American Axle Strike Hits Buick Lacrosse and Chevy Impala
Automotive News [sub] reports that the growing paucity of parts from American Axle has "forced General Motors to eliminate a shift today at its auto assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario. GM also said it slowed production of four-speed transmissions in Ypsilanti Township, Mich." The obvious question: who cares? Aside from no one in the first instance (LaCrosse) and fleet buyers in the second (Impala). OK, that's a bit harsh (Mikey). But the fact that the slowdown/shutdowns caused by the eight-week old United Auto Workers' (UAW) strike at American Axle hasn't got GM execs in a lather is either a condemnation of the affected products' appeal or management acumen, or both. Anyway, for those of you keeping score, the AA strike has now impacted 32 GM factories. And then there's the unresolved UAW strike at Lansing Delta (Enclave, Outlook, Acadia) and the looming strike at Fairfax (Malibu). What was that about bang vs. whimper?