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2010 Cadillac SRX – Click above for high-res gallery

General Motors had a tough 2009, but one very bright spot was the success of some of its newest models. GM North America President Mark Reuss has informed reporters at the Detroit Auto Show that the plants that build the Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox and Buick LaCrosse are already at full capacity and The General simply cannot meet demand. That's a good problem to have, and GM is working on a backup plan in the event demand for cars and trucks exceeds its current capacity.

The Associated Press
reports that Reuss told the media that the solution to too much demand could be to reopen one of the General's shuttered plants. Reuss specifically pointed to the company's Spring Hill facility in Tennessee as a factory that could reopen to augment production, which makes sense in light of the fact that GM recently spent many millions of dollars to upgrade the plant to build the Chevrolet Traverse. Assuming GM can relight the fires at Spring Hill, that money would appear to be well spent, as Reuss reminded reporters that Spring Hill is flexible enough to build several different models.

GM has placed its Janesville, Wisconsin and Spring Hill plants on standby in the event that it needs more capacity when the U.S. auto industry begins to improve. Considering that new plants can cost over a billion dollars, we're thinking that's a pretty good idea.

Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright ©2009 Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Bet they want the government to foot the bill to re-open them!! That's if they even do it .
      • 5 Years Ago
      So the UAW will be striking pretty soon for more money better health benefits !
      Buy NONUNION , buy American NONUAW , UAW screwed fellow Americans for their own benefits , buy NONUNION .
      Lets show the UAW we aren't going to take their crap anymore , buy American , buy NONUNION products , the true Americans .
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with all of you America haters who can't stand seeing American workers getting paid a good wage for an honest days work?

      Kudos GM and thank goodness Obama took the bull by the horns and saved the American auto industry.

      Real Americans with jobs making products in America to support their American families.

      What's the damage Heather?
        • 5 Years Ago
        thevegasstyleguy & Willie: Ignore the jerks that think it was okay to let the US auto industry die. These are the same folks that would be screaming the loudest if unemployment had hit 15 or 20%. It made no sense to let these companies fail, especially when the country was teethering on the brink of a depression.

        The Obama administration wisely chose not to add another couple million to the ranks of the unemployed. To those whining about taxpayers' money, you need to know that it is taxpayers' money that also pays unemployment checks.

        Is that the same SRX that many who post here said would never sell?
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is the kind of news I like to hear :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      To AntiUAW: Buy nonunion products? So let's go back to child labor, working over 40 hours, no benefits, no Social Security, complete nothing. You sound like a Communist. You be crying like a baby when your wages are cut.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yea bring the workers back!
      Lets start to grow again.
      • 5 Years Ago
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      Really? GM hasn't learned from their previous mistakes and is going to end up with massive overcapacity!

      Seriously, if GM is at capacity and can realistically forecast more demand, then good for them - the sooner they repay my tax dollars, the better!
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are tring to pay back OUR tax dollars you idiot and strike while the iron is hot. As the others here have said, you cannot ramp up production at a plant already running 3 shifts.

        John = FAIL
        • 5 Years Ago
        John, you have lots more problems than GM, hating America is not cool.
        • 5 Years Ago
        John, you need to soften down on the "beat on America" line.

        You need to be an American, first, and cheer for the Japanese (notes your pic) later.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM has the capacity to build 6 million cars in the US. They sold 2 million last year.

        Select plants may be at capacity but taken as a whole must of GM lines are shut down.

        GM and other autos will have too many cars this year and by fall there will be huge markdowns.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Really? GM hasn't learned from their previous mistakes and is going to end up with massive overcapacity!"

        Go back a reread the article. Their plants are at full capacity.
        • 5 Years Ago

        They might have the capacity TOTAL to build 6 Million, but every plant can't make every type of vehicle. It's not like you can simply start building the Equinox or Camaro or Malibu on the Chevy Colorado (or any other slower-selling vehicle) assembly line if it wasn't tooled for it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, talk about short attention span - headline and it's like people didn't even see the "seriously" sentence?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Might not have needed the bail out or needed to close plants in the U.S. if our big three automakers had agreed to cut wages and benefits back to match what Nissan was paying. The difference? $29 an hour in wages and benefits. Nissan at $44 and the big three at $73. How much less expensive would a car be today if we'd seen executives and labor agree to cuts like this? For that matter, the bailout should have gone to the people, not the automakers and the banks. Instead of facing foreclosure, a lot of people could have paid the mortgage. With mortgages paid, the banks wouldn't have gone belly up. That and how many people could have afforded a decent car if everyone in need had gotten an equal share of $700 billion? Not to mention food and clothing. Education too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to see Americans back to work! And thats a nice Saturn Vue in the main pic. Wait, nevermind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sell and buy american and put americans back to work. bring motorola, matag, levis,chevy, and everything else that made this country something to envy by the rest of the world! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am happy anytime I see American's go back to work.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd love to see Michigan's auto workers go back to work but apparently that's not gonna happen. GM needs to base their company elsewhere since they seemingly can't contribute to this state.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too often I see people bashing GM, Ford, and Chrysler on Autoblog. But they forget that these faceless companies effect so many American families.

        I hope GM makes smart decisions and yes its a nice change to hear about people going back to work.
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