GM hasn’t wavered from its plan to close three North American assembly plants. But pressure is mounting, and the groups applying it sound convinced that they can force the company to re-examine its decision and save at least one of the plants.
On the day CEO Mary Barra outlined the largest round of job cuts and plant shutdowns in nearly a decade, General Motors also was having an orientation for new hires. Shrinking its employee ranks is part of its plan for the next economic downturn and the future, but GM also is working to change the makeup of the work force that remains.
General Motors President Dan Ammann will step down from his role to become CEO of the automaker's Cruise autonomous vehicle unit. The move -- effective Jan. 1 -- emphasizes the importance of the operations to the future of GM, which plans to launch a public self-driving ride-hailing fleet in 2019.
General Motors' plans to end production next year at five North American plants and slash salaried head count by 15 per cent will not come without risks and consequences. It will have to navigate political headwinds and not attempt to overplay its hand during upcoming union negotiations.
The redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado equipped with a new four-cylinder engine will achieve an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined — about 11 L/100 km — which is close to entry-level pickup V-6 offerings from Ford and Fiat Chrysler.
Cadillac chief Steve Carlisle is mild-mannered and methodical when he speaks. The former head of GM Canada doesn't want or command attention, but that's not necessarily a weakness. Just different from what we've come to expect from Cadillac.