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Old 09-16-2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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GM may lift output of certain hot models, including Camaro

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gm-...nal-2009-09-16

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TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) -- General Motors Co. may turn out more of its most popular new models because it underestimated demand for a number of new products that came to market after the company filed to reorganize in June, The Wall Street Journal reported, quoting Vice Chairman Bob Lutz.

GM /quotes/comstock/11i!mtlqq (MTLQQ 0.71, -0.02, -2.86%) had been cautious as it planned production, and its conversations with dealers earlier in the year had led the company to expect demand to be softer than it actually was, the report said. The newspaper quoted a Wisconsin dealer as saying that the hot models are the Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Camaro. Those models are among the one exceeding GM's forecasts, Lutz said
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:02 AM   #2
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TWJ Article.

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General Motors Co. dealers are pushing the car maker to boost availability of some of its hottest-selling models, forcing the company to reconsider production plans for 2009.

GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said Tuesday the car maker underestimated demand for a slate of new products that hit the market after its bankruptcy filing in June. The miscalculation was due primarily to the fact GM aimed to be overly cautious as it planned production volumes, and because its conversations with dealers earlier in the year led the company to expect softer demand than GM has seen in recent weeks.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125305886067314043.html
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
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This was gonna happen, re-organization or not.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:06 AM   #4
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This was gonna happen, re-organization or not.
It's just sound business practice to increase output of vehicles that are selling.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:35 AM   #5
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Let's just hope they dont over do it and end up in the same mess.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:39 AM   #6
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It's just sound business practice to increase output of vehicles that are selling.
So simple it almost sounds stupid to say.

"Hey, we keep selling out of these things. Think we should make more?"
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General Motors Co. may turn out more of its most popular new models because it underestimated demand for a number of new products that came to market after the company filed to reorganize in June...

The newspaper quoted a Wisconsin dealer as saying that the hot models are the ....Chevrolet Camaro. Those models are among the one exceeding GM's forecasts, Lutz said.
Yes please...I'm still waiting for my Camaro.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:19 AM   #8
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Yes please...I'm still waiting for my Camaro.
Hell yeah, dial it up!

Does anyone know what Chevy originally projected first year sales to be for the Camaro? I guess whatever they were, Chevy smashed through them...
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:32 AM   #9
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So simple it almost sounds stupid to say.

"Hey, we keep selling out of these things. Think we should make more?"
Not so simple. Camaro sales have a proven ability to tank after the first couple of model years. They don't want to end up hiring additional workers that they can't use a year later.

If they could fire workers at will, they'd have added a shift a while back. But they can't.
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Let's just hope they dont over do it and end up in the same mess.
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Let's just hope they dont over do it and end up in the same mess.
Proven ability is this area, to. They'll probably delay adding a shift, then add one just as demand tails off.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:51 AM   #12
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Hell yeah, dial it up!

Does anyone know what Chevy originally projected first year sales to be for the Camaro? I guess whatever they were, Chevy smashed through them...
Originally they projected 80 - 100K. Current projections for the 2010 model year are as high as 120K
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They are attempting to build as many camaros as possible without putting on a 2nd shift. The only way they will put a second shift on is if they put a second model on the flex line.
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