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It's early, but so far, General Motors' 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain twins are exceeding sales expectations by enough of a margin that the automaker may have to shell out some serious coin to better-align production with demand. Reuters and the Toronto Star say GM will pay $100 million loonies ($93M USD) to upgrade its CAMI assembly facility in Ingersoll, Ontario to pump out more copies of the well-received crossovers. The move comes after The General added a third shift at the facility on October 19, resulting in 350 new jobs. The plant expansion, which Canadian officials told The Star would occur over the next six months, would result in the call-back of an additional 150 laid off positions.

The Equinox and Terrain were major factors in GM's 4% year-over-year sales increase in October, as the two new crossovers accounted for 7,868 and 2,994 October sales, respectively.




[Source: Reuters]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      PS GM please don't send us away from your showrooms by only offering slush boxes ok ? I was completely sold on the G8 until I read, " no manual tranny to be offered " WHAT ?????? Joking right ? Pity that sweet ride had an early demise but without a manual, I wasn't going to bite anyway.

      In addition, please don't try to pull the manual tranny as a premium option, because that will send me packing too.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Sea Urchin, you are indeed correct about the stats but manuals are cheaper to engineer and if the CTS can offer a manual it means they have them laying about. Despite the global shift ( no pun intended ) to stupid flappy paddles, a stick does still signify street cred or at worst the connection between man and machine. I grew up overseas and was not even offered the option to take my test in an auto. Today I believe that you can take the test in an auto but will only be licensed to drive that transmission.

        If Audi, BMW, VW and the list goes on an on, can offer manuals, then so can GM, without smacking a premium tax on top. The CTS, The Vette both offer manuals. Take from them !

        I have never laughed so hard when I read about the car thief that jumped into a manual and had to abandon it because it was a stick. Quite pathetic really ! Everyone has the right to chose what they end up driving but IMHO everyone should first learn on a stick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        See Sea Urchin, yet another plus for the manual tranny =) I hope the day never comes where I am completely robbed of that option. My wife has a CX7 which I chose, because for a CUV it is such a drivers vehicle, but even with the " tiptronic " row your own gear option the changes are miserable.

        Maybe I need to organize a march on Washington. What the hell Obama ( who I voted for and still support ) is being blamed for everything else that's bad in the world. Maybe I need to put a picture of him up on a board ( face painted as the joker ) and accuse him of being responsible for the demise of the manual tranny.. lol !!!!! " I want my tranny back " !!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I have never laughed so hard when I read about the car thief that jumped into a manual and had to abandon it because it was a stick."---------I was about to bring this point up, manuals are a theft prevention system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw a Terrain today in the flesh in a parking lot - hideous vehicle. The fender bulges are Tonka-esque, and I mean that in a bad way.The interior quality is vastly improved, but the seats were covered in a hideous, psuedo-webbing that looked atrocious. The front fender lip is only a few inches off of the ground, once again giving it that classic GMC look - aka a not meant for use off-road, overweight, pudgy city traveler appearance. The tail lamps are offensive as well.

      Needless to say, I don't like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Welcome back to the party GM ! Feels good don't it ! I mean, I am even starting to look away from my Audi, at the CTS for my next ride. Who would have thunk it ?

      However, I have also been looking at the MazdaSpeed 3 & VW GTI ( for smaller, less pricy options ) and GM still doesn't have anything to compare and contrast with those two choices, which are likely the step many in my slightly chocked economic but still after as much premium, speed and sportyness bang for the buck, position I am in. Did I forget the Genesis Coupe, yeah that too.

