By on December 13, 2011

GM stopped production of the Cruze today at its Lordstown, Ohio, factory at around 1 p.m. EST, Reuters reports. Production is stopped due to an unspecified “supplier issue.” Says Reuters:

“GM spokesman Chris Lee declined to describe the nature of the supplier issue, saying only that the No. 1 U.S. automaker was looking to restart production as swiftly as possible.”

The Freep did read in the Youngstown Vindicator that the problem relates to “material provided by a supplier … that could impact customer satisfaction with our products.”


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7 Comments on “Cruze Stalled...”

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    If that is the real reason then it is a good sign that they want to keep quality up. Has the beneficial effect of reducing inventories which had grown recently.

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      Every Cruze I had as a rental was fine, but not something to write home about. All were pretty well equipped and rode like a car of that class would.

      I did not notice anything that would detract or otherwise stand out about any of the rent-a-Cruzes I drove. I can’t imagine anything of consequence “that could impact customer satisfaction with our products” in a car of that price class. We’re not talking luxury here – not even near-luxury.

      When I actually put money down on a car of that class and size, I helped buy a 2011 Elantra for my grand-daughter’s HS grad gift, this past May. It was her choice and she looked at several of them including the Cruze, Fiesta, Corolla, Civic, Fit and others. The Elantra, at <$17K out the door, clearly presented the most bang for the buck in that segment.

      If the inventories of the Cruze have grown recently it can only be attributed to the fact that the Cruz doesn't sell as well as the boys and girl in marketing thought it would.

      I suspect that there is more to this story than meets the eye although I can't imagine that many people will be impacted by this if existing inventories are ample.

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    No worries, the smaller Chevy Sonic hatchback has the same drivetrain and is packaged better.

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    Doesn’t this sort of thing happen at every automobile company? This doesn’t seem all that newsworthy to me.

  • avatar

    Headline: “Cruze Bluze”

    I am sorry.

  • avatar

    Well this obviously was never a concern with the Cavalier or Cobalt so at least it’s progress.

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    So, will the 5 door hatch be built there too? Or will it be imported?

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