As inventory of the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse continues to pile up, General Motors will be idling its Fairfax Assembly Plant for two weeks, according to Automotive News. This move comes about a month after the plant was shut down for three weeks in late December and early January for the same reason. As of January 31, the GM had a 94-day supply of Malibu stock while the LaCrosse was a little worse with a 117-day supply.

Just last week, GM announced that it would be investing $600 million in upgrading this plant, but it's unclear what future plans the company has in store for Fairfax considering slow sales of both the plant's models. We do expect a refreshed and more luxurious LaCrosse shortly and an early design update for the Malibu to be announced at some point this year, although we have had no official word as to when either will happen.


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      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      I smell wicked incentives
      brgtlm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering that the Malibu has been selling for awhile, I am not seeing very many in person even as rental cars. The car needs that refresh that is coming soon, but it'll be hard to fix the tight interior space and longish overhangs when that is already built into the car.
      404 not found
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember people here were saying the new Malibu would slash Camry sales. Bummer.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @404 not found
        The new one is a step backward from the previous one, which was much more successful
      Jack Holliday
      • 1 Year Ago
      almost all anti-GM comments here.. That should tell you something.. such as there are no GM owners here, save a few , most of what they say they have read in ANTI- USA consumer reports or foreign owned magazines that you see in the magazine rack at China-mart
      Matthew
      • 1 Year Ago
      We have a 2011 Buick Lacrosse and absolutely LOVE it. For those of you with the"Gm should have been left to die" attitude wwhich is what would have happened.. Has it crosssed your mind where ALL those people would have gone for work. It honestly amazes me. Gm goes through bad times likee everyone and instead of saving a good company those with morals wanted it left alone. Toyota cheapens their products to beat Gm.. people die.. thats ok. They lie and you just eat it up and yes they lied. If this is just a driver error problem why is it ONLY toyota? We will always support Gm. We have gotten many problem free miles from their cars and trucks and NEVEr has on taken off on us. They all have their problems. Gm offered to buy back Volts with baattrey issues. toyota? NOPE Tellls me what kind of company they aare. I dont support liars!
        • 1 Year Ago
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          J*zz Muff
          • 1 Year Ago
          Butthurt much, BD?
          richard
          • 1 Year Ago
          Black Dynamite, it appears that you are the ignorant one. You are apparently an Asia supporter---Matthew is an American.
          RobbyCough
          • 1 Year Ago
          You're a fool. For someone who posts as often as you do, one would think you'd eventually add something constructive to a conversation.
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        Glenda
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matthew
        Do you support people who don't repay taxpayer loans??? We have owned Chevy's in the past but when they failed to do the right thing and pay back EVERY PENNY they were given in the bail out, they were crossed off my list. Posting their profits when they still owe that money just doesn't set well with some folks...like hard working taxpayers...
          richard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Glenda
          Do we have to go over this again? GM paid the government back in full. The outstanding money has to do with the stock price. Turn off the FOX news, and get a clue.
          investrman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Glenda
          Hey Geithner and others in Obama's regime also have nto paid back IRS taxes they owe and nothign happens to them. YOU or I do that, we would be arrested and everything we own sold to repay backtaxes plus penalties.
          CBJMNWLD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Glenda
          Hey Glenda, I am assuming that you don\'t keep money in a bank then? Way to show the AMERICAN CAR COMPANY by buying a foreign car. Ford got a bailout too. From the banks that got bailed out before the collapse.
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      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      The old GM is alive and well. Money going down the drain...
      Bill Helene
      • 1 Year Ago
      The GM/UAW bailout soured a lot of conservative American car buyers. And outside of fleets who were the traditional Malibu and Impala buyers?The buy-American conservatives in flyover country. Now those guys are buying Fords while liberals who cheered the bailout continue their habit of buying Subarus and Hondas. And simultaneously GM threw its resources at a flop like the Volt while a bread and butter money maker like the Malibu got downgraded. GM made its bed ...
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      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dan Ackerson has proven himself to be a complete incompetent with this Malibu debacle. Ackerson is personally responsible for this mess, he has openly boasted about personally approving product design including this latest Malibu. Ackerson openly boasted about personally overseeing the launch. The new 2014 Sierra and Silverado pickups are looking to be a similar disaster. When is this incompetent clown going to get the axe? After the next bankruptcy?
        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        There was no "approval" or "oversight" from Lt. Dan during the Malibu program. He swept in and made a few ill advised, hip shot mandates that doomed a program when there was still time to salvage it. When the IVERs were clearly beaten by the 2010 Sonata, 2010 Camry, and the 2010 MALIBU, the program teams started to freak out and discuss program delays and fixes. Lt. Dan came marching in, told everyone to shove it, and pulled the damn program ahead a whole year! Guess he wins, his is bigger or whatever. The blame for the failure of the 2013 Malibu rests primarily on Dan Akerson. The man needs to be replaced ASAP!
      paulwilson05
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's too bad. The LaCrosse is a really nice car.
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwilson05
        The problem is that the Regal almost overlaps with it.
          alistair.dillingham
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Avinash Machado
          MORON. The regal is the least of Buick's problems. THE DOG IS NOT EATING THE STUPID DOGFOOD!
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          @Avinash Machado
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        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwilson05
        The problem with the Buick Lacrosse is that it's an old fashion, out dated, poor handling barge. Get with it GM or fall behind.
          RobbyCough
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Have you driven one? Didn't think so. I own a 2012 and love it. I've had BMWs and Acuras and it's one of the best cars I've ever owned- tremendously comfortable and nicely luxurious for the price. The 3.6L V6 has great power and on twisty roads, the big car is surprisingly fun... seems to shrink down a size or two when the curves appear. My only complaints are a lack of storage cubbies inside the car and mileage that isn't all that great (a good mix of city/highway gets me 20 MPG.) Still, a great car.
          CBJMNWLD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Old Fashioned how? Yes it begs for a Mid Cycle and is the oldest in the Buick line-up. Poor handling? Wrong on that statement.
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          If you've owned BMWs and Acuras in the 90s, sure. Come-on, this car hasn't changed since 2005.
      BB79826
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Malibu sticker price is roughly $4,000 more than the new Accord or the Sonata when similarly equipped. Seriously. It's that overpriced. I know with GM you can always expect discounts, but come on.
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