In a further sign of weakening demand for large, gas-guzzling SUVs, GM
has announced it is idling its 54-year-old Arlington, Texas plant for three weeks. This comes only two weeks after a GM spokeswoman said
this about Arlington: "We are currently running at full production and foresee continuing to run at full production indefinitely..." Workers at the plant had been producing 900-1000 Chevrolet
Tahoes and Suburbans
, GMC Yukons
, and Cadillac
Escalades a day.
Ten months ago, Autoblog reported
large SUVs were holding their own. Now, these models are seeing reduced sales compared with last year as consumers react to the worsening economy and increasing gasoline prices. "Sales of the Escalade
fell 25.7 percent in March from year-ago levels, and the others fell more than 30 percent," the Associated Press reports. New orders from dealers
have slowed as a result.
[Source: Dallas Morning News
and Dallas Business Journal