• Mar 24th 2006 at 7:00AM
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There seems to be a growing groundswell of rumors centering around a possible restructuring of GM's worldwide engineering staff. Reuters reports GM Europe as denying Thursday that it would announce engineering job reductions next week, apparently responding to this article in the Detroit Free Press, which forecasts a "Black Tuesday" next week for GM engineers in its North American operations.

According to the Free Press article, engineers at the GM's Tech Center in Warren, Michigan, believe that their jobs will be cut next Tuesday, and the evidence is pretty clear that something's going on. An unnamed GM executive calls it a "right-sizing" of engineering groups in both the U.S. and Europe.

Industry insider Peter DeLorenzo reports that engineering staff reductions will impact GM's central engineering operations in Warren, Milford and Pontiac, Michigan. DeLorenzo calls the layoffs "inevitable," as GM evolves from a predominantly U.S.-centric company to a more global operation.

[Sources: Reuters, The Detroit Free Press, AutoExtremist.com]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      They seem to be circling the drain.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wah, Wah, Wah Aren't you American bashing bumble heads done whining yet. I would quote some statistics to refute your uniformed opinions on the state of the American Auto industry, but then I thought why bother. You should all apply for a job at Consumer Reports, they don't let facts get in the way of their evaluations either.
      • 9 Years Ago
      3. GM has to keep a certain number of engineers available to work on the next generation of... ...Cadillac V8-6-4

      You must be referring to "Displacement on Demand"... you know, that simple, inexpensive technology that significantly improves highway mileage, yet those happy "environmentalists" at Toyota havn't bothered with it...

      Honestly, what makes a beer-gut middle-aged man hop in the car and drive down to the "Chevy" dealer to look at their products?
      Well I'm not middle-aged, and don't really have a bear gut... but for me it was the sub-$18,000 V-6 midsize wagon with best in class mileage and rear-seat room. But I guess that's just me. Aparrently most others would rather spend more for a base 4-cyl Camry or Sonata.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Unfortunate that GM has lost its way, but that's the way it is.

      The truth is at the website below:

      • 9 Years Ago
      #5, Ya, they have to have someone move the badges around.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The culture in these companies can make it hard to get anything done, much less done right. Not that this is uncommon. How many people work at jobs where they are able to excel on a consistent basis?

      The executive summary of a report I prepared for GM:

      • 9 Years Ago
      What? GM has engineers?
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is one of the easiest news to comment; GM is this, GM is that, they build crap and so on. Not even worth commenting. Too easy to critic. It sounds to me like the a side of a 45rpm record. You heard this so many times that the needle is playing the b side without having to flip the record. The opinions on this blog, fortunatly , does not reflect the general opinion from Joe Public.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Even though GM has some decent vehicles in thier lineup, there have been too many years of bad blood and corporate mismanagement.
      Sure, Im singing in the chorus for "GM this and GM that" as you say, but also reality has to set in here.
      The News for GM has been very bleak for sometime and you are going to get some people throwing stones.
      Sure it sucks, but nobody here has any control at what GM does.
      Can I truly consider vehicles from a company that has been powered by waste, ego, and stigma of years of building average or below average vehicles when they should have been competing to build the very best?
      I want to like GM, but I too have had my own GM vehicles that were driving metal heaps of independability.
      Yes, all manufactures build the occasional pile of crap, but GM has spent so many years building vehicles that see-saw back and forth between "decent" and "unreliable".
      There is no doubt GM has improved as of late.
      I give them that.
      But its too little too late.
      The competition isnt sleeping, nor should have GM the last 30 years.
      I just know that from years of mismanagement, how can we expect anything less from GM from here on out?
      Fact is we cant expect anything.
      And why I wont buy another GM vehicle.

      Clyde Batter
      • 9 Years Ago
      GM has to keep a certain number of engineers available to work on the next generation of Chevy Vega, Cadillac V8-6-4, Oldsmobile, and Geo.

      Maybe this time, they'll do a better job of designing something right.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Perhaps if more people actually took the time to investigate first-hand the reliability of GM vehicles instead of spouting forth regurgitated GM-hating hype, then GM wouldn't have such problems!! My Grand Prix lasted to over 200,000 miles needing only the headlights fixed, and only went to the grave when totalled in an accident. Our truck has 275,000 miles on it and is still going strong! Our new Cobalt was low-cost yet comfortable and amazingly FUN to drive! The problem is all us GM-loving people are usually too happy with our vehicles to get online and bash for the sake of bashing. Now correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't the article about GM righting some of its wrongs? They're weeding out the unnecessary and unproductive, in the hopes of cutting out the duplicity, streamlining the processes, and getting more result in better time. Darned if they do, darned if they don't!
      If you think GM hasn't had foresight in fuel economy, just pay attention in the next few years and see what comes your way. Vehicles are in the pipeline for years before they make it to your local showroom. And, yes, this means, oh so intelligent ones, that those SUV's were designed BEFORE gas prices were high.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The situation with GM and Ford is sad in how effects so many people. As always the buzz on the street is poor GM saddled with high labor costs, and I'm sure that is a factor. However, when are the people at the helm of these disasters going to be accountable? Management needs to own up to their poor decisions. How could they have kept pumping out the biggest, and most gas guzzling fleet of vehicles in the world without developing more alternatives that are economical? I'm an industrial designer and worked in the auto industry a brief stint many years ago, so I'm astute at evaluating car design and functionality. I recently was thinking about buying a HHR but after renting one for a couple weeks, it's no longer a contender. It has one of poorest interior and ergonomic designs out there. I had read all of the different reviews and thought it had to be better than that but it's not.

      My next car will be either a Toyota or a Subaru. My current Dodge Caravan is another example of what's wrong with the American manufacturers. It's great to drive and incredibly function but it's falling apart. It's 5 years old with less than 50,00 miles and it's falling apart.

      I hope that this latest disaster impacts the American manufacturers enough to comeback and be competitive with the rest of the world. For their sake and the American publics. However, if their history or lessons learned is any indicator they will be repeating these years events in the next ten years.
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