General Motors to stop production of smaller vehicles

Hampden County

General Motors announced on Monday that they will stop producing several passenger cars as part of their new $6 billion cost-cutting plan.

GM said they will discontinue the production of the Chevrolet Cruze and Impala in March of next year. Central Chevrolet in West Springfield has been seeing more customers interested four-wheel drive vehicles over the smaller sedans.

“In the last six, eight months, there has been a decline in the sedans and an increase in the SUV market,” said Pierre Beauchamp, general sales manager at Central Chevrolet in West Springfield. “On our side of it, Our sales have not gone down they have actually gone up. But there has been a shift in what people are looking to buy.”

Beauchamp told 22News they have been selling far more SUVs this fall than Cruzes and Impalas.

GM said they will cut as many as 14,000 jobs in North America, but Beauchamp believes GM will create new manufacturing jobs to build more SUVs.

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