General Motors has announced that it will no longer disclose monthly production figures to automotive data providers. Automotive News reports that GM notified research and data providers IHS Automotive, Automotive News Data Center and Autodata Corp. about the change, saying that the company will now provide numbers for wholesale deliveries. Up until now GM, along with many other car companies, provided monthly North American production figures, broken out by individual models.

The automaker says that the new policy is due to a change in the way it records financials for vehicles. In the first part of this year, GM started assigning profit and loss to the country in which a vehicle is sold, rather than to the facility at which it was manufactured. This, says GM, makes the production numbers less critical to keep track of.

Concerns about the change in reporting are multitudinous. Many automotive suppliers use production forecasts that are based on real production data to plan their own manufacturing schedules for coming months. What's more, Automotive News tells us that the GM numbers have been used in many other standard indicators of economic health in the US, including those published by the Federal Reserve. While models exist for estimating the production data, nobody is exactly sure how accurate they'll be, or what the longer term fallout in the industry will look like.


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      Val
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, at least now tesla can say "look, GM is also not reporting monthly figures, and they are the largest car company in the US".
      • 2 Years Ago
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        BGJ
        • 2 Years Ago
        Oooo, the vengeful "mark my words" promise on an anonymous comment section. So scary. Now we all take you seriously because you said that. Must work great on your friends and family. No, the eye rolls you get do not mean they take you seriously.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BGJ
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        kal_elkal
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's thoroughly impossible to take anyone seriously who uses Government Motors. You're the same type of pathetic individual that uses "M$" or "Crapple" or any other completely not-at-all clever derogatory nick names for companies. If you have a point to make, make it. But using such terms makes you wholly laughable.
          6thGear
          • 2 Years Ago
          @kal_elkal
          Couldn't agree more.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @kal_elkal
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        M5_4_life
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hear ye, hear ye, gospel according to Laser -__-
        bK
        • 2 Years Ago
        The Chinese will be more than happy to buy GM, and those GM executives will be more than happy to sell it to them and bail out....
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bK
          The way Akerson whines about only making $11 million a year or whatever, you a probably more right than you realize!
        Fat man
        • 2 Years Ago
        yeah, cause buick and cadillac didnt just have record breaking sales figures last month....pipe down laser we all know you hate GM.....get one of these things called a life cause GM is getting better and better everyday and there is nothing you can do about, but hate of course......
        KyleR
        • 2 Years Ago
        > Gub'ment Moturs is in serious trouble > Top-selling global manufacturer last year Yeah, they're in BIG trouble, alright.
          Luke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KyleR
          Actually, Toyota was. And in the US it was Ford for a nameplate, not Chevy.
        richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        Mark your word? You don`t even know what your talking about. Go back to your homeland, Asia boy.
          twentyoneautospies
          • 2 Years Ago
          @richard
          Look, Richard being all racist again. So Richard, why do you think People from Asia do not deserve to live in the USA? What about people from Ireland or Germany? What about people from the UK or Africa?
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        I still want to know the production figures because that tells me the inventory and it tells me what GM is anticipating in the future.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        Dude, this is the first time I have ever seen one of your posts running in the black!
      Fazzster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bad economy = slow sales = cover up= so Obama does not look bad Bad foreign policy = Bengahzi = cover up = so Obama does not look bad Government abuse = IRS = cover up = so Obama does not look bad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
        [blocked]
      richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Always hilarious, an article about GM, and the know-nothing hillbilly baggers come out in full force.
        twentyoneautospies
        • 2 Years Ago
        @richard
        So far we know Richard hates asians Richard hates people that believe in the Constitution of the USA Richard hates hillbillies
        royssearch
        • 2 Years Ago
        @richard
        tell us what you know d1ck... Name calling all you and your kid have no brains just name calling. I bet people know your mama likes a little bagging and your still living in her basement.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @royssearch
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          WHO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @royssearch
          Can Trailers have a basement ;-)
          richard
          • 2 Years Ago
          @royssearch
          roy the bagger.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @richard
        [blocked]
        twentyoneautospies
        • 2 Years Ago
        @richard
        LOL, Richard the racist was able to use the word hillbilly again.
      wrestleprocbt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Play with the numbers, something must be going wrong! But I'm sure the unions will be the first paid if anything happens. Then the taxpayers will be handed a bill to bail them out again.
        richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        Don`t worry about it until you start paying taxes yourself. Get a job, bagger.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @richard
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        wergtlnbrgrs
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        After they Screw the Bond holders once again ..
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like GM is afraid of something. Probably themselves.
      Lookup MGTOW
      • 2 Years Ago
      I predict new GM will fail more miserably and take down more people than old GM and even British Leyland COMBINED. Anyone in their right mind still buying a new Cadillac, Buick, or Chevrolet? **(notice i said "right mind")
      TPGIII
      • 2 Years Ago
      Automotive News already reported this. I think they said the Federal Reserve report is unchanged. GM has done this same thing several times in the past. Usually when they are trying to hide bad news. GM's US market share dropped .8% last month to just .4% above Ford. Days to sell are over 200 from some GM models. The new truck had already experienced relatively poor public response. Maybe they are just looking for more control on the news to keep a less negative light on their sales.
        Luke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TPGIII
        Did you see the new trucks also finished third and fourth to the F150 and Ram? Tsk tsk.... Considering they lost to the not-new F150, they're going to be in big trouble next year when the 2015 F150 rolls out.
      Bean
      • 2 Years Ago
      No this is on Obama. This is yet another sign that things aren't so good. It is all smoke and mirrors. The Chinese do the same thing. They lie to their people and rig the economy - building NY size cities that are sitting empty right now, to keep up the lie. These clowns lost 189 billion and never paid for. They screw bondholders, contract law was rewritten for them and they cost us billions with not even a thank you. GM can go screw itself.
      Luke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems to me like someone's trying to hide something.... C'mon GM, it is what it is. Don't try to hide your poor performers.
      derealest
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great. Less to keep your eye on. I am so glad we gave GM to the unions and didn't have any oversight. typical Barry admin. Corrupt to the core, top down.
      Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      You would have thought Mr President , with that great economic mind he has, would have some type of written contract with Gm . Taxpayer bailout for ten year exclusivity here in the U.S concerning jobs. Oh well, it wasn't his money why should he care.
        twentyoneautospies
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul
        LOL, economic mind of Obama. OMG that was funny. Really now, other than "organize" people in the South side of Chicago, what can Obama actually claim he has done.
        doctorcycoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul
        Mr. President as you describe does not have a mind of his own. The only mind that is apparent is that of the speech writers and Mr. President is the puppet that moves his mouth.
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