• Sep 17, 2009
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Good news has been in short supply for General Motors so far this year, but increased demand for its new products shows that the worst of times may be in the rear view mirror. Automotive News is reporting that GM may increase production of four new vehicles due to heavy demand. The new-for-2010 Chevy Equinox and Camaro, Cadillac SRX and Buick LaCrosse are reportedly under consideration. Equinox sales are so brisk (13,157 sales in August) that GM is considering adding production of the efficient crossover at a second plant. Expanding Equinox production could also happen if GM adds a third shift to its CAMI facility in Ontario.

One reason for the potential production increases stems from this summer's Cash for Clunkers bonanza. Inventory is now so low for many vehicles that a bump in production is inevitable. GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson reportedly told AN that the company knew it would have to eventually bump production and that its new products have done the best job of outstripping demand. GM is likely hoping that these fresh faces are hot enough that a sustained production bump is necessary, which may mean that some laid off employees could be called back to work.



[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Good job,GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Malibu Sales:
      not bad considering market overall is -30%....let's celebrate when GM does good, maybe we'll get our money back!!!!

      August '09 =17,348 August '08 =15,618 % change = ÷11.1
      ytd '09 = 108,516 ytd '08 = 120,830 % change ytd = -10.2
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am suprised. This many idiot comments and nobody has pointed out yet that the Equinox, Camaro and LaCrosse are all built in Canada. Cue the "Buy American" protectionists in 3,2,1..

      Hopefully GM manages this bubble carefully. It would be a bit premature to spend the money to retool another plant for any of these products. We need a few months of post C4C sales to see how things are really going to shake out. I am afraid they are going to dangle this one as another tax credit bait. Get a whole bunch of states to bid on who gets the retooled "overflow" plant for the Equinox. Then they can quietly kill the Ingersoll joint venture later on when things slow down.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Judy, what you say is correct, however as others have posted, the US and Canada have the largest trading relationship in the world, much of it auto parts. Parts and production go both ways, sometimes you win, sometime you lose. On balance it is good for both countries.

        Secondly, US taxpayers are not alone in supporting Chrysler and GM. The Canadian and Ontario governments have spent about $17 billion to rescue these companies, so taxpayers in both countries are heavily invested in their survival. My brother works in the CAMI plant - I believe they have already announced it is going to 3 shifts. The new Equinox is an outstanding vehicle.

        Question for others: Malibu has been sold in Canada for one year already with the cyclinder mated to the six speed auto. Is the six speed available in the states or is it still 4 speed? If so, GM can boost sales by replacing the 4 with the 6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't have a problem with Canadian produced American brand vehicles. Many of them contain a lot of US content and the United States has an equitable trade policy with Canada.
      Lar7789789
      • 5 Years Ago
      well at the local Chevy dealerships by my house, I am seeing quite a few Camaros still sitting on the dealer lots.

      Some were V6s, others were SS's. However, those SS's are all around 40K, and they have been sitting there for months.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I will go look at the SRX now, curious what kind of deal I can cut. Nice design by Caddy as always.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Screw it, I bought one. Let me tell you, great design and so many little neat details you would never consider. I could go on for an hour, but you have seen the reviews. Would not mind a tad more horsepower but so far, so good. Oh yeah, no deal though because they only had one and are unsure when more are following.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They're increasing production to please their parasite unions. Central planning and it's "best". Obama is probably twisting some arms, too, to make the bailout look like a "success".

      As soon as the C4C bubble pops (and it already is starting, see: (http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/bailout-watch-582-september-sales-crater-now-what/)
      Government Motors will continue it's journey to another Chapter 11. It is going to be a bumpy ride for General Messup and their fanbois.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Brian, is your real name Robert by any chance?
        • 5 Years Ago
        WTF. Do you work for a Hyundai dealership or something?

        It's hard to tell whether or not GM's sales will increase from last September. They have a few new models, and have restructured a lot, but the big "B" word looms in peoples' minds, making them leery to buy. I don't recall off the top of my head what the sales figures were last year, but with the slowing of the economy in that timeframe, they probably weren't good. Month to month will show a HUGE drop from August to September because of CARS, but that's not a very good metric for sales.

