Buick Denies LaCrosse Deliveries Are on Hold

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

ABC News reports that “General Motors Co. said Tuesday the rollout of its new 2010 Buick LaCrosse is being delayed for a few weeks due to quality concerns. Speaking to analysts and reporters during a conference call on August sales, GM’s vice president of U.S. sales Mark LaNeve said about 300 to 400 of the cars were shipped in August, but further deliveries are on hold until the company works out what it called ‘quality issues.'” RF just got off the phone with Buick Communications Manager Michelle Bunker, who categorically denied her boss’s assertion. “I don’t know what Mr. LaNeve said,” Bunker admitted. “But we’re shipping cars to dealers every day.” Well, we know what he said . . .

“(It’s) probably not the end of the world because we need to build awareness around having this new LaCrosse,” LaNeve told the telephonically assembled throngs.

Awareness? Multiple quality issues is not the thing to be building “awareness” around. Still, LaNeve insisted the production setbacks “were not serious but were enough to delay us three or four weeks while we made sure they were fixed so that our customers didn’t have any problems.”

Bunker was slightly more forthcoming about the exact quality issues involved. “They surround fit and finish. For example, where the headliner meets the sunroof. There’s no room for error.” Bunker says that the LaCrosse production problems—I mean “issues”—are proof that GM’s committed to getting it right. And it’s no biggie, really.

“LaCrosse production isn’t ramping-up as fast as we would have liked. But we will be going to full production on September 14 as planned.”

Good luck with that.

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  • Buickman Buickman on Sep 03, 2009

    rumor I heard is that while someone works under the hood if someone else opens the door...BINGO trouble codes galore. the body architecture has flaws in the electrical components, ie the PCM and BCM not communicating. hmmmm... it is a hot car, hope they get it right soon. do agree it's better to hold 'em than ship 'em. even better would be to tell The Truth About Cars. like the ad, no price, payment, rebate or interest rate. has style.

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Sep 03, 2009

    Just don't worry about Ms Bunker's job security. This is GM: she WILL be assimilated. The car's problems with assembly pale in comparison to that car in the surf. I wonder if they towed it out of the sand before the tide came in? If so, I hope the guy who thought of putting it IN the surf gets the car as payment - with a voided warranty and/or salvage title.

  • ToolGuy Tungsten trim? I am holding out for the Depleted Uranium trim.
  • Proud2BUnion Mr. Allen Wrench needs tungsten to live!
  • Lorenzo All the efforts made over decades to reduce/eliminate NVH in ICE cars, and now they're putting noise and vibration into electric cars. It reminds me of efforts to make veggie burgers taste like meat. Vegetarians don't want the taste of meat, and meat eaters will want meat, not veggie burgers.
  • Jalop1991 A true golf cart.Sure, it's a penalty box inside. But you're not in it for more than a few minutes at a time during commutes and in between charging stops.Ergo, it's the perfect...golf cart.
  • Zipper69 I'm sure it will sell just fine at all trim levels.I'd only note that IMHO the dashboard is a bit of a busy mess.