Cancelling the best trucks in the world

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You may have heard that GM Canada shut down its Oshawa plant today. In fact, the last vehicle off the line was a Chevy Silverado with all the options. One worker was quoted as saying the following:

We made the best trucks in the world

Assuming the claim is not hyperbole, why would GM Canada shut down the plant that made the best trucks? Why not shut down the plant that made the second best trucks, or even the one that made the worst trucks?

10 thoughts on “Cancelling the best trucks in the world

  1. Because people arent buying their trucks anymore?

    They apparently have fields and fields and fields of vehicles to sell that no one is buying.

    Who keeps making stuff that no one is buying? That’s why they’re closing the plant. If no one’s buying you have to stop making then…no matter how good you think they are!

  2. Isn’t Ontario gaining 2000 automotive jobs as the Toyota Woodstock plant comes online this year producing RAV4’s?

    The GM Oshawa truck plant closing only loses 1000.

    2000-1000= a net gain of 1000 auto plant jobs for Ontario this year.

  3. Because people arent buying their trucks anymore?

    So, are they closing down all truck plants?

    I’m pretty sure the Toyota plant already opened. Even so, my question wasn’t so much about losing job, but was about closing don’t the “best” plant.

  4. For the same reason GM and Chrysler are closing some dealers that are profitable.

    Even in their restructuring the companies are incompetent.

  5. It’s all about greed. They’ve been too expensive for too long.
    I just bought a used Chevy truck with 100K on it for $5000. It’s in great shape.
    A new one would cost about 7 times that amount.
    The new one would not be 7 times better, nor would it last 7 times as long.
    New vehicles are just not practical due to price.

  6. “Why not shut down the plant that made the second best trucks, or even the one that made the worst trucks?”

    Perhaps the plant that makes the second best trucks has a better tax incentive, weaker union, cheaper operational costs, is closer to shipping lanes, is closer to a port, sells to a less competitive market, shares more parts with another vehicle line, would be more easily liquidated, etc…

    lots of reasons exist – who knows?

  7. The claim may or may not be hyperbole, but GM also manufactures Silverados and other trucks at a plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s not like they are canceling all of their trucks. That would be a shame. We love our Suburban. They are trying to reduce costs. The fact that they shut down the Canadian plant rather than the US plant may be due to the new management in Washington DC.

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