Following its controversial decision earlier this year to stop publishing monthly production numbers, General Motors has now announced that it will join the ranks of Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia and others in not holding a monthly conference call to discuss sales with the automotive media.

"We are ending the call to concentrate on conferences and other forums that allow us to discuss our strategy and our result with a long-term view and in a very holistic way," GM spokesperson Jim Cain said on the final sales call, according to Automotive News.

The move ends a 20-year tradition of holding sales calls for GM, in which the media was told about strategies and other insider details about the sales atmosphere. The end of the monthly calls "gives us an opportunity to talk about our global strategy and how each individual market fits into it and not get so buried in the minutia and tactical results of one individual market," Cain said, according to Bloomberg.

The move is controversial - arguably more so than the decision to stop publishing monthly production figures - if only because it highlights the fact that GM is becoming a less transparent company. It's also a bad move for some suppliers, according to AN, who have grown to depend on the calls to tailor their production plans.


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      rs5forlife
      • 11 Months Ago
      Earlier this year was January 1st, lol.
      BLACK DYNAMITE
      • 11 Months Ago
      "Smart move." - The Obama Regime BD
        DarkKnight67
        • 11 Months Ago
        @BLACK DYNAMITE
        You already broke your resolution - to post intelligent comments for once.
          blackdynamite14
          • 11 Months Ago
          @DarkKnight67
          You've already shown this conversation is over your head, noob..... BD
          merlot066
          • 11 Months Ago
          @DarkKnight67
          Ooops, mixing up your multiple accounts. Your new years resolution should have been to stop signing off every comment your make. NOOB M66
          • 11 Months Ago
          @DarkKnight67
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      TheSTIG
      • 11 Months Ago
      GM will face another bankruptcy in 15 years.
      Robbie
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why do people assume that just because they are not holding these calls that they have something to hide? Ever think that they might not want to be forced to sacrifice long term projects in the name of short terms profit increases? There would be much more stability in the financial system if more people took the long view.
        blackdynamite14
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Robbie
        I always give The General the benefit of the doubt. I mean, don't they deserve it? BD
          merlot066
          • 11 Months Ago
          @blackdynamite14
          Dude you just went from -10 to +3 in like an hour, give it up man.
      Luke
      • 11 Months Ago
      Makes one think "What you trying to hide...?" Considering their questionable performance with the new pickups quite a bit it would seem.
        b.rn
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Luke
        If we assume GM is hiding something then are we assuming Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia and others are too? Do we give GM credit for waiting longer to than these other before they stopped holding calls?
      Deric Caron
      • 11 Months Ago
      "very holistic way" oh god... i think that means lying.
      NM
      • 11 Months Ago
      They are no longer a company owned by the public and are primarily accountable to their shareholders, so why not take this opportunity to be competitive by withholding proprietary information?
        Autoblogist
        • 11 Months Ago
        @NM
        They are a public company, they're just not owned by the government.
      the.fog
      • 11 Months Ago
      Good move... GM has been giving "journalists" ammo for anti-Detroit and anti-GM propaganda for WAY too long. It significantly contributed to their downfall.
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      Wetstuff
      • 11 Months Ago
      Now if they can get that old loudmouth Lutz to shut up... Jim
      Trent
      • 11 Months Ago
      Let the company focus on what really matters, the company. They have their hands full now and I do not see a problem with it in the slightest.
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