Nothing worse than losing your momentum, and that’s been a big worry for the folks at General Motors, as they watch the strike at American Axle approach the end of its second month.
The strike has already had a sill-over impact, notably for GM, Axle’s biggest customer. It has so far had to shutter all or part of 30 of its own factories, and there was growing concern that the automaker might be forced to halt production of its new and well-received 2008 Chevrolet Malibu sedan.
But while it looks like another strong GM product, the Chevrolet HHR, has also been hit by the American Axle dispute, the automaker will be able to keep Malibu up-and-running. “I don’t see anything changing, from where I sit,” said Bo Andersson, GM’s global head of purchasing, during a roundtable discussion. “We have a good plan,” Andersson hinted, to keep parts coming for the Chevy Malibu, which was voted North American Car of the Year, last January, and which has been one of GM’s strongest entries in the passenger car segment in recent years.