Report: GM cuts Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano production image

GM has stopped production at its Lake Orion plant in Michigan where the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano are built.

The factory is one of several plants where shifts have been canceled as the carmaker tries to reduce high inventories. GM this week idled its Lake Orion assembly plant in suburban Detroit to adjust inventory, two people familiar with the matter told Automotive News. The unnamed sources added that the 1,800 people that work in the plant are expected to return January 2, as next week is a scheduled holiday break.

A GM spokesman said the company builds to demand and doesn’t discuss its production schedules. GM North America president Mark Reuss last week said GM has cut production to adapt to falling demand, but he didn’t specify models. He added GM’s sales were strong in the first half of the month and that inventories have declined.

GM’s sales in the U.S. have risen 4 percent to 2.35 million this year through November, but are way behind the overall market’s 14 percent growth. Lake Orion plant aside, the company also has canceled shifts at its plant in Lordstown, Ohio, home of the Chevy Cruze; and in Fairfax, Kansas, where the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse are built.