In lieu of slumping U.S. car sales, General Motors may consider axing six car models and Reuters thinks the Chevy Volt could be up for the chopping block.
When the president of the United Auto Workers union approached the automaker with their concerns regarding the threat of job loss because of this slump, GM's response was to produce more trucks and SUVs while killing off six of their slow-selling models. Of course no official words has been released, but Reuters specifically points out six possible candidates including the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Sonic, and the Chevrolet Volt.
“There could be some consolidation” of passenger car production in fewer U.S. plants, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of LMC Automotive. “GM doesn’t need all the sedans it has today."
When it comes to older models that doesn’t currently sell well, halting production of the XTS, Impala, and Sonic makes sense. But Chevy Volt hybrid sales seems to be holding steady with 10,932 vehicles sold within the first half of this year.
Sure, crossover sales are booming these days and Chevy is rumored to replace the Volt with a gasoline-electric crossover model in 2022, but there’s still a large market for hybrid sedans. If Chevy were to axe the Volt, that’s essentially relinquishing their portion of the global sales in this segment to their competitors.
It’s a fine balance between what GM wants and what the UAW is hoping to see for their workers. For now, GM is keeping their future product plans close to heart. Let us know what you think of these rumors below.