2018 Silverado. Who knew?