General Motors, the largest carmaker in the U.S. on Tuesday said the company has canceled a week of downtime at its Lordstown assembly plant in Ohio that had been slated for later this month to meet growing U.S. demand for the Chevrolet Cruze.
“Sales have been brisk,” said GM spokesman Annalisa Bluhm. “We didn’t want to lose momentum so we decided to abstain from taking the week off.”
According to the automaker, sales of the Cruze soared 70.2 percent in July over the same month a year ago. Year-to-date sales of 159,136 Cruze vehicles through July are up 23.5 percent compared to the same period in 2012. However Chevrolet Cruze, which had been in fourth place on the June best selling vehicles list fell to No. 8 in July.
GM said earlier this month that it had 50 days supply of the Cruze at the end of July, compared to an average of 68 days supply for all its vehicles.
The Cruze was first introduced in 2009, the year GM came out of bankruptcy with the help of a $50 billion U.S. taxpayer bailout. However, by the end of 2013 – as GM finishes rolling out several new vehicles – the Cruze will be the company’s oldest model.
Cruze production sites include Gunsan, Jeonbuk, South Korea, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Shenyang, China; and Halol, India; Hanoi, Vietnam since April 2010 in complete knock-down (CKD) form, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan from May 2010; Rayong, Thailand after December 2010, and São Caetano do Sul, Brazil from 2011 according to Wikipedia.