        I'd add more, but you're a troll and I have better things to do than argue with you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Farris, let's see if GM sales in September increase from last year. How much do you want to bet that they won't, and Hyundai's will?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Sep 17th 2009 9:31AM They're one of the few brands increasing sales, even in a recession, something Government Motors can't seem to do."


        GM just can't win with you, can they, Brian?
      • 5 Years Ago
      good for G.M!
      • 5 Years Ago
      comment was going to be "in b4 GM hate"
      oh well
      • 5 Years Ago
      GREAT!!! but C4C did help alot tho... so that should be considered heavily.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you can't trade in your gaz guzzler for another gaz guzzler
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe, but how many people traded in their clunker for an SRX, Lacrosse, or Camaro?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Neutralgear,
        A coworker traded in his chevy pickup on a V6 automatic Camaro - which qualified for the C4C program.

        Stop propagating misinformation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If these new designs are so popular, they might want to consider upping their prices a bit. Maybe then they can pay us back.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ daleam:

        Sounds suspiciously like the current tax debate in the country right now.

        "Why not go ahead and tax those really wealthy people and corporations more? It's not like any of us are going to have to pay for that."

        The idiocy in that statement is mind-boggling. And to think that that line of thinking is accepted as logical is amazing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alex,
        Why is it okay to tax people that make more money than others, simply because they have more? Wealth is reward for busting your ass and wisely investing your money, however, people like you seem to think it is not only acceptable - but actually necessary - to punish people for their success.

        I am no different than most people, other than earning more money. I earn a good wage because I wasn't happy working in a factory; I went back to school while working full time, got a degree and never looked back. I did not get to where I am in life by sitting on my butt, but rather working for the reward (wealth). When you give people something for nothing, they lose the impetus to work for whatthey have, and the people getting taxed are taken advantage of.

        All because they work hard for what they have and have more than the have-nots.

        Fascinating.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I still don't think it's ridiculous to think that in any society, people should feel a moral obligation to care for each other.

        Also, the insinuation that your wealth is directly proportional to your effort is blatant classism.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, where to even start with that one.

        You do realize that most of these "evil" wealthy people, employ most of us "normal" folk, right?? They own the business's and companies that we work for. They invest in, and are stockholders in, the companies that we work for.

        Tax these people more, and they will just employ/pay, less of "us."

        The US already has some of the highest corporated taxes in the world. This is a great incentive for companies to set up shop here............... NOT.

        So, if we raise their individual taxes, and raise their corporate taxes, we will be raising their taxes 2x. Thus, in the end, we will pay for it all, with lower employment, less reinvestment in the companies, and higher prices for the goods that we buy.

        In other words, we will cut off our nose, to spite our face.

        The falacy of the "evil rich person who doesn't pay their share," has got to stop at some point. It is stupid, and it is BS. Frankly, about the only thing it is, is jealousy. "He has more money than me, so he has to pay."

        Funny thing, I thought this was the land of opportunity.

        BTW, we are firmly middle class, and there are no "evil rich people" on either side of our families.
        • 5 Years Ago
        why is it so ridiculous to think that those who have much could help those who have little?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alex,
        I disagree with you. I think you have a tarnished view of what wealth represents and who the wealthy are. I can see how you can misunderstand what I say, as in my younger days, I worked very hard, long days for not very much money (making single-wide homes in a factory). I will never claim impoverished people don't work hard for they have; that was me 25 years ago. The hardest work is at first throwing off the acceptance of the status quo and fighting for a better life.

        Not all "wealthy" people sit around smoking cigars, laughing at poverty while living in a mansion on family grounds with money they inherited. That would make you a Kennedy. ; ) I am also to blame for the misunderstanding, as I forget my idea of wealth differs from most everyone else's. Wealth to me is more than money; it is all-encompassing. I have a career I am proud of, I have a family I love and loves me and we need for nothing (keeping in mind that we lead fairly simple lives and our most expensive hobby is riding bicycles, not breeding and racing horses)

        I also do not mind helping those less fortunate than I, and I do just that - through an increased tax bracket and my private donations to charities. I am sorry you cannot see why some people get upset when it is suggested they give more based on the fact they have more. : (
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do you see the fallacy in that?

