• Feb 16, 2011
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Word on the web is that the GMC Acadia is back on the chopping block. You may recall that the big crossover found itself in dire straits once before when the entire GMC brand underwent a strategic review during the General Motors bankruptcy proceedings. After that brush with death, the decisionmakers at the company decided to give the entire brand – and by association, the Acadia – a stay of execution. Now a new report suggests that the next-generation Acadia may be scrapped to reduce product overlap within the GM dealer network.

General Motors currently produces three Lambda-based crossovers – the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia – and the company says that it wants to keep overlap to a minimum for its Buick-GMC dealers. The next-generation Lambdas are expected in 2014 as 2015 models, but even if the Acadia gets axed, it's likely that GM will still keep a trio of models based off of the three-row platform, only with Cadillac getting the third model instead of GMC. Thanks for the tip, Ed!



[Source: GMInsideNews]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The Acadia and Enclave are both attractive. The Traverse has those wierd, bloated rear hips...with scary scary rear visability...all made worse by the upswept side quarter windows...but yep, it sells. Moving on, GMC could further differentiate itself by having these three products exclusively: the Avalanche replacement, a sturdy & sporty compact truck, and perhaps a rugged-looking, quick, and luxurious C-Max alternative.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Personally, I kinda liked the looks of the Saturn, but that's dead & buried now.

        I think the design languages are clear enough:

        Chevy circles
        GMC squares
        Buick hourglasses
        Caddy triangles

        Beyond that, we run out of basic shapes around which to craft a consistent design language.
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM & Ford are going to need something better than a 6 speed automatic if they expect to continue selling 5,000 lb people movers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I'm not mistaken the Acadia is the hottest selling of the three, unless the Traverse has caught up with or surpassed it.

      Cadillac does not need one of these, GMC and GM certainly does to keep their volume up.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, the Traverse easily outsells the Acadia:
        55k Enclave
        68k Acadia
        107k Traverse
        With these numbers, a Lambda-based 3-row SRX isn't unreasonable.

        Also, the pending 2-row baby Enclave can be expected to post good numbers:
        51k SRX
        60k Terrain
        150k Equinox
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nooo! The GMC is the best looking of the three!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Chevy, GMC, Buick and Caddy would all be sufficiently different-looking and differently-appointed, I could easily see GM selling all 4 with little overlap:
        SWB Chevy
        SWB GMC
        LWB Buick w/ eAssist
        LWB Caddy V (a la X5 M)
      • 3 Years Ago
      "to reduce product overlap"

      Simple. Kill GMC.

      If GM had the Chevy Silverado as their *only* full-size truck, they would finally have a shot at unseating the F-Series as the best selling pickup... all these years (actually decades) that Ford has held the crown, it's almost always been because GMC and Chevy split the GM pickup buyers, as GMC and Chevy full-size pickups *combined* usually sell more than the F-Series.

      I know Buick dealers want to have a truck line to sell, but listening to dealers is what eventually turned the Pontiac line into a Chevy clone, rather than having its own identity.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And if each truck model was counted separately and fleet sales removed the best selling vehicle in America would be a fight between the Camry, Accord, and Fusion. Counts are counting for totally different reasons. To say GM would hold the truck lead is silly, GMC and Chevy sell a similar truck that is based on the same platform, not the same truck. It's like combining sales of Lexus and Toyota. They're similar but it doesn't mean the sales would be the same just because an ES is really a Camry is fancier clothes.

        That being said, I suspect the acadia getting the axe is true. Limiting the options on the showroom floor will drive SUV sales in that size to Buick which is good for GM. The overlap has hurt American car makers for decades now. Because rarely are Acuras and Hondas or Lexus and Toyota sold in the same showroom the DNA is hidden somewhat. GM is still crippled with overlay and the sooner they kill it to make room for new more distinct vehicles the better.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Otherwise american and canadian taxpayers will continue to pay for top managers' bonuses and now even workers on the line take them!"

        You realize that Chrysler line workers (and not them alone) were getting upwards of 10k profit sharing checks back in the 90s/early 2000s? This isn't a first-time-ever deal...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Believe it or not, a lot of guys that buy GMC trucks wont buy Chevy trucks. If Gm dropped the GMC line they would actually loose quite a few sales to Ford and Dodge. I know, it doesn't make much sense, but that was one of the things that came up when they thought about dropping the GMC line.
        • 3 Years Ago
        GM gets too much profit from GMC to kill it. GMC buyers cross-shop Chevy and Ford, and are willing to pay more for the GMC than the Chevy. If GMC didn't drive profit, it would be dead like Saturn & Pontiac.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree the Arcadia is the best looking one of the 3, now the Terrain is the uglyist of all CUV's out there. Have no idea how they sell them and why they do not change the body on them? Yes they were supposed to be Pontiacs replacement until they canned Pontiac.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The question should be if there really is a demand for this Acadia. We considered the Acadia before deciding on our Highlander Limited AWD, and the Acadia did not impress us, not with its handling, braking nor its road manners. Fit and finish was sloppy. How can GM offset the cost of building this model if there aren't enough sales to justify its existence? How can GM justify the continued existence of GMC when all it is is badge-engineering of Chevy vehicles? I say make it disappear like the Mercury brand. That was another loser. When all else fails, Obama and the US taxpayers to the rescue with more bail outs. Maybe we should nationalize GMC further.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You might want to check your facts first. GM was bailed out first buy GWBush!
      • 3 Years Ago
      GMC = Mercury for Men

      (well, except for all the Terrain, Yukon, and Acadia driving soccer moms who think of Chevys as too plebian)
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a bummer if they don't solider on with the Acadia. In my opinion it is the best looking of the bunch. Followed by the Saturn Outlook which obviously is not longer made. Oh well no big deal to me anyhow. We're looking to trade our Acadia in for the new Explorer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      needs a v8 or turbo v6 - 400hp at least.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Traverse worst gm I ever owned-- for 3 days. Turned it into a Terrain---fine set of wheels
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM should ax that hideous blob called the Traverse, not the Acadia. I see more Acadia drivers on the road than I do the Traverse.
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