GM announced it will suspend third shift operations at its plants in Lordstown, Ohio and Lansing Michigan in January as consumers continue buy more crossovers and SUV’s instead of the cars produced in those plants. The move will affect about 1,200 workers at the Lordstown plant that produces the Chevy Cruze, and 810 hourly workers in Lansing that produces two Cadillac models and the Chevy Camaro.
GM also announced it will invest more than $900 million in three facilities — Toledo Transmission Operations in Ohio, Lansing Grand River in Michigan and Bedford Casting Operations in Indiana — to prepare the facilities for future product programs. It did not say what those products would be.
Ahead of the L.A. Auto Show, Ford will introduce on Monday the EcoSport small crossover based on the Fiesta. The EcoSport has been part of Ford’s global offerings, but would be new to these shores. More to come on that offering.
For the fifth year in a row, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands have secured the top three spots in the annual J.D. Power North American Rental Car Satisfaction Study. The Enterprise brand ranked highest in this year’s study and excelled in all six factors: costs and fees, pick-up process, rental car, return process, reservation process, and shuttle bus/van.
Green Car Journal has named the Ram ProMaster City its 2017 Commercial Green Car of the Year for the second consecutive year — the first time a vehicle has won one of the magazine’s titles consecutively.
Porsche will unveil an extended wheelbase model of its Panamera at the L.A. auto show, along with a luxury sport option with a new 330 hp V6 turbo. Power is up by 20 hp Porsche said, and will be available in both rear drive and all-wheel drive versions.