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GM is closing the lordstown plant for two weeks starting April 25th, just read of Reuters. Any impact on the Cruze meet coming up in May?
 

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Ouch. Hopefully they'll use these two weeks to do some work around the plants. There's always plant work to be done that gets pushed aside for production.
 

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There is some irony in this situation. It was the Japanese who first pushed "just in time" manufacturing, which basically means that you don't have to store a large number of parts locally. Now it's the Japanese who arre showing the downside to "just in time" manufacturing. :dizzy:
 

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I kinda wonder if this was a sudden thing as the article makes it sound or if it was somewhat planned. A former classmate is a truck driver and mentioned on Facebook last week that they had the employee lot filled with new Cruzes and security guards driving around the lot all day. Almost seems like they built up ahead of time anticipating something.
 

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It's related to the earthquake in Japan. Proper vehicle launches include a lot of inventory to unleash on the public. Otherwise you end up with situations like the canyon / Colorado drama that got launched with almost no vehicles in December and only now are getting some trucks into dealer inventories.
 

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I wonder if it has anything to do with dealer inventories? The local dealer's lots are pretty full of '15s & '16s are. Ad on TV yesterday was peddling '16 Limiteds for $4,700 off of list. I know Honda won't release new models to dealers until they sell down last year's models to a certain level based on their sales. Don't knowif GM works like that.
 

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I see no reason to not take the news at face value. Lots of parts go into each car. Parts from many different places. We know from prior recalls that the airbags were of Japanese manufacture. And we already know the earthquake has disrupted productions lines in Japan. The delay most likely reflects the time it takes for the gap in shipments to arrive at the production line.

It doesn't make sense to try and build cars only to leave out parts to be added later. Better to shut down.
 
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You mean '16 Limiteds? What local dealership is this?
Yeah, typos from typing and watching TV at the same time. Dealer was Dave White Chevrolet in Sylvania, OH. One of the oldest dealers in the area.

ChevyGuy is likely correct. 40% of the 2nd gen. Cruze id non-domestic origin, so supply constraints could impact production.
 

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Yeah, typos from typing and watching TV at the same time. Dealer was Dave White Chevrolet in Sylvania, OH. One of the oldest dealers in the area.

ChevyGuy is likely correct. 40% of the 2nd gen. Cruze id non-domestic origin, so supply constraints could impact production.
What does the percent refer to in your sig?
 

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Interesting to see how an earthquake in Japan can affect a car factory thousands of miles away.
It's happened before. When the earthquake destroyed the nuclear power plants in Japan a few years ago, it affected the red pigment supply for auto paint and red nearly disappeared for a year.
 

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It's happened before. When the earthquake destroyed the nuclear power plants in Japan a few years ago, it affected the red pigment supply for auto paint and red nearly disappeared for a year.
It was also behind Chevrolet's discontinuation of the Blue Topaz color wasn't it?
 

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Having to shutter an auto assembly plant for two weeks due to parts supply is very costly. Both to the plant and to the suppliers. I used to live next door to a guy who did QC for a major brake supplier to Jeep. They had a two week supply of brake pads from a Chinese supplier show up with over 20% asbestos content (waaaay out of spec. and against federal standards). Poor guy worked 20+ hour days to find alternate sources at much higher costs and air freight costs to keep the Wrangler and Cherokee lines running. The contract fines to his company would have been horrible.
 
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It was also behind Chevrolet's discontinuation of the Blue Topaz color wasn't it?
Don't know about the blue, but a couple of colors for the ATS went missing for a model year also.
 
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