• Jul 18, 2008
GM Daewoo has been forced to idle its plant in Bupyeong, South Korea due to strong-arm tactics by tire OEMs Hankook and Kumho. The Bupyeong plant produces the vehicle we know and ummm... tolerate as the Chevrolet Aveo, and possibly (unfortunately) soon as the Pontiac G3. Rather than pony up the 12 in March. The work stoppage isn't expected to be protracted, so before long, we'll see these little carlets rolling off the line again. GM could always call the tiremakers' bluffs and switch suppliers. We're sure Goodyear or Bridgestone would be interested in talking.

[Source: The Car Blogger]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Cancel. The. Aveo.

      Replace it with the Cobalt, and make the Cruze a step up from the Cobalt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Geeze, you'd think tires were made from oil or something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Bridgestone or Goodyear could match the price of Korean tires I wouldn't be driving around on Kumho Ecstas.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just buy from the Chinese. I am sure they are happy to take a 12% discount from the Koreans.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What about Chines tires? Surely they will be cheaper than Korean ones. Any Chinese tire brand out there? Redstone? :)