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Chevrolet Malibu a Go, Despite Axle Strike


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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.
 
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  1. Thank God for China!
     
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  2. yeah thank god for china .. cuz that is where the parts are probably coming from ...

    he makes 3 cents a day and he's loving it ..

    all the rice you can eat!!!
     
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  3. No, not China, Mexico, GM is shutting down it's Mexican Malibu and Cobalt assembly lines and shipping their parts to U.S. assembly lines to keep them running. It's all for show and shows how this is a coordinated union busting tactic between two different corporations and THAT should be illegal. AAM and GM are in bed together, believe it. Think what you want, but everybody out here wants the best for their families, that's why UAW/AAM had to strike.
     
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  4. No, sorry...the kind of coordinated blackmail that the unions are organizing here should be illegal. As soon as an American car company begins producing a model that might be slightly interesting to the American public...the unions strike.

    I agree that American firms that move jobs overseas are slowly killing our economy, and they should not be rewarded for that behavior. But, the UAW has to look at what got them to this point: benefits received that far exceeded value produced. I sure would have liked to have received free healthcare for as long as the UAW had it!
     
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  5. I like turtles.
     
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  6. cutting off your nose to spite your face. Brilliant strategy. If gm gets starved for all its hot product and collapses, then who pays the union salaries? Short sighted views will be the death of GM and the UAW.
     
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  7. I love the conspiracy theory!! LOL

    UAW - Get drunk on the job, its ok, fall asleep at work, no worries...call your committee man, you'll keep your job. This is the way the Union is perceived, they outlived their usefulness by the 60's or 70's.
     
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