        Charging us more to pay us back?

        that is why it was stupid to get the taxpayers involved in the first place.

        Either way it comes out of the pockets of american households.
        • 5 Years Ago
        montoym - I said nothing of the sort. Charging the price the market will bear is a basic capitalist economic principle. Charging more for products has absolutely nothing to do with taxing people. It is in fact YOUR line of thinking which is idiotic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Also notice what all these models have in common? They're all new. Wait until THAT bubble pops and the usual Government Motors quality issues start popping up.

      There's always some "next big thing" that GM swears will save their incompetent asses, and it never does. Meanwhile, the transplants keep their new tech close to the vest and have a strong lineup of quality vehicles, instead of betting the house on some "next big thing".

      It has been that way at GM since the Vega.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are selling much better products than before, but that isn't saying much. The 2009 Malibu is better than the 1997 Malibu, wow. What an accomplishment! Or not.

        And they can't be just "as good" as the competition. The public is tired of the old GM propaganda and lies, they've been had by GM way too many times. The products need to be BETTER than the competition, and they need a 10 year, 100,000 miles warranty like Hyundai. If their products are so great, that warranty shouldn't be any problem, right GM fanbois?

        Right?

        *crickets*
        • 5 Years Ago
        It isn't about whether they actually hold onto it or not, it is about building an image that says "We're so confident in our cars, we'll stand behind them for ten years." Any company that has had as many issues as GM has had in the past (and just like Hyundai did) needs something like that before consumers will take a risk with one of their cars again.

        Too many consumers have been burned by GM cars over the past forty years, and they need not only products as good as the transplants, they need to be BETTER and have a warranty second to none. That isn't as glamorous as having Minimum Bob challenge auto journalists to a race against his CTS-V, but it makes a hell of a lot more business sense.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They have a 5 year 100,000 mile warranty. Most people don't keep a hold of a car for 10 years anyway and when they do they usually know how to take care of what they've got.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you ever noticed how Hyundai/Kia's "programs" are really just gimmicks? I believe aaront808 was trying to reply to you when he said
        "For those touting the Hyundai's and KIA warranties read the fine print....neither warranty is transferable and has many clauses that do not sufficiently cover the powertrain of the vehicle. In the case that you sell one of these vehicles the only warranty that remains (if there is any time/mileage left on it) is the 5yr/60,000mi bumper-to-bumper warranty. In addition if you are the original owner an do not get a certain amount or type of maintenance done at a dealership you could unknowingly void out the extended 10yr/100,000 mile warranty (There are plenty of blogged accounts of this happening to Hyundai and KIA owners). GM's 5yr/100,000 mile warranty is fully transferable and covers the powertrain and drivetrain. Hyundai covers just drivetrain for 10yrs/100,000 if your the original owner and have taken your car to only Hyundai dealerships for service and the problem is in your transmission...therefore if something goes wrong in the engine oh well... you get the point...there's your *crickets*..."
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you can't recognize that GM is producing much better products that before and very competitive products that than you are hopeless and should really stop even commenting on GM stuff. Your argument is so tired.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought GM never makes cars that people want to buy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But what about the LaCrosse?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That remains true of some of the Old General Motors products that are still available.

        But overall this is good news; it means they are seeing their own hard work pay off, and in addition that people will shop American again if the quality products are there.

        But one concern: Guzzlers and premium products like the Camaro and SRX are on the list yet the Malibu's sales have cooled off enough? That's too bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aznauto
        Why do people continue to assume that an interior without a thousand buttons is out of date and crappy. The interior is not cheap and out of date. The style may not fit everybodies tastes but to say its far behind the competition is just wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        old people are living longer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lol, CONSIDERING?

        Wow...thats like...

        ...TOYOTA is CONSIDERING making more cars for the USA.


        NO frakking SH/T!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Shamdiddly - I don't think he was calling those guzzlers, he was talking about guzzlers as well as those products.
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