      It is wonderful news to see GM bouncing back, but there is still a gaping huge hole in their mid section. I am now convinced that the quality in design and materials is up to par, now they must work on the sport in the middle range. I don't want a modern pony car, I want a tight, modern, new hatchback. Where is it GM ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know and I have seen the Astras in Europe and while they are definitely a step in the right direction, they are still more econo hatch than hot hatch, but as you say....they did come here though in the Saturn iteration. Pity that one is now gone too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fprucha...if your right then GM still needs some lessons in what makes a brand a success. One need only look at the success over at Mazda. Even 5 years ago, short of the deserved hype about the Miata, I wasn't sold. Then I chose the CX7 for my wife and bam, sold. Mazda has done it right because if I am decently content in one of their CUV's ( because the driving dynamics are so strong and solid ) AND my wife is content ( because it offers enough comfort and modern design ) then it has managed to tickle a pretty large set of pleasure zones.

        They have the 6 range and the 3 range, which includes one of my desires the Speed3.

        If GM hadn't kicked Pontiac to the curb then then Chevy could be more Toyota ( good decent transportation with very boring undertones ) than Mazda ( Zoom zoom with advance design undertones ).

        The Malibu is a very nice looking car, but it's Camry then 6.

        Anyway could go on but, if GM doesn't find a way to really bring affordable sport into really the only common man brand left ( Chevy ) then they will continue to flail about. This CUV success they are enjoying lately could lead them down that same trap they fell into when SUV's became their bread and butter, they forgot about the other markets completely. They could eat up a big chunk of the " imports " market. Fortunately those imports aren't going anywhere, which means that at least I won't be walking into a big 2 showroom anytime soon. Pity !
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its the Astra. You know...the one we will not be getting here in NA
      • 5 Years Ago
      American's like automatics because it's to much work to move their fat legs and their fat arms.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oil for gm troll in: 4.3.2 ......
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think he's been banned.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We would have heard him on the Converj post, however that could be that GM doesn't need more oil that one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There's no more Trail Blazer though, so how many of those where people who don't want the massive Suburban or the fullsize Tahoe, but a midsize SUV and had no other options from GM
        • 5 Years Ago
        The only thing the lineup is missing is a mini SUV (not that i'd buy one XD)
        for those who say "everything else is too big and doo heavy, i want a light, agile one"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Shhhh.. people will notice
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chevy finally has a complete SUV/Cross-over line up.

        Small = New Equinox.
        You need a third row and a bit more room = Traverse
        Bigger yet or more towing capacity= Tahoe (actually not much more interior room than Traverse)
        Get your Tahoe in a Hybrid version if you are all upset about fuel economy and still decided to buy a Tahoe instead of a Traverse.
        And finally "Holy Crap" I still need more room = Suburban.

        Those complain about not having a third row in the Equinox are nuts. Any vehicle of this size that has third row is useless unless you are a 5 year old kid.

        The Traverse is soooo much nicer than the Trailblazer's ever were. They look nicer, get better mileage, are more comfortable (yes, even for a 6 foot tall guy in the third row).

        GM is on the right track, I just wish more people took notice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Acadia and traverse?...basically these are your replacements if you dont need to tow 10 000 pounds
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great news for GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds good after all.
      But i got a question: am i the only one who sees some similarity between the headlamps of the saturn vue and those on the Equinox? Still not a bad car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the similarity between the Vue's and Equinox's headlamps are in your imagination.

        The Vue's headlamps are straighter and edgier. They're basically a parallelogram with a shorter trapezoid that houses the turn indicators underneath.

        The Equinox's are much more ovoid, with circular outer elements that connect to sweeping, rounded inner elements. And the turn indicators are mounted above the headlamps in a sweeping french curve shape, not below, like the Vue's are.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a lot of loonies!

      This is good news for GM. These tiny CUVs will be a staple in future sales as the price of oil rises again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, because it is hard to text, talk, eat and drink...or anything else but drive when driving a manual vehicle. Yes, I do HATE automatics...but I own 2 because my wife cannot drive a manual.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can attest that sales of the Equinox are brisk. Went to buy one for my wife. in the middle of October. We just got our build date of 12/14 and we will not have the car almost until Christmas.

      • 5 Years Ago
      this is excellent news! my work does the instrument panels for these. we're already running three shifts. so maybe they'll make the line bigger.
        • 5 Years Ago
        IAC in Strasburg, Va???
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